Board and Staff

                                                     

Officers

Rich Zaino

Rich Zaino

President

Rich is one of the original incorporators of Manada Conservancy and has been a Board member since its inception.  Rich serves on the Preservation, Finance and Administration Committees. Retired from his position as a Professor of Pathology at the MS Hershey Medical Center, Rich enjoys bird-watching, natural history, hiking, archeology, and photography. Rich is a medical author and educator, and is active in a number of medical societies. Rich has also presented several talks to the community focusing on the natural history of some small things within central Pennsylvania, and he serves as an unofficial photographer for many Manada events and cards.

Nancy Cladel

Nancy Cladel

Vice President

Nancy is one of the original incorporators of Manada Conservancy, and served as President from 2007 to 2017. Nancy developed and continues to be involved in our annual native plant sale. Nancy is employed as a Research Support Associate in the Jake Gittlen Cancer Institute at the MS Hershey Medical Center.  She is an enthusiastic bird-watcher and has interests in natural history, biodiversity, native plants, gardening and, of course, land preservation.

Bobbie Boyer

Bobbie Boyer

Secretary

Bobbie was elected to the Manada Conservancy Board in November 2012. She lives with her husband, Dan, in East Hanover Township. She graduated from Indiana University of PA with a BS in Biology. Teaching Biology at Palmyra High School for twelve years and Life Science for ten years at the Middle School has allowed her use her scientific background and to pass along her passions for nature and the environment. Among the most fulfilling, were sixteen years as a stay-at-home Mom, enjoying time with their three daughters Erin, Mary, and Caitlin. Currently, Bobbie is a member of church council and volunteers at the local food pantry. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and researching family history. She and Dan enjoy traveling, hiking, and other outdoor activities. As a conservancy member Bobbie is involved with the Education committee, native plant sale, and learning more about the preservation endeavors.

Directors

Greg Burgdorf

Greg Burgdorf

Greg has been a Board Member since 2003. Greg serves on the Preservation Committee and assists with evaluation of new projects. Greg is a professional geologist, and is a Hydrogeologist / Senior Project Manager with AECOM. Greg’s interests include canoeing, bird-watching, hiking, and church activities. 

Charles Cladel

Charles Cladel

Chuck is one of the founding Board Members of the Manada Conversancy and serves on the Preservation Committee. Currently he is a staff psychiatrist at the Holy Spirit Hospital and also maintains a part-time private pediatric psychiatric practice. His interests include photography, travel, computers and land preservation. Chuck and his wife Nancy are Manada Conservancy Partners in Preservation.

Tracy Devenyi

Tracy Devenyi

Tracy joined the board in 2010.  She has served as chair of our Education Committee from 2011 through the end of 2015, and continues to serve on the Education and Preservation Committees. Over the years Tracy has volunteered for various organizations including the Salvation Army, the Manada Conservancy, Kairos Ministries, Guatemala, and the Derry Township Democratic Committee. Her interests include native plant gardening, cooking, biking, and training her two Portuguese Water dogs, Gimli and Kili. She and her husband also enjoy kayaking, snow shoeing and hiking.

Laura Goss

Laura Goss

Laura joined the Board in January 2014. She held leadership volunteer positions within her own children’s various interests as they grew such as Cooperative Playschool, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Susquehanna Service Dogs. Her background as a Montessori preschool teacher coupled with being a Penn State Master Gardener since 2008 bring numerous benefits to the Conservancy’s Education Committee and our Native Plant Sales. In addition to content, she brings enthusiasm for hands on learning and working with children of all ages to Manada Conservancy’s many programs. Laura and her recently retired husband, Randy, enjoy family, the outdoors, travel and new experiences.

Bonnie Rannels

Bonnie Rannels

Bonnie has been part of the Manada family as a volunteer for many years, and joined the Board in December 2012. She serves on both the Fund-raising/Outreach and Native Plant Sale Committees and continues to promote the mission of Manada Conservancy in the community. Bonnie is a retired educator from the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13. She enjoys playing chamber music for the love of it and for many years has been playing violin with both the Central Pennsylvania Symphony and the West Shore Symphony orchestras which perform throughout south-central Pennsylvania.

Sally Zaino

Sally Zaino

Sally is one of the original incorporators of the Conservancy, and served as Secretary from inception until 2004 and as Executive Director from 2007 to 2014. Sally currently serves on the Education Committee, and is the Director of the Preservation Committee, which oversees preservation projects for the Conservancy. She also works at home as a part-time writer, editor, and poet. Her interests include land use planning, biodiversity, natural history, and poetry.

Pat Swartz

Pat Swartz

Pat is an active volunteer on Manada's native plant sale committee. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a retired System’s Analyst from the Hershey Medical Center with extensive experience in computer technologies. Her most recent work involved implementation of aspects of electronic medical records for the Medical Center. Pat lives with her husband, Paul, along the Swatara Creek in Derry Township. Their property is in the State “Clean and Green” program and is home to multiple species of wildlife and wildflowers.

Dave McNaughton

Dave McNaughton

Dave is an active member of the Conservancy’s Preservation committee. He is a wetland scientist and is employed as Assistant Wildlife Program Manager at Fort Indiantown Gap. Dave is the author of numerous publications and is a sought-after speaker by local environmental and birding groups as a consequence of his vast knowledge of herpetology and ornithology. Dave has received numerous honors for his work.

Emeritus Board

Manada Conservancy Emeritus Board is comprised of former Board members who have served at least six years on our Board of Directors.

Linus Fenicle
Mary Houts
David Parke
Sally McKeever
Sharon Rannels
Steve Rannels
Richard Williams
Suzanne Donovan
Jim Egenrieder
Lindsay Johnson
John Conner

In Memory

Ken and Anna Staver
Vic Rohrer

 

Staff

Jennifer Hine

Jennifer Hine

Jen began at Manada Conservancy as a summer Preservation Intern in 2008 after graduating from Kutztown University with a B.S. in Environmental Science/Biology. She served as the Administrative Assistant until February 2010. She then joined our Board of Directors, later stepping down to assume the Swatara Greenway Project Coordinator staff position in 2012. In 2014, Jen became our first full-time staff person, as Associate Director. She is now Manada Conservancy's Executive Director. Jennifer’s interests include camping, trips to the beach, and most recently, the study of sustainable agriculture which led to the attaining of her permaculture apprenticeship certificate.

Richelle Dourte

Richelle Dourte

As Stewardship Director, Richelle is responsible for the annual monitoring of our preserved lands, our baseline documentation, management planning and GIS needs. Richelle’s background is as an environmental scientist and planner, and she began her work with land trusts over a decade ago. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Messiah College and is a Certified Naturalist through Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. Richelle also owns a small business, metalledwith, creating handcrafted botanical jewelry and metalwork, and she is an active volunteer in the local artist community. She and her husband, Josh, enjoy homesteading and their new roles as parents.

Christine Silvis

Christine Silvis

Chris joined the Manada staff in 2013.  Since relocating to Hershey in 2007, Chris has had the privilege of being able to stay home and raise her 3 children, Nick Ben, and Emmy.  Now that they are getting older and involved in school, Chris has a passion for environmental education and preservation.  She first learned about Manada Conservancy through the Native Plant Sale and has been slowly transforming her yard into a suburban oasis for wildlife.  Chris has a B.S. in biology from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and a M.S. from Penn State College of Medicine in molecular physiology. She continues to be involved with the Friends of the Hershey Public Library, where she once worked in the Children’s Department.  Besides taking care of a busy household, Chris’ hobbies include camping, hiking, bird watching and travel.

Anita Pritchett

Anita Pritchett

Anita joined the staff in June of 2016. Anita has an extensive history in the conservation field.  Having worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, she has a wealth of experience in grant writing, volunteer management, biological assessment and habitat conservation.  She resides in Hershey with her husband and three children.  Anita’s desire to get involved with conservation efforts in her local community led her to discovering Manada Conservancy's temporary position opening.