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 CladelVice 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 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.
Longtime Manada member Tom Abendroth was welcomed to the Board in October 2017 after serving as a member on both the Administration and Finance Committees for several months. Tom has a background in information technology and pathology. He is a physician and has served as the Chief Information Officer at Hershey Medical Center among other positions.
At the beginning of 2018, Tom took on the position of Administration Committee Chair. Among many things, he will be guiding the Board and staff as they work to align Manada’s policies with the recently updated Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time outdoors, home brewing, and baking.
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.
We are pleased to introduce Manada Board member Kyle D’Angelo. After getting to know the Conservancy’s inner workings through the Administration and Finance Committees, Kyle was welcomed to the Board of Directors in October 2017. With a background in accounting and business management, Kyle has been working as Senior Accountant/Analyst for the Hershey Trust Company since 2014.
He has a special appreciation for the Swatara Creek and is eager to become more active with Manada’s land preservation efforts, particularly the Conservancy’s Swatara Greenway Stewardship program. In 2018, Kyle took on the role of Conservancy Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Manada Conservancy Emeritus Board is comprised of former Board members who have served at least six years on our Board of Directors.
Ken and Anna Staver
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.
Mark brings a wealth of experience in fieldwork, monitoring and land management, wildlife conservation, and mapping, with experience in everything from using a chainsaw to negotiating at spear-point. He has worked with volunteers, controlled invasive species, led restoration projects, and led research efforts in threatened wilderness. He has served as a conservation ambassador to communities in Africa and in the States.
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.
Manada Conservancy welcomed Karen to the Office Manager position in the spring of 2017. Karen comes to us experienced in bookkeeping, communications, office coordination and a strong desire to work for an organization that benefits her local community. In her free time, Karen enjoys camping, kayaking, traveling, gardening and preserving the goodies from the garden.