One of our original incorporators, Sally has held many positions with Manada Conservancy over the years, including Board Secretary and Executive Director. In addition to her current role as President, she is Chair of the Fundraising/Outreach Committees and serves on the Preservation Committee. Sally’s specific interests include land preservation, wildlife habitat connectivity, strategic conservation planning, and working with partner organizations to strengthen success. She is also active on the PA Land Trust Association Policy Committee and the Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy Board.
Sally is also a published poet and editor for an online and print poetry journal. With her husband, Rich, she can often be found birdwatching and hiking on local trails or kayaking on the Swatara Creek.
Tom Abendroth, MDVice President
Tom was elected to the Board in 2017 after being a supporting member of the Conservancy for many years. As current Chair of the Administration Committee, Tom’s focus is on ensuring the long-term future of Manada Conservancy.
Tom’s professional work combines his medical training with providing information technology and analytical expertise as Chief of Medical Informatics at Penn State Health and Chief Medical Officer at Prescient Medicine. His hobbies include outdoor activities and creating beverages and desserts to share with family and friends.
Kyle has provided strategic accounting and business expertise to the Board and to the Administration & Finance Committee during his two-year tenure. He is a CPA and works for the Hershey Trust Company as Director of Financial Reporting, Planning & Analysis, while pursuing a Masters of Finance from Pennsylvania State University.
Kyle has a special appreciation for the Swatara Creek and our Swatara Greenway Stewardship program, and he enjoys kayaking and canoeing its waters. Other interests include hiking and road biking.
Anthea joined our Board of Directors in early 2020, having previously served on our Outreach Committee as well as several joint planning groups with Manada Conservancy. Anthea continues on our Outreach Committee and is already working enthusiastically on several projects.
Anthea has significant mentoring, counseling and social work experience. She served 6 years as the Park and Recreation Director at East Hanover Township, managing the site plan project for that township’s open space and Greenway plan, as well as grant-writing, overseeing programming, budgeting and community outreach. She is currently the Fiscal Manager of the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department.
In addition to serving as Board Secretary, Bobbie chairs our Education Committee and assists with planning several free programs each year for the local community related to environmental and conservation issues. She is also part of the Native Plant and Preservation Committees.
Bobbie spent 22 years teaching biology and life science in the Palmyra Area School District before retiring. Her hobbies include helping at the Grantville Food Pantry, travel, and genealogy.
Greg has been a Board member since 2003. As a professional geologist, Greg shares his expertise on our Preservation Committee by assisting with new project evaluations and the monitoring Manada Conservancy’s owned properties. His main interests within the Conservancy are land preservation and restoration.
With BA and MS degrees in geology, he worked as a Hydrogeologist/Project Manager for 40 years for several environmental and engineering consulting companies that included technical, managerial, and supervisory tasks. Greg’s interests include canoeing, bird-watching, hiking, and church activities.
Tracy’s ten years of service on our Board has included time on the Education, Outreach, and Fundraising Committees, all of which she is still an active member. As a Dauphin County resident for 28 years, her work has included raising three children with her husband, Attila, and now caring for her elderly father.
Over the years, Tracy has volunteered for various organizations in addition to Manada Conservancy, including the Salvation Army and the Derry Township Democratic Committee. Her interests include native plant gardening, cooking, outdoor recreation, training her Portuguese Water dogs, and time with family, especially her new grandson, William.
Kristin Eckert, MD
Kristin’s involvement with Manada Conservancy began first as a supporting member, then as a member of the Native Plant Sale Committee and now the committee Chair. She joined the Board of Directors at the end of 2019. She hopes to be able to work with our communities to develop programs that will mitigate the impact of climate change in our area.
Kristin is currently employed as a Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Penn State College of Medicine, where her focus is a cancer research laboratory program. She is a gardening enthusiast with a special interest in creating urban and suburban habitats to attract birds, insects, and other wildlife. Kristin also enjoys various arts and cultural events.
Annette is a Certified Public Accountant, recently retired from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, where she served as Controller. She has been very active with the Appalachian Audubon Chapter, having served as Board member, Treasurer, and President. Other Board positions have included the Central PA Conservancy, the PA Chestnut Foundation, and the PA Society for Ornithology. She was the Dauphin County compiler for PSO’s PA Birds Journal for two years, and is still active with that organization, as well as remaining a Christmas Bird Count compiler. She loves to gardener and create native habitat for wildlife, and she enjoys watching and listening to opera. She brings enthusiasm and deep experience, and we are delighted that she is joining our Board of Directors. Welcome Annette!
Anita was elected to the Board in December 2019. Prior to joining the Board, she both volunteered and acted as a consultant through two of our strategic planning processes.
Anita comes to us with a background in Marine Biology, having worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and in other professional and volunteer capacities in that field in a variety of locations. Since coming to Pennsylvania, she has focused her efforts on conservation, teaching, and program coordination as well as managing the many demands of being a mother of three. She was instrumental in the production of our 2019 Natural Resource Inventory and Strategic Conservation Plan.
Bonnie joined the Conservancy’s Board of Directors in December 2012 having volunteered and supported the organization for many years. As a member of the Board, she has served on the Native Plant, Outreach & Fundraising Committees and is grateful to participate in efforts to protect our environment and natural resources and to promote the mission of Manada Conservancy in our community.
Bonnie’s degrees in education led her to a teaching career, now retired from LancasterLebanon IU13. Since 1975, Bonnie has volunteered as violinist in various community orchestras, currently with both the Central Pennsylvania & West Shore Symphonies. She also attends various chamber music workshops in the summer on violin and viola. Bonnie currently serves on the Board of Directors of Market Square Concerts.
Richard Zaino, MD
Rich is one of the original incorporators of Manada Conservancy and has been a Board member since its inception. He serves on the Preservation, Finance, and Administration Committees.
Rich is retired from his position as Professor of Pathology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He is a medical author and educator and is active in a number of medical societies. He has also presented community talks focusing on the natural history of some small things within central Pennsylvania, and he serves as an unofficial photographer for many Manada Conservancy events. He enjoys bird-watching, natural history, hiking, archeology, and photography.
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
Jennifer Dunlap, Executive Director
Jen began at Manada Conservancy as a summer Preservation Intern in 2008. Since then, she also served as Administrative Assistant, member of the Board of Directors, Swatara Greenway Project Coordinator, and as Associate Director.
Jen earned a BS in Environmental Science from Kutztown University. Her degree, as well as playing in the Manada and Swatara Creeks as a child, gave her a special interest in our Swatara Greenway work.
In an effort to continually improve her skills in this area of work, Jen recently earned her Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional certificate.
Having grown up in Dauphin County, Jen has witnessed how the local landscape has changed over time. Preserving it is very important to her.
Along with her husband, daughter, and step-son, Jen enjoys kayaking, hiking, and beach trips.
Mark Vibbert, Stewardship Director
Mark joined Manada Conservancy in 2017 as Stewardship Director. He is responsible for managing properties, monitoring conservation easements, and working with volunteers on Swatara Greenway projects. He has a BS in Wildlife Conservation Biology from the University of Delaware and an extensive background in African conservation and eco-tourism in Uganda and Tanzania, as well as past land trust experience.
In 2008, Mark helped to found The New Nature Foundation, working with local people in Uganda and Vietnam to preserve forest habitat. His hobbies include photography, writing, hiking, hunting, and crossword puzzles.
Christine Silvis, Finance Manager
Chris joined the Manada Conservancy staff in 2013. As Finance Manager, she keeps records in good order, pays bills, and assists with budget and accounting work. She first learned about Manada Conservancy through the Native Plant Sale and has been slowly transforming her yard into a suburban oasis for wildlife. Now that her children are older, Chris is able to engage her passion for environmental education and preservation.
Chris has a BS in biology from Allegheny College and a MS in molecular physiology from Penn State College of Medicine. She is 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.
Karen Haldeman, Office Manager
Karen joined the Manada Conservancy team as Office Manager in 2017. In this role, she provides administrative support, manages donor and volunteer records, and assists with programs and events. Editing our newsletter and other publications allows her to use her degree in English. Karen especially enjoys interacting with the Conservancy’s friends and members.
In addition to being active at her church, Karen and her husband, Tim, maintain a large garden with vegetables to share and preserve. Along with their daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson Lee, they enjoy hiking local trails and kayaking on the Swatara Creek. Karen also enjoys baking, poetry, tending her native pollinator garden, watching the coals of a campfire, and looking at the night sky.