Four Key Leaders from Across the Keystone State Join
The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Board of Trustees

The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Board of Trustees welcomed four additional members to its ranks prior to the New Year.

Harrisburg, Penn.  | February 10, 2014

Dr. Billie R. DeWalt from Pittsburgh, Leonard P. Frieder, III from the Scranton area, and Elizabeth C. Hucker and Dr. Edward B. Daeschler from Greater Philadelphia have each been elected to a three-year board term. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the globe to protect nature and preserve life.

“The Nature Conservancy addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale—in Pennsylvania and around the world—and the way we are going to accomplish this is through the support and commitment of people from all walks of life and in all sectors of the economy,” said Bill Kunze, the Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Executive Director. “These four new trustees really embody this principle. They hail from financial services, academia, defense/space, and the arts—not necessarily the industries that you often associate with conservation. Encouraging diversity within our most trusted advisors is vital to our success.”

Dr. Bill DeWalt leads the Pittsburgh office of the Arts Consulting Group, an organization that provides arts and cultural organizations with management and programming expertise. The Shamokin native previously was Founding President and Director of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, and Distinguished Service Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts and a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Connecticut where he was named Honors Distinguished Alumnus in 2012. An avid tennis player, he is married and has two adult children and three adult stepchildren.

L.P. Frieder is president of Pennsylvania-based Gentex Corporation, which specializes in a broad spectrum of technologies and processes to deliver high quality products to the automotive, aerospace and fire protection industries. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University in Economics. He is an active community leader, providing leadership and counsel to many organizations including the United Way of Lackawanna County; Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP); Countryside Conservancy; Lackawanna Heritage Valley Partners and the Scranton Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Clarks Summit, Penn. with his wife and two children.

Beth Hucker is the President of Superior Family Office, Inc., a family office serving multiple generations of a high net worth family located principally in the Greater Philadelphia region. An avid fly fisher and gardener, Beth serves on the Board of Trustees, and is Treasurer, of the Willistown Conservation Trust. She is also a Trustee Emerita of The Shipley School where she served on the Board from 1994 – 2008, the last seven years as Chairman. A graduate of Princeton University, Beth lives in Berwyn, Penn. with her husband and has two adult stepchildren and one step-granddaughter.

Dr. Ted Daeschler has been a vertebrate paleontologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia since 1987. He currently also serves as Vice-President for Systematic Biology and the Library at the Academy, and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University. Ted studied geology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., and received a Masters in paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Ted is married with three children and lives in Chestnut Hill, Penn.

DeWalt, Frieder, Hucker and Daeschler join an additional 14 trustees from across the state to provide strategic leadership to the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The advisory board is a crucial tool towards accomplishing key conservation successes in Pennsylvania around securing fresh water, protecting critical lands, reducing impacts from climate change, ensuring sustainable energy sources, and engaging conservation leaders.

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