Our People: Experts in Action
Working to create lasting solutions in Pennsylvania, Delaware and around the world.
Our Offices: Visit the chapter's Contact Us page for information about our office locations in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Media Inquiries: To schedule an interview with a member of our science, conservation, or policy staff please contact Matt Kane, Senior Media Relations Manager, by phone at 323-898-6510 (mobile) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lori’s responsibilities include implementing TNC’s ambitious conservation agenda that benefits both people and nature. She leads a team of more than forty across Pennsylvania and Delaware. Lori also works with other state chapters of The Nature Conservancy and external partners across the region to build cross-boundary approaches to ensure effective conservation in the face of large-scale threats like climate change and biodiversity loss.
“My work is personally fulfilling because I know that I am working to make the world a better place—I am a part of the solution to fight climate change and positively impact the planet. It’s important to me to create a positive and lasting impact for my daughter and for future generations.”
Donna Bowers, Deputy Executive Director
Donna’s work is focused on fundraising and growing a network of supporters, building and strengthening our Board of Trustees and overall Chapter operations.
“I enjoy meeting and sharing experiences in nature with our donors, volunteers, and supporters. I enjoy collaborating and working alongside our incredibly talented and committed staff across The Nature Conservancy to achieve our critical conservation mission.”
Evan Endres, Pennsylvania Director of Government Relations and Policy
Evan works to help Pennsylvania achieve reduction of the emissions that cause climate change. He works with constituencies, regulators, and elected leaders to build Pennsylvania climate leadership and pass policies that contribute to healthy climate future for nature and people.
“I enjoy building a better climate future and helping people make the connection between their love of nature and our need to take action on climate.”
Keith Fisher, Director of Conservation Programs
Keith leads a team of very talented conservation professionals focused on achieving The Nature Conservancy’s conservation goals and outcomes in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
“I enjoy my work because it is challenging, diverse, and focused on meaningful outcomes that make a difference for the future.”
Emily Knearl, Delaware External Affairs Advisor
Emily serves as TNC’s outward-facing representative of The Nature Conservancy's priorities, projects, and accomplishments in Delaware. In coordination with Executive Director Lori Brennan, chapter staff, Delaware trustees and volunteers, she plans, implements, and coordinates efforts to further TNC's mission and goals in the First State.
“All my life I have loved public policy because it’s about people coming together to make the world a better place. I enjoy working with people, developing legislative strategy and communications, and that it all has a higher purpose—to protect the Earth.”
Severn Smith, Director of Communications and Field Marketing
Sev's job is to inspire people to appreciate and value nature. The marketing team focuses on raising public awareness of TNC and its mission, deepening the level of engagement of supporters, protecting and enhancing TNC’s reputation, and influencing audiences that can help increase the pace and scale of our conservation work.
“What I love most about my role is that it’s a continuous learning journey. There is no end to the compelling people, places and programs connected to TNC, and getting to wake up every day and focus on uncovering and telling those stories for a living is a dream come true.”
Molly Anderson, Volunteer & Member Engagement Program Manager
Molly oversees the coordination, management and recognition of the PA/DE volunteer network as well as engaging partners, members and the general public for the advancement of conservation strategies across Pennsylvania and Delaware.
“I most enjoy connecting with staff, volunteers, partners and members who are passionate about conservation and want to do more to make a difference. Promoting TNC’s work, inspiring others to connect with nature and join the effort provides continuous motivation and enthusiasm.”
Chris Arnott, Freshwater Project Manager
Chris works on a variety of projects aimed at protecting, restoring, and managing our freshwater resources in the Chesapeake and Delaware River Watersheds. She helps manage various collaborative partnerships aimed at restoring and reconnecting rivers, improving stream resilience, managing dam releases for ecological flows, and reducing nutrient runoff from agricultural lands.
“I enjoy my work because I am a mission driven person and TNC’s mission aligns with my passion for protecting natural resources and clean water. TNC’s conservation strategies are grounded in science and partnership, and I strongly believe that science-based decision making will ultimately be the most successful.”
Jessica Brown, Associate Director of Development
Jessica helps find people that are looking to make a difference with their philanthropy and connect them with our work, raising the money we need to accomplish our ambitious conservation goals.
“I work with the most incredible people from our local members to colleagues around the world. It is such a gift to spend my days protecting nature alongside these amazing individuals.”
Brian Campbell, Regenerative Agriculture Specialist
Brian executes projects that influence farm advisors and agricultural supply chains in order to get more conservation practices implemented on farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, particularly those practices that impact water quality.
“I enjoy getting to share my experience to improve project outcomes and enjoy learning from extremely knowledgeable internal and external colleagues."
Kelsey Cannon, Associate Director of Development
Kelsey strives to build lasting relationships with supporters who are committed to preserving our natural world—both now and for future generations to come.
“I enjoy engaging with dedicated supporters to help further their connection to the inspiring work they are most passionate about.”
Jenny Case, Fire and Facilities Manager
As Fire Manager, Jenny works mostly with partners to educate and facilitate the use of prescribed fire on public and private lands in PA. As the Facilities Manager, she oversees several buildings and manages the Hauser Nature Center and its volunteer and public events program.
“I have always thought that the people who work for TNC are the reason I love my job. Over the years, I’ve met some amazing people from the US and around the world who are passionate, creative and incredibly smart. It has helped me to keep believing that people are generally good and care about our world and each other.”
Chris Chambers, IT Field Manager
Chris ensures that the PA/DE chapter staff have up-to-date and functioning IT equipment and assists with technology-related issues. His presence on the team allows staff to concentrate on their conservation work and not their IT issues.
“I am proud that I am able to assist the people that are working to preserve nature.”
Betsey Cichoracki, Marketing and Events Associate
Betsey designs, coordinates and manages logistics for external events to increase TNC brand awareness and communicate conservation value. She also work alongside development staff to support the successful execution of managed donor events.
“I enjoy the variety and creativity of my work and being able to collaborate with my inspiring co-workers. I also firmly believe in TNC’s mission, so just working for this organization is a rewarding experience and daily reminder that we can have an impact on protecting nature.”
Laura de Ramel, Associate Director of Development
Laura raises funds to support the mission of The Nature Conservancy, cultivating and stewarding individual, foundation, and corporate donors.
“I enjoy meeting with donors and learning what inspires them to support The Nature Conservancy. I also enjoy explaining the breadth and depth of TNC’s work to donors.”
Mari-Beth Delucia, Interim Director of Land Protection
Mari-Beth leads our Kittatinny Ridge Initiative to accelerate the pace of land protection along the ridge, a critical climate corridor. She also leads our migratory fish conservation and restoration work.
“I enjoy working with partners and being able to leverage TNC expertise and resources.”
Lyndon DeSalvo, Urban Project Manager
Lyndon’s work focuses on supporting green infrastructure projects that both improve water quality by managing stormwater and provide climate resilience and other co-benefits to local communities.
“I enjoy collaborating with a range of partners and stakeholders to identify creative nature-based solutions to already complex issues, which will further be compounded due to climate change.”
Su Fanok, Director of Freshwater Conservation
Su is the creative lead of a team of freshwater practitioners working in the waters of Pennsylvania and Delaware to ensure the health, sustainability, and resilience of freshwater ecosystems.
“I enjoy learning about the charismatic diversity of life that inhabits the rivers and streams of Pennsylvania and Delaware and working hand in hand with people and communities to conserve them.”
Tamara Gagnolet, Conservation Science & GIS Manager
Tamara guides data management, spatial analysis, and map production to inform our conservation actions in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, and the Appalachians Program. Our PA/DE GIS Team helps prioritize land protection efforts, designs data collection systems for monitoring and management activities on the lands we protect, creates maps and web maps for communicating our conservation work, and supports collaborative data analysis, management, and mapping in a shared workspace in the cloud.
“I enjoy providing GIS support for colleagues across multiple teams, telling stories with maps, and helping advance our geospatial systems for TNC as a whole.”
George Gress, Fire Specialist & Land Steward
George performs maintenance and management of TNC preserves in Pennsylvania and Delaware; assists with prescribed fire management and training, conducts research on bog turtles, assists freshwater and forest teams with management projects, and controlling of invasive species.
“I enjoy the variety of work, being able to work outside, and the great people that I work with and have had a chance to meet during my time at TNC.”
Kim Hachadoorian, Stream Stewards Project Manager
Kim manages Stream Stewards, a watershed stewardship program in Wilmington, Delaware. The core objective of the program is to provide community members with hands-on opportunities to connect to their local waterways through volunteer water quality monitoring, youth engagement programs, and community outreach and events. The goal of this work is to inspire people to prioritize clean water and empower them to help protect it.
“I enjoy engaging with diverse groups of people and partners including residents of Wilmington, high school and college students, and staff at community and conservation organizations throughout the Delaware River Watershed. It is very rewarding to provide people with opportunities to discover the threats to our waterways and an understanding of science-based conservation, especially as that process unfolds to reveal a deeper appreciation of the connection between people and nature.”
Whitney Hall, Digital Content Manager
Whitney manages Pennsylvania and Delaware's digital channels, sharing stories of the chapter's conservation efforts and successes across social media, nature.org and TNC's monthly e-newsletter, Nature News.
"I'm proud to help tell the stories of the transformative work being accomplished by my talented and dedicated colleagues."
Elizabeth Hanson, Land Steward & Fire Specialist
Elizabeth's work centers around habitat management, restoration, and maintenance of our preserves in Pennsylvania. Some of her specific job duties include monitoring and removing invasive species, monitoring fee and easement properties, surveying bog turtles and assisting TNC and partners on prescribed burns.
“I enjoy being outdoors, my knowledge and use of a variety of equipment/machines, creating recreational opportunities for folks, and protecting/managing habitat for a diversity of wildlife.”
John Hinkson, Communications Manager
John provides marketing and communications support to the PA/DE Chapter and its staff to advance TNC’s mission locally. He works with conservation, development and marketing colleagues to produce printed and digital materials, ranging from social media posts to annual reports.
“I grew up in the country, spending nearly all of my time outdoors and becoming a life-long lover of nature in the process. Working for TNC is a dream come true –I get to help protect and conserve nature alongside my talented and interesting colleagues—people who share my concerns for our natural world and are trying to make the Earth a better place.”
Maya Hoffmann, Operations Program Coordinator
Maya’s work is largely focused on maintaining records and processing important documents. She is a certified contracts specialist. Additionally, she handles office management and invoicing.
“I enjoy being part of a team that can make a difference in this world.”
Matt Kane, Senior Media Relations Manager
Matt is the media relations manager for the PA/DE and MD/DC chapters. As part of the marketing team, Matt also assists staff with writing and developing strategic communications, produces content for digital and written communications, and can often be found behind a camera when in the field.
Ellen Lott, Conservation Lands Project Manager
Ellen’s primary focus is protecting lands and waters in the Delaware Headwaters. Her team focuses on expanding our own nature preserves and protecting resilient lands that have high-quality water and/or healthy forests. Additionally, her team promotes our Working Woodlands program to large property owners and are advancing a pilot project that will enable landowners of smaller properties (800-3,000 acres) to participate in an Aggregated Working Woodlands project.
“I enjoy knowing that the land we protect will be protected forever. Although it can take a long time to complete land protection projects, each project is done once and has permanence.”
Pat McElhenny, Pennsylvania Stewardship Manager
Pat is responsible for leading the Stewardship Team’s management and maintenance of our preserves in Pennsylvania and ensuring that the annual legal monitoring responsibilities are completed. Pat also assists the Fire Manager with fire management responsibilities on chapter and partner lands and has been responsible for managing the PA Game Commission/PA Fire Grant since 2009.
“I enjoy seeing the positive change that we can make to our preserves or landscape projects through active land management (stewardship and prescribed fire). I also enjoy working outside with Conservancy staff and partners.”
Victor Motts, Land Protection Specialist
Victor’s role is to assist landowners in the implementation of the Conservancy’s land protection goals, in terms of developing a conservation easement on their property or acquiring their property fee simple.
“I enjoy helping people understand why it is so important to conserve land and water resources and how that ties in with all larger-scale conservation efforts."
Jonathan Niles, Stream and Wetland Restoration Specialist
Jon’s work with TNC is focused on the Chesapeake Bay watershed of Pennsylvania. The program’s objectives are to accelerate stream and wetland restoration in the watershed to meet both water quality, wildlife and fisheries co-benefits in south-central Pennsylvania. As part of the program, Jon and his team are developing a robust regional partnership to accelerate stream and wetland restoration by performing targeted outreach, identifying potential projects, and implementing stream and wetland restoration projects in the region.
“I love that TNC is a science-based conservation organization that works to advance the best conservation practices in a global, regional and local boots on the ground model. The ability to contribute to global advancement of science-based restoration and conservation while contributing regionally and locally to water quality and wildlife habitat enhancement is the most rewarding part of my work.”
Nicole Norris, Finance Manager, PA/WV
Nicole provides accounting support for both the PA/DE and WV business units. This involves not only the day-to-day journal entries and cash receipts, but also regular meetings with budget managers to ensure that they understand their financial results. She also organizes and presents financial information for the board of trustees, including quarterly financial statements and budget data.
“I enjoy being a part of an organization that is doing so much good to protect the planet we live on.”
Kelsey Shady, Executive Assistant & Trustee Liaison
Kelsey's role is to provide direct administrative support to the PA/DE Chapter’s Executive Director as well as serving as the liaison for the Board of Trustees. This position requires a high level of organization, coordination, and behind-the-scenes management in order to advance TNC’s priorities.
“I am proud to work for a company who are champions for science, the environment, and who are invested in the well-being of our future. It is exceedingly important work and I love that I can be a small piece in the puzzle.”
Melisa Soysal, Development Program Associate
Melisa acts as the bridge between marketing and development. She works to strengthen the donor experience through communications and events. Melisa also supports the fundraising and operations teams by providing administrative support and work on special projects.
“I enjoy working with people who share my passion in protecting our natural world. It always makes me excited when we receive communications from donors who believe in our mission and vision as strongly as I do. It gives me the sense that we are truly coming together and working as a collective for such an important outcome.”
Kristen Stevens, Development Program Manager
Kristen oversees the Chapter’s development operations including gift coding, gift processing and fundraising systems to optimize use of fundraising systems and ensure donor intent is met. She works on strategies to ensure sufficient funding for current and future year priorities and works closely with development staff to set and meet long term objectives.
“I enjoy using my fundraising experience and analytic skills to maximize program success and contribute to the larger mission.”
Julie Ulrich, Director of Urban Conservation
Julie leads a team that is focused on nature-based solutions to environmental challenges, like water quality and flooding problems, in Philadelphia and Wilmington. In Philadelphia, Julie’s team is working to build green stormwater infrastructure projects in support of the city’s Green City, Clean Waters plan.
“What I love most about my job is showing how nature—in our cities, across our neighborhoods, in our urban rivers, in our backyards—can achieve significant and long-lasting benefits for nature and people.”
Natasha Whetzel, Delaware Stewardship Manager
Natasha is responsible for overseeing management and restoration of our nature preserves in Delaware. The overall conservation goal is to protect the natural plant and animal communities that inhabit our preserves. She is also an integral member of the PA/DE fire team and commonly travels throughout the region to assist on TNC and partner burns.
“I enjoy my work because by protecting and restoring our natural lands, I am supporting a more sustainable future.”
Kevin Yoder, Director of Land Management
Kevin works to enhance forest resilience and carbon storage on TNC’s Working Woodlands projects and preserves. He also helped launch the Family Forest Carbon Program (in partnership with the American Forest Foundation) to help private landowners increase carbon sequestration on their properties.
“I enjoy the diversity of people, projects, and habitats I get to work with. Adapting to new challenges and opportunities keeps my work exciting and each day a little different.”