Ned Smith Center Staff
John P. Booth
John Booth was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ned Smith Center for 11 years, joining just after the first Clay Shoot. He served on Membership, Development and Identity Committees and most recently as the Board’s President. He is passionate about the Center and it’s mission. For 30+ years he worked in the hospitality industry. He brings his experience as leader to the Center as well as a love of fishing and hunting. John’s focus is on sharing our mission, growing our footprint to a greater and more varied audience and finding new contributors to the Center.
Sue began at the Center in July 2015 and was new to the region, having relocated with her husband Scott in June of the same year. Sue has a varied background with an undergraduate degree in Music and a Masters in Library Science. She has worked in the horse industry as a riding instructor and facilities manager. Sue also spent time in the printing industry, setting type and various pre-press operations. For the past 20 years, she has worked in public, academic and corporate libraries in southeastern Pennsylvania with increasing responsibilities including bibliographic instruction, online biomedical searching, competitive intelligence and library management.
Emily joined the staff in January 2019. She is still fairly new to the Harrisburg area, but was raised in Petersburg, PA, a quick hop over the mountain from State College. After obtaining her degree in Biology from Saint Francis University, she interned at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center caring for and utilizing their non-releasable animals for educational programs. This is where she really discovered her love of nature and education, as well as animals. In 2015, Emily and her now-husband, Travis, moved to Georgia; during this time she had the opportunity to work at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia as a raptor trainer and educator. Although they both loved the south, in 2018 they decided to move back to PA to be closer to family. A year later, Emily was hired at the NSCNA and is incredibly excited to be a member of the team! She and Travis just bought their first home in Dauphin and live with their dog, Clara. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, reading, running, and making sure Clara is living her best life.
Nature and Arts Educator
Hunter was born and raised just a stone’s throw away from the center in Berrysburg Pennsylvania. He grew up like most kids in the Lykens Valley, spending a lot of time outside and always had an affinity for nature. His first job was working for Lake Tobias Wildlife Park as a tour guide and zookeeper, where he learned that he loved teaching. Two weeks into his first semester of college, he made a 180 degree turn from mechanical engineering to wildlife and hasn’t looked back since. Working as a research technician for Penn State, he’s had the opportunity to work on everything from Eastern Bluebirds in Central Pennsylvania to Garter Snakes in California. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2019 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and continued working as a full-time zookeeper until being hired by the Ned Smith Center in December of 2019. Outside of work, Hunter loves hiking, running, photography, and volunteering. He volunteers with numerous organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, where he’s helped to build homes in Colorado, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, and right here in Pennsylvania.
Michelle joined our staff in February of 2016. She was born and raised in Halifax and graduated from Halifax Area High School. Michelle married her husband, Scott, 25 years ago. They have two children Makenzie and Eric, a grandson, Zayden and just welcomed a granddaughter, Zoey. She has two Associate’s degrees from HACC, one is Business Administration and one in Visual Arts/Photography. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, camping, swimming in her pool and of course photography! Michelle has worked for Community Banks as a Mortgage Underwriter, and as a secretary for the Borough of Dauphin for 9 years.
Adam E. Steppy
Marketing and Program Coordinator
Adam joined the center in August of 2019 after his years spent as the general manager of the Twin Valley Players Colonnade Theater. He was born and raised in Millersburg, spending much of his time outside, enjoying nature with the Boy Scouts of America and music with the Millersburg Marching Indians. Adam graduated college with a major in Business while also studying art and music marketing. He and his better half, Audrey, live in Dalmatia with their two sons, Rainn and Ember. In his spare time he enjoys film making, creating and listening to music, hiking, camping and anything that involves craft mead and cider as well as smoked meats and cheese. Adam is focused on helping the Ned Smith Center grow and spread the message of nature and art to a broader footprint as well as cultivating a larger interest here at home.
Collections Curator/Saw-Whet Owl Program Coordinator
A longtime volunteer with the Center, Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Living on the Wind, about bird migration, Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent’s Natural Soul, and his newest book, Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. Weidensaul writes for such publications as Smithsonian, Audubon, Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife.
Brad Faber, President
R.Scott Swartz, Vice President
Natalie Falatek, Treasurer
H. Edward Black
J. Bruce Walter, Esq.
C. Matthew Roberts
Scott Weidensaul, emeritus
Arts & Entertainment
Exhibitions and Curatorial
Dave and Linda Kutz, Program Co-Chairs
Finance & Personnel
Lands and Trails
Scott R. Bills
J. Bruce Walters
Ted Lick Memorial Sporting Clays Shoot
Tröegs Rugged Trail Run for Conservation