Ned Smith Center Staff 

JPBHeadShotJohn P. Booth
Executive Director
John Booth has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ned Smith Center for the past 11 years, joining just after the first Clay Shoot. He has served on Membership, Development and Identity Committes 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 team 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.

bio_ruthRuth Hovenstine Boyer
Director of Finance
Ruth came to the NSCNA team in February of 2015 to replace long-time staff member Jane Lahr as Director of Finance. She grew up in the Susquehanna Valley and is a native of Herndon, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Line Mountain High School and Pennsylvania College of Technology. She worked in the accounting field in a variety of positions for over 20 years and most recently was self-employed providing payroll and bookkeeping services. She volunteers at her church as a Sunday school teacher. She enjoys being poolside, watching movies, running and playing beach volleyball. She and her husband Dave live in Elizabethville with their 2 children, Amber & Aaron.

Susan K. Frederick
Grants Coordinator
Sue is new to the Center, starting in July 2015, and new to the region having relocated with her husband Scott in June. 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.

SantinoSantino Lauricella
Environmental Educator
Santino joined the NSCNA staff in January of 2015. Born a raised in Rome, NY. He began his environmental career as an Animal Caretaker at Ft. Rickey, a petting zoo in his hometown. He is a graduate of the Wildlife Science program at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Since his graduation in 2010 he has worked as a wildlife research assistant for SUNY-ESF, University of Georgia, and the United States Geological Survey. After two wonderful years of field work he got his first taste of environmental education at South Mountain YMCA in Wernersville, PA. Ever since that fall he has been hooked on the joy of sharing his passion for the outdoors with students young and not so young. Not only has he taught a variety of environmental education programs, he has facilitated team build and ropes courses for a variety of groups. He is fascinated by all areas of the science be it on earth or outside it. His work has taken him from Barstow, CA /Las Vegas, NV to Pennington, NJ and the Adirondack Park to St. Simon Island, GA. He has a dream of getting to all 50 states while in his current vehicle (Currently 35/50).

Beth E. Sanders
Director of Education

Beth came to the Ned Smith Center in February 2005 just 4 months after the Center opened its doors.  She has been involved with nature education and conservation organizations throughout her career.  It was an early encounter with Ned Smith’s writings as a young teenager that made her realize the gentle connection she had with the natural world. A graduate from Penn State, Beth earned degrees in both wildlife management and parks and recreation.  One of Beth’s college professors recognized her vast knowledge of the outdoors and realized her gifts as a teacher and so she was offered an automatic 4.0 in several classes if she agreed to teach some of the courses to her fellow classmates.  It was those college experiences that brought Beth the confidence that launched her passion for sharing her knowledge of the outdoors with others. As a student intern at the Overbrook School for the Blind, Beth developed the first-ever environmental education activities for visually and hearing impaired students at the Philadelphia based school. For over 25 years, Beth’s career has revolved around working for environmental education agencies and conservation organizations.  She has worked for state, county and local parks as well as national organizations.   Beth and her husband Brian live just north of Harrisburg.  They can be found sharing many outdoor oriented activities with their grown children Scott and Hannah.  Beth and Brian enjoy exploring the back roads of PA as well as birding, hiking, cycling, kayaking, sky diving and gardening.  Beth also enjoys fly tying, knitting and baking.

IMG_0806Michelle McBurney
Office Coordinator
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, 23 years ago. They have two children Makenzie and Eric and a grandson Zayden. She has two Associate’s degrees from HACC, on 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.

Scott Weidensaul
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; he lives in Schuylkill County, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls and hummingbirds.



Board of Trustees

Patricia Ferris President
R.Scott Swartz, Vice President
Natalie Falatek, Treasurer
Brad Faber, Secretary
H. Edward Black
Trish Foulkrod
Robert Hall
Mark Hipp
David Hoover
Dan Hottenstein
John D. Laskowski
Scott McManamon
James Nace
Valerie Pritchett
C. Matthew Roberts
Blair Trogner
David Troutman
J. Bruce Walter, Esq.
Scott Weidensaul


Committee Chairs

Amphitheater Campaign
Carole DeSoto
Grace M. Pollock
Marilyn Derr Kauffman

Architectural Review
Blair Trogner

Arts & Entertainment
Erin Margerum

Steve Schultz

John D. Laskowski

Steven C. Wilds, Esq.

Exhibitions and Curatorial
Scott Weidensaul

Donald Helin
John D. Laskowski and Linda Kutz, Program Co-Chairs

Finance & Personnel
Natalie Falatek

Gala Dinner
Pat Ferris
Candis Trogner

Mary Johnston

Lands and Trails
Scott R. Bills

Frank Sourbeer

Ted Lick Memorial Sporting Clays Shoot
John P. Booth

Tröegs Rugged Trail Run for Conservation
Natalie DeSoto
Becky Margerum

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