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 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.
Director of Finance
Ruth grew up in the Susquehanna Valley in the small town of Herndon, PA. She graduated from Line Mountain High School and Pennsylvania College of Technology. Ruth joined the staff in 2015 with over 20 years of experience in the accounting field and a natural bent for finances. She lives in Elizabethville with her husband, Dave, and their 2 children, Amber & Aaron. She is a woman of faith who enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, hanging out by the pool & playing sand volleyball.
Susan K. Frederick
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.
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 building and ropes courses for a variety of groups. He is fascinated by all areas of the science be it on earth or in space. 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).
Nature and Arts Educator
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.
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 came to the center in August of 2019, previously he was employed 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 the Millersburg Marching Indians. Adam graduated college with a major in Business while also studying art and music. 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 brewing and smoked meats and cheese. Adam is focused on helping the Ned Smith Center grow and spread the message of nature and art with a broader footprint and 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