Ned Smith Center Staff 

JPBHeadShotJohn P. Booth
Executive Director
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.

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 and 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 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.

SantinoSantino Lauricella
Education Coordinator
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).

EmilyEmily Rosmus
Nature and Arts Educator
Coming Soon!

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, 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.

Sadie R. Martin
Marketing and Program Coordinator

Sadie came to the Center, in January of 2017, from the PA Attorney General’s press office. She was born in Western Pennsylvania and moved to central PA at the age of 13, where she graduated high school from Mechanicsburg. She and her new husband live in Halifax with their two beagles Chloe and Moose. She studied Communications/Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations at Shippensburg University. In her spare time she can be found cooking, fishing or spending time with family and friends.

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

Brad Faber, President
R.Scott Swartz, Vice President
Natalie Falatek, Treasurer
H. Edward Black
Trish Foulkrod
Mark Hipp
C. Matthew Roberts
David Troutman
J. Bruce Walter, Esq.
Glenn Hafer
Robert Good
Chris Ramsey
Brian Hinkle
Scott Weidensaul, emeritus


Committee Chairs

Arts & Entertainment
Raymond Enders

Judy Fasnacht

Brad Faber

Exhibitions and Curatorial
Scott Weidensaul

Dave and Linda Kutz, Program Co-Chairs

Finance & Personnel
Natalie Falatek

Gala Dinner
Marilyn Kauffman

Lands and Trails
Scott R. Bills

Forest Stewardship
Jerry Hassinger

J. Bruce Walters

Ted Lick Memorial Sporting Clays Shoot

Tröegs Rugged Trail Run for Conservation
Becky Margerum

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