Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director
Carleton joined PPA as executive director in May 1998. Carleton left legal practice in Washington, D.C., where he was a partner in the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, in order to join the nonprofit world and devote himself to environmental protection. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext 119 or Email [email protected]
Jaclyn Rhoads, Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director
Jaclyn received a Ph.D. in environmental policy from Drexel University and joined PPA’s staff in 2004. She also teaches environmental policy at Drexel University. Prior to joining PPA, she was vice president of the Green Building Division at Edifice Rx, a consulting firm specializing in indoor environmental quality, green buildings, and environmental psychology. She is active in the Delaware Valley Regional Network of the Environmental Leadership Program and board member of Darby Creek Valley Watershed Association. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 118 or Email [email protected]
Isabella Castiglioni, Outreach Manager
Isabella first began working with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance as the Rancocas Watershed Ambassasdor through the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Americorps program in 2018. She now holds a joint position with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions. Her work focuses on green stormwater infrastructure and reducing non-point source pollution and flooding. Isabella is also working on a Master of Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Isabella enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time in nature. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 128 or Email [email protected]
Tom Dunn, Development Office Assistant
Tom has worked for PPA since 2008. If you have registered for a PPA program
Rebecca Free, Director of Membership & Communications
Becky joined PPA in 2007. Becky has worked for the American Cancer Society, The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens Program, and as a seasonal park ranger at Big Bend National Park in Texas. She has a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University in Parks, Tourism
Rhyan Grech, Policy Advocate
Rhyan joined the PPA team in September 2018. Prior to that, she spent 15 years working for non-profits and local governments in the environmental field in different corners of the
Audra Hardoon, Bookkeeper
Audra Hardoon, Bookkeeper
Audra joined the bookkeeping and membership team in 2015 during the Pinelands Adventures initiative. You can contact Audra regarding finances for Adventures, PPA, and Bishop Farmstead. She can also assist with your membership gift or donation questions. Audra has a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. While out west for 10 years she worked as a Commercial Real Estate Manager. Prior to coming on board with PPA she worked for 12 years as a Veterinary Hospital Manager. When Audra is away from PPA she is active in the school community and local girl scouts. You can also find her hanging out with her dog or cats, or running around with her daughters. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 123 or Email [email protected]
Jason Howell, Stewardship Coordinator
Jason Howell is an NJ Volunteer Master Naturalist, Wilderness First Responder, and is a volunteer with Mid-Atlantic Search and Rescue covering Southern New Jersey and The Pinelands National Reserve. In addition to his work with PPA, Jason works as an independent documentary cinematographer and wildlife photographer. His latest project, After Spring, documents Syrian refugee families as they struggle to regain control of their lives while helping to build a Taekwando school in Zaatari Refugee Camp on the Jordanian-Syrian border. Jason is an avid canoeist, hiker, and primitive skills enthusiast. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext 125 or Email [email protected]
Alicia Plaag, Database Manager
Alicia joined PPA in 2018 as our Database Manager. She comes to PPA with tremendous experience managing constituent relationship management systems as well as fundraising and development experience. She previously worked with public and private educational institutions as director of advancement services. In addition, she has been an active volunteer with both Boy and Girl Scout organizations as a leader and committee chairperson. She graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a BA in Psychology. When not working, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach and cooking. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext 129 or Email [email protected]
Ryan Rebozo Ph.D., Director of Conservation Science
Ryan joined PPA in January 2015 and completed his Ph.D. from Drexel University in March of the same year. Ryan is an ecologist whose interests included fire ecology, plant – insect interactions, mycology, and rare plant demography. He grew up in Union County New Jersey and attended Rutgers University for his undergraduate degree in ecology. Outside of work Ryan enjoys hiking, fishing, working out and playing baseball. Contact 609-859-8860 ext. 126 or Email [email protected]
Stephen Sebastian, Director of Philanthropy
Steve joined PPA in 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the University of Michigan. Steve brings with him a background in international business management, financial services wealth management and non-profit fundraising. He has traveled extensively throughout
Jane Wiltshire, Office & Membership Manager
Jane has worked for PPA since 2007. In addition to making sure that PPA’s staff is paid on time, office equipment is working
Board of Trustees
Below you will find all the voting members of the Board of Trustees for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
Emile DeVito, Ph.D.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
John Dighton, Ph.D.
Director, Rutgers Pinelands Field Station
Retired, Senior Project Manager, Liberty Property Trust
CEO of Allies In Caring, Inc
Hopewell Valley Green Team
Ron Hutchison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, Richard Stockton College
Photographer, Retired Rutgers Executive
David F. Moore
Former Executive Director, NJ Conservation Foundation
Attorney, Senior VP/ General Counsel at Revel Casino Hotel
Communications Specialist, U.S. General Services Administration
Jessica Rittler Sanchez, Ph.D.
William A. Rodio
Retired Public Health Nutritionist
James Barnshaw, M.D. is a retired physician who has been a member of the board since 2012. In 2014 Jim became Chair of the Board of Trustees. After 12 years of volunteer work with the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and The Mercer Alliance to End-Homelessness Jim returned to volunteer in the Pine Barrens where he has spent many days hiking and canoeing, having resided as a youth in Merchantville, NJ.
Robert L. Barrett joined the board in 2015. During his 42-year banking career he was a banking division manager and international large corporate banker to Fortune 500 corporations and financial institutions. He structured large syndicated loans, managed a municipal bond/public finance and other securities/investments sales force and was banking division liaison officer to Human Resources.
Barbara H. Trought, member of the board since 2012, has been active for over 45 years in numerous community service and political activities. She was appointed by Gov. Thomas Kean to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Tidelands Resource Council, and served from 1987-2011. Barbara has also moderated candidate forums for the League of Women Voters throughout the state, served as Government Director for NJ State League in the 1990’s as well as being an advocate for affordable housing. Barbara has served as a Trustee for the Forums Institute for Public Policy, been a docent at the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel and a member of the Institutional Review Committee for the Cooper Health Systems, 2001-2003.
Michael Gallaway was the New Jersey Sierra Club’s representative to the advisory committee established by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation that gave birth to PPA in 1989. He is a founding board member of PPA, and has chaired numerous board committees. He serves as the NJ Sierra Club’s representative on the PPA board, and has been the chair of the Medford Lakes Environmental Commission. He is a pediatric optometrist with a private practice in Marlton, NJ, and is an Associate Professor at Salus University in Philadelphia.
Peter C. Adamson, M.D. is Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute supported international consortium of more than 220 childhood centers that conducts clinical-translational research. He is Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Peter joined the board in 2014.
Patricia A. Butenis joined the Board in 2017. Raised in Atco, NJ and with an undergraduate degree from Penn, Pat retired back home after a 34 year career as a Foreign Service Officer which included assignments as ambassador to Bangladesh and to Sri Lanka and Maldives. She also served in Pakistan, Iraq, Colombia, El Salvador, India and Poland. Her favorite project in Sri Lanka was promoting the welfare of its wild and captive elephant populations.
Timothy J. Byrne, a resident of Princeton, New Jersey, is an attorney in private practice in New York. He is the son of former governor Brendan Byrne, and has a long-standing interest in Pinelands preservation. Tim joined the board in 1999.
Charles M. Caruso is a retired Patent Counsel who has been a member of the Board since 2016. During his 28-year career at Merck & Co., Inc. he was International Patent Counsel where he represented Merck at pharmaceutical industry trade associations around the world on intellectual property law and policy matters and was also a patent litigator engaged in the protection of patented medicines. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law and was a Master of Science candidate in Chemical Oceanography/Environmental Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Master Naturalist and an active member of the Barnegat Bay Partnership.
Charles M. Chapin lives in Oldwick, Hunterdon County, NJ and serves on the Board of New Jersey Audubon, and the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy in Tallahassee, Florida. He was a Trustee for many years of the Upper Raritan Watershed Association, serving for many of them as President. Charlie joined the board in 1997.
Emile DeVito, Ph.D. joined PPA’s board in 2002. Emileis the Manager of Science and Stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation since 1989. He received a doctorate in Ecology in 1988 for research on bird communities and vegetation landscapes in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. Dr. DeVito develops management plans for NJCF’s 20,000 plus acres of holdings designed to protect and enhance biological diversity. Emile educates government officials, advocacy groups, land trusts, teachers and students on forest-interior habitat and migratory stopover needs of Neotropical songbirds. He is also a trustee of the NJ Natural Lands Trust. He serves on the Endangered and Non-Game Species Advisory Committee within the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, the New Jersey Invasive Species Council, and the Science Advisory Committee of the NY-NJ Trail Conference.
John Dighton, Ph.D., is the director of Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station and member of the faculty of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources (New Brunswick) and Biology Department (Camden) of Rutgers. He obtained an external London University B. Sc. degree in Botany and Zoology, a M. Sc. Degree in Ecology from the University of Durham studying breeding success of large gulls and a Ph. D. from London University studying soil ecology. After 15 years of working for a UK government research organization, doing research on forest soils and pollution, he moved to Rutgers where his research and teaching interest lie in forest soil ecology, pollution and mycology. John joined the board in 2001.
Until he retired in 2018, Bill Fisher is the Senior Project Manager-National Development, Liberty Property Trust, with over thirty five years of hands-on experience in development, planning, design, and construction management both in the U.S. and overseas. His particular expertise is creating innovative, energy-efficient environments for commercial, industrial, medical and research clientele. Bill is currently furthering the implementation of the Navy Yard Business Center’s Master Plan, which covers 1,200 acres along Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront. Bill joined the board in 2014.
Ivette Guillermo-McGahee is the founder and CEO of Allies In Caring, Inc. a nonprofit providing mental health counseling and educational services for Latino, Deaf and other underserved populations. Her experience as a Mexican-born child of Deaf parents has moved her to see the potential for growth that lies within the hardships that are a part of the human experience. Founded in 2012, Allies In Caring helps families thrive and develop into more skillful, mindful, and compassionate human beings, while working through the adversity in their lives. Ivette’s professional training includes a Master in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University, D.C. She has post-graduate training in Multicultural Therapy, Systems Centered Therapy (SCT), Trauma Focus – CBT, and Mindfulness Based Interventions.
Thomas Harvey, Jr. Esq. is a retired attorney who rejoined PPA’s board in 2015 having previously served from 1999 to 2011. Thomas has also served on the boards of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the Princeton Area Community Foundation, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, Princeton Day School and the Cranbury Planning Board.
Anne Heasly, has served on the PPA board since 2007. Her admiration for the unique qualities of the Pine Barrens grew out her experience working as the Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Pine Barrens Field Office. Anne has a Masters of Landscape Architecture and a Certification in Urban Design from the University of Washington. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, from Cornell University and is a certified Landscape Architect in the State of Maryland and New Jersey. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Joann Held comes to PPA through her vast experience in environmental science and policy and her leadership role in the League of Women Voters. Joann worked at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for 26 years, specializing in air quality and site remediation issues. She is the author or coauthor of numerous scientific papers on these topics. She has a BS in Meteorology from St. Louis University and a Masters Degree in air pollution control from the Harvard School of Public Health. Since retiring from NJDEP, Joann is involved in many civic activities. These include serving on the NJ Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board; secretary of the NJDEP Environmental Justice Advisory Council; and leadership positions in the Pennington Borough Environmental Commission and Hopewell Valley Green Team. In 2017, she was recognized as a Camden Environmental Hero by the Camden Collaborative Initiative in recognition of her advocacy for the City of Camden.
Albert D. Horner is a Medford Lakes resident who has been exploring the Pine Barrens since childhood. He is a self-taught fine art landscape photographer who for nearly a decade has been photographing, almost exclusively, the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve. Al’s concentrated photographic effort in the Pine Barrens has produced over 150 fine art images. Additionally this experience has shaped him into an advocate for the Pinelands. Al has produced a power point slide show based on his work that explores the Pinelands through his images and provides his audiences with many Pine Barrens facts. The program is presented at the Pinelands Short Course, to photography and nature clubs as well as at many libraries. Albert published a monograph of his work in 2015 called “Pinelands: New Jersey’s Suburban Wilderness.” Al’s future photographic aspiration is to have a traveling art exhibit of his work to draw more statewide attention to the Pinelands National Reserve. Al joined the board in 2014.
Ron Hutchison, Ph.D. joined the board in 2014. Ron is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Richard Stockton College and has been teaching there since 2005. He received a doctorate in plant Biochemistry in 1994 from the University of Illinois. His research involved studying the biochemical basis for cold injury in crop plants. Ron teaches courses in Plant Physiology, Cell Biology, and introductory Biology, as well as two general science courses called the “Nature of Cold” and “Cancer”. Ron and his undergraduate research students study diverse topics in plant and microbial molecular biology. His current research involves using design principles found in nature to create sustainable communities.
Chris Kosseff comes to PPA after a distinguished career in the field of behavior health. Chris retired in 2016 as President and CEO of University Behavioral Healthcare of Rutgers University (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey), where he was responsible for all aspects of the largest behavioral healthcare system in New Jersey. Prior to assuming the top job he held several leadership positions in UMDNJ’s behavior health programs. He has held appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the New Jersey Medical School. Chris is an avid and adventurous traveler and an accomplished nature photographer.
David F. Moore has served on PPA’s board since the organization was founded including 14 years as Chair (from 2000 to 2014). Dave became superintendent ofAllaire State Park in 1962, and in 1964, the state’s Chief of Natural Areas. He developed the state’s first comprehensive strategies for identifying, acquiring and interpreting natural areas. Prior to 1962 he worked for two paper companies as a forester in northern New England, after graduating from the University of Maine in forestry in 1958. In 1969, Dave became Director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, which he led until his retirement in 1999. Over 77,000 acres were preserved as public open space by the Foundation during his tenure. Dave helped to found the Pinelands Preservation Alliance in 1989 and has served on the board ever since.
Loretta Pickus, member of the board since 2010, has over 28 years of experience as an executive in the casino entertainment industry with broad expertise in strategic corporate planning, administration of legal affairs and governmental compliance. Loretta has also been an adjunct instructor at Atlantic County College in the hospitality division, served on the Atlantic County’s Child Placement Review Board for Department of Youth and Family Services cases, been company chair and organizer of the United Way Campaign, Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Walk/Run and Red Cross Radiothon. Before joining the board Loretta served on PPA’s advisory committee.
Sarah Puleo lives in Philadelphia and grew up on a farm in Southampton, New Jersey where her family has worked to preserve meadows and wetlands to provide natural habitats for wildlife. They are currently working to reforest Eastern White Cedars and to create a Pollinator Garden. She works as a Multimedia Developer at the U.S. General Services Administration and is acting as the Fine Arts Officer, managing the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Fine Arts Collection. She also freelances as a Documentary, Travel, and Fine Arts Photographer. She had a show on the Pine Barrens at Gravy Studio + Gallery in 2014. Sarah started PPA’s Instagram Account and joined the board in 2015
Jessica Rittler Sanchez, Ph. D. is a regional planner specializing in water resources policy and management. A Rutgers graduate (MCRP, Ph. D.) and Pinelands resident, the water resource issues of New Jersey, especially the relationship between human development and the natural environment, have been a major focus of her career. Jessica joined the board in 2007.
William A. Rodio is a lifelong resident of the Town of Hammonton. He has been exploring the Pinelands since childhood. He feels very fortunate to have grown up in such close proximity to such an amazing wilderness. Bill continues to spend many days hiking and exploring Wharton State Forest. He introduced his children to the Pines at very young ages and they enjoy spending time together exploring, hunting, fishing, canoeing and searching for plants and animals. When he is not exploring the pinelands, Bill is a practicing attorney. He has been in private practice for twenty years. His law practice is focused on transactional matters. His law office is located in Hammonton. Bill joined the Board in 2017.
Betty Wilson has devoted most of her career to serving the public, and much of that work has been dedicated to protecting the Pinelands and New Jersey’s environment. From 1976 to 1980, Betty served as Assistant Commissioner for Regional Projects and then First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In the late 1980’s Betty was engaged by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation as a consultant to assist with the creation of an advocacy group for the Pinelands, resulting in the formation of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA). Betty was appointed to the Pinelands Commission by Governor McGreevey in 2002. In 2005 Governor Codey appointed Betty Chair of the Commission, a position she held until she stepped down in 2008. Betty joined the Board of Trustees for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance in 2016.
A new member of the Board in 2019, Paula Yudkowitz worked in Camden for 30 years as a Public Health Nutritionist with the Federal Women’s, Infants and Children’s Program. Paula serves on the Zoning and Planning Commission in Oaklyn and has held many volunteer positions in the town. For 40 years, Paula has backpacked extensively throughout the U.S. She has acted as a hiking and backpacking leader. Since moving to New Jersey from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Paula has been devoted to preserving the Pinelands Reserve.