Evergreen Conservancy Board of Directors
President – Cindy Rogers
Cindy is retired staff development specialist and training coordinator, twenty five years as a special education teacher. She was a board member for 7 years and then president for 1 year of Friends of the Park, Indiana, PA presenting programs on wild flowers. She is a member of the Herb Study Group of Indiana, a board member of Friends of Yellow Creek and a board member of League of Women Voters.
Vice President – Malcolm Hermann
Malcolm is a cartographer. He is the owner and operator of a map publishing company, Municipal Publications. He has a background in agriculture and conservation and is a member of North American Cartographic Society.
Secretary –Tara Binion
Tara is a 1994 graduate of Indiana University of PA with a degree in biology. Tara worked many years in market research. And was briefly on the Indiana Borough Council. She currently works for Department of Labor and Industry.
Paul comes to the board with a varied background of experience. He served on the U.S. Department of Interior Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. He was a reclamation specialist for abandoned mine lands, dealing with government agencies from local to federal levels. He volunteers his time to do water testing and monitoring for PASEC and is currently helping out with Evergreen’s water monitoring installations and data downloading. He always helps with whatever environmental and preservation project needs his help.
Dan is a retired professor in the Philosophy Department at IUP from 1969—2005. He has two patent applications filed for a new type of vertical-axis wind turbine and a novel hybrid electric vehicle that uses renewable cellulose fuel.
John is a strong advocate and protector for the environment and has worked as a liaison between local environmental groups and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He is president of the Senior Environmental Corp and a member of Ken Sink Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Bob is a retired manager of Indiana Job Center after a 37-year career in the employment business. He writes a job search advice column for the Indiana Gazette and other newspapers. He is a member of the PA Senior Environmental Corps. He served as board member and volunteer with Indiana Community Action Program Member of Calvary Evangelical Free Church and was involved with Boy Scout Troop 11.
Tim is a volunteer with Exceptional Adventures. He has a bachelor degree at IUP and is working on his Masters in public administration. He worked as a printing press operator for 12 years with Gazette Printers and a printing company in Pittsburgh for a number of years.
Becky recently retired as the General Manager from Fluid Recovery Services in Creekside, PA after 30 years in the oil and gas industry. She has a B.S. degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and currently is a member of the Environmental Committee of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association. She is also the Treasurer for the West Penn Energy Association, an energy education non-profit association.
Michael Tyree is an assistant professor of Plant Applied Ecology within the Department of Biology at IUP. Mike earned his B.S. in forest biology from Penn State University and an M.S and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Academic interests include understanding the impact of land-use change and climate change on ecosystem carbon cycling, restoration ecology, and disturbance ecology. Mike has formally taught dendrology (tree id) over the last five years while teaching at Louisiana Tech University. Additionally, Mike has participated in a number of community outreach opportunities using tree identification as a tool to generate interest in natural resource conservation.
Dr. Janetski is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology) His has done research focused on Pacific salmon and the great lakes, postdoctoral research on spatiotemporal patterns of fish community structure. At IUP, Dr. Janetski’ research program prepares students for successful careers in aquatic ecology and conservation. He enjoys fishing, birding, photography, and being outdoors with his family.
Shannon Jackson is the Property Manager for Westgate Group Apartments in Indiana Pa. I currently manager 500 apartments and a great staff of 12. I served as the Board President for the Indiana County Humane Society from November 2014- March 2017, and will finish my current term on the Board of Directors in March 2018. I am extremely excited to be able to join Evergreen Conservancy’s Board of Directors, and bring with me my past and current board experience. I currently live in Indiana Pa with my grandfather, and several cats.
The Board of Directors would like to welcome its newest member, Adriene Smochek, having been appointed in January of this year. Adriene is a Saint Francis University graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership and Management Information Systems, bringing to the board a background in community relations, marketing and advertising, public administration, government affairs, event coordination, and fundraising. Fiercely passionate about conservation and outdoor recreation, Adriene is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of our local resources, serving on the Indiana County Parks and Trails Board, C & I Trail Council Board, and more recently, as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Friends of the Indiana County Conservation District. She is employed as the District Manager for State Representative Jim Struzzi, and previously spent ten years on staff for the former House Majority Leader Dave Reed. She resides in Washington Township, Indiana County with her husband Brian and two young children and spends as much time as possible outdoors by bike, boots, or boat.
Our 2020-2021 AmeriCorps Volunteer is Monica Lee: Monica is a recent IUP alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, focused in ecology/conservation. I had two field seasons of experience studying native bee, butterfly, and wildflower populations in managed timber harvest. Additionally, she has gained a strong interest in ornithology throughout my studies. Recently, she joined the AmeriCorps where she accepted our position as project assistant for Evergreen Conservancy in addition to the Indiana County Conservation District. Monica is super passionate towards the environmental field. This is a wonderful position to achieve self-growth as a new biologist. She is excited for the future experiences she now has the opportunity to be a part of.
Our Accountant is Bean Counters in Indiana, PA.
If interested in joining the board, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org