The PACD has six standing committees. Membership of each committee is composed of up to six conservation district directors and/or associate directors, and up to six staff, from conservation districts in good standing. PACD committee meetings are open to all PACD members and Cooperating Agencies. Only appointed committee members are entitled to vote. Click here for the committee volunteer form.

Conservation

The roles and responsibilities of the Conservation Committee include:

  1. Keep the PACD informed of appropriate conservation issues as they affect the State’s natural resources and environment.
  2. Maintain a close working relationship with agencies and organizations at the federal, state and local level that are concerned or involved with conservation and the environment in Pennsylvania.
  3. Stay abreast of changes, policies, and procedures that influence conservation and the environment.
  4. Emphasize the need to implement best management practices on Pennsylvania’s private and public lands.
  5. Work with whatever federal, state, or local agencies, clubs, committees, or groups it deems necessary for development and implementation of conservation programs.
  6. Develop and maintain close working relations with agencies and committees of other organizations engaged in conservation and environmental programs.
  7. Stay abreast of changes, policies, and procedures for natural resources and land use decisions.

Chair: Adam Cotchen, Manager, Indiana Conservation District
Director/Associate Director Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016)Piper Sherburne (Berks), Bruce Snyder (Washington), Jack Dehoff (York), Bill Kahler (Lycoming), Rob Shannon (Centre)
District Staff Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Mark Davidson (Lycoming), Dan Dunmire (Mifflin), Carl Goshorn (Cumberland), Larry Martick (Adams), Craig Todd (Monroe), Kelly McLaughlin (Allegheny)
Staff Advisor: Brenda Shambaugh, Executive Director

District Employees

The roles and responsibilities of the District Employees Committee include:

  1. Assess employee training needs, make recommendations, and assist in the development of training.
  2. Provide a means of communication regarding effective programs and other concerns of district staff.
  3. Research methods to improve general Conservation District Staff working conditions and/or advancement opportunities.
  4. Respond to requests for assistance from district employees.

Chair:  Sandy Thompson, Manager, McKean Conservation District
Director/Associate Director Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Don Bowser (Fayette), Joseph Dietrick (Westmoreland), Mike Price (Beaver), Mary Ellen Snyder (Lehigh), John Thatcher (Allegheny)
District Staff Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Lance Bowes (Venango), Gretchen Schatschneider (Bucks), Gary Stokum (Washington), Bob Sweitzer (Centre), Deborah Wilson (Jefferson), Steve Putt (Elk)
Staff Advisor:  Terry Fisher, Program Manager

Education and Outreach

The roles and responsibilities of the Education and Outreach Committee include:

  1. Identify existing conservation education tools that address the needs of Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts.  (Conservation education tools include, but are not limited to, items such as workshops, print materials, exhibits, and other materials).
  2. Identify needed Pennsylvania-specific conservation education tools.
  3. Provide guidance to the PACD with the development of Pennsylvania-specific conservation education materials.
  4. Identify and promote new and existing conservation education tools that address the needs of Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts.
  5. Identify and promote existing tools that will help market the activities of Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts and PACD.
  6. Provide guidance to the PACD with the development and dissemination of conservation marketing tools.
    Identify new and/or existing technologies that help support the outreach efforts of Conservation Districts and the PACD.
  7. Provide guidance to the PACD in the development of technology-based education and/or marketing tools.
  8. Provide guidance to PACD in the development and use of new computer-based technology for Conservation Districts.
  9. To identify dedicated sources of funding for conservation education at the district level.

Chair:  Laura Anderson, Environmental Education Coordinator, Wyoming Conservation District
Director/Associate Director Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Bob Robinson (Wyoming), Ted Veresink (Northampton), Hank Webster (Clearfield), Jack Hanish (Luzerne), Ben Vaupel (Schuylkill)
District Staff Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Chris Thompson (Lancaster), Michele Ulmer (Pike), Trudy Alexander (Clarion), Cathy Yeakel (Bradford), Jessie Albright (Allegheny)
Staff Advisor:  Shannon Wehinger, PACD Director of Communications & Education

Legislative

The roles and responsibilities of the Legislative Committee include:

  1. Keep the PACD apprised of legislative actions anticipated or being acted upon in the field of conservation.
  2. Give consideration to new legislation needed to accelerate conservation programs.
  3. Keep abreast of federal legislation, state legislation, and local ordinances and regulations, in effect or needed to further conservation programs in the Commonwealth.
  4. This committee with and through the President of the PACD, PACD staff, and Conservation Districts should keep in touch with state legislators and U.S. congressmen and senators to further the aims of the PACD.

Chair:  Jo Ann McCready, Manager, Lawrence Conservation District
Director/Associate Director Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Don Baker (Mifflin), Dan Farnham (Susquehanna), Joseph Hanyon (Monroe), Jim Luce (Wyoming), Pat Sueck (York), Joe Fecondo (Delaware)
District Staff Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Donna Fisher (Blair), Josh Longmore (Luzerne), Gus Meyer (Montgomery), Jim Shaner (Beaver), Chris Strohmaier (Chester), Maryruth Wagner (Columbia)
Staff Advisor: Brenda Shambaugh, Executive Director

Operations

The roles and responsibilities of the Operations Committee include:

  1. Review the annual book of PACD Policies for the PACD.
  2. Review all resolutions for consistency with PACD policy and clarify resolutions for consideration by the Executive Council.
  3. Advise the Executive Council on affairs of the PACD, including but not limited to PACD meetings, requests, recommendations, and resolutions.
  4. Handle requests for assistance by other standing committees as necessary.
  5. Work with the local annual convention committee in developing plans for the annual meeting.

Chair:  Don Koontz, Director, Mercer Conservation District and PACD First Vice President
Director/Associate Director Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Dave Crowl (Northumberland), Charles Duritsa (Westmoreland), Ken Meck (Lancaster), Piper Sherburne (Berks), Blaine Smith (Blair), Daniel Farnham (Susquehanna)
District Staff Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Larry Martick (Adams), Steve Putt (Elk), Sandy Thompson (McKean), Chris Thompson (Lancaster), Mark Kimmel (York), Seleen Shives (Fulton)
Staff Advisor:  Brenda Shambaugh, Executive Director

Ways and Means

The roles and responsibilities of the Ways and Means Committee include:

  1. Identify new sources of revenue for the PACD.
  2. Develop and implement a strategy to secure sources of revenue for the PACD.
  3. Identify new grant opportunities that can be used to help PACD provide increased products and services to Conservation Districts.
  4. Provide guidance and recommendations to the Executive Council on the management of the PACD special funds.
  5. Develop and implement a strategy to secure donations for PACD special funds and projects.
  6. Develop annual dues structure and present this proposed amount to the Executive Board for their review and presentation to Executive Council.

Chair:  Ken Meck, Director, Lancaster Conservation District and PACD Secretary
Director/Associate Director Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Glenn Seidel (Berks), Jack Tressler (Somerset), Samuel Worley (Franklin), Edward Zinser (Sullivan), Dave Crowl (Northumberland), Cliff Lane (McKean)
District Staff Committee Members (as of Jan. 1, 2016): Mary Ann Bower (Clinton), John Dryzal (Cambria), Jim Garner (Susquehanna), Bill McFadden (Lehigh), Judy Becker (Northumberland), Donna Zofcin (Forest)
Staff Advisor:  Lisa Suhr, PACD Director of Operations