The day-to-day operations of Lehigh Gap Nature Center are managed by Co-Executive Directors, Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak, and Office Administrator, Lauren Foltz:
Director of Science and Education
Education: B.S. Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies, Muhlenberg College.
Director of Communications
Education: AA Graphic Design; Kutztown University, Anthropology; Moravian College, Biology; Muhlenberg College, Biology
Brian Birchak is a life long outdoors enthusiast with a background in biology, education and graphic design. He also has a background in web design and IT and it shows in his hobby of building computers. Brian has enjoyed being a part of LGNC for years and is thrilled to be a part of the education team. When he’s not out playing on the mountain with insects and plants you can find him relaxing with his banjo or playing with his computers. You can contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Education: B.S. Environmental Studies, Temple University
Lauren Foltz is fascinated by plants, animals, and everything that sustains them. She has a background in data collection, GIS, and native plant ecology. She enjoys taking difficult hikes and leisurely bike rides. If she can’t be outside, she is likely reading or drawing. You can contact Lauren at email@example.com.
LGNC Board of Directors and Board of Advisors
Diane Husic, Ph.D.
Profession: Prof. of Biology; Dean, School of Natural and Health Sciences
Dan Kunkle, Hon. Ph.D.
Treasurer, Director Emeritus
Profession: Biology Teacher (retired); Executive Director, Lehigh Gap Nature Center (retired)
Ron Kline, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling Services
George Beam, P.E.
Profession: Electrical Engineer
PPL Corporation, Allentown, PA
Frederic “Fritz” H. Brock
Profession: Director (retired)
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Anita Collins, Ph.D.
Profession: Honey Bee geneticist, USDA (retired);
Prof. of Entomology, Penn State University
Profession: Elementary Teacher (retired)
Northampton Area School District
Profession: Owner and Founder, Kula Children’s Center
Marilyn Jordan, Ph.D.
Profession: Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
of New York, (retired)
Jennifer Lansing, Ph.D.
Profession: Ecologist and Owner, Cardinal Directions, LLC
Profession: Biology Teacher, Cumberland Valley School District (retired)
Profession: Guidance Counsellor (retired)
Board of Advisors
Keith L. Bildstein, Ph.D.
Profession: Director of Conservation
Science, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary,
Profession: Plant scientist
Holly A. Heintzelman, Esq.
Profession: Private attorney
Roland Kushner, Ph.D.
Profession: Professor of Business
Christian F. Martin IV
Profession: Chairman and CEO
Donald A. Molde, M.D.
Profession: Physician, Retired
Carl Oplinger, Ph.D.
Profession: Professor Emeritus of Biology
Profession: Founder/Owner (retired)
Dan’s Camera City
Just Born Candy
Profession: Co-owner Edge of the Woods
Native Plant Nursery
Profession: Professional Planner, Arborist
Committees provide guidance and recommendations to the Board of Directors and are comprised of Board members and other LGNC members. The Executive Director and Board President are ex officio members of all committees.
- Dan Kunkle, Chair
- George Beam
- Bob Hoopes
- Ron Kline
- Janet Maurer
- Anita Collins, Chair
- Fritz Brock
- Bob Hoopes
- Jen Lansing, Chair
- Diane Husic
- Marilyn Jordan
- Dan Kunkle
- Janet Maurer, Chair
- Barb Egerton
- Donna Gasser
Any member with skills in one of the above areas who wishes to serve on a committee should contact
the Co-Directors (firstname.lastname@example.org) or President (email@example.com).