Trish Carothers - Executive Director
Trish works closely with the Board of Directors to develop education and outreach programs that build support for Greenway projects and stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of the Susquehanna Greenway. She is also responsible for coordinating program plans and development programs. She is a conservationist and outdoor enthusiast. Previously she was the Membership Coordinator for the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, in Charleston, SC where she managed the membership program, annual appeal, donor database, website, electronic newsletter, annual report and planned giving programs. She has experience in financial sales and marketing communications. Trish earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Business Management from the University of Delaware and master’s degree in Extension Education from Penn State. Trish can be reached at 570-522-7259 or tcarothers@SusquehannaGreenway.org.
Kassia Janesch - AmeriCorps Education and Outreach Program Assistant
Kassia graduated from Penn State University in 2015 with a BA in English and an Environmental Inquiry minor with a focus on interactions between the environment and society. She grew up in both State College and right along the Susquehanna River in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. After interning at Voices of Central Pennsylvania and the Berks County Community Foundation Metropolitan Edison and Penelec Sustainable Energy Funds, Kassia joined AmeriCorps and the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership for a year of service. She enjoys reading, yoga, and traveling. Kassia can be reached be reached at 570-522-7229 or at kjanesch@SusquehannaGreenway.org.
Scarlett Littman - AmeriCorps River Towns Program Assistant
Scarlett began serving at the SGP through AmeriCorps in 2015. She graduated from Texas State University in May 2015 with a B.S. in Geography- Resource and Environmental Studies and a minor in Anthropology. Throughout her college years she volunteered with the local humane society and various 4-H clubs and continues to volunteer with 4-H. Scarlett recently relocated to Central Pennsylvania and enjoys outdoor recreation, gardening, and spending time with her dogs. Scarlett can be reached at slittman@SusquehannaGreenway.org.
Erin Pierce - Program Coordinator
Erin joined SGP as Program Coordinator in 2012 after serving as SGP's OSM/VISTA AmeriCorps Volunteer through the Appalachian Coal Country Team. She grew up in the Ridge and Valley region of Central Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University to study Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has put her passion for the environment to work as an intern for The National Geographic Society, the Borough of State College, and the ClearWater Conservancy. Erin completed her M.A. in Geography from Ohio University where she studied greenbelts, growth boundaries, and other landuse policies in Baltimore County, MD as part of the Long-Term Ecological Research – Baltimore Ecosystem Study. Erin is currently conducting light repairs to a single rowing shell and sculls on the Susquehanna River with the Central PA Rowing Association. Erin can be reached at epierce@SusquehannaGreenway.org.
Michele Richards - Development Associate
Michele joined SGP in 2015 and holds a B.S. in Conservation Biology from Juniata College. Michele has dedicated her career to natural resource conservation and education working for nonprofit and government organizations. She initiated Pennsylvania Master Naturalist in 2007 as well as co-founded the PA Institute for Conservation Education in 2002 where she served as the Executive Director for ten years. In subsequent years, she managed educational and service-based programs for such groups as Penn State Extension, American Wilderness Leadership School, Girl Scouts, Dauphin County Conservation District, and State Parks. A majority of her career has been spent directing field-based natural science programs and raising funds to sustain these initiatives. She has extensive background in nonprofit management, fundraising and development. She lives in Elysburg and enjoys any activity that gets her outdoors and spending time with her children. Michele can be reached at 570-522-7339 or mrichards@SusquehannaGreenway.org.