Board of Directors

West Branch Region

Robert O. "Bob" Rolley, Jr. - Chair of the SGP Board
Bob is the publisher of The Lock Haven Express community newspaper serving all of Clinton and parts of Centre and Lycoming Counties in Central Pennsylvania, as well as the publisher of The Williamsport Sun-Gazette. He joined The Express in 2002 after a 20-year career as a writer, editor and executive news editor at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, a sister newspaper to The Express, where he now also serves as publisher. Bob earned an associate degree in journalism from Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College in 1983, meanwhile working as a newspaper delivery truck driver at the Sun-Gazette. Bob is a past president of Downtown Lock Haven Inc.; co-chair of Riverfest recreation fundraiser (1996-present); a member of the Woodward Township Recreation Committee; co-founder and adviser for The Student Express newspaper at Central Mountain High School; a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Lock Haven; a member of the Chamber Committee of the Clinton County Economic Partnership; board member and secretary for the Keystone Central Foundation. Bob has been a recreational boater on the river since 1977.

Jason M. Fitzgerald - Treasurer of the SGP Board
Jason joined the SGP Board of Directors in 2016, and is the President and a Partner with Penn Strategies. He is an alumnus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics. Prior to joining Penn Strategies, Jason was a top aide to Representative Steve Cappelli and worked for Impact Advertising, a national marketing and public relations firm.     

Carrie Pauling - Secretary of the SGP Board
Carrie Pauling is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in English. Her 20-year career has revolved around communications in one form or another; on the editorial staff of Highlights for Children magazine; writing and producing radio ads; marketing in cable ad sales and healthcare industries. She has worked as a freelance writer for the last 13 years, writing feature articles, website content, and business communications. Most recently, Carrie was named News Director of NorthcentralPa.com, a regional online news site, where she is tasked with growing quantity, scope, and quality of news coverage for their expanding readership. Carrie spends a fair amount of time gazing at, paddling in, and biking nearby the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, where her family has a river lot. Once the snowflakes start flying, she trades in the paddle for ski poles and volunteers at Ski Sawmill as a ski patroller.

Alex S. Johnson - Vice Chair
Alex joined the SGP Board of Directors in June of 2019. Alex came to the Susquehanna region immediately after pursing his Masters in Healthcare Administration. As an executive with UPMC Susquehanna, Alex currently oversees the addiction medicine program. He and his wife Paige are originally from Utah, where both of them spent a lot of time outdoors and in the mountains. Alex joined SGP because of his love of all things outdoors, particularly of trail running.

 

 

Timm Moyer
Timm is the co-founder of MoJo Active, in Watsontown, PA, a marketing and web development firm that serves more than 100 clients from California to Boston. Prior to establishing his own firm in 2001, Timm was vice president of sales and marketing for RegScan, working directly with Fortune 500 clients including Chrysler Corp., Lockheed Martin and DuPont, and later helped to establish MarginPoint, where he served as the corporate vice president and director of site success. Timm’s dedicated commitment to business growth and the innovative application of information technology has resulted in MoJo Active doubling its office space in 2011 and increasing its number of employees by 40% in the past year. 

Jordan Sheffer
Jordan joined the SGP board in 2019. He is the president of Central Contracting, a manpower solutions company serving all of Pennsylvania.  He is also a partner at Central Real Estate with holdings throughout central Pennsylvania.  He is also involved in other various business endeavors. He resides in Lock Haven and enjoys being active in several community organizations and local politics.  In his free time he enjoys spending time on the Susquehanna River and in the mountains of central PA.

Pamela Brennan Burns
Pam is the branch manager for First National Bank in Lewisburg at its Downtown and Drive-Thru locations. After a career in journalism in her early years, Pam has been with the bank for 15+ years. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA and a master’s degree in communication studies from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. Pam is a member of the Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary Club, board member for the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership and the Lewisburg Alumni Association, serving as newsletter editor, and serves on the Membership and Engagement Committee for the Central PA Chamber of Commerce. In the past she has been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lycoming County, Junior Achievement, and the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. As a native of the Central Susquehanna Valley, Pam joined SGP because she sees it as a catalyst to help boon economic development and recreational activities throughout the region. Pam enjoys walking and hiking with friends, and is looking forward to kayaking out on the river this paddling season.

Eve Adrian
Eve joined the SGP Board of Directors in 2021 after returning to the area from Oregon. She grew up in Lycoming County and loves exploring the diverse outdoor recreation opportunities the Commonwealth has to offer. In 2016 she served as an AmeriCorps member and worked with SGP on trail projects and River Towns. She is currently the Natural Resource Planner for Lycoming County, and prior to that, was a Land Use Planner for Polk County, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning, and earned her Bachelor’s in Environmental Planning from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


Vincent Trometter
Vincent is an employee benefit consultant with Swift Kennedy & Associates, developing health insurance solutions for businesses and municipalities. Vincent has roots in the Williamsport area. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Penn State and a master’s degree in international politics from Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland. In Ireland he worked for Transparency International, World Trade Center Dublin, and Enterprise Ireland, an agency of the Irish Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation. In his spare time, Vincent enjoys fishing, learning about local history, and volunteering for Kiwanis Club Williamsport.

Amy Cotner
Joining SGP in 2020, Amy's love for the outdoors in kayaking, hiking, and biking, especially along the Susquehanna River, made it a perfect partnership. Professionally, Amy works in Student Affairs at Penn State. Her career has taken her to various institutions throughout PA and then in West Virginia before returning to Central PA. Lock Haven was a natural fit for Amy due to the surrounding mountains for hiking and the river and creeks for kayaking. She also enjoys the local biking trails, especially the Pine Creek Rail Trail which she has biked from Wellsboro to Jersey Shore. Amy earned her doctorate degree in Administrative and Leadership from Indiana University of PA, as well as her Masters Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State.

John George
Growing up on an old farmstead in Greensburg, PA and being greatly influenced by his father's uncle who shared their home, John has long been an outdoors and recreational person. He was surrounded by National Geographic magazines and books supplied by his great uncle who also took John on local walks. John later became athletic through swimming, ice hockey, biking, hiking and kayaking. Before completing a 27-year Army career, he worked for the PSU Athletic department. 

 

Middle Susquehanna Region

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Lower Susquehanna Region

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North Branch Region

Linda Woodward
Linda is a member broker of the Central Susquehanna Valley Board of Realtors. She has served with the Central Pa., Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and the Board of Realtors in one or more of the following positions: President, Vice President, and Board of Directors. Linda is currently Chair of the Mountour Township Planning Commission in Columbia County, and since 2003 has served as an Expert Witness for the PA Department State-Legal Office in completing field and desk reviews of other appraisers work products. Linda enjoys golf, sculling on the Susquehanna river at Shamokin Dam, gardening, biking, and going for walks.

Advisor

Jerry Walls, FAICP - Adviser to the SGP Board
Mr. Walls is a professional planner who served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Lycoming County Planning Commission for 37 years and as Department Head for the Planning and Community Development, Zoning and GIS for over ten years.  Due to his planning leadership, Lycoming County has gained statewide and national recognition for excellence in planning and progressive environmental initiatives. Mr. Walls wrote visionary policies in the early 1970s for the wise use, protection and better utilization of the Susquehanna River.  His persistent work toward that vision led like-minded leaders to form the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in 2001. In 2012, Jerry was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners' College of Fellows.  Fellows of the AICP are honored in recognition of their achievements as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public, and the profession, as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning, and to society. Fellowship is granted to those planners who have been members of the AICP and who have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service and leadership.

Erica Shames
Erica Shames is the founder and publisher of Susquehanna Life magazine, the region's original lifestyle publication. Since she founded the magazine in 1993 to highlight the "positive aspects of life" in 25 PA counties, the magazine has gained subscribers nationwide. Erica is also a member of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, Susquehanna University's Weis Partners, and is the volunteer-editor of the Green Dragon's annual report. A graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, she is frequently invited to talk to service groups, students, and business people about the life of an entrepreneur. Additionally, Erica serves as a Mentor for Susquehanna University's Internship Program, and as an advisor to students interested in careers in magazine publishing and writing. She speaks at Susquehanna University's Public Relations Society of America Week, to classes at the Sigmund Weis School of Business, and for Bucknell University's Art Entrepreneurship Program. Photo Credit Gordon Wenzel.

Richard Koch
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Masters of Regional Planning, Richard Koch developed a career as a professional planner, working for 42 years with Gannett Fleming, Inc. Engineers & Planners in Camp Hill, PA. Over the course of his position, Richard performed extensive work for communities throughout the Susquehanna River Basin including COWAMP studies (water quality management) for the West Branch and main stem of the Susquehanna River and planning studies for many local counties, boroughs, and townships. Now retired, Rihard hopes to contribute his lifetime of professional experience to SGP. Other professional affiliations include the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.