Board of Trustees
Neal Feigles (President) and his wife, Heidi moved to Erwinna from Doylestown in 2000. He has spent his whole life in Bucks County except for his four years at Wake Forest University. His mother’s family roots go back 250 plus years in Upper Makefield. Along with his wife, he lives here with his son Ethan and a cat. He owns a small business based in Doylestown, where he helps customers throughout the United States to build efficiency in their manufacturing operations. In good weather he is either planting trees and gardening or biking / walking along the along the towpath with Heidi or Ethan. In the winter I can be found in front of the fire with a good book. He joined the Conservancy because he believes that the natural beauty and farms of our area are worth preserving in perpetuity and living in Tinicum is further enhanced by the people, with talents and accomplishments of all kinds, who choose to live a normal life without a signpost, let alone a billboard, to announce their accomplishments.
Committees: Governance and Fundraising
NEWS & EVENTS
Protecting our rural character and natural resources
through community-based land conservation.
Karen Budd (Board Secretary) is a graduate of Temple University, with a degree in horticulture and landscaping, Karen’s stint as a volunteer for The Nature Conservancy lead to a 15-year staff position with the Pennsylvania Chapter. Although she managed preserves and coordinated volunteers for the Conservancy, Karen specialized in fire management (as the Fire Manager of Pennsylvania and Maryland and certified burn leader) and invasive plant species. She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including Planned Parenthood, Singing City Choir of Philadelphia and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center. Karen is the former president of the Tinicum Conservancy and continues to occasionally provide consulting services to TNC. She has served on the board for more than a decade. In her free time, Karen loves to travel and be outdoors as much as possible.
Committees: Land Protection and Stewardship
Michael Kauffman (Treasurer) and Amanda Bertele chose a protected Tinicum property after an extensive search in 2016. They share their secluded property with a myriad of wildlife and a collection of antique domestic animals. Originally from Berks County, PA, and a graduate of Millersville University, Mike is co-founder and CEO of the PennSouth group of companies, which are involved in the ownership, management, and maintenance of retail, commercial, and residential real estate in the mid-atlantic and northeast. In addition to serving with the conservancy, Mike is also a Trustee of the Tinicum Civic Association and a Tinicum Township Historical Commissioner. When not otherwise engaged, Mike can be found hiking, biking, perpetually repairing the driveway, or just enjoying the peace and tranquility.
Committees: Fundraising and Finance
Jeff Keller (Trustee) and his wife Lorraine have lived in Tinicum for the past 20 years. Jeff works as a restoration ecologist and also serves as environmental consultant to several New Jersey municipalities. He enjoys teaching and has guest lectured at Penn State, Temple and Thomas Jefferson University, and co-taught a one-week summer course in field natural history at Cornell for almost 30 years. He also recently published a book on habitat analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and has an upcoming book chapter on landscape ecology and wildlife management.
Jeff will be serving on the Board of Trustees for his 5th three-year term and also serves on the TC Stewardship Committee.
Patricia Leonhardt (Trustee) and her fiancé, David Upmalis, moved to Tinicum in 2016. Their home is a part of the Turtle Rock Property — the very first easement of the Tinicum Conservancy back in 1995. Patty grew up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey and attended William Paterson University with a focus on Fine Arts and Design. Blending her love of horses with her design and marketing knowledge, she worked as Director of Marketing at Miller Harness Company for 12 years, which included a company move to eastern North Carolina. In 2002 she moved back North, continuing her career within the catalog industry in New York and, finally, Pennsylvania. Working freelance has allowed Patty to volunteer for Tinicum Conservancy, chairing the communications committee and the Tinicum Civic Association, as well as Animal Alliance in Lambertville, NJ earlier this year. Patty’s love for animals has involved owning horses, cats, birds, and currently, she cares for her chickens and three rescue dogs. Patty enjoys nature, reading, cooking and dabbles in photography.
Mark Manchester (Trustee) has been a contributing member of the Tinicum Conservancy since 2001 and has had a wide-ranging background in business. Early in his career he ran the news distribution department of a British advertising agency in Tokyo, then returned home to start several gourmet coffee businesses including a mobile espresso bar. For the past twenty years, Mark has been helping organizations in the public and private sector be more productive through technology training and solutions development. Having lived in the West, Northwest and overseas, Mark settled in Tinicum in 2000 with his wife Polly where they enjoy biking, kayaking, backpacking, cooking and enterta ining. Mark, Polly and their children, Miles and Jocelyn, make their home on part of the former Four Brooks Summer Camp.
Committees: Land Protection and Information Technology
Kelly Simcox (Trustee), a resident of Bridgeton Township, was born in Tinicum Township, while living most of her formative years in Tinicum and Nockamixon townships. Kelly joined the working world with the objective to bring medicines to patients in need, which started a world-wind tour of work travel – some glamorous, some not so much. In the midst of all this travel, Kelly thought she might find another area of the world to call home, but ultimately each business trip and short-term assignment abroad resulted in her appreciating Bucks County more and more. Kelly describes her home town as one of the most beautiful places she has seen – on weekends she likes to walk the nearby tow path, bike the beautiful backroads, monitor a conserved property, or fund-raise for her favorite non-profit (aka Tinicum Conservancy). Kelly believes in protecting our natural resources for future generations and loves partnering with the community to achieve this goal.
Peggy Enoch (Trustee) has lived in Tinicum since 1979. Peggy graduated from Chestnut Hill College and earned a Masters in Education from Lehigh University. She spent 30 years teaching at various levels, in both private and public schools. She and her husband, Tex, are happy to spend time with their three adult children and their spouses, and their four grandsons. She has volunteered for a number of church and community groups and especially looks forward to the resumption of singing with the Palisades Community Chorus.
Jim Engel (Executive Director) Jim has more than 20 years of land trust experience with both small and large land conservancies including the Tinicum Conservancy, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Chapter, and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. He has extensive knowledge of all aspects of land trusts including fundraising, policy, communications, land protection and stewardship. But it is his work with people—landowners, volunteers and supporters—that inspires him most. He is entering his 12th year as executive director of the Tinicum Conservancy. Jim was part of the organization’s successful professional accreditation in 2009 and its recertification in 2015. He has led the effort to protect an additional 1,500 acres in the region and has raised more than $3 million to further land protection, stewardship and legal defense. Jim loves exploring the Delaware River Valley via kayak, foot, bicycle, or snowshoe. He lives in New Jersey with his three children and two cats on top of a mountain.
Maria Fell (Office Manager) holds a BSc. in business from Delaware Valley College. Following more than 20 years in the computer industry, her love of nature and the outdoors led to a change of career. As administrative director and a teacher-naturalist with Bucks County Audubon Society she gained experience in the conservation and non-profit worlds that she brings to her position at the Tinicum Conservancy. Maria joined the Conservancy staff in 2011 and has lived in Tinicum since 1998. She enjoys exploring National Parks as well as backpacking, hiking, and kayaking closer to home.
Kelly Germann (Resource Protection Manager) is a Quakertown native and brings 16 years of non-profit land and water conservation experience to her work at Tinicum Conservancy. She holds a degree in conservation biology and has worked for Berks County Conservancy, Heritage Conservancy, Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Bedminster Regional Land Conservancy and multiple townships as a resource protection specialist. She joined Tinicum Conservancy in 2009 as a part-time staff member. In 2014 she fulfilled a life-long dream to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. When not working or backpacking, Kelly can be found in her garden or contra-dancing with her partner, Jon, and their girls, Sosie and Karis.
Patty Leonhardt, Chair
Betsi Campbell, Chair
Dot Parker, Chair
Jim Engel, Chair
Boyce Budd, Chair
Jim Engel, Chair
Kelly Germann, Chair