Protecting our rural character and natural resources

                   through community-based land conservation.

Boyce Budd (President) has had a long involvement with conservation. Thanks to his wife, Karen, he became a stewardship volunteer with The Nature Conservancy in the mid-80's and then became a Pennsylvania chapter trustee from 1996 to the present, including a six-year stint as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Boyce was owner and President of several air and ocean freight logistics companies prior to serving for twelve years as a Tinicum Township Supervisor. Boyce served in the U.S Marine Corps and was a member of the gold-medal-winning 1964 US Olympic rowing team. He is a graduate of Yale University and did graduate studies at Cambridge University, England. Boyce, Karen, and black lab Bridget live on a conserved farm in Erwinna. Along with his passion for conservation issues, he still loves to be on the water sailing and kayaking, as well as cycling around Tinicum.

Rick Bowles (Vice President) is thrilled to live in Erwinna on a conserved property. After a career spent in the pharmaceutical industry, he retired from the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Merck & Co., Inc. He continues to consult and also to support not-for profit organizations in the areas of compliance, governance, and continuous quality improvement. Rick holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He is active in advisory positions at Princeton University Department of Chemical Engineering, and The New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has published and lectured widely on the topic of quality management, and is a member of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Rick is a past president and board member of Raritan River Concerts and a past chairman and board member of Merck Cares. He is a practitioner at and the treasurer of Zen Mountain Monastery, a Zen Buddhist monastery and training center located in New York’s Catskill Mountains.


Committees: Communications, Governance

Peggy Enoch (Board Secretary) and her husband, Tex, have lived in Tinicum since 1979. Peggy spent 30 years teaching at various levels, in both private and public schools. She and Tex are happy to spend time with their three adult children and their spouses, and their four grandsons. Peggy has volunteered for a number of church and community groups and especially enjoys her association with the Palisades Community Chorus.


Committees: Events, Governance, Land Preservation

Dorothy “Dot” Parker (Treasurer) joined the Tinicum Conservancy Board of trustees as treasurer in 2014. Dot has an extensive background in financial management; she retired from the financial services field six years ago. Dot graduated from Marymount College at Fordham University where she studied economics and finance. She lived in Greenwich, CT for 30 years where she raised her two children. She and her husband, Bob Ferrari, moved to Tinicum in 2000. For the past five years Dot has served as the Tinicum Civic Association treasurer. She loves to read and enjoys the beauty of Tinicum.


Committees: Finance

Karen Budd: Karen holds a degree from Temple University in horticulture and landscape architecture. Karen’s stint as a volunteer for The Nature Conservancy led to a 15-year staff position with its Pennsylvania chapter. Although she managed preserves and coordinated volunteers for The Nature 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 provide occasional consulting services to The Nature Conservancy. She is an avid, cyclist, skier, and kayaker.


Committees: Governance, Land Preservation, Stewardship

Bill Cahill retired in 2009 from the Palisades School District after 34 years of teaching. On that same day he also retired as a Major from the Army Reserve with 21 years of service. Currently he is the Tinicum Township Emergency Management Coordinator and one of the township auditors. Bill enjoys gardening, pairing food and wine, bike riding on the canal towpath, swimming at the Doylestown Y, and traveling. He has been married to Ros for 43 years; they have two children, one grandchild, and have lived in Tinicum since 1978.


Committees: Education, Stewardship

Jeff Keller and his family have lived in Tinicum since 2001. Jeff owns Habitat by Design, an environmental consulting firm, and works as a restoration ecologist. His work includes a wide range of activities such as stream restoration and wetland mitigation design, design of low-maintenance landscapes for corporations, and naturalization of out-of-play areas on golf courses. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Penn State, and masters and doctoral degrees in wildlife ecology from Cornell. Jeff often assists the Board with issues related to habitat management for biodiversity or species of interest, as well as control of invasive species. He enjoys leading educational programs for the Conservancy and introducing participants to our area’s diverse wildlife. He recently authored a book on wildlife habitat analysis using Geographic Information Systems.


Committees: Stewardship

Chuck Scholer: Chuck and his wife, Sue, have been Tinicum residents and Conservancy supporters for 22 years. Chuck holds a BA in Political Science from Allegheny College, and an MPA in Public Management from NYU Wagner. He began his professional career as a land use/zoning officer with the Paterson, NJ Planning Department. Chuck was President of Bradford School in Philadelphia, and owner and President of Braxton School of Virginia. He founded Performance Training Institute in New Jersey. Chuck founded and owns Braxton School of Puerto Rico, which trains students in remedial math, English, and Spanish. He owns First Caribbean Educational Group, a consulting organization assisting schools in maintaining satisfactory progress under No Child Left Behind. Chuck has been a consultant to a number of New Jersey non-profit Work Force Investment Boards, ensuring they meet performance standards to continue their funding streams.


Committees: Governance

Hellyn Sher has had a home in Tinicum since 2001. Initially a part-time resident, she moved to Uhlerstown full time in 2004 after many years in New York. Her professional background is in publishing, having worked as an editor at magazines and in books. Switching gears a bit, she has most recently been a bread baker at a dairy farm across the river in Hunterdon County. Locally, she has volunteered for Tinicum Township, the Tinicum Civic Association, and the Hunterdon Land Trust. She is a native of Washington, DC and has also lived in Ketchum, Idaho and Chicago, IL where she went to college at The University of Chicago.


Committees: Communications, Fundraising

Sue Smithers and her husband, Tom Casola, have called Tinicum home since 2004. Their home is nestled back in the woods on conserved property. Sue grew up in southern West Virginia. After spending much of her adult life moving up and down the east coast, settling in rural Tinicum feels like home to Sue because it reminds her so much of her family’s farm in West Virginia. Sue is a graduate of the Duke University School of Nursing and began her career in health care as a psychiatric and public school nurse. After working as a nurse for ten years, Sue transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry where she worked for over twenty years. Retired now, Sue enjoys the rural lifestyle in Tinicum and Bucks County. Some of her favorite things include walking, cycling, and cross-country skiing along the towpath, as well as stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking on Lake Nockamixon.


Committees: Land Preservation







Jim Engel (Executive Director) Jim has more than 18 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. Through his work experience, 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 has been executive director of the Tinicum Conservancy for more than 8 years. Jim was part of the organization’s successful professional accreditation in 2009 and its recertification in 2015. He has lead the effort to protect an additional 1,400 acres in the region and has raised more than $2.5 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 wife, three children, one cat, two rats, a dog, and a pot belly pig.

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.


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