Board of Directors
Operation and management of the affairs of the PALMS are vested in an 11-member Board of Directors composed of an Executive Committee (President, President Elect, Past President, Secretary and Treasurer) and six regional directors. Day to day operations are performed by the Executive Director who was hired in 2007 as a part-time employee for PALMS.
PALMS Board members are active, hardworking, and knowledgeable individuals that have a vested interest in Pennsylvania lakes. Board members live and work in lake communities and understand the value of lake management. They share a passion for proper management of water quality for lakes, reservoirs and watersheds.
Lance Bowes, President
Lance received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and environmental geosciences from Clarion University in 2002. From 2002 to 2012 he was the Watershed Specialist for the Venango Conservation District. Lance is currently the District Manager for the Venango Conservation District. He has served as a Western Regional Director, President Elect, President, and Past President to the PALMS board from 2004 to 2010. During his tenure with the PALMS Board he assisted the organization in applying for and receiving a Growing Greener grant to implement BMP’s on lakes throughout the Commonwealth. His goal is to continue to assist PALMS with their mission of assisting lake associations with implementing BMPs and educating the public about reducing or eliminating non-point source pollution from entering Pennsylvania’s lakes.
Robert Schindler, President Elect
Bob graduated in 2004 from Penn State University with a degree in Environmental Resource Management. He began a career in lake management in 2005 and currently works for Allied Biological as aquatic/fisheries biologist. Bob has served on the PALMS Board since 2011. Bob resides in Mount Bethel, PA with his wife Sarah and their sons Luke and Austin.
Nick Spinelli, Past President
Nick is the Executive Director of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District. He oversees the District's lake monitoring program, provides educational programming to the public, and leads implementation of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management Plan. Nick graduated from Penn State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. His resource management career began on the Upper Delaware River with the National Park Service in 2006. In 2008 he began working at the Pike County Conservation District as a Watershed Specialist and in August 2010 transitioned to his current position with LWWMD. Outside of work, Nick's interests include natural history, cultural heritage, and paddling the Upper Delaware River. He is a member of the Tafton Dive Team and enjoys studying Lake Wallenpaupack from both sides of the epilimnion.
Joseph Hudson, Secretary
Joseph has been a member of PALMS and on the Board as Secretary since 2010. His professional interest in the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society comes from the ongoing challenge of "managing" the thirteenth largest lake on the face of the earth – Lake Erie and surrounding watershed. His professional background is in watershed modeling and environmental engineering. After working in private consulting for five years, he joined the Erie County Conservation District as Watershed Specialist. Joseph is also an adjunct professor in the Environmental Science Department of Gannon University's graduate program. His personal interests include research, books, music, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.
Gretchen Schatschneider, Treasurer
Gretchen graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science with a specialization in Agronomy from Delaware Valley College in 1999. She was hired by the Bucks County Conservation District as Watershed Specialist in 2001. Gretchen was introduced to PALMS through their former Treasurer, Ed Molesky. She was elected as the Eastern Regional Director in 2005, and also began editing the PALMS newsletter, What's Wet. Gretchen was elected President in 2009, and served as President Elect, President, and Past President. Gretchen is now the Bucks County Conservation District's Manager and the current Treasurer of PALMS.
Kerilynn Frey, Executive Director
Kerilynn is a native of Wisconsin where her love for lakes began. She received her Master's of Science degree in Natural Resources – Fisheries from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2002. Prior to becoming the Executive Director for PALMS, she was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as a water pollution biologist working with the Citizens' Volunteer Monitoring Program. During her employment at DEP Kerilynn was actively involved with PALMS. Outside of PALMS work, Kerilynn enjoys hunting and fishing with her husband Aaron; playing at the beach and catching tadpoles with their children; and spending time with friends.
Meghan Rogalus, Eastern Regional Director
Meghan is the Watershed Specialist for Bucks County Conservation District. At BCCD, Meghan provides technical assistance and support to volunteer watershed associations, administers grants, manages environmentally beneficial projects sponsored by the District, and conducts public outreach on a variety of water resource concerns. In 2010, she joined the PALMS Board as an Eastern Regional Director and has enjoyed contributing her time and energy to this organization's mission and objectives. In her spare time Meghan enjoys skiing, hiking and kayaking with her husband Michael.
Andy Link, Eastern Regional Director
Andy is a Senior Scientist/Aquatic Biologist for Aqua Link and Hydro Logic Products. Andy received a B.S. degree in Biology and Environmentally Studies and a M.S. Degree in Biology from East Stroudsburg University. While attending East Stroudsburg University, Andy worked as an intern with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Andy has over 12 years of experience in water resource management and wetland delineations. Currently Andy handles a variety of tasks including water quality data collection and analysis; report preparation; manager of aquatic pesticide applications; water fountain repair and sales; aeration system and water fountain installations; and permitting. Andy spends a great deal of time with his wife, Aleta, step-daughter, Amanda, as well as other family and friends. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys fishing, boating, hiking, biking and camping.
Jim Clark, Central Regional Director
Jim is a native of Elmira, New York. He holds an Associate Degree in Animal Husbandry from Alfred State College and a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Arts and Teaching from Cornell University. He has been an Extension Educator with Penn State Extension since 1989, based in McKean County. He is Co-Chair of the Penn State Extension Water Resources Team. He has coordinated the Penn State Pond Home Study On-line Course since 2002, reaching hundreds of pond owners in PA, the United States, and internationally. He also coordinates a Penn State Extension Aquatic Pesticide Update Training Class and is working to develop a second course. He is a past presenter at PALMS conferences and has organized regional pond workshops in North Central Pennsylvania.
Marty Miesko, Central Regional Director
Marty has been involved in the aquatics industry since 1991 as a licensed Aquatic Herbicide Applicator. He attended college at both Pennsylvania State University and East Stroudsburg University where he earned a degree in Aquatic Biology and Environmental Science. In 1995, he formed Natureworks, Clear Water Associates, Inc. The company serves PA, NJ, MD, DE, and OH specializing in all aspects of lake and pond restoration. Marty is also an avid pilot and enjoys flying his Piper Comanche to destinations near and far.
Brian Pilarcik, Western Regional Director
Brian is a 1996 graduate of Mansfield University and has a BS in Geography with an emphasis on Environmental Science and a minor in Biology. He has been the Watershed Specialist for the Crawford County Conservation District since 2000. He has been active in a number of watershed associations around Crawford County assisting with projects including fishing tournaments, lake monitoring, and in-lake habitat improvement projects. He also enjoys spending a good portion of his time around and on Pymatuning Reservoir fishing, hunting, and kayaking. Brian has served as a board member with the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society since 2001. He has spent most as a Western Regional Director and served one term as President Elect, President, and then Past-President.
Milt Ostrofsky, Western Regional Director
Milt has attended PALMS conferences and given presentations off and on for many years. He has served as a regional director since 2010. Milt has an undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Vermont and a Master's and Ph.D. degree in biology (focus on limnology) from the University of Waterloo. He did a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University applying phosphorus loading models to subarctic lakes. Milt's work experience includes the Vermont Department of Water Resources, and environmental consulting with Sheppard T. Powell Associates. He has been a professor of biology at Allegheny College for the past 30+ years, teaching courses in ecology, limnology, and statistics. When he has free time, Milt enjoys hiking, camping, boating, reading American history and philosophy, and gardening. Lake Champlain is his favorite lake.