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.
Robert Schindler, President (2013-2014)
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 son Luke.
Meghan Rogalus, Past President (2013-2014)
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.
Nick Spinelli, President Elect (2013-2014)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 early 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 resides in Tafton, PA and is currently serving as Assistant Chief of the Tafton Fire Company. He is also a member of the Tafton Dive Team and enjoys studying Lake Wallenpaupack from both sides of the epilimnion.
Joseph Hudson, Secretary (2013-2015)
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 where he teaches two courses. His personal interests include research, books, music, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.
Gretchen Schatschneider, Treasurer (2012-2014)
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 (2007 – present)
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 scrapbooking in her "free time".
Joe Gallagher, Eastern Regional Director 1 (2012-2014)
Joe has a Master's degree in Wildlife and Fishery Science from Penn State University. Joe has been employed as an environmental consultant for more than 15 years. Prior to consulting, he worked at Penn State University with the PA Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Unit where he was the Senior Research Technician on an acid rain study being conducted throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Currently he is the owner of Ecological Solutions, Inc., an environmental consulting firm located in northeast Pennsylvania that specializes in aquatic ecology and lake management. As a PALMS member Joe has served as president, treasurer, and both eastern and central regional directors. He helped create the statewide database identifying "significant" lakes in Pennsylvania, and was a contributor to the Pennsylvania Lake Management BMP Handbook.
Andy Link, Eastern Regional Director 2 (2013-2015)
Andy Link is a Senior Scientist/Aquatic Biologist for Aqua Link and Hydro Logic Products. Andy received a B.S. degree in Biology and Environmentally Studies as well as a M.S. Degree in Biology from East Stroudsburg University. While attending East Stroudsburg University, Andy worked as an intern at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Area 5 in Bushkill. Andy has over 12 years of experience in water resource management and wetland delineations. Currently, at Aqua Link and Hydro Logic Products, 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.
Bryan Swistock, Central Regional Director 1 (2012-2014)
Bryan is a Water Resources Specialist with Penn State Extension. For the past 24 years he has conducted research, teaching, and extension programs on water resources issues throughout Pennsylvania. Bryan organizes and presents pond and lake management workshops and has authored dozens of pond management fact sheets and publications through Penn State Cooperative Extension. He has served on the PALMS Board of Directors representing the Central Region for the past five years. Bryan enjoys fly fishing, bike riding and training his two bird dogs.
Jack Hanish, Central Regional Director 2 (2013-2015)
Jack holds a B.S. in Science from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a retired USAF pilot with service in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Jack was involved with several of Grumman Corporation's aircraft and space projects and retired as a Principal Systems Engineer after 33 years of service. After retirement, he joined PALMS where he has served as Central Region Director, president, and the PALMS representative to the Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW). In addition to PALMS, Jack is actively involved with the Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council (PISC); serving as Director of the Pocono Northeast Resource, Conservation, and Development Council (RCND); and a delegate to the PA Association of RC&D Councils. Jack also serves as a non-paid consultant on watershed issues for the Lehman Township Board of Supervisors in Luzerne County, PA and is an Associate Director of the Luzerne Conservation District.
Brian Pilarcik, Western Regional Director 1 (2012-2014)
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 for the past 11 years. While there he has had the opportunity to work with a number of excellent lake and watershed associations. Brian enjoys spending a good portion of his time around and on Pymatuning Reservoir fishing, hunting, and kayaking. As an active member of the Pymatuning Lake Association he has assisted the group with a number of projects around the lake including fishing tournaments, lake monitoring, and in-lake habitat improvement projects. Brian has served as a board member with the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society since 2001. He has spent nearly seven years serving as a Western Regional Director and another three as President Elect, President, and then Past-President.
Milt Ostrofsky, Western Regional Director 2 (2013-2015)
Milt has attended PALMS conferences and given presentations off and on for about 15 years. He has served as a regional director for 4 yrs. 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 32 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.
2015 PALMS Conference
March 18 & 19, 2015