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Friends of Briar Bush Board of Directors

Stephanie McKenna, Board President

Stephanie O’Neill McKenna is the Circulation Manager at Horsham Library and has lived in Abington Township for over 15 years with her husband and two children. Both kids attended Briar Bush summer camps and School’s Out programs before continuing on as summer camp aides. She is also a volunteer with Wags Rescue & Referral, acting as Surrender Coordinator and fostering hundreds of dogs since 2015. Stephanie is an avid reader, gardener, scratch cook, and chicken wrangler with a particular interest in native plants.

Lea Della Vecchia, Board Vice President

Lea currently resides in Huntingdon Valley with her husband, two young children and dog.  Lea is the program coordinator with the Medical Physics Graduate Programs at the University of Pennsylvania. Lea earned a BS in Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York and an MS in Nonprofit Leadership from La Salle University. Prior to working at the University of Pennsylvania, Lea worked in the experiential and environmental education fields for over ten years, and is thrilled to continue pursuing her passion for connecting folks of all ages to the environment where they live through volunteer work at Briar Bush. In addition to working, tending small children and volunteering, Lea enjoys all aspects of flower gardening -- from seed starting, tending to the plants, and sharing the flowers with friends and family.

Pamela Olshefski, Board Secretary

Pamela Olshefski lives in the Upper Dublin School District with her husband and 3 daughters. Pamela is the Plant Records and Living Collections Manager at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at the Arboretum since 2001 and works in the Plant Science department. Pamela loves youth environmental education and is especially passionate about teaching children to learn, love, and protect our environment. It is an honor to support Briar Bush Nature Center by being on the board!

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Tara Moore, Board Treasurer

Since moving to Glenside in 2010, Tara and her family have enjoyed Briar Bush’s activities, including Magic Mornings, campfires, lectures, and summer camps. She got a closer look at the workings of Briar Bush in 2019 when her daughter and two friends designed and installed the children’s area mural in the Bird Observatory while earning their Girl Scout Silver Award, and later when her son and daughter did their Eagle Scout projects at Briar Bush. Tara volunteered with Girl Scouts for many years, including serving as the committee chair for Girl Scouts Overseas in Singapore. She also works with the Abington Senior High School Theater Department's student stage crew as the Set Designer. A registered professional engineer with a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering, she is self-employed as a consultant investigating accidents.

Bonnie Bell

Bonnie resides in the Upper Dublin School District with her two daughters and a multitude of pets. She is delighted to have been selected by the Friends of Briar Bush to contribute to their board leadership team and chairs the board’s Governance Committee. Bonnie appreciates the organization's extensive history, unwavering commitment to the community, and recognition of the inherent brilliance of young minds when exposed to open space. Professionally, Bonnie serves as the Director of Brand Management with BLBB Advisors, a registered investment advisory firm located in Montgomeryville, PA.

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Timothy Glencamp, Jr.

Tim was born and raised in Central New Jersey. In his youth he loved having pets around him, from hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, mystic sharks, snakes and even scorpions. This taught him to value and respect animals and nature. When he first attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ, his goal was zoology but later he eventually changed his major to math and economics. This led to his I.T. career that just reached 25 glorious years. Tim moved to Glenside in 2010 and discovered Briar Bush in 2016 when his daughter started summer camp there. It was an instant connection and he felt right at home. When Tim is not working, you can find him biking on trails and enjoying nature. When he is not on the trails, you can find him on the courts playing tennis with his daughter. Nature is our heaven on earth and he is very happy to be a part of an organization that cares so much about preserving nature.

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Kimberly Hamm

A fan and member of Briar Bush since moving into the area in 2016, Kim works in municipal government, focusing on strategic planning and the successful administration of state, county, and federal grants.  Previously, Kim worked as an independent nonprofit consultant and in-house leading fundraising, engagement, and relations for teams at Manor College, Fox School of Business at Temple University, and the National Kidney Foundation. Kim lives in North Hills with her family and enjoys spending time gardening, hiking, camping, and skiing.

Norman Marcus

Norman S. Marcus of Meadowbrook, PA is a licensed professional engineer chiefly involved in engineering design and operations for the American transit industry and railroads. In addition to being a consultant primarily for the transit agencies serving the Northeast Corridor, he serves as the technical advisor to the SEPTA Citizens Advisory Committee as an emeritus member. Norman is an active member of the local Briar Bush community serving on the local boards of the Abington Police Athletic League and the Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary, and is a member of the Wyncote Audubon Society, Old York Road Historical Society, and the Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association. Norman also serves on the Boards of the Historic Germantown Consortium (currently 19 member sites) and its Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion and Germantown Historical Society member sites. Norman serves on the Boards of the Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, and the Uptown Entertainment & Development Corporation, and maintains an active membership in, and support for, many of the Region's historic, preservation, horticultural, and arts institutions too numerous to mention. Norman is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, including the Philadelphia Chapter, and a member and Director of the Philadelphia  Chapter of ASM International (the International Materials Engineering Society). Norman has been associated with the Friends of Briar Bush since the 1980s, serving on the Board for many terms. 

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Matt Palmer

Matt enjoyed volunteering at Briar Bush in his Junior and Senior years of high school. After studying at Temple University and living in Japan for a year, he became the site manager for Shofuso, the Japanese house and garden in Fairmount Park. Matt worked closely with the program committee of the board there and gained experience in the creation and development of programs. He also has worked with the Youth Arts Workshop at Asian Arts Initiative in Chinatown. Currently, he lives in Rockledge, works as an on-road supervisor for UPS, is an active member of his local Citizens Climate Lobby chapter, and enjoys taking hikes with his family whenever possible.

Dale Reiser

Dale spent over 30 years as a certified EPA and PADEP environmental consultant bringing hazardous and contaminated properties and industrial facilities into compliance. Dale discovered many artifacts during his time on job sites and found himself intrigued when he found antique glass bottles. This curiosity developed into a hobby and he now owns an extensive collection of over 400 unique bottles. Dale retired in November 2021. In June 2022, just six months later, Dale began a new adventure volunteering at Briar Bush working on multiple facilities and grounds projects. Since then, Dale has worn several volunteer hats including handyman, trail guide, community events representative, fundraiser, and, now, Friends of Briar Bush Board Member. He is very involved with Briar Bush’s partnership with Abington School District’s A.C.T.I.V.E. Academy, a program designed for young adults, ages 18-21, with IEPs. He loves impacting the lives of these students and helping them learn new skill sets as they transition into their independence after high school.

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Jake Ricci

Jake Ricci has not lived far from the area, growing up in Willow Grove and currently residing in Glenside with his wife Amy, and two daughters, Lois and Penelope, both of whom have gone to camp at BB and Amy previously on the board.  He is currently an Equipment Account Representative for United Rentals in Philadelphia Pa, pushing the use of hybrid and electric machines to keep our work going in a cleaner, greener direction.  He is a strong advocate for a vibrant, sustainable community and environment, currently serving as a member on the Greater Glenside Civic Association and PennEnvironment.  He enjoys spending time with family, friends and neighbors, loves to garden and grill, and believes being outside in nature is the truest way to connect with ourselves and each other.

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