Friends of Briar Bush Board of Directors

Angel Belka

Angel lives in Glenside, with her husband and 2 daughters who will be graduating from Abington Senior HS this spring. She has been a supporter of Briar Bush Nature Center since 2006, when her daughters had their 7th birthday party there. Twelve years later, they consider Briar Bush to be a second home. Angel has been active in both the Junior and Senior Highs’ PTO boards, and is currently serving as Secretary on ASD Parent Council. She also serves on the boards of Abington Educational Foundation and Ardsley Community Association. She and her husband enjoy gardening, even if it isn’t always successful.

Bonnie Bell

Bonnie lives in the Upper Dublin School District with her two daughters and abundance of pets. This is her first foray into the world of Board membership and is happy to be chosen by The Friends of Briar Bush to join their leadership and its long history, proven commitment to the community, and its understanding of the simplistic brilliance of young minds when exposed to open space.  Bonnie is the Director of Brand Management with BLB&B Advisors, LLC in Montgomeryville, PA.  She is also co-leader of the Girls Friendly Society of PA (GFS)/Ambler Branch, member of the Valley Forge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and avid supporter of youth athletics.

Brenda Branson

Born and raised in Oregon, where she and her family enjoyed outdoor activities, Brenda relocated to Philadelphia in the 1980s to attend dental school. A resident of Abington for 21 years, she has a family dental practice in Glenside. Brenda and her husband, Paul, enjoy the outdoors with pursuits like hiking, camping, bicycling, and bird watching. Brenda believes that maintaining green spaces in urban and suburban communities is a very important objective, and Briar Bush, a gem in Abington Township serves an important role in this area. 

Steve Cardullo

Steve is branch manager for Trumark Financial Credit Union in Fort Washington. He’s no stranger to Briar Bush, having served as a board member and board chair when he worked for Abington Bank.  Steve has participated in the board's finance committee for many years. Steve is known throughout the region as an advocate of a strong healthy community. He has encouraged banking institutions to support many organizations. ​

Lea Della Vecchia

Lea has worked at Snipes Farm starting as a fall field trip instructor in 2016, and then joined the full-time staff in January 2017 until the summer of 2019. Lea has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. Prior to joining SFEC, she spent five years working at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in the Delaware Water Gap, and served an AmeriCorps term at the Youth Garden Project in Moab, Utah. Presently, Lea is working on a Master’s degree in nonprofit leadership through La Salle University.  

Jenny Duskey

Jenny Duskey of Glenside, Pennsylvania is a semi-retired computer professional who has worked part-time as an independent contractor creating and enhancing Microsoft Access databases since retiring from Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health in Philadelphia, where she was Assistant Director of MIS for over 10 years. A volunteer for Briar Bush since 2011, she has created and maintains databases to keep track of volunteer activities and nature shop sales, and she helps at PR tables. She was selected as Volunteer of the Year in 2012. She is a Special Interest Group leader at the Philadelphia Area Computer Society. Jenny also does volunteer computer work at Visiting Nurses Association Community Services in Abington, where she worked for about 20 years. She is currently secretary of the Friends of Briar Bush and a member of the Governance Committee.

Henry Geyer

Henry is a resident of the Ardsley community in Abington and has been a volunteer at Briar Bush for over 40 years, starting when his daughter and son attended the former Ranger Rick program.  He has been on the Board previously where he served in different functions including the rolls of vice-president and president, and continues to volunteer for different programs. Henry has been recognized by Briar Bush with their Griscom Award and Volunteer of the Year Award.  A retired business manager for UPS, Henry also volunteers in a plethora of civic programs including the Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Abington Community Task Force, Boy Scouts, and the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Henry and his wife, Nancy, also a volunteer at Briar Bush, enjoy the outdoors and travelling.

David Judge

David Judge of Glenside, Pennsylvania has lived in Abington Township for the past 12 years. David is a Senior Director of Program Management at Comcast. Together with his wife Andrea, he has three children between the ages of 6 and 12 who have all enjoyed exploring the Briar Bush property and events. Discovering, enjoying and protecting the environment has always been a passion of his. He is actively involved in the Abington community as volunteer coach for soccer and baseball as well as involved in Pack 48 Cub Scouts.

Michele Kaczalek

Michele became an active member of Briar Bush Nature Center in 2000. She was elected to the Board and to chair the Finance Committee in 2002, and served through 2017. Since 2002, she has been a member of the Abington Environmental Advisory Council where she serves on the Program Committee and participates in the “Green Program.” Michele is a contributing member of Pennypack Trust, and the Friends of Crosswicks Bird Sanctuary. As of 2006, she chairs the Robert W. Montgomery Jr. Award which recognizes outstanding environmental project and activity leaders in our community. Michele also volunteers as a Poll Worker and Minority Inspector. In 2011, Michele founded the Redeemer Valley Garden Club which supplies local food cupboards and farmers’ markets with locally grown fresh produce, and continues to support this organization. A loyal friend to Briar Bush, Michele was chosen to receive the Griscom Award in 2019.

Michael Kleiman

Michael resides in Dresher with his wife and two daughters. He is a founding member of Bleczinski, Kleiman & Klein, LLC, a King of Prussia law firm, where the focus of his practice is family law. Active in his community, Kleiman regularly serves as a coach as well as league commissioner for the Upper Dublin Junior Athletic Association. He currently is serving a four year term on the Judiciary Committee for the Montgomery County Bar Association, which evaluates judicial candidates seeking election to the Court of Common Pleas. Michael also currently is a trail steward for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association. Kleiman is passionate about all issues regarding nature and the environment.

Adam Lieberman

Adam's civic involvement has primarily been youth focused. He has worked as a very involved parent at Rydal School in the environmental club, as a Boy Scout supporter and as a community volunteer. Adam specializes in production management. His involvement in Briar Bush has been brought on by his children's interest in the natural world. Adam's curiosity and sense of humor help him see the world through a unique lens.

Norman S. Marcus

Norman S. Marcus of Meadowbrook, PA is a licensed, professional engineer heavily involved in engineering design and operation for the American transit industry and railroads. He represented Montgomery County before serving as the technical advisor for the SEPTA Citizens Advisory Committee. He is a transit consultant for the Philadelphia Region, the New York City region with the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and other regions. Norman serves on many other boards including: Historic Germantown Preserved, Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary, Abington’s Police Athletic League, PhilaLandmarks, and Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion where he also serves as treasurer. He chairs the Grumblethorpe House Committee and the ASM International Philadelphia chapter. Norman is an active member of Germantown Historical Society and all Historic Germantown sites, Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association, Wyncote Audubon Society, Old York Road Historical Society, Preservation Alliance, Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Norman has been associated with the Friends of Briar Bush since the 1980’s serving on the Board for many terms; he serves on the Governance Committee.

Stephanie McKenna

Stephanie O’Neill McKenna is the Circulation Manager at Horsham Township Library and has lived in Abington Township for the past 9 years with her husband and two children. Both kids have attended Briar Bush summer camps and School’s Out programs for the past several years. She is also a volunteer with Wags Rescue & Referral, acting as Surrender Coordinator and fostering 54 dogs (and counting!) since 2015. Stephanie is an avid gardener, scratch cook, and chicken wrangler with a particular interest in native plants.

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.

Amy Ricci

Amy Ricci resides in Glenside with her two daughters and husband.  She currently works as the Executive Director of Historic Rittenhouse Town, the site of the first paper mill in North America.  Previously, Amy served as a Program Director at the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for almost 10 years where she oversaw the organizations easement portfolio of nearly 250 buildings.  Amy has a graduate degree in Historic Preservation from Boston University.   She enjoys gardening, stained glass, and instilling an appreciation of architecture and the historic built environment in her two girls.  Presently she is most interested in the integration of historic buildings and natural sites and how they can be used as educational environments.

Doug Wendell

Doug Wendell holds a B.S and M. Ed. degrees from Temple University and is a 38 year veteran of the Abington Bureau of Parks and Recreation. The last 20 years of his employment in Abington was as the Director of the Bureau. Since the beginning of his career in Recreation and Parks, Doug has been actively involved in the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society serving in various positions on both the local (D-III) Board as well as the Executive Committee of the Society. His recreational interests include outdoor sports  such as bicycling, camping, boating, hunting, fishing and scuba diving. Photography and astronomy are additional leisure pursuits that round out his free time.

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