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.

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. ​

Chrissie Cohen

Chrissie serves as an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Manor College and a co–leader of Girl Scout troop 7285. Chrissie has been a dedicated Briar Bush volunteer, serving in animal care, among other things, with her daughter, Emily. Chrissie's background in the social sciences aid her position as Chairperson of the Programs Committee, through which Briar Bush is trying to serve non-traditional audiences.

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.

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.

Richard Kaplan

Having an academic and pharmaceutical company background, Richard is a dedicated environmental advocate, volunteering for PennEnvironment and Environmental Defense Fund. His main concern, an existential one, is Climate Change. He leads a letter writing team for PennEnvironment. Richard holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology (he is not a pharmacist) and did post- doctoral training and research in Teratology even though his Bachelor’s degree was in English Literature. Having worked for pharmaceutical companies for 32 years, he led Environmental, Health and Safety organizations for three of them. His last position was World-wide Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety for Cephalon. Experienced in environmental law and regulations, he had established and/or run programs for air, water, soil, waste, Superfund, Toxics Inventory, Community-Right-to-Know, radiation safety, etc. Currently an Adjunct Professor at Arcadia for the last five years, he teaches courses in Human Biology and Environmental Science and Policy.

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.

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.

Anuja Nath

Anuja, along with her husband and two kids, have been residents of Abington since 2006. She grew up in India and obtained a bachelor's degree in Economics and English and is a trained Early Childhood Teacher. She has more than 5 years' experience of teaching in India and USA. Since 2007, she changed her area of expertise to banking sector and joined Abington Bank, now BB&T Bank, where she currently works as the Teller Supervisor. She is known in her peers as a compassionate, helpful and very dedicated person. She has volunteered throughout the community, helping with events like the national Night Out, the cleaning of Pennypack Creek, and the 24 Hour Relay. Anuja came to know about Briarbush through her neighbors, and cultivated further interest when her daughter Varda joined as a camp aide four years ago. Equipped with a strong background in resource management and organizational capabilities, and with a passion for the betterment of the community, Anuja hopes to add a helping hand in the multifaceted work that Briarbush Nature Center performs.

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.

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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