PPA Staff & Trustees

Connect with PPA staff and learn about our board of trustees.

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Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director
Carleton joined PPA as executive director in May 1998. Carleton left legal practice in Washington, D.C., where he was a partner in the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, in order to join the nonprofit world and devote himself to environmental protection. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext 119 / Email: carleton@pinelandsalliance.org


Jaclyn Rhoads, Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director
Jaclyn received a Ph.D. in environmental policy from Drexel University and joined PPA’s staff in 2004. She also teaches environmental policy at Drexel University. Prior to joining PPA, she was vice president of the Green Building Division at Edifice Rx, a consulting firm specializing in indoor environmental quality, green buildings, and environmental psychology. She is active in the Delaware Valley Regional Network of the Environmental Leadership Program and board member of Darby Creek Valley Watershed Association. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 118 /Email: jaclyn@pinelandsalliance.org



Richard Bizub, Director for Water Programs
Rich joined PPA in 1997. Rich has been employed in the water resources field since 1979. Prior to joining PPA he worked as a geologic consultant responsible for designing and conducting investigations related to both water quality and water supply planning. During that time he was licensed as a professional geologist in three states. He has served on a number of boards and commissions including the national ethics committee of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Outside of PPA he is involved in faith-based initiatives, and stays in shape by training for triathlons and long ocean swims. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 116 /Email: rich@pinelandsalliance.org


Isabella Castiglioni, Outreach Manager

Isabella is working as Outreach Manager in a joint position with PPA and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). She will be helping homeowners and municipalities to build green stormwater infrastructure projects, mainly within the Rancocas Creek Watershed. Isabella comes to PPA out of the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Program, where PPA was her host agency. She graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental and Resource Management. Outside of work, Isabella is pursuing a Master’s of Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and drinking tea. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext 128 / Email: isabella@pinelandsalliance.org

Tom Dunn, Development Office Assistant
Tom has worked for PPA since 2009. If you have registered for a PPA program chances are that you sent Tom an email or talked to him on the phone. In addition to helping run PPA’s outreach programs, Tom prepares PPA’s membership reminders and thank you letters. Tom spent 37 years as a teacher and technology director in the Little Egg Harbor School District. He received his undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University and his Masters Degree from Rowan University. Tom is an avid photographer and spends a great deal of time hiking in the Pine Barrens, practicing his botany skills and searching for the perfect picture. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 114 /Email: tom@pinelandsalliance.org


Rebecca Free, Director of Membership & Communications
Becky joined PPA in 2007. Becky has worked for the American Cancer Society, The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens Program, and as a seasonal park ranger at Big Bend National Park in Texas. She has a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University in Parks, Tourism and Recreation. Becky grew up in Bucks County PA and is married to an organic farmer who runs Fernbrook Farm CSA in Chesterfield, NJ. When she isn’t working to save the Pinelands or picking strawberries, she is chasing after her two little superheroes or competing in obstacle course races. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 121 /Email: becky@pinelandsalliance.org


Rhyan Grech, Policy Advocate

Rhyan joined the PPA team in September 2018. Prior to that, she spent 15 years working for non-profits and local governments in the environmental field in different corners of the country, but is happy to be back working in her home state of NJ. She received her Biology degree from West Chester University, and spent 2 years as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Outside of work, she spends her time running, hiking, playing piano and a little guitar, and attempting to crochet. Contact 609-859-8860 ext. 122 /
Email: RhyanG@pinelandsalliance.org


Audra Hardoon, Bookkeeper
Audra is an active volunteer with the Indian Mills Home and School Association, where she serves as Board Treasurer. Audra has a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. While living out west she worked as a Commercial Real Estate Manager, but she always longed to be back at her favorite place Long Beach Island. After 10 years in the desert, Audra moved back east and purchased a home in the Pinelands where she worked as a Veterinary Hospital Manager for 12 years. Audra enjoys cooking, and of course, eating. She spends most of her time outside of work having fun with her children. Contact 609-859-8860 ext. 123 / Email: audra@pinelandsalliance.org


Jason Howell, Stewardship Coordinator
Jason Howell is an NJ Volunteer Master Naturalist, Wilderness First Responder, and is a volunteer with Mid-Atlantic Search and Rescue covering Southern New Jersey and The Pinelands National Reserve. In addition to his work with PPA, Jason works as an independent documentary cinematographer and wildlife photographer. His latest project, After Spring,documents Syrian refugee families as they struggle to regain control of their lives while helping to build a Taekwando school in Zaatari Refugee Camp on the Jordanian-Syrian border. Jason is an avid canoeist, hiker, and primitive skills enthusiast. Contact: 609-288-8113 / Email: jason@pinelandsalliance.org


Ryan Rebozo Ph.D., Director of Conservation Science
Ryan joined PPA in January 2015 and completed his Ph.D. from Drexel University in March of the same year. Ryan is an ecologist whose interests included fire ecology, plant – insect interactions, mycology, and rare plant demography. He grew up in Union County New Jersey and attended Rutgers University for his undergraduate degree in ecology. Outside of work Ryan enjoys hiking, fishing, working out and playing baseball. Contact 609-859-8860 ext. 126 /Email: ryan@pinelandsalliance.org


Stephen Sebastian, Director of Philanthropy
Steve joined PPA in 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the University of Michigan. Steve brings with him a background in international business management, financial services wealth management and non-profit fundraising. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia Pacific and Europe. While living in New Zealand, he gained a strong appreciation for the need to balance development with the responsibility to preserve and protect unique, pristine environments. Getting this equation right will have immeasurable social and economic benefits for generations to come. Outside of work Steve loves spending time with his family, playing golf, fly fishing, birding, and other outdoor activities. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 124 / Email: steve@pinelandsalliance.org


Jane Wiltshire, Office & Membership Manager
Jane has worked for PPA since 2007. In addition to making sure that PPA’s staff is paid on time, office equipment is working properly, and making sure all PPA’s bills get paid, Jane is frequently the person you will talk to about your membership questions. Jane has previously worked for The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey, Catholic Charities, and The Nature Conservancy of Pennsylvania. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 112 /Email: jane@pinelandsalliance.org



Mike Pippin, Volunteer Manager
Mike has been managing PPA's volunteer program since 1998. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 115 /Email: mike@pinelandsalliance.org


For a list of staff at Pinelands Adventures, please visit their webpage here.


Board of Trustees

Below you will find all the voting members of the Board of Trustees for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

James Barnshaw
Retired Physician

Barbara Trought
Vice Chair
Community Activist

Anne E. Heasly
Conservation Consultant

Michael Gallaway
Sierra Club


Peter C. Adamson, M.D.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Robert L. Barrett
Retired Banker

Patricia A. Butenis
Ambassador (Retired)

Timothy J. Byrne

Charles Caruso
Retired Patent Counsel, Merck & Co., Inc.

Charles M. Chapin
New Jersey Audubon Society

Emile DeVito, Ph.D.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation

John Dighton, Ph.D.
Director, Rutgers Pinelands Field Station

Bill Fisher
Senior Project Manager, Liberty Property Trust

Ivette Guillermo-McGahee
CEO of Allies In Caring, Inc

Thomas Harvey, Jr. Esq.

Joann Held

Albert Horner

Ron Hutchison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

David F. Moore
Former Executive Director, NJ Conservation Foundation

Loretta Pickus
Attorney, Senior Vice President General Counsel at Revel Casino Hotel

Sarah Puleo
Communications Specialist, U.S. General Services Administration

Jessica Rittler Sanchez, Ph.D.
Regional Planner

William A. Rodio

Betty Wilson
Retired Public Servant


Carleton K. Montgomery
Executive Director, Pinelands Preservation Alliance


Use the following links to review the Conflict of Interest Policy, the Whistleblower Policy and the Records Retention Policy of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

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