PPA Staff & Trustees
Connect with PPA staff and learn about our board of trustees.
PPA staff and board of trustees in 2012.
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 19 / Email
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. 18 /Email
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. 16 /Email
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. 14 /Email
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. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 21 /Email
Amy Karpati, Ph.D., Director for Conservation Science
Amy received a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolution from Rutgers University and joined PPA in 2011. She is an ecologist with specialization in conservation biology, ecological restoration, urban ecology, and plant ecology. Amy also teaches as an adjunct instructor for the Sustainability Management program at The Earth Institute of Columbia University. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, nature photography, urban botany, studying human-nature relationships, kettlebells, and knitting. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 23 /Email
Theresa Lettman, Director for Monitoring Programs
Theresa has worked for PPA, monitored the work of the Pinelands Commission, and helped residents organize for environmental protection since 1990. She also serves on the board of the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 22 /Email
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. 24 / Email
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. 12 /Email
Mike Pippin, Volunteer Manager
Mike has been managing PPA's volunteer program since 1998. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 15 /Email
Board of Trustees
Hon. Brendan Byrne
State of New Jersey
Richard J. Sullivan
Proprietor, NJ First, Inc.
David F. Moore
Leon M. Rosenson, Ph.D.
Retired, Liposome Company
Robert Tucker, Ph.D.
Anne E. Heasly
Timothy J. Byrne
Charles M. Chapin
New Jersey Audubon Society
Emile DeVito, Ph.D.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
John Dighton, Ph.D.
Director, Rutgers Pinelands Field Station
Chief Operating Officer, The Bannett Group, Ltd.
League of Women Voters
Attorney, Former Vice President of Legal Affairs, Trump Entertainment Resorts
Jessica Rittler Sanchez, Ph.D.
Water Resource Planner
New Jersey Academy of Aquatic Sciences
Carleton K. Montgomery
Executive Director, Pinelands Preservation Alliance