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 19 / 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. 18 /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. 16 /Email rich@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. 14 /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. 21 /Email becky@pinelandsalliance.org


Audra Hardoon, Bookkeeper
Audra received her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. While living out west she worked as a commercial real estate manager. When Audra moved back to the east coast she purchased a home in the Pinelands and got involved with veterinary medicine. A lover of both domestic and wild animals she remained in the industry for 12 years as a Hospital Business Manager. Since Audra joined PPA in 2015 as bookkeeper, she has also become a contributor to our membership team helping with donations and other administrative tasks that arise. When Audra is not at PPA she is Mom to her two daughters and five famous felines. Contact 609-859-8860 ext. 23 / 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


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 theresa@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. 26 /Email ryan@pinelandsalliance.org


Geoff Richter, Outreach Manager
Geoff joined PPA in 2014. He graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2013 in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. He served as an AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador from 2013-14, conducting environmental outreach throughout the Rancocas Creek watershed. Prior to that, he has worked on a sustainable dairy farm in Hunterdon County (Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse), been a summer fellow with the NJ Audubon Society, and lifeguarded at Barnegat Light on LBI. He has a passion for travel, cooking, and agriculture, as well as swimming, in which he has been competing since he was 7. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 25 /Email geoff@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. 24 / 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. 12 /Email jane@pinelandsalliance.org



Mike Pippin, Volunteer Manager
Mike has been managing PPA's volunteer program since 1998. Contact: 609-859-8860 ext. 15 /Email mike@pinelandsalliance.org


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


Board of Trustees

Hon. Brendan Byrne
Honorary Chair
Former Governor, State of New Jersey

Below you will find all the voting members of the Board of Trustees for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance for fiscal year 2016 (October 2015 to September 2016).

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

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

Thomas Harvey, Jr. Esq.

Albert Horner

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

David M. Kutner, PP AICP
Planning Manager, New Jersey Future

Louis R. Matlack, Ph. D.
Retired Mediator and Community Facilitator

David F. Moore
Former Executive Director, NJ Conservation Foundation

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

Sarah Puleo
Freelance Photographer, Multimedia Developer and Acting Fine Arts Officer, U.S. General Services Administration

Jessica Rittler Sanchez, Ph.D.
Regional Planner

Leon M. Rosenson, Ph.D.
Retired, Liposome Company

Robert Tucker, Ph.D.
Retired Scientist

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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