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Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council (CNRAC)

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CNRAC Mission

The powers and the duties of the Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council (CNRAC) will be carried out as legislatively mandated in Section 315(d), Act 18 of 1995.

Drawing upon the diversity of experiences and perspectives of its appointed citizen members, the council will provide to DCNR, to the Governor, to the General Assembly, and to the public, advice regarding the conservation and stewardship of the commonwealth’s natural resources.

CNRAC Vision

To be the foremost source of quality advice to DCNR on sustaining the natural environment for all Pennsylvanians to enjoy and appreciate.

Council Members

Governor’s Appointments

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Meredith Odato Graham -- Pittsburgh, PA; B.S. Natural Resources, Cornell University; J.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Environmental Lawyer and Community Volunteer; term expires January 2022.

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Joanne C. Kilgour -- Lancaster, PA; B.A. Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University; J.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Executive Director of the Ohio River Valley Institute; term expires January 2022.

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Geralyn Umstead-Singer -- Hershey, PA; B.A. in Communications, Lycoming College; Certification Elementary Education, Wilson College; Community Volunteer and Family Caregiver; term expires January 2024.

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Silas Chamberlin, Ph.D. -- York, PA; B.A. History, Temple University; M.A. History and Ph.D. Environmental History, Lehigh University; Vice President of Economic and Community Development of the York County Economic Alliance; term expires January 2023.

Steve Stroman -- Lancaster, PA.  B.A., Political Science, Vassar College; M.A. Political Science, Duke University; Conservation/Environmental Policy Consultant and Family Caregiver; term expires January 2023.

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Senate Appointments

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Rocco S. Ali -- North Apollo, PA; B.S. Biology and Chemistry, Geneva College; M.S. Orthopedics and Neurology, University of Pittsburgh; Physical Therapist and Clinical Supervisor, Nova Care Outpatient Rehabilitation; term expires January 2023.

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Robert E. Kirchner -- St. Marys, PA; B.S. Health & Physical Education, Slippery Rock University of PA; Owner, WhyNotSafety, LLC; Board Member - West Creek Recreational Trail Association; term expires January 2023.

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Janet L. Sweeney -- Luzerne, PA; B.A in Sociology, State University of New York; M.S. Science in Planning and Regional Development, University of Arizona; Director, Pennsylvania Environmental Council; term expires January 2018.

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David Trimpey -- Pittsfield, PA; B.S. in Forest Science, Penn State University; Retired Resource Manager, Kane Hardwood Division of Collins Pine Company; term expires January 2024.

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House Appointments

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Greg Goldman -- Philadelphia, PA; B.A. Northwestern University; Master of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago; Consultant, Legacy Land and Water Partners; and
Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and Urban Studies Program; awaiting reappointment.

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Sarah Hall-Bagdonas -- Lake Ariel, PA; B.S. Biology, Millersville University; Manager, Landowner Assistance, Family Forest Carbon Program, American Forest Foundation; term expires January 2023.

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Dean Jackson -- Columbia Cross Roads, Bradford County, PA; owner, Mt-Glen Farms; term expires January 2023.

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Gary M. B. Kribbs -- Havertown, PA; B.A. Geology, University of Toledo; M.S. Geology, University of Toledo; President, AEON Geoscience, Inc.; term expires January 2023.

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Ted Tharan --  Clarion, PA; Clarion County Commissioner; term expires January 2023.

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Secretary of DCNR

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Cindy Adams Dunn -- Camp Hill, PA; B.S. Biology, Shippensburg University; M.S. Biology, Shippensburg University

CNRAC Officers

Chairperson -- Geralyn Singer

First Vice Chairperson -- Bob Kirchner

Secretary -- Meredith Graham

Advisor -- Gretchen Leslie

Council Administrator -- Katrina Harris