Marci Mowery | President
A former high school educator, Marci entered the conservation arena 25 years ago, and has served as the President of the Foundation since 2005. Her passion is to connect people to the outdoors. When not working, Marci enjoys hiking, biking, paddling, reading, cooking, wine tasting and spending time with her family.
Jenna Behringer | Office Assistant
Jenna is a modern “Jackie-of-all-Trades,” bringing with her a diverse mix of music industry, electronics, IT, and social media marketing experience. Deeply passionate about nature and the outdoors, Jenna spends as much time as possible kayaking and playing along our creeks, lakes, and rivers. She also loves to travel, and freely admits she owns way too many books. Which she hopes to get around to reading…someday.
Margarita Caicedo | Ambassador
Margarita first learned about PPFF during one of her regular visits to Nolde Forest. In the spring of 2021, she joined the staff as the Foundation’s first Ambassador. A longtime resident of Reading who originates from Colombia, Margarita is a Bilingual ESL Program Coordinator at Reading Area Community College (RACC).
In her role as Ambassador, she works closely with Hispanic park visitors in developing outdoor skills and utilizing Leave No Trace principles. She also works alongside park staff assisting to create welcoming environments throughout the parks and forests in Eastern Pennsylvania. Margarita hopes to use her positive park experiences and appreciation of the natural world to engage new and returning visitors. “I am excited to welcome this rising demographic of park goers by helping to overcome language and cultural barriers that might be an impediment to experiencing the wonder of Pennsylvania’s protected public spaces.”
Brian Swift | Public Engagement Coordinator
Brian Swift is PPFF’s Public Engagement Coordinator in the Camp Hill office. A graduate of McDaniel College and La Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Brian had been working abroad as an educator in Colombia before he returned home to PA last summer. A native of South Central Pennsylvania, Brian developed a love of hiking, history, and deep respect for PA’s state parks and forests in his youth. After only visiting Pennsylvania during the winter holidays for the past decade, Brian was stunned this year by PA’s springtime beauty. “I had completely forgotten about all the redbuds, dogwoods, magnolias, the green budding maples, and – well, all the color of our flowering trees and shrubs.”
Bernadette Howard | Bookkeeper
Bernadette comes to us from years of property management and has tons of experience with bookkeeping and accounting. She loves to spend time in the outdoors walking and says “Ricketts Glen is one of my favorite spots for waterfalls. My best vacation ever was in Alaska when there was still snow everywhere. I am a lifelong camper and have passed that love down to my three children that now take their families. I love to garden, and really enjoy cooking, baking and, of course, eating!!”
Pam Metzger | Membership Coordinator
Pam came to the nonprofit world in a roundabout way, having worked for 25 years in the legal field. Now she’s overjoyed with the freedom of a “no pantyhose job.” Getting out to the parks and forests, working with the Friends groups, and writing her weekly “Take Five/Fridays with Pam” eblast are the best parts of her day. Pam lives near her beloved Great Allegheny Passage trail. She enjoys biking on the trail, travel and planning to travel, and good books.
Isabella (Izzy) | Office Dog (2009-2022)
The office dog, Izzy greeted visitors and reminded us not to take life too seriously. She was an avid hiker and swimmer, and enjoyed long walks and tummy rubs. She visited many state parks and forests with her humans.
We will miss her terribly.