Candidates for Board of Directors: 2018-2019 Term

Board ElectionThe election of Board Members for the 2018-2019 Term is underway for the PA/NJ Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation. Members should have received a postcard ballot with postage paid to cast their votes for 6 candidates. Our Chapter Board is composed entirely of volunteers and we are thrilled to have 4 new candidates running along two incumbents for the next term.

Candidates for the 2018-2019 Term

PA Chapter Board - Louise Aucott

Louise Aucott — Louise became involved with PA-TACF after attending the Fall 2012 meeting. She and her husband Mike decided to plant an F2 orchard on their Potter Co. property, as part of the chapter’s Recurrent Selection Timber Program. There are now about 700 trees in three fenced areas. After attending the 2015 Annual Fall Meeting of TACF in State College llouise decided to become more involved in outreach and education efforts. Louise worked as a midwife for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2014. She holds a BA in Economics from Bryn Mawr, an associate degree in Nursing from Pitt Bradford, and an MS in Midwifery from Philadelphia University. She established a private practice in NJ in 1990, which continues to thrive.  She and Mike divide their time between their home in Pennington, NJ and their Potter County cabin.  They have four grown children and four grandchildren.


PA Chapter Board - Ron FarrRon Farr Like many people Ron was drawn into the organization by Bob Summersgill, when he located a cluster of Chestnut trees on the property where he worked in Wanaque, NJ.  Ron spent many a spring and fall in bucket trucks with Bob and Les Nichols pollinating, bagging and then collecting nuts.  He assisted with the Lord Stirling County Park Planting. Ron has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the University of Maine and a Masters in Environmental Management from Montclair State University.  He previously served on the Board of Directors from 2008-2013 as the New Jersey Representative.  He is a Consulting Forester and works at the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission.


PA Chapter Board - Randy SantoroRandy Santoro Randy holds a B.S. degree in Forest Ecology from Cook College and has a long history as a volunteerism. For many years he has been active in his church and local government. Recently he has been helping to maintain the chestnut orchard at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center in NJ. He has served for over 10 years on the  Bernards Township Shade Tree Commission including chairing the since 2007.  He also serves on the Bernards Township Planning Board, a member of the Bernards Township Tree Protection Committee.  Randy is a board member of the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team




Jim Searing
Jim Searing — Jim studied landscape architecture and horticulture at Temple University’s Ambler campus after a 32 year career as a partner and CPA at Ernst & Young.  His interest in trees evolved into a focus on restoring the American chestnut to southeastern PA, where he has planted TACF B3F3 trees in local nature preserves and is working on expanding the program to a local university.  He most recently retired as a township Supervisor in Solebury PA after six years of public service, and was a founding director of the Aquetong Watershed Association.  Jim is known as @TreeStrategist on Twitter with 5,000 people following his posts on trees, conservation and urban forestry.  He brings a strong interest in ecological restoration, tree planting, finance, social media, community engagement and strategy to our chapter.



PA Chapter Board - Robert LingenfelterRobert Lingenfelter (Incumbent)

Robert obtained his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture and Masters of Landscape Architecture from SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.  He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Institute of Certified Planners, and a Senior Associate with Weber Murphy Fox a full-service regional architecture, interiors, and construction firm with offices in Erie, Cleveland, State College and Charlotte.

Robert has been a member of the PA Chapter since 2008. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he works to promote human as well as ecological health.  Robert is particularly interested in the restored American Chestnut tree’s potential to enhance ecosystem services provided by built landscapes.

PA Chapter Board -- Rick HartliebRick Hartlieb

Rick Hartlieb graduated from Penn State University with degrees in Forest Science and Forest Technology. Currently, he is an Assistant District Forester with the DCNR Bureau of Forestry William Penn State Forest. Before joining the Bureau of Forestry in 2008 he spent three seasons interning with the PA Game Commission and working for a local arboriculture company.

Rick has been a member of  TACF since 2005. He and his wife are lifelong residents of Berks County where he now manages 2 small F1 orchards. He is an avid woodworker and enjoys bird hunting with their two Weimaraners.



To see the current Board of Directors follow this link.

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