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PA Chapter of TACF — Board of Directors 2019-2020 Term

The election of Board Members for the 2019-2020 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 grateful to have 5 incumbents committing to another 2-year term.

Hierarchy of the Presidency: As a small non-profit dependent on the leadership and support of an all-volunteer Board of Directors, the PA/NJ Chapter has been fortunate to find such dedicated members to take up the call to lead. Much of the credit for this untiring leadership, must go to the foresight of our founders who chose to institute bylaws that foster that leadership. According to our bylaws, Presidents are elected by the membership as Vice-President of the Board and subsequently become President followed by Past-President without further election.  This trio forms the hierarchy of the presidency for our Board. And this sequence of 2-year positions provides consistency in leadership while encouraging collaboration, and minimizing the burden of the leadership role. When you sign up for the 2-year term of Vice President you are really committing to being part of a leadership team for 6 years. Two years of training, two years of leading, and two years of supporting.

Mary Ayres, our current VP will be stepping into the role of President for the 2019-2020 term as Clark Beebe steps into the role of Past-President. Jim Searing has agreed to run for Vice-President for the upcoming term. See all the candidates below:

Candidates for the 2019-2020 Term

For Vice President:

Incumbent, Jim Searing 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.


For Director: (5 incumbents)