In 1976, Jon Bogle moved his young family out of an urban neighborhood in Philadelphia to a secluded plank farm house nestled in a steep valley in Wolf Township near Hughesville. It was a homecoming of sorts. He had grown up in beautiful rural Montgomery County and watched, with great sadness, as it became buried under Philadelphia’s suburban sprawl. Fracking’s industrialization of the farm and wilderness landscapes in North Central Pennsylvania is depressingly similar to his childhood experience which is why he became one of the Responsible Drilling Alliance’s founding members. Jon is a sculptor and taught sculpture at Lycoming College for twenty-six years. He has traveled widely in Europe, India, Asia, Mexico, as well as throughout the U.S. seeking out art, architecture, and landscapes. The landscape here in Lycoming County is as beautiful as any he has seen.
Robbie grew up in rural NJ in the fifties and sixties gaining an interest in outdoor activities that included rock climbing. He attended Lycoming College, graduating in 1967 with a degree in sociology and spent a year in NYC working for the Department of Social Services. In 1968, Robbie returned to Williamsport, married and after several employment experiences, created and became the president of Nippenose Equipment Company, which sold equipment for rugged outdoor pursuits. Eventually, Nippenose morphed into a manufacturing and wholesale operation called Equinox, Ltd that is in operation today.
Robbie and his wife, Ardythe, were pleased to be one of the five founding families of West Branch School in Williamsport, a private alternative school now in its 5th decade. Currently, Robbie sits on the Board of Directors of several community organizations.
Robbie’s experiences in and love for the magnificent landscapes surrounding Williamsport convinced him that an effort to protect them from the incursions of the gas industry was essential. In 2008, he became one of the founding members of RDA.
Barb Jarmoska is a teacher, retired business owner, wellness consultant, journalist, environmental activist and child advocate. She holds a bachelor’s in Special Education and a master’s in Early Childhood Education. As founder of Freshlife, host of the Road-2-Health radio show and managing editor of Options Magazine, Barb spent over 3 decades studying, practicing, and teaching principles of natural health. She lives in rural Lycoming County bordering the Loyalsock State Forest and within several miles of over 270 permitted unconventional Marcellus Shale gas wells. Barb has served on the Board of Directors of the Responsible Drilling Alliance for 7 years, where she focuses on health and environmental advocacy work with regards to drilling, fracking, and related industrial development. She also serves as the president of Project CoffeeHouse, a nonprofit child advocacy organization that sponsors the Summer Alive day camp program in Montgomery, PA. As a Summer Alive volunteer, Barb helps to develop and oversee programs designed to connect children to the natural world to foster a sense of wonder and community.
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Transplanted from Massachusetts, Dianne has called central Pennsylvania home for the last 48 years. A graduate of Drew University and Teachers’ College, Columbia, she has been a teacher of English in the Bronx and here in PA in two local districts, and most recently at Penn College of Technology. Dianne believes spending time on the water in any vessel without a motor is time well-spent – whether on the river, on local streams and lakes, or off the coast of Maine. Dianne enjoys and affirms the value of the Pennsylvania Wilds – an area rich with beautiful streams, the Susquehanna River and pristine mountains and forests. She joins with her fellow RDA members in a commitment to protect and preserve these natural treasures for generations to follow