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
Mark Szybist advocates for clean energy policies in Pennsylvania that will reduce global warming, create quality jobs, and ensure environmental justice. Currently he focuses on implementation of the Clean Power Plan, the reduction of methane emissions from oil and gas production activities, and the design of utility programs that incentivize energy efficiency and protect consumers. Prior to joining NRDC, Szybist served as a staff attorney for Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, where he focused on Marcellus Shale gas drilling litigation and policy. He has also worked as a consumer bankruptcy attorney and a technical writer. Szybist holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Princeton University and a law degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He is based in NRDC’s Washington, D.C., office.
Harvey holds a PhD in fisheries biology and has extensive research and environmental policy experience, gained through numerous professional positions. Harvey has also served as a professor of environmental science at six colleges and universities.
Parallel to his scientific career, Harvey served his country for 36 years in the National Guard, retiring in 1989 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Harvey holds a pilot’s license and has a love of flying. Having logged over 1,100 in the air, including missions for the Civil Air Patrol, Harvey continues to fly to this day.
Harvey is an active volunteer for a significant number of NGOs and university-affiliate organizations, where he volunteers his extensive scientific expertise on forest management, water quality, fisheries biology, and municipal planning and zoning.
In 2012, Harvey became interested in the wetlands of Loyalsock State Forest (LSF). Harvey completed obtaining data on 115 bogs in the LSF in 2017. In addition to providing public presentations on this work at Bucknell University and elsewhere, he is currently writing the results of this research for scientific publication.
RDA is pleased to have access to Harvey’s vast scientific knowledge and appreciates his role as a scientific advisor and consultant on the organization’s board of directors.