Staff

A. Miles Arnott, Executive Director

Miles Arnott oversees long-range planning and the educational, horticultural, financial and administrative operations of the Preserve. Miles' goal is to further the Preserve as a national resource in the conservation of northeastern wildflowers, and to educate the public about the importance of floristic diversity to all life.

Miles has a B.S. degree in Biology and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Plant Science from East Stroudsburg University, and an M.S. in Botany from Tulane University, specializing in plant taxonomy and pollination ecology. Prior to coming to the Preserve, Miles designed and maintained the indoor butterfly exhibit for the Audubon Zoological Gardens in New Orleans, served as Horticulture Manager for the Audubon Institute and supervised the operation of Audubon Park and the zoological gardens. Miles also worked as Interpretive Horticulturist at Callaway Gardens.

Rick Fonda, Grounds and Facilities Manager

Rick joined the Preserve in March of 2014. As Grounds and Facilities Manager, he is responsible for maintaining the structures, trails and deer fence, as well as invasive species removal, events set up, and other tasks supporting the physical integrity of the preserve. Before joining Bowman's, Rick was a CSA manager for Greener Partners, a farm-based educational nonprofit.

 

Jake Fitzpatrick

The “Jake of all Trades” first joined the Preserve in the summer of 2015 as the Event Attendant. He quickly took on another role as Nursery Assistant. He returned to the Preserve in the Spring of 2016 as Event Attendant, Nursery Assistant, and Twinleaf Shop Receptionist. Jake earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College with a concentration in Conservation. Prior to joining the Preserve, he was the Park Interpretive Technician at Diamond Head State Monument in Honolulu, HI. Jake enjoys running along the canal, hiking locally and in the ADKs, and drinking delicious Rojo’s coffee.

Richard Gallagher, Facilities Maintenance Coordinator/Grounds

Lauren Johnson, Communications Coordinator

Lauren joined the Preserve’s team as Communications Coordinator in August, 2016. Her main responsibilities include implementing print and online advertising, promoting classes and events through social media platforms and the BHWP website, and bridging connections within the preserve and throughout our community.  Lauren is a graduate of Bard College and comes with a diverse background in publishing, writing, visual arts, and communications. She also has plant experience from having worked for nurseries and organic farms, and is versed in native plants being an avid beekeeper. In addition, she is a yoga instructor and a freelance writer.

“I am so excited to join the team at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and to be around people who are just as enthusiastic about environmental stewardship as I am. I think it’s really special when people connect to each other through their environment, and the preserve seems to be the perfect catalyst to make that happen.”

Kelly Joslin, Education Coordinator

Kelly brings over 18 years of experience in environmental education to the Preserve.  Most recently she served as Environmental Education Coordinator at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center in Olympia Fields, IL.  She holds a M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in Environmental Education and Interpretation from Northeastern Illinois University. Her graduate research focused on nature-based preschool programming. Kelly is an avid birder, gardener, and nature enthusiast.

 

Jason Ksepka, Curator

Jason joined the staff in June 2015. His duties include collecting native plant material to add to the collection, monitoring the existing collection and cooperating with other team members at BHWP to ensure that the collection is well maintained. Jason received a B.S.F. in Forestry and a B.S in Fisheries/Wildlife Management at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. His past experience includes landscape restoration work and nursing. He is a passionate gardener and maintains a bog garden filled with carnivorous plants.

Jo Ann Long, Visitor Services

Jo Ann has lived in beautiful Bucks County with her family for over 20 years. She joined the Preserve staff in June 2016. Her responsibilities include Visitor Services, the Twin Leaf Gift Shop and Facilities Rentals. Jo Ann comes to the Preserve with over 30 years of retail management experience. Locally, she managed retail operations at Milk House Farm and Birchwood Farms in Upper Makefield, as well as other retail stores throughout the area, She is past group coordinator for ABRO, The American Belarusian Relief Organization , which brings children affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster to Bucks County for a respite from radiation and medical care. Jo Ann has a passion for all nature and looks forward to increasing her knowledge of Native wildflowers and birds here at the preserve.

Regina Moriarty, Volunteer Coordinator

Regina joined the Preserve in April 2016 as the Volunteer Coordinator, where she is responsible for recruiting, training, scheduling and retaining our vast network of volunteers. Regina graduated from Fordham University and has a diverse background that includes extensive volunteer service in our community, as well as experience as a writer, editor, and communications specialist.

Donna Rhodes, Director of Development

Donna Carcaci Rhodes joined the Preserve in January 2017 as the Development Director. She comes to us most recently from the Trenton City Museum, where she was the Executive Director. Prior to that, she was the Historic Site Director at the Pearl S. Buck House and archival library for eight years. Her background includes nonprofit growth and museum operations with degrees in Business and Art History. She is a lifelong Bucks County resident and she and her husband Gerald reside in Holland. They are both Lewis and Clark Trail enthusiasts that have hiked and explored along the paths of the Corps of Discovery. Donna enjoys her herb garden and serves as a Board member on several history and art related Boards.

Sue Owens, Bookkeeper

Sue Owens is the staff member primarily responsible for the accuracy of the financial information. She enters all transactions including entries to reflect accrual accounting, reconciles the accounts, compiles reports for trustees and staff, provides accounting support for special events, and compiles the necessary documentation needed for the annual audit.

Prior to joining the staff, Sue volunteered to advise staff regarding Intuit’s Point of Sale software. Sue has a varied background in accounting, database manipulation, information technology, web creation, and graphic designing. She is a Certified Bookkeeper and, while a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, performed small business technical consulting work setting up financial systems, troubleshooting, training personnel, and establishing and compiling accounting procedures.

Maggie Strucker, Pocket Meadows Coordinator

Amy J. Goldstein, Membership Coordinator

Amy joined the Preserve’s staff in July of 2016 and is responsible for supporting all facets of membership. Amy’s professional background includes Kindergarten and early childhood education as well as corporate human resources experience. Amy holds a BA in psychology from Clark University and an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from George Washington University. Amy and her family have been members of the Preserve for many years. In her leisure time, Amy enjoys reading, gardening, animals, and being outdoors.

Susan Harrington, Administrative Assistant

Susan provides administrative and office support to the Executive Director and staff to facilitate the efficient operation of the organization. She is responsible for Human Resources and Office Manager duties. Susan developed a passion for nature preservation while growing up in the Adirondacks in New York State. She is a member of and has served on the Board of Directors of the Canada Lake Conservation Association which is dedicated to preserving, maintaining and protecting the lake, its tributaries, as well as the surrounding forest.