Board of Directors

West Branch Region

Jason M. Fitzgerald
Jason joined the SGP Board of Directors in 2016, and is the President and a Partner with Penn Strategies. He is an alumnus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics. Prior to joining Penn Strategies, Jason was a top aide to Representative Steve Cappelli and worked for Impact Advertising, a national marketing and public relations firm.     

Sidney D. Furst, III
Before retiring in 2013, Sid had a rich professional history during which he was Vice President of North Central Bank, worked as an independent business consultant, and was the Director of Sales and Marketing at Supply Source. Although Sid's professional life was primarily dedicated to financial and marketing endeavors, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, and has always pursued his love of nature. Sid is a PSV Master Gardener of Lycoming County, and devotes much of his time to landscaping and community gardening. 

Matt McLaughlin, Vice-Chair of the SGP Board                                                                  
Matt joined the SGP Board of Directors in 2016.  As an Executive with Susquehanna Health, Matt oversees the Occupational Medicine departments and corporate wellness offerings to local employers.  He holds a Masters in Physical Therapy and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals.

Timm Moyer
Timm is the co-founder of MoJo Active, in Watsontown, PA, a marketing and web development firm that serves more than 100 clients from California to Boston. Prior to establishing his own firm in 2001, Timm was vice president of sales and marketing for RegScan, working directly with Fortune 500 clients including Chrysler Corp., Lockheed Martin and DuPont, and later helped to establish MarginPoint, where he served as the corporate vice president and director of site success. Timm’s dedicated commitment to business growth and the innovative application of information technology has resulted in MoJo Active doubling its office space in 2011 and increasing its number of employees by 40% in the past year. 

Robert O. "Bob" Rolley, Jr.
Bob is the publisher of The Lock Haven Express community newspaper serving all of Clinton and parts of Centre and Lycoming Counties in Central Pennsylvania. He joined The Express in 2002 after a 20-year career as a writer, editor and executive news editor at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, a sister newspaper to The Express. Bob earned an associate degree in journalism from Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College in 1983, meanwhile working as a newspaper delivery truck driver at the Sun-Gazette. Bob is a past president of Downtown Lock Haven Inc. co-chair of Riverfest recreation fundraiser (1996-present); a member of the Woodward Township Recreation Committee; co-founder and adviser for The Student Express newspaper at Central Mountain High School; a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Lock Haven; a member of the Chamber Committee of the Clinton County Economic Partnership; board member and secretary for the Keystone Central Foundation. Bob has been a recreational boater on the river since 1977.

Jerry Walls, FAICP - Chair of the SGP Board
Mr. Walls is a professional planner who served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Lycoming County Planning Commission for 37 years and as Department Head for the Planning and Community Development, Zoning and GIS for over ten years.  Due to his planning leadership, Lycoming County has gained statewide and national recognition for excellence in planning and progressive environmental initiatives. Mr. Walls wrote visionary policies in the early 1970s for the wise use, protection and better utilization of the Susquehanna River.  His persistent work toward that vision led like-minded leaders to form the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in 2001.

In 2012, Jerry was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners' College of Fellows.  Fellows of the AICP are honored in recognition of their achievements as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public, and the profession, as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning, and to society. Fellowship is granted to those planners who have been members of the AICP and who have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service and leadership.

Erica Shames
Erica Shames is the founder and publisher of Susquehanna Life magazine, the region's original lifestyle publication. Since she founded the magazine in 1993 to highlight the "positive aspects of life" in 25 PA counties, the magazine has gained subscribers nationwide. Erica is also a member of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, Susquehanna University's Weis Partners, and is the volunteer-editor of the Green Dragon's annual report. A graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, she is frequently invited to talk to service groups, students, and business people about the life of an entrepreneur. Additionally, Erica serves as a Mentor for Susquehanna University's Internship Program, and as an advisor to students interested in careers in magazine publishing and writing. She speaks at Susquehanna University's Public Relations Society of America Week, to classes at the Sigmund Weis School of Business, and for Bucknell University's Art Entrepreneurship Program. Photo Credit Gordon Wenzel.

Meg Finn
A native of Williamsport, PA, Meg Finn returned to the area after attaining a degree from Harvard University in Psychology and working in Public Relations in Los Angeles, California. In addition to her background as a mental health specialist/community residence counselor, Meg’s professional experience includes public relations/crisis management, special event production, client service management, and strategic marketing. She now serves as the Executive Director for Lycoming Arts in Williamsport, an organization that works to create local and regional connections that generate awareness, opportunities, and support of the Arts. Additionally, Meg is a board member for the Uptown Music Collective and has volunteered for SPCA, ARW, and Fresh Food Lyco. Some of her personal interests are art, literature, and culinary.

Middle Susquehanna Region

Richard Koch
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Masters of Regional Planning, Richard Koch developed a career as a professional planner, working for 42 years with Gannett Fleming, Inc. Engineers & Planners in Camp Hill, PA. Over the course of his position, Richard performed extensive work for communities throughout the Susquehanna River Basin including COWAMP studies (water quality management) for the West Branch and main stem of the Susquehanna River and planning studies for many local counties, boroughs, and townships. Now retired, Rihard hopes to contribute his lifetime of professional experience to SGP. Other professional affiliations include the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Lower Susquehanna Region

Currently there are no Board Members representing this region.

North Branch Region

Linda Woodward
Linda is a member broker of the Central Susquehanna Valley Board of Realtors. She has served with the Central Pa., Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and the Board of Realtors in one or more of the following positions: President, Vice President, and Board of Directors. Linda is currently Chair of the Mountour Township Planning Commission in Columbia County, and since 2003 has served as an Expert Witness for the PA Department State-Legal Office in completing field and desk reviews of other appraisers work products. Linda enjoys golf, sculling on the Susquehanna river at Shamokin Dam, gardening, biking and going for walks.