Our Team

Leslie Warriner

Executive Director

Leslie joined the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership as the Executive Director in 2023. She works collaboratively with a dedicated team tasked to advance the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of the 500-mile-long greenway network. She serves as a key liaison between government officials, agencies, and partner organizations to create connections, develop resources, and promote the Susquehanna Greenway.

Leslie is a Penn State graduate with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Early in her career, she worked on various data collection, assessment, and visioning phases for the Susquehanna River in support of the future Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. As a private consultant, she developed methodologies for bike, pedestrian, and greenway master plans and designed trails, parks, and streetscapes in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Leslie worked in the public sector for County and local governments as a senior planner in transportation and land use. She served as an elected official and an appointed local and regional planning commissioner and continues to volunteer for a variety of community causes. As an advocate for access to quality recreation facilities, Leslie is delighted to bring her skill set to SGP with a focus on creating connections.

Alana Jajko

Director of Communications & Outreach

Alana joined the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in 2018 and was promoted to Director of Communications & Outreach in 2019. Her work is focused on promoting trails and communities within our vibrant and connected Susquehanna Greenway, so that communities in our region can enjoy opportunities to engage with the outdoors. A graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, Alana received a B.A. and M.A. before joining SGP. One of Alana’s earlier endeavors was as project manager for a PBS documentary series entitled “Stories of the Susquehanna Valley.” The narratives of this series allowed her to make connections from one river town to another, sparking a desire to become more involved in communities along the shared waterway. SGP has become an avenue for her to do just that.

In her spare time, Alana enjoys hiking, kayaking, painting, reading, collecting tea, and traveling. During her travels, both in the U.S. and abroad, she’s always on the lookout for ways to get outside and bask in the natural surroundings. Her time at SGP has shown her that these things also exist right in our own backyard in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley. She loves how the Greenway can feed these interests, and how her own experiences can serve the continued growth and development of SGP.

Poppy Breining

Director of Trails & Recreation

Poppy joined the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in 2022. Her position in SGP’s Trails Program area involves implementing and supporting programs, projects, and planning efforts to improve, expand, and create trails and outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the Susquehanna Greenway within Pennsylvania. In collaborating with local and state trail partners, nonprofits, and government entities, Poppy will further advance trail use and development including non-motorized transportation, water and land use and conservation, and active healthy living opportunities.

Poppy graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in Studio Art and Philosophy with a minor in Art History. While at Gettysburg she helped to create the GRAB Program (Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board) where she guided trips and led programs for the entire campus community. After graduating, she worked as a Wilderness Guide for several years, leading trips across the U.S. and internationally before creating the Outdoor Education and Leadership Program at Bucknell University. Before joining SGP, she had been working in Healthcare and focusing on her family. She is excited to return to outdoor recreation and bring her passion for the outdoors to people and communities throughout the Susquehanna Greenway.

Sara Maul

Administrative & Operations Assistant

Sara Maul joined Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in 2022 as the Administrative & Operations Assistant. She focuses on grant tracking, bookkeeping and general support to the Executive Director. Sara is a graduate of Paul Smith’s College and University of Massachusetts, with degrees in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She has been part of the Selin’s Grove Brewing Company since 1997. Her love of the outdoors, and most specifically kayaking the Susquehanna, led her to get involved with SGP. Sara is looking forward to being integral to the work that brings more people to enjoy and appreciate what our region has to offer. As a new member of the Selinsgrove Borough Council, she sees how local municipalities can impact the residents and the region by means of providing them with the opportunities to get outdoors. Sara can be reached at [email protected].

Shardonnia Drummond

Susquehanna Greenway & Trails Assistant; AmeriCorps

Shardonnia joined Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in 2023, taking on the role of an AmeriCorps member. Her position is to support the ongoing evolution of SGP’s Trail Program. Within this dynamic role, she is dedicated to enhancing volunteer stewardship, elevating the user experience along the Susquehanna Greenway, and lending a helping hand to the Program Manager for Tails & Recreation. Shardonnia has temporarily stepped away from her academic pursuits at Mansfield University to immerse herself in the enriching world of workforce experience. At Mansfield, her academic passion revolves around environmental biology, a subject that aligns beautifully with her role at SGP. Beyond her professional dedication, Shardonnia’s interests extend to the creative realm. She finds comfort in the art of painting/drawing, explores new worlds through her love of reading, and proudly nurtures her beloved plants, truly embodying the title of a loving plant mom.

Natalie Miller

Media & Communications Intern

Natalie joined Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in 2023 as the Fall Media & Communications Intern. She focuses on promoting the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, as well as assisting the Director of Communications & Outreach. Natalie is currently a student at Bloomsburg University and is majoring in marketing with a minor in emergent media. She enjoys many outdoor activities, such as hiking and paddle boarding. Her favorite outdoor hobby is kayaking. Natalie will be taking a break for the holidays and resuming her internship with SGP in January 2024.