Board of Directors

West Branch Region

Robert O. "Bob" Rolley, Jr. - Chair of the SGP Board
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, as well as the publisher of The Williamsport Sun-Gazette. 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, where he now also serves as publisher. 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.

Jason M. Fitzgerald - Treasurer of the SGP Board
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. 

Alex S. Johnson

Alex joined the SGP Board of Directors in June of 2019. Alex came to the Susquehanna region immediately after pursing his Masters in Healthcare Administration. As an executive with UPMC Susquehanna, Alex currently oversees the addiction medicine program. He and his wife Paige are originally from Utah, where both of them spent a lot of time outdoors and in the mountains. Alex joined SGP because of his love of all things outdoors, particularly of trail running.

 

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. 

Carrie Pauling 

Carrie Pauling is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in English. Her 20-year career has revolved around communications in one form or another; on the editorial staff of Highlights for Children magazine; writing and producing radio ads; marketing in cable ad sales and healthcare industries. She has worked as a freelance writer for the last 13 years, writing feature articles, website content, and business communications. Most recently, Carrie was named News Director of NorthcentralPa.com, a regional online news site, where she is tasked with growing quantity, scope, and quality of news coverage for their expanding readership. Carrie spends a fair amount of time gazing at, paddling in, and biking nearby the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, where her family has a river lot. Once the snowflakes start flying, she trades in the paddle for ski poles and volunteers at Ski Sawmill as a ski patroller.

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.

Jordan Sheffer

Jordan joined the SGP board in 2019. He is the president of Central Contracting, a manpower solutions company serving all of Pennsylvania.  He is also a partner at Central Real Estate with holdings throughout central Pennsylvania.  He is also involved in other various business endeavors. He resides in Lock Haven and enjoys being active in several community organizations and local politics.  In his free time he enjoys spending time on the Susquehanna River and in the mountains of central PA.

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, Richard 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.

Advisor

Jerry Walls, FAICP - Adviser to 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.