Staff

Corey (BeVier) Ellison - Executive Director
Corey joined SGP in 2016 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2018. Corey will be working with staff and the Board of Directors to advance the mission and vision of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. She will also oversee the development of a new strategic plan to guide SGP in its second decade of work. She will liaison with local, county, state, and federal officials and agencies, as well as other partner organizations on developing a 500-mile greenway of land and water trails throughout Pennsylvania and will be setting program and project development goals and priorities to make this a reality. Corey has a B.S in Outdoor Education with a minor in psychology from Georgia College & State University. She has been working professionally in the outdoor industry since 2009 and has experience instructing and training in a broad range of activity-specific skills. Corey currently is a practicing wilderness medical instructor for Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) Wilderness Medical Schools in her spare time. Through her work in outdoor programming, Corey has had the privilege of utilizing numerous greenways and blueways across the country and abroad in Australia. She knows firsthand the power that these resources hold for the community and is excited to bring her background to the partnership and continue to build upon its work of community involvement and regional greenway efforts. Corey can be reached at 570.478.1317 or at cellison@susquehannagreenway.org.

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. in Studio Art and Creative Writing with a Classics minor, as well as an M.A. in English with a focus in Environmental Studies. 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, biking, kayaking, landscape painting, reading, and travel writing. 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 and cultural landscapes of wherever she is. Her time at SGP has shown her that these things also exist right in our own backyard in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley. She looks forward to seeing how the Greenway will continue to feed these interests, and how her own experiences will serve the continued growth and development of SGP. Alana can be reached at 570.360.5199 or ajajko@susquehannagreenway.org

Poppy Breining - Program Manager for 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. 

Andrew Bechdel – Susquehanna Greenway & Trails Assistant; AmeriCorps Andrew Bechdel is an AmeriCorps member serving as the Susquehanna Greenway & Trails Assistant for SGP for the 2021-2022 term. His position focuses on the SGP’s Trails Program, especially the development of projects and events focused on the stewardship and management of the SGP’s Water Trails. Andrew graduated from Lock Haven University in 2021, receiving his B.A. in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation and a minor in Environmental Studies. Following graduation, he worked as an Environmental Education intern for the Student Conservation Association in Syracuse, NY. Andrew hopes to utilize the skills he has acquired as an environmental educator to engage the public with the Greenway, attracting new users and forging new and lasting partnerships. A Pennsylvania native, he enjoys exploring the natural world through hiking, rock climbing, birding, foraging for mushrooms, and studying the ecology of the Appalachian Mountains. In his position, he aims to share this passion for nature exploration with the citizens of Pennsylvania. Andrew can be reached at abechdel@susquehannagreenway.org.