New Board and Officers

Five join Westmoreland Land Trust Board 

5 members of the Westmoreland Land Trust Board

Back row, l-r: Gregory Phillips, Mike Kuzemchak, Jay Tarara; front row, l-r: Martha Frech, Brian Lawrence

Martha Frech, Mike Kuzemchak, Brian Lawrence, Greg Phillips, and Jay Tarara in mid-January joined the board of the Westmoreland Land Trust, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that has preserved nearly 200 acres of land of special value in Westmoreland County since its founding in late 2007.

Martha Frech of Leechburg is a professional engineer and president and owner of Streamline Engineering.  She is an active community volunteer in the Kiski area, sharing her time and talents with the Kiski Area Soccer League, the Burrell Middle School girls’ soccer team, and serving as a volunteer librarian for schools.

Mike Kuzemchak of Rector is the Laurel Highlands Program Director for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.  He has 20 years’ experience in environmental education, park management, rails-to-trails development and land protection. Mike previously served on the Westmoreland Land Trust board from 2008 to 2012.

Brian Lawrence of Greensburg is assistant deputy director for the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development.  He obtained his master’s in geography with a regional planning concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Greg Phillips of Youngwood is CEO/District manager of the Westmoreland Conservation District.  For 30 years, he has directed a variety of conservation programs that address watershed restoration, soil conservation, forest stewardship, and stormwater management issues throughout Westmoreland County.  He has been instrumental in establishing and supporting a number of regional grassroots watershed and conservation organizations.

Jay Tarara of Greensburg is a retired Drinking Water Division Manager of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  He is a member of the National Environmental Health Association, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Westmoreland Cleanways, and the Waterworks Operators Association of Pennsylvania.  Jay also volunteers at Our Lady of Grace Church and at the Christian Layman Corps in Greenburg.

Frech, Kuzemchak, Lawrence, and Tarara will each serve a three-year term through December 2016.  Phillips is filling the term of a former board member, and so will serve through December 2015.

Also reappointed to service on the all-volunteer board were: Betsy Aiken of Export, Susan Huba of Ligonier, Westmoreland County Commissioner Ted Kopas of Hempfield Township, Larry Larese of Export, Tony Quadro of Stahlstown, and Loree Speedy of Rostraver Township.

The group also elected officers for 2014.  They are:  Chuck Duritsa, chairman; Tony Quadro, vice chairman; Susan Huba, treasurer; and Loree Speedy, secretary.