Jacqueline Swift President
Robert J. Sienkiewicz Vice President
William Cain Secretary
Suzanne Pilon Treasurer
Steve McCabe Newsletter Editor
Steve McCabe Pres. Emeritus
Ruby Merritt Website Editor
John B. Elliott, Esq. Legal Counsel
James Hoggard, Ken Roblee, Jon Titus, PhD, Raymond Vaughan, PhD, Erik Danielson
Board Members List July 6, 2020
(Format: Position – Name/contact information – Terms/beginning & end dates – Affiliations.
Note: Three year terms are served with no limit to the number of terms possible)
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Jacqueline Courtney Swift
PRESIDENT: Jacqueline Courtney Swift, (716) 532-6022 - , - 2011– 2021; BS in Dietitics/Food Systems Management, Buffalo State College; Art studies – University of Cincinnati; Former Ranger Intern, Student Conservation Association/National Park Service at Cape Cod National Seashore – Outstanding rating for children’s seashore programs; Owner, Rainbows End Herb Farm and Rocky River NC Forest Preserve; Charter Member, Niagara Frontier Botanical Society (NFBS); Life Member of Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) & The Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York, Inc. (NSSWNY); Member, United Plant Savers
Robert Sienkiewicz, (716) 852- 6080 - 2013 – 2022; Employed by New York State Department of Health; 10 years prior, executive director of the Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. - later, their Board chair for 10 years; Currently on the Boards of Directors of the Buffalo Cooperative Federal Credit Union and the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, Inc.; NFBS; Life Member NSSWNY. Since 1993, has owned and preserved a unique woodland parcel in northeast Cattaraugus County.
William Cain, (716) 532-5054 -- 2007 – 2020; BA in Political Science, SUNY Fredonia; Masters in Guidance Counseling, St. Bonaventure University; Past US Army investigator for the Defense Department; Claims Examiner/Field Investigator - NYS Dept. of Labor, 28 years; Currently Substitute Teacher for the Gowanda Central Schools, since 2003; Preserve Manager for The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Deer Lick Conservation Area in Zoar Valley, over 20 years; Former Trustee of TNC’s Western and Central New York Chapter; Coordinator, Zoar Valley Safety & Education Outreach program, 10 years; Former President of Gowanda St.Vincent de Paul Society conference; Member of Gowanda American Legion Post 409, serving as its Boy's State Board Chair; chief bugler for the Veteran's Honor Guard
Suzanne Pilon, (716) 883-6138 – 2014 – 2020; Lifelong resident of Buffalo’s West Side; BA in History, University of Buffalo; Erie County Dept. of Social Services/Employee Division-Addiction Referrals, 30 years. First Presbyterian Coordinator of Food Outreach – Night People Drop In Center; Canopy Neighbor – driver; Buffalo Harbor & Steel Plant Museums – docent; Meals On Wheels - deliverer
Erik Danielson, 172 Eagle Street, Fredonia, NY 14063 – Board appointment: 2020; Naturalist focusing on plant communities and their ecology in his staff position with the Western New York Land Conservancy. Has worked with private clients in the region to guide their stewardship of the landscapes in their care. Previously worked for the NYC Compost Project on Staten Island to assist urban residents in learning how to recycle organic waste. Ongoing relationship with NYC-based Wild Metro has taken him from the coastal swamps of New Jersey to the Adirondacks and back to the shores of Chautauqua Lake in documenting ancient trees and their habitats. As a member of the American Forests National Cadre Erik assists NYSDEC with verifying champion trees and supplies data to VA Tech Dendrology's Superlative Tree Database.
James Hoggard– (716)467-0158 – – 2013-2022; James Hoggard Photography; Originally from Santa Barbara, California. BS in Geology at California State University, Chico; Position in Salt Lake City, Utah where he continued to do landscape photography with a large-format camera. In 2007 moved to WNY and photography became full time with much beautiful work done in NSSWNY preserves; Friends of the College Lodge (SUNY Fredonia)
Kenneth Roblee, 10075 Galen Hill Rd., Freedom, NY 14065 – (716)989-1106 2015-2021; BS in Wildlife Management, Cornell University; 1973 began service in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Bureau of Wildlife, Buffalo Region 9 office. Beginning in 2003, was able to spend more time in the role of a wildlife diversity biologist and address a wide variety of management needs for rare and/or state “listed” species such as the bald eagles, timber rattlesnake, and Blanding’s turtle. Project Manager for the Hellbender Headstart involving DEC and the Buffalo Zoo. Taught courses in herpetology and mammalogy at Medaille College. Retired. Advises DEC and the Seneca Nation Conservation Department on herpetofauna related projects, runs a small maple sugar bush, and annually attends a dinosaur dig in South Dakota. Member, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Jonathan Titus, PhD, 15 Maple Ave., Fredonia, NY 14063 – (716)467-8144 –, 2007 –2022; Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of South Bohemia; PhD - University of Washington, MS - University of Florida, and BS - Union College. Professor at SUNY Fredonia, Dept. of Biology; Research in plant ecology - locally, forest ecology using permanent plots to observe changes from invasive species, climate change, and deer overpopulation. Research on Huachuca water umbel, an endangered wetland plant species in southern Arizona. Main research on plant succession and community development in volcanically devastated landscapes of Mount St. Helens. Taught at Biosphere 2 and was a TNC ecologist. Member, American Botanical Society, NFBS, WNY Land Conservancy, Friends of the College Lodge, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy; Board Member, Regional Science Consortium/Tom Ridge Environmental Center on Presque Isle; NSSWNY Preserve Custodian
Jonathan Titus, phd
Raymond C. Vaughan, PhD - (716) 648-5861 – – 2018 – 2021; Geologist, environmental scientist, and consultant, with a longstanding interest in nuclear waste cleanup and environmental protection. Since 1997, West Valley Citizen Task Force, which advises the state and federal agencies that are cleaning up the nuclear waste site. 2006, testified before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on behalf of the Task Force. Retired in 2012 as scientist with the New York State Attorney General’s Office where he worked 13 years on Great Lakes protection and other environmental matters. Previous 33 years, research and development labs in Buffalo and Niagara Falls; Town of Hamburg Conservation Advisory Board, 1980 to 1999; Board of Directors of the Western New York Land Conservancy, 1991 to 2002. Currently, Board of Managers of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences.
Raymond c. vaughan, phd
Steve McCabe serves as Editor of Nature Preserves, NSSWNY’s quarterly newsletter. He also served as the custodian on NSSWNY’s Rodger Sweetland Memorial Preserve from 2005 through 2016. McCabe moved to Buffalo in 1985 after completing the MFA program in writing at the University of Virginia and has worked for the past 32 years as a writer, editor, and publications manager for several organizations and companies in the Buffalo area. McCabe currently serves as president of Wordwright Editorial Services, Inc., an outsourced editorial services company he founded in 1998. He also worked from 2003 through 2015 as a member of the planning board of the Town of Hamburg, New York. McCabe began his environmental advocacy efforts in 1977 as an undergraduate at Washington and Lee University, lobbying for federal wilderness designation for three tracts of forestland (Rich Hole Wilderness, St. Mary's Wilderness, and the James River Face Wilderness) in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Western Virginia, all of which were subsequently designated as wilderness areas. McCabe has continued to support local greenspace, environmental protection, and stewardship initiatives in Western New York through his membership in TNC, the Audubon Society, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and the New York Forest Owners' Association (NYFOA). McCabe has also served for six years as a volunteer on the board of directors of the Hamburg Natural History Society, Inc., and was a co-founder of the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center in 2005.
editor of Nature Preserves & Pres. emeritus
WEB DESIGN – Ruby Merritt
FUNDRAISING – Ana Hernández- Balzac
Alexander Preserve – Jon & Priscilla Titus, Fredonia, NY
Clifford Furman Preserve – Ken Fudalik, East Aurora, NY
Conewango Wetlands Preserve – Ron Cook, Conewango Valley, NY
Houghton Preserve –Ed Fuchs, East Aurora
Ischua Creek Preserve – Ken Roblee, Freedom, NYRoger Sweetland Memorial Preserve - Rod Utley, Perrysburg, NY