Board of Directors
The Brandwein Institute Board consists of conservationists, educators, lawyers, and business people who meet several times a year to plan the direction and activities of the organization.
William D. Bavoso is an attorney and a former President of the Orange County, New York Bar Association. In 2012, he was presented with The John S. McBride Lifetime Achievement Award by the Orange County Bar, “In Honor and Recognition of Excellence in The Practice of Law and The Highest Professional and Ethical Standards.” He resides with his wife, Sharon, in the former home of Dr. Paul F- and Mary Brandwein and across from the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve.
David Bavoso is a Managing Partner at Bavoso & Plotsky, Esqs. Law Firm where his practice covers real estate transactions, wills, trusts and estates, business and corporate matters, and municipal law. He serves as Councilman at Large for the City of Port Jervis. David serves on the Board of Trustees of the Port Jervis First Presbyterian Church where he is also an Ordained Deacon.
Henry Burger is Chairman of the Board of the Brandwein Institute. He served as senior partner of a medium-sized CPA firm in New York. He has had a lifetime interest in education and the outdoors.
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder, President and CEO Emerita of the Children & Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org). She currently coordinates the Network’s international activities. Cheryl is also Adjunct Faculty and founding Executive Director of the Nature-Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE).
Jerry Dellheim is Senior Investor Relations Professional and Vice President of Strategic Marketing for ASM Pacific Technology Ltd., San Francisco, CA. He is responsible for investor relations activities in North America and Europe.
Marily DeWall is secretary of the Brandwein Board. She currently works as a science education consultant, specializing in program development and grant proposal writing. Marily’s career in science education includes serving as Associate Director of the National Science Teachers Association and as Director of Professional Development for the JASON Foundation for Education.
Edwin (Win) Everham is Professor of Marine and Ecological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL. His research involves examining the impacts of disturbance on the structure of ecosystems and measuring and monitoring change in the restoration of ecosystems.
David Foord is the Senior Program Coordinator for the 4-H Youth Development Program in Sussex County, New Jersey. He also oversees technology adoption and integration for New Jersey 4-H, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Dave has also served as the Director of the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council.
William Hammond is Professor Emeritus, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Founder of Natural Context Consulting. He has worked as a K-graduate-level educator at Lee County Schools, and Simon Fraser and Royal Roads Universities. He has presented Brandwein and Bateman Lectures, served on Project Wild and Learning Tree National Committees, and was President of the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium.
Lisa Janeway is the Administrative Director for The Wilderness Land Trust. Lisa’s career has focused on the intersection of land conservation and outdoor recreation, including a Master’s degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia and roles with the Colorado Mountain Club, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Quebec Labrador Foundation, and Great Basin Institute.
John Padalino is President emeritus of the Brandwein Institute, Pocono Environmental Education Center, and John Burroughs Association. He is past president of the American Nature Study Society, National Science Education Leadership Association, and Sussex County Bird Club. He is an AAAS Fellow and recipient of numerous national, regional, and state education awards.
Jeff Rosalsky is Executive Director of the Pocono Environmental Education Center, in Dingmans Ferry, PA. He has spearheaded the creation of PEEC’s unique EcoZone Discovery Room in an old indoor pool space, created new programs for urban youth, and created opportunities for the public to participate in citizen science.
Alan Sandler is treasurer of the Brandwein Institute. He is the Executive Director of the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF). AFSF is a non-profit educational organization that involves San Francisco elementary and secondary public school students through a mentored appreciation of architecture, engineering, construction and the design process.
Brad Smith has held leadership positions in academia and in the Senior Executive Service at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Currently he serves as the chair of Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission, director of the North Pacific Research Board and as a trustee of Bellingham Technical College. He holds a Ph.D in environmental science from the University of Michigan.
Kasey Stankunas teaches Earth Science, AP Environmental, and Forensics courses at the Port Jervis High School in Port Jervis, NY. It is her goal to foster in her students a love and appreciation for the environment. In addition to her classroom teaching, she spends her time administrating and instructing the Brandwein Nature Science Camp as well as coaching varsity high school softball and volleyball.
Keith A. Wheeler is the President of the Brandwein Institute. He was the Chairman and CEO of ZedX Inc., which was recently acquired by BASF. Keith has held leadership roles focused on conservation, sustainability, education and communication with Foundation for Our Future, WorldViews LLC, General Motors, Concord Consortium, USDA, and IUCN.