Thursday, March 7, 2013

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary welcomes directors

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is a nonprofit organization working to prevent water pollution in coastal Delaware, southern New Jersey, and Southeast Pennsylvania. The following six professionals have committed to three-year terms on its governing board of directors:

Beth Archer
Beth Archer is a vice president with Anne Klein Communications Group, LLC, of Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  In this position, she provides strategic counsel and other services for clients in the energy, healthcare, and higher education industries.

Before joining Anne Klein Communications Group in 2011, Archer was a senior manager of communications for Exelon Nuclear.  There she oversaw media relations, issues management, community outreach and internal communications for four nuclear power plants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Previously, with Unisys Corporation, she managed communications that generated leads for the company’s enterprise server division.

Archer graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in corporate communications.  She is a past president and past chair of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, has volunteered with Children’s Village and People’s Emergency Center, both of Philadelphia, and is a Leadership Philadelphia fellow.  When not working or volunteering, Archer resides in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

Roy E. Denmark, Jr.
Roy E. Denmark, Jr. is a vice president at Urban Engineers, Inc., a full-service, engineering-consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia.  Denmark manages a staff of engineers and scientists who perform a wide variety of environmental and waterfront engineering services.

Denmark retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District in 2011 after 37 years of federal service.  He last served as the agency’s deputy district engineer for programs and project management.  In this position, he oversaw the planning and execution of civil works, international and interagency support, and military programs and projects.  He also served in a number of positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 3 office, including deputy director, office of environmental programs.

In addition to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Denmark is currently on the board of directors of the Seaman’s Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey and the Society of American Military Engineers’ Philadelphia Post.  He is also a member of the Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay & River Delaware.

Denmark holds both a B.A. and a M.S. in biology from Rutgers University.  He is a resident of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife, Judy Hykel.

Robert K. Dobbs, Jr.
Robert K. Dobbs, Jr. has served as director of the Camden County Soil Conservation District, located in West Berlin, New Jersey, for over 30 years.  As director, Dobbs is responsible for the management and implementation of natural resource conservation programs.  This includes an active regulatory program on lands being developed.  He also serves as the chief financial officer of several large-scale management projects.

Dobbs has previously served as president of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, New Jersey Conservation District Employees Association, Northeast Association of Conservation District Employees, and the National Conservation District Employees Association.  In addition to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, he helps to guide the Camden County Agricultural Development Board, Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund, and the Voorhees Environmental and Cultural Education Foundation.

Dobbs has a B.S. in horticulture from Delaware Valley College, and he previously studied at George Washington University.  Today he lives in Voorhees, New Jersey.

Kimberly Long
Kimberly Long is a senior program manager with Exelon Generation Company, LLC, located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  In this role, she provides expertise and support in the areas of aquatic biology, permitting, environmental compliance, relicensing, and stream and wetland encroachments.

Before joining Exelon, Long was employed with FirstEnergy Corporation as an associate scientist.  Her responsibilities included drinking water compliance, relicensing support, and obstruction and encroachment compliance at power plants, as well as transmission and distribution projects.  Prior to joining FirstEnergy, Long worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as both a watershed manager and a water pollution biologist.

In addition to the PDE’s board of directors, Long serves as a member of West Pottsgrove Township’s Planning Commission and Open Space Planning Committee.

Long received a B.S. degree in biology from Millersville University in 1999 and a M.S. degree in biology from Bucknell University in 2001.  She currently resides in Stowe, Pennsylvania.

Thomas J. O'Connor
Thomas J. O'Connor is the vice president of customer operations at Aqua America, an investor-owned water utility headquartered in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  This requires him to oversee 220 customer-service employees who assist about 3 million consumers.  Together they perform billing, collections, and meter operations, achieving approximately $800 million in revenue.

O'Connor has worked as a project manager, auditor, business analyst, and controller since beginning his career 20 years ago at CBIZ Mahoney Cohen & Company of New York.  Other past employers include Accume Partners of Philadelphia, The Hermes Group of Princeton, and McGladrey of New York.

A resident of Delran, New Jersey, O'Connor lives with his wife and four children.  He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Scranton.  He is also a fellow of Leadership Philadelphia and a participant in the Pennsylvania Business Council’s Executive Leaders Program.

Scott J. Schwarz
Scott J. Schwarz is a senior attorney in the City of Philadelphia Law Department.  He routinely represents the city in court cases involving energy, the environment, sustainability and transportation.  These often involve compliance and litigation relating to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal laws intended to safeguard the public.

Prior to 2009, Schwarz spent over 20 years working in the environmental law division of Mattioni, Ltd. of Philadelphia.  He has also pursued cases on behalf of the Washington, D.C. law firms of Heron, Burchette & Rothwell; Wisner & Schwarz; and Zuckert, Scout & Rasenberger.  And he previously gained government experience working for the State of Alabama’s Office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Schwarz holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Bucknell University.  Today he resides in Center City, Philadelphia.

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