Moraine Preservation Fund provides services to the park and community thanks to the generous support of our members, and the dedicated efforts of our volunteers. We'd like to especially thank our boat captains and mates for keeping Nautical Nature "sailing!"

Captains: Andy Piccuta, John Davis, Bill Moutz, Jim Atwell, and David White.

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Jack Cohen, President- As executive director of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Jack oversees operations for its 200 members. In addition to promoting tourism, he serves on the County Park Board, and has been on the Cranberry Twp. Park Board since 1994. He is also a member of the Cranberry Sunrise Rotary. Butler County has so much to offer visitors, but as Jack says, "We need members like Moraine Preservation Fund to help us tell compelling stories to attract them. Undoubtedly, Moraine State Park has a lot to offer visitors, mostly due to the volunteer efforts of Moraine Preservation Fund. I am honored to be a board member and consider it a priority to share the group’s important environmental messages.

Ron Boltey, Treasurer - A 20 year career banker, Ron currently works for Northwest Savings Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Clarion University as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University. As a lifelong resident of Butler County and an avid outdoorsman, Ron immediately appreciated the efforts of MPF both for Moraine State Park as well as the community. He could see the determination of this organization to contribute to the long-term preservation and conservation of Moraine State Park's pristine attractions as well as entertain and educate its visitors.

Andy Picutta, Nautical Nature Captain

Heather Jerry, Secretary - Heather has been a member of MPF since 1993. She has been on the Board of Directors since 1996, holding positions of Treasurer, Vice President and President in recent years. She is currently employed by Marshall Township as the Parks and Recreation Director. She is usually accompanied by her son Chance and daughter Coleen. In Heather’s spare time, she enjoys nature, and camping with her children. Heather holds a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State University.

Tammy McGauhey

John Davis, Nautical Nature Captain 

David P. Johnston, Vice President -  has 33 years of work experience in both county and municipal government with the last 16 years as the Planning Director for Butler County. Born and raised in Butler, David is a 1974 Butler High School graduate. While attending Slippery Rock University, he played four years of football and in 1978 graduated with a degree in geography with a concentration in Rural and Urban Planning. He is a past board member of Butler County YMCA and Butler Area Chamber of Commerce. Currently David serves as secretary of the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame Committee. Golf and fishing are David’s hobbies. He lives in the Meridian area and has two children, Michael and Gayle, and one grandchild, Isaac.

Elizabeth Wilson - Elizabeth is a Registered Nurse and has been a member of Moraine Preservation for 8 years. She has served as past President and Vice President on the Board of Directors and co-chaired the education and species preservation committees. She is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Bartramian Audubon Society, serving as the Education Committee Chairperson. Her involvement and experiences with environmental organizations and Scouting have enabled Elizabeth to educate and inspire all people to discover, experience, and connect with nature. Her dedication and enthusiasm is evident. Elizabeth lives on a dairy farm in Portersville with her husband David and five children.

Jeff Smith - Jeff has spent his entire professional career involved in outdoor adventure education, recreation and leading students and clients on adventure trips.  He holds. His extensive experience includes whitewater river guide/trip leader and guide trainer on rivers of the United States and rivers abroad.  He has been involved in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, surfing, and white water kayaking expeditions in various locations around the world including the U.S., Mexico, the French/Swiss/Italian Alps as well as the Himalayan Mountains and rivers of Nepal.  In addition, he has served as Coordinator/Counselor of Outdoor programs at Youth Alternatives in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Coordinator of the “Center for Outdoor Recreational Experience” (CORE) at Edinboro University, and presently as an Assistant Professor of Outdoor Adventure Education at Slippery Rock University. Jeff has presented, lectured, and led hands-on-demonstrations at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels.  His presentations include Pennsylvania State Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD), American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR), Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), and the International Boating Safety Summit to name a few.  In 2008, he was invited to China by the Chinese Ministry of Higher Education where he presented at five separate Universities to audiences of faculty members and graduate students. In July 2010 he co-presented in Athens, Greece.  He also continues to work closely with many public schools and organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region.


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