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Scott Quitel, Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO Scott Quitel, JD, MBA has extensive experience in ecologically-based land use planning, ecological restoration analysis, and ecological landscape design and construction. Scott is a faculty member at the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University, where he is also the Director of Social Entrepreneurship. He also teaches at Philadelphia University/Jefferson, serves on several local boards, and is a frequent invited speaker on planning, design, and ecology. He has led hundreds of educational ecology and design-oriented tours/hikes for people of all ages in natural areas in and around Philadelphia. Scott graduated from Brown University, has an MBA and JD from Temple University, holds a wetland delineation certificate and is an ISA Certified Arborist. Prior to founding LandHealth, Scott was a Principle Ecologist for Philadelphia's Applied Ecological Services (AES), where he led the visioning, public process, and design of a wide range of design-build projects, including the Washington Avenue Pier and the Meadow at Longwoods Garden.

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Meghan Lockman, Executive Director

Meghan joined the LandHealth team as the Executive Director in 2022. She earned her bachelors degree from the College of William and Mary, her masters degree in environmental management from Vanderbilt University, and her MBA from Loyola University of Maryland. Meghan has experience in environmental consulting and was previously the ED of a watersheds organization in southeastern PA.

 

Meghan has been a treehugger since she was a kid in southwestern Virginia      (before it was cool!). If she had to choose how she would spend her days, she would prefer to be outdoors - hiking, biking, kayaking, or swimming in the ocean.

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Steve Jones, Nursery Operations Director

Steve Jones contributes to operations at LandHealth's Nursery and to LandHealth's education programs. Steve is the President of Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers, a nonprofit, community-based ecological restoration program in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. He serves on the Kelly Green Committee, a community/student/teacher collaboration at J.B. Kelly School in Germantown, and the Wissahickon Sustainability Council at Cook-Wissahickon school in Roxborough. 

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Damian Lis, Nursery Associate

" I am a 3rd year Drexel student studying environmental science. This is my second co-op, and I am very excited to work at LandHealth Institute. I have always loved working outside with plants.  I enjoy reading, backpacking and rowing."

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Sophie Kujawski, Education and Engagement Associate

Sophie is a sophomore majoring in Geoscience and Math at Drexel University. She loves earth science and showing other people why she thinks it’s so cool. This has led her to teach STEM and environmental education at The Franklin Institute, Delaware Nature Society, and now Landhealth for her first co-op. In her free time, she likes to read, hike, and play frisbee.

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Emilie Vaysse, Community Partnerships Associate

Emilie is a student at Drexel University currently majoring in Environmental Science. She is very passionate about finding new ways to improve our relationship with nature and this is her first co-op. She loves climbing, cooking, and going on walks when she has free time.

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Naomi Friedman, Digital Media Associate

Naomi is a third year Drexel student majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in French and Fine Arts. She is passionate about all-things-nature and is interested in finding new ways to show others the beauty of the environment through different art forms. In her free time she likes to paint, bike, forage for mushrooms, and do improv! 

Dedicated Volunteers

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Dan Garlen

Dan Garlen is a volunteer for LandHealth who believes in putting nature back through better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of land restoration and improvement. Dan's career spanned the direction of projects in software electronics and product design through the preparation of technical proposals, specifications, documentation, testing, deployment, and support.  Dan enjoys the water... boating, scuba diving, and simply looking out his window onto the Delaware River.  He also respects water and the damage it can cause. A life-long advocate of respecting nature and sustainable resources, Dan believes conservation and restoration is our responsibility and is a proud volunteer at The Franklin Institute (Science Demonstrator) and at the Adventure Aquarium (Volunteer Diver). 

We Remember

In Memory of Paulette Rhone

We remember Paulette Rhone who passed away in February 2019. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Paulette served as the Executive Director of LandHealth.  Paulette's passion for nature and community empowerment through experiential educational opportunities in nature A founding board member of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, Paulette served its president, 2012-19.  The restoration and preservation of this 200-acre cemetery, abandoned in 2011, was a great passion of hers. She also served on the Board of the Mount Moriah Cemetery Preservation Corporation.  Paulette was with US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics as the region's Budget Analyst until 2007.  She enjoyed her family, her church, lifelong learning, reading, and gardening.