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MEET OUR TEAM

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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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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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Mayci Shimon, Operations Manager

Mayci was born and raised to be a nature lover. She spent the last six years engaging community members as an environmental educator, watershed ecologist and global change scientist, exploring the waterways and marshes throughout Philly. She is excited to use her background to bring new ideas, events, projects, and programs to LandHealth.

Tali Anisfeld, Nursery Programs Manager

After working at various farms in Chicago, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, and Puerto Rico over the past few years, Tali (they/them) is really excited to be joining LandHealth's team as the Nursery Programs Manager. They believe deeply in the power of connecting people to each other and to the ecosystems around them through art, education, history, storytelling, and hands-on exploration. In their free time, they like to write, make art, cook, and hang out with friends. If you'd like to connect with Tali, don't hesitate to reach out at tali@landhealthinstitute.org

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Anisa George, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Anisa George is the Education and Outreach Coordinator. Her biggest passion is trees. She is also a Philly-based writer, forest therapy guide, activist and aspiring farmer. Her work has always focused on the intersection of ecology and culture.

Co-op Students

Dejenae Smith, Education and Engagement Associate

Dejenae is a Philadelphia native and a second-year Biology student at Drexel University, intending to focus on studying Ecology, Evolution, and Genomics. She's particularly interested in studying how the presence and actions of humans impact our environments and its living organisms. In her spare time, she usually enjoys writing stories, sketching, and playing Scrabble. She's also recently picked up nature photography, and has enjoyed using her camera to create images of the plant and animal life around her.

Josh Erdély, Nursery Development Associate

Josh is a student at Drexel University studying environmental science and is looking to further his studies in architecture, urban planning/design, and landscape architecture after he graduates. Josh has participated in various environmental projects from his home in the Virgin Islands to New England and New Mexico.

Sydney Rowley, Social Media and Communications Associate

Sydney is a second-year at Drexel University studying her custom-designed major “Sustainable Design & Communication.” This major encapsulates her passion of drawing the connection between environmental science and art with a focus on scientific communication and urban planning. She is very excited to apply her major and passions to her co-op position at LandHealth. Outside of work and school, she likes to crochet, paint, and go for hikes.

Dedicated Volunteers

Dan Garlen

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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.

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