MEET OUR TEAM
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.
Meghan Lockman, Executive Director
Meghan was an ED in her last work at the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association, and joined the LandHealth team as the new ED in 2022. She is an undergraduate from the College of William and Mary, and she earned her masters from Vanderbilt University, and her MBA from Loyola University of Maryland. Meghan also had previous experiences in environmental consulting.
Fun fact: Meghan has been a treehugger since she was a kid (before it was cool!). If she had to choose how she would spend her days, she would prefer to be outdoors. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and swimming in the ocean!
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.
Matthew Karnatz, Greenhouse Manager
Matthew Karnatz is a volunteer greenhouse manager for LandHealth, helping to care for native plants and maintain structures at the nursery site. He has a B.S. in cellular and molecular biology and extensive graduate-level training in ecology and evolutionary biology. He has built several solar-powered climate stations to monitor atmospheric and soil conditions, encompassing both field and laboratory study components of biological research.
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).
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.
Brenda Vong, Digital Media and Communications Associate
"I am a third-year junior majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and a minor in German at Drexel University. This is my second co-op and I am excited to continue improving my outreach skills and gain a better understanding on how nonprofits like LandHealth Institute communicate with the communities they serve. Bringing communities together to protect their homes is especially important to me, so I hope to take what I learn here into the future!"
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