MEET OUR TEAM
LIZA HERZOG-Executive Director
STEVE JONES- Nursery Operations Director
DAN GARLEN- Operations Manager
M a r k e t i n g &
C o m m u n i c a t i o n s
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 Principal Ecologist for Philadelphia's Applied Ecological Services (AES), where he led the visioning, public process, and design of a wide range of design and design-build projects, including the Washington Avenue Pier and the Meadow at Longwood Gardens.
Liza brings to LandHealth more than twenty years of experience in education, across K-12 and higher ed, as a researcher, evaluator, educator, and administrator. Currently the Director of Academic Research and Assessment at the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship and Affiliated Faculty at the School of Education at Drexel University, Liza also teaches at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania in the Education Entrepreneurship program. She served as the Director of the M.Ed. in Educational Program Design and Educational Technology at the University of the Arts, and as the VP of Research, Evaluation and Planning for the Philadelphia Education Fund. Liza graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, holds a JD from Temple University and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on several local boards and is a longtime public school advocate.
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.
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).
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 Kobza is a volunteer for LandHealth and an urban environmental educator with more than a decade of experience teaching and conducting field work for environmental conservation. Dan is passionate about spending time outside and about sharing this passion with others as manager of three of Philadelphia Water Department education programs: PWS, Wild West Philly, and Jr. Docent. He has taught for the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center, Fair Hill Burial Ground, Catalysis Education Solutions, Overbrook Environmental Education Center, and Philadelphia Parks and Rec. An enthusiastic birder, he has participated in The World Series of Birding and captained an area for the Christmas Bird Count. Dan teaches and tutors high school and graduate test prep for The Princeton Review., enjoys complex puzzles and games, and the classics.
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.
"I am a pre-junior studying Marketing at Drexel University. I am thrilled to be working alongside LandHealth Institute to carry out their mission to educate and revitalize the community. Being a part of LandHealth's team offers me the opportunity to gather all of the resources necessary to make an impactful change on the city I was born and raised in."
Madeline Worth- Engagement Associate
P a r t n e r s h i p s &
D e v e l o p m e n t
"I am a third-year Global Studies major with a concentration in health and sustainability. I am currently pursuing minors in public health and Spanish. At LandHealth I am a community partnership coordinator and development associate Co-Op. My role as a community partnership coordinator allows me to work on projects that create food security and environmental/nutritional education to Philadelphia neighborhoods. My role as a development associate allows me to find the funding and means to create these impactful projects. I’ve lived in Philadelphia my entire life and love to hike in the Wissahickon, bike, and be outdoors as much as possible. This is my first Co-Op and I already feel that LandHealth is giving me the tools to learn about how to connect food, nutritional, and environmental education with public health and sustainability."
Taisia Osipova- Marketing and Communications Lead
B u s i n e s s
D e v e l o p m e n t
"I am a pre-junior at Drexel University pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Finance, and my role here at Land Health is in Business Development. This allows me to foster relationships between Land Health and prospective clients, as well as partners. This is my second co-op and I am excited to work with and contribute to an organization that has such a wholesome vision and is making such a significant impact in the city of Philadelphia and beyond."
Sam Fong-Nursery Coordinator
"I'm a sophomore at Drexel University studying biomedical engineering! My role with LandHealth involves education and engagement at the nursery along with being the sales liaison. Since this is my first coop I’m very excited to work with an organization that has similar morals and ideas as me. At LandHealth, I’ll be able to use my skills to help design ways to improve the nursery and get to educate the Philadelphia community about what the organization is doing."
Joshua Benoff - Sales Associate
Education & Engagement Associate
"I am a junior Environmental Engineering Major at Drexel University. This is my first Co-Op and I am thrilled to be joining the team as an Education and Engagement Associate. I am passionate about clean energy, sustainability, green infrastructure, and wildlife conservation. I am excited to learn more about urban ecology and land revitalization alongside our PWS Stewards as we connect students with nature. This position will allow me to work collaboratively on immersive environmental education programming. I can’t wait for the great opportunities Land Health has in store!"
Bridget Depenbrock - Development and Events Associate
O n l i n e S a l e s,
M a r k e t i n g &
M e d i a
"I am in my pre-junior year at Drexel University pursuing a dual major in Finance and International Business. LandHealth will be my second Co-Op where I will be focusing on the online sales, marketing and media for Put Nature Back, a clothing line started by LandHealth. Even while studying business, one of my passions has always been environmental conservation. I’m so excited to be working for a company that is so dedicated to its community and our environment. At LandHealth, I hope to use my skills to market Put Nature Back and spread their mission on the importance of healing our planet."
Amartya Jha - Website Development Associate