MEET OUR TEAM
LIZA HERZOG-Executive Director
STEVE JONES- Nursery Operations Director
DAN GARLEN- Operations Manager
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.
Madeline Worth- Engagement Associate
Madeline is the Engagement Associate for LandHealth. “I am an Environmental Studies and Sustainability Major with a Minor in Ecology at Drexel University. I have an interest in biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and sustainability. I am an Engagement Associate Co-Op with LandHealth and am excited to assist with environmental education, student engagement, and related mixed media artwork. When I am not working or in class, I love to take care of my plants, create artwork/photography, hike, and work at a bakery and orchard near my home. I am excited to start my position with LandHealth and share my expertise!”
Taisia Osipova- Marketing and Communications Lead
“I am an International Business Major at Drexel University with a Minor in organizational management. I am passionate about technology, traveling and the environment, and I have done a lot of research and work in the field of renewable energy and sustainability. My role as a Marketing and Communications Lead at LandHealth will be my last Co-Op before my graduation, and I am already feeling like it is the most meaningful and important position that I have had so far. I am expecting to contribute a lot to LandHealth and to spread its message to as many people as I can!”
Sam Fong-Nursery Coordinator
Samantha Fong is an architectural engineering student at Drexel University currently pursuing her minor in social entrepreneurship. Her passion for sustainability and horticulture shapes the way she thinks about design and nature. At LandHealth, Samantha uses her skills and passions to assist with LandHealths landscaping and design, as well as being the key person for LandHealths nursery, PhilaFlora. Her hobbies include growing and selling various species of rare tropical plants.
Joshua Benoff - Sales Associate
Joshua is an Entrepreneurship Major at Drexel University. He is an Ambassador for the Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University. His position is as a Sales and Project Associate for LandHealth. As a rising entrepreneur, he is a motivated, dedicated student and worker, who is passionate about every project he undertakes. His excellent interpersonal skills, empathic personality, and ability to integrate into a team as a member or leader, have helped him become a superior sales associate. Other interests include hiking, bird-watching, and caring for his pets.
Bridget Depenbrock - Development and Events Associate
Bridget is an Economics major at Drexel University pursuing a minor in Politics. At LandHealth, she is a Development and Events associate and works on the organization's weekly newsletter, membership program, and grant writing. "The biggest thing I looked forward to coming to Drexel was my co-op. LandHealth is my first co-op and I have learned so much in the first few months I've started working here. I am able to contribute so many of my ideas to my work and have learned so much by working on a variety of projects. I have had an amazing experience working at LandHealth so far!" In her free time, Bridget enjoys traveling, baking, and hiking.
Amartya Jha - Website Development Associate
"I am a sports management major at Drexel with a passion for the basketball and soccer industries. I will be graduating in a year and Landhealth has given me valuable insights and exposure to the world after college which I am really grateful for. It has been a wonderful experience working at Landhealth! In my free time, I play drums, read books, and watch movies. "