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Meet Our Team

Our dedicated team of environmental enthusiasts, educators, and ecologists are the foundation of LandHealth Institute and the work we do! 


LandHealth Staff
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Scott Quitel, JD, MBA

Founder & CEO

Scott has extensive experience in ecological land use planning and design, restoration analysis, and construction. He is the Director (and a professor) of Social Entrepreneurship at the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University; serves on several local boards; and is a frequent invited speaker on planning, design, and ecology. Over his career, Scott has led Philadelphians of all backgrounds and ages through natural areas in the city with a goal to reconnect people with nature as it exists around them. Prior to founding LandHealth, Scott also led the visioning, public process, and design of a wide range of design-build projects, including the Washington Avenue Pier (Pier 53) in South Philadelphia. 

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 a nature lover in her hometown in southwest Missouri, spending much of her childhood kayaking, scouting out worms under rocks, and generally covered in mud. After completing her B.A.s in Biology and Religious Studies at nearby Lafayette College, she moved to Philadelphia.  She's since spent the last six years as an environmental educator and watershed ecologist, focusing on community- and youth-driven science programs in the waterways and marshes in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay Watersheds . 

Tali Anisfeld

Nursery Project Manager

After working at various farms in Chicago, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, and Puerto Rico over the past few years, Tali Anisfeld (they/them) is really excited to be a part of LandHealth's team as the Project 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. They have worked with people of all ages in a variety of formal and informal educational settings, and they hold a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. In their free time, they like to write, make art and food, explore green spaces in Philly, and hang out with friends.

Dedicated Volunteers and Members
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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). 

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