The People of Tinicum - Trustees & Staff

Trustees and Officers

Boyce Budd, President: Boyce has had a long involvement with conservation. Thanks to his wife Karen, he became a stewardship volunteer at the Nature Conservancy Pennsylvania Chapter in the mid- 80's and then became a Chapter Trustee from 1996 to the present, including a six year stint as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Boyce owned and was President of several air and ocean freight logistics companies prior to serving for twelve years as a Tinicum Township Supervisor.

Boyce served in the U.S Marine Corps and was a gold-medalist member of the 1964 Olympic Rowing team. He is a graduate of Yale University, Connecticut and did graduate studies at Cambridge University, England.

Boyce moved to Tinicum in 1976 and lives with his wife Karen, black lab Bridget and other animals on a conserved farm in Erwinna, and, along with his passion  for conservation issues, still loves to be on the water sailing, kayaking or bicycling on the canal towpath.   



Tom Casola, Vice President: Tom holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 30 years and is currently Vice President & General Manager at Shire. Tom has lived in Bucks County since 1982. He and his wife, Sue Smithers, live in Tinicum on a conserved property previously owned by James Michener. Tom can frequently be found at the Doylestown Tennis Club or kayaking on Lake Nockamixon.




Richard S. Bowles, III, Ph.D.: Rick Bowles lives in Erwinna. He recently retired from the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Merck & Co., Inc.

Rick holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, as well as a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He has published and lectured widely on the topic of Quality Management. He is a member of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers and The Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council.

Rick is a Past President and board member of Raritan River Concerts, a Past Chairman and board member of Merck Cares, and Treasurer, Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, NY.

Karen Budd: Karen is a graduate of Temple University, with a degree in horticulture and landscaping, Karen’s stint as a volunteer for The Nature Conservancy lead to a 15-year staff position with the Pennsylvania Chapter. Although she managed preserves and coordinated volunteers for The Nature Conservancy, Karen specialized in fire management (as the Fire Manager of Pennsylvania and Maryland and certified burn leader) and invasive plant species. She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including Planned Parenthood, Singing City Choir of Philadelphia and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center. Karen is the former president of the Tinicum Conservancy and continues to provide occasional consulting services to The Nature Conservancy.



Bill Cahill: Bill retired in early 2009, from the Palisades School District after 34 years of teaching.  On that same day he also retired as a Major from the Army Reserve with 21 years of service.  Currently he is chairperson and coordinator of the township Emergency Management Response Team and one of the Tinicum Township auditors.  Bill enjoys gardening, matching foods and wines, walking the canal, swimming at the Y in Doylestown, photography, traveling and helping with youth athletic programs.  He has been married to Ross for 38 years, has two children, and moved to Tinicum 33 years ago.



Betsi Campbell: Betsi has been a member of the Conservancy since “escaping” from New Jersey to Tinicum 6 years ago. She and husband John live in a log house on 10 acres in Erwinna. Betsi retired from 31 years at the Department of Labor in New Jersey where she developed programs for dislocated workers. She recently retired again from 5 years of consulting for the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. The timing was right when she was asked to manage the membership database for the Conservancy and is now the Membership Chair and the newest member of the Board.

Ellen Chapman, Treasurer:  Ellen and her husband, Michael Moss, are long time friends of the Tinicum Conservancy.  In 2005, they donated an easement on 70 acres along the Tinicum/Nockamixon border.  Ellen and Michael own Intercontinental Distributing, Inc.  For more than twenty years the company has engaged in international trade and management of commercial real estate in the Easton area.  Although Ellen's background is in education, her finanacial expertise comes from managing all aspects of the business since its inception.  Ellen also co-chairs the Nockamixon Township Open Space Committee.  Ellen and Mike, and always a few Bouvier de Flaunders dogs, have lived in Nockamixon Township since 1998.

Jeff Keller:  Along with his wife Lorraine, and their two children, they have lived in Tinicum for the past 10 years.  Jeff works as a restoration ecologist and also serves as environmental consultant to several New Jersey municipalities.  He enjoys teaching and has guest lectured at Penn State, Temple and Philadelphia University, and has co-taught a one-week summer course in field natural history at Cornell for almost 30 years.


Chuck Scholer: Chuck and his wife, Sue, have been Tinicum residents and Conservancy supporters for 20 years.

Chuck holds a BA in Political Science from Allegheny College, and an MPA in Public Management from NYU Wagner. He began his professional career as a land use/zoning officer with the Paterson, NJ Planning Department.

Chuck was President of Bradford School in Philadelphia, and owner and President of Braxton School of Virginia. He founded Performance Training Institute in New Jersey. Chuck founded and owns Braxton School of Puerto Rico, which trains students in remedial math, English, and Spanish. He owns First Caribbean Educational Group, a consulting organization assisting schools in maintaining satisfactory progress under No Child Left Behind.

Chuck has been a consultant to a number of New Jersey non-profit Work Force Investment Boards, ensuring they meet performance standards to continue their funding streams.


Hellyn Sher: Hellyn has had a home in Tinicum since 2001. Initially a part-time resident, she moved to Uhlerstown full time in 2004 after many years in New York. Her professional background is in publishing, having worked as an editor at magazines and in books. Switching gears a bit, she has most recently been a bread baker at a dairy farm across the river in Hunterdon County.

Locally, she has volunteered for Tinicum Township, the Tinicum Civic Association, and the Hunterdon Land Trust.

She is a native of Washington, DC and has also lived in Ketchum, Idaho and Chicago, where she went to college at The University of Chicago.






Jim Engel, Executive Director: Jim brings sixteen years of land conservancy experience and a lifelong passion for the natural environment. His family roots include Pennsylvania and he has a special love for the Delaware River and its tributaries. Jim joined the Conservancy in February of 2008 and the Conservancy is benefiting from his knowledge accumulated through seven years as the executive director of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and fundraising positions with The Nature Conservancy and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Jim and his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Abbey, live on a forested parcel adjacent to several thousand acres of preserved farmland. Email Jim.




Kelly Germann, Resource Protection Manager: Kelly is a Quakertown native who now lives in Schwenksville. She joined the TC in October 2009 as a part-time staff member. Germann, who holds a degree in conservation biology and she has a wealth of conservation experience, having worked for the Berks County Conservancy, the Heritage Conservancy, and the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy before coming to Tinicum. Email Kelly.



Maria Fell, Administrative Assistant: Maria is a gradulate of the Delaware Valley College she graduated with a BSc. degree in business followed by professional training.  She worked in the computer industry for over 20 years as a project manager but always wanted to pursue her real passion of outdoor adventure:  exploring National Parks, backpacking, hiking and kayaking closer to home.  Eventually her love of nature led to a change of career with The Bucks County Audobon Society as their administrative director and teacher naturalist which gave her the background and experience in conservation and non-for-profit world that she brings to her position at the Tinicum Conservancy. Maria joined the Conservancy in March of 2011. Maria is a twelve year resident of Tinicum Township.  Her love of nature and open space led her to flee the hustle and bustle of New Hope.  Email Maria.