Land Trust of Bucks County
Land Trust of Bucks County
Bucks County Land Trust

Executive Director

David Johnson

David comes to the land trust with over 29 years of experience at the Bucks County Planning Commission. He retired from the county in early 2018 with his last position being the program coordinator for the Bucks County Open Space Program. David grew up in Solebury Township attending New Hope Solebury High School and Penn State. In addition to serving the land trust as executive director, he also runs a crop and hay farm located just outside of New Hope and farms a total of over 200 acres in Solebury, Buckingham and Upper Makefield Townships. He currently resides in Buckingham Township.

Board of Directors

Laurie Ermentrout, President

Laurie has been on the conservancy board since 2007. She is a life-long resident of Bucks County. Laurie owns and operates E&S MedEd Group, Inc., a medical education company dedicated to the continuing professional development of healthcare professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists), focused solely on independent, non-promotional continuing education. In the late eighties/early nineties, she was a board member of Family Service Association of Bucks County. She is on the consistory, a women’s guild member, and teaches Sunday School at St. Peter’s Tohickon United Church of Christ. In 1981, Laurie graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a BFA in Graphic Design. She lives on her preserved property in Bedminster Township with her longhaired dachshunds, cats, and babydoll sheep.

Harry R. Dannehower III

Harry joined the LTBC Board in 2017. He served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for thirty years as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop M Dublin. Harry has been a member of the LTBC Fundraising Committee since September 2011 and he serves as an advocate for other non-profit agencies. Harry and his wife Jennifer make their home in Bedminster Township.

J. Phillip Johnson, Ex-officio

Philip has been a Board member of Land Trust of Bucks County since 2013. After retiring from a business and teaching career, he began farming on a full time basis on his and other preserved farm land with his son. Preservation is the key to keeping agriculture viable in the county and Land Trust of Bucks County will help to ensure future agriculture opportunities.

Stephen King, Treasurer

Stephen joined the LTBC Board in 2019. He first lived in Bucks County in 1992 and 1993 and returned permanently in 2013. He lives on Jericho Mountain in Upper Makefield, where he enjoys living on, and being surrounded by, preserved land. He holds a PhD in Economics, taught at Stanford University and retired from a career in book publishing in 2019. For many years he also served on the board of Yale University Press. Stephen is enjoying working in the woods of Bucks County rather than in the concrete jungle.

Rachel Leach

Rachel joined the board in 2020 and is a lifelong Bucks County resident and passionate about preserving Bucks County historic and open spaces. She is currently pursuing her degree in History/Historic Preservation at BCCC, and works for the Bucks County Planning Commission. In her free time, she volunteers with various historic preservation organizations, and autocrosses with the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

James Mageras

James joined the Land Trust in 2020 and brings a diverse set of experiences spanning technology, project management, and public service. He has a keen interest in the environment and the conservation of natural resources and traditional landscapes. An incipient farmer, he lives with his wife on their farm in Solebury Township.

Donna Shaw

Donna is a Retired Employee Benefits Manager and LTBC member since 2009. She currently serves LTBC as monitor. Why did she join? "You only get one chance to save land. You miss that chance and you can never get the land back."

Staff

Richard Harvey, Conservation Specialist

Rich grew up in Upper Southampton Township and graduated from Penn State University and Drexel University. Recently retired, he worked for the Bucks County Planning Commission for 35 years as the author and Administrator of the popular Bucks County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Under his stewardship, over 18,000 acres on 230 farms were preserved in Bucks County. He also was the Administrator of the Bucks County Open Space Program for several years. He resides with his wife in Doylestown Borough.

Michael Farbotnik, Conservation Specialist

Michael is a lifelong resident of Solebury Township, growing up and farming with his father on the same farm purchased by his grandparents in the early 1920s. The farm has been preserved since 2014. He believes that involvement is the key to community and has served on the Township Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Land Preservation Committee and Environmental Advisory Committee as well as previously serving on Senator Santorum's Agricultural Advisory Board. Michael was also a member of the Midway Fire Company and a 4H leader. Michael worked for the Bucks County Health Department as the Soil Scientist for 29 years before retiring to go into private consulting and beginning Greenway Environmental Consultants, a soil consulting firm. Michael graduated from Delaware Valley College (now University) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy and is an adjunct at Del-Val teaching soil and plant science courses. He is a professional soil scientist and has taught soil courses to sewage enforcement officers for the Department of Environmental Protection and The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. He continues to farm today, helping his daughter Kaitlin and son-in-law Ryan who have taken over the home farm and are raising beef cattle, hogs and broilers on Shady Fox Farm.