Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center

The Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, formed in 1979 for the purpose of assisting the Silver Lake Nature Center in the encouragement and promotion of environmental education.  They share the governance of the Center with the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation.  The Friends raise funds through an active membership program, various fundraising events and activities, and program revenue.   The monies raised support the operations through the financing of special projects and the funding of staff positions in addition to the two positions funded by the County.  Current positions funded by the Friends include the Environmental Educator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Office Manager.

The Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center is managed by a Board of Directors.  The 2017 – 2018 directors include:

  1. Hope Sauppe, President: Compliance Lead, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  2. Donna Scalzo, Vice President: Assistant Vice President Business Development Officer, Bucks County Bank
  3. Dave Gibbon, Secretary: Constituent Advocate
  4. Pat Coleman, Treasurer: Information Management Consultant, Blue Box Data
  5. Scott Brown, Trustee: Physics Teacher and author, Bristol Borough Schools
  6. Theresa Giardine, Trustee: Principal, Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School, Bristol Township School District
  7. Robert Casselberry, Trustee: Mitigation Manger, Dow Chemical Company
  8. Ron McGuckin, Trustee: Lawyer, Ronald V. McGuckin and Associates & business co-owner, Spice and Company
  9. Rose Cooper, Trustee:  Assistant Director, Lower Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College