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.

The Friends of SLNC organization shares the governance of the Silver Lake Nature Center with the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Friends of SLNC raises funds through an active Membership program, various fundraising events and activities, and educational 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 Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation. Current positions funded by the Friends of SLNC include: Environmental Educator/Camp Director, Volunteer Coordinator/Admin Assistant/Environmental Educator, and Office Manager/BookKeeper, as well as Summer Camp Staff.

The Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center is managed by a Board of Directors.        

2024-25 Friends of SLNC Board of Directors:

Theresa Giardine, President
~Retired Principal, Bristol Township School District

Michelle Aliprantis, MBA, Vice-president
~Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications| PA Markets Roxborough, Suburban, and Lower Bucks Hospital

John Lopuszanski, Secretary
~Levittown Resident, SLNC Facilities Committee Member

Earl Bruck, Treasurer
~Retired MPA, Board Member & Treasurer for Bristol Township Assoc. for Community Enrichment

Bryan Allen, Board Member
~Chief Of Staff, State Representative Tina M. Davis, 141st District

Deanna Boyer, Board Member
~Dow Environmental Health & Safety Improvement Specialist

Larry Daniel, Board Member
~Volunteer at SLNC, Pennsbury Manor, Yardley Singles Club, Bristol Calvary Baptist Church, Paradisus Dei (TMIU- That Man Is You) Weekly Video AV Coordinator

Dawn Denner, Board Member
~Volunteer at SLNC, Birder, Photographer

Valerie Hamilton, Board Member
~PennAEYC: Bucks Chapter: Current Advocacy Chair, Pre-K for Pa and Start Strong Pa Statewide Provider Advisory Board: Member

Damita Harvey, Board Member
~NJM Insurance Group – Talent Development Specialist, Sr., No Longer Bound – Prevention Manager, Bristol Cares Coalition – Community Organizer, National Night Our Bristol Borough – Event Chair

Alan Hermely, Board Member
~Retired – Environmental Specialist for the DHS/FEMA federal agencies, Environmental Scientist for AECOM (formerly URS Corporation)

Kyle Melander, Board Member
~District Manager U.S. House of Representatives

Susan Brown, Past President (Non-voting Board Member)/“Fundraising Specialist”
~Front Desk Administrator Huntingdon Valley Country Club