The RSC Executive Board consists of representatives from member organizations. They work to uphold the mission of the RSC and move the organization forward in both research and education.
Jeanette L. Schnars, Ph.D.
Regional Science Consortium
Dr. Schnars has been the Executive Director of the RSC since 2007. She received her B.S. degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University with a Minor in Marine Science. After working for the U.S. Geological Survey on the sea turtle project at Padre Island National Seashore, TX, she continued her education at the State University of New York – College at Buffalo earning a M.S. degree in Biology working with sea turtles in Costa Rica. While working as an Instructor in the Biology Department of Penn State – Erie, she earned her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Science researching the effects of contaminants on the common snapping turtles. Dr. Schnars continues to conduct research on fisheries, turtles, and bacterial contamination in Lake Erie.
President – RSC Executive Board
Frederick Brenner, Ph.D.
Grove City College
Dr. Fred J. Brenner received his B.S. in Biology from Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania and his M.S. in Zoology with a minor in Forestry from the Pennsylvania State University and his PhD in Zoology with an emphasis in ecology also from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Brenner and his students were some of the early researchers in the development of passive wetland system to treat abandoned mine drainage. Along with his students were some of early investigators in the reclamation of mined lands as Wildlife and Fishery habitats. Dr. Brenner’s current research is in the field of wildlife and fishery genetics. Dr. Brenner is working with Trout Unlimited on genetics of isolated brook trout in the headwater streams within the West Branch of Susquehanna watershed. Another area of emphasis is the genetics of urban wildlife and tick borne diseases. Dr. Brenner is currently working with the DCNR staff at Presque Isle State Park studying the genetics of the Presque Isle deer herd and also the role of deer as a reservoir for Lyme Disease.
Secretary – RSC Executive Board
Katie Farnsworth, Ph.D.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Farnsworth received her B.S. in Geography and Computer Science from DePauw University, her M.S. in Marine Geology from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science/College of William and Mary, and her Ph.D. in Marine Geology from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science/College of William and Mary. Her research interests include coastal sedimentary processes; flux and fate of fluvial sediment in the shallow ocean; global flux of sediments.
Treasurer – RSC Executive Board
Robert Whyte, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Biology and Environmental Sciences Department,
California University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Whyte received his B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, his M.En.S. in Environmental Science from the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Miami University (Oxford, OH), and his Ph.D. in Botany from the Miami University (Oxford, OH). His research Interests include plant ecology and the study of invasive plants, particularly in wetland systems and Great Lakes coastal systems.
Executive Board Member
Assistant Park Manager, Presque Isle State Park –
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Ms. Best received her BS degree in Parks and Recreation – Resource Management from Slippery Rock University and MA in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration from Central Michigan University. She has worked for DCNR since 1998 in various capacities in several different state parks. Since 2007, Holly has been in her current position at Presque Isle. Her duties at Presque Isle include: facility manager of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, overseeing the Environmental Education Programming operation, supervising the summer internship program, and working with resource management at both Presque Isle and Erie Bluffs State Park.
Executive Board Member
Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection’s Waterways and Wetlands Program
Ms. Boughton spent 12 years representing Pennsylvania as the Director of the Office of the Great Lakes. Prior to joining DEP in 2002, Ms. Boughton was with the U.S. EPA in Washington, DC and Denver, CO working in various programs dealing with hazardous waste investigation, regulation, cleanup, and property reuse. She earned a BS in Chemistry and MS in Environmental Pollution Control from The Pennsylvania State University.