An all-volunteer board of directors is responsible for overseeing the activities of Eden Hill Conservancy.  This group is comprised of local landowners, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and foresters, all of whom share a strong commitment to preserve the natural beauty of Eden Hill and the Little Juniata watershed. The group has expertise in conservation easements, forestry, and the values and traditions of the Eden Hill community.

Professor James C. Finley, Ph.D

Jim Finley is a Professor of Forest in Penn State’s School of Forest Resources, where he is the associate director for extension and outreach and Pennsylvania’s extension forester.  He is currently the co-chair for Penn State’s dual-title, intercollege degree program in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment. Jim’s expertise is in the areas of ecosystem and forest management, forest stewardship, and private forest owner issues and education He is a Pennsylvania native raised in the Pittsburgh area, he has three degrees from Penn State, and has been an extension educator since 1975. He and his wife reside outside State College and own forestland in Elk County. His son, Andy, along with his wife and granddaughter live in Michigan where Andy is on the Natural Resource faculty at Michigan State University. Jim is an avid woodworker and bowl turner. 

Professor Finley has served on the board of the Eden Hill Conservancy since 1996.  He also serves on the board of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

 Jeremy E. Frank, Ph.D.

Jeremy Frank is the President and Co-Founder of KCF Technologies, Inc., an entrepreneurial engineering technology company providing product development and technology solutions for underwater navigation and electro-mechanical devices.  Jeremy earned a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University.  

 Dr. Frank has served on the board of the Eden Hill Conservancy since 2004.  He is active in mountain biking, trail running, Nordic skiing, hiking, camping,cycling, and fly fishing in the area.  He and his family reside in nearby Pine Grove Mills.

Daniel R. Leri

Dan Leri is currently the Director of the Research Commercialization Office at Pennsylvania State University and the Director of Innovation Park, the university’s 118-acre business park that provides new companies with real estate options and support to commercialize their inventions.  Dan is responsible for assisting in the commercialization of Penn State technologies and supporting the University’s research and technology transfer activities.  He assists faculty, staff, and students in commercializing knowledge through the creation of startup companies.  He provides a university interface with multiple sources of early stage capital, such as seed funding programs, angel investors, and venture capital funds, and assists new ventures by identifying mentors and management team members.  Mr. Leri was previously the Director of New Business for the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Central and Northern PA.  

Mr. Leri has served on the board of the Eden Hill Conservancy since its founding in 1995 and currently serves as Treasurer.  He and his family reside in Spruce Creek, PA and his children are regular volunteers at Eden Hill Conservancy events. 

Susan Lingle

Susan Lingle attended State College High School and Northern Virginia Community College, returning to the area in 2008 after residing in Wisconsin for several years.  She has an interest in hiking, youth education, and nature study.

Susan became involved with EHC by serving as a volunteer for our educational programs and our conservation easement inspections.  Her four children volunteer with our educational programs as well.  Susan resides in suburban Maryland and Spruce Creek, PA.


W. Anthony Riley, M.D., President

Dr. Anthony Riley is a physician and Chief of the Geriatric Section of Greater Baltimore Medical Center and is Medical Director of Gilchrist Hospice Care.  He is the former chairman of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Ethics Committee.

Dr. Riley is a native of central Pennsylvania and currently resides in Baltimore, MD.  He and his wife Jeanne are landowners in Spruce Creek, PA.  Dr. Riley has served on the board of the Eden Hill Conservancy since its founding in 1995. 

Jeanne M. Riley, Secretary

Jeanne Riley is a retired biotechnology executive who has served as chief commercial officer in a number of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.  She is committed to assisting EHC in advancing its role as a trusted community resource for area landowners interested in protecting their land.  Together with her husband Tony, she is the owner of property in the Spruce Creek area that is currently in use for agriculture. She resides in Baltimore, MD, and Spruce Creek, PA.

Douglas R. Shearer, Treasurer

Doug Shearer is a twenty-five year resident of Spruce Creek, PA township and maintains a working farm in Spruce Creek.  Mr. Shearer is a carpenter by trade.  He has a longstanding interest in conservation of open space, preservation of native plant and animal species, and water quality.  He is a passionate voice for long-term strategic growth planning for the county. 

Mr. Shearer has served on the board of the Eden Hill Conservancy since 2003.  He regularly enjoys hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and recreational outdoor activities.  He and his family reside in Spruce Creek, PA and are active in volunteering at Eden Hill Conservancy events.