Rod Newton joined the Trust in January 2019 as our Volunteer and Programs Coordinator. He comes to us with 20 years of experience organizing volunteers, coordinating logistics, and managing risk in diverse outdoor settings. Rod’s background also includes historic building restoration and general construction. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of Maine, Presque Isle with a BS in Outdoor Recreation. Rod and his family live in Mercersburg, PA. Together they enjoy biking on the towpath, paddling local waterways, and strolling the shores of the Chesapeake Bay looking for shark’s teeth.
Benjamin Bender joined the Trust in January 2019 and is serving as our Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC) Coordinator for the spring season. The CJC is a job-skills training program that provides disadvantaged youth with employment opportunities and professional development in the conservation field. Ben studied Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State. His life’s mission is connecting people to their surroundings. In his free time he likes hiking, canoeing, and film photography.