FODC Governing Structure
The Friends of the Delaware Canal operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are governed by an appointed Board of Directors, which selects an Executive Director responsible for the everyday operations of the group. An appointed Advisory Board provides counsel.
Board of Directors
The Board is responsible for making all administrative decisions for the organization, as well as setting the activity agenda and making sure operations are governed according to the official bylaws of our 501(c)3 non-profit status.
Brett Webber, AIA, LEED AP, is a Principal of SPG3, an award-winning architecture and design firm specializing in high performance, sustainable design. His firm is located in Philadelphia and Bucks County. Brett is active in a number of local organizations, and his firm is a Business Member of the Friends. A longtime champion of industrial and architectural heritage preservation and environmental conservation, Brett adds his professional design and construction expertise to current and future projects.
Brett has relocated from Philadelphia to a historic farmhouse in Tinicum Township just above the Canal in Erwinna.
Growing up a native of Pennsylvania, Pam has fond childhood memories of visiting New hope on Weekends with family and friends to ride the mule barges on the Canal. While she and her husband Stephen have moved their family many places in the Northeast, in 2011, the Cans settled in the borough of New Hope along the Canal, bringing it full circle for Pam. The whole family enjoys hiking and biking along the towpath.
Pam currently serves on the New Hope Park and Recreation Board as Garden Club chair and is also a member of the New Hope Revitalization Committee. Since moving to New Hope, she has participated in Canal Clean-up Days, the Canal Action Team (CAT), and various Friends of the Delaware Canal functions. She is eager to do what she can to help keep the canal viable and its towpath a destination for families to enjoy together.
Lynn Vogel lives in the borough of Morrisville within walking distance of the Canal with her husband, Josh Gradwohl. Lynn grew up in Pittsburgh, where access to its three rivers was restricted to industry and boat owners. Lynn moved to the Philadelphia area in 1989 chasing a career. She ultimately chose Bucks County as her home because of the accessibility and beauty of the Delaware River and the PA and NJ canal systems. Lynn spent many years enjoying only small sections of both canals in the Trenton area until she began dating Josh in 2009.
Since then, Lynn and Josh have walked and biked the entire length of the Canal together (some sections many times over). They have grown to love the upper reaches of the Canal and all its beauty and charm and wish to encourage and create that same feeling in others along the lower, more congested reaches.
Lynn is a Geologist/Environmental Specialist with the State of New Jersey (NJDEP) where she oversees the cleanup of contaminated waste sites. When not working or enjoying the Canal, she volunteers her time at three different farms in the Buck/Mercer County area. Lynn and Josh are Canal Tenders in Morrisville.
Peter Sperry is a retired Senior Research Fellow with Rohm and Haas Company, now part of Dow Chemical Company. He previously held District and Council level positions with the Bucks County Council of Boy Scouts of America, and recently served for a number of years on the Doylestown Township Telecommunications Advisory Board. A past President, Pete currently serves as the Friends’ Treasurer and is the point person for our Milestone installation project. Pete and wife Barbara have resided in Doylestown Township since 1968.
There probably has been no one more determined to walk the full 58.9-mile length of the Delaware Canal than Jeff Connell. On Jeff’s first try at the Friends’ annual Canal Walk in 2009, the group had to turn around and head back to Easton because the Delaware River was flowing over the towpath. He persisted in 2010 and participated in four of the five Canal Walks. In 2011 and 2012, he prevailed and walked on each of the Saturdays detouring around damage and climbing over fallen trees with his fellow Canal Walkers. He now knows the route and routine so well that he served as a tour leader for the Lunch and Walk last March.
Jeff and his wife Robin live in Newtown, PA and have a second home in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. A graduate of Rider University, Jeff majored in finance and accounting. He has been a licensed real estate broker in New Jersey since 1978,and was President of the Ocean County Board of Realtors in 2001. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Jersey Shore Council of the Boy Scouts of America since 1992. Both he and Robin are very involved in their communities and have participated in a variety of Friends’ activities and events since they became members in 2010. Jeff is ready and willing to move the Friends’ mission forward.
Judy and her husband Joe have lived overlooking the Canal Mule Shed in New Hope for the past three years and have been Bucks County residents for ten. They have been members of the Friends since moving to New Hope, and they are among the nine members of a recently formed community group, which is dedicated to returning water to the Canal from Centre Bridge to Lock 10.
Judy is now retired from over 30 years of employment in management, financial analysis, and quality improvement; working primarily within the telecommunications industry. She was recently appointed by the New Hope Borough Council as their representative to the Delaware and Lehigh Trail Alliance and has been active, along with Joe, as an Advisory Board member of the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Judy is also President of the Board of Directors of the Bucks County League of Women Voters, a volunteer at Doylestown Hospital and an active supporter of women’s wellness organizations.
She looks forward to seeing our historic Canal flow and flourish once again.
For more than twenty years, Joan Fullerton has travelled to Upper Black Eddy on weekends to enjoy life Bucks County-style. The Delaware Canal has played an important role in those weekends, especially since it runs along Joan’s backyard. She enjoys the towpath in every season, especially hiking or biking it, and appreciates its diverse animal, bird and plant life as well as its beauty and tranquility. Along with her appreciation of the Canal’s pleasures came the understanding that the waterway and towpath need more help than the State Park can provide. Thus, Joan became a member of the Friends early in her Upper Black Eddy residency. In recent years, she has been serving on the Friends’ Fundraising Committee taking a key role in the production of Faces and Places in 2012. Now she is pleased to expand her role as a member of the Board of Directors.
When not in Upper Black Eddy, Joan lives in Westfield, NJ. She has worked in the international relocation industry for thirty-three years and is currently director of Global Business development for Holman United. She also serves as Treasurer for the International Friends Club.
Stephanie Garomon has lived in Solebury for 27 years and has served on the Boards of a few non-profit organizations over the last 35 years. She is a Realtor with Addison Wolfe Real Estate in New Hope. In this quickly moving world, it is nice to have a place where one can leave behind the stress of the day and find the peace and solitude of a simple walk along the towpath. “My decision to join the Friends of the Delaware Canal a few years ago was made so that I could support an organization that faces head-on the challenges of preserving the Canal.”
Stephanie has wonderful memories of bringing her three young children for walks and bike rides on the towpath. “We are the present-day caregivers of this natural area and have a responsibility to protect this beautiful link to the wealth of history the Canal offers our community. I want my grandchildren to see and enjoy exactly what my children enjoyed for so many years, and I want them to be able to pass down to future generations the stories and experiences that have enriched so many lives for almost two centuries.”
Bob is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a longtime advocate for the Delaware Canal. As a Canal-side resident of Lower Makefield Township for 18 years, he has volunteered for the Friends as a section leader for annual Clean-Up Days and as a Canal Tender. He worked with Pete Sperry on the mile marker project at the time when the first markers were installed.
Bob’s background in construction management tends to focus him on the challenges of maintaining the Canal’s physical condition along with its historical context. He recognizes how unique the Canal is and appreciates how fortunate we are to have a National historic Landmark right here in our backyard. Bob and his wife Jen often can be found walking their dog Riley or biking on the towpath.
Eileen and her husband Robert live along the Canal in New Hope Borough. Like many other residents and visitors of the Delaware Canal towns, they enjoy and have fond memories of their time along the canal biking, hiking and, not all that long ago, watching mule barges packed with delighted tourists. Eileen is committed to keeping those canal activities alive for all to enjoy.
Eileen retired in September 2014 after more than 33 years with Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical division where she held roles in quality management, research and regulatory affairs. She enjoys volunteer work and currently assists the efforts of the New Hope Garden Club, the New Hope for Our Canal initiative, and H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday – a volunteer group of individuals who provide assistance to those in need). Always willing to do what’s needed along the Canal, Eileen has participated in Clean-Up Days, daffodil planting, and fish rescues.
Pete Rosswaag has been a resident of Upper Black Eddy for 31 years, and feels privileged to have the Canal as his family’s backyard playground. Pete and Joyce raised their two daughters in a house (rebuilt after two floods) located between the Delaware Canal and Delaware River.
The Rosswaags thoroughly enjoy the benefits of the towpath – walking, jogging, running, biking, cross-country skiing, and snow shoeing. And they enjoy the waterway by canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, and ice skating. Their five grandchildren love visiting “paradise” to share in these activities, including frequent trips to the Homestead Store for ice cream.
Pete displays his love of the canal by encouraging his grandchildren to assist in his favorite Canal Tender activities of scum busting, vine eradication, and trash collecting via canoe. What fun! He is hoping to make a difference in any way he can, so that future generations can continue to enjoy this unique and wonderful 58.9-mile waterway.
Pete worked for the State of New Jersey for 31 years in the Department of Human Services. Currently, he is the Tax Collector for Bridgeton Township.
David has lived along the Canal in Lower Makefield Township for over thirty years. By erecting no fences on property lines, he and his hillside neighbors share an expansive view of what they feel is one of the finest stretches of the lower Canal. The continuous water, wildlife (especially the foxes, herons, and spring peepers), and undeveloped flood plain on the River side make it impossible not to love the Canal.
With degrees from Brown and Temple, for 35 years David was a software engineer. When relentless squeezing and off shoring caught up with him in May of 2013, David realized that not only would it be extremely challenging to find a satisfactory position at age 61, but his circumstances made that unnecessary. Uncompromising saving and having a spouse with a successful consulting business conspired to make early retirement possible.
David welcomes the opportunity to do more for the Canal than admire it and send regular donations to the Friends. his ability to analyze processes and procedures and to make suggestions for change will come in very handy.
No stranger to the Canal and Friends’ activities, Bill West is closing in on his goal of walking the full length of the towpath from Easton to Bristol. He also has assisted with fundraising events doing everything from arranging for music and catering to hauling tables to the venue.
Bill is retired after 33 years with Sun Oil Company where he served as General Credit Manager with responsibilities for more than 300 people. After retirement, he started West Development Company and undertook projects in Chester and Delaware counties. He served on the Board of Downingtown School District for nine years and on the East Caln Planning Commission for fifteen years. His project of the moment is finalizing plans to build a home along the Delaware River.
During his treks along the Canal, Bill was “overwhelmed with its history and beauty…I’m happy to contribute my time and experience to help preserve this national treasure.”