Board and Officers

The Swatara Watershed Association Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

Board Members: (pictured) former board member and president Jo Ellen Litz, County Commissioner, Jack Stouffer, retired from Milton Hershey School, Bethany Canner, President, Master Watershed Steward, Mike Adams, VP, Cocoa Kayaks and Master Watershed Steward, former member Denny Miller

(not pictured) Fred Folmer, retired science teacher, Gavin Bender, Treasurer, Eagle Scout, Stephanie Harmon, Michael Ohlin

Bethany Canner, President

In 2022, Bethany Canner took over the reigns as President of the SWA. In 2020, she was appointed to the board and was elected VP in 2021. She was mentored by outgoing president Jo Ellen Litz who introduced her to our partners in our Clean Water efforts. She is a Penn State Master Watershed Steward, holds a BS in Biology from Bloomsburg University and is a mom to two. She believes strongly in riparian buffer restoration as a means to obtaining clean water and secured the SWA’s partnership with the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership.

Mike Adams, Vice President

In 2022, Mike Adams was elected to serve as Vice President of SWA. Mike is a Penn State Master Watershed Steward and is owner of Cocoa Kayaks. During the summer you will find Mike on the water. He is focused on improving access to the creek for all and providing education on the history and importance of the Swatara Creek.

Fred Folmer

Fred Folmer

Fred Folmer is a retired earth science teacher who loves the outdoors. He is always ready to help with cleanup, felling a dead tree or sharing his knowledge of the spotted lantern fly. Fred shepherds the Little Swatara Creek and serves as secretary on the Bethel Berks Environmental Advisory Council. Retired since 2009, his interests include outdoor sports like archery, bow hunting, biking, hiking, canoeing and fishing. Environmental preservation is his goal.

Gavin Bender, Treasurer

In 2017, Gavin Bender came to SWA for an Eagle Scout project which entailed assembling new signs and refurbishing existing signs for the Swatara Water Trail. He works in a local accounting office and was elected treasurer in 2021.