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Five join Linn Conservancy Board

Mifflinburg Telegraph of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania

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The Merrill Linn Conservancy has named five new members to its board of directors. The recently elected board members are Owen Floody, Marilyn Brill and Sarajane Snyder, all of Lewis-burg, and Dick and Donna Constant of Middleburg, according to an announcement by Geoff Goodenow, coordinator of the Conservancy. "We are pleased to have these very capable individuals join our board and welcome the new energy and insights they will bring to our organization." Mr. Goodenow said.

The Constants will jointly fill a seat on the Conservancy board. Mr. Constant, who retired as Assistant General Counsel for Patents and Intellectual Property of the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., is Chair of the Board of Supervisor of Middle-creek Twp. in Snyder County. Mrs. Constant, who retired as an Episcopal priest from a congregation in Philadelphia, is a member of the Middlecreek Twp. Planning Commission and a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Both have served on the Union-Snyder Habitat for Humanity board and have worked in various capacities with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lewisburg. Their wooded 39-acre Snyder County property is protected by a conservation easement with the Conservancy.

Owen Floody, Bucknell University professor emeritus of psychology, grew up in northern New Jersey. He graduated from Yale and went on to Rockefeller University for graduate studies leading to a Ph. D. Doctor Floody did field studies of African animals early in his graduate career, before settling on laboratory studies of the neural and hormonal mechanisms controlling reproductive and aggressive behavior in hamsters, a focus that continued throughout the rest of his career.

Dr. Floody has described his work "as straddling the line between psychology and biology, exploring the brain, biochemical influences and behavior." Though Dr. Floody retired from Bucknell in 2012, he continues work, preparing articles for scientific publication based on a study of the influence of neurotransmitters on mating behavior. His major hobby is landscape and wildlife photography, primarily-during trips to exotic countries such as Nepal and Tanzania.

Sarajane Snyder, who serves as Co-chair of the Conservancy's Education and Publicity Committee, is a native of White Deer Township. After graduating from Milton High School inl998, she left the area to attend college and spent the next 13 years travelling between Baltimore, MD, and Marin County, CA, learning about art, activism, land and spirit. From 20072011 Ms. Snyder lived and worked at Green Gulch Farm, a 7-acre organic vegetable farm, retreat center and Zen Buddhist community located north of San Francisco. She served as farm manager during the last two years. In

2012 she returned to the area, settling in Lewisburg.

Ms. Snyder, a writer and student of permaculture, is involved with Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and The Greenhorns, a community of 'start-up farmers' applying skills and ethos from the software and tech worlds to agriculture.

Marilyn Brill, a native of Dallas, TX, has lived in Central Pennsylvania since 1972. A former teacher, she is a specialist in organizational training and development. Ms. Brill served as president of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, heading a major capital campaign. While serving on the" League's National Board, she organized the League's field service training for state and national Leagues, oversaw a national membership drive and participated in a major national capital campaign for the organization.

Ms. Brill was a founding partner of Groupworks Consulting, a firm dedicated to community-based facilitation and group collaboration. In 2001 she became the Administrator for the Pennsylvania Women's Campaign Fund, a bi-partisan political action committee dedicated to the election of more women to the PA General Assembly. Ms. Brill has also served as president of the Union Snyder Habitat for Humanity, treasurer of AID Lewisburg and served as office donation specialist with the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority.

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Original Publication Date: January 30, 2014

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