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Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor appoints board members


The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is pleased to announce that Shelley Speirs of Bethlehem Township and Andy Hamilton of Doylestown have joined the organization’s board of directors.

In addition, the organization has named officers for 2019: Michael Drabenstott of Allentown was appointed chair of the board, Lon Snowden of Allentown and Sierra Fogal of Jim Thorpe were appointed vice chairs, James Birdsall of Bethlehem was appointed secretary, and John Krissinger of Allentown was appointed treasurer.

Speirs is a development professional with 17 years of experience in fundraising, community outreach, marketing, and program creation.

She currently serves as director, Major and Planned Gifts for East Stroudsburg University (ESU) Foundation, where she provides strategic leadership and direction for the overall cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major and planned gift prospects.

Speirs currently serves on the board for the Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia, and has previously served as a board member for the YWCA of Bethlehem, the Governor’s “Adaptation to Climate Change” tourism & outdoor recreation working group, and Pennsylvania DCNR’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Technical Advisory Committee.

Hamilton has more than two decades of experience as a landscape architect and project manager. His professional planning and landscape architecture projects include the Raritan River Greenway, Bike Hike Trail System in Doylestown, the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Landmark Towns Bicycle Marketing Strategy Plan (Morrisville, Bristol, Yardley and New Hope), the Doylestown to New Hope Trail feasibility study, the Willow Grove Vision Plan, and Washington Crossing Park and Washington Crossing Gateway Streetscape Project, among many other Bucks County planning and landscape projects.

Hamilton has served on the board of directors for the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Trail Advisory Committee, and as Mid-Atlantic Coordinator, East Coast Greenway Alliance. He also served on the steering committee of the Circuit Coalition from 2013 to 2017.