Board of Directors

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent a diverse group of industries, geographies, and personal interests. During a three-year term, Board members guide the work of PRC and ensure the organization continues to protect the resources of Pennsylvania for future generations.

PRC programs are managed by professional staff working from offices in Media (East) and Pittsburgh (West). PRC staff are leaders, as well as innovators, in the environmental field. They deliver a wide range of programs related to resource management, conservation, and waste reduction strategies.

Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

PRESIDENT: Scott R. Dismukes, ESQ., Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Scott is a Member with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. His legal practice spans 30 years and concentrates on environmental litigation and counseling, including litigation compliance and environmental business counseling to industrial clients under all federal and various states’ environmental laws.  He is chair of the firm’s Energy Practice Group and Marcellus Practice Group. Scott is Mayor of Ben Avon Heights Borough and former Chairman of the Avonworth Municipal Authority. He holds a BA in Political Science, Public Administration and Psychology from Michigan State University, and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh Law School.

VICE PRESIDENT:  Adam H. Cutler, ESQ., Fox Rothschild, LLP
VICE PRESIDENT: Charles F. McElwee, Real Clear Politics
VICE PRESIDENT: David A. Sharp, Covanta
SECRETARY: Keith Kowalski, PECO
TREASURER: Walter J. Burlack, Community Growth Fund

Walt is Director, Community Growth Fund / Renewable Manufacturing Gateway and Director, Community Development, JARI. He utilizes his non-profit expertise to connect financial, technical, and governmental resources in support of client and organizational objectives. Walt previously has worked as the Midwest Regional Vice President at The SCA, Inc., Executive Vice President for WEG, Inc., and Senior Scientist at the Center for Hazardous Material Research. He is the Treasurer of Both Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden and sits on the Board of Directors for the Outdoor Classroom, a nature based educational program of Boyce Mayview Park, Construction Junction and the Regional Environmental Education Center of Upper St. Clair. Mr. Burlack holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a MPM (Masters of Public Management) from Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

AT LARGE MEMBER: Meghan Kelly, Western & Southern Life
AT LARGE MEMBER:  Frank Tamulonis, ESQ., Blank Rome LLP
PAST PRESIDENT: Winnie Branton, Branton Strategies, LLC

Winifred is an attorney with Branton Strategies LLC and consultant to the Pennsylvania Housing Alliance, a nonprofit organization, working on its land bank project. She previously was with Land Air Water Legal Solutions located in Berwyn, PA, concentrating on environmental litigation and environmental regulatory compliance, with extensive litigation experience in PA and NJ federal and state courts. Previously she was affiliated with BROOMAN BUZZELL & GARBER, an Environmental and Land Use Boutique Law Firm, and starting her career with the PA DEP. She is an engaged community volunteer with significant experience and proficiency in fundraising, communications, and strategic planning.  She earned a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Temple University School of Law.

Board of Directors

ZORAIDA CORDERO, Safe-Hub Philadelphia


ROB EPPLEY, Safety-Kleen

THOMAS FALCONE, DBA, Nascent Services Company; Indiana University of Pennsylvania



MOLLY LANZEL, Custom Industrial Processing

BRANDON STIFF, Merck and Company

Directors Emeritus

RUTH BECKER   Former Executive Director, PRC

HOWARD WEIN, ESQ. Past President PRC

*ERNESTA D. BALLARD, Past President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

*CYNTHIA CALHOUN, Former President, PRC

*LOUISE D. CURDY President, Sharon Hill Shade Tree Commission

*HILDA V. FOX, Founder, PRC

*HENRY HARRAL, Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Highways

*DOROTHY HERMANI Former President, Garden Club Federation of PA


*ROBERT PIERSON, Former Executive Director, Bucks County Conservancy

*I.B. SINCLAIR, ESQ. , Former President, PRC

*WILBUR C. WEBB, Former PRT director