Deb Yandala, Board Chair – Peninsula, OH
Deb Yandala serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a position she has held since 2002. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, a 128 bed residential learning center located in the national park and now operated by the Conservancy. Deb is a graduate of Miami University and has an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan. She is currently the president of the Friends Alliance, a network of national park philanthropic partners. Deb also serves on the National Park Service Advisory Board’s Education Committee. In the community she is on the boards of LMM, a social service agency in Cleveland and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, is a member of the Union Club of Cleveland and is a violist in the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gerry Gabrys, Vice Chair – Fairfax, VA
Gerry Gabrys currently serves as President and CEO of Guest Services, Inc. Mr. Gabrys joined Guest Services in 1986 as Vice President/Treasurer. Prior to joining Guest Services, Mr. Gabrys served as Senior Vice President of the Washington Redskins and also Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Orioles, and had previously served on the Board of Trustees of Guest Services, as well as Chairman of the Audit Committee while a member of the Board. Prior to that, he was with the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen and Co. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, a Certified Public Accountant, and is fully accredited as a Certified Hotel Administrator. Mr. Gabrys is a fellow of the Culinary Institute of America and a member of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Gabrys is on the Boards of the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Region, The Economic Club of Washington D.C., the Federal City Council, Life with Cancer, Southern Innkeepers Association, the Friends of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, Inc., and The Women’s Center’s Corporate Advisory Committee.
David Harmon – Hancock, MI
David Harmon is a writer, editor, and publications designer with more than 30 years of experience in protected areas conservation. His new consultancy, David Harmon editorial + creative, serves the conservation community across USA and beyond. Mr. Harmon recently concluded a 27-year career with the George Wright Society, the last 19 as its Executive Director, where he was responsible for overseeing the Society’s operations, including coediting its journal, The George Wright Forum, and helping plan the Society’s biennial conferences. He is active in IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. He also maintains an active research interest in the relationship between biological and cultural diversity, having cofounded the NGO Terralingua, which is devoted to that subject. Mr. Harmon has coedited several volumes on protected area conservation, including The Antiquities Act: A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation (with Francis P. McManamon and Dwight T. Pitcaithley), The Full Value of Parks: From Economics to the Intangible (with Allen D. Putney), and, most recently, A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks (with Robert Manning, Rolf Diamant, and Nora Mitchell).
William (Bill) G. McKendree – Westerly, RI
Bill McKendree joined Eastern National’s Board of Directors in 2018. Founder of the Clarion Group, Mr. McKendree is an expert in areas of organizational design, strategy development and implementation, management process development, and creating executive alignment. During a career spanning over 30 years, Mr. McKendree has had diverse experience as a line executive managing large complex businesses and working as a strategic internal consultant. Until recently, he served as chair of The Westerly Hospital (Westerly, RI), Trustee of The Westerly Land Trust, and Chair of The Ocean Community United Theatre. He was also Vice Chair of Outward Bound USA. He is currently on the Board of The Daily Gazette and serves as a trustee of The Living Supplies Closet. He holds a B.S. in geology from Skidmore College and an MBA, M.Ed., and Masters in Organization Behavior from the University of Vermont.
Harvey C. Perry, II – Westerly, RI
Harvey C. Perry, II, served for 39 years at the Washington Trust Company in Westerly, Rhode Island, in various capacities, including as head of the Wealth Management Division, head of bank strategic planning, corporate secretary, and director of the office for nonprofit resources. In addition, he served on the senior management committee and the charitable contributions committee. While at the bank, his professional affiliations included serving as president of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Bankers Association and on the membership committee of the American Bankers Association, as well as on the Rhode Island Estate Planning Council and the Estate Planning Council of Southeastern Connecticut. Mr. Perry was a charter board member and is past president of the Westerly Land Trust. In addition, he has served as trustee of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Nature Conservancy for 19 years, trustee of Preserve Rhode Island, and commissioner of the Quonochontaug Beach Conservation Commission.
Susan Schroeder – Flagstaff, AZ
Susan Schroeder leads the Grand Canyon Conservancy (GCC), where she has served as CEO since 2008. Her knowledge and experience in organizational development, fundraising, strategic planning, and nonprofit governance has led to significant organizational growth to support the mission of GCC. Prior to taking the helm at the GCC she spent 18 years at Northern Arizona University (NAU), where she held leadership positions at Northern Arizona University. Ms. Schroeder currently sits on the board of the Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance, the advisory board of the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, and the steering committee of the National Friends Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from Utah State University.
Dusty Shultz – Maple City, MI
Dusty Shultz retired from the National Park Service in 2015 after 42 years, all with the National Park Service. Prior to retirement, Ms. Shultz served as the Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan) for 14 years. Her previous assignments included serving as Superintendent of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (Indiana), Superintendent of Moores Creek National Battlefield (North Carolina), and Southeast Region Chief of Contracting (Georgia). She also served at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (Tennessee) and Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, and Fort Necessity National Battlefield (all in Pennsylvania). Ms. Shultz served on the National Park Service Advisory Board for Eastern National for 11 years while employed with the National Park Service. She is a life member of Eastern National and a life member of the Employees and Alumni Association of the National Park Service.