Staff & Responsibilities

Mike Burcin, Executive Director  

Mike Burcin

Mike Burcin began working with the Conservancy as a consultant in 2012 to implement recommendations generated from a needs assessment conducted from June through December of 2011. He conducted the needs assessment, looking at environmental education in Lancaster County, while talking to providers and consumers of environmental programming, and all school districts in the county.

Prior to working for the Conservancy, he spent 35 years in public education. After graduating from Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown, New Jersey, Kansas Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in history, and Kansas State with a Master’s degree in history, he taught for ten years in the state of Kansas. In 1985, his family moved to Lancaster County where they have lived ever since. For 21 years, he was principal of Martin Myelin Middle School in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District. Mike is committed to connecting kids with nature and creating enrichment activities for the children of Lancaster County while engaging parents, the community, and schools. He currently lives in Lampeter with his wife, Debbie.

Kathie Shirk Gonick, Director of Land Protection

and In-House Counsel

As Director of Land Protection, Kate works with landowners, businesses, funders, and local and state government to identify and protect Lancaster County’s most vital natural lands. Kate, a native of Lancaster County, previously held a position at the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, PA, drafting subdivision and land development, and zoning ordinances, and working on general land use and historic preservation planning. Kate also held the position of Cultural Resource and Environmental Planner/Archaeologist for the Pinelands Commission, New Lisbon, N.J. and developed a program in archaeology for Cheyney University teaching several courses and establishing a laboratory and University guidelines.
Kate practiced land use law for over 25 years before receiving her M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from Temple University where she is a doctoral candidate. Kate holds a B.A. from Sweet Briar College and a J.D. from Penn State University Dickinson School of Law.  Kate enjoys all types of winter activities, including downhill and cross country skiing and hiking. Other hobbies include gardening and writing. Kathie and her husband, Jeff, live in Manheim Township.

Fritz Schroeder, Director of Urban Greening     
Fritz Schroeder 2

Fritz has been responsible for developing residential and institutional greening programs since 2007.  Born and raised in Lancaster County, Fritz has an extensive network of contacts and relationships within the community. As a community organizer, he has been successful in leveraging these relationships to accomplish the mission and goals of LIVE Green. He has an extensive background in landscaping and tree management, and has overseen the design and installation of various stormwater capture and infiltration techniques from rain barrels to green roofs.

Prior to joining LIVE Green, Fritz was the Director of Economic Development for the East King Improvement District and has volunteered with Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance, Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network, Buy Fresh Buy Local, and the Lancaster County Conservation District Foundation. Fritz received his B.A. from The College of Wooster in Ohio.


Nancy Beachler, Administrative Assistant

Nancy joined the Conservancy in January, 2012, as the new Administrative Assistant to Jerry Fulmer, after initially calling about volunteer opportunities. Joining a small group after many years in large companies, Nancy claims her initial nervousness was immediately put to rest by the strong work ethic and professionalism that she witnessed. Nancy would like to extend a thank you to everyone for welcoming her so warmly.  She thoroughly enjoys learning about the Conservancy and all things environmental. Nancy is married, with one grown daughter who has ‘flown the coop’.  Scrapbooking, reading, photography and traveling are some of her favorite pastimes and she is looking forward to visiting and photographing some of the Conservancy’s properties and incorporating them into a scrapbook.

Lydia Martin, Director of Education


Lydia Martin joined the Lancaster County Conservancy as a Land Steward in 2012. Lydia monitors conservation easements, assists with stewardship activities, supports educational programs, and completes other LCC initiatives. She is a self-taught naturalist and landscape design consultant with substantial experience and knowledge, especially with native flora and fauna. Her interest in landscape design has provided her with firsthand experience in rain garden, bog, meadow, and traditional garden design and installations. She looks forward to sharing her passion and creativity to enhance the LCC’s mission to preserve land in Lancaster County for future generations.

 Lydia lives in the southern end of Lancaster County with her husband and four children. They own and operate Highmark Construction, a residential and commercial construction business and are passionate about restoring their property in the River Hills region. She enjoys volunteering with local groups to build environmental awareness and promote healthy living. Her favorite past times include trail running, gardening, reading, writing, photography, and plant propagation.

Betty Moyer, Office Administrator


Betty Moyer joined us in February 2006 as Office Administrator. Betty is the first person you see when you walk through our door, and she supports the Director of Development and CEO/COO in their day-to-day operations. With her thorough understanding of fundraising and database management, she is invaluable as we continue to build our membership and donor base. Betty came to us from the law office of Shirk, Reist, Wagenseller & Mecum, where she was a front-line representative for the firm’s clients. A native “Lancastrian”, Betty lives in Millersville with her husband, Sam. She spends most of her free time with her family, including two grown children and three grandchildren, who also live in Lancaster.


Jerry Fulmer, Finance Administrator/Consultant

Jerry Fulmer worked as a consultant for the Conservancy since 2000 when he had his own business providing Accounting Services and Business Systems Consulting, specifically for non-profit organizations.  He was hired as the Vice President of Administration and Finance in 2011 and worked closely with Ralph Goodno, the President and CEO, to help shape the overall management and direction of the organization.  He was responsible for overseeing the day to day internal operations of the Conservancy, including finance, audit, budgeting, human resources, information systems, general administrative functions and special projects, and worked closely with our internal Directors and respective Board committees.

Jerry became the ‘Acting President & CEO’ in 2012 and took on many additional responsibilities while still handling his administration and financial duties.  In January of 2014, he returned to a consulting position for the Conservancy. Jerry previously held the position of Project Manager, Information Services at High Industries and also served as Manager of Information Services for Champion Aviation in South Carolina, Cooper Tools in North Carolina and Campbell Chain in York Pennsylvania. 

Jerry loves nature, especially walking in the woods, and is committed to the Conservancy’s mission to protect natural lands and open space in Lancaster County.  As a child, he recalls receiving a large picture book on Trees, and has fond memories of camping and staying in cabins along the Susquehanna.  Jerry serves on the Resurrection Catholic School Board as Finance Chairperson and volunteers at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lancaster.  He lives in Lancaster with his wife, Barbara, and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, building model railroad layouts, outdoor photography and family genealogy research.


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