Dear Friend,

During the weeks leading up to our virtual event, on October 8, we'll be profiling the eleven amazing women from Southwest PA we're celebrating this year. Today, we meet our Woman of the Watershed 
Melissa Reckner - Program Manager for Penguin Court, Brandywine Conservanc

Meet Melissa Reckner
Woman of the Watershed

For the last two years, Melissa Reckner has served as the Program Manager at Penguin Court, a Preserve of the Brandywine Conservancy, located in Laughlintown, PA.

Prior to this position, Melissa spent the majority of her career as the director of the Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team, an award-winning, volunteer-based water monitoring and education program that focuses on Abandoned Mine Drainage and AMD treatment systems. 

In 2018, she published the "State of the Watershed," an update to the Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin Conservation Plan that quantified changes in this watershed since 1999.

She served two years as an AmeriCorps member and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  Melissa is the secretary of the Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project (SCRIP), the newsletter editor and Trout in the Classroom coordinator with the Mountain Laurel chapter of Trout Unlimited, and a board member of the Stonycreek Quemahoning Initiative.

In November, she will become certified as a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist (PMN), and, through Penguin Court, serves as a Coordinating Partner with PMN in the Laurel Highlands.

She is active with the Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association, her home watershed organization, and others.

Melissa enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking, star gazing, spring wildflowers, time with family and friends, and soft serve ice cream!

Congratulations, Melissa!



Brian Hill and
Laura Heeschen


Sponsor of Sharon Pillar

Sponsor of Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D

Sponsor of Leandra Mira

Sponsor of Kirsi Jansa

Special thanks to our sponsors for their continued support during these difficult times. If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at


The Event Goes On!
Tickets Now Available!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020, 5:30-7pm


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a "PennFuture Swag Bag" with: a PennFuture Mask, Hand Sanitizer, Stylus Pen & Pad made from recycled materials, and a Honey Bee Mix Seed Packet mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

Bonus: the first 50 tickets sold get a PennFuture
"watchdog doggie bandana"!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a socially distant gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Can't make it on the 8th? No problem! A recording of the event will be made available to all ticket holders. You can also purchase a tickets as a "gift" for a friend - just let us know who you want to invite!

Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Eight Award Sponsorships are still available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at

Each year, PennFuture honors the accomplishments of exceptional women conservationists in Pennsylvania. The 2020 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards are designed to encourage continuing excellence in conservation and to forge a stronger network of exceptional women working to protect Pennsylvania’s environment. The event also raises important funds to support PennFuture as a watchdog for clean air, water, and energy.

Since its inception in 2015, this event has traveled around the state to different communities to ensure recognition of local leaders, volunteers, and career professionals. And for 2020 we are celebrating women in Southwest Pennsylvania. 



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