2012 recipients Sister Pat Lupo
& Dr. Ed Masteller.
Sister Pat Lupo and Dr. Ed Masteller have been selected by the Friends of TREC Board of Directors to each receive a 2012 John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Award.
|Sr. Pat Lupo
For Sr. Pat educating youth is the key to ensuring a promising future. Sr. Pat has practiced this belief since entering her first elementary school classroom. She believes that letting youth define the problem, investigate solutions, and develop the project results in action that benefits the environment, educates others, and develops a lifetime appreciation and commitment to nature and the environment. You could truly say that Sister Pat has committed her entire life to enhancing our environmental legacy.
|Dr. Ed Masteller
The existence and high quality of the Natural History Museum at TREC is due to the vision, persistence and dogged determination of Dr. Masteller. His goal of making collections of organisms in the area and listing them on the up-to-date Dynamic Dunes website helps others now and in the future make good environmental decisions. His former students carry on his enthusiasm for biology and are transferring that enthusiasm to others. The Erie community has benefited by Ed’s involvement in many projects over the years.
|Mr. Eugene Comoss has been selected to posthumously receive a John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Special Recognition Award.|
|Mr. Eugene Comoss
Selected by the Friends of TREC Board of Directors to posthumously receive a John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Special Recognition Award at the 2012 Sunset Celebration, Mr. Comoss served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for four decades and created a lasting impact for Presque Isle State Park and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC). His dedicated service on projects propelled Presque Isle to be named one the best restored beaches in the United States in 2011 and the best restored park beach in 2012 by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.Mr. Comoss' vision was essential in the development of TREC which has educated over 780,000 individuals. He passed away on March 31, 2012. Thank you Gene, we miss you!
||About the Award
The Friends of TREC are pleased to present the John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Award. It is named in honor of John C. Oliver, the first Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the first Board Chair of the Friends of TREC, and lifelong environmental leader.
The award recipient, is selected by the Friends of TREC Board of Directors, to recognize significant environmental leadership at location(s) such as The Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Presque Isle, the Erie Bay, and on the PA Lake Erie shoreline.
|Past recipient of this prestigious award have included:
2011 Dr. James K. Bissell
John C. Oliver III
John C. Oliver III most recently served as the first Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). He was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge in August, 1995 to oversee the agency, which was established July 1, 1995. DCNR’s business is to manage the state’s parks and forests, provide information on the state’s geologic resources and administer grant programs to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local recreation and regional heritage.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Oliver served for 17 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in Pittsburgh. As chief executive for the private, nonprofit organization, he oversaw the protection of thousands of acres of wild lands and natural areas. The conservancy, through its’ purchase and conveyance of wilderness areas, has enabled the creation of five state parks and several additions to state forests and game lands.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Oliver holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Ecology from Kenyon College (1962) and a Master’s degree in Government and Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C. (1969).
After his post-secondary education, Mr. Oliver served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War from 1965-1966, earning the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross.
Currently, Mr. Oliver is in private practice as a Natural Resource Consultant and is a visiting lecturer on Natural Resource Policy at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Oliver is the former & inaugural Board Chair of the Friends of The Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle in Erie County, and a current Board member. He is also the former Board Chair of Riverlife in Pittsburgh. He is a member of the National Council of the Conservation Fund of Arlington, Virginia.
Mr. Oliver also serves as Mayor, Borough of Sewickley Heights, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.