Caren Glotfelty, Chair
Caren Glotfelty has been the Executive Director of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation since 2014. Her previous professional environmental positions include Senior Environment Program Director at The Heinz Endowments, Maurice K. Goddard Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation at The Pennsylvania State University, and Deputy Secretary for Water Management at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Caren lives in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Anne Umbrecht, Secretary and Treasurer
A board member since Conservation Voters of PA was established in 2009, Anne O'Connell Umbrecht practiced and taught federal tax law in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia before retiring to the volunteer life. In addition to positions in the PA Democratic Party, Anne has done extensive work with children, including a current role as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) with CASA of Philadelphia. Anne serves as treasurer of Conservation Voters of PA PAC and is a founding member of the Conservation Voters of PA/Sierra Club Donor Table.
Cecily Kihn manages the Agua Fund, a foundation that concentrates on environmental protection, social services, and civic engagement. Over the course of her career, she has worked in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of Interior, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Island Press. She has a Masters in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Harvard University.
She is a longtime resident of Center City Philadelphia, and from 2006 to 2013 she was a Democratic committee person in Ward 8. In 2008 and 2012, she was an active member of Center City West Neighbors, a group that aimed to increase voter turnout.
Joanne Kilgour is the Chapter Director of the Pennsylvania Sierra Club. Joanne previously worked as the Legal Director at the Center for Coalfield Justice, and holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law.
Reesa is the executive director of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council and one of Pennsylvania’s leading advocates for working families. A native to Bucks County, Kossoff worked on a range of electoral and issue campaigns in Indiana, Ohio and Washington State before landing back in Pennsylvania.
Sam is the elected Area Leader for Western PA of SEIU Local 32BJ. 32BJ is a union of 165,000 property service workers and one of the strongest and fastest-growing unions on the east coast. He also serves as co-chair of the board of Pittsburgh United, a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
Helen Tai is a former Pennsylvania State Representative and Solebury Township Supervisor. She is the founder and owner of Enabling Innovation, LLC, a consulting firm that uses proven business improvement methodologies to drive transformational innovation. During her 30-year career, she also worked at Johnson & Johnson, Searle and Information Resources, Inc.
Additionally, she is a long-time Penn State Master Gardener volunteer, who educates the public about best practices in sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship. She is a board member of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and CeaseFirePA.
After years in the healthcare industry, in roles both clinical and management, Diana Dakey has immersed herself in volunteer efforts to improve the civic environment in Pennsylvania, supporting FairDistrictsPA, a citizen-led effort to reform the process of redistricting in PA, as a local outreach coordinator and speaker. She supports the citizen-education efforts of the League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County, as well as the efforts of statewide good-government groups.
She is currently on the boards of PennFuture and Conservation Voters of PA. Former board affiliations include Countryside Conservancy, Upper Dauphin Area Citizens Action Committee, and the Millersburg Area Art Association. She resides in northeast Pennsylvania.