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Board Members

Scott D. Dunkelberger, Chairman

Scott joined the Department of Commerce following completion of graduate school in March 1985. He started as an Area Development Representative in the Bureau of Appalachian Development and State Grants and has since served the Department of Community and Economic Development in the roles of Director of the Center For Business Financing, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Financing Authority, Deputy Secretary for Business Financing, Executive Deputy Secretary, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary.

Scott served two three-year terms on Board of Directors of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Arts in Millersburg, PA.

He has served two three-year terms on Board of Directors of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and currently serves as Chairman of the KECA Board.

He and his wife Joan reside in Perry County and have four grown children.

Randy E. Schmidt, Vice Chair

Randy Schmidt, DuBois, Pa. has been a member of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Board of Directors since 2018 and first joined the Keystone Elk Country Alliance as a member in 2012 and has served the organization as the Ah’tic Chapter as Chapter Co-Chair since chartered in 2016.

Schmidt is the Director of Transportation for the DuBois Area School District, a 1974 graduate of DuBois Area High School and 45 years of logistic management experience to the KECA Board of Directors. He is a member of the DuBois City Council and serves as Vice President of Council. He also is a Life member of the DuBois Volunteer Fire Department of 43 years and held the position of Fire Chief for the City of DuBois in 1991, 1992, & 2000.

Randy and his wife Donna, also a KECA life Member has been married for 11 years and have four grown children, seven grandchildren, and their boxer pup Luke. They enjoy spending their time in the outdoors in the heart of Pennsylvania. Elk Country.

Gregory L. Yutzey, Treasurer

Greg Yutzey is from Meyersdale, a small hill town located in southern Somerset County, Pennsylvania. After high school, Greg attended Cambria Rowe Business College, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business Education from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan; and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Clarion University, Clarion, Pennsylvania. While working for the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Alexandria, Virginia, Greg prepared for and passed the CPA exam, receiving a Certified Public Accountant designation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In mid-year, 1979, Greg began working for a local DuBois CPA firm, partnered in 1985, specializing in nonprofit accounting and estate planning, and towards the end of his accounting career, obtained licenses in insurance and securities. He is currently a registered representative with Cetera Financial Specialists, LLC. Greg retired from his CPA practice, December 31, 2017.

Greg is now midway through his second three-year term as Treasurer of KECA’s Board of Directors. He enjoys the outdoors, and enjoys hunting upland birds with his English Setters, and hunting white-tail deer with is son, Randy.

Greg met his lovely wife to be, Kathy D. Tost in 1972, and they were married, September 8, 1973. Kathy and Greg have three adult children, Amy, Randy, and Jill, and eight wonderful grandchildren. The Yutzey family routinely visits the Elk Visitor Center. The grandchildren enjoy the educational experiences the Center provides, the over-night stays at the homestead, and wagon rides where elk can be observed in natural surroundings.

Rob Carleton, Secretary

Rob Carleton is a life long resident of Tioga County, PA. He has been a hunter and outdoorsman for over 50 years. In the past 4 years he has been using a blood tracking dog to assist in the tracking and recovery of wounded big game. Like his tracking dog, Rob comes from a long line of hunters and trackers. Hundreds of years and multiple generations between human and dog have culminated in a wealth of experience, knowledge, and success.

While not spending time in the outdoors, Rob worked the past 40 years in the field of banking and also owned and served as administrator of a skilled care, long term care facility in Wellsboro, PA.

This experience and knowledge has helped Rob become a member of many hunting organizations, including service on the board of directors of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance. Rob has been involved in conservation fundraising for the past 25 years, and was instrumental in the formation and successful start-up of the Pine Creek Chapter of KECA.

Rob resides in rural Tioga County, Pennsylvania with his wife Barb and his dog Vinnie.

Linda Buchhiet, committee chairperson of KECA ConED

Linda Buchhiet has been on the board since 2015. She has a bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education from Kent State University and a masters degree as a Reading Specialist from Clarion University. During her 36 years in public education, she taught grades 3 -8. While teaching at St. Marys Area Middle School, Linda was an advisor of the Habitat Club. This club experienced field trips on elk captures, state parks and wildlife presentations. Linda resides with her husband, Richard, in St. Marys,PA.

Jeff Gauger, Consultant

Jeff Gauger, Rimersburg, PA has been a member of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Board of Directors since 2018 is a Founding Life Member and has served the organization as a volunteer and Business Consultant since its inception in 2009. Gauger is a Regional Director with the Compass Group, a graduate of DuBois Business College and brings more than 35 years of business management experience to the KECA Board of Directors. He is a member of the Rimersburg United Methodist Church and serves as Trustee Chairman.

Jeff and his wife Robin, also a KECA Founding Life Member have been married for 27 years and have three grown children. They enjoy spending time outdoors and at their cabin in the heart of Pennsylvania Elk Country.

Jerry Regan, Board

Jerry is no stranger to Elk Country and has been hunting and hiking Dent’s Run and the Allegheny Mountains for the last 25 years with his good friend and board chairman Scott Dunkelberger. He has been working in wildlife conservation over the last 16 years and created a nationally award winning magazine Pennsylvania Wildlife. Currently Jerry is working as the Director of Major Gifts for Penn State University and served as the president for the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. He led several capital projects including a fully accessible trail to the South Lookout at Hawk Mountain which was recognized in 2017 as the best accessible trail in the country by the American Trails Association. Jerry worked with a passionate group of volunteers in building the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, PA and spent 10 years at Cornell University as the Deputy Director of the Johnson Museum of Art. He is a graduate of Shippensburg University and resides with his wife Janice and two sons Michael and Kevin in State College, PA.

Rick Trude, Board

Rick Trude was born and raised in Keewaydin, PA. Graduated from Clearfield Area High School and received an electrical degree from DuBois School of Trades. In 1996 he formed Precision Installations, Inc., an electrical company specializing in Control and Building Automation Systems and is the President/CEO.

Growing up in elk country, he has always had an interest in elk. As he got older that interest has turned into a passion and need to see them prosper here in PA. Rick went on his first elk hunt in 1992, and continues to pursue them out west with bow and arrow.

Rick founded the KECA Clinton County Chapter in 2011, where he has been the chapter chair. Rick and his family are all Life Member, with his Grandson James becoming a Life Member before the age of one!
He and his wife Christa, reside on their farm in Mill Hall, PA.

Alan Lichtenwalner, Ex Officio Board Member

Alan is the Regional Manager of the Northcentral Region for the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks.  He serves on the board ex-officio and as the liaison between DCNR and KECA regarding operational and lease relations.   He grew up in the Lehigh Valley and holds a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Resource Management from Slippery Rock University.  He started his career with state parks in 1998 serving in various field assignments around the commonwealth until attaining his current position as State Parks Regional Manager and currently resides in Emporium, PA.  Although a transplant to Elk Country, Alan couldn’t think of any better place to live and spends most of his leisure time in variety of outdoor recreational pursuits in and around the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Founding Board Members:
John Geissler, Founding Chairman of the Board
Ron Alcorn, Founding Vice-Chairman
Mike Odasso, Founding Secretary
Randy Kimmel, Founding Treasurer
David Spigelmyer, Founding Member

Photo of KECA’s Founding Board of Directors (L to R) Ron Alcorn-Vice Chair, Cathy Kimmel (wife of deceased Founding Treasurer – Randy Kimmel), John Geissler-Founding Chairman, Linda Geissler (Johns wife), Mike Odasso-Founding Secretary, Dave Spigelmyer-Founding Board Member