Press Release

July 6, 2021

Three Appointed to the Wildlife For Everyone Board

State College, PA = The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation (WFEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Board members. Matthew Heaps (Bellefonte), Michael Frailey (Stroudsburg) and Jason Beale (Pine Grove Mills) have joined the 16-member Board of Directors for three-year terms.

Matthew Heaps brings 20 years of experience in commercial banking to the organization’s leadership. He is currently Commercial Relationship Manager with Kish Bank, State College. His non-profit affiliations include treasurer of the YMCA of Centre County and membership on the United Way Funds Distribution Panel. A native of Lycoming County, Heaps is a former treasurer of the Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. Matthew Heaps
Michael Frailey is owner/CEO of Frailey Insurance and Financial Services, Stroudsburg. Frailey is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Stroudsburg and the PA District Kiwanis International, serving in many positions. He was honored with titles of Distinguished Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Stroudsburg and Distinguished Governor of Kiwanis International. Frailey is active with Reeders United Methodist Church, Stroudsburg and the Northeast PA Youth for Christ. Other community involvements include the Pocono Mountains Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Historical Association and the Pocono Builders Association. Frailey is a graduate of Grove City College, Grove City, PA. Michael Frailey
Jason Beale is Education Program Specialist/Instructor at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center in Petersburg, Huntingdon County. Beale led the redesign of the Klingsberg Aviary and Litzinger Herpetarium during Penn State’s recent expansion of the center. Prior to his employment at Penn State, Beale was manager of Abbott’s Mill Nature Center and Milford Millponds Preserve in Milford, Delaware. Prior to that, Beale specialized in Regenerative Agriculture in his role as Farm Naturalist at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in Dayton, Ohio. Beale is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and is a board member and education committee chair with International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators. He serves on the Pennsylvania Wildlife Corridor Team with Endangered Species Coalition. Jason Beale

“We are pleased to welcome these new Board members. They bring a varied skill set to the leadership of the organization that will benefit the financial soundness of Wildlife for Everyone Foundation (WFEF) and advance our mission to promote wildlife conservation and education,” comments Russ Schleiden, chairman of WFEF.

The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in State College that supports projects including wildlife and wetland habitat improvements, creek and lake restorations and student educational opportunities. The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation is conducting a fundraising campaign to transform its Centre County wetlands into accessible natural areas serving as nature observatories and outdoor learning spaces for the public. The first phase of wetland development, the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Birding Trail, is open for exploration. The Soaring Eagle Wetland on the east side of Old Route 220 is targeted for construction in late fall 2021.

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