Board and Governance

Friends of the Chester Creek Branch By-Laws: foccb by-laws aug 2016

Interested in joining us on the board?   New members are welcome, especially those with fundraising experience.  

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Barry Pinkowicz (President) Barry, who has lived in Aston for over 55 years, is currently serving as President.  He is a long-time supporter of the Chester Creek Branch Rail Trail.  He is very active in the local community with his volunteer efforts, including lifelong support for scouting, where he is currently a Committee Member with Troop 225 in Aston. Barry also volunteers with the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

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John Paulson (Treasurer)John had been an active member of the FOCCB initially, and more recently has served as Treasurer since 2003.  He has served in a variety of civic and church-related charitable activities, including a used bicycle donation ministry.  John and his wife Debra have been Middletown Township residents since 1978 and enjoy cycling, especially on rail trails where traffic is not a safety issue.  John is a CPA who recently retired from Vanguard where he worked as a systems analyst.

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Janilyn Pinkowicz (Secretary/Membership Director) Janilyn has lived in Aston Township since 1960.  She joined the board in 2015 as Membership Director.  She volunteers, along with her husband Barry, for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  She has also been active in in volunteering her service and time with other community organizations and events.  Janilyn is a Senior Customer Service Coordinator for Asendia USA, an international and domestic mail company in Folcroft, PA. She enjoys spending time with her family and three children, and looks forward to walking the scenic Chester Creek Rail Trail with them in the very near future.


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Ira Josephs (Vice President) Ira is involved in local bicycling advocacy on several fronts, and also volunteers for Transition Town Media and America’s First Fair Trade Town Committee.  He is currently serving as Vice President and has a BS degree in Biology from Colorado State University and rides his bike for transportation almost every day.  He has recently gotten back into bicycle touring, and sells residential renewable electricity for Green Mountain Energy.

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Kelly Johnson (Communications Director)
Kelly joined the board in 2014 as Communications Director and has lived in Middletown Township for twelve years with her husband and two daughters. She has a master’s degree in international relations and works as a program officer for an international fellowship organization in Philadelphia.  She served as a Girl Scout leader for six years, and has been active in other community volunteer roles.  She can’t wait until there is a safe place she can ride a bike without having to put it on a car rack first.

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Bill Shaw (Trail Maintenance Director) Bill joined the board in 2015 as Maintenance Director.  He graduated from Upper Darby High School, served an apprenticeship in IBEW Local Union 654, and became a Journeyman Electrician in 1976.  In 2011 he retired from Local 654.  Bill has lived in Middletown Township for 33 years and has served on the Parks and Recreation Committee since 2000.  He is active with the Masonic Lodge and is a Past Master.  He currently serves as Assistant Secretary of Concord Masonic Lodge Number 625.  Bill enjoys camping with his wife Barb, and children, as well as fishing and hunting.

Interested in joining us on the board?   New members are welcome, especially those with fundraising experience.  



2 Responses to Board and Governance

  1. please keep me informed of any future meetings and updates on the Chester Creek Trail. It was a pleasure meeting several members of your committee. Good luck with your progress on this worthy cause. Larry

    • Larry,

      Thanks for your comment! Probably the fastest way to hear any updates is to “like” our page on Facebook if you have a Facebook account.

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