Land Trust of Bucks County
Land Trust of Bucks County
Bucks County Land Trust

Executive Director

David Johnson

David comes to the land trust with over 29 years of experience at the Bucks County Planning Commission. He retired from the county in early 2018 with his last position being the program coordinator for the Bucks County Open Space Program. David grew up in Solebury Township attending New Hope Solebury High School and Penn State. In addition to serving the land trust as executive director, he also runs a crop and hay farm located just outside of New Hope and farms a total of over 200 acres in Solebury, Buckingham and Upper Makefield Townships. He currently resides in Buckingham Township.

Board of Directors

Michael Brady, President

Michael joined the LTBC Board in 2016. He moved to Bucks County in 1970 after doing graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael worked at the Solebury School in New Hope, teaching English, Mathematics, and starting and running an Outdoor Education program. In 1983, he transitioned to working as a management consultant for the Computer Science Corporation. He is now retired and lives with his wife, Debby, on their Solebury Township farm. Michael has had a life-long love for nature and the outdoors. The LTBC is an expression of that love.

David Froehlich, Vice President

David Froehlich joined the board of LTBC in 2013 after a career in natural resources protection. Dave worked five years for the Bucks County Planning Commission where he authored the county’s first natural resources plan as well as completing a park and recreation plan for Bucks. After, leaving the Planning Commission in 1976 he became the executive director of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, a land trust/environmental education nonprofit group headquartered in Montgomery County. At WVWA much of Froehlich’s time was spent on acquisition, protection and management of nature preserves. He stepped down as executive director in 2006. David has been a resident of Doylestown Borough since 1971.

Harry R. Dannehower III

Harry joined the LTBC Board in 2017. He served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for thirty years as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop M Dublin. Harry has been a member of the LTBC Fundraising Committee since September 2011 and he serves as an advocate for other non-profit agencies. Harry and his wife Jennifer make their home in Bedminster Township.

Laurie Ermentrout

Laurie has been on the conservancy board since 2007. She is a life-long resident of Bucks County. Laurie owns and operates E&S MedEd Group, Inc., a medical education company dedicated to the continuing professional development of healthcare professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists), focused solely on independent, non-promotional continuing education
Currently, she is chair of the conservancy fundraising committee.

In the late eighties/early nineties, she was a board member of Family Service Association of Bucks County.
She is on the consistory, a women’s guild member, and teaches Sunday School at St. Peter’s Tohickon United Church of Christ.

In 1981, Laurie graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a BFA in Graphic Design.
She lives on her preserved property in Bedminster Township with her longhaired dachshunds, cats, and babydoll sheep.

Chris Frei

Chris has spent his entire work career in the contract food service industry almost all in the healthcare sector managing operations in hospitals, retirement communities and nursing homes. After his initial assignments on a unit level his positions were on a district, regional and then corporate levels. He was responsible for an area of business across the eastern half of the country working for a international company. He supervised a large staff of professional employees. With a undergraduate degree in marketing and an MBA in finance he is a well experienced in financial matters. He is married with two children and now retired. His interests are in working for the LTBC, other charitable endeavors, travel, golf and his family particularly his three grandsons.

J. Phillip Johnson, Ex-officio

Philip has been a Board member of Land Trust of Bucks County since 2013. After retiring from a business and teaching career, he began farming on a full time basis on his and other preserved farm land with his son. Preservation is the key to keeping agriculture viable in the county and Land Trust of Bucks County will help to ensure future agriculture opportunities.

Michael O'Neil

Mike is the most recent addition to the LTCB Board of Directors and has been a licensed real estate broker for over 30 years serving all of Bucks County specializing in residential sales. He has done extensive work in small commercial real estate, appraisal work, and financing. Mike previously served on the Bucks County Open Space Board until the program was discontinued at the end of 2017. He is a lifelong resident of Bucks County attending Pennsbury High School and Penn State. He currently resides with his wife in Newtown.

Donna Shaw, Treasurer

Donna is a Retired Employee Benefits Manager and LTBC member since 2009. She currently serves LTBC as treasurer and monitor. Why did she join? "You only get one chance to save land. You miss that chance and you can never get the land back."