ABOUT

Susquehanna Borough has shown relative access to food, and medical care, however the community continues to display significantly reduced health ratings within Susquehanna County, the state of Pennsylvania and the United States.  The lack of sidewalks and cycling opportunities, combined with steep terrain and narrow streets presents clear and present challenges to accessing safe infrastructure for walking, cycling, and wheeling. The lack of infrastructure impacts more than health, it impacts the safety of people who are forced into high volume roadways and accessibility to and from everyday destinations. By processing an active transportation plan for the community, we can pursue tangible projects and grant funding that will improve health results and accessibility for all residents.

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OUR TEAM

Serving the Susquehanna Area Region to support safe and equitable multi-model transportation

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VALERIE SENESE

Project Coordinator 

Serves the Borough of Susquehanna as: grant writer, services coordinator and project manager.

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PETER WULFHORST

Project Consultant

Penn State Extension Community Development Educator Peter Wulfhorst provides communities & organizations community engagement, facilitation and survey development services and conducts informal educational programs through Penn State Extension: 

One Community – Many Generations (Example Program) 

Marketing Hometown America (Example Program) 

In addition, Peter has conducted strategic planning for Youngsville Borough, Susquehanna  Conservation District & Susquehanna Interfaith Council. 

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JOHN TURACK

Project Consultant

John Turack is a Community Development Assistant with Penn State Extension and works with Peter and the entire Leadership and Community Vitality Team on Extension projects and programs such as those referenced above.  He also serves as the Executive Director of the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County (SGPWC). 

The Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County (SGPWC) enables communities to enhance their viability, quality of life, and long-term sustainability by providing education and technical assistance, and by promoting smart growth principles. More about SGPWC staffing and partners can be found at the SGPWC website -- https://smartgrowthpa.org/staff-board/.  

The Smart Growth Partnership was the recipient of Walkworks funding in 2020 and created the first Active Transportation Plan and a set of Complete Streets Policies to be adopted by any municipalities in Westmoreland County.  See the SGPWC website for more about that plan and the process to create it --  https://smartgrowthpa.org/scottdale-smithton-active-transportation-plan-and-complete-streets-policy/.   John Turack and the SGPWC will serve in an advisory capacity throughout the implementation of this Susquehanna Depot project. 

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CHRIS MABY

Engineering Consultant 

Chris Maby is a Senior Project Manager in the Delta Transportation Group. Chris oversees roadway, traffic, and stormwater management projects and develops plans, bid documents, design reports, and design visualizations. Chris has extensive experience in transportation and develops plans, bid documents, design reports, and design visualizations. Chris has extensive experience in transportation design for state agencies in NY, PA, NH, and VT, as well as for local agencies under New York’s locally-managed federal aid “pass thru” program. He has designed and managed a wide range of projects, including “downtown” reconstruction projects, bridge replacements, roundabout design, sidewalk and pedestrian facilities, and multi-million dollar highway/interchange projects, including design of a complex, single-point urban interchange 

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SARA PICKETT

Project Consultant

Ms. Sara Pickett is a GIS Specialist / Survey Technician in the Civil Group in Delta’s Endwell Office. In college, she developed an interest in geospatial technology and has become Delta’s resident expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She took two years of classes to learn about GIS.  Following graduation from SUNY Oneonta, she is taking continuing education classes. She relies on technology a great deal for work, including programs such as ArcGIS, Leica Total Station, Carlson GPS, AutoCad Civil 3d and MicroStation. She’s excited to use geospatial technology to help the people of Susquehanna and the surrounding area with their Transportation Plan Community Engagement Survey.