Christopher J. Hartman – A resident of Bern Township, Chris is an attorney who concentrates his practice in municipal, real estate, zoning and land use, estate planning and administration, and business law. Mr. Hartman is the Solicitor for several area municipalities, including some of Berks County’s largest farming/agricultural townships (Centre Township Zoning Hearing Board, and Jefferson, Lower Heidelberg, North Heidelberg, Penn, and Tulpehocken Townships). Chris was born in Reading, and received his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987. Following his graduation from law school, Chris served as an attorney in the Washington D.C. area, as well as serving as Deputy Legislative Counsel for the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia. He returned to the United States, and the Reading area in 1992. Since 1998, he has served with the firm of Hartman, Hartman, Howe & Allerton, P.C.Mr. Hartman is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and the Federated States of Micronesia. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Berks County Bar Associations. Chris has previously served as Chairman of the Agricultural Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association from 2000 to 2002. He was Chairman of the Senior Citizen Booklet Committee of the Berks County Bar Association in 2000 and 2001 and in 1997 he chaired the Municipal Law Section of the Berks County Bar Association.
Adam Serfass - is the Agricultural Sciences Teacher at Conrad Weiser High School. The agricultural curriculum at Conrad Weiser is such that students learn Animal, Plant, Environmental, and Food Sciences, along with Production Agriculture, Microbiology, Biotechnology, and Plant Tissue Culture, among others. He also advises the Conrad Weiser FFA and manages the Teaching Laboratory Assistant Program.Adam is excited to join the Board of Directors; he was elected to the Board January, 2009. He has lived in Berks County for the past 20 years, and looks forward to helping preserve and maintain productive farmland, open spaces, and valuable land for future generations.
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Tracy Bastian – Tracy Bastian is a certified public accountant by trade, and an enthusiastic member of the Adopt An Acre Inc. since 2008. She is currently serving as the organization’s Treasurer. Tracy earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Elizabethtown College in 1985. Along with several professional organizations, Tracy is a Board member of the Delaware Valley Daylilly Society Inc. Tracy is the owner of a Berks County farm where she raises Angus cattle, crops, and countless daylilies.
Barton Smith M.D. was born and raised in Reading, graduated from Albright College and Cornell Medical College. After 5 years of post graduate medical training and 2 years in the US Army, he spent 31 years practicing gastroenterology at the Reading Hospital. His avocations are gardening, playing Chopin on the piano, and bird watching.
David G. Loose Jr. - was raised in Exeter Township, Berks County where he currently resides. He has an interest in local history and farmland preservation and volunteers on various Boards. He holds an MBA Degree in Accounting and is a Corporate Tax Accountant.
Daniel J. Brennan – A resident of Perry Township for 37 years, where he serves on the Zoning Board, he retired as Chief Operating Officer at Wernersville State Hospital. Dan's interest in agricultural conservation and preservation began on his grandparent's dairy farm in western Schuylkill County. He has a continued interested in a variety of agricultural and land conservation initiatives.
Victoria Kintzer – Born in Reading, Kintzer has been a member of the Berks County Agricultural Preservation Board since it’s inception in 1987. She has held the office of vice chairman for many years, and continues to serve in that leadership position. Victoria has supported local charities since the 1980s, first serving on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She continues to support agencies such as the Olivets/PAL, Berks Aids Network and PA Breast Cancer Coalition. She was excited to help with the formation of Adopt An Acre Inc. for the purpose of educating the private and public sectors about the importance of protecting farmland from development.
Greta Young – born and raised in rural Berks County where she currently resides. She holds a bachelor's degree from Alvernia University in Criminal Justice, a master's degree from Wilmington University in the Administration of Justice as well as a post graduate certificate from Wilmington University in the study of Homeland Security. Her interest in farmland preservation is rooted in long held ideals that the earth is for our use and requires constant care. Continued over development of land burdens the eco system as well takes food from our plates. Farmland preservation is critical to our future earth, lives, and health.
Ted Noble – was raised on a dairy farm in Heidelberg Township, Berks County. He and wife Mary Jo live on a preserved family farm north of the Borough of Robesonia. Ted, a retired structural engineer, is a long time supporter of farmland preservation and agricultural conservation. As a member of the board, he looks forward to helping preserve more farms, protecting the productive land in Berks County and throughout Pennsylvania from being lost forever to development.
Scott Poch - born and raised in Berks County, Scott is a CPA and CGMA who is a Senior Governmental Accountant in the Controller’s Office of Berks County. Scott earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Finance and is a member of several professional organizations including the PICPA and AICPA. Scott volunteers much of his time working with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of America. As a member of the Board, he seeks to preserve and conserve precious county farmland from further development and concentrates much of his time on fundraising activities designed to help us attain our goal.
If you want to preserve your farm, contact us at (610) 927-4753