Meet Our FBRP Ambassadors

Our FBRP Ambassadors are volunteers who have been trained to know the Pinelands ecosystem and all about Black Run Preserve and its trails. Be sure to say “HELLO” if you see them out and about on the trails. They’re happy to answer any questions and provide insight about the Black Run Preserve.

 

Mike Cannon

Mike Cannon

Mike Cannon has been volunteering at Black Run since retiring from State government in 2013. Mike grew up in Audubon and now hails from Laurel Springs, where he has lived with his wife Eileen for 30 years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Stockton University, Mike honed his teaching skills volunteering with the Peace Corps in rural Kenya. Mike’s a frequent paddler in the Pinelands and took up trail cycling last year. He also sheepishly takes credit for the bad puns that occasionally pop up in Black Run’s Facebook news feed.

Dan English

Dan English

Dan is a Marlton resident and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys camping, boating, fishing, and hiking.
Hiking highlights include: Valley of Fire State Park – Nevada, Zion National Park – Utah, Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail – Arizona, and Black Run Preserve – New Jersey.
See ya on the trails.

Sean Flynn

Bio coming soon!

Kim Friedman

Kimberly K. Friedman, OD

In addition to being a proud Black Run Preserve Ambassador, Dr. Kimberly Friedman is an optometric physician at Moorestown Eye Associates and a yoga instructor (E-RYT) at Powerhouse Fitness and Yoga (formerly The Yoga Center of Medford). It is her hope to incorporate her love of the Pine barrens and her love of yoga by offering periodic nature themed yoga classes in Black Run Preserve!

When not hiking in Black Run with her dog Penny, she makes frequent television appearances on shows such as The Rachael Ray Show, Fox’s Good Day and Comcast Newsmakers to discuss eye care related topics and serves as a clinical director for the Lions Club International Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program.

Amy Golden

Bio coming soon!

Katie Green

Katie is a nature enthusiast and guide at Black Run Preserve and REI who enjoys hiking and kayaking. She has a keen interest in foraging and mycology. Often the caboose in group hikes, she has been know to wander away and is typically recovered from nearby blueberry bushes. She also has a knack for cooking and photography. Her favorite saying is “Adventure Time!” And she strives to live her life according to this mantra and make each day an exciting adventure. Her hope is to inspire more people to explore all the wonder the great outdoors has to offer.

Diane Hardies

Bio coming soon!

Maureen Heenan

Bio coming soon!

John McPeak

John McPeak

John McPeak is a life-long lover of the Pine Barrens having grown up near the headwaters of the Mullica River (Back Run). He has camped, hiked, canoed and kayaked in the Pines since the age of 7 and often thinks of the Pine Barrens as “ So much beauty in such little air space” . John has a BS in Environmental Studies from Stockton University and is semi-retired from a career in environmental management, plant operations and business management. John is on the Board of the Walt Whitman Association (www.waltwhitmanassociation) and shares Walt’s sentiments that “A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books” perhaps paraphrased as “A (cedar swamp) at my (kayak’s bow) satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books”!

John lives in Mickleton, NJ in a restored 19th Century Queen Anne with his wife Jeanne and is an avid gardener with five grown children and two grandkids.

Taylor Moore

Taylor Moore

Hey folks! My name is Taylor and I am honored to be an ambassador for the Friends of the Black Run Preserve. I studied Finance at Rowan University and hope to work in the non profit sector. In my free time I love spending time outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, kayaking and everything in between. See you on the trails!

Michael Youngkin

Michael Youngkin

Michael has enjoyed the great outdoors for as long as he can remember. As a Boy Scout, he backpacked in locals as far away as Wyoming and New Mexico. As a student, he was a member of the Batona Trail Club and hiked the entire 50-mile trail through the heart of South Jersey’s Pine Barrens. Currently, he has returned to school to earn his teaching certification and plans to teach secondary English. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge about the beautiful and ecologically vital Black Run Preserve!

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