Secretary/Treasurer of the Board
I was born and raised in Shawnee on Delaware, PA. I moved to Colorado and Florida before returning to Shawnee where my husband and I have decided to raise our two boys. I work for my family business Shawnee Mountain, am a stay at home mom, and help with behind the scenes operations for our business Wyckoff Chiropractic and Wellness. My outdoor passions include skiing, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, boating and gardening. Our family’s favorite outdoor activities are easily available living here in the Pocono Mountains which is why I have taken such an interest in 1% for Nature.
Growing up in the Poconos, I have spent my life exploring the areas wild places which nurtured a love for the outdoors. That passion for adventure and the outdoors has never left me. My husband and I started our business, Edge of the Woods Outfitters over a decade ago with a shared love of the outdoors and a desire to introduce others to the beauty of the Pocono Mountains. We are now rasing our two children here and spend our time kayaking, hiking, rafting, camping, backpacking, biking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, gardening and traveling as much as possible. I feel so fortunate that these activities are so easily accesable to us living here.
Tricia Dunkelberger Fritz
My family has lived in the Poconos for five generations; our business, Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitter, has provided sporting goods to outdoor enthusiasts for over 47 years. Appreciating the mountains and forests that surround us is ingrained in me. I’m thrilled to help preserve as much of our area’s natural character as possible. The benefits go beyond personal… people come to Monroe County for its beauty and abundance of nature. If people can no longer catch glimpses of wildlife, view foliage on hillsides and catch fish in our streams, then our economy- and emotional well-being –will suffer.
My love of Monroe County began at an early age. My family had a cabin in Marshalls Creek and every Friday after school, we loaded up the car and traveled to our weekend getaway where my family and I enjoyed swimming, biking, hiking and fishing. We became residents of Monroe County in the 80s so we could enjoy the natural beauty of the area and the outdoor activities year round. My mom shared her love of the outdoors with us and was our cheerleader as my sister and I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1986. I opened Ready Set Run in Stroudsburg because I want to encourage others to enjoy our area through walking, running and hiking. I also enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, backpacking, orienteering, bird watching, camping, swimming and snowboarding. We are so fortunate to live in an area that has so much to offer!
Why Do This?
1% for Nature is a grassroots organization started by friends and business owners who care about life in Monroe County. We are excited about making this commitment to doing something we believe in … for today and tomorrow.
We feel lucky that Monroe County is beautiful. Soft mountains provide a background to our days, trees line our roadways, wildlife wander through our yards. We want to keep it that way.
This is in our own self-interest. Keeping this area beautiful is not only good for ourselves, but also for our businesses and the local economy. People come to the Poconos because the landscape is beautiful and offers great places to relax and play. An investment in retaining Monroe County’s wildness is an investment in our economic future.
We want to protect land and make it possible for others to enjoy it. We know that we have the opportunity to protect what we have right now, and that’s what we’re inviting you to be part of. We hope you’ll join us.
1% for Nature Board
President of the Board
I am the President and CEO of ESSA Bank and Trust and a director of the ESSA Bank and Trust Foundation. I have maintained a lifelong interest in community service, conservation, recreation and the outdoors. I am a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and live in Stroudsburg with my wife and two children. I grew up as a soccer and sports enthusiast but have developed real interest in trail running, hiking, fishing, skiing and boating.
1% for Nature Director
I have been a Community Services Consultant who thrives on working to make connections and create solutions in our community for 19 years. I have gained experience working and volunteering in parks, greenways and schools in PA. I earned a 2nd degree in Recreation Services Mgt. from ESU and have worked for Stroud Twp., the SROSRC and Get Outdoors PA. I have also helped many municipalities to partner in providing recreation and planned parks and greenways in the area. I love the home my husband Joe and I built on the McMichael's Creek in Stroud Twp., surrounded by protected open space, and being active in nature and raising our children: Acadia, Sierra and Oak McMichael.
Vice President of the Board
I am the Vice- President and CMO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, after having worked at Camelback for many years. I live with my wife and two children on the Pocono Plateau, eanjoying the many benefits of growing up in the Poconos. I love to spend time outside during any season, but my passion has always been sking. I am excited to lend my experience in promotion and visitor relations to the 1% Board.
Board Member (Board member as of March 2021)
Not being a native of the Poconos, I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning more about the local nature areas so I can introduce them to my husband and three children. I am excited to bring my diversity HR and marketing experience to the Board, as an HR Business Partner for Air Products in Allentown. I am passionate about serving and giving back which I hope to do as I help 1% for Nature grow and succeed.