A native of Emporium, PA, Ron has been in the lumber industry since graduating from Williamsport Technical Institute 1963. He began working at Mallery Lumber Company for Bob Mallery, Sr. in 1965.
In 1982, Ron purchased Deer Park Lumber company in Tunkhannock, PA. Deer Park Lumber is family owned and operated for over 35 years. The Pennsylvania Wood Mobile program started in 2002. This program provides education across the state about forest resources and has had over 1.8 million visitors. Deer Park Lumber donated the truck and trailer for the Pennsylvania Wood Mobile program and continues today to be an active supporter of the program.
Ron has a long history of service and leadership for various organizations. He has been director and chairman of numerous lumber and conservation outdoor groups. He continues to be an active and life member of many of these organizations. Ron continues to serve as President of Deer Park Lumber and Emporium Water Company.
Having a lifelong passion for the outdoors, Ron and his family of Emporium and Tunkhannock, PA founded CCOYA in 2010. Ron continues to devote much of his time to the organization’s success and growth. Ron is married to Kay Ann and they have three children: Ryan and Matt Andrews, Vanessa and son-in-law Dan DiMeolo, and two grandchildren Dinah and Drew DiMeolo.
Founder and President
Don and his wife, Sandra, of Emporium, PA have 6 children and 12 grandchildren. Prior to Don’s current position with CCOYA, he was employed for 33 years in Sales and Customer Service in the powder metal industry. Don is an active member of multiple organizations including; Allegheny Highlands Bird Club, Cameron County Long Beards Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, Bucktail Watershed Association, Cameron County 4-H Youth Air Rifles, Cameron County Collaborative Board, National Rifle Association and Eastern Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation. Don also serves as an adviser to the Cameron County High School Outdoor Club. Don was recipient of the “Outstanding Services & Contributions to Programs & Objectives Award” by Penn State Cooperative Extension of Cameron County. He has also been awarded the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors “Champion of the Wilds Inspiring Youth Award.”
“As Managing Director of Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, I have been given a unique opportunity to pass along our love of nature and outdoors to our young people. Although this is a great challenge, it is very rewarding. My biggest thrill is to introduce a young person to something new and see their first WOW moment. That’s when you know you have them hooked.”
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Ryan Magaro (Board Member) and his wife Brandi from Emporium, PA are a lifelong residents of Cameron County. Ryan works as an Applications Engineer for an Industrial Supply company supporting the manufacturing industry. Ryan and Brandi, along with their 3 children, have been involved in the community in various capacities. They perform honeybee educational program for some of the Pennsylvania State Parks, in local school systems, and through the Andrews Farm with CCOYA. Ryan is a Rotarian, Chapter president of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a juries PA WILDS artisan, and member of many other local groups and organizations. Ryan enjoys the many opportunities for fishing, hunting, and hiking the Cameron County area provides. He likes to give back to the area youth because of the positive influence mentors had in his childhood and who passed along their love for the outdoors and our hunting heritage.
Richard Lochen has over 25 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton and is a founding partner of Lochen & Chase, PC. Outside of work, he is a Board member of The Community Foundation, and Nicholson Volunteer Fire Company.
Richard Lochen, Cpa
Gordon Chase is a founding partner of Lochen & Chase, P.C., and a graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He obtained his Certified Public Accountant’s certification in 1990. He has worked in Tunkhannock for over 20 years, first with Daniel Kenia P.C. then buying the practice in 2004. He enjoys golf and his grandchildren.
Gordon Chase, CPa
Sally is a retired attorney of many years in the Tunkhannock area. She is the current president of Community Bank NA.
Jeanne is a prominent attorney in Cameron County. Her expertise is in family and business law.