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Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors Bios

About your Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors

Steve Miller, Chairman

Steve came to the Centre Region from West Virginia in 1976, and he and his wife Beth have been Ferguson Township residents for 18 years.  He worked as a chemist for several local manufacturers for 23 years and currently works as a freelance science writer, specializing in curriculum materials for secondary physical sciences. 

Steve previously served on the Board of Supervisors from 2004 to 2012 and also has served on the Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Board. With a strong interest in preserving the environmental resources that make this area a great place to live, he is past president of ClearWater Conservancy and has served as chair of the Spring Creek Watershed Commission.

Peter Buckland, Vice Chairman (Ward II)

Peter grew up in Pine Grove Mills and has continued to live most of his life in the Centre Region. He lives with his partner Meg and son Sacha. He works at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute where he teaches, creates academic programs, organizes public events, and researches and writes on sustainability. He earned his Ph.D in Educational Theory and Policy in 2015.

Peter has been an active community member wherever he has lived. For three years he co-hosted Sustainability Now Radio, written for local media outlets, has been active with broad coalitions of community and environmental groups on climate change, land use, and civil rights. He has served on the Sierra Club Moshannon group’s executive committee.


Laura Dininni (Ward I)

Bio pending

Rita Graef (Ward III)

Bio pending




Janet Whitaker (Supervisor-At-Large)

Janet has lived in Ferguson Township for 35 years.  She taught civics and other history classes during her tenure as a high school teacher.  She gave careful consideration when asked to run for an elected position in her community, seeing it as an opportunity to "practice what she preached" (taught) in the community she loves.

Janet believes her most significant accomplishment during her first year was learning the functionality of the supervisors duties in serving her constituents.  Having a role in decision making for her community has been rewarding.