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Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors Bios

About your Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors

Peter Buckland, Chairman
(Ward II)

pbuckland@twp.ferguson.pa.us

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.

Steve Miller, Vice Chairman
(Supervisor-At-Large)
smiller@twp.ferguson.pa.us

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.

Laura Dininni
(Ward I)

ldininni@twp.ferguson.pa.us

Bio pending







Sara Spock-Carlson
(Ward III)

scarlson@twp.ferguson.pa.us

Sara moved to Centre County in 1987 from New Jersey and earned her degree in Biological Anthropology from Penn State. Throughout her career as a research scientist, Sara has led NIH funded research programs in autism spectrum disorders and improvements to maternal and fetal health through educational interventions with the U.S. Department of Defense. She works as a Research Analyst at Penn State.
 
With a strong interest in local food, sustainability, and community building, she served on the Board of Directors of the Friends & Farmers Cooperative for five years, including a term as chair. Sara lives in Ferguson Township with her husband Dan and two sons, Finn and Bennet.



Tony Ricciardi 
(Supervisor-At-Large)

tricciardi@twp.ferguson.pa.us

Tony grew up in Philadelphia (Go Birds!), moved to the Centre Region in 1999 as a junior at Penn State, and has stayed ever since, earning his degree from the College of Communications in 2001. 

He has been working in radio since he interned in 2001, and since 2004, he has been heard weekdays during afternoon drive on 93.7 The Bus (part of Forever Media Inc.). There, he shepherded the use of social media throughout the company and built relationships with community leaders and organizations, most notably with the Central PA 4th Fest, where he serves on the advisory board. He can also be found hosting Quizzo at various locations in and around State College.

A resident of Ferguson Township since 2009, he lives with his partner Lauren and their three cats Wyatt, Tayla, and Ron.