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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Jane Sheffield

Executive Director

Allegheny Ridge Corporation

Jane Sheffield works tirelessly to bring opportunities to rural communities along the Main Line Canal Greenway between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Prior to joining Allegheny Ridge in 1995, she directed New Hampshire’s statewide historic preservation organization and served as Altoona’s first Main Street Manager.

It was in New Hampshire that Sheffield realized just how important physical activity is to your mental health.

“Physical activity was not a priority for me and I suffered mentally and physically. Since returning to Pennsylvania, I have faithfully resumed a regime that includes a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and, as a result, I am happier, healthier, and more agile and efficient in my work responsibilities. More importantly, I am better able to take care of loved ones,” she said.

Jane holds a degree in economics and psychology from Duke University and a master’s in landscape architecture from N.C. State School of Design.

Working with colleagues as president of HeritagePA, Pa’s association of its twelve heritage areas, the organization has launched branding, advocacy, and communication strategies to educate the public about the impact of heritage area work across the Commonwealth. She is also active in the Growing Greener III Coalition.

She was appointed to Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Board and is the Treasurer of Preservation Pa. As a board member of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, Jane is helping to facilitate the route across our state.

Jane is the president of the Episcopal Church Women at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hollidaysburg. She lives across the street in a historic home renovated by her husband, Joel Koss.

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