—The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation today announced the appointment of María Montero and Lenwood Sloan to its Board of Directors. Montero serves as executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. Sloan served as director of Pennsylvania's Cultural and Heritage Tourism Program for six years, and is currently working as a consultant on an international World War II heritage trail. “We are excited to have the enthusiasm, knowledge, and skills sets that Lenwood and Maria bring to the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation,” said Marci Mowery, president of the Foundation. “They will be critical in helping is to ensure that there is a place—and an experience—for everyone in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. The PPFF Board of Directors unanimously elected Montero and Sloan, and they take their places on the panel in January 2014. Current board member George Asimos of Saul Ewing was nominated and elected to be the Chairman of the board. For his part, Sloan thanked the board for its endorsement, “I look forward to the investment of our resources in PPFF, engagement and service.” María Montero: As executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, Montero leads Pennsylvania's outreach efforts for women and Latino-Hispanics, including diversity education for all state agencies. She was recently named one of the Delaware Valley's “Most Influential Latinos.” Montero holds a law degree from Widener University, and is a professional presenter on women and Latino leadership topics. Lenwood Sloan: For the past 40 years, Sloan has provided inspiration, leadership and technical assistance in the public and private sectors. In addition to his work with the U.S. Embassy in Brussels on the WWII “Liberation Route,” Sloan is a creative consultant for the Cameron Museum in North Carolina and resident playwright for the ASHE Cultural Center of New Orleans. Among his accomplishments, Sloan has also served as Pennsylvania's film commissioner and director of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation Board of Directors About the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation Founded in 1999, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 120 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities and donations through its 36 chapters. The mission of the foundation is to promote and support the natural and cultural resources of Pennsylvania's state parks and forests through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.paparksandforests.org, and click on DCNR’s website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us for more information about state parks and forests.