Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) has been operating since 1987. The Board of Trustees, comprised of dedicated community members, guides FoHVOS in its mission to preserve local lands, protect natural resources, and inspire the next generation throughout Hopewell Valley. This year, the FoHVOS Board is pleased to announce the addition of Jaquan Levons who brings unique knowledge and enthusiasm to the board.
Levons lives in Titusville and is passionate about encouraging people of color to embrace the outdoors and discover nature. You can find him bike riding with his wife and three daughters on trails in the area. He recently self-published a children’s book about his kids learning to ride their bikes.
Jaquan frequently explores FoHVOS trails with his family and he believes that being a trustee is a great opportunity to give back and invest in outdoor spaces. “Working with FoHVOS is a great opportunity to perpetuate the great work preserving the lands in our area, to be an example to others in my community of the relevance to people of color, and to highlight excellent spaces for kids and families of color to come together and embrace our outdoor spaces,” said Levons.
Levons has worked at Bristol Myers Squibb for 17 years, and is currently a Principal Scientist, leading a team focused on exploring how digital technology can be applied to tomorrow’s drug products. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and holds several formulation patents in drug product development.
“We are so fortunate to have Jaquan Levons join us,” shared Dan Rubenstein, President of the FoHVOS Board of Trustees. “From connecting children with nature, to promoting community conservation stewardship through building Outdoor Equity Alliance initiatives, Jaquan’s background lends itself well to adding valuable insight to shaping the future of FoHVOS programs.”
In addition, Levons serves as an Elder at Central-A Christ Centered Church, and was the most recent Director of Men’s Ministry. He lives near FoHVOS’ headquarters atop Baldpate mountain and his kids attended the camps that share the location. When not on the trails, you’ll find Levons spending time manicuring his woodlands with his chainsaw, as well as camping, making s’mores, and building his children’s chicken coop.
Submitted by FoHVOS, which is a nonprofit land trust that is dedicated to preserving Hopewell Valley through open space and farmland preservation, and natural resource protection. FoHVOS has partnered with private landowners, government and nonprofit organizations to preserve over 7,800 acres. To volunteer, donate, or learn more about FoHVOS preserves and programs, visit www.fohvos.org or call 609-730-1560.