Export woman named Westmoreland Land Trust's first executive director
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The Westmoreland Land Trust has named Betsy Aiken of Export its new executive director.
A longtime community volunteer, Aiken has served on the trust's board of directors since the nonprofit was founded in 2008, with the mission of preserving open spaces in Westmoreland County.
Chairman Chuck Duritsa said the trust has carried out that mission largely through the volunteer efforts of its more than 20 board members. He said having Aiken fill the new executive post, created with funding from the Allegheny Foundation, will help the organization achieve its goals more quickly and comprehensively.
“It is important to me to do things that make a difference ... that leave a legacy,” Aiken said in a press release. “I believe that the Westmoreland Land Trust has great potential to do that.”
The trust has conserved about 235 acres in six communities, including Greensburg, North Huntingdon and Murrysville. Its most recent acquisition was 28 acres that have been added to Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver Township.
Aiken, who holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh, serves on the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee and the Citizens' Advisory Board for the Westmoreland County Department of Parks and Recreation. She is a co-founder of the Friends of Murrysville Parks and the Murrysville Trail Alliance.