Rick Smith

Board Member (Term Expires 2025) • McClure Cave Preserve Manager Rick Smith has always had a fascination with the underground since the age of 8 when he entered his first cave, McClure Cave. It was not until many years later he found the caving community and since then has visited caves throughout Pennsylvania and West […]

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Dennis Melko

NSS 36693  •  Pittsburgh, PA  • Barbara Schomer Preserve Manager  •  Rupert Cave Trip Leader In 1971 I first visited show caves with my mother where my parents grew up, in what was Czechoslovakia (behind the iron curtain). I remember a guide pointing out bullet holes in speleothems where gestapo had chased partisans through a […]

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Sunni Reitmyer

• NSS 64280 • Rupert Cave Trip Leader Sunni Reitmyer is a native to Pennsylvania and has been a nature lover for as long as she can remember. Her first experience in a cave was a visit to Penn’s Cave with her family in 1995. She has since visited other commercial caves in Pennsylvania, but […]

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Dave Field

• Hall Cave Preserve Manager Dave Field began caving at the age of 15 when a high school friend pulled a book on caving from the shelves of the school library. This sparked an interest that has lasted since. During high school and college he actively caved with a group of friends in Blair County […]

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Paul Damon, Sr.

 • NSS 2939LF FE PH • Archivist • Pittsburgh Grotto Paul Damon, Sr., is the archivist for the MAKC and a long-time NSS member. He might be best known for editing the book Caving in America, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the National Speleological Society. Email the archivist.

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Mike Schirato

• NSS 52043RE (term expires 2022) Mike Schirato is a licensed professional geologist and is employed by the Department of Environmental Protection in Ebensburg. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a BS in geology, he began his caving career with the geology club in 1999. He joined the board in 2003 […]

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Jeff Jahn

• NSS 53099 FE• Front Royal Grotto (vice chair) • MAKC Life Member  • Rupert Cave Trip Leader Although Jeff began caving in high school when he lived in Pittsburgh, it was only after joining Front Royal Grotto in 2003 that he became actively involved in the caving community. His association with MAKC came as […]

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Kim Metzgar

NSS 32145RE PH FE • Webmaster • Newsletter Editor • Bear Cave and Trout Run Woods Preserve Manager • Library Archivist Forbidden by her grandfather to visit Bear Cave when she was 12, because it was too dangerous for girls, Kim went with her sister Jackie, cousin, and neighbors Dave and Wendy Jones as soon […]

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Tom Metzgar

• NSS 24673 RL, FE PH • Pittsburgh Grotto • Assistant Treasurer • Bear Cave and Trout Run Woods Preserve Manager • Danielson Center/Library Manager Tom Metzgar lives in Washington Township, Westmoreland County, where his Scotch-Irish and Germanic ancestors settled during the 1770s. After graduating from Penn State in 1981, Tom returned to his native […]

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