Faces at the Station
Dr. Chuck Yohn Director, Raystown Field Station
Phone: (814) 641-3572
Chuck officially began his tenure as Director of the Station in 1993 but his employment history at the station goes back as far as 1979 when he began working at the station in a student work study position while a freshman at Juniata College. Chuck completed his doctorate from Penn State University studying the effect of forest management practices on songbird communities. In addition to his administrative duties coordinating the development and daily operations of the station, Chuck also teaches Ornithology, Vertebrate Zoology, Wildlife Management, Forestry and the Sense of Place seminar at the station.
Chris Bomgardner Facilities Supervisor
In 2008 Chris joined the field station staff as Facilities Supervisor. He is a graduate of Penn State with a degree in Biology & Plant Science. He brings a wide range of work experience to the position which includes many diverse responsibilities, including keeping the facilities in shape, working with students and alumni on projects and improvements for the station, supervising student help and much more. During our Terrestrial semester, Chris is part of the team teaching Forestry at the field station.
Taylor Johnston Resident Director/Field Station Assistant
After graduating with a degree in Environmental Science from Juniata College in 2015, Taylor returned to the college setting a handful of weeks later as the Field Station RD. Here at RFS, she wears many hats. Not only does she carry out the usual RD duties but she is also a lab assistant, station activities coordinator, and assists Chris with facilities improvement projects.
Travis Crawford Executive Chef
Travis joined the Field Station staff in the fall of 2011 after spending 12 years working for Sodexo. From something as simple burgers on the grill to breakfast frittata or his kickin’ homemade barbeque sauce, the students all rave about his food. Each week Travis meets with the students during dinner to design the next week's menu. Travis works one on one to meet the needs of students with dietary restrictions. When not at the field station, Travis stays busy catering for other clients.