DCNR Executive Staff
Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry
John Norbeck returned to the DCNR family in August 2015. As DCNR's Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry, he oversees operations of the bureaus of State Parks, Forestry, and Facility Design and Construction, and helps advance DCNR’s strategic initiatives.
Norbeck served as the director of the Bureau of State Parks from 2006-2012. During his tenure, the bureau was awarded the National Gold Medal for Best Managed State Park System in the country, 2009-2011. John spearheaded outstanding infrastructure investments in the Pennsylvania Wilds, including the Bald Eagle Nature Inn, Elk Country Visitor Center, Kinzua Bridge Skywalk and Sinnemahoning Wildlife Center. Additionally, he served as the lead for the Lower Susquehanna Conservation Landscape; increased public private partnerships from 100 to 145 over six years; updated the agency's revenue enhancement program from $13 million to $21.5 million annually; and established a Green Parks Initiative resulting in reducing the bureau’s carbon footprint and increasing energy efficiencies throughout the agency.
Prior to joining DCNR, Norbeck served nearly 30 years through the ranks as a state parks professional in Maryland Department of Natural Resources, State Forest and Park Service, including roles as regional manager, acting chief of field operations, park program manager, training manager, operations park manager and park ranger. For these career efforts in the two state park systems, in 2012 he was awarded the President’s Award from the National Association of State Parks Directors.
Since early 2014, he served as the chief operating officer of PennFuture, a statewide environmental advocacy organization.
Deputy Secretary for Administration
Michael A. Walsh joined DCNR as the Deputy Secretary for Administration in June 2015. In this role, Mike is responsible for all budget, administrative services, human resource and information technology support for the department. This role includes providing direction and oversight to the Bureaus of Administrative Services, Human Resources and Information Technology Services; developing, updating and implementing the agency Continuity of Operations Plan; developing and managing strategic funding plans; ensuring strategic IT operations and plans are implemented; overseeing DCNR efficiency and cost saving ideas and plans; leading agency wide projects; preparing and presenting a variety of reports on tactical and strategic issues; and briefing and advising the Secretary on priority issues and initiatives.
Mike most recently provided consulting services through his firm, the Walsh Strategy Group, and his career includes more than 16 years in state government. Notably, during his time as Deputy Secretary for Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mike worked closely with DCNR and DEP staff on programs to make schools more energy efficient and healthy places of learning.
Mike is a graduate of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania; and he also has a Master’s Degree in Public Management from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Deputy Secretary for Conservation and Technical Services
Nathan Flood was appointed DCNR’s deputy secretary for conservation and technical services in February 2014. In this role, he is responsible for managing and directing the operations of the bureaus of Topographic and Geologic Survey and Recreation and Conservation. This includes providing leadership on the design, development and delivery of key initiatives for the department. Additionally, he continues to manage and maintain working relationships with members of the legislature, other state agencies, private organizations, and other partners involved with the operations of both bureaus.
Prior to his appointment as deputy secretary, Nathan was the DCNR director of legislation and strategic initiatives. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing and managing the department’s legislative function as well select strategic initiatives. He served as the department's executive liaison to the Governor's Office of Legislative Affairs on all legislative and strategic initiatives impacting DCNR; oversaw the analysis of proposed legislation; and evaluated the impacts on DCNR programs and goals.
Before joining DCNR, Nathan worked for Senator Mike Brubaker serving as his chief of staff. In that role, he managed legislative and policy issues, constituent outreach and also developed and implemented strategic initiatives for the senator’s office.
Preceding his time with Senator Brubaker, Nathan worked for Tyco Electronics. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in government and political affairs from Millersville University. He is from Clearfield County.
Audrey Feinman Miner
Audrey Feinman Miner was appointed Chief Counsel to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources effective June, 2015. Prior to that appointment, Ms. Miner was a Senior Counsel with the Department of Health, where she functioned as the Litigation Coordinator and provided advice to a variety of health program areas. Before coming to Health, Audrey was Assistant Counsel-in- Charge, Personnel Section, at PENNDOT. At PENNDOT, Ms. Miner was primarily responsible for providing legal advice on labor and employment matters as well as working on a variety of high-profile issues concerning the vehicle emissions inspection program. Ms. Miner was appointed to an air Quality Task Force in order to oversee the legal aspects of PENNDOT’s implementation of the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990. Ms. Miner received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her juris doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law, where she was on the Law Review. Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Ms. Miner was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and clerked for the Honorable John A. MacPhail, Commonwealth Court.