The following individuals have been nominated to serve a three-year term on the Central PA Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors starting January 2019. One ballot will be e-mailed to each member business’ primary contact (via Constant Contact) on Nov. 14, 2018. Ballots will be accepted until close of business on Nov. 21, 2018. Please, select no more than six candidates on the e-mailed ballot.
Executive Director – Riverwoods/Albright Care Services
Lennea wants to serve on the board because “I am genuinely committed to the economic vitality of the region and believe the Chamber of Commerce is an essential component. As business leaders, owners, etc., we must work together to promote growth and prosperity.” She believes her background in finance, fundraising, public relations and organizational skills would be an asset.
She has participated in Legislative Breakfasts, Non-Profit Roundtables, Breakfast Briefings, educational programs, special events, ribbon cuttings, Member Appreciation Celebration and open house events.
Lennea has also served in Rotary as a past president and secretary; Bucktail Medical Center as a board member, past president and secretary; Lewisburg Downtown Partnership as a board member and chair of personnel committee; Leading Age PA on the finance and continuing education committees; and the Penn State RULE Leadership Program.
Agent – State Farm Insurance
Stacy wants to serve on the board because “I would bring a passion for the mission of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce. I would bring relevant context in order to offer actionable and on-point advice.” She also has a strong desire for stewardship to others. Stacy believes her judgment, support, willingness to learn and work ethic would be an asset.
She was a board member of the Central PA Chamber from 2012-13, a chairperson of the Business & Education Committee, helped relocate the Central PA Business & Education Association Golf Tournament to Bucknell Golf Club, and was a sponsor for three years.
Stacy has also served as a board member of Economics Pa and the Andy Russell Foundation and is a supporter of Make A Wish Foundation.
Center Director – Lackawanna College Sunbury Center
Philip wants to serve on the board because “I have been looking forward to getting more involved with the Chamber. I cannot see a better or more meaningful way to serve the chamber and their members.” He believes his ability to think “outside-of-the-box” and brainstorm would an asset.
He has hosted a Business After Hours event, is an event sponsor and attended the Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony.
Philip has also served with PHEAA – Harrisburg, McCann School of Business (when in Sunbury), RBI-BIDA as a board member and Northwest Academy in Coal Township.
Community Coordinator – The Salvation Army, Milton
Joel wants to serve on the board “to help improve the social interaction within our community and encourage future investments in our community from within or aboard. He believes his experience in budget creation/management, public relations, social interaction, understanding of social media and volunteering would be an asset.
He has participated in the Central PA Career Fair and Spring Career Awareness Fair, Seminar & Training Series, Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, Breakfast Briefings and Non-Profit Roundtables.
Joel has also served with Milton AYSO and the Milton Harvest Festival.
Broker/Owner – Ann Hilliard RE/MAX Bridges
Ann wants to serve on the board because “it’s important to be involved in local business groups.” She believes her experience as a past Central PA Chamber Board Member would be an asset.
She has participated in Breakfast Briefings and will be featured in the 2019 Men & Women of Business Calendar.
Ann has also served with Boy Scouts of America Susquehanna Council, Central Susquehanna Valley Board of Realtors, and the statewide Professional Standards and Grievance Committee for the PA Association of Realtors.
Board of Directors (President) – Milton Public Library
Rob wants to serve on the board because “When I retired, I made plans to give back to the community. By serving on the board, I can do that and more through the Chamber.” He believes his experience in leadership and working with non-profits, along with his communication skills, would be an asset.
He has attended Breakfast Briefings, Legislative Breakfasts and is a Subject Matter Expert and Mentor for the up-and-coming Raising the Board program.
Rob has also served with Central Susquehanna Builders Association, Pennsylvania Builders Association, Milton Historical Society, Milton Pool Association, and the PennTech Advisory Board for the Construction Department.
Karen Cote Kunkle
Regional Marketing Consultant – 7 Mountains Media
Karen wants to serve on the board because “the Central PA Chamber of Commerce brings much more to its members than any other Chamber I have been part of in my 30-year marketing career in three states and seven different markets. I’m a big advocate for the CPACC and want to play a larger role in sharing the message.” She believes her marketing skills would be an asset.
She has participated in several ribbon cuttings in her short time with the Chamber, as well as breakfasts and off-site social events. Karen also serves on the Chamber’s Public Relations Committee.
Karen has also served with the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Girl Scouts of America, and several church and community organizations.
Assistant Vice President (Market Manager) – Susquehanna Community Bank
Mike wants to serve on the board because “I work every day to assist with the growth of businesses in the local area which I believe matches up well with the mission of the Chamber.” He believes his marketing and sales background would be an asset.
He has attended Legislative Breakfasts and has been a sponsor and volunteer with Building Leaders for the Susquehanna Valley.
Mike has also served on the American Red Cross Board, Lycoming United Way Campaign as Williamsport Small Business Chair, Williamsport Kiwanis and Williamsport Kiwanis Foundation Board. He previously served as a Williamsport Kiwanis Board Member, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Board and Marketing Chair, Williamsport Salvation Army Board Member, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Leadership Susquehanna Valley Program Committee Member, and on the Loyalsock Township Recreation Board.
Ron Mackley (incumbent seeking 2nd term)
Senior Account Executive – iHeartMedia Williamsport/Shamokin
Ron wants to serve a second term on the board because “The Central PA Chamber of Commerce is on the cutting edge of many new projects to serve our members and area. I see the value of these programs and would like to continue to be a part of the process of bringing these programs to fruition. He believes his insight in the areas of membership, public relations, sales, marketing and advertising would be an asset.
In addition to serving on the board, he is a member of the chamber’s Member Engagement Committee, has attended the Member Appreciation Celebration, ribbon cuttings, Inside Jobs Tours, Annual Meeting and more. Ron is a past recipient of the Chamber Impact Award.
Ron has also served with Sunbury Revitalization, Inc.
Financial Planner – The Wealth Factory, Inc.
Lauren wants to serve on the board because “I would like the opportunity to serve alongside other business leaders in Central PA to help our region progress while maintaining our culture of caring. My experience is Central PA businesses are loyal to local sources, and I enjoy being part of that energy.” She believes her ability to relate to small business and connect their needs with solutions would be an asset.
She has participated as both an attendee and presenter of the Seminar & Training Series and serves on the Engagement Committee. She is also a Subject Matter Expert for the up-and-coming Raising the Board program. The Wealth Factory is a sponsor of IYBTV and will appear in the 2019 Men and Women of Business Calendar.
Lauren has also served with The Cousteau Society, The Central PA American Lung Association, The State Advisory Board of the American Lung Association, The East Lycoming Soccer Association (stadium construction years), The Lock Haven Area YMCA, the Women’s Professional Partnership, and the Lewisburg Arts Council. Lauren has also served on several corporate boards.
Sales Representative – North Central Digital Systems, Inc. – Philips Office Solutions
Mike wants to serve on the board because “I would like to help area companies find ways to grow their companies.” He believes his experience with the area and serving as president of NCDS for 18 years would be an asset.
He has attended Breakfast Briefings and other events in the past.
Mike has also served with the Danville Chamber of Commerce.
Shared Services Specialist – United States Gypsum (USG)
Cheryl wants to serve on the board “to utilize my skill and experience to promote/increase business in our area. I thoroughly believe this organization has a sincere interest in what is best for the area and strives to accomplish that goal. She believes her skills in finance, audit, compliance and ability listen to all sides of an issue before making a decision would be an asset.
She was participated in Girls Night Out, several ribbon cuttings, Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, Legislative Breakfasts, Member Appreciation Celebration, Breakfast Briefings, B&E Golf Tournament as a volunteer and is a member of the Budget & Finance Committee. She is also a previous Central PA Chamber Board Member.
Cheryl has also served as a Director of the Milton Area School District and Milton Lions. She is currently on her church’s Finance and Building committees, Milton Panther Foundation Advisory Committee, Milton Public Library Director and board member of Great Susquehanna Valley Bucknell Club.
Executive Director – Lewisburg Downtown Partnership
Ellen wants to serve on the board because “I would like the opportunity to become more involved in the regional activities the benefit businesses and the economy. I work from a philosophy that the success of one business or one town in this region is a success for the entire region. I believe that collaboration is the key to success of many different types of organizations and business within the same region as well. A vibrant economy is good for the businesses, residents and visitors of any region.” She believes her communication, financial and organizational skills would be an asset.
She has previously served as a board member for the National Industrial Transportation League.
General Manager – Ryder Supply Chain Solutions
Gerry wants to serve on the board because “I believe the chamber has been a valuable resource for growth in both Central Pennsylvania businesses, as well as the importance of education and how the two relate. I think I have the background, skills and experience to help the chamber continue to grow membership, share and offer much needed value that business need to prosper as well as continue to educate students about the importance of education and what our area has to offer in regards to jobs and career opportunities.” He believes his experience in management, budgeting, and growing business would be an asset.
He has served on the Business & Education Committee and is a sponsor of the B&E Golf Tournament.
Gerry has also served the Central Pa. Food Bank and many other local food banks.
Owner – Stroehmann Earthworking Services
Jeffrey wants to serve on the board because “I believe this region is very well positioned for economic development, especially with construction of the (Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project).” He believes his extensive background in transportation at various levels of government would be an asset.
He is a new Chamber member and recently attended a Breakfast Briefing.
Jeffrey has also served with The State Transportation Advisory Committee, PennDOT District 3-0 Customer Advisory Board, Lycoming County Multi-Modal Rail Freight Study Steering Committee, Woodward Township Board of Supervisors as past chair, Woodward Township Water and Sewer Board, Lycoming County Association of Township Officials Executive Committee, Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of American Board, and Lycoming County Chapter of The American Red Cross Board.
Owner – Steve’s Power Washing
Steve wants to serve on the board because “As a small business owner, I am interested in helping promote other small businesses and have enjoyed the relationships I have formed since joining the Chamber. I would like to let others know the value of being a Chamber member.” He believes his organization and communication skills would be an asset.
He has attended Breakfast Briefings, Legislative Breakfasts, Seminar & Training Series classes, expos and the Member Appreciation Celebration.
Steve has also served on the leadership team at Trinity United Methodist Church, Lewisburg Joint Sewer Authority and Volunteers in Mission for several mission trips.
Adam Wolfe (incumbent seeking second term)
Clinic Director/Physical Therapist – Pivot Physical Therapy
Adam wants to serve a second term on the board because “I want to continue to help support the vision of the chamber which is to ‘Help Our Region Grow.’” He believes his previous experience on the board, his listening skills and having “a pulse” on the community would be an asset.
He has attended Breakfast Briefings, Legislative Breakfasts (including as a sponsor), ribbon cuttings and the Central PA Career Fair and Spring Career Awareness Fair.