Central Susquehanna Community Foundation Board of Directors
John Parker, Chair
John is a retired administrator for the Berwick Area School District where he served many years as a principal both in the High School and Middle School. After getting his foundation from the Berwick Area School District, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Bloomsburg State College followed by a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Master of Science degree in Guidance from the University of Scranton. He is president of the Board for Big Brother/Big Sisters of Columbia County and the Columbia Montour Vocational Technical School Authority Board. John has previously served as Co-Chair of the Berwick Area United Way Campaign. He is a member of the Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church and president of the Church Council. He joined the Central Susquehanna Community Board in 2010 and currently serves as the Vice Chair. In addition, he serves as Chair of the Berwick Health and Wellness Advisory Committee. John resides in Berwick with wife Beverly where they raised their family.
Timothy Apple, Vice Chair
Tim is the Director of Sales at Bimbo Bakeries USA located in Sunbury. After receiving his foundation from the Lewisburg School District, he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Baker’s Association, the Green Dragon Foundation, and serves on the Board of Evangelical Hospital and Northumberland National Bank. His previous community work included serving on the Union County United Way Board. Tim was appointed to the Foundation Board in 2013 and lends his expertise to the Governance Committee. Tim resides in Lewisburg with his wife Carol and his family.
JoAnn M. Ferentz, Secretary
JoAnn is a Certified Public Accountant at Snyder and Clemente located in Sugarloaf. After receiving her foundation from the Southern Columbia School District, she graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting - Cum Laude. She is a member of the AICPA and the PICPA. She serves as a board member for the nonprofit organization—For the Cause. She was appointed to the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation in 2015 and currently serves as the secretary for the Board. In addition, she is also a member of the Berwick Health and Wellness Advisory Committee. JoAnn resides in Berwick with husband Roland and her family.
Matthew P. Prosseda, Treasurer
Matt is the President and CEO of the First Keystone Community Bank, headquartered in Berwick. After receiving his diploma from the Berwick Area School District, he attended The Pennsylvania State University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He received an MBA from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He is on the Board of Directors for DRIVE (Driving Real Innovation for a Vibrant Economy) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Columbia Alliance for Economic Development. Matt serves as the President of the Berwick Chapter of UNICO National and as the Treasurer for the Columbia-Montour Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He served previously on the Board of Directors of the PA Bankers’ Association. Matthew was recently appointed to serve as a Director for the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation where he will share his expertise on Finance and Audit. Matt resides in Orangeville with his wife Cindy.
Robert L. Albertson, O.D.
Dr. Albertson is an Optometrist and is the owner of the Albertson Eye Care Center. After receiving his foundation from the Berwick Area School District, he attended Juniata College and obtained his bachelor’s degree. He then attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL and graduated cum laude with his doctorate in optometry. Bob serves on the American Optometric Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Susquehanna Sight Services. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois College of Optometry. He is a member of the Leadership Circle and the National Glaucoma Society. Participation in community organizations include the Berwick Lions Club where he served as past President and District Officer. He also served as the Sight Conservation Chairman. Dr. Albertson has been awarded the Optometrist of the Year from the Optometric Association. Bob was recently appointed to serve as a Director for the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. He will serve on the Development Committee for the Foundation. Dr. Albertson resides in Berwick with his wife Lois and his family.
Sam and his wife Alisha are both originally from Boise, Idaho. After spending a few years in Japan on a religious/service mission, Sam earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and healthcare administration at BYU-Idaho. During this time, Sam started his career in healthcare working as an emergency department registration clerk, and then upon graduation as a strategic planner at St Luke’s Health System. Sam continued his education at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he received a master’s degree in healthcare administration. While at graduate school, he also worked for the Allina Health System. Sam has been with Geisinger for the last 6 years, holding multiple positions in both the clinic and hospital environments. Currently, he is serving as the administrator for Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital. Sam and Alisha reside in Elysburg with their 4 children, Grace, Lilly, Pearl and Oscar.
Jeff is the owner of Walker’s Jewelers located in Berwick. He attended Bloomsburg University where he received a B.S. in Accounting after getting his foundation from the Berwick Area School District. He furthered his education by attending Jewelers of America and received Certified Jewelry Store Manager. He then attended Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California, receiving certification in diamond and colored stone grading. Jeff is an active member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and current president of Holy Family School Board. He is a current member of the Maria Assunta Society, Knights of Columbus and Berwick Elks. He is Berwick Colonial Bank Treasurer, past president and current treasurer of the Berwick Chapter of UNICO National and past president and current member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia County. Jeff is currently an advisory board member of the Berwick Salvation Army and M&T Bank. He is on the board of directors of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Berwick Downtown Enhancement Committee. Jeff lives in Berwick with his wife, Danielle, and their children, Alexander and Kathryn.
Paul R. Eyerly, IV
Paul is the President of Press Enterprise, Inc., located in Bloomsburg. He attended Washington and Lee University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy after getting his foundation from the Central Columbia School District. He then furthered his education pursuing a law degree and graduated from the Golden Gate School of Law. He recently served on the Board of the United Way of Columbia County and the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce (CMCC) Board. He is currently serving on the CMCC & CMVB Partnership Board/ Printers Forum Inc. and also the Scott Township Supervisor where he will serve as Chairman. Paul was recently appointed to serve as a Director on the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation Board where he will use his expertise on the Finance Committee. Paul resides in Bloomsburg with his wife Donna and their family.
Peggy is the Vice President/CEO/CFO at the Milton Savings Bank where she has spent her banking career. She received her educational foundation from the Milton Area School District. She is a board member for the PA Association of Community Bankers and is involved with the Milton Rotary Organization. In the most recent past, she served on the Chamber of Commerce Board. She was appointed to the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation Board in 2015 and currently serves on the Audit Committee. Peggy resides in Milton with her husband Gary and their family.
Kenneth A. Holdren is currently the Chairman of the Montour County Board of Commissioners serving his first term of office. Prior to his current role, he worked at various positions at the Geisinger Health System retiring in September 2014 after 30 years of service. His last position at Geisinger was the Chief Administrative Officer of the Geisinger Clinic for 6 years after 24 years of service in the finance department. Ken started his career with Price Waterhouse and is an active CPA. He has also been a director of FNB N.A, for the past 6 years. A Montour County resident for the last 22 years, Ken is active in a number of organizations including currently serving as the Chairman of the Danville Community Foundation Board of Directors, Treasurer of the Montour Area Recreation Committee, a Committee member of Columbia-Montour County BSA Council Nominating Committee. Ken is a graduate of Lycoming College with a Bachelor Arts in Accounting. Ken resides in Danville with his wife Cindy they have three adult children.
John M. Kurelja, Ed.D.
Dr. Kurelja currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. He attended Rutgers University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Planning and Design and his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. He then pursued his doctoral degree at Penn State University receiving terminal degree in Educational Leadership. John also served as the vice president for the Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project, which is working to bring community college access to the Susquehanna Valley. Finally, John serves on the Boards for the Central PA Chamber of Commerce and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation Board where he is the Chair of the Regional Impact Fund. John resides in Bloomsburg with his wife Jackie and their family.
Nancy is the President and Owner of Marr Development, Inc., a commercial, residential, and government real estate office. She attended Penn State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Nancy also received a full academic scholarship to Harvard and received a Master of Science degree in Health Policy & Management. She is also a certified public accountant. She is the Treasurer for the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority; Advisory Board member for First Keystone Community Bank- Danville-Bloomsburg; and a member of the Berwick Borough Landlord Ordinance Appeals Board. Nancy resides in Turbotville with her husband John.
Heather is the Secretary/Treasurer at Penn Fire Protection, Inc., a family owned business, located in Selinsgrove. Rowe obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance/Business Administration from Susquehanna University after receiving her educational foundation at the Line Mountain School District. She currently serves as the President of the Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation and Vice President of the Snyder County Library Board. She was newly appointed to the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation and will serve on the Development Committee. Heather resides in Selinsgrove with her husband Donald and family.
Rhonda Jeanne Seebold
Rhonda is an Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Technology located in Williamsport. She attended Bloomsburg State College earning her Bachelor of Science Degree and then earned her Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of North Carolina. She is currently a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association; the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association; Treasurer of the North Central Dental Hygienists’ Association; Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies; and Faculty Advisor- Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is currently on the Board of Deacons at Grove Presbyterian Church; Board member; Advisory Committee of Young Life Danville Chapter. Rhonda was appointed to the Board of Director for the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation in 2012. She lends her expertise on the Development Committee. She resides in Danville with husband Robert and family.
J. Donald Steele, Jr.
Don Steele is the Chairman, President & CEO at The Northumberland National Bank. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Susquehanna University after receiving his diploma from Shikellamy Area School District. Don is currently the treasurer of the Green Dragon Foundation, board member of the Sunbury Area Community Foundation and Evangelical Community Hospital, and is the treasurer for the Lewisburg Mat Backers. He has been a member of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation since 2011 where he serves on Governance and Finance Committees. He currently chairs the Audit Committee for the Foundation. He has been awarded the Adam Smith Honor, Distinguish Citizen Award and the Pat Toole Award. Don currently lives in Lewisburg with his wife Joanne and their family.
Connie Louise Tressler
Connie is a retired Clinical and Child Psychologist; she practiced many years in the Northern Tier. After receiving her educational foundation from Mahanoy Joint School District, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Bucknell University and her Master of Science Degree from The University of PA, Philadelphia. She is involved with the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Board of Northumberland County Behavioral Health/Individual Differences (MH/MR). Connie is the President of the Bucknell University Alumni Board; President of the Board of the Northumberland County Historical Society; Board member of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau; Diakon (Tressler Lutheran Social Services); Buffalo Valley Village Foster Care and Adoption, Allentown; and board member of Children Services Center. She has received the Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries Servants Heart Award.
Connie resides in Herndon and enjoys hosting family events.
Vern Anderson*, Kendra Aucker, Christina Bason, Robert W. Buehner, Jr., Freddie Bittenbender, Roger J. Davis, John E. DeFinnis, D.D.S., Rev. Frank Demmy, C. James Ferrigno, M.D.*, Rev. Fred Fields*, Carol Fish, Michael F. Flock, Debra Force, Joseph F. Gegwich, M.D., Senator John R. Gordner, Michael P. Goresh, Roger S. Haddon, Jr., Sally Ann Halblieb, Thomas R. Harlow, Kenneth A. Hart, James L. Hinckley, Jr., Andreae K. Hoosty, Gary Kanouse, M.D., Ferne Soberick Krothe, M. Holly Morrison, John S. Mulka, Elmer D. Robinson, William M. Sadock, David R. Saracino, Joseph J. Scopelliti, Donald W. Shiner, Albert J. Steward, Eugene Sutter*, Kevin Tanribilir, Patricia Torsella, Pamela L. White, Lucille Whitmire*, H. W. Wieder, Jr., Janice E. Wilson, Robert Wise*, Herbert D. Woodeshick, Kevin D. Woodeshick, Jesse C. Woodring
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