January 22, 2024
Community Giving Foundation: Danville recently welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors.
C. Brian Crane
Crane is a partner at Luschas, Naparsteck, and Crane, LLP. He graduated with honors from both Georgetown University (1999) and Dickinson School of Law (2004). His practice focuses on Estate Planning and Administration, Medicaid Planning, Wealth Preservation, and Guardianships. For the past 15 years, Crane has been serving as counsel for the Columbia-Montour Aging Office, Inc. His work with the aging office has focused on assisting families who have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s type dementia and protecting assets of the elderly. Crane is very active in the community, having served on local boards including: Danville Chapter Red Cross; Camp Victory; Central Pennsylvania Aphasia Center; Zing Productions; and the Susquehanna Valley Chorale. In his personal life, he pursues his love of music. He has performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the White House. He currently sings bass as a member of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale in Lewisburg and is involved in several musical projects including the Simon & Garfunkel tribute band “On Bleeker Street”. He performs regularly throughout Central Pennsylvania as a solo artist.
“Community giving is a vital commitment to positively impact the Central Susquehanna region where I’ve lived my entire life. It goes beyond financial support, embodying a shared responsibility to address diverse community needs. As a local attorney having been active on several nonprofit boards, I’ve seen the transformative power of such giving. The unique challenges of our region require collaborative efforts, and community giving allows donors to align their passions with specific needs. As a board member, I look forward to facilitating lasting charitable legacies and enabling donors to make a meaningful impact in our community.”
Irene Minang Mbih, M.D.
Mbih was born and raised in Cameroon, Africa, where she completed her undergraduate training. She attended medical school at St. Martinus University in Curacao and moved to the United States in 2006 to complete her clinical rotations. After her residency in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, she worked as a hospitalist at Essential Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Mbih and her husband moved to Danville in 2016 to be close to family, and she has worked as a hospitalist for Geisinger Medical Center ever since.
“I have truly enjoyed living in Danville for the last seven years. For some time now, I have been interested in getting more involved in the community besides providing medical care. I am delighted and feel honored for the opportunity to serve as a board member with the Foundation. I believe the Foundation will give me more insight into local needs, and hopefully I can make a positive impact in the community through service and use of my resources and talents.”
McDonald is a lifelong resident of the Susquehanna Valley. He attended Danville High School before graduating from Dickinson College. McDonald currently serves as Facilities Manager for DRIVE, an economic development entity serving five counties. Prior to joining DRIVE, he worked at a law firm in Washington, D.C. McDonald currently serves as treasurer of the Bloomsburg Public Library Board of Directors and enjoys engaging in hands-on work in the community.
“The Community Giving Foundation and its affiliates are champions of intentional giving. The Foundation has helped me extend my personal commitment to the growth and success of our region by providing thoughtful insights that will allow me to maximize the impact of my philanthropy. I look forward to serving on the Danville board to help steward the legacy of many generous donors in our community, ensuring their contributions make the largest possible impact in the wellbeing of our region.”
Powers is the program director at the Gate House Shelter in Danville. She got involved at the Gate House in 2011 as a volunteer, while working as an assistant for a local dentist. After finding great satisfaction in being able to assist her neighbors who were homeless or in crisis, she was hired as a full-time employee at the Gate House in 2013. Powers has been married to her husband, Bob, for 39 years, and raised their son in the local area.
“As a lifelong resident of the Danville area, I grew up witnessing how we come together to help and support each other. In my position at the Gate House, I get to see this tremendous community support in action every day. I am so excited and honored to be part of the Danville Board to ensure the funds donated through the Foundation are used to their fullest potential.”
About Community Giving Foundation: Danville
In addition to four new members, the Foundation’s Danville Board is represented by: Bonnie Trump (chair), Linda Brown (co-vice chair), Dennis Hummer (co-vice chair), David Betz (financial liaison), Donna Cush (secretary), Marsha Albertson, Marc Baranouski, Kimberly Burke, Greg Cole, Tim Karr, Shelley Nemeth, Mary Petrick, Bob Stoudt, and Gary Visneski.
Danville is an affiliate of the Community Giving Foundation, which manages over 350 charitable funds and makes grant investments throughout the region to improve and enrich local lives. For 25 years, the Foundation has helped families, individuals, and businesses create a lasting charitable legacy in the Central Susquehanna region.