Women’s Giving Circle Steering Committee

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Nancy J. Marr, Steering Committee Chair

President and Owner of Marr Development Companies in Bloomsburg

Nancy is the President and Owner of Marr Development Companies, a boutique real estate developer in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to having a strong presence in the local real estate market, her company specializes in the construction and leasing of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinics, with facilities in several cities across the nation.

A CPA for 30 years, Nancy began her career in public accounting with the firm of Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh. After obtaining a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management, she worked for several years as a healthcare consultant for Laventhol & Horwath in Philadelphia and Parente Randolph in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She then joined the executive management team of the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA, where she was responsible for all managed care activity for its 220 physicians. During those years, her company was growing, and in 1997, she became a full-time entrepreneur.

Active in several community organizations, Nancy is a board member and past treasurer of the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority, a clarinetist and treasurer of the Catawissa Military Band, a member of the board of directors of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, and she is the landlord representative on the Borough of Berwick’s Landlord Ordinance Appeals Board. She also serves the Diocese of Scranton on its Annual Appeal Leadership Donor Committee, and in 2017, became the first woman appointed to the First Keystone Community Bank Board of Directors.

Nancy is an honors graduate of Penn State University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she received a full academic scholarship. She and her husband, John, reside in Turbotville on the Marr family farm. Whenever possible, she enjoys gardening, music, exercise and travel.

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Athena Aardweg

Executive Director of the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton

Athena holds a life-long passion to engage and connect individuals in building their own social capital networks. After obtaining her Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, she has worked as Regional Housing Coordinator at the Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania covering Northeastern Pennsylvania, an Information and Referral Specialist at the Allegheny Link, Weekend Program Manager for the Girls Math and Science Partnership out of the Carnegie Science Center, and as a producer of the oral history project Voices of Our Region under the Disability Connection.

In working with many diverse populations, Athena is actively involved in making communities a healthier, more inclusive space for all our neighbors to live in. She currently sits on the Board of the Columbia County Traveling Library, a participant in the Central Penn Leadership Program and is a Certified Yoga Instructor amongst many other hats in the past—Habitat for Humanity, Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA, and the Junior League of Scranton to name a few.

On the rare days that quiet time arises, Athena delights in creating delicious healthy foods, spending time in nature, practicing yoga, reading, snuggling with animals, and enjoying the simplicity of a hot cup of tea.

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Linda Brown

Chief Administrative Officer for Service 1st Federal Credit Union in Danville

Linda Brown has worked in the financial services industry for 30 years. She is currently the Chief Advancement Officer for Service 1st Federal Credit Union in Danville, PA. Starting her career in marketing and human resources, her scope of knowledge has expanded to also include training, security, information systems, facilities and member service. Linda is an inaugural member of the Filene Research Institute’s i3 group focusing on ideas, innovation and implementation to advance the credit union movement.

Linda is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies, and has earned her Master’s in Instructional Technologies. She is an active volunteer in her community. She is on the Board of Directors and is the past president of Leadership Susquehanna Valley. She serves as Treasurer for the Ronald McDonald House of Danville. Other volunteer activities include the Soroptimist of Montour County, Greater Susquehanna Valley Toastmasters, the Global Women’s Leadership Network, and various activities with her church. She enjoys trying new recipes, playing ball with her dog, Dottie, and traveling with her husband, Terry.

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Kathy Jeremiah

Grants Manager, Northumberland County Planning and Economic Development

After working in various departments/entities at the Geisinger Health System for 3- years, Kathy decided to make a drastic change in her career path. She worked first in the Northumberland County court system, then as Tourism Director and finally in the Planning Department. In 2015, Kathy worked simultaneously as the department director and the grants manager while the County was searching for an economic specialist. In 2016, she was again able to devote full-time to her passion—grant writing. Kathy’s greatest accomplishment in the last nine years is receiving over $4,000,000 in grants to build the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area located in Coal Township.

Kathy was born and raised in Shamokin where her parents operated a business for 38 years. Kathy married her high school sweetheart and last year they celebrated their 41st anniversary. They have two children, Brian and Kristy, and three grandchildren. Rounding out this close-knit family is her daught-in-law, Kyle, and son-in-law, Joe. Kathy and her husband, John, reside in Paxinos. She is a Eucharistic Minister at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Elysburg. In the summer months, you will find Kathy poolside, either at the campground pool or her backyard pool. Her love of water was reflected in teaching water aerobics for 12 years at Shamokin Area High School’s indoor pool. In addition to relaxing at their camper, Kathy loves to travel and read, but most of all spend time with her grandchildren.

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Greta Kling. CFP, AINS, AIS

Greta graduated in 1986 from Williamsport Area Community College, now Pennsylvania College of Technology, with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Management and Accounting. After graduating, she joined her father’s life and pension agency. In 1992, she became licensed by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department in the area of Life and Health. In 1993, she completed the Certified Financial Planner Educational Program through the College for Financial Planning, Denver, CO and was licensed as a Certified Financial Planner Licensee by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Greta then expandd the business to include all aspects of financial planning. In 2003, she became an Associate in Insurance Services and in 2010 became an Associate in General Insurance by the Insurance Institute of America.

Greta is currently a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and National Society of Tax Professionals. She has also served on the Accounting Advisory Committee at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Greta’s offices are located in Watsontown and King of Prussia. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, studying her Bible, and going to concerts (especially country music).

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Marianne E. Kreisher, Esq., CELA

Partner with the Law Offices of Kreisher and Gregorowicz in Bloomsburg

Marianne is a partner with the Law Offices of Kreisher and Gregorowicz in Bloomsburg, where she specializes in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration, guardianship, special needs planning, and estate litigation. She earned her B.A. from Penn State University in 1993 and graduated cum laude from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg in 1996. Following law school, Marianne worked in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office for eight years as a deputy attorney general handling criminal appeals, grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions. Marianne is a certified elder law attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only one in Columbia and Montour Counties. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and serves on the Council of the Elder Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Marianne has served as an adjunct professor at Central Penn College and is a regular presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute continuing education programs.

Marianne currently serves as President of the Columbia/Montour County Bar Association and Vice-President of the Bloomsburg Area School Board. She is a member of the Joint Operating Committee for the Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School and is past President of the Bloomsburg Kiwanis Club. Marianne lives in Bloomsburg with her husband, Corey Getty, and their six children ranging in age from 9-18. She loves watching her children participate in various sporting activities—football, soccer, baseball, basketball, dance, field hockey, and track.

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Brianna Apfelbaum Kula, Esq.

Co-Founder of Apfelbaum Kula, P.C.

Brianna (“Brie”) was introduced to the prospect of a legal career at the age of 8, when she accompanied her father, Michael M. Apfelbaum, for “take your daughter to work day”. She accompanied him to the Northumberland County Courthouse, where Michael introduced her to Judge Barry F. Feudale, and the father and daughter observed her first trial. Throughout her middle school, high school, and college years, Brie actively assisted her father with various law firm tasks. Brie joined the law firm of Apfelbaum, Apfelbaum, and Apfelbaum in 2009, where she worked closely with her father and her husband, Michael J. Kula, in representing a wide variety of clients in diverse legal matters. She co-founded Apfelbaum Kula, P.C. in 2016 with Michael. From the firm’s inception, Sidney Apfelbaum has been Of Counsel, and together Brie, Michael, and Sidney have the goal of continuing the family tradition of practicing law in Central Pennsylvania.

Since moving to Sunbury in 2009, Brie has volunteered her time and talents in a wide array of community-oriented organizations and initiatives. She has enjoyed serving in various capacities with the SUN Soroptimists, United Way, Sunbury’s Revitalization, In., Women’s Leadership Council, and others.

In her downtime, Brie enjoys participating in bicycle rides, traveling, reading books and blogs, and most importantly, spending quality time with her husband, family, friends, and pets.

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Patti Leighow

Co-Owner of Freas Farm Winery in Summerhill

Born and raised in New Jersey, Patti attended Bloomsburg University and obtained her undergraduate degree in Finance. Upon graduation, she returned home for 18 months before permanently relocating to the central Pennsylvania area. During that time, she earned her MBA from Rutgers University.

Patti’s background includes a combination of industry, education, and entrepreneurial ventures. She was able to bring 15 years of her lending and accounting background into her classroom, then returning to California University of Pennsylvania to obtain her Master’s in Educational Leadership. Coming full circle, she returned to Bloomsburg University to acquire her Supervisory Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction. In the past, Patti has held the administrative positions of Assistance Principal, Principal, Business Manager, and is currently employed as the CEO of Susq-Cyber charter School.

In 2015, she pursued a life-long goal of opening a winery. Patti is co-owner of Freas Farm Winery located in the Village of Summerhill outside of Berwick. She has two children—Emily, a recent graduate of Millersville University, and Scott, a senior at Villanova University.

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Jessica Martz

Jessica is a native and resident of the Berwick Area, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is regularly involved in school and community activities and has most recently enjoyed serving the Berwick Historical Society as an active tour guide fo the Jackson Mansion.

Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wilkes university with a Bachelors in Music Education. She has taught at Sullivan County High School, where she was the director of the concert, jazz, and marching bands. She has also taught music education at Columbia County Christian School in the K-8th grades and acted as head choreographer for the school’s musicals for 11 years. For the past eight years, Jessica has held the position as the first woman to direct the Catawissa Military Band, a 140-year-old organization devoted to entertaining the Susquehanna region with quality music. In addition to her musical endeavors, Jessica is a regular at the Berwick YMCA, avid gardener, bee-keeper, and amateur organic chef. She is a strong organizational leader with the ability to inspire those around her. She has dedicated her life to family, community and advocating for the oppressed.

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Amber Pierce

Amber is a proficient event planner with experience in commercial, fundraising, and private affairs. She grew up locally and remains in Central PA where she belongs to the Church of the Resurrection in Muncy.

Amber has served on advisory panels and boards for many organizations like Kingdom Kidz Puppet Ministry out of Milton, and most recently as Chairperson of the Festival Committee for her church. This annual event profits more than $12,000 for the church and its outreach programs.

While away from work, Amber can be found deep in the joys of motherhood!

 

 

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Joanne Troutman

President and CEO of Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way

Joanne is the President and CEO of Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way in Sunbury, PA, where she assumed her role in 2015. Having graduated in 2000 from Susquehanna University with a degree in journalism, she began her career as a general assignment and health reporter for The Daily Item in Sunbury. She then worked for over 9 years at her alma mater, Susquehanna University, in Alumni Relations and then Development.

In 2009, she became director of development for Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, PA. Together with her team, she helped to lead the Hospital in a comprehensive campaign that raised more than $18 million in support of annual programs, endowment and the Surgical and Cardiovascular Expansion project. Three years before joining United Way, Joanne realized a long-time dream, becoming the first director of resource development for Camp Victory, a camp in Millville, PA serving children with special needs from all over the country.

Throughout the last 15 years, Joanne has also been a freelance writer, taught as an adjunct at Susquehanna University and served as a fundraising and strategy consultant for various small nonprofits through her business CRAVE consulting. She has also been a volunteer, committee member and board member for many organizations, including Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, Herr Memorial Library, the Ronald McdDonald House of Danville, and various youth sports organizations. She is proud to be a 2011 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley.

Joanne lives in Mifflinburg, PA with her husband, Dave, and two sons, Max and Eli.

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Elaine A. Woodland

Chief Operating Officer at First Keystone Community Bank

Elaine has been in the Banking industry since 1981, and currently works for First Keystone Community Bank. She has held various positions throughout her banking career, including Teller, CSR, Credit Analyst, Business Development Officer, Commercial Loan Officer, and Director of Lending. She has been in her current position of Chief Operating Officer, EVP for the past 18 months supervising several functional areas of the Bank, including the Retail Bank, Deposit Operations, IT, Facilities, Marketing, MR, and Training. Elaine is a graduate of Tamaque High School, Bloomsburg University, and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. She currently holds a Board position for the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Berwick Women’s Civic Club.

Elaine resides just outside of Berwick, in Briar Creek Township, with her husband, Chip, and their cat, Oliver. Her hobbies include NASCAR racing (attending, not driving), attending NY Giants football games, cooking, and kayaking. Elaine just completed her 21 year volunteering as an Ambassador for Pocono International Raceway, conducting VIP tours of the raceway and garage area.

Fun Fact: Many years ago, Elaine drove a golf cart at the raceway carrying the late, great NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr., and they crashed into his son, Dale Jr.’s, golf cart. “It truly wasn’t my fault!”

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M. Holly Morrison, D.Ed., President and CEO

Central Susquehanna Community Foundation

Holly has spent the last 30 years in public education with most of her time in administration. Working with parents, teachers, and students as a principal and curriculum director was her passion for many years until she was given the opportunity of a lifetime. Holly now has the overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Foundation’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. She works closely to develop, maintain, and support her strong Board of Directors while supporting each of the affiliate boards—Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation, Sunbury Area Community Foundation, Danville Area Community Foundation, and Berwick Health and Wellness Fund. She leads, coaches, and develops a high-performance management team to ensure effective systems and regularly evaluates program components as to measure successes that are then communicated to the proper stakeholders. In addition, she oversees grantmaking and investments, analyzes return on investments and represents the Foundation externally.

Holly’s accomplishments include obtaining her doctorate in 2012 (which she thought might never happen) and being presented with the Athena award from the United Way (which introduced her to the real world of philanthropy!). She is married to a “very sweet mean” for the last 28 years and has two beautiful children—Abbie and Jake. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to and singing disco music, spending time outdoors with her husband, and having a nightcap by the fire.

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Kara G. Seesholtz, Chief Advancement Officer

Central Susquehanna Community Foundation

Kara was born and raised in Bloomsburg, graduating from Central Columbia and Bloomsburg University with a degree in Communication Studies. An internship with the Children’s Miracle Network developed a passion for the nonprofit world. Working at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation for the last 12 years has been one of her most rewarding life experiences by giving her the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations and leaders in the community who are serving the needs of our friends and neighbors. In her current role, Kara develops and strengthens foundation relationships by assuring donor stewardship across the region on behalf of CSCF and its affiliates. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2004, she worked in marketing and communications at Geisinger Health Plan.

Together with her husband, Kirk, of 21 years, they have two boys, Ky and Koy, and live in Mifflinville. Within the last few years, their family was blessed with the addition of two dogs, Kopper and Konner. Attending her boys’ activities and games is first and foremost. Family time, long walks with friends and her dogs, watching football games, prayer, tasting local wines, being outside, playing games, and singing loudly in the car bring fun, love and peace to a busy and happy life. Go Central, Go Penn State, Go Eagles, Go Phillies!