Edward Blair, Kellogg Company
Brian J. Bluth, McCormick Law Firm
Mary Jo Bower, Community Volunteer
Mary Jo, a native of Williamsport, recently retired as Operations Manager from Kellogg Co., after 27 years of employment. Her husband, Maurice, is the owner of Turnkey Construction, Inc. She has worked on and off with the United Way over the past 20 years, serving mostly as a Loaned Executive, and joined the Board of Directors after her retirement. Mary Jo and Maurice have two sons.
Deborah Duffy, Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Board
Deb has served as the Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities and Early Intervention Services Administrator for Lycoming and Clinton Counties since 1998. She has experience in Child Welfare Services, including Child Protective Services and Foster Care Recruitment and Training, as well as human services planning, grant writing and new program development and implementation. Most recently, she served as the HealthChoices Administrator for Lycoming and Clinton Counties, which provides oversight for medical assistance funds for behavioral health services. Deb is the current President of the state-wide MH/ID Administrator’s Association in Pennsylvania. Deb is completing her second year on the United Way Board of Directors. She has participated in the Community Building Panel designed for incoming Program Partners and the 2015 Funds Distribution Process. Deb is married, with two children and three granddaughters, In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, running and spending time with her granddaughters.
Daniel J. Farr, Backyard Broadcasting Company
Dan is the president and CEO of Backyard Broadcasting, LLC. His career in radio began in 1982 as an account executive in Utica, N.Y. He served in various positions in New Jersey, New York, and Alabama, before relocating to Williamsport in 1995. Dan said Backyard has been involved with LCUW since 1995 through an annual employee fund drive because he believes that “those that have should help those that don’t.” United Way, he said, is the best way he can think of to help get those funds into the hands of those who need them. Dan became a board member after being approached by former board president, Mary Wolf, and has become heavily involved with the marketing committee. He also assisted in putting together a coalition of media companies to disseminate the message of United Way. Dan resides in the Williamsport area with his wife, Mary, and two daughters, Stephanie and Stanzi.
Frank D. Guardini, Riverview Bank
Frank is a Relationship Manager and Vice President of Riverview Bank. He is based out of Riverview Bank Regional Office in Williamsport. Frank has 15 years of overall banking experience. Frank is a graduate of Lycoming College and is an active volunteer in the community, including K’s for Cancer and Muncy Little League. He is Chairman of Lycoming County United Way. Frank resides in Muncy with his wife, Rebecca, and their two sons.
Tammy Gunsallus, Muncy Bank & Trust Company
Michael Kraft, Lycoming Engines
Michael has been the senior vice president and general manager at Lycoming Engines since August 2009. He has also served as Lycoming’s Vice President of Research, Development and Engineering. Before joining Lycoming Engines, Michael held various positions in engineering and general management at Andritz, GE Power Systems, and GE Aircraft Engines. Michael earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Michael has been a consistent United Way donor since he began working in 1988 and has been a supporter of Lycoming County United Way since he moved here in 1997. He resides in Fairfield Township with his wife, Lori, and two children, Aleksandr and Tatyana.
William J. Martin, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Bill received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a teaching certificate in secondary education from Lycoming College in 1968. He taught biology, chemistry and physics to vocational-education students at Williamsport Area High School and was active in curriculum development. He served on a number of school and district committees, as well as advisor for three years to the class of 1976. Bill earned a master’s degree in 1973 from Penn State University, studying science and secondary education while teaching, and also studied for one year at Bloomsburg University. In 1975, Bill enrolled in the PhD program at Penn State and earned a doctorate in 1980 in educational administration. He advanced through several careers, including principal at Williamsport Area High School, before moving on to Williamsport Area Community College (now Pennsylvania College of Technology) as Director of Secondary Education, Dean of Student Services, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for College Services, and Senior Vice President, from which he semi-retired in 21011. He retains that title today and continues work at Penn College on a part-time basis. Bill served as vice chair of the campaign from 2011 to 2013, chair from 2013-2014, and president from 2014-2016. Bill is an active scuba diver and holds the rank of Master Scuba Diver Trainer. His love of that sport has taken him to any number of tropical destinations. He is an avid reader, gardener, exercise advocate, sports enthusiast, and frequent traveler.
Edward Pawlak, The Hartman Group
Michael D. Pawlik, East Lycoming School District
Michael Pawlik loves public education and looks forward to “going to school” every day. He starting attending school 46 years ago, and still hasn’t left. He is currently the Superintendent of the East Lycoming School District and of the Lyco Career and Technical Center, and is blessed to be able to spend his day among 1600 inspiring young people.
Believing that it takes a community to raise a child, Mike serves on the Lycoming County United Way Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of Project Bald Eagle, which empowers the community to battle the opioid epidemic, the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce, and is the Executive Director and founder of the East Lycoming Education Foundation.
Mike lives on a farm with his supportive wife and two incredible daughters. During down time, Mike enjoys woodworking.
David Pfleegor II, Keystone Filler
David is the President of Keystone Filler & Mfg. Co. in Muncy, where he has been employed for 14 years. He became involved with LCUW through his wife, Heather, in 2009. He has served on various committees, including a Derby Days even planner. David is married with three children. In his free time, David enjoys cooking, golf, and skiing.
Virgil Probasco, Community Volunteer
Virgil has been active in the United Way since the mid-1960’s. He has been a strong supporter of the Lycoming County United Way since his arrival in the community in the mid-1990’s. In addition to his Board service he has been a member of the Campaign Cabinet and Allocation Committees. He served as Campaign Vice Chair in 2010 and as Campaign Chair in 2011 and again in 2012 when he lead the largest campaign achievement in LCUW history, $1,612,215. He was the first individual since 1946-47 to serve as campaign chair for two consecutive years. He has been honored by the U.S. Marine Corps for his service to our country and community, recipient of the Judah Award of the local Israel Bonds and recognized as a Person of the Year Finalist by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. He remains active with Our Lady of Lourdes. Church and Prison Ministry. Retired from Wirerope, he and wife Elaine reside in Trout Run.
Alyssa Rogers, Larson Design Group
Alyssa is the Recruiting Coordinator at Larson Design Group. Her involvement with the United Way began upon becoming LDG’s in-house campaign manager in 2014. She was asked to join the Board of Directors in 2016. Alyssa is a graduate of Lycoming College and an active community member, including Leadership Lycoming and various nonprofit fundraising events. Alyssa is the Junior Varsity/Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach for the Lady Indians at Muncy High School. She enjoys horseback riding, spending time outdoors with friends and family, being a sports enthusiast and traveling.
Kenneth Sawyer, Jr., Community Volunteer
Ken is a retiree, after 43 years broadcasting on the radio airwaves in Lycoming County. His career included all aspects of broadcasting, but Ken was best known for his interviews of community leaders and people helping others in the area. As part of his radio life, Ken was also known for play-by-play sports of the Little League World Series, minor league baseball and all high school and college sports. Community service has also been a major part of Ken’s life in Lycoming County. He has served on numerous boards and helped with many fund raisers and events recognizing people who help others. Ken has been presented with numerous awards including the Lycoming County United Way’s Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award.
Brian Tevlin, Citizens and Northern Bank
Dr. Kent C. Trachte, Lycoming College
- Kent Trachte, Ph.D., was named Lycoming College’s 15th president on Nov. 19, 2012, by Lycoming’s board of trustees and officially began his duties on July 1, 2013. A native of De Pere, Wis., Pres. Trachte earned a bachelor’s in government from Dartmouth College in 1973, a master’s in international relations from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and a Ph.D. in political science from Binghamton University in 1981. Dr. Trachte worked for a quarter-century at Franklin and Marshall College before taking office at Lycoming College. He began at F&M in 1988 as dean of freshmen before being named associate vice president and dean of freshmen in 1991. He was promoted to dean of the College in 2003. Prior to his tenure at F&M, he taught political science at Gettysburg College, Long Island University and Clark University. Dr. Trachte is the Vice President at Lycoming County United Way. Trachte’s family includes his wife, Sharon Trachte, Ph.D., who recently retired as an associate professor of French at Elizabethtown College after 26 years of service. She taught introductory and intermediate level grammar/culture, advanced reading of authentic texts, contemporary French society and introduction to French literature. She earned a Ph.D. in French literature from Binghamton University. Their son, Kenyon, and his wife, Lucille, live in New York, where he practices law.
Jacqueline R. Travelpiece, Susquehanna Health
Katrina A. Wilkins, Sullivan County Advisory Board Chair
Katrina has served as the 2nd Deputy Treasurer for the Sullivan County government working to serve the residents of Sullivan County since June 2013. In various ways and with many organizations, she has been a community volunteer since the mid-1990s, primarily working with children and students, including a local Sunday school program, and 10-plus years with the youth soccer registrations, coaching and refereeing. She volunteered and chaired the high school athletic booster club from 2006 to 2013. During June 2014, Katrina became involved with the United Way serving Sullivan County and was nominated to serve as chairperson in September 2014. At that time, she began to also serve on the Lycoming County United Way Board of Directors. Katrina resides in Dushore with her husband, Drew, and their two grown children, Nicholas and Derek. She enjoys watching college basketball, playing golf, gardening, wine tasting, and a reading a good book.