Edward Blair, Kellogg Company
Brian J. Bluth, McCormick Law Firm
Christie L. Boschi, Kellogg Company
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.
Ashlie Gittens, Kelly Services
Ashlie has been with Kelly Services for five years. She became involved with LCUW as a Loaned Executive in 2010. In 2013, she was asked to join the Board of Directors, where she serves on the personnel committee. Ashlie also is a member of the Campaign Cabinet, as chair of the Loaned Executive division for three years. Ashlie resides in Cogan Station with her three children. She enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors and having fun with her kids.
Frank D. Guardini, Susquehanna Bank
Frank is a Relationship Manager and Vice President of BB&T’s North PA Group. He is based out of BB&T Commercial Banking Office in Williamsport. Frank has been with the bank for 10 years and 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 the President of Lycoming County United Way. Frank resides in Muncy with his wife, Rebecca, and their two sons.
Tammy Gunsallus, Jersey Shore State Bank
Vanessa is the Social & Economic Empowerment Director at the YWCA. She serves on the DUI Task force, and is the President of the Beloved Community Council, an organization that works to promote the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She also serves on the Pennsylvania College of Technology Bystander Intervention Committee. Vanessa spends time at SCI Muncy, providing programming and counseling to inmates. Her passion is education and she is the founder of “Remembering Honor,” a program designed to teach young people about diverse role models, provide a positive influence, and to give books on these role models to the participants. “Remembering Honor,” a program of the YWCA, has also provided thousands of books to local youth in the community. Vanessa holds a master’s degree in human service from Lincoln University and is a member of Pi Gama Mu International Honor Society. In addition, she was the recipient of the Lincoln University Ronald T. Ramashala Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Development and Consumer Advocacy in 2003 for founding Liberty House, a comprehensive transitional housing program for homeless women and children in Lycoming County. Vanessa has three daughters and two grandchildren. She resides in Williamsport and enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and, of course, time with her family.
Oscar W. Knade, Community Volunteer
Oscar has an extensive background in teaching and school administration. He served as superintendent for Williamsport Area School District in 1972, a position from which he retired in 1992. He graduated from Northeast High School, Philadelphia, and West Chester State University. He received a master’s degree and doctorate in educational administration from Temple University. He received the Phi Delta Kappa graduate award for the highest scholastic average in doctoral studies in 1965. He was inducted into the Northeast High School Hall of Fame in 1994 for lifetime professional achievements. Oscar and his wife, Shirley, have resided in Fairfield Township for 10 years, but spent 34 years in Williamsport. They have two sons, five grandchildren and one great-grandson. In his free time, Oscar enjoys helping out with civic improvement projects, fly and deep sea fishing, listing to classical music, spending time with grandchildren, and river cruising in Europe, Asia and the United States.
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.
Thomas M. O’Connell, Susquehanna Health
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.
John Piper, Community Volunteer
John and his wife, Margaret, moved to the area in 1969, when he became a member of the history department at Lycoming College. He continued in the history department until he retired from the college in 2007. From 1992 to 2007, he also served as Academic Dean of the college. In addition, John, who is a United Methodist clergyman, served as pastor of DuBoistown-Nisbet United Methodist Churches from 1975 to 1984, and as pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Williamsport from 1984 to 2004. He retired as a pastor in 2004. He became involved with Lycoming County United Way through the Lycoming College United Way fundraising campaign in the 1980s. He served on the Campaign Cabinet in the Education Division for many years. John and his wife Margaret are this year’s Campaign Chair. In his free time, he enjoys reading, local history research and writing, and fishing. He, along with Robert Larson and Richard Morris, wrote the book “Williamsport; Frontier Village to Regional Center,” which was published in 1984.
Margaret Piper, Community Volunteer
Margaret was a substitute teacher in the Williamsport area for chemistry and biology. She received a graduate degree in special education, which led to her employment with Hope Enterprises, Inc., as a vocational evaluator; Lycoming/Clinton Head Start as a special needs coordinator; Lycoming College and Pennsylvania College of Technology as the coordinator of services for students with learning disabilities; and Loyalsock Township School District as an instructional support teacher. She retired in 2001. Since moving to the area in 1969, Margaret has served on several boards of organizations that benefitted from United Way and said she was impressed with how LCUW was helping to serve unmet community needs. She has served with the Funds Distribution process and also was co-chair of the Loyalsock Township School District campaign in the 1990s. Margaret, along with her husband, John, is this year’s Campaign Chair. Margaret and John have two children, six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. In her free time, Margaret enjoys reading, singing with her church choir, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
Virgil Probasco, Community Volunteer
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.