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The Penn State Lehigh Valley Advisory Board is a group of alumni, business professionals, and community individuals who serve as the community liaison in support of the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus. Within such a role, these individuals provide input into campus decisions and directions, become the link with area legislators in supporting university initiatives, and serve as the community connection in promoting University programs.

The board meets four to six times per year and is actively involved in initiatives promoting student education and community leadership. The term for each board member is three years.

Executive Committee

Howard L. Kulp
President, Howard Kulp Architects, P.C.

Christopher Bogden
Sales Engineer, Power & Industrial Air Systems

Catherine E. Durso
Attorney, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

Tina Q. Richardson, Ph.D.

Board Members

Cristina Braynen
President, Student Government Association

Terry DeGroot
Managing Principal, Terraform Engineering, LLC

Linda Shay Gardner
Attorney, Gardner Law Office

Bruce Haines
Managing Partner, Historic Hotel Bethlehem

Todd Harvey
Vice President of Investments, Stifel, Greenawald/Harvey Group

Steven A. Markowitz
President, Allen Organ Company

Megan Mattern
Director—Financial Accounting, Planning and Reporting, PPL Electric Utilities

Ken McGeary
Retired Director of Continuing Education, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Shane McGee
IT Business and Program Manager, Air Products

Winnie DiLeo Melinsky
Senior Vice President for Business Development, National Penn Insurance

Scott Nier
Vice President for Practice Acquisitions, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Prasant (Sean) Pandey, M.D.
Cardiologist, The Heart Care Group

Kelly E. Payne
Senior Project Manager for Organizational Effectiveness, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Martha A. Phelps
Community Leader and Retired Business Executive

Susan D. Johnson
New Channel Development Manager, Crayola LLC

Gregory J. Radio, M.D.
Obstetrician, OBGYN Associates of Lehigh Valley

Yamil Sanchez Rivera, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Promise Neighborhoods

Tom Skeans
Senior Advisor, Sperry Van Ness Imperial Realty

Juan C. Vidal
Managing Director, Offix Systems

Ex-officio Board Members

Tiffany Cresswell-Yeager, Ph.D.
Director of Student and Enrollment Services

Patti Frey
Director of Campus Development

Xenia Hadjioannou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education

Kristy Hove
Institutional Planner

Helene Miksitz
Director of Business Services

Kenneth Thigpen, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Affairs

Debbie Zuech-Smyrl
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor


2015-2016 Meeting Dates
  • September 17, 2015
  • November 19, 2015
  • January 21, 2016
  • March 17, 2016
  • May 19, 2016
  • July 21, 2016

7:30–9:00 a.m. | Room 135