WPSU Board of Representatives

Greg Petersen, State College
Greg Petersen, Chair
State College
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Gary Miller, State College
Gary Miller, Vice-Chair
State College
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Tim Asinger, Bradford
Tim Asinger
Bradford
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Ilona Ballreich, Huntingdon
Ilona Ballreich
Huntingdon
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Kate Bennett Truitt, State College
Kate Bennett Truitt
State College
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Carline Crevecoeur, State College
Carline Crevecoeur
State College
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Sherry DelGrosso, Tipton
Sherry DelGrosso
Tipton
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Kelly Hastings, Mill Hall
Kelly Hastings
Mill Hall
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Matilda M. Illuzzi, DuBois
Matilda M. Illuzzi
DuBois
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John Lacny, DuBois
John Lacny
DuBois
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Vince Mannino, Lewistown
Vince Mannino
Lewistown
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Kevin Mead, Warren
Kevin Mead
Warren
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Joseph Nairn
Joseph Thomas Nairn
Warren
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Jennifer Neely
Jennifer Day Neely
Birmingham
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John Pozza, Brookville
John Pozza
Brookville
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Rhonda Seaton, State College
Rhonda Seaton
State College
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Sara Hine Songer, State College
Sara Hine Songer
State College
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Melinda M. Stearns, State College
Melinda M. Stearns
State College
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Donnan Stoichovy, Warriors Mark
Donnan Stoichovy
Warriors Mark
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Tim Asinger, Bradford

Tim Asinger

Tim is President of Kessel Construction, Inc. in Bradford, PA; Design Build Focus for Oil & Gas, Industrial/manufacturing, commercial construction.

Ilona Ballreich, Huntingdon

Ilona Ballreich

Ilona lives in Huntingdon, PA. She upports WPSU-TV and FM. She serves on the Events Committee for the WPSU Board of Representatives. Ilona was previously the Director of the Huntingdon Arts Council, and currently works for Penn State as the Sustainable Communities Collaborative Program Coordinator (SCC) at the Sustainability Institute.

Kate Bennett Truitt, State College

Kate Bennett Truitt

Kate Bennett Truitt has spent the past 40 years as a producer, developer, and director in the world of media development – starting with video projects delivered on 1” tape in the early 1980s to sophisticated online educational programming with reusable learning objects delivered on platforms with complex access and entitlement functionality. Her love of storytelling, focus on the end user, and gifts as a servant leader have afforded her a stimulating and rewarding career. Kate is a Penn State graduate and returned to the State College area in 2017 after 40 years in Austin, Texas. She is married to Bruce Truitt, is the mother of three children, Brandon, Lydia, and Lauren. Her easiest role is as the adored alpha to Lucy, the family’s Treeing Walker Coonhound.

Carline Crevecoeur, State College

Carline Crevecoeur, MD

Dr. Carline Crevecoeur is a Haitian- American retired board certified obstetrician and gynecology . Dr. Crevecoeur attended St. John’s University as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry. She received her medical degree from Downstate Medical School, where she also subsequently completed her obstetric and gynecological training. Her concentration there was in perinatology where she researched lung development in premature infants. She also worked extensively in the breast cancer ciinic and with rape victims.

During her residency training, she traveled to Haiti, where she worked in the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince and assisted in medical procedures. She subsequently returned to Haiti in 2010, after the earthquake to help with disaster relief efforts. Dr. Crevecoeur also traveled to Nicaragua in 1988 after Hurricane Joan to offer medical assistance.

After 20 years of medical service in New York and Pennsylvania, Dr. Crevecoeur temporarily gave up her career to raise and homeschool her five children. She nonetheless kept up with her medical education, and also volunteered at Centre Volunteers in Medicine as an obstetrician and gynecologist. Although she had planned to return to her beloved profession after her children were grown, her illness shattered that dream and forced her to retire.

Dr. Crevecoeur is a two time cancer survivor. She speaks fluent French and Creole. She resides in Boalsburg, PA with her husband, Dr. Michael Feffer and her five children. She enjoys reading, running and listening to music while tending her garden.

Sherry DelGrosso, Tipton

Sherry DelGrosso

Dr. Sherry DelGrosso brings over 25 years of nursing experience to the WPSU Board of Representatives. She began her career as an ICU nurse at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. As a healthcare consultant, she helped organizations improve operational inefficiencies. At the Advisory Board Company, she focused on leadership, finance, and workforce development. Ties to academia include faculty work at Lansing Community College; teaching assistant at The University of Michigan; adjunct faculty at John’s Hopkins School of Nursing; and most recently, Penn State University World Campus. Nursing research interests include healthcare technology, including patient portals. Sherry practices as a Legal Nurse Consultant and serves on the Editorial Committee for the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting. She is a public speaker and advocates for those impacted by breast cancer.

Kelly Hastings, Mill Hall

Kelly Hastings

Kelly Hastings is a graduate of Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, and Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Four generations of her family were educators, and she is a recent retiree of Keystone Central where she served as a teacher, principal, director and superintendent. Kelly has volunteered at WPSU radio for the past seven years. She is married to William Hastings and they have two children, Daniel and Anna.

Matilda Illuzzi, DuBois

Matilda Illuzzi

Matilda Illuzzi was born, raised, and educated in New York City.  She has lived in DuBois for 24 years with her husband. Both of our children attended Penn State.  Their daughter graduated in 2012 from the College of Communications.  Prior to DuBois they lived in rural Virginia where Matilda discovered public broadcasting.  The Illuzzis have been contributors to many various fundraising events for WPSU, and were the original donors for the DuBois Endowment.  Presently, Matilda is a personal fashion consultant for a ladies boutique.  She is involved with many charitable and church organizations.

John Lacny, DuBois

John Lacny

John Lacny is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Area Transportation Authority (ATA) headquartered in Johnsonburg, PA. John grew up and lives in DuBois, PA. John is a huge fan of public broadcasting in the northern tier of the WPSU coverage area. He has public administration experience (as a Clearfield County official) and non-profit experience.

Kevin Mead, Warren

Kevin Mead

Kevin joined the WPSU Board of Representatives in February 2014. Kevin’s family has been involved in the publishing business for years. Kevin was editor for the Warren Newspaper and ran Mead Publishing. He sits on the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (WCCBI).

Vince Mannino, Lewistown

Vince Mannino

Vince was born and raised in Lewistown, PA. He has a degree in photojournalism from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. As a member of the White House Press Corp working for United Press International, Vince traveled the world with Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. As Vice President/General Manager of UPI’s international photo operations, Vince ushered in the digital age of photojournalism as well as formed media partnerships worldwide. Before retiring a few years ago, Vince consulted for a variety of media and technology companies. Vince has four children, two daughters are Penn State graduates and a son and daughter attend high school in Mifflin County.

Gary Miller, State College

Gary Miller

Executive Director Emeritus, World Campus

Gary began his career with WPSU before moving on to Distance Education. He served as Associate Vice President of Outreach before his retirement in 2007.  Gary was the first recipient of the annual Penn State Outreach and Online Education Dubin Pioneer Award.  In 2004, he was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. He lives in State College.

Joseph Nairn

Joseph Thomas Nairn

Jennifer Neely is an educator and currently serves as Grier School’s Admissions Director. She graduated from Penn State University’s College of Education in 2006 (B.S.) after studying secondary education with a focus on English and communications and again in 2011 (M.Ed.) after completing graduate studies in curriculum and instruction with a focus on language and literacy instruction. Jennifer was also selected as an Leadership in Enrollment Management Scholar by the Enrolment Management Association and earned a graduate certificate (2016) from University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education’s Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice. Ms. Neely resides in Huntingdon County on Grier School’s campus with her family and was elected Councilwoman for Birmingham Borough in 2018.

Jennifer Neely

Jennifer Neely

Jennifer Neely is an educator and currently serves as Grier School’s Admissions Director. She graduated from Penn State University’s College of Education in 2006 (B.S.) after studying secondary education with a focus on English and communications and again in 2011 (M.Ed.) after completing graduate studies in curriculum and instruction with a focus on language and literacy instruction. Jennifer was also selected as an Leadership in Enrollment Management Scholar by the Enrolment Management Association and earned a graduate certificate (2016) from University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education’s Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice. Ms. Neely resides in Huntingdon County on Grier School’s campus with her family and was elected Councilwoman for Birmingham Borough in 2018.

Greg Petersen, State College

Greg Petersen

Greg Petersen had a 45-year career in broadcasting and media concluding with a 28-year stint at WPSU TV-FM, retiring as Director of Broadcasting. He created and built the “Our Town” project for WPSX/WPSU in 1996 that has been emulated at numerous public stations nationwide. A graduate of New Mexico State University in journalism and mass communications, he has served on numerous national committees for public broadcasting in the areas of communication, promotion and programming.  His work has earned numerous awards and nominations including four regional Emmy nominations for productions and public service. He has also been honored by PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for his work in public media.

John Pozza

John Pozza

John Pozza, of Brookville, is an early childhood education advocate and veteran broadcast journalist. He works as an Outreach Specialist for the Early Learning Resource Center at the Northwest Institute of Research (NWIR). Pozza assists early learning providers within a 13-county area in forming Shared Service Alliances. He also hosts the online NWIR Ask the Expert Quality Early Learning Show on Connectradio.fm. Pozza previously worked as a print and broadcast news reporter in the Philadelphia, DuBois and Morgantown, WV areas. He is a board member of the Brookville Area School District and the Riverview Intermediate Unit-6. John and his lovely wife Lisa have a son, Matt, a US Navy veteran, and three adorable cats Boots, Jasmine, and Rusty.

Rhonda Seaton, State College

Rhonda Seaton

Rhonda is a native of Toronto but lived in Los Angeles for much of her life. Currently, she is Director of Marketing for AccuWeather, the fastest growing provider of forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy and a global leader in digital media and weather-related big data. She is a seasoned PR and marketing communications professional with more than 25 years of experience at a full service PR firm, in-house corporate communications in the for-profit sector, and in non-profit communications, marketing and special events. Rhonda is the wife of Lawrence Lokman who is VP for Strategic Communications at Penn State. Rhonda and Lawrence have an 20-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter.

Sara Hine Songer, State College

Sara Songer

Sara was born and raised in Bedford, PA and still has family there. She is a nurse who received her degrees from Penn State, BS ’72 and MS ’78 and post-grad Advanced Nurse Practice, Forensic Nursing, from Duquesne University in 2004. She has resided and worked in State College for 50+ years. As a nurse, Sara has taught locally, statewide, and nationally in her areas of expertise of healthcare delivery and management and as a forensic nurse examiner. Retired from Mount Nittany Medical Center, Sara is trying to be retired from the family business, Torron Group. Her husband, both sons, and their wives are all Penn State graduates. Her five (5) grandchildren, are still too young to be Penn State grads, but that is only a matter of time.

Donnan Stoichovy, Warriors Mark

Donnan Stoichovy

Donnan is a 27 year resident of Centre County Pennsylvania after spending 19 years in Edinboro (Erie County) and 17 years as a child in Pittsburgh. She recently retired from the State College Area School District where she served as an elementary principal. Prior to that she worked in the General McLane School District as an elementary principal and in the Penncrest Area School District where she was a van driver for special education students, a 6th teacher and a middle school principal. Donnan graduated from Edinboro University with a B.S in Education and an M. Ed. in Elementary Education. She received her principal certification from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA  and is currently working on a Ph. D. at the Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about engaging students in learning about creating a positive, safe and nurturing community, learning to live in a social and political democracy, developing inquiry stance with a sense of wonder and sustaining a natural environment. She has run 35 marathons including 15 Boston Marathons; bicycled across the United States; canoed and camped extensively in Canada and Pennsylvania; and cross country skied in Pennsylvania and Canada. She lives on the edge of Centre County with her golden retriever, Kunde. She has been a supporter, listener and viewer of national public radio and television and has enjoyed WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM since moving to the area.

Melinda M. Stearns, State College

Melinda M. Stearns

Melinda Stearns recently retired as the Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships in Outreach and Online Education at Penn State. She was responsible for developing teams, partnerships and new initiatives across a wide spectrum including global relationships, advisory boards, innovation, alumni connections and vendor relationships. Her work in these areas advanced strategic relationships to support the growth of the World Campus, student engagement in our urban centers, and outreach to various constituents in PA and beyond. Melinda has been in multiple leadership positions within Outreach over her years of service in including marketing, client development, and new initiatives. Prior to Penn State, Melinda was a regional marketing manager for Armstrong World Industriesand co-owner of a small business in Boston.

Melinda is a member of the Community Board for the Performing Arts at Penn State where she is vice-chair for membership and will be Board vice-chair in fall 2018, membership vice president for the University Women’s Club in fall 2018, and since her retirement has begun to coach and volunteer with early stage entrepreneurs at Happy Valley Launch Box, an innovative program of Dr. Barron’s Invent Penn State initiative.

Melinda and her husband Dan have lived in State College for 28 years, returning after developing their careers in multiple east coast locations. Melinda, Dan and her two grown sons are all Penn State graduates. Dan is Emeritus Faculty in Plant Sciences.