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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Steve Carpenter, State College
Steve Carpenter
State College
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Sherry DelGrosso, Tipton
Sherry DelGrosso
Tipton
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Amy Frank, State College
Amy Frank
State College
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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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Jennifer Judd, Bedford
Jennifer Judd
Bedford
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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 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 Stoicovy, Warriors Mark
Donnan Stoicovy
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 supports 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.

Steve Carpenteer, State College

Dr. Steve Carpenter

Steve was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Maryland, and earned his undergraduate degree in visual art at Slippery Rock University. He earned his graduate degrees at Penn State. Before returning to Penn State in 2011, Steve was a faculty member at Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Texas A&M University. Steve is currently dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State. Early in his career, Steve worked as a public school art teacher. He is a visual artist and author of articles, book chapters, and books on art education, curriculum theory, racism in the arts, and the global water crisis. Steve lives in State College with his wife and their daughter, and their family dog.

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.

Amy Frank, State College

Amy Frank

Amy Stacy Frank is the founder of The Makery, located at 209 W. Calder Way in downtown State College. The Makery is an inspired art and craft studio specializing in creative classes, parties and events.

The Makery has received several local and regional awards including Best Community Space and Best Place for After School Activities from State College Magazine and Community Impact Business of the Year from the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County. You can learn more at themakerypa.com.

Amy is also an accomplished mixed media collage artist. Last year, she won WPSU’s Art for the Airwaves contest for her landscape, The Road Home. Her collections are shown in local and regional galleries. Her portraits and landscapes are often created using materials from the people and places she paints. Amy’s work can be seen at mindfullymadestudios.com.
Amy lives in Central PA with a patient husband, 4 crazy kids and 2 goldendoodles.

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.

Jennifer Judd, Bedford

Jennifer Judd

After retiring from a 24-year career in the US Air Force at her final assignment in Charleston, South Carolina, Jen returned to her hometown of Bedford in 2016. She has an eclectic background of leadership and management experience, including a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She puts that experience to work as a member of the Food & Beverage team at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Additionally, her left-brain stays active with mixed media art and graphic design, much of which is geared towards projects supporting the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the American Red Cross, the Bedford Historic Trust, and Juli’s Wearable Art. In additional roles, she plays Aunt Jenny–a huge Bedford Bison sports fan; Beloved Cat Mommy–the lady with the treats; and Travelin’ Jen—always ready for a trip somewhere new and exciting.

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 Nairn

Dr. Joseph T. Nairn became the founding President of the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College in July 2017, just two months after the formal establishment of the college by the Pennsylvania Department of Education on May 25, 2017.

Dr. Nairn has nearly 40 years of higher education experience in private and public institutions. He began his career at Thiel College as a college admissions counselor before earning a master’s degree in student personnel services in higher education at the University of Vermont. He then spent 25 years at Rochester Institute of Technology, a career oriented private institution in Rochester, New York. In 2008 he moved to Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua NY where he served as Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Advancement Officer. In 2014, he completed a Doctor of Management degree in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland University College.

Dr. Nairn is a first-generation college student. The oldest of four children, his father was a steelworker and his mother a homemaker in Aliquippa, PA. He attended Thiel College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Thiel College was the first to award an honorary degree to Mister Rogers of PBS fame in 1969.

Dr. Nairn has served as a volunteer at WXXI Public Television in Rochester NY and has participated in pledge drives on WXXI radio. He was a co-investigator on a successful CPB-Annenberg Grant application in 1990 while at RIT.

Personally, he enjoys live music, reading, Scottish heritage activities, and museums. He and his wife Terri, have three adult children and two grandchildren.

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 retired from the Region 1 Early Learning Resource Center based at the Northwest Institute of Research (NWIR) in Erie in 2020, but keeps active as a substitute teacher at Clarion-Limestone Elementary School. He also hosts the NWIR Quality Early Learning Show podcast on www.connectradio.fm.

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 Stoicovy, Warriors Mark

Donnan Stoicovy

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 Industries and 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.