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Board of Directors & Staff - McKean County Community Foundation

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The members of the McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) Board of Directors have a deep, personal commitment to the McKean County area. They are a broad-based group of dedicated volunteers who lead us through their expertise, their knowledge of our communities, and their passionate belief in the power of philanthropy to change lives.

Our Board of Directors establishes policy, reviews the investment performance of funds, leads the effort to develop assets, and oversees the grant-making process.

The McKean County Community Foundation Board of Directors is committed to transparent and responsible governance and stewardship of MCCF’s assets to achieve the Foundation’s mission.

Board of Directors
> Robert C. Esch, President
> Richard T. Esch, Treasurer
> Sara Eddy Furlong, Secretary
> Tim Asinger
> Judy Bodamer
> Joseph C. DeMott
> Jim Evans
> Lori Freer
> David Krantz
> Paige LaBrozzi
> Veronica (Roni) Swanson

Steering Committee
> Francie Ambuske
> Mike Glesk
> Jane Luzzi
> Dick McDowell
> Jeannine Schoenecker

Robert C. Esch

President

Robert C. Esch, McKean County Community Foundation Board President, recently retired as Vice President - External Affairs at American Refining Group Inc. in Bradford. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1970-74 and graduating from St. Bonaventure University in 1978, he joined ARG in 1979 working in all areas of the refinery, as project engineer, production supervisor, plant manager and finally as a company vice president. Active in workforce and economic development in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Bob has served as chairman of the board for Futures Rehabilitation Center and the former ARG Federal Credit Union, vice-chair and past chair of the North Central Workforce Investment Board, vice-chair of the Bradford Landmark Society Board, past chair of the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board Association and past president of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also a founding Steering Team member for Leadership McKean and was a longtime member of the Executive Board for the North Regional Planning and Development Commission. He also served on the board for the Upper Allegany Educational Consortia, the Bradford Economic Development Commission and the Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center. Bob enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and hiking. He and his wife Ann live in Derrick City.

Richard T. Esch

Treasurer

Richard T. Esch is the Vice President for Business Affairs, at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford Campus. He received his Master of Business Administration from University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business Executive MBA Program in 1998 and a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford Campus in 1983. Currently his community Involvement includes being a board member and immediate past chairman, Journey Health System; president and charter member of the Tuna Valley Trail Association; past president, Paul Harris Fellow, Past Youth Exchange Officer, of the Bradford Rotary Club; board member of the Bradford Educational Foundation and Bradford Economic Development Corporation; and McKean County Advisory Board member of Northwest Savings Bank. Rick serves as Treasurer of the newly formed McKean County Community Foundation(MCCF) and also represents MCCF at the parent organization, Community Foundation of the Northern Alleghenies, on a Board and Investment Committee.

Sara Eddy Furlong

Secretary

Sara Eddy Furlong, Board secretary, is a lifelong resident of McKean County, having graduated from both Bradford Area High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Her career as a writer and editor comprises time with The Bradford Era (sports writer), the Olean Times Herald (city editor) and now American Refining Group Inc. (communications coordinator). An avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, Sara is also an active volunteer with the Bradford Family YMCA as a member of its Advisory Board and division leader for its annual campaign; with the Bradford chapter of the nationwide Girls on the Run program as an assistant coach; and as a member of the Tuna Valley Trails Association’s Marilla Trail Race Committee. She serves as vice–president for the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and is an annual supporter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of McKean County. Sara and her husband James reside in Lewis Run with their three children Colin, Kenley and James.

McKean County Community Foundation Board of Directors

Robert C. Esch

President

Richard T. Esch

Treasurer

Sara Eddy Furlong

Secretary

Tim Asinger

Tim Asinger has been a part of the Bradford community and Kessel Construction, Inc. based in for over 15 years. His first involvement was opening an Erie, PA Office for his Father-in-Law, Dick Kessel where he quickly built a loyal following. Along with his wife Kristin they moved to the Bradford area with their sons Maxwell and Patrick to facilitate a Succession plan for the family business. Tim enjoys being active in the area and enjoying all the area has to offer especially Bradford Little Theatre productions and BCPAC shows to name a few. Additionally, Tim was recently selected by his Butler Builder peers to join the National Advisory Board for Butler Manufacturing Company based in Kansas City, MO.

Judy Bodamer

Judy Bodamer was born and raised in Oil City, Pa. She moved to Port Allegany in 1988 with her husband Mike. They have three wonderful children, Samantha, Ryan and Matt. Judy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. After earning her degree, she was hired as branch manager for First National Bank of Port Allegany and was quickly promoted to controller. In 2001, she accepted a position with Port Allegany School District as business manager, which she held for 14 years. In 2015, Judy was hired by Bradford Area School District as director of finance, the post in which she currently serves. In addition to serving on board of directors for the McKean County Community Foundation, Judy also serves on the McKean County Collection Committee, the Allegheny National Forest Committee and St. Gabriel’s the Archangel of Port Allegany Finance Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys outside activities such as hiking, biking and kayaking.

Joseph C. DeMott

Joseph c. DeMott, Jr was born in DuBois PA and graduated from Warren Area High School. He attended Duquesne University school of Pharmacy. Joe served in the PA National Guard and with his wife Suzanne Ragley DeMott operated pharmacies in Port Alleghany, Smethport and Galeton over 38-year period, they also owned a hardware store in Port Alleghany. Joe also was a public servant in the area, as a Councilman, Mayor, and Commissioner. In addition, he served on many leadership roles on a number of authorities and committees like the Bradford Regional Airport, Regional Planning and Development Commission, chairman of the North Central Board, and President of the NW County Commissioners to name a few. He also has served his community as a board member of the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, McKean County Historical Society, the Port Allegany Area Economic Development Corporation, Port Allegany Downtown Revitalization Corporation and a member of the Port Allegany Rotary Club for over 44 years.

Jim Evans

Dr. Evans served as the senior student affairs officer at Pitt-Bradford for 42 years, from 1976 until 2018. Appointed initially as the dean of student affairs, he was named a vice president in 1994, and retired in 2018 as vice president and dean of student affairs. Dr. Evans served as an elected member of the Bradford City Council, as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Bradford Area, and as a member of the Board of Representatives for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Currently he is on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and is a member of the Alumni Council of Grove City College. He was a long-time member of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and is a former President of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He has served as Executive Dean on several around the world voyages of “Semester at Sea”. Dr. Evans is a native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of New Kensington High School. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served on active duty as an officer in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the early 1970s. Residing in Bradford, he is married to Dr. Lisa M. Fiorentino, Associate Professor of Nursing and former Director of the Center for Rural Health Practice at Pitt-Bradford.

Lori Freer

Lori Freer graduated from Port Allegany High School and earned her Bachelor of Science at Houghton College in Leadership Management. She is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership McKean program, during which her team developed and she still runs the Stepping Up For Kids program, which provides sneakers and boots to kids throughout McKean County’s school districts. Lori volunteers her time as a board member on the Bradford Area School District Foundation and is an active committee member for Kids and Cancer. Lori is a member of the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has worked for Bradford Hospital Foundation for close to three years as its director of operations. Her cumulative experience in philanthropy includes time with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Development Office and more than eight years as event manager at St. Bonaventure University, where she managed all on-campus events and identified events that generated revenue for the university. Lori is also a second-degree certified Reiki affiliated with Full Circle Complimentary Therapy. She lives in Eldred with her husband Scott and has three children: Jessica, Levi and Stephen.

David Krantz

David Krantz is Vice President – Research and Development at American Refining Group Inc. in Bradford. David also serves on the United Way of the Bradford Area, the McKean County Historical Society, the Bradford Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Energy Institute, and the Bradford Area School District boards of directors. Originally from the Philadelphia area, David and his wife Silvia Martinez purchased a home in Bradford in 2011, where they are engaged members of Emanuel Lutheran Church. He completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in Allentown and went on to earn a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University in New York. David is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, enjoys hiking and reading and is a prolific geocacher.

Paige LaBrozzi

Paige LaBrozzi was born and raised in Bradford. She graduated from Bradford High School in 2008 and earned her degree in Recreation Management, concentrating on community and commercial recreation, from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Paige is the Executive Director of the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. In the past she served on the YWCA Bradford Board of Directors and currently serves on the McKean County Collaborative Board and sits on the Housing Coalition Steering Committee. Paige and her husband Ryan LaBrozzi reside in Bradford with their daughter, Collins.

Veronica (Roni) Swanson

Veronica (Roni) Swanson is Assistant Vice President in Loan Servicing at Northwest Bank. Roni is a graduate of Mercyhurst University and holds a BA in Finance. She began her professional career with Northwest Bank in 2007 as Operations Representative. Roni has progressed through various positions to gain knowledge of banking. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers Advanced School of Banking. Roni lives in Kane with her husband Ryan and daughter Reese. She is a Past Exalted Ruler of the Kane Elks Lodge #329 and chairman of the activities committee. Roni has a strong love of her community and a passion in assisting to leave something lasting for the generations to come.

Tim Asinger

Judy Bodamer

Joseph C. DeMott

Jim Evans

Lori Freer

David Krantz

Paige LaBrozzi

Veronica (Roni) Swanson

Paula Fritz Eddy

Executive Director

Paula Fritz Eddy has had a career in nonprofit management for over 35 starting her career with Penn Lakes Girls Scout Council in Erie. She went on to be Executive Director and Income Development Director for North West Area of the Pennsylvania Division for the American Cancer Society before coming to the Elk County Community Foundation as its Director. Earning a degree in Human Ecology with a teaching certificate in Home Economics from Mercyhurst College, she did teach at Elk County Christian High School for a short while after graduation. Paula returned to the area after being gone for 20 years and now loves working for the Foundation as it is truly a place where she can help people who care about their community provide support to the agencies and programs that are near and dear to their hearts. She currently is a member of the St. Marys Parish Council, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Secretary of the Penn Highlands Community Nurses Inc., Judge of Elections for St. Marys Ward 4 and a Volunteer at the Benedictine Gift Shop and ECC Band Boosters.

Barb Glatt

Finance Director

Barb Glatt was born and raised in St Marys and graduated from Elk County Catholic High in 1984. Barb graduated as Valedictorian from Marywood University, with a B.S. degree in Accounting. Directly out of college she went to work as an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) for the Department of Defense, in Binghamton, New York, for 6 years. After relocating to St. Marys Barb began working at the St Marys Public Library as their Finance Director and still enjoys that position today. In March 2015, Barb joined the staff at the Elk County Community Foundation as the Finance Director. Barb is also the Finance Director of the Stackpole-Hall Foundation.

Kris Kronenwetter

Scholarship Manager

Kris Kronenwetter has worked as the Scholarship Manager for the Elk County Community Foundation for 4 years. Prior to joining the staff at the Foundation, Kris was the executive director of the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties in St. Marys for 16 years and taught for over 20 years in both a public and private school setting. Most Recently in addition to her position at the Foundation, Kris was the Executive Director of the St. Marys Area United Way, stepping down from there last year.

Ann Bauer

Marketing Manager

Ann Bauer holds the position of part-time Marketing Assistant as of March 2017. Ann is retired from Community Nurses, Inc. after serving 23 years as Administrative Assistant, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator and Public Relations/Marketing Coordinator. Prior to working for Community Nurses, Ann was a Field Director for Keystone Tall Tree Girl Scout Council. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys. Ann resides in St. Marys with her husband, Wayne.

McKean County Community Foundation Staff

Paula Fritz Eddy

Paula Fritz Eddy

Executive Director

Paula Fritz Eddy

Executive Director

Barb Glatt

Barb Glatt

Finance Director

Barb Glatt

Finance Director

Kris Kronenwetter

Kris Kronenwetter

Scholarship Manager

Kris Kronenwetter

Scholarship Manager

Ann Bauer

Ann Bauer

Marketing Manager

Ann Bauer

Marketing Manager

Molly Cerrone

Executive Assistant

Molly Cerrone graduated from Ridgway Area High School and continued her education with a degree in Mathematics from St. VIncent College and a degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. She has worked as an engineer for Westinghouse in Baltimore, and as a teacher in schools in Elk County. Molly's volunteer experience includes Ridgway Meals on Wheels, St. Leo School, and Ridgmont Assisted Living. She is a member of St. Leo Magnus Church. She and her husband John have been married for 25 years and have 7 children.

Kathy McMahon

Executive Assistant

Kathy Morton-McMahon was born and raised in Emporium, graduated from Cameron County High School, and is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Kathy’s diverse professional work and volunteer experiences has afforded her the opportunity to develop leadership skills, exceptional client service skills, and effective organizational and office administration skills. Most recently, Kathy served as an elected Elk County Auditor where she prepared and reviewed financial reports. She was pro-active in improving the annual county auditing process as to both scope and thoroughness and implemented new and improved procedures to assure accuracy and integrity with the numerous accounts audited. As an Elk County Auditor, Kathy was active with the Pennsylvania State Association of County Auditors, including serving on the audit committee in 2017, as the Deputy Secretary of the Association for the 2018-2019 term, and as a member of the Executive Board. As Deputy Secretary, Kathy was responsible for developing and obtaining approval of continuing education credits in the field of county auditing with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Kathy enjoys being an active volunteer at the Christian Food Bank in St. Marys since 2013, Guardian Angel Center in Kersey since 2015, and a presenter for the Junior Achievement Program at the Johnsonburg Elementary School since 2018. She is an active member of Women Who Care. Kathy resides in Ridgway with her family. Her passions in life, besides her family, are helping others, particularly those in need, and working out.

Molly Cerrone

Molly Cerrone

Executive Assistant

Molly Cerrone

Executive Assistant

Kathy McMahon

Kathy McMahon

Executive Assistant

Kathy McMahon

Executive Assistant