NPRC Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at their Administrative Offices - 300 2nd Avenue, Suite 500, Warren, PA 16365 - or via Zoom connection. The agenda can be viewed online.

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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Northern Pennsylvania Regional College are professionals and business people from across Northwestern Pennsylvania dedicated to seeing that education and opportunity are available to all citizens of the region, regardless of location. The Trustees serve to advise and guide the college in meeting its mission of accessibility and affordability. They also provide a critical voice for businesses, industries, government, and community organizations to the college.

Board Members

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Duane Vicini

Duane Vicini

Chairperson | Warren, PA

Professional Experience

  • Retired, Chief of Staff, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College
  • Retired, Superintendent of Schools, Forest Area School District

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Mansfield State College
  • Master's of Science in Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Master's of Science, Education Administration, Saint Bonaventure University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Served on the Middle States Association of College and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, Pennsylvania State Advisory Committee
  • Served as President of the Northwest Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

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Robert Esch | NPRC Vice Chairperson

Robert C. Esch

Vice Chairperson | Bradford, PA

Professional Experience

  • Retired, Vice President, American Refining Group, Inc.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Saint Bonaventure University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Chairman of the Board for Futures Rehabilitation Center, 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
  • Member and Vice-Chair of Bradford Sanitary Authority
  • Past Chair of the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board Association
  • Past President of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the Executive Board for the North Regional Planning and Development
  • Collaborated with multiple levels of government to communicate and support issues representing our most vulnerable citizens

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Henri LeMeur | NPRC Secretary

Henri (Hank) LeMeur, Jr.

Secretary | Warren, PA

Professional Experience

  • President and CEO of Superior Tire & Rubber Corp.

Education

  • Master's in Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Cornell University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, Executive Committee
  • Warren County YMCA, Board Member, and past President
Kate Brock | NPRC Chairperson

Kate Brock

Board Member | St. Mary's, PA

Professional Experience

  • Executive Director, Community Education Center of Elk & Cameron Counties, St. Marys, PA

Education

  • Master of Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University
  • Concurrent Certificates in Policy Analysis/Evaluation and Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Arts, History/ Art History, Bloomsburg University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Board Member, PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, June 2014-Present (current Chair)
  • Board Member, North Central PA Workforce Development Board, July 2017-Present (Committee Chair)
  • Board Member, Penn Highlands Healthcare Elk Hospital, July 2017-Present
  • Board Member, Elk County Council on the Arts, June 2011-December 2018 (Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary)
  • Board Member, PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations, January 2016-December 2019
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Adrienne M. Dixon

Board Member | Erie, PA

Professional Experience

  • Sarah A. Reed Children's Center
  • Edinboro University, Associate Professor (Tenure)

Education

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Gannon University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Vincent Health Center/Gannon University
  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Gannon University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Thiel College

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Erie Migrant Head Start Advisory Board
  • Erie County Community Development Board
  • Greater Calvary Human Service Board
  • Children’s Advocacy Center Board
  • Cambridge Springs Prison
  • Erie County Prison
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Heather Evans

Board Member | Erie, PA

Professional Experience

  • Human Resource Manager, Port Erie Plastics

Education

  • Society for Human Resources Professionals Certified Professional Credential (SHRM)
  • Professional in Human Resources Credential (PHR)
  • Master of Business Administration, Gannon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Human Resource Roundtable Member at the Manufacturer’s Association
  • Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Autism Society for Northwestern Pennsylvania
  • Former Member of the Society of Human Resource Management, Local Chapter HRMA
  • Former Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries (2004-2008)
Jamie Evens | NPRC Board Member

Jamie Evens

Board Member | Port Allegany, PA

Professional Experience

  • Regional Director, Hospitality and Operations, UPMC North Central Region

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, Marist College
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing, Indiana University of PA
  • Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Lector and Eucharistic Minister, St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
  • Former Board Member and Treasurer, NW Pennsylvania AHEC
  • Former Board Member and Treasurer, Potter County Education Council
  • Former Board Member, NC Pennsylvania Workforce Investment/Workforce Solutions
  • Board Member and President, Port Allegany Youth Basketball Association
  • High School Girls' Varsity Basketball Coach
Jennifer Gesing

Jennifer Gesing

Board Member | Warren, PA

Professional Experience

  • Executive Director of Beacon Light Behavioral Health System

Education

  • Master of Education, St. Bonaventure University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Warren County CJAB
  • Warren County Probation Association
  • Previous Member Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry - Chamber Operations Committee
  • Previous Member United Fund of Warren County
  • Previous Member Chautauqua Tapestry
  • Graduate Leadership Warren County
Amanda Hetrick

Amanda Hetrick

Board Member | Tionesta, PA

Professional Experience

  • Superintendent, Forest Area School District

Education

  • Letter of Eligibility Westminster College, New Wilmington
  • Secondary Principal Certification Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
  • Master's Degree in Educational Administration Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
  • Secondary English Education Certification Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
  • Bachelor's Degree in English Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Pennsylvania Association for Rural and Small Schools
  • Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators National Association for Elementary and Secondary Principals

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Greg Mahon

Board Member | Harrisburg, PA

Professional Experience

  • Deputy Chief of Staff to Sen. Kim Ward, President Pro Tempore, Senate of Pennsylvania

Education

  • Associate of Science in Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, The Pennsylvania State University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Chairman, Lower Allen Township Recreation and Parks Board
  • Past President and Coach, Cedar Cliff Youth Softball Association
  • Past Coach, Fusion F.C. Soccer Club
  • Past Instructor, Junior Achievement
 
Kimberly Rees

Kimberly Rees

Board Member | Austin, PA

Professional Experience

  • Superintendent, Austin Area School District

Education

  • Ed.D. in Education Leadership, California University of PA
  • Letter of Eligibility, Edinboro University
  • K-12 Principal Certification, Edinboro University
  • Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Gannon University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Former Board Member, Educational Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA)
Amy Shields

Amy Shields

Board Member | Kane, PA

Professional Experience

  • Executive Director, Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group, Kane, PA

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting, Indiana University of PA

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Member of the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council
  • Member of the State Implementation Committee for the PA Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • Board member and past treasurer for the Lumber Heritage Region
  • Member of the Allegheny Forest Alliance
  • Member of the PA Project Learning Tree advisory committee
  • Past president, secretary, and treasurer of the St. Marys Public Library

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Holli Wolfe

Holli Wolfe

Board Member | Titusville, PA

Professional Experience

  • Associate Vice President of Operations, Titusville Area Hospital

Education

  • Master of Science in Health Administration, University of St. Francis
  • Board-certified in Healthcare Administration as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Bachelor of Science in Radiology, Clarion University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Board Member, Bridge Builders Forest County Community Foundation
  • Board Member, VNA Alliance
  • Board Member, Greater Titusville Development Foundation
  • Forest County Children and Youth Services Advisory Committee

Board Emeritus Members

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Dr. Richard “Dick” McDowell-min

Dr. Richard “Dick” McDowell

Bradford, PA

Professional Experience

  • President Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, Bradford, PA
  • Former Associate Professor of Biology, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, Bradford PA

Education

  • B.S. Biology - High Point University (NC)
  • M.S. Biology - St. Louis University
  • Ph.D. Biology - St. Louis University
  • Honorary Doctorate, High Point University (NC)

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Former Board Member, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC)
  • Founding Trustees of the Educational Consortium of the Upper Allegheny
  • Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award
  • Athletic Hall of Fame, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford

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Ed Pitchford

Boalsburg, PA

Professional Experience

  • Former President and Chief Executive Officer, UPMC Cole

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Pennsylvania State University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Former Board Member, Educational Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA)
  • Former Board Member, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC)
  • Community Volunteer, Pennsylvania State University
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Hon. Mary Jo White

Oil City, PA

Professional Experience

  • Member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 21st District from 1997 to 2013
  • Former Corporate Secretary and Vice-President for Environmental/Government Affairs for Quaker State Oil Corp
  • Former Public Defender for Venango County, Pennsylvania

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Quincy University
  • Juris Doctor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Former Board Member, Educational Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA)
  • Former Board Member, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC)
  • Former Trustee Emerita for the Board of Trustees for the University of Pittsburgh
  • Former University of Pittsburgh Public Health Board of Visitors

See What Our Students Have to Say

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Growing up in rural Potter County, Pennsylvania meant if I wanted good educational and employment opportunities, I would have to move. When NPRC started offering classes less than 30 minutes from my home (almost an hour closer than the next closest college), my future was no longer dependent on living in a more urban area. I received a quality education without spending the tens of thousands of dollars on room and board a traditional school would have required. And now, I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the team making this story possible for so many other people in rural Pennsylvania. NPRC’s mission is a necessary one, helping serve a part of the population that has lacked affordable and quality higher education for decades. This school helped me avoid debt, find my path in life, and now, I have a job I love and opportunities I never expected.

- Brian, NPRC Graduate

While attending NPRC, I am enrolled in 16 credits and working toward a degree in business administration. This switch is already positively benefitting me as a student. I have been keeping up with classes and shifting out of bad habits that may hinder my success. As someone who is diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD, it sometimes gets hard to effectively communicate. However, NPRC continues to provide opportunities to not only challenge myself, but to help me grow as a student, and more importantly, as a person. NPRC was my second chance. My second chance to help me build myself better, and I feel like my future is already better than what it was before NPRC.

-Noah, Business Administration Student

My time at Northern Pennsylvania Regional College has been a great experience even through the COVID-19 pandemic. Never did I imagine doing a year of college in my own home and still be able to be on the Dean’s List and be extremely proud. I am 39 years of age, and it has taken me this long to attempt college. I have to say that starting college at this age was hard. However, everyone at NPRC has made it easy for me to understand what it means to be studious. You can feel the care that is given to you through the staff at NPRC. The instructors are always willing to help and they will always answer the questions that we have. This college is a great way to get started on your new path through life. There are so many options to pick from if you are undecided.

-Claudia, NPRC Graduate

I started with NPRC right after graduating high school in 2018. I was not sure what I wanted to do career-wise, but the criminal justice field had always piqued my interest. Before finishing my two-year degree with NPRC, I decided to transfer to a four-year university to further my education in both sociology and criminal justice. Without the affordability of NPRC and their knowledgeable staff, I would never have dreamed of being where I am today. I will be graduating from RIT in August of 2022 having majored in Sociology and Criminal Justice, as well as having minored in Criminal Justice. I am excited to start a career in the federal Criminal Justice system or within admissions/counseling in higher education. I plan to put myself through law school while working full time after graduating from RIT.

-Ally, Former NPRC Student

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