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

Mrs. Kate Brock – Chairperson – St. Marys, PA

Kate Brock

Professional Experience

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

Education

  • Master of Public Administration, Pennsylvania State Univ.
  • 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

Mrs. Amanda Hetrick, Vice-Chairperson – Tionesta, PA

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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
  • Pennsylvania Schools to Watch State Team
  • Member and Past-president Titusville United Way Board of Directors, Forest
  • Warren Children's Roundtable Member and Secretary
  • Forest Warren Human Services Board of Directors
  • Immediate Past President Warren Forest Hi-Ed Board of Directors
  • Allegheny Forest Alliance Board of Directors
  • Forest County CYS Advisory Board Educational Consortium of the Upper Allegheny Board of Directors
  • Secretary Forest County Business Alliance Board of Directors

Mr. 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

Ms. Mary Bula – Erie, PA

Professional Experience

  • Director, Erie Together

Education

  • Master of Arts in Law and Justice, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Allegheny College

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Member, Multiple youth development advisory boards
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, UPMC Hamot Medical Center and Hamot Health Foundation
  • Consultant to diverse businesses and organizations for strategic planning efforts

Dr. Adrienne M. Dixon – 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

Mr. Robert C. Esch – 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
  • Founding Member of the Steering Team for Leadership McKean
  • President, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program
  • President, McKean County Community Foundation
  • Educational Consortium of the Upper Allegheny
  • Bradford Economic Development Commission
  • Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center
  • Pennsylvania Early Learning Commission
  • McKean County Collaborative Board
  • Essential Emergency Support Training Program Advisory Board

Mr. Mario Fontanazza

Professional Experience

  • Director, Venango Technology Center

Education

  • Vocational Director Certification, Indiana University of PA
  • K-12 Principal Certification, Edinboro University of PA
  • Master's Degree in Educational Administration, Edinboro University of PA
  • Bachelor's Degree in Technology Education, California University of PA

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Member of the National Association of Secondary Schools
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators
  • Member of the City of Oil City, Civil Service Commission
  • Member of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Advisory board member of Clarion University, Venango Campus
  • High School Assistant Football Coach

Mr. Andrew C. Foyle – Erie, PA

Professional Experience

  • Owner/President, H & H Machined Products Co.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing, The Pennsylvania State University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Director, NWPA Chapter, National Tooling & Machining Association
  • Past Governor, Manufacturer and Business Association
  • Past Director, Fairview School District
  • Past Director, Erie County Technical School
  • Past Secretary, Board of Directors, International Institute of Erie
  • Past Chairman, Board of Trustees, Fairview Presbyterian Church
  • Past President, Girls Softball Association of Fairview
  • Past Certified Instructor, PA Game Commission Hunter Education Program

Mr. Greg Mahon – Harrisburg, PA

Greg Mahon, Board of Trustee Member

Professional Experience

  • Deputy Chief of Staff to Sen. Kim Ward, Majority Leader, 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

Ms. Jeanne Morley

Professional Experience

  • Learning Support Teacher, Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Mansfield University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Member of the Potter County Education Council Early Learning Team
  • Former member of the Zonta Club of Bradford
  • Former participant in the Seneca Highlands IU9 Rural Think Tank
  • Former participant in the Autism walk-a-thon

Ms. Amy Shields

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
  • Former board member of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
  • Past president, secretary, and treasurer of the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group
  • Former board member of the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties
  • Former board member of the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce
  • Election poll worker
  • Project Learning Tree program presenter
  • Junior Achievement program presenter

Mr. Duane Vicini

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
  • Served two terms as the Chairperson of the Warren/Forest Higher Education Council
  • Was a member of the founding Board of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Executive Board as the Chief Financial Officer
  • Served on the State Board of the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools
  • Served on the Allegheny Forest Alliance Board of Directors
  • Recognized by Mansfield University’s Society of Honors receiving the 2007 Distinguished Educator Award for outstanding achievements in the field of education
  • Served as the Founding President of the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny and as the Project Executive for the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College
  • Received a Pennsylvania State Senate Recognition Citation for service to the Commonwealth and education upon retirement from NPRC

Honorable Mary Jo White – Oil City, PA

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Professional Experience

  • Retired State Senator, PA General Assembly

Education

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

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Westminster College Board of Trustees
  • University of Pittsburgh Commonwealth Trustee: Pitt Bradford advisory board, rural health council, distinguished alumni
  • Clarion University: Chair, nursing advisory board; member, Venango Campus advisory board; advisor and lecturer paralegal program; recipient, honorary degree for public service
  • Slippery Rock University Board of Trustees
  • Selection Committee for all military academies, fifth and 21st districts
  • Founding chair, NPRC
  • Venango Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • The Colonel Inc. (Drake Well Museum Society)
  • Barrow Civic Theatre Foundation
  • Venango Community Foundation, board member
  • Visiting Nurses Association, board member
  • Venango County Association for the Blind, board member
  • City of Franklin Home Rule Study Commission
  • Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr. Dennis Wilke – Pittsburgh, PA

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Professional Experience

  • President, Rosedale Technical College

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University

Volunteer and Community Service

  • Chairman of the Board for Precision Manufacturing Institute, Meadville, PA (2013 – present)
  • Board Member of PA Association of Private School Administrators (2013 – present)
  • Member of Legatus a national organization of Catholic business leaders (2011 – present)
  • Team Leader for ACCSC Re-accreditation peer review visits (2015 – present)