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Adrienne Vicari bio

Adrienne Vicari

Chair of the Board

Biography

Adrienne Vicari has served as a GSHPA Member At-Large and Treasurer.  For this past year, she has chaired the Property Committee and worked tirelessly to commit resources to all four GSHPA camp properties.

Adrienne serves as the Financial Services Practice Area Leader for Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. She has over 15 years of experience in a broad range of financial, project management, and engineering design services for municipal wastewater, water, and stormwater clients.

In addition, Ms. Vicari has designed water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure projects and has experience with feasibility studies, environmental plans and reports, permit applications, and construction administration.

Ms. Vicari has worked with over 90 municipalities in Pennsylvania on Stormwater Utility/Authority feasibility analysis, authority implementation or regional stormwater management initiatives. Her expertise across multiple counties throughout the GSHPA footprint will be invaluable to the council.

Alison Bernhardt

 

Alison Bernhardt

Vice Chair

Biography

Alison L. Bernhardt, CPA, is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the UPMC Central Pa. Region.  In this role she is the Senior executive responsible for managing the financial actions of Central Pa.  The CFO’s duties include financial forecasting and budgeting as well as analyzing the organization’s financial strengths and weaknesses and proposing corrective actions.  She also is actively involved in developing the strategic direction of the region. 

Alison has extensive experience in health care finances. Prior to her current role as CFO, she served as Vice President of Accounting and Reporting at UPMC Pinnacle, overseeing financial reporting, payroll, tax, treasury, accounts payables, and asset management. Alison came to UPMC Pinnacle from the global financial firm PricewaterhouseCoopers where she filled a number of leadership positions focusing on non for profit and health care industries. She was named one of the region’s Women of Influence by the Central PA Business Journal in 2017.

Alison earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). She is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Alison lives in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Michael, and their four children. In her free time, she can be found at area basketball courts, baseball diamonds, and soccer fields cheering on her children.  Growing up Alison was a girl scout for several years and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee for the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania.

Jeshanah McLeod bio

 

Jeshanah Fox

Secretary

Biography

Jeshanah is the Marketing Director at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz with experience in both digital and traditional marketing. She directs all facets of the internal marketing department, including creating and implementing the overall marketing strategy of the Firm, branding, public relations and digital strategy.

With experience in digital marketing, she consults with clients and helps to train them on search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising (PPC), email marketing and social media strategies. She also helps clients strategize for redesigns and rebranding efforts.

In 2017, she received national recognition as Rookie Marketer of the Year from the Association for Accounting Marketing for excelling in the field of accounting marketing after being in the industry for less than two years. She has also been honored as the 2018 Rising Philanthropist by the Foundation for Enhancing Communities Women’s Fund, as well as a Central Penn Business Journal 2020 Women of Influence honoree.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Penn State University.

As a girl, Jeshanah was a brownie with a Girl Scout organization in Jamaica and a Girls Scout once she moved to the States.

Bridget Casher bio

 

Bridget Casher

Treasurer

Biography

As an Investment Consultant, Bridget works with defined contribution retirement plans, developing cost efficient solutions that work for the plan sponsor and participants. Bridget spends the bulk of her time as a consultant in its truest form, consulting with clients, helping them align their business goals with an appropriate investment solution.

With over 16 years of experience, Bridget has shown an innate ability to truly partner with her clients. Prior to Conrad Siegel, she worked as both an Associate Wealth Manager and a Branch Manager for two regional firms where she developed solutions for individuals, families, and institutions in the areas of trust administration and comprehensive wealth planning. Her broad background gives clients a unique perspective in developing solutions for their retirement plans.

Detail oriented and always willing to go the extra mile, Bridget’s best attributes can be seen in all that she does. Whether it’s from her office or through her community involvement, you’ll continuously find Bridget putting in the extra effort and smiling when the success comes to those that she works closely with. A country girl at heart and an avid runner, Bridget always seems to be hustling, whether it’s for her clients or with her family who spend all of their free time enjoying the outdoors together.

As a young girl, Bridget started with Girl Scouts as a Daisy through Cadet and continues to be involved through her daughter who is now a Brownie.  

         

Members-at-Large

        

Anthony Billet

Anthony Billet

York, PA

Biography

Anthony is the Owner, President/Design Director of abSketches; A Visual Marketing Co. based in York, PA.   abSketches has been producing 3D renderings, animations, lifestyle films, Virtual Reality applications, and more for architects, real estate developers, and product brands globally since 2009 to the present. Anthony started his career at 13 working as a laborer for architectural and construction companies through high school and college.  Post college, he worked for an architectural company in San Diego where he started taking on management & lead design positions. He joined the GSHPA Board in 2019.

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Barbara Green

Lehighton, PA

Biography

Barbara T. Green has over 30 years of business management experience. As President of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Barb has doubled the revenue, and made it a priority for the company to become a full year-round resort and leader in exceptional guest services. Prior to joining Blue Mountain Resort, she was Chief Financial Officer of Gestalt, LLC, Controller at Rouse & Associates, CF, and Director of Sales Operations for Breakaway Solutions, a full service Internet provider with offices throughout the United States. A graduate of Lehigh University, Barb then joined Ernst & Young, an international CPA firm, where she supervised audits on manufacturing, construction, health care and insurance clients.

Barb participated in Girl Scouts from 1st grade through 6th grade, again in 9th grade. She then was a cookie mom for her two daughters in Brownies. In addition, Blue Mountain Resort offers discounts to Girl Scouts, promotes a shared partnership with any troops it comes in contact with, and helps with cookie sales at the resort for local troops.

Representing the North region of the GSHPA footprint, Barb is on the Executive Board of the St. Luke Carbon County, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, Pocono Mountain Visitor Bureau, Pennsylvania Ski Area Association, Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor, Workforce Investment Committee, and the Industrial Development Authority Carbon County. She serves as on the GSHPA Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large and a member of the GSHPA Finance & Audit Committee.

Jayne Huston bio

Jayne Huston

Harrisburg, PA

Biography

Jayne Huston is an advocate for women, small business owners and their success. For the past two decades, thousands of women entrepreneurs have benefited from her involvement in a leading Western Pennsylvania women’s business center providing technical assistance for women entrepreneurs in a 27-county Western Pennsylvania marketplace.

Jayne works as a Business and Executive Coach/Vice President with ThistleSea Business Development, LLC, Cranberry Township, (Pittsburgh). As part of the ThistleSea team, she in growing businesses throughout the Commonwealth through coaching, mentoring and consulting services from the firm’s Harrisburg area location.

Among her recognitions, Jayne has been the recipient of the “Business Women First” Award presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times. She has also received the Women of Achievement Award in Pittsburgh as well as the Gannon University Small Business Development Center’s Legacy Award at the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference in Erie. Jayne has also been recognized as the U.S. SBA’s Women’s Business Advocate, Region III (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia); and counted among the “Top 100 People” and “Entrepreneur of the Year” (Non Profit) by Pennsylvania Business Central.

Jayne received her business coaching certification from them Professional Business Coaches Alliance (PBCA) in March 2016. Jayne currently offers her expertise to GSHPA as a Board Strategy & Planning Committee member.

Stacey Irwin bio

Stacey O. Irwin, PH.D.

Lancaster, PA

Biography

Stacey is Professor of Media Arts Production at Millersville University. She teaches courses in media, public speaking, women and gender studies, and in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

She had a professional career as a DJ, writer and media producer before moving to education. She earned a doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership from University of Maryland, a MA in Media from Emerson College, and a BS in Media Communication from Salem College. She has authored books, journal articles and produced an award-winning documentary about dyslexia.

Stacey has been part of the Girl Scout organization for over forty years, earning the First Class and Gold Award. She led a troop for eight years and had the opportunity to watch girls in her troop earn the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award.

Tena Maurer bio

Tena Maurer

Hegins, PA

Biography

Introduced to Girl Scouts as a Brownie, Tena remembers the fun experiences from her Girl Scout childhood days. As an adult, she has been a troop leader for Daisy and Brownie troops and has enjoyed sharing her love for Girl Scouts with her daughter. Her most memorable experiences have been spending weekends at Camp Small Valley and traveling to Washington DC in 2012 to Rock the Mall to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts with 250,000 other Girls Scouts .

Tena is currently the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at Bloomsburg University and brings over twenty years of experience in a variety of Human Resource areas and industries in both the public and private sectors. She serves on the Board for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Faculty Health and Welfare Fund and is a member of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Board of Advisors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.   

A Pennsylvania State University graduate in Business Management, Tena then received her Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Saint Francis University. She holds several HR related certifications including  Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from HRCI and The Society for Human Resources Management’s (SHRM) certified professional in Human Resources. 

Tena, her husband, and three children enjoy spending time outdoors, RV camping, and supporting the kids at their sporting events.  She is an active volunteer in the community and coaching youth sports. 

Daren Russ bio

Daren Russ

Harrisburg, PA

Biography

Daren comes to the GSHPA board with a depth  of experience in the food industry. Most of that time spent at The Hershey Company focusing heavily on Innovation and Brand Management.  In 2016 Daren joined Ahold Delhaize with a focus on GIANT/MARTINS.  While at GIANT, Daren has held a variety of leadership positions to include Director Business Analytics, Director Strategy & Innovation, Chief of Staff to the President and most recently Director of Operations.  Daren has been serving as a GSHPA member At-Large and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Daren and his wife Maria have resided in Central Pennsylvania for last 15 years and are the proud parents of Gabriella, Juliet, and Andrew.

Dan Sheaffer

Daniel Sheaffer, Jr.

Halifax, PA

Biography

As a Retail Regional Manager, Admin VP of Banking at M&T Bank, Dan Sheaffer is responsible for leading and managing a retail sales and operations team comprised of 14 branches and 100 employees in the Capital Region to include all operations, financial results and strategic direction.

With 20+ years of financial and sales management Dan has demonstrated exceptional achievements increasing revenue and employee performance while leading teams of varying sizes and in multiple markets.

Dan serves as Board member at the Halifax Wildcat Education Foundation and a Catalyst Awards Committee Member at the Harrisburg regional Chamber of Commerce. At GSHPA, Dan offers his expertise as a Board member and on the Property Committee.

Board members/Committees

Gina Suydam

Tunkhannock, PA

Biography

Gina Suydam is the President/CEO of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, where she works with a variety of businesses in rural northeast Pennsylvania.  Gina serves as a board member for the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, Northeast Sight Services and Wyoming County Community Alliance, participates with the Northern Tier Partnership for Regional Economic Performance assisting with economic development of a five-county region, and represents the county on the regional Economic Development Agency at the request of the Wyoming County Commissioners. She was named one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s Top 25 Women in Business in 2017 by the Northeast PA Business Journal.

Currently, Gina is collaborating with several other Wyoming County organizations on a Community Heart & Soul initiative, a humanities-based approach to community planning sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Gina is currently facilitating the sixth annual class of Leadership Wyoming, a regional leadership program which she implemented to develop a more complete awareness of Wyoming County’s industries amongst local professionals. 

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Girl Scouts was one of the few extracurricular activities that was accessible to her.  She participated in scouting for 11 years and earned her Silver and Gold Awards.  She enjoyed camping at Camp Archbald, service projects, cookie sales, and most importantly the lifelong friends she made in scouting.

Deborah Vereen

Deborah Vereen

New Cumberland, PA

Biography

Deborah Vereen is a strategic thinker with experience in designing and implementing Diversity initiatives, training & development, and inclusionary processes in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She earned the unique double credential status of CCDP/AP (Cornell Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner) from Cornell University.

As the former Sr. Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Diversity (OE&D) for AHOLD/GIANT Food Stores, Deborah designed and directed the effective integration of inclusionary practices and she established AHOLD’s first Female Leadership Advisory Council and Multicultural Employee Business Resource Group.

Deborah is the recipient of the Corporate Citizenship Diversity Award, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; Keystone Award for Community Service, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association; Women of Excellence Award, YWCA; The Seed of Hope Award, PA Educational & Entrepreneurial Youth Program.  Selected as one of the most “Influential Inclusion Leaders” of Central PA; she has received the Business Diversity Champion Award from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Leadership in Diversity Award from The Conference for Women.

Deborah is co-founder of the Diversity & Inclusion Professionals of Central PA (DIPCPA) and she serves on the Board of Directors of the Diversity Advisory Council of the Human Resource Professionals of Central PA (HRPCPA).

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Judith Windom

Camp Hill, PA

Biography

Judith Windom, affectionately known by Judi, is a true servant leader. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from Central Penn College and a Master’s degree in Health Education from Penn State University. 

She works as a Senior Community Affairs Analyst at Highmark Blue Shield, where she manages the United Way campaign in the Central PA region, as well as, manages the volunteer program. In her role as an analyst, she also reviews corporate sponsorships and grants. 

Specializing in strategic planning and organizational skills, Judi is passionate about helping others and has an impressive ability to inspire and motivate. 

She loves promoting volunteer opportunities and has extensive experience in volunteer management, employee engagement and event planning. 

She has a passion for women and girls health and facilitated one of the largest women’s health conferences in the region for 13 years. Judi also served as a Girl Scout troop leader for more than 20 years where she was highly respected and admired by both her girls and fellow leaders. 

She currently serves on The Salvation Army advisory board, The Fund for Women and Girls marketing committee and the Girls in the Heart of PA volunteer committee. Judi is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

She resides in West Hanover Township with her daughters, Brittani and Jalyn.