Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The Penn State Lehigh Valley Advisory Board is a group of alumni, business professionals, and community individuals who serve as community liaisons in support of the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus. Within such a role, these individuals provide input into campus decisions and directions, become the link with area legislators in supporting university initiatives, and serve as the community connection in promoting University programs.

Advisory Board Expectations


  • Attend and actively participate in at least four of our six board meetings each year. These meetings take place in September, November, January, March, May, and July of each year.
  • Attend Penn State Lehigh Valley sponsored events during the course of the year.
  • Serve a three-year term, which can be renewed twice, before rotating off the board for at least one year.
  • Actively participate on at least one of the advisory board committees,generate ideas, attend meetings, offer feedback, etc.


  • Provide an annual gift to Penn State Lehigh Valley of at least $250. Gifts to University Park and/or restricted funds, such as the Nittany Lion Club, do not count towards this requirement.
  • Help to identify and/or solicit other potential donors (individuals, businesses, foundations) that might provide support for Penn State Lehigh Valley students and programs.


  • Support Penn State Lehigh Valley students by serving as a resource in helping them to find jobs, internships, and/or by working with faculty and students to facilitate projects and experiences that support educational programs.
  • Proudly represent Penn State Lehigh Valley in the community by being knowledgeable about our programs, initiatives, and opportunities to give time, talent, and financial support to the campus.

Current Penn State Lehigh Valley Advisory Board Members

Executive Committee

Howard L. Kulp | President, Howard Kulp Architects, P.C.

Christopher Bogden | Sales Engineer, Power & Industrial Air Systems

Catherine E. Durso | Attorney, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

Tina Q. Richardson, Ph.D. | Chancellor

Board Members

Cristina Braynen | President, Student Government Association

Terry DeGroot | Managing Principal, Terraform Engineering, LLC

Linda Shay Gardner | Attorney, Gardner Law Office

Bruce Haines | Managing Partner, Historic Hotel Bethlehem

Todd Harvey | Vice President of Investments, Stifel, Greenawald/Harvey Group

Steven A. Markowitz | President, Allen Organ Company

Megan Mattern | Director—Financial Accounting, Planning and Reporting, PPL Electric Utilities

Ken McGeary | Retired Director of Continuing Education, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Shane McGee | IT Business and Program Manager, Air Products

Winnie DiLeo Melinsky | Senior Vice President for Business Development, National Penn Insurance

Scott Nier | Vice President for Practice Acquisitions, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Prasant (Sean) Pandey, M.D. | Cardiologist, The Heart Care Group

Kelly E. Payne | Senior Project Manager for Organizational Effectiveness, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Martha A. Phelps | Community Leader and Retired Business Executive

Susan D. Johnson | New Channel Development Manager, Crayola LLC

Gregory J. Radio, M.D. | Obstetrician, OBGYN Associates of Lehigh Valley

Yamil Sanchez Rivera, Ed.D. | Executive Director, Promise Neighborhoods

Tom Skeans | Senior Advisor, Sperry Van Ness Imperial Realty

Juan C. Vidal | Managing Director, Offix Systems

Ex-officio Board Members

Tiffany Cresswell-Yeager, Ph.D. | Director of Student and Enrollment Services

Patti Frey | Director of Campus Development

Xenia Hadjioannou, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education

Kristy Hove | Institutional Planner

Helene Miksitz | Director of Business Services

Kenneth Thigpen, Ph.D. | Director of Academic Affairs

Debbie Zuech-Smyrl | Executive Assistant to the Chancellor