Stephanie Scott is a public relations specialist in the College of the Liberal Arts’ Office of Alumni Relations and Development. In this role, Stephanie researches, writes, and designs communications targeting alumni and friends who provide philanthropic support to the college. These communications include gift acknowledgments, impact reports, and institute and center updates. Stephanie also serves as the copy editor to Associate Dean B. Richard Page and the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies office.
Bellamarie is the Executive Director of the ACRES Project, a growing community designed by adults with autism for adults with autism. The ACRES Project (Adults Creating Residential and Employment Solutions) is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania. This unique team consists of people with autism, educators, parents, and community members working together to meet the social, vocational, and residential needs of adults with autism. ACRES provides a nurturing environment to help individuals build a foundation for a productive, independent life.
By fostering social, vocational, and self-advocacy skills, ACRES helps individuals optimize their potential to develop practical life skills, increase social capacity, and transition to work and independence. Bellamarie welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about the role that writing plays in the ACRES curriculum and how it empowers members to find and express their unique voices.
Leslie is Associate Director of Farm and Food Systems at Penn State. This role requires her to coordinate the cross-college planning process aimed at creating a sustainable food systems minor and a student-centered experiential learning farm at Penn State. She works with diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, community members, and alumni to envision and develop this new initiative. She received her MS in Rural Sociology from Penn State in December 2013. Prior to graduate school, Leslie managed a beginning farmer training program and incubator farm at a non-profit in Lincoln, Nebraska. There, she developed farm production and business curricula for beginning farmers, managed a multi-farmer CSA, oversaw farm site development and maintenance, and grew the program through community partnerships and financial development.
The Penn State Student Farm was established in 2016 and aims to help students learn about where food comes from and give them an opportunity to apply their unique skills and experiences to a farm setting. The Farm is truly a collaborative endeavor; students studying topics from communications, to marketing, to architecture, and more can find exciting ways to contribute to the Farm.
Nena is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Invent Penn State, an initiative started by President Barron intended to drive job creation, economic development, and student career success. In her role she leads brand identity, website development, online technologies, print, media relations and social media strategy and execution for Invent Penn State, LaunchBox, and numerous programs that support student, faculty and community innovators, makers and doers in Penn State campus communities across Pennsylvania. She previously held similar brand, program, product and service building roles for the Sheetz Corporation (convenience restaurant) and AIRWALK International (snowboarding, skateboarding, active casual footwear and apparel).
Douglas is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Penn State with broad interests in how social and ecological factors interact with influence patterns of resource use and their archaeological expressions. He focuses especially on questions about livelihood decisions and habitats, exploring the dynamics of human subsistence practices, their role in ecosystem function, and their archaeological implications in Australia and Western North America. He is the Director of the Penn State Human Environmental Dynamics Lab; his current projects involve collaborations between indigenous communities, ethnographers, ecologists, geographers and archaeologists on interdisciplinary topics including the sociological organization of foraging economies, anthropogenic habitat modification, and environmental change. Douglas is interested in talking to students about his research and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human environmental dynamics and about his interest in erasing traditional boundaries between social and biographical disciplines.
Molly is the Executive Director for the Centre Foundation and a Board Member of ACRES (Adults Creating Residential and Employment Solutions). The Centre Foundation is an organization devoted to inspiring and facilitating a culture of giving which creates a vibrant community. Beginning in 1981, generous donors have invested in Centre Foundation, giving them over $35 million dollars in Foundation assets today. The Centre Foundation believes that everyone can be a philanthropist; they provide excellent personal service to donors and have a team of people ready to help them achieve their personal philanthropic goals. They pride themselves on a deep understanding of the community’s needs and their ability to provide innovative and traditional giving opportunities that match the passions of their donors with the needs of the community. The Centre Foundation believes in the organizations that are working to create a better future for the Centre County community; they provide services to help those organizations build endowments, to create support through community engagement, to strengthen themselves through training and research, to fund transformative projects, and to convene effective partnerships with stakeholders around community issues. To date, the Centre Foundation has invested over $18 million back into the Centre County community.
As the Executive Director, Molly is responsible for leadership and management of the organizations, as well as working with board of directors to develop and implement strategic plans that will ensure long-term growth and success.
Rick is the Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (CPFA). He joined the paid staff of the CPFA as its Director of Visual Arts in 1999, though his involvement with the Festival dates back to 1984, when he first volunteered on the trash crew. Rick was named Executive Director of the CPFA in 2005.
Rick earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture in 1979. In 1896, he earned a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, and in 2013, he completed the Pennsylvania Rural-Urban Leadership Program.
In addition to serving as a long-time Festival volunteer, Rick has volunteered for many community organizations. He has served on the board of the Art Alliance of Central PA, the State College Board of Health, the Board of Deacons at State College Presbyterian Church, the Community Advisory Board for Penn State’s Center for Performing Arts, the State College Historic Resources Commission, and the State College Historic and Architectural Review Board. He also runs an active blog site called The Wandering Wahoo.
Cindy Hall is the Co-President of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) State College branch. The AAUW is an organization that empowers women as individuals and communities in education and the workplace through research, leadership, and a number of various initiatives.
In addition to her leadership with AAUW State College, Cindy has a rich history of knowledge and experience in Communications related positions. Cindy is a retired Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications at Penn State, a former Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, a former Associate Vice President for University Relations, and a former Director for the Department of University Marketing and Advertising. Cindy holds a Ph.D. from Penn State in Higher Education and has taught Public Relations as an adjunct professor for a number of years in the College of Communication at Penn State.
Ann Donovan is a retired Watershed Specialist for the Centre County Conservation District. The Conservation District implements effective, locally-led conservation programs that include abandoned mine reclamation and acid mine drainage, agricultural assistance, erosion and sediment control, dirt and gravel road maintenance, stream stabilization and restoration, and conservation education.
As the Watershed Specialist, Ann was required to use her English degree on a daily basis as she composed documents ranging from brochures, pamphlets, and booklets to press releases, newsletters, and articles, to grant applications, quarterly reports, and partnership letters, email announcements and general correspondences, to displays and technical reports, and anything in between.
Though Ann has retired from her position as the Watershed Specialist, she remains interested in helping young people develop communication sills that will serve them well as they embark on various career paths. More specifically, she wants to help students learn how to present themselves in a professional environment because she knows how important it is for students to learn how to write correctly and handle themselves well so that they can communicate clearly in even the most intimidating of environments.
Cody Steele is a Statistical Communications Specialist at Minitab.
Cody is a technical communicator and statistician who wants to help people collect the right data and analyze it to make informed decisions. His specialities include statistics, technical communication, statistical reliability, JMP, SAS, and writing for translation.