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.
Shannon is the Community Education Coordinator for the SCASD. Community Education is a department within SCASD that meets a variety of diverse needs for the entire school district. The most substantial program that Shannon leads is CEEL (Community Education Extended Learning), an after-school program that serves over 25% of children in the district. In her role as Community Education Coordinator, Shannon is in constant communication with parents and teachers, superiors, colleagues, and students. In addition to the after school program, Shannon helps coordinate a variety of programs including summer camps; in-car driver programs for students, parents, and members of the community; clearance paperwork for faculty, staff, and volunteers; and the tutoring center, which pairs in-need high school students with Penn State student volunteers.
Mary is the Director of Operations for Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts. In this position, she oversees the College’s stewardship program, special events, and major donor engagement and recognition opportunities.
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).
Chris is the Director of Communications for the State College Area School District. He has held this position since 2015; prior to this work, he was an award-winning journalist for 25 years. In his current position, he also oversees the district’s website and social media channels, helping to tell the stories of students, teachers, and staff members in order to fulfill the district administration’s responsibility to be open and responsive with the community. Chris welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about applying a storytelling approach to school public relations.
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.
Linda is the Director of Human Resources for the State College Area School District. Prior to joining the District in 2014, she worked in a variety of human resources positions at Penn State and was responsible for all aspects of human resources at Georgian Court University. Linda views herself in HR as a strategic business partner with all areas of the organization, providing creative solutions, resolving complex and controversial issues, and improving operational effectiveness. She received her M.P.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Additionally, she is a founding member of the College and University Work/Family Association and has served on the Board of Directors, as a National Conference Chair, and as President; furthermore, she is a Student Mentor for the Society of Human Resource Management.
Ali is the author of Where Hope Lives, a debut memoir that tells the story of Ali’s entry into the adrenaline-fueled world of firefighting, within which she reflects on the fire storm of opposition to her gender and competence that took place in a small Pennsylvania town. Today, Ali is a firefighter, emergency medical technician, a self-published author, a business owner, an inspirational speaker, a mental health advocate, a suicide prevention instructor, a domestic violence and sexual assault counselor, and a sexual assault and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder survivor. Cultivating her voice after experiencing trauma has given Ali the opportunity to let people battling their own trauma find their voice too.
In 2012, Ali founded Hope Lives Publishing, a company that she created with goal of offering grounded and passionate authors a platform to bring their stories to the page. Additionally, Ali facilitates the Where Hope Lives Empowerment Workshops, a four-part interactive program that is designed to cover different topics including mental health education, overcoming obstacles, self-advocacy, and the importance of seeking help if it’s needed. Ali has presented to numerous conferences and organizations on topics including PTSD, post-traumatic growth, empowerment and resilience, social justice, gender equality, rape culture, mental health, suicide prevention, entrepreneurship, and self-publishing. Ali also runs an active blog at aliwarrenhope.tumblr.com.
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.