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.
Maria is the President of Marakae Marketing Incorporated, a company that she founded in 1996 dedicated to providing clients with creative, professional marketing services that enhance their image and help to increase profits. Celebrating over 20 years in business, Marakae Mareting, Inc. is a Certified Women Business Entity. In addition to running her business, Maria is a wife and mother of three girls, Maria, Rachael, and Kailey; the name of her business incorporates the first syllable of each of their names.
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.
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).
Mary is the owner of Dolce Vita Desserts, a local bakery that just recently relocated from Lemont to a much larger location on Commercial Blvd in State College. Mary began Dolce Vita Desserts as a very small business out of her kitchen, and through her hard work and exceptional services, it has expanded to what it is today, maintaining a large presence in the Centre County community. All of Mary’s desserts are made in-house, many of them using recipes that she inherited from her mother and grandmothers. She bakes everything from scratch with the highest quality ingredients, and is uniquely interested in doing whatever customizing she can to meet the needs of her customers. In Mary’s new, larger location, she has also developed two distinct spaces to help bridge the gap between her business and the local community. The first is a kids-space that she will use to host children’s birthday parties, and the second is a private event space that she rents out for various private parties or meetings. Mary is in-charge of all of the day-to-day operations of her business, including tasks from bookkeeping and payroll, to design and baking, to advertising and marketing, and everything in-between.
Tom is a Principal at Boyer & Ritter and has over 27 years of experience providing audit, accounting, tax, and consulting services for a variety of clients and industry groups. Tom is a key member of several practice groups in the firm, including the Entrepreneurial Business Services, Tax Services, Dealership Services, and Forensic, Valuation and Litigation Services Groups. He specializes in writing reports for litigation and testifying purposes in regards to business valuation and damages.
Tom began his accounting career with Ernst & Young in Charlotte, NC, where he served as a senior consultant in the tax department until becoming the partner-in-charge of Boyer & Ritter’s State College office in 1990.
Frederick is the President of Fernsler Hutchinson Architecture, LLC. Frederick has over 40 years of experience as a Registered Architect with 38 of those years as a Principal starting a firm in 1975. Additionally, Frederick has spent significant time as Real Estate Developer and Owner. He has provided expanded services for international and domestic project management and specialized consulting from the first manned flight to Mars to the manufacture of ice in the Arabian Desert. Frederick received his Bachelor of Architecture from Penn State as well as completed the Architectural Engineering Graduate Program.
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.