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.
Joe is the President/CEO of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, an organization with 1,054 members. Apart from his administrative role, he is responsible for writing a column and a majority of the stories featured in the Blair Business Mirror, the Chamber’s print-newsletter that is published the second Tuesday of each month in the Altoona Mirror newspaper.
Joe has a B.A. Degree in Journalism from Shippensburg University and has a passion for writing. He has given presentations at both Penn State and Juniata College on the importance of writing to people in business, so he feels very comfortable speaking to students on any topic related to writing and communication.