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2014 Board of Directors

The Penn State Berks Alumni Society is currently accepting votes for its board of directors. To vote you must be a current member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

To vote by online ballot, please select the names of the candidates you would like to vote for and include your first name, middle initial, last name, address and phone number so that your Penn State Alumni Association membership can be verified. Please vote for up to four candidates and vote for each candidate only once. You'll find an online ballot at the bottom of this page.

Online voting will end at midnight on Monday, May 5, 2014.  

To vote by paper ballot, please plan to attend the Annual Alumni Society meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Janssen Conference Center.

Candidates


Name: Ann Michele Blood

Year Graduated Penn State: 1996
Major: Business Administration
Degree: Associate in Science
Penn State Activities as a Student: Berks County Chapter of the PSAA Board Member
Alumni Association Membership: Life Member
Honors/Awards: 1997 - Outstanding Associate Degree Alumnus - PS Berks Campus Alumni Society, 2002 - PSBerks-Lehigh Valley Outstanding Berks-Lehigh Valley College Recent Alumnus Award, Junior League Founders Award - 1999, Junior League Made a Difference Award - 2005, to date only Junior League member in 90+ years to have won both awards.  Led Cambridge-Lee United Way of Berks County campaign the last three years in increasing employees participation of over 600%.  Has been board members for the following non-profit organizations: Berks TALKLINE, Junior League of Reading.  Prior committee member for the following organization: Opportunity House.  Current committee member for the following organization: John Paul II Center.  Featured in Reading Eagle as non-profit volunteer of the week in year 2009 for volunteer work for Opportunity House.  Speaker for United Way of Berks County top 25 work campaign workshop for fundraising skills.
Other: Looking to help out once again in a board postion for Berks campus Alumni Society. Prior 20+ years was board member for Berks on both Chapter and Alumni Society boards. My prior life in the past 5-7 years forced me to focus on family due to the personal health issue fo a family member who passed away almost a year ago. I enjoy serving the community and also my Penn State family.


Name: Mark D. Dawson

Year Graduated Penn State: 1999, 2013
Major: Electrical Engineering Technology and Business Administration
Degree: Associate in Electrical Engineering Technology and Associate in Business Administration
Other Education: License Master Electrician
Business/Profession: Penn State Berks Campus
Current Penn State Activities: Current member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Current member of the Penn State Berks Alumni Society Board, PSU Berks Campus Men's Rugby Coach, Nittany Lion and Santa Sighting - Santa: 2012, 2013
Alumni Association Membership: Annual Member
Honors/Awards: Governor Mifflin Soccer Club Past President and Coach, PSU Berks Dean's List
Other: I would like to continue to help the Alumni Society and Alumni Relations service the Penn State Berks Campus community, current students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


Name: Richard J. (Dick) Diehm

Year Graduated Penn State: 1980
Major: Letters, Arts, & Sciences
Degree: Associate
Other Education: Electronics Technician, PA Building Inspections
Business/Profession: Retired Code Enforcement Officer
Current Penn State Activities: Penn State Berks Alumni Society Board Member, Chair of Ice Cream Sales
Penn State Activities as a Student: SGA, Theater
Alumni Association Membership: Life Member
Honors/Awards: City of Reading Zoning Board, Lions Club Ambulance, Fire Police Officer
Other: Currently, I am a member of the board and chair for the Berkey Creamery Ice Cream Sale.


Name: Jason LaFrance

Year Graduated Penn State: 1994
Major: Labor and Industrial Relations
Degree: B.S.
Other Education: Masters Degree in Human Resources, St. Francis
Business/Profession: AmeriHealth Caritas - Human Resources
Current Penn State Activities: Two active daughters has our family frequently visiting University Park campus for volleyball, basketball, soccer, football, etc.
Penn State Activities as a Student: Penn State Berks Basketball (1990-1992), Captain. CCAC Finals in 90/91; CCAC Champions 91/92.
Honors/Awards: Have worked in HR for 20 years climbing the corporate ladder in each one of my positions. Achieved my Masters Degree and my SPHR. With two active girls (now 11 and 13), I have coached tee ball, softball, basketball over the years to present.
Alumni Association Membership: Life Member
Other: Born and raised in Massachusetts I have been a PSU fan since I was 10. I started visiting PSU while in high school and immediately fell in love with University Park Campus. I really wanted to play basketball coming out of High School and also wanted to go to PSU. I was accepted and went to Berks for my first two years and was able to start both years and earn captain honors in my second year.  I had a great experience at Berks Campus and wouldn't trade it for the world. Who would have thought a kid from Massachusetts would go to PSU, play basketball, form life long friendships/relationships that continue strong today, and meet his future wife and PSU Grad Dana (Luke) LaFrance? I owe a lot to PSU and Berks especially as I began to enter those new phases of my life. PSU prepared me not only academically, but individually, socially and professionally. After graduating from University Park Campus in '94 I began my career in HR and settled in Harrisburg, PA area until present day. My family is a true PSU family with heavy love and support for our University and Nittany Lion teams. Men's and Women's Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, and of course Football allows for frequent visits to the place my wife and I deeply love (kids now too). I would love to be a part of the University and where it all started for me. I know what a tremendous university PSU is and what it can provide you as an individual. Berks is where it all started for me and this would be a wonderful opportunity for me to give back to the university and the current/future Penn Staters. WE ARE......PENN STATE!


Name: Andrew K. Molin

Year Graduated Penn State: 2009
Major: Accounting
Degree: B.S.
Business/Profession: Genesis Healthcare
Current Penn State Activities: Current member of the Penn State Alumni Association
Penn State Activities as a Student: Member of the Accounting Society
Alumni Association Membership: Life Member
Other: I am nominating myself because I feel I bring a fresh perspective to this and as a recent graduate I can relate to students that are about to come out into the job markets. Also as someone who has worked in the health care industry since June 2009 I know how to work in a demanding and ever changing environment. I am also a very hard worker and enjoy helping wherever I can.


Name: John Perate

Year Graduated Penn State: 1996
Major: Marketing and International Business
Degree: B.S.
BusinessProfession: Santander - Commercial Banking
Current Penn State Activities: President - Penn State Berks Alumni Society, Advisory Board - Penn State Berks, Alumni Council - PSAA
Penn State Activities as a Student: SGA, Judicial Affairs Committee, IM Ice Hockey and Floor Hockey, Marketing Club
Alumni Association Membership: Life Member
Honors/Awards: Board Member - Junior Achievement of Berks County, Board Member - South Mountain YMCA, Past Volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Leadership Berks - Graduate 2013
Other: I feel strongly about giving back to the community and to Penn State. I was able to receive an affordable, quality education that started at Berks Campus, and has taken me to University Park and The Netherlands as part of my studies.  I am proud to be a Penn Stater and part of the Society.


Name: Patrick Readdy

Year Graduated Penn State: 2013
Major: Journalism
Degree: B.A.
Business/Profession: The Performance Group
Penn State Activities as a Student: Penn State Chi Alpha chapter;  Penn State Lionlines Telefund
Alumni Association Membership: Annual Member
Honors/Awards: 2008-Present Hopewell Network Summer Camps Counselor, 2014- Named Assistant Director for 2014 Hopewell Network Camps
Other: The reason I am running for election for the Penn State Berks Alumni Society is because I want to stay involved with Penn State Berks.  I loved my time at Penn State Berks and University Park and by being a board member,  I can remain involved with the Penn State Berks community, both current students and alumni.      


Name: Kevin R. Tobias

Year Graduated Penn State: 1986
Major: Telecommunications
Degree: B.A.
Other Education: MPA Kutztown University
Business/Profession: Municipal Government
Current Penn State Activities: Penn State Berks Alumni Society Vice President
Penn State Activities as a Student: IM Sports, Resident Life Representative
Honors/Awards: Who's Who Local Government, Past member of Tri-Valley Board of Directors
Alumni Association Membership: Annual Member
Other: I am interested in continuing the fine work that the current members of the board have started.  I feel a real sense of Penn State pride in serving on the board, and wish to continue to work towards better recruitment of new members. There is a good group of current members who are workers and want to promote the efforts of the association.


The society will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Janssen Conference Center, at which time the elected board of directors for 2014-2015 will be announced. Paper ballots will also be available at the meeting for anyone who has not had the opportunity to vote by online ballot.

The Berks Alumni Society brings together alumni of the college through a variety of events and activities. Their mission is to enhance the interests and reputation of the college and to achieve a closer fellowship between the alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community. The Society also encourages support for scholarships, promotes professional development of students and alumni, and fosters a sense of pride and commitment to the college.