Meet The Team

 

Our organization is comprised of dedicated and passionate staff and volunteer board members from our area school districts, industry leaders, and nonprofit leaders.  

Jeffrey Emanuel

Director

 

Jeff joined The Foundation in August of 2017.  His diverse background as a Manager, Data Analyst, and Quality Analyst for organizations like Geisinger Health System, AASHTO, and Lockheed Martin provides a unique industry perspective.  This coupled with his kids-first approach to life as a stay-at-home dad prior to his two children starting school, has made him appreciate the challenges of our area students, and how our local industries can partner with educators to ensure their future success.  Jeff is a US Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Policy and Program Fellow and has a B.S. in Geo-Environmental Engineering from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

Foundation Board of Directors

Tom Kapelewski

Chairman

SEKISUI/KYDEX

Dean Girton

Treasurer

Girton Manufacturing

 

James Geffken

Benton School District

Jeff Groshek

Central Columbia School District

Ken Kryder

Columbia Montour Vo-Tech

Ricki Boyle

Danville School District

Jim Becker

Southern Columbia School District

 

Bob Croop

Vice-Chair

Berwick School District

Chris Stamatedes
Secretary

PPL Electric Utilities

Fred Gaffney

Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce

Scott Near

Arconic (Kawneer)

Kara Seesholtz

Central Susquehanna Community Foundation

Sharon Wilkin

Design Group (CSS Industries)

Tina McDowell

Geisinger Health System

Our Mission

 

“Working together, the educators and employers of Columbia and Montour counties will ensure that lifelong learners obtain the academic, technical, and employability skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century workplace.”