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.”

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



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, an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and Certificates of Progressive and Executive Leadership from Cornell University.

Foundation Board of Directors

Tom Kapelewski



Dean Girton


Girton Manufacturing

James Geffken

Benton School District

Bob Croop

Berwick School District

Ken Kryder

Columbia Montour Vo-Tech

Ricki Boyle

Danville School District

Jim Becker

Southern Columbia School District

Joe Rasmus

Millville School District


Jeff Groshek


Central Columbia School District

Chris Stamatedes

PPL Electric Utilities

Fred Gaffney

Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce

Kara Seesholtz

Central Susquehanna Community Foundation

Sharon Wilkin

Design Group (CSS Industries)

Tina McDowell

Geisinger Health System

Mary Howe

Bloomsburg University

Bruce Schlichter