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Board of Directors

  • John Friend, Board Chair
    John Friend, Board Chair

    John serves as the Vice President for UG Admissions & Secondary Schools at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. John’s focus with the University is to expand partnerships with secondary schools and build enrollment for the undergraduate classes at the university. He has an extensive background in public education as a teacher, school principal, Associate Superintendent, and Superintendent. John serves on the Jr. Leadership committee. He resides in Carlisle with his wife Colleen. Their children Allie and Kevin are both in graduate school.

  • Barrie Ann George, '17, Vice Chair
    Barrie Ann George, '17, Vice Chair

    Barrie Ann George is the Vice President of Development & Communications for Safe Harbour. She earned both her Bachelors' degree in Government Administration and Masters' degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University. Barrie Ann is the Secretary of the Carlisle Kiwanis Club and serves as a Lt. Governor of the South-Central Region of Kiwanis. She and her husband, Joseph George have been writing a Fine Arts column for several publications since 2013. Together they have two adult children. Barrie Ann is an LC alum from the Class of 2017 and serves as chair of the Alumni Committee.

  • Jay Cattron ‘20, Secretary
    Jay Cattron ‘20, Secretary

    Jay is the Health & Wellness / Membership Director at the Carlisle Family YMCA. He holds a Sports and Exercise Science Degree and an Athletic Coaching Minor from Gannon University in Erie, PA. Jay was voted on the board by the 2020 Leadership Cumberland class. He also serves as the Pennsylvania State Chair for the United States Handball Association. He is from Western PA but currently resides in Carlisle with his wife Heather and dog Gracie.

  • Brooke Murphy ‘19, Treasurer
    Brooke Murphy ‘19, Treasurer

    Brooke is a tax accountant with SEK CPAs & Advisors. Graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance. She lives in Gardners with her husband, Clint, and their daughter, Jillian. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family & friends, especially at the beach or anywhere outdoors.

  • John Anthony
    John Anthony

    John Anthony has lived with his wife of 35+ years, Karen, and their two children in the Central PA area since 1989. During that time he has served the community in several capacities including Past President of the Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership, Past President of the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Jubilee Day for 9 years, Past Director on the Mechanicsburg Area School District Board, Boy Scouts Past District Finance Chair and current New Birth of Freedom Council’s Executive Board member, Past President of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North, 2020 / 2021 District Governor of Rotary District 7390, Past Board Member Leadership Cumberland and serves on the LC JLC committee. John is currently serving on the Mechanicsburg Borough Council as Vice-President, Trustee, and past officer of Eureka-West Shore Lodge #302 F&AM. He also volunteers for Junior Achievement and is a member of the Mechanicsburg Lions Club. His vocation is as a Mortgage Lender with Fairway Independent Mortgage where he oversees operations in Mechanicsburg, State College, and Hershey. John is excited to be back on the LC Board, helping to develop our communities’ future leaders.

  • Scott Coburn '17
    Scott Coburn '17

    Scott Coburn is the Counsel and Education Director for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, which represents the interests of about 1,450 townships around the state. Prior to that, he was in private practice in Philadelphia. He lives in Enola with his wife, Stacie, and their three daughters, Madison, Evelyn and Chelsea. When he’s not attending one of their activities, he is active with the Cumberland Valley Softball Association, referees high school basketball, and serves on the board of UCP of Central Pennsylvania.

  • Bob Dresser
    Bob Dresser

    Strategic Executive Consulting

  • Preeti Ghosh ‘20
    Preeti Ghosh ‘20

    Preeti is the Branch Executive Officer with Orrstown Bank. She also serves on the Board for Girls on the Run. She resides in Enola with her husband Supriyo, two daughters Amaya and Kaya, and her two Yorkie boys Cesar and Maximus. She loves running, cooking, all things animals, and travel. In her spare time, she teaches Indian cooking classes at home.

  • Taylor Griffiths ‘16
    Taylor Griffiths ‘16

    Taylor is a community-focused and public servant leader. Graduate from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Public Administration. Master’s Degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness from Millersville University. Taylor holds numerous professional certifications with the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications. He has been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 1999. He has also completed the FEMA Professional Development series and is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

  • Robb Keith
    Robb Keith

    Robb Keith is a Vice President of Relationship Management with Members 1st Federal Credit Union. In his role, he thrives on building trusting friendships based on a genuine desire to serve members, prospects, and the communities at large to fulfill the mission of Members 1st throughout our markets. He has served in many organizations over his entire banking career. A native of Chambersburg and a graduate of Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, he has lived in Central PA since 1987. Robb and his wife Karen live in Perry County. They are very proud parents, blessed with 5 grown children and grandchildren. In his spare time, Robb enjoys music, great food, friends, sports, reading, and laughter.

  • Ashley Kurtz '16
    Ashley Kurtz '16

    Marketing Manager, Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation

  • Kellan Lowe, '16
    Kellan Lowe, '16

    Kellan Lowe is the Head of Human Resources for Volvo Construction Equipment, located in Shippensburg, PA. In his role, Kellan oversees all aspects of Human Resources, with a primary focus on supporting the needs of the Operations and Purchasing functions. He and his team are responsible for compensation and benefits administration, talent management, employee relations, workforce development, employee health and wellness, and legal compliance. Kellan has been with Volvo for over 13 years, and he has been in his current role for the last 7 years. Kellan has an MBA from Shippensburg University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University. He also holds a Graduate Certification in International Economic Relations from American University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children and is an avid sports lover. He plays soccer and golf and enjoys snowboarding during the winter months.

  • Safronia Perry ‘18
    Safronia Perry ‘18

    Safronia Perry is the Executive Director of Hope Station, a non-profit organization in Carlisle, PA that serves low-income families. She served as a board member for two consecutive three-year terms. She was hired as the Interim Assistant Director in April of 2016 and then the Executive Director in August of 2017. She currently serves as a board member for LC, The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Inter-task Force and chairperson for the Advisory Council, Carlisle CAN, Dickinson College Learning and Action, and serves as Commissioner for the Carlisle Human Relations Commission. She is also on Borough Council.

  • Kyle Petty ‘18
    Kyle Petty ‘18

    Kyle is a financial planner at Orrstown Bank. He is an Alumni of the 2018 Leadership Cumberland class. In addition to serving on the curriculum committee of Leadership Cumberland, he also serves on the board of the Carlisle Kiwanis Club as Treasurer. He lives in Dillsburg with his wife Harmony and their three children.

  • Morgan Rector ‘19
    Morgan Rector ‘19

    Morgan Rector is a Business & Professional Banker at M&T Bank. She is currently serving as a Board Member for CALC, Maranatha-Carlisle, and the YMCA. She lives in Harrisburg with her husband Nathan. In their spare time, they love to travel. Morgan is an LC alum from the Class of 2019.

  • Justin Witmer ‘13
    Justin Witmer ‘13

    Justin Witmer works as Vice President Commercial Services at F&M Trust. Justin brings more than 15 years of business development, sales lead generation, prospect development, and client relationship management experience to this role in the Capital Region business community. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Messiah College. He resides in Dillsburg with his wife, and five children. Justin is actively engaged in the local community. He serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Cumberland and recently served on Cumberland Area Economic Developments Tourism Grant Committee.

  • Austin Wolfe ‘19
    Austin Wolfe ‘19

    Austin is an attorney with McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC where he practices in the Labor and Employment group. Austin’s law practice involves state and federal litigation, and counseling employers across a range of day-to-day issues arising in the workplace. He serves on the Leadership Cumberland Marketing Committee, as well as the board of directors of the Mechanicsburg Cemetery Association. Austin lives in Hampden Township, where he can often be found eating ice cream and chasing around his two young sons.


  • Nicole Deary, Program Director - LC Fellows Program
    Nicole Deary, Program Director - LC Fellows Program

    Nicole Deary is the President and CEO of the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the Chamber, she was the Executive Director of Leadership Cumberland for 5 years. Nicole holds two degrees from Shippensburg University; a Bachelor’s in Public Relations/Psychology and a Master’s in Communication. She has over 20 years of experience in events, marketing, fundraising, and development. Nicole and her husband, Mark, live in Carlisle with their two children, Hayley and Mason, their dog Brady, and their 4 chickens.

  • George Book, Program Director - Junior Leadership Cumberland
    George Book, Program Director - Junior Leadership Cumberland

    George is the President & CEO of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. He has served in this role since 2012 but has been involved with the Chamber since 2000, previously managing a local financial services branch for 15 years. You can find George watching soccer or playing golf if he has free time.

  • Krystin Blauch, Marketing Coordinator
    Krystin Blauch, Marketing Coordinator

    Krystin Blauch joined the organization as Marketing Coordinator in March of 2021. She has worked in the nonprofit field for over nine years and has experience in marketing, business development, event planning, design, and communications. A transplant from New York City, she graduated from Messiah University in 2009 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management. Krystin lives in Jonestown with her college sweetheart Derek, their two boys, and spunky Corgi Kipper. She loves ice cream, cooking, concerts, and spending time with her friends.