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Lydia Abdullah

Lydia graduated from the University of Kentucky’s Business Management Institute in 1983 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to retirement, she worked for the Finance & Business’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Penn State. She is a graduate of the Leadership Centre County program and a certified internal auditor through The Institute of Internal Auditors. Lydia is involved with the following university committees and activities: Equal Opportunity Planning Committee, Finance & Business Strategic Priority Leader, Advancing Diversity & Inclusion, Administrative Fellows Alumni, African American Alumni Organization, and the Administrative Council on Multicultural Affairs. Lydia has served as a member of the Foxdale Village Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013. Additionally, she is involved in community activities, including: Forum on Black Affairs, Renaissance Scholarship Fund, Unity Church of Jesus Christ, Centre Moves and Task Force on Policing & Communities of Color. A native of Philadelphia, Lydia is married to Gary Abdullah, retired writer/editor in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. She is the mother of Gary Andre and Donna and a grandmother of three.

Marsha Bartlett

Marsha Bartlett is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Hospitality Management at The Pennsylvania State University, team teaching a course titled “Hospitality in Senior Living.” The course is designed to introduce students to Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) or Life Plan Communities, and to the opportunities and challenges involved in managing them. The course is taught from a hospitality perspective and focuses on how the application of hospitality management can bring multiple advantages for senior communities and residents. Marsha earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from Juniata College and an M.S. degree in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State. She earned the Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) license (inactive) and worked at Foxdale Village for over nine years. In other social service roles, she served as Executive Director for Strawberry Fields and also worked as a counselor and administrator for the Youth Service Bureau in State College. She is also ordained in the Church of Spirituality and Prophecy and maintains a spiritual counseling practice.

Jackie Bonomo

A New York State native, Jackie holds a B.S. in Human Ecology from Huxley College of Environmental Studies. She has worked as an executive assistant at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, managed the Lemont Farmers Market and was Tait Farm’s retail greenhouse edible plants manager. Of note, while working at the Friends School, Jackie helped get the grant from West Penn Power-Sustainable Energy Fund for two solar arrays, the installation of an inverter and a data converter for the students’ education. She has received awards for her sustainable landscape designs at two of Penn State’s Green Design Competitions. In 2012, upon completing a Permaculture Teacher Training course, Jackie organized and taught Permaculture workshops at Penn State’s MorningStar Solar Home, the Learning Garden site in Millheim, Easterly Parkway Elementary School and the Mazza Community Garden site. Currently, Jackie is self-employed as a Permaculture designer, gardener and educator, and is a State College Friends Meeting member. Her community service activities include volunteering at the Women’s Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity, Taproot Kitchen/Mazza Community Garden, State College Friends School, State College Friends Meeting, and the Lemont Village Association.

Glenn Carter

Glenn received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in ’56 and a M.S. degree in Agricultural Marketing in ’61 from Penn State University. After working for trade associations and a large farm manufacturing operation, he returned to Penn State to work in Continuing Education Administration at the McKeesport and Altoona campuses, while completing a D.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. Glenn went on to serve as the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Penn State and as the Director of Admissions and Records at West Virginia University. In 1996, Glenn retired, and he and his wife, Doris, returned to State College. In retirement, Glenn and Doris have been active volunteers. Glenn volunteers at the Pasto Agricultural Museum; was active in the start of the Community Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL), now OLLI; and is currently the president of the Penn State Retired Faculty/Staff Club. Glenn and Doris moved to Foxdale Village in 2010, where they became very active in the community. Glenn has served as the president of the Resident Council and as a member of the Board Strategic Planning Committee.

Sabrina Chapman

Sabrina holds an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.Ed. degree in Education/English from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology from Penn State. She has served as a Penn State faculty member and taught courses such as Introductory Sociology, Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Death and Dying, Medical Sociology, Social Problems, and the Sociology of Aging. While at Penn State, Sabrina was appointed as Coordinator of Women’s Studies and as the founding Director of the Center for Women Students. During this time, she was also active in the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA); National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors (NAWDAC); and the Big 10 Women’s Advocacy Group. Sabrina has been a resident at Foxdale Village since 2011. She has served as a member, vice-president and president of the Residents Association from 2012 to 2016, and is currently a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and a co-chair of Foxdale’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Nancy Eaton

Nancy holds a B.A. from Stanford University (1965) and an M.L.S. from the University of Texas at Austin (1968).  She has held increasingly responsible positions in the field of Library Science since 1968, including Director of Libraries and Media Services at the University of Vermont, Dean of Library Services at Iowa State University, and Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Penn State (1997-2010), which included administration of all 36 libraries at Penn State’s 24 campuses and the Penn State Press, retiring from Penn State in 2010.  Nancy has served on many professional and community boards, including the Association of Research Libraries, OCLC (an international network that connects libraries worldwide), the Library and Information Technology Association, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Advisory Board, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, the Schlow Library Foundation Board, and the Borough of State College Human Relations Commission. At Foxdale Village, she has served on the Residence Council, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Finance Committee, Development Committee, and OLLI Curriculum Committee.  She has won a number of awards, including Iowa State’s Diversity Award and the American Library Association’s Hugh Atkinson Award for outstanding contributions in the areas of library automation and library management. Nancy lives at Foxdale Village with her two cats.

Kate Lumley-Sapanski

Kate is a longtime resident of the Centre Region and is a member of the State College Friends Meeting. After a 37-year career with Pennsylvania State University, she retired as Assistant Director of the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) in 2015. As Assistant Director, Kate oversaw OSHA, emergency planning, and hazardous waste operations at all 24 PSU campuses. Her programs received both the EPA partnership award for pollution prevention and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Kate has also been committed to diversity equity issues at the University, where she co-chaired the PSU Presidential Commission on LGBT Equity and the LGBTA Support Network, and served as a Sexual Harassment Resource Person and a mentor to minority students. Kate holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Antioch College.

Ken Martin

Ken has worked for the American Philatelic Society, the national organization for postage stamp collectors, for over 25 years holding several management positions.  He has been active in the community since his time as a Penn State student from which he received degrees in Computer Science and Political Science and served three years as Graduate Student Association president.  Ken is past board chair for the Greater Alleghenies Blood Region and Mid Central Chapter of the American Red Cross and has donated nearly 1000 units of blood including more than ten gallons of whole blood and over 800 platelet apheresis products.  He served nine years on the Patton Township Planning Committee, six years on the board of the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau and over ten years on Historic Bellefonte, Inc.  He currently serves as District Treasurer and Area Governor for Rotary.  Ken received the Barash Award for Human Services in 1992 and the Snyder Alumni Award from Penn State University in 2000.

Kate McGrail-Peasley

Making her home in Bellefonte since 1979, Kate is a birthright Friend and a member of State College Friends Meeting since 1982. She first came to State College in 1972 as a Penn State student, earning her B.S. degree in Rehabilitation Ed. After graduating, Kate worked as a Residential Supervisor for three years in a Community Living Arrangement for adults with intellectual disabilities. After working as a Reading Tutor and Friendship Group Co-leader for two years at FASTrack, she returned to Penn State in 1993 to study Elementary School Counseling and earned her M.Ed. in 1995. Later that year, she joined the Bald Eagle Area School District as a counselor, where she remained for 18 years. She and her husband live on a 45-acre farm where they raise sheep and chickens, and host several cats. The couple are the parents of two grown children and the grandparents of four. Kate’s hobbies include grandparenting, reading, embroidery, crochet, gardening and travel. She has volunteered with several groups in her community, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Bellefonte YMCA, Communities That Care, State College Friends School Board, Foxdale Board, First Day School, Long Range Planning for BEASD, Parents That Care, and several student clubs. Kate’s mother was a resident at Foxdale Village in Darlington House for about a year until her death in 2002. Kate enjoys serving on the Board at Foxdale and plans to live in this community in the future.

Vilmos Misangyi

Vilmos F. Misangyi has been an Associate Professor of Management & Organization in the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University since 2008. Prior to joining PSU, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware. Vilmos holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Financial Administration from Michigan State University. Currently, Vilmos teaches courses in both the Smeal resident and executive MBA programs. Vilmos has served as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Review, where he still serves on its editorial review board. He also currently serves on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal and the Strategic Management Journal, and is an ad hoc reviewer for the Administrative Science Quarterly and Organization Science. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. Prior to Vilmos’s career in academia, he worked for the Continental Baking Company (well known for Hostess Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ho Hos, and Wonder Bread) in various capacities, and for the Carvel Corporation (makers of ice cream and ice cream cakes). Vilmos enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters (and three hens and two dogs), working on projects around the house and yard, mountain biking, hiking, attending musical and theatrical performances, and movies. He is a member of the State College Friends Meeting, where he is one of the First Day School teachers of high school-aged students and serves on the Religious Education Committee.

Hugh A. Mose

Having enjoyed a career in the transportation industry for over 35 years, Hugh currently maintains a transportation consulting practice, providing professional planning and engineering services to public sector agencies as well as private business. Earlier in his career, he served as General Manager of the Centre Area Transportation Authority, the public transportation provider in the State College area. During that time, CATA rose to prominence as one of the nation’s premier small transit agencies. Other professional highlights include Transit Manager for the City of Iowa City, Iowa; Assistant Transit Director for the City of Fresno, California; and General Manager for Intercity Transit in Olympia, Washington. Throughout his career, Hugh has been active in transit industry affairs, serving on numerous boards and commissions. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), as well as the American Public Transportation Foundation. He has also maintained a strong presence in the Centre County community through his long-term leadership commitments to the Centre County United Way, State College Downtown Rotary Club and the SPE Federal Credit Union. Hugh has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including being named APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation Manager, the highest honor awarded to an active transit professional in North America. A graduate in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, He also holds an M.S. degree in Transportation and Urban Systems from the University of Maryland. Hugh and his wife, Janyce, reside in the Borough of State College, where they share their home with a retired professional athlete—a greyhound dog!

Rob Nicholas

Rob is an atmospheric scientist with research interests in the areas climate dynamics, empirical downscaling, uncertainty quantification, and Earth system modeling. Rob obtained a B.S. in Physics from Bucknell University, an M.A.T in natural Science from Colgate University, and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.  Rob serves as an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences at Penn State University as well as Assistant Director of Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI).  Rob is a regular attender of the State College Friends Meeting and lives in State College with his family.

Selden Smith

Selden earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from The Pennsylvania State University in 1978. Throughout his career, Selden has served in various development and fundraising positions, including roles at The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Iowa Foundation, and The Pennsylvania State University. In 2017, Selden retired from Penn State after 17 years as the Director of Major Gifts for the Eberly College of Science. Selden is a member of the State College Friends Meeting and is involved in many other community activities, including the Borough of State College’s CDBG Citizens’ Advisory Committee and the Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus. Since 2017, Selden has served as the Campaign Director for Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania. Selden is very familiar with Foxdale Village, having previously served on the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2007 and as clerk of the Board from 2006 to 2007. Selden’s father-in-law is also a Foxdale Village resident.

Mick Smyer

A former Provost and current Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University since 2008, Mick is a national expert who has written and lectured extensively on the subject of aging. In addition to his leadership roles, he has also consulted with Fortune 500 companies, state and national legislative leaders, and higher education organizations on the impacts of aging. Mick also has experience in translating issues of aging for larger audiences, including appearances on PBS, NPR, and other media outlets. Currently, Mick is leading Graying Green: Climate Action for an Aging World, an initiative designed to make older people more valued, visible and effective on climate change, and to empower older people to move from anxiety to action to habit on climate issues. A native of New Orleans, Smyer enjoys providing vocals and “nuanced” washboard with the Rustical Quality String Band, including on their most recent CD, Rescued from Oblivion. Mick holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University. A Quaker, Mick served on the founding Board of Foxdale and also served another term when he returned to the area in 2008.

Connie Wheeler

Connie received a B.S. in Sociology from Juniata College in 1969. After she and her husband moved to State College in 1971 for him to complete his education at Penn State, they liked the area so much that they stayed! She worked at Penn State Federal Credit Union for 37 years and served as CEO from 1999 until her retirement in 2014. As CEO, Connie transitioned from managing operations to strategic vision and planning, financial analysis, executive supervision and working with the Board of Directors. She served on the Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee for several years as well as on the Board of Directors. Connie has served on several local non-profit boards, including the AIDS Project, Arts Festival, and currently the Centre Safe Board as a member of its Finance Committee. Additionally, she is very active in the State College Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and is co-chair of the Philanthropic Priorities and Funds Distribution Committee. Connie is also a member of the State College Friends Meeting, serving as Treasurer and a Finance Committee member.

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