Board of Trustees
Lydia graduated from the University of Kentucky’s Business Management Institute in 1983 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University in 1975. Before retirement, Lydia worked for the Finance & Business’ Office of Diversity & Inclusion of Pennsylvania State University. She also graduated from the Leadership Centre County program in 1994 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 served as a member of the Foxdale Village Board of Trustees for two 3-year terms (July 2007-June 2013). She is currently involved in the following community activities: Forum on Black Affairs, Renaissance Scholarship Fund, Unity Church of Jesus Christ, Centre Moves and Task Force on Policing & Communities of Color. Lydia is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been married for 41 years to Gary Abdullah, retired writer/editor in College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. She is the mother of Gary Andre and Donna and grandmother to 3 grandchildren.
Jim's home is in Petersburg and he is a member of the State College Friends Meeting. He is a self-employed contractor. His hobbies include ceramics, running, coaching children’s soccer teams and parenting his children. Jim’s education includes years of study at Mercer County Community College, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University (Tyler School of Art) and Arizona State University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts in ceramics from Mercer County Community College and pursued graduate studies in Education/Art at PSU. Jim’s community service activities have included volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, Centre Soccer Association, State College Friends Meeting (Building and Grounds Committee) and the State College Friends School.
Glen grew up in Illinois and spent the first 40 years of his life as a Midwesterner. He attended college in Ohio, earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oberlin College, taught mathematics at the high school level in the south suburbs of Chicago, earned his M.A. in mathematics from the University of Illinois, taught middle school and high school mathematics in Williams Bay, WI, and completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then taught in the Mathematics Department and College of Education at the University of Iowa prior to becoming a faculty member in Penn State’s College of Education in 1986. He recently retired as Emeritus Professor of Education. Glen’s volunteer activities have included work with Habitat for Humanity: building houses, serving as president of the local affiliate’s board of directors, and participating in two Jimmy Carter Work Projects overseas. He also has chaired the Board of Directors for the Centre County Women’s Resource Center and has done community development work in Haiti and Katrina/Rita hurricane rebuilding work in Louisiana with volunteer groups from State College Presbyterian Church. Glen and his wife have three grown children. During the time that his wife was a student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Glen was a part-time resident of Pittsburgh and came to enjoy Pennsylvania from both the State College and Pittsburgh perspectives. Glen’s first contact with Foxdale occurred when his mother was a Foxdale resident in 1991.
Jackie grew up in central New York State and went to school for 2 years at SUNY in Potsdam, north of the Adirondacks. She transferred to Western Washington University where she earned a B.S. Degree in Human Ecology from Huxley College of Environmental Studies. Jackie 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. While working at the Friends School, she created organic garden beds and helped get the grant from West Penn Power-Sustainable Energy Fund for 2 solar arrays, an inverter and data converter installed for the students’ education. She has won awards for sustainable landscape designs at two of Penn State’s Green Design Competitions. She completed a Permaculture Teacher Training course in 2012. She 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. She is self-employed as a Permaculture designer/gardener/educator. Jackie is an avid reader and has been a bookstore manager and worked at both Penn State's Pattee-Paterno and Schlow Libraries. She is a State College Friends Meeting member. Jackie’s 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 Lemont Village Association fundraising events. Years ago, Jackie worked as a nurse's aide and was a volunteer Nursing Home Ombudsman. She currently cares for her 93 year old mother in her home where she has lived for the past 7 years.
James R. Bradley
James grew up locally on a small farm outside of State College near the town of Port Matilda. He attended -- and loved -- the State College Friends School during its early years when it was located below the Friends Meeting House. He then attended Bald Eagle Area High School and learned to appreciate wrestling, football, and country music. James decided not to enroll immediately in college and instead worked on a ranch/nature preserve run by The Nature Conservancy in Montana. Afterwards, he attended Earlham College. He traveled to Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania where he studied Community Development and Sustainability and earned a degree in Biology. James moved to Los Angeles for 3 years where he was Assistant Director of a program for developmentally disabled adults. He then accepted a job at Immersive Media which had a contract with Google Maps to collect the street and point of interest 360 imagery in 18 different US cities. He's now back in Happy Valley working with the Skills Group where he fosters community integration with a group of developmentally disabled individuals. He's exploring the idea of starting a nonprofit organization that would better serve the needs of this population and the greater community. James is also a licensed real estate agent at Keller Williams of State College and a principal at Ardrey Lane Investments, a small property acquisition and management partnership . James is very interested in learning more about Foxdale and the experience of the residents. Please don't hesitate to contact him as he'd love to sit down for coffee or lunch and chat.
Margy obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Individual and Family Studies and a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on gerontology from Pennsylvania State University. Margy worked for Foxdale Village as the Director of Admissions and as the Administrator for Health Services. Margy’s work history also has included serving as Administrator for the Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg, Director of Development at the State College Friends School and Administrative Organizer for Service Employees International Union. Margy belongs to the State College Friends Meeting. She is married to Stephen Tuttle and has two children. Her hobbies include vegetable gardening, sewing and watching baseball.
Kate is a long time resident of the Centre Region. She grew up in this area and is a member of the State College Friends Meeting. She spent 37 years employed at the Pennsylvania State University. For 23 of those years, she worked in the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) where she retired as Assistant Director in 2015. As Assistant Director she was responsible for overseeing OSHA, emergency planning, and hazardous waste operations (among other programs) 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, for example, she co-chaired the PSU Presidential Commission on LGBT Equity, chaired the LGBTA Support Network, served as Sexual Harassment Resource Person, and served as mentor to minority students. She received her Bachelors of Science from Antioch College where she completed an environmental practicum on Vancouver Island. Her bachelor’s thesis explored aspects of neurophysiology.
Kate McGrail-Peasley Malvern, PA, outside of Philadelphia but she has resided in nearby Bellefonte since 1979. She is a birthright Friend and a member of State College Friends Meeting since approximately 1982. Kate first came to State College in 1972 as a student to attend Penn State and earned a BS degree in Rehabilitation Ed. After graduating, she worked as a Residential Supervisor for 3 years in a Community Living Arrangement (CLA) for adults with intellectual disabilities. After working as a Reading Tutor and Friendship Group Co-leader for 2 years at FASTrack, Kate returned to Penn State in 1993 to study Elementary School Counseling. In 1995 she graduated with an M.Ed. and began working at Bald Eagle Area School District in September 1995 as a counselor where she remained for 18 years. She and her husband live on a 45-acre farm where hey raise sheep and chickens and host several cats. Their son and daughter are both married and Kate and her husband have 4 grandchildren. Kate's mother was a resident at Foxdale in Darlington House for about a year until her death in 2002. In 2013 Kate retired from her work and currently enjoys several hobbies/interests such as, 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, several student clubs (Band, Soccer, Reading Competition, and SADD). She has also served as an aide in classrooms, at recess and in the cafeteria. Kate looks forward to serving on the Board at Foxdale and plan to live in this community some day.
Vilmos F. Misangyi is an Associate Professor of Management & Organization in the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University (since 2008). Before joining PSU, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware (2002-2008). He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Florida (2002) and his B.S. in Financial Administration from Michigan State University (1987). Vilmos' research is broadly concerned with corporate governance. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Organizational Research Methods, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, and the Leadership Quarterly. The findings of his research have been reported on in the business press including in Business Week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Denver Post, the NewsJournal (Wilmington, DE), and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Vilmos currently teaches the Strategic Management core course in the Smeal resident and executive MBA programs, the Power and Influence elective course in the Smeal resident MBA program, and the Business Simulation course in the Smeal executive MBA program. Vilmos has served as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Review, where he still serves on its editorial review board. He also is currently serving on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal and the Strategic Management Journal as well as 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. Before embarking on his career in academia, Vilmos worked for the Continental Baking Company (the company responsible for bringing us Hostess Twinkies, Cupcakes, HoHos, and Fruitpies as well as Wonder Bread) and for the Carvel Corporation (makers of ice cream and ice cream cakes). He worked at Continental Baking from 1988 until 1994 in financial and accounting management positions (Route Accounting Supervisor, Accounts Receivable Manager, and Cost Accounting Manager), first in a Hostess Cake manufacturing plant in Detroit, MI and then in a Hostess Cake/Wonder Bread manufacturing plant in Philadelphia, PA. He then worked for the Carvel Corporation at their corporate headquarters in Farmington, CT from 1994-1997, as the senior financial analyst and then as the Director of Financial Analysis, Budgeting, and Strategic Analysis. In his free time, Vilmos enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, working on projects around the house and yard, mountain biking, hiking, attending musical and theatrical performances, and watching movies. The family pets currently include three hens and two dogs. 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 is a member of the meeting’s Religious Education Committee.
Clovis is a resident of Foxdale Village. He received a Bachelor of Laws (J.D.) and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from the University of Texas/Austin. He also received a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science Degree from the University of Colorado. Clovis worked for North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) as Assistant Professor of Political Science, Associate Professor and Full Professor. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1996. During his college years and career, he held many offices and served as advisor or chair for various academic services and received numerous academic awards. During his career, he has been involved with and even led several development and fund-raising activities. Clovis has completed community service for many organizations including Great Denton Arts Council, Boulder Light Opera Company, First Presbyterian Church, Denton Campus Christian Ministry Council, Board of Adjustment of City of Denton, founder of United Nations association/USA chapter in Boulder Colorado, United Nations Association/USA of Centre County, Faith United Church of Christ and Historic Preservation Board in Erie.
Hugh A. Mose
Hugh has been employed in the public transportation industry for over 35 years. He currently maintains a transportation consulting practice, providing professional planning and engineering services to transit systems and other public sector agencies, as well as private business. For nineteen years prior to his retirement in 2014, Hugh 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. Hugh’s professional background includes five years as Transit Manager for the City of Iowa City, Iowa; four years as Assistant Transit Director for the City of Fresno, California; and eight years as 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. Hugh has also maintained a strong presence in the Centre County community. Among his long-term leadership commitments are the Centre County United Way, the State College Downtown Rotary Club and the SPE Federal Credit Union. Hugh has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, culminating in 2010, when he was 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, Hugh also holds an M.S. degree in Transportation and Urban Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Hugh and his wife Janyce, a clinical Audiologist, reside in the Borough of State College, where they share their home with a retired professional athlete – a Greyhound dog!
Marjorie E. Nelson
Marjorie earned a B.A. Chemistry from Earlham College in 1960. She also earned an M.D. from Indiana University College of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1964 and a MPH (Master of Public Health) from Yale University in 1973. Marjorie was employed as a Staff Physician with the AFSC Project in Quang Ngai, Vietnam from 1967-1969. From 1970-1973, she served as a Health Director in Wilton, Connecticut. Marjorie was employed by Planned Parenthood from 1973-1979 as both a Staff Physician and Medical Director at a number of locations throughout the U.S. In 1977 she began a teaching career with Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her clinical career consisted of a General Preventive Medicine practice and TB Prevention Program until her retirement in 2000.
From nursery school through college, Herman attended parts of the University of Chicago. He then obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard. In 1969, following a postdoctoral year at Yale, he joined the faculty of the Penn State Chemistry Department. After retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1994, he maintained an active research laboratory for several years and was active in professional writing until 2007. In 1962 he married Jane Blair Moss, then completing a Ph.D. degree in chemistry at Penn State. They adopted three children and lived in the Borough of State College until 1991. They then moved to an old log cabin a few miles from State College and lived there until moving to Foxdale. Herman has been involved in a range of local community organizations and governmental bodies, including particularly the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County (President two years, Treasurer five years, etc., currently on the Finance Committee). Herman and Jane moved to a Foxdale cottage in June, 2008. At Foxdale, Herman has been active on the Resident Association Board: Anthony House Representative (2009-2010), Vice-President (2010-2011), and President (2011-2013). He has also served on several committees including Program, Food, Green, Garage Sale (Chairman of book sales), Feasibility Study (major fund-raising), and Strategic Planning. He also participates in activities including the Foxdale Chorus and Poker Group.
Mick Smyer is the former Provost and a current Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University, a post he has held since 2008. A national expert, Smyer has written and lectured extensively on aging. In addition to holding leadership roles in national organizations on aging, Mick has also consulted with Fortune 500 companies, state and national legislative leaders, and higher education organizations on the impacts of aging. He 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, designed to make older people more valued, visible and effective on climate change. Mick is aiming to help move older people from anxiety to action to habit on climate issues. A native of New Orleans, Smyer provides 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.