La Plume — Alice M. Davis, Ph.D., James B. Davis, Nancy S. Dressel, James M. Heffernan, Ph.D., Sharon M. Meagher, Ph.D., and John S. Morrison Jr., have been elected as the newest members of the Keystone College Board of Trustees and Robert H. Swartley has been elected as the new Board chair.
“The Keystone College community extends a heartfelt welcome to all of our newest members of the Board of Trustees and to Bob Swartley as the new chair of our Board of Trustees,” said Keystone College President Dr. David L. Coppola. “Their expertise and dedication will enable Keystone to continue our ongoing progress as one of the area’s leading educational institutions.”
“The Board of Trustees looks forward to working with Dr. Coppola and the entire Keystone administration, faculty, and staff through the 2016 academic year and beyond,” Mr. Swartley said. “Keystone is known not only for academic excellence but for providing the type of personalized education to prepare students for successful careers and leadership roles in their communities.”
Dr. Alice Davis, Springville, is executive director and school counselor director of the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center, Springville. She has also been president and CEO of Gracious Living Estates Personal Care Home, owner and CEO of Davan’s Delite, Inc., and owner and CEO of Davis Personal Care Home.
She received a doctor of philosophy degree from Penn State University, a master of science in secondary school administration, and a master of science in counselor education, each from the University of Scranton. Dr. Davis received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Misericordia University and an associate degree in liberal arts from Keystone College. She has also received vocational director and school guidance supervisor certificates.
Among other professional and civic organizations, Dr. Davis is past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Educators, a former member of Keystone College President’s Advisory Council and has served as chair of the Keystone College Annual Fund. She has received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Baden-Powell Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Pennsylvania High School Counselor of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association.
James Davis, Factoryville, is vice chairman of the board and treasurer for DGK Insurance, Factoryville, a firm
with which he has been affiliated since 1986. His areas of expertise include risk management of larger commercial accounts, fire companies, and municipalities. He obtained an associate degree from Keystone College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Elizabethtown College, as well as several professional insurance designations.
Among other civic activities, he is past president of the Factoryville Men’s Civic Club, treasurer of Factoryville United Methodist Church, chair of the Clinton Township Planning Commission, and a member of the Wyoming County Planning Commission. Mr. Davis has been a member of Keystone’s President’s Advisory Council and serves on the committee for the Keystone Open Golf Tournament. In 2013, he received the distinguished Service to Keystone College Award.
Mrs. Dressel, Pocono Pines, returns to the Keystone Board, having previously served from 2006-2015. Recently retired, she served as the director of development for United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Previously, she served as the development director of SCOLA Volunteers for Literacy, and as branch director of the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania Pocono/NE branch, development consultant at the Children’s Advocacy Center, and adjunct faculty member at Keystone.
In the community, Mrs. Dressel serves on the Architectural Review Committee for Lake Naomi/Timber Trails. She is a past president of Temple Hesed Sisterhood, the Abington Blood Council, the Lackawanna County Medical Society Alliance, and the Jewish Community Parenting Center. She was the 2011 recipient of the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award and was involved in the planning of The Gathering at Keystone College.
Mrs. Dressel received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Heffernan, Syracuse, N.Y., is a senior consultant at RPA Inc., an executive recruiting firm in Williamsport, Pa., where he has conducted numerous searches for presidential and leadership positions. He has also served as executive director to the New York Campus Compact (NYCC), a membership association of colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education.
Dr. Heffernan was vice president for student affairs and educational services at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y., where he also served as vice president for institutional advancement.
Previous experience includes serving as executive director of The Washington D.C. Center for Learning Alternatives; visiting professor at the Institute for Higher Education in New South Wales, Australia; associate professor in the Syracuse University Department of Higher and Adult Education; assistant director of Institutional Research at Dartmouth College; and research assistant at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Dr. Heffernan earned a doctor of philosophy in higher education and a master of arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan; a master’s degree in student personnel administration in higher education from Columbia University Teachers College; and a bachelor’s history from Lafayette College.
Dr. Meagher is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at Widener University, Chester, Pa. She is a member of Widener’s senior leadership, Dean’s Council, and Provost’s Council and is involved with facilitating the urban planning and visioning process in the community of Chester.
Dr. Meagher is co-founder and co-chair of the Public Philosophy Network, an organization which connects philosophers with one another, and with colleagues in other disciplines, for collaborative scholarship and social action projects.
She has also been a principal in PraXis edu, a higher education consulting organization; chair of the Department of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Scranton; Visiting Professor for the Centre for Gender, Culture, and Development at the Kigali Institute of Education, Kigali, Rwanda; and director of education for the Union Institute’s Office of Social Responsibility, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Meagher has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Sociology from Boston College; has undertaken graduate study in political science at the Free University of Berlin, Germany; and has a doctorate in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Before his recent retirement, Mr. Morrison, Pittston, had been employed for 17 years in a variety of health care management positions at United Methodist Homes’ Wesley Village campus in Pittston, including serving as a registered nurse manager, registered nurse assessment coordinator, assistant director of nursing, and director of infection control. He has also worked in healthcare and management positions for Mountainview Care Center, Olsten Kimberly Quality Care Home, and Health Care Associates.
Mr. Morrison is a member of the Employment Opportunity and Training Center board of directors, and treasurer of Clarks Summit Fire Company Number 1 and the organization’s Firemen’s Relief Association. He is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Association of Professionals in Infection Control.
He received the 2016 Keystone College Thomas Davis ’52 Presidential Medallion; the Community Medical Center School of Nursing Georgia black Award in Neurological Nursing; and the Community Medical Center School of Nursing Citizenship Award.
Mr. Morrison obtained an associate degree in business administration/accounting from Keystone College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, a registered nurse diploma from Community Medical Center/Marywood University, and is a licensed registered professional nurse.
Mr. Swartley, Collegeville, is president and majority shareholder of Swartley Brothers Engineers, Inc., a firm specializing in industrial and commercial electrical engineering and construction in the Delaware Valley. He received the Keystone College Joyce Tressler Award for Volunteerism and the Keystone College Presidential Medallion. Active in his community, he also serves on the board of Face to Face, a human services organization in the Philadelphia area.
He received the Keystone College Joyce Tressler Award for Volunteerism and the Keystone College Presidential Medallion. Active in his community, he also serves on the board of Face to Face, a human services organization in the Philadelphia area. He received an associate degree from Keystone College and a bachelor’s degree from Spring Garden College.
Other officers elected to the Keystone Board include John F. Pullo, Sr., chair-elect; Attorney Judith Gardner Price, first vice chair; and James C. Clark, secretary.