“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we welcome our newest members and look forward to continuing Keystone’s progress as one of our region’s leading educational institutions,” said Board Chair Robert H. Swartley.
Gail Dickstein, Natalie Gelb, Alan Glassman, Atty. Daniel Haggerty, Kirby Hickey, Robert Kagler, and David Noyle have been elected as the newest members of the Keystone College Board of Trustees.
“As we begin the 2017-18 academic year, the entire Keystone community welcomes our newest Board of Trustees members. We will surely benefit from their expertise and dedication as we strive to provide the best possible educational experience for our students,” said Keystone President David L. Coppola, Ph.D.
Gail Dickstein, Clarks Summit
Gail Dickstein, Clarks Summit, has been involved in the field of education for the majority of her adult life. She taught elementary school in the Scranton School District for 20 years. Ms. Dickstein joined the faculty at Misericordia University, where she taught classroom management skills and supervised the student-teacher program. She later joined Keystone College where she taught in the Education Department and supervised student teachers. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Arcadia College and completed graduate work at Marywood University and College Misericordia.
Among other community organizations, Ms. Dickstein served the Scranton School District as vice chair of the book selection committee for reading and science and was vice chair of the children’s religious education committee at Temple Hesed. She has also been actively involved on the boards of many community organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Women’s Resource Center and The Commonwealth Medical College.
Natalie Gelb, Clarks Summit
Natalie Gelb, Clarks Summit, recently retired as executive director of the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Valley Authority, a position she held since 2004. During her tenure, Ms. Gelb is widely recognized for making the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail one of the most beautiful and popular nature trails in Pennsylvania.
When Ms. Gelb assumed leadership of the authority, the Heritage Trail consisted of a section connecting Archbald to Blakely and an overgrown segment between Elm Street and Seventh Avenue in Scranton. Today, the Heritage Trail runs 16 miles through Lackawanna County and the total number of visitors has increased nearly 150 percent to 315,000. Trail-related economic activity during the same period advanced 128 percent from $28 million in 2009 to $64 million.
She previously served as president of Harbor Group, Inc., vice president of First Securities Investments, northeast director of marketing for Consulting Group, Inc., marketing representative with Omni Health Plan, and agent for Mutual of New York, where she earned designations as a certified life underwriter and long term care professional. Ms. Gelb obtained a bachelor of science degree in English and history from the University of Maryland and pursued graduate studies in accounting and health care economics.
Among other community positions, she serves as first vice president of the Jewish Family Service and a member of the boards of Northeast Pennsylvania Healthcare Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She also served on Keystone’s President’s Advisory Council and the steering committee of Women in Philanthropy.
Alan Glassman, Clarks Summit
Alan Glassman, Clarks Summit, is vice president at Riggs Asset Management Company, Inc. where he provides investment and business advice to entrepreneurs, family businesses, and family groups throughout the northeastern United States. Mr. Glassman graduated from New York University in 1977 with bachelor of science degrees in economics, finance, business management and marketing.
He returned to Scranton for a management position with G&G Sewing Machine Co., Inc. and MUVA Needle Company. In 1978, he became vice president of G&G Sewing Machine Co. and in 1981 he assumed the position of president. In order to assure the continued growth of the corporation, a multi-year acquisition strategy was developed. To that end, Atlas Rapid Racks, Inc., Automated Components International, Silverman Machines International, Schreiber and Goldberg Limited, and SAL-BEE Limited were acquired over a period of years. Mr. Glassman sold his business interests in 1997 and joined Riggs Asset Management Co., Inc.
Mr. Glassman is a past president of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania and currently serves as chair of strategic planning. He is a past president of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a member of the investment committee of Temple Israel of Scranton and past board member of Friendship House.
Daniel P. Haggerty, Esq., Scranton
Daniel P. Haggerty, Esq., Scranton, is owner and president of PMJ Group, LLC, a business brokerage firm in Clarks Summit. Mr. Haggerty previously worked for family-owned Times-Shamrock Communications as publisher of The Citizens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre, and the Standard-Speaker, Hazleton. He joined PMJ as vice president in 2011. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. and received his law degree and MBA from Villanova University.
After law school, he served as law clerk for the Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and current judge for the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Haggerty serves as board chair of the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance and vice president of the Pennsylvania Business Brokers Association. He is a member of the Lackawanna County Bar Association. Mr. Haggerty serves on the Executive Committee of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County.
Kirby Hickey, York, Pa.
Kirby Hickey, York, Pa., is treasurer and chief financial officer of the World Methodist Council (WMC). He graduated from Keystone College in 1965 with an associate degree in business administration, then earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Moravian College in 1967.
He joined a family business founded by his father, the late George Hickey, and eventually became president and CEO of Hickey Toyota. He also was owner, president and CEO of United Sales, a York company that sold office furniture and provided interior design services.
Mr. Hickey is president of the Stewardship Foundation of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is past president of Rotary Club of Red Lion, Pa. and past president of the York Area New Car Dealers Association. He is the recipient of the Toyota President’s Award and is a member of the Red Lion High School Alumni Hall of Fame for outstanding career recognition and achievement. Since the 1990s, he has worked in many capacities for WMC, an organization representing 80 million Methodists in 133 countries.
Prior to retirement, Robert Kagler, Hudson, Ohio, was a senior regional director at Merck & Company. A former Keystone trustee, he has been recognized with of awards including the Keystonian of the Year in 2004, the college’s Presidential Medallion in 2000, and was inducted in the Keystone Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Mr. Kagler also provided the keynote address at commencement in 1996 and at the 2004 Keystone Scholarship Luncheon. He has been an adviser for Hudson Job Search, Inc., a board member of the Hudson Public Schools Endowment Fund, and served on the Hudson Planning Commission. Mr. Kagler has been a part-time faculty member at the University of Akron Graduate School of Business and a guest lecturer at the College of Charleston.
A native of Scranton and U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Kagler received an associate degree from Keystone College and a bachelor of science degree from Springfield College. He also pursued studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University Graduate School of Business, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, and Duquesne University.
David Noyle, East Norriton, Pa.
David Noyle, East Norriton, Pa., serves as senior director, telesales, for Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company, Philadelphia. Prior to joining Colonial Penn in 2007, Mr. Noyle was an account manager for Verizon in Exton, Pa. He has also served as senior account manager and managing director of client services with Telespectrum in King of Prussia and Berwyn, Pa.
Mr. Noyle has also been director of account management and served in other management positions at RMH in several Pennsylvania cities including Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. He has been an adjunct professor of business administration at Keystone College.
Mr. Noyle graduated from Keystone College with an associate degree in business administration and obtained a bachelor of science in business administration and an MBA from Wilkes University.
He serves as a member of the board of the Keystone’s National Alumni Association and is a member of the scholarship, awards, and board nomination committees. He is a Pre-Cana team member of Visitation BVM church, Norristown, Pa.