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Alumni Council Executive Committee
Annette Reeder Bair '93
Annette graduated from Juniata in 1993 with a B.A. in Business Management and French. She currently works for TE Connectivity (formerly known as AMP Incorporated) with headquarters in Harrisburg, PA as a finance manager in the Distribution Channel organization. In this role, she is responsible for managing the processing and publication of global distributor sales and inventory data for reporting and analysis. Annette earned her M.B.A. from Lebanon Valley College in 2000.
In addition to Alumni Council, Annette has been active in the Central Pennsylvania Alumni Juniata Club as a member of the leadership team. She now resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband Christopher ’92. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, playing volleyball and traveling. Annette can best be reached by E-mail Annette.
Ashley Appleman '07
Ashley graduated from Juniata in 2007 with a B.A. in English and a secondary emphasis in Communication. After graduation she served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, organizing community and after school programs for the Columbus Housing Partnership in Ohio. In 2010 she completed a M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University. After six years at the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), she combined her passion for higher education and community service to become the Assistant Director of the Maryland-DC Campus Compact. There she works with 37 colleges and universities to support and encourage institutional participation in academic and co-curricular civic engagement programs.
Ashley currently resides in Frederick, Maryland where she is active with the Frederick Steeplechasers and Women's Distance Festival. In her spare time she can be found training for her next marathon, biking on the canal path, and exploring historic places in the region. Contact Ashley by E-mail
Christie Brown '92
Christie earned a B.A. from Juniata College in 1992; she’s proud to have written one of the first POEs for a theatre arts emphasis. A veteran fundraiser and arts management professional, her work experience includes tenures at Arena Stage (Washington, DC), Signature Theatre (Arlington, Va.), International Creative Management (New York and Los Angeles), University of Maryland (College Park, Md.) and New Dramatists (New York), where she currently holds the position of director of development. In 2010 she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from University of Maryland – University College. E-mail Christie.
Shane Gallagher '10
Shane graduated from Juniata in 2010 with a B.S. in Information Technology and a secondary emphasis in Management.
He currently works for Deloitte Consulting LLP as a Sales Force Effectiveness Senior Consultant as part of Deloitte's Human Capital practice. In this role, Shane leads cross-cultural, geographically distributed teams in technology implementation projects which support organizations’ sales functions in reaching their full potential. Shane earned his M.B.A. from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Residing in Harrisburg, PA, Shane has been active in the Central Pennsylvania Juniata Alumni Juniata Club, having served as the club's president. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to new places, trying new foods, and making new connections. E-mail Shane.
Brenton Mitchell '06
This self-proclaimed "Doer of Stuff & Things" received his B.S. in the overall college experience with a secondary emphasis in Communications/PACS in May of 2006. Following graduation, journeys through California, Louisiana, and Mississippi led Brenton to eventually return to College Hill and for two years served as a part of Juniata’s Student Affairs staff. A passion for adventure and wonder led him to say goodbye to Central PA and start on a trans global journey to Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.
Brenton returned to Central PA and found work at Penn State University where he currently serves as Program Manager for World in Conversation Center for Public Diplomacy. His responsibilities include managing and training a world class team of over 40 dialogue facilitators as well as supporting research and development initiatives.
A lover of the outdoors, music and activity, Brenton is currently pursuing an M.Ed in Counselor Education and encourages you to utilize him as a conduit of communication with your beloved alma mater. Brenton can be reached at 814-571-9324 or Email Brenton.
Jigar Patel '08
Jigar graduated from Juniata in 2008 with a B.A. in Study of Digital Technologies and Politics. He then attended Birmingham City University in Birmingham, England where he along with 10 of his graduate colleagues were the first to receive a Masters of Arts in Social Media. His expertise lies in Civic engagement and participation using Social Media in small communities. Jigar currently works as an Instructional Media & Communication Specialist for the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit. In his role at IU11, he primarily works on interactive design aspects of course development as well as web development for various state agencies within the PA Department of Public Welfare. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Juniata teaching Hypermedia and Principles of IT. Jigar can be contacted by E-mail Jigar.
Jennifer Wade '88
Jennifer graduated from Juniata in 1988 with a B.A. in English/Written Communications.
She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Leeds in England. Since graduation,
she has built a career as a broadcast journalist, working behind the scenes in local
television as a news writer, producer, assignment editor and news manager. Since 2011,
she has held the position of Assistant News Director at WNEP-TV near Scranton, PA.
She recently served on the 25 year reunion committee for the legendary Class of ’88.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading, watching movies and going for walks with Kinsey Caldwell, her energetic Pomeranian. The best way to contact Jennifer is through E-mail Jennifer.
Roxann (Binner) Yon '84
Roxann (Binner) Yon graduated from Juniata in 1984 with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science, having also completed the requirements for a secondary education certificate. She taught computer programming and geometry for two years in Hershey, Pa. before returning to Huntingdon to work for Swigart Associates, now Mutual Benefit Group, as a Senior Programmer/Analyst. Roxann taught a class at Juniata in the spring of '13. In her free time, she enjoys singing in the choir at the Stone Church of the Brethren, volunteering for various church committees, camping, and reading. She serves as the Class Fund Agent for the amazing Class of 1984 and has served on reunion planning committees. Roxann has a son, Andrew, daughter, Sarah, stepchildren, Jeremy and Jendy, and four grandchildren. She and her husband, Jon, reside in Altoona, Pa. E-mail Roxann.
Alumni Council Members-at-Large
Paul Berry '05
As an undergraduate from 2001-2005, Paul was a dual sport athlete, participating in both football and baseball while studying Natural and Social Sciences. Currently, Mr. Berry is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the National Cathedral School (NCS) in Washington, DC. He began this role in 2006, but left NCS in 2009 to earn a master’s degree in exercise science at the George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health .Following his graduation in 2012, Paul served as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at GW. In this capacity, he developed programming for the baseball, men’s rowing, volleyball and women’s basketball teams. In 2013, he returned to NCS where his wife, of five years, is an English teacher. Mr. Berry takes pride in encouraging his students, faculty, and staff to make fitness a part of their daily lifestyle by teaching exercise science courses and providing health and wellness programming. He is also a board member at the Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Center for homeless families in Washington, DC and has served since 2011. Email Paul.
Gabriel Castro '12
Gabriel (Gabe) Castro graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in Finance. Gabe had multiple experiences as a student ranging from representing his class as the student representative to the Board of Trustees Investment Committee to working in the Enrollment Office providing tours for prospective students. Some of Gabe’s notable accomplishments include an internship experience at the Internal Revenue Service, as head portfolio manager for the Eagle Fund, and being the recipient of a Goodman Fellowship alongside Dr. Bradley Andrew to research investment management strategies for individuals and endowments. Since graduation Gabe has moved to the greater Philadelphia area to work for The Vanguard Group. Gabe has held a number of roles at Vanguard from participating in the Vanguard Accelerated Development Program, a 16-month rotational program focusing on investment management and leadership, to leading a team of investment analysts in the company’s Corporate Governance Group.
When he’s not being a self-proclaimed “geek”, Gabe spends his free time golfing, developing young professionals within JC and Vanguard, and spending time with his family. Feel free to contact Gabe on LinkedIn.
Bonnie (Wineland) Crawford '64
Bonnie graduated from Juniata College in l964 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She taught in Blair County at the Spring Cove and Tyrone Area Schools for 5 years prior to the birth of daughter, Kelly. Later Bonnie served as the teacher/director of the Sinking Valley Preschool for 25 years, retiring in 2004. Bonnie has taken additional education courses at Pennsylvania State University and also online courses completing Act 48 certification in 2003. Daughter Kelly, a graduate of Juniata College, class of 1992, majored in Political Science, and lives in Hershey with her husband, Shane Fedeli. Bonnie enjoys attending Juniata Basketball games with her husband, Jim, in the winter months and helping with Senior Salute Day in the Spring.
Bonnie is an active member of the Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church, and enjoys working as a ticket seller during the summer months at DelGrosso Amusement Park. She can be reached at 814-684-4339 or E-mail Bonnie.
Frances Fiorino '78
Fran graduated from Juniata in 1978 with a BA degree in education. She taught elementary school for five years in both Florida and North Carolina before relocating to her home state of New Jersey. At that point, Fran left her elementary teaching career and joined the upstart airline, People Express, as a customer service manager working in both operational functions and training new customer service managers. In 1987, Fran left the airline and began a 26-year career with Prudential Financial’s investment division. During her tenure she served in a number of training, marketing and sales functions. In June of 2013 Fran retired as the Vice President of Marketing and Leaning and Development for Prudential’s Wealth Management Solutions business group. Currently she is using her sales training background as a consultant.
Fran has been active through the years in volunteering for Juniata reunion committees, attending local recruiting events and college fairs. She and her husband Dennis reside in Marlboro, NJ. She can be reached at 973-289-1752 or E-mail Frances.
Michael Ford '82
Mike received his B.A. in Communications from Juniata in 1982. He has spent the bulk of his career working with youth and young adults as an Admissions Counselor at Ursinus College, a Program Director at Camp Hebron, and a Youth Pastor in the Mennonite Church, which is his present occupation. One of his most fortunate moments vocationally was when he returned to Juniata to work in the fall of 1988 as a Resident Director in Cloister. Thinking it was a short term respite between vocational direction changes, he stayed four years as the Director of Internships and Business Outreach, and more significantly, met and married his wife Valerie, ’90.
While a student, Mike played football, sang in the choir, acted in several theatre productions, was a disc jockey, RA, and served on the campus ministry board. Mike is proud to say that he still wears a T-shirt he won playing intermural sports at JC.
The Fords live in Souderton, PA; have four children, one of whom, daughter Bekah, is Class of 2019 at Juniata. Mike can be contacted at 215-815-1672 or E-mail Mike.
Timothy Gill '08
Tim received his B.S. in Biology from Juniata in 2008. Since graduation, he has worked in various positions at PSEG Power in New Jersey. He currently manages a group that monitors and tests for air pollutants at PSEG’s fossil fuel power plants.
Tim lives in Hoboken, NJ where he is pursuing an M.B.A. at Stevens Institute of Technology. Outside of work and school, he's home brewing beer with his dad and brothers. They hope to start a small brewery in Philadelphia sometime in the near future. Tim can be reached by E-mail Timothy.
Stephanie Haines '92
Stephanie received her B.A in Political Science / History from Juniata in 1992, and a J.D. from Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1995. After graduation from law school, she had a one-year judicial clerkship and then served 6 years active duty in the U.S. Army JAG Corps with assignments at the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and in Washington, D.C. In 2002, she left her active duty JAG position to take a job with the Department of Justice and has worked for the Department for the past 13 years as a federal prosecutor, currently serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Pennsylvania, in Johnstown, PA. She has also stayed in the military in a reserve capacity as a JAG attorney and is now with the U.S. Air Force. She currently serves as a reservist JAG attorney for the West Virginia Air National Guard, Charleston West Virginia, and is currently enrolled in Air War College to obtain the rank of O-6 Colonel. Stephanie resides with her husband Scott and their two children, Mackenzie and Tanner, in Davidsville, PA. Stephanie can be reached by E-mail Stephanie.
Elise Mihranian '14
Elise graduated from Juniata in 2014 with a B.A. in International Business Communications. Her accomplishments at Juniata include winning the Bailey Oratorical in 2012, winning the JCEL Business Pitch Competition in 2014, and winning Juniata’s Outstanding Student of the Year Award in 2012 and 2014. In her early career, Elise worked at KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia, TechAmerica in Washington D.C., and Dreams Resort in Punta Cana. Elise is currently employed at TE Connectivity in Berwyn, Pennsylvania as an HR Organizational Development Specialist. Her primary responsibilities include managing change initiatives through planning, communication, training, and stakeholder analysis. She also serves as a Inclusion & Diversity advocate at her company and leads a number of initiatives to connect, empower, and advance women at TE. Elise is a dynamic speaker, professional development enthusiast, and lover of all things communications. She is passionate about raising her voice and inspiring social change through awareness and advocacy. Email Elise.
John Noble '61
John graduated from Juniata in 1961 with a BA Degree in History and Political Science. After a stint in the Army, he attended George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC and received a JD Degree in 1969. He started his legal career with a firm in Rockville Maryland. The firm eventually evolved into Noble and Crow where he still practices. John has held a number of posts and positions with the County and State Bar associations including Treasurer and chairman of committees. He has been a competitive long distance runner for 45 years and has been very active in the local Washington, DC area running community. Besides running he also enjoys biking and traveling. For the past few years he has been part of the leadership in the Juniata DC Alumni activities.
He lives in Rockville with his wife Carol. His family also includes two children and three grandchildren. John can be reached by E-mail or phone at 301-460-4039.
Marion (Kercher) Oliver '64
Marion graduated from Juniata College in 1964 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. She taught sixth and eighth grades in Middlesex Borough, NJ, at Von E. Mauger Middle School for four years prior to the births of sons David and Matthew. During the next ten years of being a stay-at-home mom, she completed a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction at Kean University and taught preschool. In 1978, she returned to Mauger School and taught another 21 years, teaching eighth grade Language Arts and Academically Talented classes. She retired in 1999. She is married to Dave Oliver, Juniata class of '63. Son David and wife Lisa live in Metchen, NJ, while son Matthew and wife Dana live in Basking Ridge, NJ. Grandson, Austin is a sophomore at NYU, and granddaughter, Madeleine is a senior in high school.
Marion is an active member of the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church, having served as a Deacon and an Elder. Currently she sings in the choir, knits Prayer Shawls, prepares meals for the Hospitality program and supervises a book discussion group. She has served on the local Library Board and enjoys traveling, knitting, reading, walking and keeping in touch with high school and college friends. She can be reached by at 732-469-0981 or E-mail Marion.
Debra Reidy '10
Debbie graduated from Juniata in 2010 with a B.A. in International Business and secondary emphasis in Spanish. After graduation, Debbie moved to Boston, MA to pursue a career in hospitality with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. In 2015, Debbie relocated to the Washington, DC metro area and currently works for Interstate Hotels and Resorts. Debbie has been active in the JC-DC Regional Club as a member of the leadership team. Debbie can be contacted via email – E-mail Debra.
Gregory Schmidt '77
Greg was awarded his BA in Personnel & Labor Relations. He was employed by Princeton, Auburn, Florida A&M, and The George Washington universities in research administration. Greg was a contract administrator for Continental Shelf Associates/CSA Marine Services and is now with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. He was the Senior Financial Services Consultant for Datatel (now Ellucian) where he trained, advised, and implemented financial systems for universities across the US and Canada. Greg was also on the project that created Grants.Gov and created the industry Electronic Research Administration. He is a founding and current member of the IT Advisory Board which created the Juniata College IT Program. You can reach Greg by phone at (703)-346-5696 or by E-mail Greg.
Diane (Morrow) Snider '79
Diane (Morrow) Snider graduated from Juniata in 1979 with a B.S. in Social Work and Spanish. After graduation, she worked as Director of Social Services at Green Ridge Village retirement community in Newville, PA. She and her husband, Jeff ’80, then moved to the Philadelphia area where Diane was Director of Social Services for two Central Park Lodge nursing homes, Chestnut Hill and Whitemarsh, and then with Plymouth House in Plymouth Meeting, PA. She later transitioned to hospital social work and discharge planning with a position at Sacred Heart Hospital in Norristown, PA. In 1995, the Sniders moved to the northwestern New Jersey town of Sparta and Diane began a new career as a Mary Kay cosmetics consultant and eventually became Sales Director.
Diane has been active through the years in a variety of volunteer positions including animal rescue and support for deployed service members through America's Mighty Warriors and Soldiers' Angels, where she earned the Angel of the Year award in 2012. She has also been a class fund agent for Juniata's class of '79.
Diane and Jeff have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter, and recently moved from New Jersey to beautiful Mystic, Connecticut. Diane can be reached at (201)-317-4323 or by email at E-mail Diane.
Tracy (Stough) Grajewski '86
Tracy Grajewski, a 1986 Juniata graduate and a native of Greensburg, Pa., recently started her own human resources consulting firm, Laurel Summit Insights LLC in the greater Pittsburgh area, and has had a successful career as a human resources executive from nearly the beginning of her work life.
Before starting her company, she was senior vice president of human resources operations for Highmark, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness companies, from 2014 to 2015 and again from 2010 to 2013. In between her stints at Highmark, she was a partner in the consulting firm Mercer from 2013 to 2014.
From 2006 to 2010, she was senior director for human resources in the manufacturing division for Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J. She started her career at Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, in 1997 as employment and placement manager. She became director of workforce programs in 1999 and was promoted to senior director of corporate staffing in 2002.
She began her business career in 1986 with Meridian Bank, in Reading, Pa., as cash management sales representative. After working as a management trainee supervisor and college recruiting coordinator, she was promoted to assistant vice president for HR programs in 1992. From 1995 to 1996, Grajewski was vice president and manager of recruiting for the bank and became vice president for human resources in 1996.
At Juniata, Grajewski earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and Spanish. She went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration in 1992 from Syracuse University, specializing in human resources.
She has remained active in her community, serving on the advisory board for the Silk Screen Asian Film Festival in Pittsburgh and on the board of directors for Family Resources in Pittsburgh. Grajewski also is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. She is active at Juniata serving on the Alumni Council, the advisory board for the Department of Accounting, Business and Economics, and as a class fund agent. She can be reached by E-mail Tracy.
Bill Rys '96
Bill graduated from Juniata College is 1996 with a BA in Political Science. Bill also earned a JD from the Boston University School of Law and a LLM in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center. Bill currently works for Citi as Director of Federal Government Affairs in the Washington, DC Global Government Affairs Office. He focuses on tax policy and advocacy, coordinating with Citi's tax department and business units on major tax initiatives both global and domestic in scope.
Prior to joining Citi, Bill served as Senior Advisor for Government Affairs with the Shell Oil Company. At Shell, Bill focused on tax and trade issues impacting Shell both in Washington and globally. Bill also served as the Tax Council for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the leading small business trade association. As Tax Council, Bill represented NFIB members on Capitol Hill and before the Treasury Department and the IRS. In addition, Bill coordinated a number of trade associations in coalitions supporting small business tax interests. In Government, Bill worked as a Legislative Director for Rep. Melissa Hart of Pennsylvania where he handled tax issues related to the Congresswoman’s assignment on the House Ways & Means Committee. Following his time on Capitol Hill, Bill served as the Deputy Executive Secretary at the Treasury Department.
Bill currently lives in Alexandria, VA. You may contact him by E-mail Bill.
Parisha Shah '01
Parisha is a Senior Research Investigator at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Cardiology. Prior to this appointment, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Cell and Developmental Biology Department and Epigenetics Program at Penn. Parisha’s research is focused on epigenetics and nuclear organization during development – that is, understanding how DNA is organized within a cell and how this organization impacts the way a cell can divide and control its fate. In addition to research, Parisha teaches courses at Penn and actively participates in public science education outreach.
Parisha holds a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and a B.S. from Juniata College in Molecular Biology and Communication. At Juniata, Parisha was chair of Juniata Activities Board, head tutor at the Writing Center, a Student Ambassador, a campus tour guide, and a proud and committed lab nerd. As an alum, Parisha participates in the Delaware Valley Juniata Club and has previously served on Alumni Council, including service as president of the Alumni Association.
Parisha is married to Dimitri Islam, Esq., Associate Director for Student Development at University of Pennsylvania Law School. Parisha and Dimitri live in Philadelphia, where they met after having trained at the same academic institutions for nearly a decade without any knowledge of each other. They have two young children, Naveen and Neela, who they hope will one day attend Starfleet Academy. You can reach Parisha by E-mail Parisha.
Alumni Council Student, Faculty and Staff Representatives
- Sierra Mellish '17, Senior Class President
- Madeline Bennetti '17, Student Government President
- Kelly Reynolds ’19, JAB President
- Stephanie Njeru '17, Student Alumni Association
- Jim Tuten, Professor of History
Contact Jim by phone at 814-641-3548; or E-mail Jim.
- Sharon (Simpson) Yohn '99, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Contact Sharon by phone at 814-641-3718; or E-mail Sharon.
- David D. Meadows '98, Director of Alumni Relations and Parent Programs
- Katie (Padamonsky) Dickey '97, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
- Christina (Garman) Miller '01, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
- Christie Gibboney, Alumni Relations Specialist
E-mail Christie Gibboney
- James A. Troha, President of the College
Additional Staff Liaisons
- Genna Welsh Kasun '06, Director of Social Media and Content Coordination
- 814-641- 3138
- E-mail Genna
- Sally A. Oberle ’99, Director of Data and Prospect Management
- Miranda Peruso '00, Director of the Juniata Scholarship Fund
- Holly Rennell, Admission Counselor
- Tammy Stuber, Assistant Director of Career Services
- Gabe Welsch, Vice President for Advancement and Marketing