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FACES OF CIS

Our mission to surround students with a community of support is reflected in our team of caring adults. Scroll through the Faces of CIS or use the filters below to find a friendly face in your community. 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
 
TIM MULLIGAN
President & CEO

What have CIS students taught you?

Students teach me what resiliency and hope mean despite the challenges, pain and struggle they face every day.

Who is your hero?

Martin Luther King Jr.

Do you collect anything?

U.S. Coins

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WENDY SEIFFERT
Associate Vice President of Operations

What lessons have students at CIS taught you? They have taught me to see everyone's unique life experiences - challenges and all - as opportunities. 

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? My grandfather was killed in World War 2. My father never even knew him. I would love to meet him.

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JON IRONS
Data and Evaluation Manager

What is one thing you'd tell your younger high school self? School only intentionally teaches you one set of skills in life. Let's spend some time developing your other skillsets and needs.

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, she's leading a revolutionary moment and showing us what justice and representation looks like.

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GINA AMBRUSICO
Program Manager

Favorite thing about working at CIS?

Having the honor and privilege to work with our team in the EASD and our admin office. Also, knowing the very positive impact we have on families and schools. 

Favorite thing to do for self-care?  Meditating in prayer and working out

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KELLY EARNSHAW
Program Manager

What's your favorite podcast? We Can Do Hard Things by Glennon Doyle


Is there any product that you couldn't live without? I could not live without Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!


If you could learn to do anything new, what would it be? I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano.

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ERIN PHILLIPS
21st CCLC Program Manager

What lessons have students at CIS taught you? They have taught me to be flexible.  We might have plans ready to go for the day, but a student's question or something they are going through might change our plans. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would you choose? I want to learn how to speak Spanish and sign language.

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MICHAEL MCCORRISTIN
Executive Vice President

What lessons have students at CIS taught you? As a Site Coordinator I learned many lessons from my students. Most important were listen more, treat each day as a new day and don't give up.

Favorite movie of all time? Karate Kid

Favorite thing to do for self-care?

Daily workouts

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JOYCE CERNIGLIA
Vice President of Finance & Administration

One thing you'd tell your younger self in high school? Don’t drop out and don’t give up. School matters.

Something you can't live without? Cell phone

Who's your hero? My first boss because of his kindness to employees. He helped me through my most difficult time. 

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MARK BLASINI
Systems & Help Desk Manager

Favorite thing about working at CIS?

Working with kind-hearted, caring staff. 

What's your favorite thing to do for self-care?

Play piano.

What's your go-to Karaoke Night song?

Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen

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ANANT AGNIHOTRI
Program Manager

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? Seeing the power of a community. 

What is one moment when you felt really proud of yourself? When I became the Junior National Champion in Equestrian in India

What makes you feel at peace?

Cooking

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KATHY HECKMAN
Office Manager

Favorite thing about working at CIS?

I enjoy the people and the variety of my work. Never a dull moment!

What makes you feel at peace?

Knowing our children and grandchildren are doing well and are safe.

Something you can't live without?

Chocolate!

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LYNNE WOODARD
Restorative Practices Coach

What's one thing you'd tell your younger self in high school?

Never pass up any opportunities to learn.

Build relationships with healthy peers. 

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose?

Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane

Who's your hero? My father.

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MARIA ESPOSITO
Vice President of Advancement

Favorite thing about working at CIS? Can't possibly narrow it down to one thing. My favorite things are the staff, the students, the relationships we all have with each other, and our incredibly supportive community!

Your first job? Slinging cheesesteaks at White House Hoagies in Scranton, PA. Yes, it was as glamorous as it sounds.

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MIGDALIA GARCIA
Associate Director of Operations

How do you describe your work at CIS? Supporting and encouraging our site coordinators so they can focus on empowering our students.

Favorite movie of all time?

Moana or A Bronx Tale

What makes you feel at peace?

Relaxing with my family

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TAMMY PATTERSON
Human Resources Manager

Favorite thing about working at CIS?

Knowing that we are making a positive impact on so many students' lives.

Favorite holiday tradition? My best friend lived across the street growing up. My family always celebrated one night of Hanukkah with them - and they celebrated Christmas Eve with us. We still celebrate together when we can!

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SHELLEY FAIRCLOUGH-GUMBS
Program Manager

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PHIL PARISE
Program Manager

What would you tell your younger self in high school? Don't place too much value on the superficial things. In the moment, things can seem to be more important or necessary than they truly are. Be true to yourself and to your values, and the rest will fall in line.

Favorite family tradition? 

Daddy-daughter day with my little girl

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ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
HEATHER ANNUNZIATA
Site Coordinator, Building 21 

Favorite thing about working at CIS?

I truly LOVE spending time and having fun with my students. They always make my day interesting, I am never bored.

Favorite thing to do for self-care?

Mani/pedi, facial, massage... any spa service that Groupon offers!

Go-to karaoke song?

Not Gon' Cry by Mary J. Blige

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JAMIE HUNARA
Site Coordinator, William Penn Alternative

What would you tell your younger self in high school? 

Appreciate the journey

What is one moment in your life when you felt really proud of yourself? When I purchased a home for me and my son

What was your first job? 

Dog Groomer

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AMY SCANLAN
Student Support Specialist, South Mountain MS

What is your favorite TV show or movie of all time? 
Raising Arizona

What is your favorite thing to do for self-care?

Date night or take a walk

 

What is the best gift you have been given?
Kids, of course!

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GARDENYS FERNANDEZ
Site Coordinator, Trexler MS

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? Providing the resources and tools that our students and their family need to be stable and enjoy life.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

What's something new you'd like to learn? Cook Sancocho like my mom.

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NANCY RUIZ
Community School Coordinator, Sheridan ES

Favorite thing about working at CIS? Having a diverse TEAM and leadership that guides you and supports you. 

Favorite TV show of all time? 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

What books are you recommending to friends & family? Too many. Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

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JEREL FOSTER
Site Coordinator, Allentown ReEngagement Center

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? Helping those that live in the city I grew up in. 

What is one moment in your life when you felt really proud of yourself? When I opened my own fitness center

What is the best gift you have been given? Financial advice

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CHRISTINA ECHEVARRIA 
Site Coordinator, Dieruff HS

What lessons have your students at CIS taught you? To be grateful because everyone has their own issues and traumas.

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? Sue Bird

Who is your hero? My mother

Favorite movie? Love & Basketball

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CHELSEA BUFFALOE
Site Coordinator, Trexler MS

Favorite TV show of all time?

Grey's Anatomy

Is there any product that you couldn't live without?

I can't live without coffee!

If you could learn to do anything new, what would it be?

Play the piano

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JAILIN BENSON
Activities Coordinator, South Mountain MS

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KEYANNA DUNN
Site Coordinator, Mosser ES

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MAGAN DEPREFONTAINE
Community School Coordinator, Union Terrace ES

How do you describe your work at CIS? 

Meaningful interactions with families, students, and staff. Connecting community resources and partners with those in our school environment.

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? My Aunt, who everyone says I act and look like.

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KRISTIN HOROSKI
Student Support Specialist, Dieruff HS

How do you describe your work at CIS? Working with students to find their “why” or “motivation” to come to school, do well, and graduate. Supporting their “why” and honing in on their “motivation” in any way and every way possible!

What's your favorite podcast? Anything regarding unsolved mysteries, conspiracy theories, or guardian angels

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CELINA DADDARIO
Community School Coordinator, South Mountain MS

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you choose? 

Dr. Jane Goodall

What makes you feel at peace? Being on the water - in a kayak or on a paddle board!

Do you collect anything?

I have a large collection of houseplants

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LLOYD BROOKS
Student Support Specialist, Raub MS

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SAMANTHA JOHNS
Community School Coordinator, Roosevelt ES

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? 

Being a part of something bigger than myself!

Favorite snack? 

S'mores and Flavor Blasted Goldfish

What makes you feel at peace?

Being near a waterfall or kayaking

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JEFFREY ESPINOLA
Community School Coordinator, Washington ES

What’s one thing you would tell your younger self in high school? Explore as many interest as possible and work hard.

What is your favorite thing to do for self-care? Bike rides

What books are you recommending to friends and family? The Power of Now and The Four Agreements

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BETHLEHEM AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
NAOMY DIAZ-SIERRA
Site Coordinator, Freedom HS

What’s one thing you would tell your younger self in high school? Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are so many kind and caring adults to help you through your journey.

Favorite family tradition? Christmas Eve my family gets together and stays up to open gifts at midnight. We watch movies, make gingerbread houses and share funny stories.  

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TAMMIE MORALES-KOCH
Site Coordinator, Northeast MS

What’s one thing you would tell your younger self in high school? You are terrific just as you are be true to yourself.

What is your favorite thing to do for self-care? Planning monthly girls night out with friends.

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? Oprah Winfrey

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SARITA GARG
Site Coordinator, Fountain Hill ES

You can meet our Site Coordinator at Fountain Hill Elementary School soon!

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AZUCENA SNYDER
Activities Coordinator, Lincoln ES

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? The people that I work with.

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? I would like to meet Isabella I of Castile - Queen of Spain

What makes you feel at peace? 

A big hug from my husband

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NANCY ETTWEIN
Site Coordinator, Liberty High School

What’s one thing you would tell your younger self in high school? Who cares what others think. Be true to yourself!!

What's your favorite podcast?

Anything with Brene Brown

What makes you feel at peace?

Listening to the ocean

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KIMBERLY BUSH
Community School Coordinator, Northeast MS

How do you describe your work at CIS? I give students & families a great big "life hug"- which is the caring support everyone needs to be successful.

Favorite podcast? I love podcasts!

My go-to is Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. I like to recommend Dolly Parton's America. It's a short series that will surprise you!

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ALANA LOWE
Site Coordinator, Freemansburg ES

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? Working with the students and watching their growth overtime.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? 

Storm from the X-Men

Favorite thing to do for self-care?

Listen to music

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CONSTANCE DUBOSE
Site Coordinator, Broughal MS

How do you describe your work at CIS? Fulfilling and rewarding

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? 

Whitney Houston 

If you could learn to do anything new, what would it be? 

Speak French

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DEVICA HARNARAIN
Activities Coordinator, Donegan ES

What lessons have your students at CIS taught you? CIS students have taught me to brave and bold.

What is your favorite sweet?

Toffifay

What books are you recommending to friends and family? The Tommyknockers, The Firm, and Watchers

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GENA HOLMES
Community School Coordinator, Lincoln ES

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? I love that my job allows me to serve a community that I hold so close to my heart.

What is one moment when you felt really proud of yourself? I felt extremely proud the day my husband and I became licensed foster parents.

Favorite snack? Spoonfuls of Nutella

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EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
AMY WILLIAMS
Site Coordinator, Emmaus HS

Favorite thing about working at CIS? Developing relationships with the students and being a support to them.

Favorite TV show of all time? Family Ties and Friends...any show that can make me laugh out loud and connect to the characters is aces in my book.

First job? A local bakery in high school when I was in high school

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KRISTEN HACKMAN
Site Coordinator, Eyer MS

What lessons have your students at CIS taught you? I have learned a lot from my students about resilience and perseverance.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Wonder Woman. She symbolizes truth, justice, and equality for everyone. Besides, she is one tough lady!

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JENNIFER CSORDAS
Site Coordinator, Lower Macungie MS

What’s one thing you would tell your younger self in high school? Breathe! Now it is like this, but this will change. And not to take myself too seriously.

What is the best gift you have been given? My puppy, Luna. She was a gift from my husband and brings so much joy to me and my family!

Favorite TV show? The Office

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EASTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
ELISE SYMIA
Site Coordinator, Easton Area HS

What lessons have your students at CIS taught you? My students have taught me you can still smile and find the light through the darkest times

Favorite sports team? New York Yankees

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

Lebanon

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ANNETTE TAPIA
Student Support Specialist, Easton Area HS

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DANIEL FOULK
Student Support Specialist Easton Area MS

How do you describe your work at CIS? I describe my work much like that of a guide. Students must choose their own path, but as case managers, we can act as an aid to navigation, making sure our students have the tools they need and keeping them from getting lost along the way.

Something you can't live without?

Coffee

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GREGORY JONES
Student Support Specialist, Easton Area MS

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COMING SOON
Community School Coordinator, Cheston ES

You can meet our Community School Coordinator at Cheston Elementary School soon!

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NANCY AMACKER
Activities Coordinator, Paxinosa ES

What lessons have your students at CIS taught you? Patience and humility

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? Archie Manning or Dave Grohl

What books are you recommending to friends and family? The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, and anything in the Tales of the City series

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MIKE RAYMOND
Student Support Specialist, Easton Area HS

What’s one thing you would tell your younger self in high school? Take advantage of ANY opportunity - it doesn't matter if that opportunity doesn't interest you now. Don't be afraid to fail.

What's your favorite podcast? I listen to a TON of sports podcasts, but outside of those I would say -The Rewatchables.

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TIFFANY HUNGERFORD
Social Worker, Easton Area HS

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BRIAN WITTREICH
Student Support Specialist, Easton Area MS

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? The kids! There is no better feeling than watching a student progress through the school year and realize their potential.

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? Barack Obama

Favorite thing to do for self-care? Stink at golf.

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JONATHAN TORRES
Program Aide, Easton Area MS

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? The connection with the community

If you could get paid to do anything in the world, what would it be? Traveling Photographer

What’s your favorite family tradition? You have to wear PJs if you're doing Thanksgiving with us!

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JEANINE STANILIOUS
Community School Coordinator, Paxinosa ES

How do you describe your work at CIS? My work at CIS is very rewarding. I am able to make connections each day with our amazing families and community members!

Go-to Karaoke song? Oh, I can't pick just one song... I am an 80's girl that grew up on Karaoke!

Who is your hero? My dad

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KAYLA SMITH-BANOS
Student Support Specialist, Easton Area HS

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? My co-workers who are some of the most compassionate people I've ever met and my students who show me the resiliency of the human spirit everyday.

Books you recommend to friends and family? Any psychological thriller

Favorite TV show? The Office

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NICOLE BRODT
Site Coordinator, Easton Area MS

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? My students! I have developed special relationships with them all. They come to me when they need to talk, take a break, check in to share their successes or concerns, or just need to see a familiar face.

Favorite thing to do for self-care? Spending time with my family and puppy!

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MARYSA FAHRINGER
Social Worker, Easton Area MS

What’s your favorite family tradition?Christmas Eve Mass & family dinner.
 

What is the best gift you have been given?
Being a Godmother.

 

Favorite sports team or athlete?
NY Giants & Clemson Football

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ZABRINA NEGRON
Parent & Family Liaison, Easton Area MS

You can meet our Parent & Family Liaison at Easton Area Middle School soon!

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GIVEL LEDESMA
Parent & Family Liaison, Paxinosa ES

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? My coworkers, and their passion to help those in need.

Favorite thing to do for self-care? Rest, nap and watch Grey's Anatomy.

 

If you could learn to do anything new, what would it be? Play the guitar and piano. 

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KUTZTOWN AREA, FLEETWOOD AREA, & BRANDYWINE HEIGHTS AREA MIDDLE SCHOOLS

2 Site Coordinators serve these schools through a partnership with Kutztown Strong. Read more here!

 
CALEB BAUKMAN
Site Coordinator, Kutztown/Fleetwood/Brandywine

What’s one thing you would tell your younger self in high school? Life is all about growth! Keep growing, Keep glowing, and Keep going!

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? Tupac Shakur

Favorite thing to for for self-care?

Write poetry

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LEHIGH CAREER & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
 
I-DIVINE ALLAH
Social Worker, LCTI

Check back soon to learn more about I-Divine!

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READING SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
RYAN GRUBER
Site Coordinator, Southern MS

What lessons have your students at CIS taught you? Strength comes in many forms, sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns.

What books are you recommending to friends and family? Dune, Circe, Sword of Truth Series

What would you sing at Karaoke night? Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody

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NICOLAS CAMACHO
Student Support Specialist, Southern MS

How do you describe your work at CIS? Exciting, challenging, creative, and fulfilling

What is one moment when you felt really proud of yourself? When I became a father to my daughter and a grandfather to my grandson 

Favorite TV show of all time?

Chicago PD and Criminal Minds

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WANDA COLON
Family and Community Liaison, Southern MS

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? Working with parents and the community to establish a culture of partnerships to help improve schools. 

If you could meet anyone, who would you choose? Eleanor Roosevelt

What is your favorite thing to do for self-care? Watch K Dramas

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WHITEHALL-COPLAY SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
COMING SOON
Site Coordinator, Whitehall-Coplay MS

Coming Soon!

WILSON SCHOOL DISTRICT (BERKS)
 
JAVIER BALDEON
Site Coordinator, Southern MS

How do you describe your work at CIS? Fulfilling; anytime you have the opportunity to positively inspire youth and help them overcome barriers to their successes- it's a giant win not only for them but for the community as well.

Favorite TV show of all time?

Seinfeld...and I probably just aged myself in revealing that!

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LAUREN JOHNSON
Site Coordinator, West MS

What lessons have your students at CIS taught you? In a very short amount of time, I learned that students are resilient and can push through difficult situations (virtual learning).

What is your favorite thing to do for self-care? Watch Bravo, workout, or sit outside with my family and friends.

Fave podcast? Anything true crime!

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COURTNEY STUNZ
Site Coordinator, Wilson High School

What is your favorite thing about working at CIS? Connecting with students and giving them tools and resources to be successful both in school and in the community.

 

Favorite family tradition? Sunday dinners. Every Sunday I get together with my immediate family for a big Sunday dinner. We laugh, tell stories, and discuss daily/weekly events.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS, CIS OF EASTERN PA

BOARD CHAIR

Tyler PapazCornerstone Advisors Asset Management LLC

VICE CHAIR

Michelle Schmidt, Moravian College

TREASURER

Michael Zile, M&T Bank

SECRETARY

John W. Hart, Jack Hart LLC; Emmaus Borough Council

PAST CHAIR

Kristie L. Beitler, Esq., Mosebach, Funt, Dayton and Duckworth P.C.

Michael S. Bruckner

Joetta Clark Diggs, 4-Time Olympian & Motivational Speaker

Kimberly M. DelSordo

Karianne Gelinas, Lehigh Valley Economic Development

Ellen Millard-Kern, Chief of Staff for Senator Pat Browne

Majority Appropriations Chairman

Adam Morse, PPL

Constance K. Nelson, Gross McGinley, LLP

Reginald Romain, ADP

Mario Stuart, Jr., Stuart Benefits Consulting, LLC

Anne Zayaitz, Ph.D., Kutztown University of Pennsylvania