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Six Named to Lebanon Valley College Board of Trustees; Five Retire With Combined Six Decades of Service
05.16.13 |
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Wesley T. Dellinger ’75, P’05, chair of the Lebanon Valley College Board of Trustees, announced that Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold H’08, Susan Manbeck Corbett ’72, M. Louise Hackman Hess ’78, Karen A. Lewis Schmitt ’80, Dr. Ken Yarnall, and Katheryn O’Hara ’15 have been appointed to serve on the College’s board effective July 1, 2013. Dellinger also announced that George Reider ’63, Stephen Roberts ’65, Dr. Albertine P. Washington H’91, Dr. Renee Norris, and Reneé Fritz ’13 were retiring from their board duties effective June 30, 2013.


A native of Rhode Island, Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold is a graduate of Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing and holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph College in Maine where she was also a master’s candidate in health services administration.

Arnold moved to Central Pennsylvania in 1976. During the course of her career, she held various administrative positions in healthcare, including assistant director of nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lancaster; director of nursing and chief operating officer, Ephrata Community Hospital; and chief operating officer, Community General Hospital in Reading. She retired from her medical career as senior vice president for patient-care services, Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.

Arnold is active on numerous community boards, local efforts, fundraisers, and events for non-profit organizations.

Arnold received her doctorate of humane letters from LVC in 2008, as well as the 2007 Founders Day Award. She is the recipient of the 2013 Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America and was named the 2005 Citizen of the Year by the Lebanon Daily News.

Susan Manbeck Corbett ’72 became the 44th First Lady of Pennsylvania when her husband, Tom Corbett ’71, was sworn in as Governor of Pennsylvania on Jan. 18, 2011. She was born in Pottstown and grew up in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County. She met Tom Corbett in 1968 while attending Lebanon Valley College.

In 1990, First Lady Corbett became a special projects manager for the president’s office at Carnegie Museums and the director’s office of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. She served as assistant producer and then executive director of Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, a national literary arts organization. From 2006 to 2010, Corbett served as vice president for programs and development for the Gettysburg Foundation, a non-profit partner of the National Park Service that works to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.

She is currently chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a trustee of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, an ex-officio member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Board of Trustees, and a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Corbett serves as the honorary chair of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Annual Conference.

In 2012, Corbett partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Team Pennsylvania Foundation to launch the Opening Doors initiative. The initiative aims to increase the graduation rate in Pennsylvania by focusing on middle school students. As First Lady, she is committed to ensuring promising futures for Pennsylvania’s youth.

Corbett graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor of arts degree in English. As an undergraduate, she was a member of Delta Lambda Sigma, secretary of Student Council, and a staff member of La Vie Collegienne, the College’s student newspaper. In 2013, she served as a Lazin Resident for the College’s distinguished Lazin Residence Series.

M. Louise Hackman Hess ’78 was born in Lancaster County and graduated from Ephrata High School. She graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. She is married to Kenneth E. Hess.

After graduating from LVC, she began her career at Lancaster Laboratories as an analytical chemist and eventually became director of quality assurance. In that capacity, Hess was responsible for regulatory affairs, laboratory accreditation, internal auditing, and training. She is now retired from Lancaster Laboratories and serving as an independent quality assurance consultant.

Hess previously served on LVC’s Alumni Council and the Science Initiative Committee. Additional volunteer activities have included the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Quality Council and the Science Garden at Hands on House Children’s Museum.

Hess and her family have a strong connection to LVC. Several members of her family also graduated from the College, including her mother, Elaine Hackman, who is a 1952 graduate of LVC. Elaine Hackman is a trustee emerita of LVC’s board, having served as an active member of the board from 1982–1999.

While an undergraduate at Lebanon Valley College, M. Louise Hackman Hess was a member of the Chemistry Club and laboratory research assistant, member and president of Kappa Lambda Nu, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, and a member of the Ski Club.

Karen A. Lewis Schmitt ’80 graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1976. She received her degree in actuarial science from Lebanon Valley College in 1980 and her master in business administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Schmitt began her career as an actuarial assistant at Prudential in 1980.

In 1986, Schmitt earned the designation of Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS). In 1989, she was named vice president of American Re-Insurance in Princeton, N.J. In 1999, she was named senior vice president and chief actuary at GMAC RE. She became president of Maiden RE on Maiden’s acquisition of GAMC RE, where she had been the executive vice president and COO.

Schmitt holds the titles of president of Maiden RE, president of Maiden Reinsurance Company, and president of Maiden Specialty Insurance Company. She is proud that the company was voted one of the “Best Places to Work in Insurance” in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The award is conferred by Business Insurance in partnership with Best Companies Group.

Schmitt is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and a Chartered Financial Consultant. In 2011, she served as a Lazin Resident for the College’s distinguished Lazin Residence Series.

Dr. Ken Yarnall, chair and associate professor of mathematical sciences at Lebanon Valley College, received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from South Carolina College (the Honors College of the University of South Carolina) in 1986. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of South Carolina in 1992.
Yarnall began his teaching career with an appointment as a visiting assistant professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., in 1992–1993. The following year, he joined the faculty at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., as a visiting assistant professor. In 1996, he left William and Mary to accept a tenure track position in LVC’s Mathematics Department.

Yarnall is married to Dr. Mary K. Pettice, associate professor of English at LVC. He is the advisor for the Association of Computing Machinery student chapter at the College, and advises computer science majors.

Katheryn O’Hara ’15 has been named student trustee for 2013–2014 and 2014–2015. A member of the College’s current sophomore class, O’Hara is pursuing degrees in international studies and Spanish. She is a very active member of the student body serving as a resident assistant, Valley Ambassador, member of the Bias Response Team, Diversity Action Committee, and Spanish Club.

O’Hara has earned a Multicultural Fellowship and is on the College’s Dean’s List. Last fall, she joined three classmates and Dr. Christopher Dolan, director of LVC’s International Studies Program, when they presented their research at the International Studies Association Northeast Conference in Maryland. This spring, O’Hara presented at the Mid-Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies Conference held at LVC.

A member of the College’s track & field team, O’Hara is a resident of Harrisburg and a graduate of Central Dauphin East High School.


George M. Reider Jr. ’63 is retiring from the Lebanon Valley College Board of Trustees after having served in numerous roles since joining the board in 1995. A former insurance commissioner for the State of Connecticut, Reider has served the College as a member of the board’s Executive Committee (vice chair), Benefits Subcommittee, Finance and Investment Committee (vice chair), and Risk Management Subcommittee (chair).

“George is a man of uncommon integrity, fair-mindedness, and intellectual independence,” said Dr. Stephen MacDonald, LVC president emeritus. “He was always committed unselfishly to the best interests of the College. His readiness to ask probing, trenchant questions of the administration and of the board, his thorough preparation for meetings, and his buoyant good humor made him an ideal trustee.”

During his professional career, Reider was an executive with Aetna Inc.; an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut Graduate Business Learning Center; and former adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law. A past president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Reider is the founder and owner of George Reider Consulting.

Reider has received several distinguished awards from his alma mater including an Alumni Citation in 1995 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. Also in 2001, Reider delivered the prestigious Springer Lecture in International Business. He and his wife, Carol A. Reider, are ardent supporters of the College and their generosity has been recognized in various campus buildings including the Neidig-Garber Science Center, Lynch Memorial Hall, Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, and Heilman Center.

Reider graduated from Lebanon Valley College with degrees in business administration and economics.

Stephen H. Roberts ’65, president and chief executive officer of Echo Data Services, Inc., has served his alma mater as chair of the board’s Advancement Committee. He was also vice chair of the Marketing and Strategic Planning committees, and served on the Executive Committee.

Roberts was at the forefront of college marketing and branding, prompting LVC to proudly share its strengths to the public at large long before it was considered appropriate for educational institutions to tell their stories of success. “Steve’s passion and energy about the many positive attributes of an LVC education propelled the College into an era of marketing well before many of our competitors,” noted Dr. Lynn G. Phillips ’68, a fellow trustee and former chair of the LVC Board of Trustees. “His enthusiasm helped lead us toward record enrollments and greater recognition in the community.”

Roberts was an active member of the Class of 1965 assuming several leadership roles and earning varsity letters in two sports. He was a member and captain of the College’s inaugural golf team and also played tennis for LVC, earning membership in the College’s L-Club, reserved for varsity athletics letter winners.

He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in economics in 1965.

Because of his extensive service to his alma mater, including serving as president of the Alumni Association in the 1990s, Roberts was honored by the College in 2000 as the recipient of the Alumni Citation and in 2005 with LVC’s highest honor for alumni, the Distinguished Alumni Award. He and his wife, Janet Gessner Roberts ’68, have been long-time benefactors of the College. Their generosity and volunteer support has been recognized throughout campus including on plaques residing in Lynch Memorial Hall, Neidig-Garber Science Center, Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, and Heilman Center.

Dr. Albertine “Tina” P. Washington H’91, P’86 will also retire from the Lebanon Valley College Board of Trustees effective June 30, 2013. Like Reider and Roberts, Washington joined the board in 1995. She has served on the board’s Academic/Student Affairs and Enrollment Committee, as well as on the Trusteeship Committee. She is also a longtime member of the College’s Diversity Action Committee and will remain active in this role.

“At her core, Tina is an educator,” said Bill Lehr, Esq., former chair of the LVC Board of Trustees. “Her knowledge and wisdom, gained from extensive classroom experience, has been a great asset to the board during the past two decades of her involvement.”

Washington, a lifelong activist and educator, has made a positive difference in Lebanon County and beyond. Raised in Gulfport, Mississippi, she graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education, and later earned her reading specialist certification for grades K-12 from The Pennsylvania State University.

Washington was the first African-American to serve as a teacher in any public school in Lebanon County (1963–1969). After moving from the central Pennsylvania area, Washington and her family returned to Lebanon and its school district in 1982. She was named Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year in 1991 and Woman of the Year by the Annville Chapter of the American Association for University Women (AAUW). In 2011, Washington was inducted into the Lebanon County Commission for Women Hall of Fame and she has received The Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Award from The IMC of Greater Harrisburg.

A dedicated volunteer, Washington is a member of the Harrisburg Chapter of The Links, Inc., where she has served as chair and co-chair of The Arts Facet. She was the first vice president of the Lebanon County League of Women Voters at its inception, vice president of programs for the Annville Chapter of the AAUW, and helped organize the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year, among many others. She is presently on the advisory board for the Harrisburg Area Community College (Lebanon Campus), a member of the NAACP and The National Urban League, and a Restorative Practices Facilitator for the Lebanon School District.

She received an honorary doctorate of pedagogy from the College in 1991 and in 2003 received the Dr. June Herr Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from LVC. Washington is married to Leonard Washington Jr., and their daughter, Tracy Alana Washington-Felton, is an LVC graduate, Class of 1986. Their generosity and volunteer support has been recognized throughout campus including on plaques residing in Lynch Memorial Hall and the Neidig-Garber Science Center.

Dr. Renee Lapp Norris, associate professor of music at LVC, has completed her three-year term as a faculty representative on the Lebanon Valley College Board of Trustees, effective June 30, 2013. Norris served as a member of the board’s Strategic Planning Committee and Advancement Committee, and played an integral part in the music performed during the week of the inauguration of Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC’s 18th president. She also recently completed a term as acting chair of the Music Department while the chair was on sabbatical.

Norris earned a bachelor of music degree from West Chester University, and both her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland. She teaches courses in European, North American, and non-Western music. Norris has presented papers for the American Musicological Society for American Music, and her article “Opera and the Mainstreaming of Blackface Minstrelsy” was published by the Journal of the Society of American Music. Her secondary interest is in music history pedagogy.

Reneé Fritz ’13, an economics major from Lancaster, has completed her two-year term as a student representative on the Lebanon Valley College Board of Trustees, effective June 30, 2013. During her two-year tenure, she served on the Academic/Student Affairs and Enrollment Committee as well as on the Marketing Committee.

Fritz was a star player and two-time captain of the nationally ranked women’s basketball team. She helped lead her teams to four 20+ win seasons, winning 102 games during her four-year career. In addition to regularly being named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Academic Honor Roll, Fritz holds the individual career program record for field goal percentage (54.6%). She also holds the individual single-season record for field goal percentage (57.2%) and is tied for the individual single-game record for field goal percentage (100%).

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