Notes on Speakers and Performers

Richard F. Charles
Richard F. Charles, vice president of the Annville Township Board of Commissioners, was the prime mover behind the Annville Streetscape Project that has transformed the geographic center of the township that borders campus. No stranger to higher education, Charles served as a senior development officer for more than 30 years at several Pennsylvania institutions, including as vice president of advancement at the College. He was also vice president of Wilkes University, and served in alumni and senior development capacities at his alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College. Charles has served on a wide variety of community boards including the Fulton Opera House, North Museum, Urban League, Sordoni Art Gallery, and the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery.

The Honorable Thomas W. Corbett Jr. ’71
The Honorable Thomas W. Corbett Jr. ’71 was inaugurated as the 46th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 18, 2011. A life-long Pennsylvania resident, Corbett has a long and distinguished career serving the citizens of the Commonwealth as assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. attorney, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission of Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania attorney general, and now as governor. Corbett earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lebanon Valley College in 1971 and a law degree from St. Mary’s University in 1975.

Wesley T. Dellinger ’75, P’05
Wesley T. Dellinger serves as chair of the Board of Trustees. He graduated from the College with degrees in economics and business administration in 1975. The director of Lebanon operations for Brownstone Real Estate, Dellinger has worked for more than 35 years in sales and sales management, including the last 20 in real estate. Prior to joining the LVC board in 1988, Dellinger was a charter member and business manager of the LVC Alumni Chorale (1978–1984); vice president, president-elect, and president of the LVC Alumni Association (1982–1988); and received the Alumni Volunteer of the Year award from the College in 1984. In his almost 25 years as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, Dellinger has served on numerous committees including advancement, executive, facilities (chair), and various campaign steering committees.

Dr. Johannes Dietrich
Dr. Johannes Dietrich is the Newton and Adelaide Burgner Professor of Instrumental Music at LVC and directs the LVC Symphony Orchestra. He teaches conducting, string methods, and applied violin and viola, and coaches chamber music ensembles. Dietrich was named Orchestra Director of the Year by the Pennsylvania/Delaware String Teachers Association. He studied at Montana State University and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Dietrich has a master’s degree in violin performance and a doctorate in violin performance and conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He is a founding member of the Majore Trio, performs solo violin recitals, and remains an active ragtime pianist.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Fullmer
The Rev. Dr. Paul Fullmer, as chaplain, coordinates both spiritual life and community service at the College. He has inspired his students to be active volunteers in the local community and on service trips to Louisiana, New Jersey, and elsewhere in the U.S. In 2014, he will help lead a group of students on a service project to Peru. Following the completion of his doctoral dissertation on the Gospel of Mark (Resurrection in Mark’s Literary-Historical Perspective), he published a series of four workbooks designed to help people read New Testament Greek. In 2011, he also published a pictorial history book, titled Annville Township.

Dr. Christopher J. Heffner
Dr. Christopher J. Heffner serves as director of bands and assistant professor of instrumental music education at Lebanon Valley College. He directs the “Pride of the Valley” Marching Band and LVC Symphonic Band. Heffner also supervise student teachers, and teaches instrumental literature, fundamentals of conducting, and brass techniques. He remains active as a guest conductor and clinician working with groups from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Florida. Heffner earned his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and graduate degrees at the University of Florida.

Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger
Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger is the chief executive officer (CEO) of ASK Foods. She has led the company’s burgeoning growth in products, geographical reach, and production capacity. As CEO, Holsinger oversees the management divisions of the company and coordinates ASK’s strategic long-range planning. A graduate of Bucknell University, she has been a member of the LVC Board of Trustees since 1993. She currently serves on the board’s Executive Committee, Marketing Committee, and Trusteeship Committee (chair). Holsinger is also an active board member of the Mt. Gretna Theatre and has committed extensive volunteer time to many other organizations including the Girls Scouts and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The Rev. Dr. Peggy A. Johnson ’75, P’05
The Rev. Dr. Peggy A. Johnson ’75, P’05 serves as bishop of The United Methodist Church (UMC) in the Philadelphia area. She received a degree in music education at Lebanon Valley College before earning a master of divinity degree in 1980 at Asbury Theological Seminary. In her early ministry, she served in Frederick, Md., as campus minister for Gallaudet University, as a leader in higher education for deaf persons located in Washington, D.C., and as co-pastor (with her husband, The Rev. Michael C. Johnson) of Lansdowne United Methodist Church in Baltimore. In 1988, she was appointed to pastor the historic Christ UMC of the Deaf in Baltimore, where she served for 20 years. She earned her doctor of ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1993.

The Rev. Dr. Gerald Lord
The Rev Dr. Gerald Lord is the associate general secretary of the division of higher education for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He has responsibility for the offices within the division of higher education, including schools, colleges, and universities; black college fund and ethnic concerns; and campus ministry and annual conference relations. In addition, he is the executive secretary of the university senate that evaluates all educational institutions approved for listing as United Methodist-related institutions. Lord is also executive secretary of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church and the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald
Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald, the College’s 17th president, served eight years as president after six years as LVC’s vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty. By the time he retired as president emeritus on July 31, 2012, MacDonald’s 14 years at the College were marked by major building and capital projects, the expansion of the College’s academic programs, and the deepening of its relationship with the neighboring community of Annville. He worked with all College constituencies to raise more than $55 million during the institution’s largest-ever fundraising campaign and oversaw unprecedented growth in the number of incoming freshmen during his tenure.

Dr. Mark Mecham
Dr. Mark Mecham is Chair and Clark and Edna Carmean Distinguished Professor of Music and has served as chair since 1990. He received the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998 and was named Educator of the Year by LVC’s Student Government in 2012. As director of choral activities, he conducts the LVC Concert and Chamber choirs. In August 1992, he appeared as guest conductor of the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and from 1993 to 2002 served as the musical director of the Lebanon County Choral Society. Mecham graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in music education and choral conducting, and completed his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Michael J. Mellon III ’13
Michael J. Mellon is a member of the class of 2013 pursuing an undergraduate degree in biology. He is the current president of LVC’s Student Government.

Kenny Montijo ’09
Kenny Montijo graduated from the College in 2009 with a double major in business administration and Spanish. At LVC, Montijo was a member of the Pallas Honors Society and the Social Justice Institute; studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain; won the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest; and received the Fellowship Award Scholarship and the Leadership Award Scholarship. He currently is a candidate for a master’s degree in higher education at Drexel University. Montijo is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), where he later served as a coordinator of student affairs from 2009 to 2012. Montijo is the 2013 United Way of Lebanon County campaign chair, believed to be the youngest in the county’s history.

Robert A. Nowak
Robert A. Nowak has served as LVC adjunct instructor of percussion music since 1988 and received the Nevelyn Knisely Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2001. As a professional percussionist, he has played with Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Regis Philbin, Natalie Cole, and more. He has also played in the national tours of Chorus Line, Dream Girls, Ragtime, The Full Monty, and Beauty and the Beast. In addition to his performance career, Nowak manufactures mahogany log drums, triangle holders, and goose neck cymbal holders used by major symphony orchestras and music schools around the world.

Dr. Jeffrey W. Robbins
Dr. Jeffrey W. Robbins is chair of religion and philosophy, professor of religion, and director of the American Studies Program at the College. He received the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Teaching at LVC in 2005. Robbins holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Baylor University in Texas, a master’s degree in divinity from Texas Christian University, and two degrees from Syracuse University, a master’s degree and a doctorate, both in religion. He is the author or editor of six books, including most recently Religion, Politics and Earth: The New Materialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) with Clayton Crockett, and Radical Democracy and Political Theology (Columbia University Press, 2011).

Elyse E. Rogers, Esq.’76
Elyse E. Rogers ’76 is an attorney and partner at the law firm of Saidis, Sullivan & Rogers. Her areas of concentration include taxation with an emphasis on estate planning, business planning, wealth transfer, and estate and trust administration. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, Rogers has served as a member of the LVC Board of Trustees since 2003. As a trustee, she has been a member of the Advancement Committee (vice-chair), Executive Committee, Benefits Subcommittee (vice chair), Presidential Compensation Subcommittee, and Trusteeship Committee. In addition, she chaired the Presidential Search Committee that identified Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne as the College’s 18th president.

Thomas Strohman ’75, P’08
Thomas Strohman ’75, P’08 is a professor of music at LVC and has been a faculty member for more than 25 years. A founding member of Third Stream, which was started in 1974, Strohman has recorded for Columbia Artists. As a freelance musician he has performed for entertainers Sonny and Cher, The Four Aces, Della Reese, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vinton, and Johnny Mathis. He has also shared the stage with jazz musicians Bobby Rosengarten, John Blake, John Von Ohlem, and many more. Strohman was inducted into the Central PA Friends of Jazz Hall of Fame in 2009

Dr. Albertine “Tina” Washington H’91. P’86
Dr. Albertine “Tina” Washington H’91, P’96, as an activist and educator, has made a positive difference in Lebanon County and beyond. Raised in Gulfport, Mississippi, Washington graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans with a B.A. degree in elementary education. She became the first African-American to serve as an elementary teacher in the Lebanon School District from 1963 to 1969. After moving from the central Pennsylvania area, Washington and her family returned to Lebanon and its school district in 1982. Tina was named Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year in 1991. She has received an honorary Doctorate of Pedagogy and the Dr. Jean Herr Educator Award from the College. Washington has been an LVC trustee since 1996, serving on the Academic/Student Affairs and Enrollment Committee, and the Trusteeship Committee.