Ten Penn State alumni have been elected and three appointed to Alumni Council, the governing body of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Elected to Alumni Council for three-year terms from July 1, 2008–June 30, 2011, are Alan D. Bedrick, Tucson, Ariz.; Leslie N. Firth, Mercer, Pa.; Ronald H. Frear, State College, Pa.; Katherine E. Genovese, Boalsburg, Pa.; Robert C. Landis, Alexandria, Va.; Nelson S. Loftus Jr., State College, Pa.; Pamela Loughner, Huntington Valley, Pa.; Cindy Mable, Exton, Pa.; Tom Range, Levittown, Pa.; and Kay L. Frantz Salvino, State College, Pa.
Alumni Association President David C. Han ’88, ’05g filled three appointed positions on Alumni Council. The appointees are CarolAnn Long Gentry, State College, Pa.; Heather A. James, Bentonville, Ark.; and Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Wilmington, Del.
In this year’s election, 16,268 Alumni Association members cast ballots—a 12.62 percent participation rate among eligible voters—with more than 59 percent voting electronically via the Internet. This year’s participation reflected a 20 percent increase over the 13,574 who voted in 2007.
Following is a brief biography about each newly named Alumni Council member:
Alan D. Bedrick, of Tucson, Ariz., graduated from the Penn State Eberly College of Science in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and went on to earn his M.D. from the Penn State College of Medicine. He is professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Ariz. Bedrick has represented the College of Medicine Alumni Society on Alumni Council since 2006 and is a member of the Communications Committee.
Leslie N. Firth, of Mercer, Pa., holds two Penn State degrees from the College of Agricultural Sciences: a 1958 bachelor’s degree and 1961 master’s degree. He is the owner and operator of Firth Farms in Mercer, Pa. Firth has been an elected member of Alumni Council since 2005. He chairs the Grassroots Network Committee and is a member of the Executive Board.
Ronald H. Frear, of State College, Pa., is new to Alumni Council. He is a 1954 graduate from the College of Business and is retired from his position as director of sales and marketing for Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Katherine E. Genovese, of Boalsburg, Pa., holds two Penn State degrees: a 1978 bachelor’s degree from the College of the Liberal Arts and a 1984 master’s degree from the College of Education. She is vice president of programming for the Second Mile in State College, Pa. Genovese has represented the College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society on Alumni Council since 2006 and serves on the Awards Committee.
CarolAnn Long Gentry, of State College, Pa., is a 1969 graduate of the College of Education. She is a retired English teacher from the State College Area School District and has been an elected member of Alumni Council since 2005, serving on the Diversity Committee.
Heather A. James, of Bentonville, Ark., is new to Alumni Council. She is a 1992 graduate of the Smeal College of Business and is the senior marketing manager for multicultural marketing for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, of Wilmington, Del., is a 1992 graduate of the College of Communications and is owner and principal of Arts in Media in Wilmington, Del. She was appointed to Alumni Council in 2005 and serves as co-chair on the Volunteer Support Committee.
Robert Landis, of Alexandria, Va., is a 1963 graduate of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. He is president of Landis Associates in Alexandria, Va. He has represented the Earth and Mineral Sciences Alumni Society on Alumni Council since 2006, serving on the Awards Committee.
Nelson S. Loftus Jr., of State College, Pa., has a bachelor’s (1958), master’s (1962), and Ph.D. (1966) from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. He is retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he was a principal research scientist.
Pamela Loughner, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., holds three degrees from Penn State’s College of Education: a 1978 bachelor’s, a 1997 master’s, and a 2002 Ph.D, She is president of Loughner and Associates in Huntingdon Valley and has been an elected member of Alumni Council since 2003. Loughner serves on the Executive Board and chairs the Program Development Committee.
Cindy Mable, of Exton, Pa., has a bachelor’s degree (1969) and master’s degree (1971) from the Eberly College of Science. She is a principal with SunGlobal LLC in Rockville, Md., and was elected to Alumni Council in 2005. Mable serves on the Communications Committee.
Tom Range, of Levittown, Pa., is a 1989 graduate of the Eberly College of Science with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He is a teacher at Ewing High School in Ewing, N.J., and was appointed to Alumni Council in 2005. Range serves on the Program Development Committee.
Kay Salvino, of State College, Pa., is a 1969 graduate of the College of Health and Human Development. She is a practice administrator for Heimer Eye Care Associates in State College and has represented the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society on Alumni Council since 2001. She co-chairs the Communications Committee.
Alumni Council is an all-volunteer governing body that guides and directs policy for the Penn State Alumni Association. The council determines strategies and programs to be carried out by the Alumni Association staff and is also responsible for electing the Alumni Association president and vice president.