2018-2020 Officers and Executive Board Bios
Bonnie J. Miller, CEOE (Co-President and Professional Standards Chair PSP)
Bonnie J. Miller, CEOE, is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at Pace School where she has been employed for 31 years. Past service on PAEOP Board of Directors include roles as Conference Planning Chairman (2016-2018), President (2012-2014), President Elect/Conference Planning Chair, Treasurer and Budget Chair, Regional Representative and Conference Planning Committee. During her term as PAEOP President, Bonnie represented PAEOP and served on the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and served as the 2014 Advisory Council Chairman on the PSBA Board of Directors. Bonnie has also been a member of NAEOP, the National Association of Educational Office Professionals for 18 years. She has served as the PA Professional Standards Program Chairman since 2004, which is a NAEOP sponsored program. Bonnie served on the NAEOP Board of Directors from 2014-2016 as the Northeast Area Director and Professional Standards Chairman and from 2012-2014 as the Administrative Council Chairman. She is currently a board member on the NAEOP PSP Governing Board. Bonnie finds serving on the PAEOP and NAEOP Board of Directors is gratifying and provides valuable personal and professional growth, as well she cherishes the friendships and lifelong memories. Bonnie has been married to her husband John for 30 years and they have three children. Their daughter Brittany is a Licensed Social Worker in the Pittsburgh area. Twin sons, Jonathan and Jarrett are both pursuing engineering degrees at Penn State University. Her pleasures include spending time family, friends, and their dog Kaptain and traveling. She also enjoys reading and relaxing at their family camp in Cambria County.
Lynelle Fitzmier, CEOE (Co-President)
Lynelle serves as Secretary to the Superintendent at Great Valley School District in Chester County where she has been employed for 23 years. She has been involved in PAEOP for twenty years having enjoyed all of the positions in which she has served: President (2014-2016), President–Elect/Conference Planning Chair, Membership Director, Fall Workshop Coordinator, Nominating Committee Co-Chair, Regional Representative. Lynelle has been a NAEOP member for 14 years, earned her CEOE distinction in 2006, and has benefitted from attending ten NAEOP National Conferences around the country. She appreciates the opportunities for personal and professional growth that PAEOP provides and the challenge to grow through service in the organization. She feels the best part of involvement with PAEOP is the people she has had the privilege to meet, know, work with, and call friends. With free time, Lynelle enjoys family and friends, reading, playing bells in her church bell choir, and traveling.
Louise Mikowychok, CEOE (President Elect)
Louise Mikowychok, CEOE, has supported programs at Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, PA for the past 15 years - with the last five years as Managed Care Billing Manager in the Home & Community Services Department of the Student Services Division. She supervises medical billing fund recovery for behavioral health service provided in school and at home for over 1000 clients. Louise has been an active member of PAEOP since 2000, when she served as the district special education department secretary in Solanco SD, in Lancaster County. Louise has earned her PSP with CEOE distinction. In 2012 Louise was awarded the Gertrude Kopf Award of Recognition for her service to education. Early in her career Louise earned her Associates in Applied Science COTA, and in 2012 she completed a BA in Organizational Dynamics from Immaculata University. Previous positions held in PAEOP include Region 15 Representative, Webmaster, PEPTalk Editor, and Long-Range Planning Chair. Presently, Louise serves as PAEOP Membership Director for the 2016-2018 term, and was 2017 Fall Workshop Chair. She appreciates the opportunity to serve with dedicated members on the PAEOP Board, and values this organization’s mission of providing training opportunities and networking experiences that promote excellence in the educational office support profession. Every child deserves educational opportunities in safe and nurturing places – I believe any opportunity designed to assist staff to enhance a student’s progress is essential. Educational Office Support Professionals are a vital part of a student’s progress. The time spent improving their skills can only improve how they contribute to student goals. Louise has been married to her husband, John, for 40 years, and has two wonderful daughters, Ellen and Laura. She also has two precious grandchildren, Teddy and Grace. Louise spends her spare time quilting and sewing.
Pamela Sherts (Immediate Past President)
Pamela Sherts, serves as the Executive Assistant to Pedro A. Rivera, Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to this position, she was the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent at The School District of Lancaster. Working at the Department of Education offers a wonderful view of how the task of educating students of all ages across the Commonwealth is in the hands of extremely capable, incredibly talented, and highly dedicated professionals. Pam is proud tojoin the 250+ members of PAEOP who assist in providing these top-notch services from east to west and north to south across the state in various educational settings. As a member of PAEOP, Pam has been Conference Planning Chair, served on the Conference Planning Committee, Region 9 Representative, Nominating Committee Co-Chair, and Fall Workshop Coordinator. She was active in her local affiliate, Lancaster-Lebanon Association of Educational Office Professionals and served in numerous roles with that organization. Pam resides in East Petersburg with her husband of 40 years, Jeff. She is the proud mother of two boys, Steven who lives in New York State, and Jonathan who lives in Lancaster. In the past three years Pam and Jeff welcomed two daughters-in-law into the family. When Pam has free time she enjoys her time with friends and family, reading, counted cross stitch, and walking the cutest dog ever, Layla! Pam and Jeff also enjoy the company of three adorable cats, Lilly, Katie and Allie.
Dawn Crossan, CEOE (Treasurer)
Dawn started at Warwick chool District in 1998, doing taxes and accounting. She joined LLAEOP, the local affiliate. Joined PAEOP a year or so later when she went to her first spring conference. Dawn accepted a job at Pequea Valley in 2008, doing taxes, census and accounting, and is now doing accounts payable. She became the key person and encouraged Pequea Valley office professionals to join LLAEOP, as no one at PV had been a member for several years. In 2012, she was installed as the Region 9 Region Rep. She was installed as PAEOP Treasurer in May 2016 and is excited to serve a second term. Dawn joined NAEOP several years ago to pursue the PSP certification and CEOE distinction. She completed both in May, 2013. She attended the national conference in Alexandria, VA, where she was acknowledged nationally for receiving them, along with three others from PAEOP. She is an advocate for encouraging others to obtain their PSP certification.
Theresa Brickley (Secretary)
Theresa Brickley has been with the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) for eighteen years. CPI is a Career and Technology Center that serves Centre County. She currently is the Executive Secretary to the President and Secretary for the Joint Operating Committee. Along with these duties, Theresa also handles the payroll. During her employment at CPI she has served in the Accounts Payable Department and was the Attendance Secretary for six years. Theresa is also a member of the Attendance/Child Accounting Professional Association. She has completed the Dale Carnegie course and was given the Highest Award of Achievement by her fellow classmates and was the recipient of the 2017 Gertrude E. Kopf Award. Before coming to CPI, Theresa worked in property management.
Marilyn Martin, CEOE (Membership Director)
Marilyn Martin is a current member of NAEOP, PAEOP and her local affiliate LLAEOP. She was awarded her PSP certification at the national conference in Buffalo in 2015. She has worked in educational offices for 21 years, 4 years with a small private high school and now 17 years at Conestoga Valley. Marilyn is currently the principal’s secretary at Conestoga Valley High School – where no day is ever the same! Marilyn is married and the mother of three young adults – all of whom are out on their own. Two are college grads (PSU and SUNY Cobleskill) and working in their degree fields. The youngest is serving with the US Army as a Blackhawk crew chief and stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. Marilyn enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and kids, camping and traveling.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS Danielle Patterson (Region 2 Representative)
Danielle Patterson is the Executive/Board Secretary at Armstrong Indiana (ARIN) Intermediate Unit 28. Danielle has been a member of PAEOP for two years and is excited for the opportunity to serve on the PAEOP Executive Board as the Region 2 Representative. She plans to work toward her PSP certification and is pleased to be part of an organization dedicated to the professional growth and recognition of educational office personnel. Danielle currently resides in Homer City, PA and is the proud mom of two children, Kenneth and Jillian. Danielle enjoys spending time with friends/family, reading, gardening, and walking the Hoodlebug Trail with her little dog, Rocksy.
Carla Ruscio (Region 3 Representative)
Carla Ruscio is an Administrative Support Coordinator for the Office of Physical Plant, Power Plant, at Penn State University. She is an active member of the Penn State University Educational Office Professionals (PSEOP) serving on the Awards Committee and PAEOP as Region 3 Representative. For 2015 and 2016, Carla was honored to be a member of the selection committee for Gertrude E. Kopf Award. Formerly, she was School Board Secretary at Tyrone Area School District for six years and Legislative Aide to State Senator John Eichelberger for four years. Carla resides in Altoona with her husband, Michael, and son, Ryan. Her daughter Ashley and husband, Michael, blessed their family with twin sons, Aaron and Andrew in 2013.
Leslie Elder (Region 4 Representative)
Leslie Elder has been with the Bellefonte Area School District for 22 years. She is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Recording Secretary for the Board of School Directors. While at Bellefonte, Leslie has also served as Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent and Secretary to the Principal at the Bellefonte Area Middle School. Leslie has been married to Andy for nearly 30 years. They have two grown children: Seth who works in Washington, DC at a consulting firm and Mary who works in State College in corporate communications/marketing. Leslie enjoys reading and traveling. This is her first year in PAEOP, and she hopes to learn a lot and make great connections.
Wendy Kosovac (Region 5 Representative)
Wendy Kosovac has worked for the West Shore School District’s administrative office since 2012. Currently she serves as the Secretary to Superintendent. Prior to her current, she has held various other positions within the district. Wendy has her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a Mathematics Certification from Shippensburg University. She is a member of NAEOP and PAEOP, which she recently became the Region 5 representative. Wendy plans on beginning her PSP certification after Spring Conference. She is very thankful for the opportunity to network with so many great people across the state. Wendy is the proud mom of two children, Katelyn and Camden. Katelyn is a Sophomore at Penn State Harrisburg studying Kinesiology, and she plays both soccer and basketball on campus. Camden is Junior at Red Land High School, and he plays soccer and tennis. Wendy enjoys attending her children’s sporting events, going to the beach, being with friends/family, shopping and listening to music
Sheri Moyer (Region 6 Representative)
Sheri Moyer, CEOE, serves as the Administrative Coordinator for Special Education Services and as the School Based ACCESS Coordinator for the Middletown Area School District. Prior to this position, she was a Program Assistant in the Curriculum Services department of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. Sheri has an Associate of Arts Degree from the Harrisburg Area Community College and has owned her own hair salon for over thirty-five years. Sheri is a member of NAEOP and PAEOP, in which she currently serves as the Region 6 representative and Gertrude Kopf Chair. Sheri is also a School Director in the West Shore School District where she resides. Sheri currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Joint Operating Committee at Cumberland Perry Vocational Technical School and Chairman of the Policy, Personnel and Curriculum committees. Sheri and her husband, Steve are the proud parents of Joshua who graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Aeronautics and currently works at Morristown Municipal Airport, NJ as an Airport Operations Coordinator and a licensed private pilot. They will be welcoming a new “daughter”, Jessica to the family this summer . They can be found on the weekends at their cabin in Milroy, PA. ;
Donna Chobot, CEOE (Region 7 Representative)
Donna Chobot is employed by the East Penn School District as an Administrative Assistant at Willow Lane Elementary School. She has been with the East Penn School District since October 1997. Donna began with the district in the Technology Department as a Technology Assistant and transferred to Willow Lane Elementary when it opened in July 2010. She is looking forward to continue serving as the Region 7 Representative. Donna has been married to John for 34 years and has two adult children named Megan and Tim. Both have chosen the nursing and work at different hospitals in the area. Tim is presently working towards his master’s degree in anesthesia from Villanova. Megan has a daughter named Hope. John and Donna spend as much time as possible with their granddaughter. Being a grandparent is truly the BEST!!
Rita Balik, (Region 8 Representative)
Rita is employed by the Southern Lehigh School District where she serves as Secretary to the Support Services Department. She has been with the Southern Lehigh School District since 2007. Rita provides administrative support for the transportation services, custodians, buildings and grounds as well as construction projects. She attended her first PAEOP Conference in 2013 and has been attending every year since. Rita resides in Hellertown with her husband Joey and daughter Brittni who is a Sophomore at Delaware Valley University, majoring in Zoo Science. She also has two grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. Rita loves working out at the gym, walking, kayaking, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.
Janet Bergstresser, (Region 9 Co-Representative - Lancaster/Lebanon Counties)
Janet Bergstresser has worked for the Eastern Lancaster County School District for the past 30 years. She started out as a part time school bus driver, then full time school bus driver and for the past 18+ years has been the transportation assistant to the district. In this role she interacts with parents on a regular basis. She works closely with the bus contractor regarding the drivers as well as human resources and payroll. At times she is a substitute driver or aide when needed. Janet also maintains the district warehouse and janitorial supplies. Janet has been a member of Lancaster Lebanon AEOP for 18 years as well as PAEOP for many years. She enjoys all the workshops and conferences that she is able to attend and appreciates learning new strategies for working with others and meeting lots of new people. Janet has 5 grandchildren. She really enjoys gardening and reading and loving up on the grandchildren.
Denise M. Stayman, CEOE (Region 9 Co-Representative - Franklin, Adams & York Counties)
Denise M. Stayman, CEOE, has been working for the York Suburban School District, located in York, Pennsylvania, for 13 years. She is currently an Administrative Assistant at the York Suburban Middle School and is also the head cheerleading coach. Prior to working as an educational office professional, Denise served as a paralegal at a local law firm. Denise joined PAEOP in July of 2009 and also has been a member of the Pennsylvania School Board Association since then. She has been a member of NAEOP since October of 2015. Denise earned her PSP and CEOE distinction in September of 2013. She thoroughly enjoys being an active member of PAEOP and has attended its annual conferences since 2009. PAEOP has given Denise many opportunities to meet other office professionals at the secondary level and discuss with them various similar and different aspects of their districts, buildings, and duties. She believes PAEOP is an excellent opportunity for networking.
Open (Region 11 Representative)
Stephanie Nallo (Region 12 Representative)
Stephanie Nallo began serving as the PAEOP Region 12 Representative in 2015. She is a current member of NAEOP, PAEOP and her local affiliate LLAEOP, where she serves as webmaster. Stephanie has worked in educational offices for over 15 years. She is the Administrative Assistant to the Director/JOC Recording Secretary at the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center, and previously worked in a college and high school. Prior to her work in education, she worked in county government offices. Stephanie is married and the mother of two daughters. Her oldest lives and works in NYC, and her youngest is attending college in Philadelphia.
Open (Region 14 Representative)
Donna Romanowski (Region 15 Representative)
Donna Romanowski, CEOE, is an administrative assistant working in the area of Special Education. Working in this particular area of education she developed a deep interest in special education law, which led her to pursue an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from Delaware County Community College. She enjoys her role within the Chester County Intermediate Unit and feels a sense of accomplishment supporting special needs students, parents, teachers, administrators and school districts. Within the CCIU Donna volunteers in many activities such as: Children’s Scholarship Fund Committee, Special Olympics, Countywide Inservice, and coordinating fun activities for staff and families. Donna also is a Cathy Miller Cancer Fund committee member. This organization supports cancer patients and families offering comfort, support and care for someone undergoing cancer treatment. Fashion for the Cure is one of the events which she also serves as ticket coordinator. She has also volunteered at the Hope Lodge serving dinner to cancer patients and families. Donna currently resides in West Grove.; She is married and has two children and three grandchildren.
Dianne Binkley (Nominating Co-chair)
Dianne has enjoyed her career working in education. After eleven years in various positions at DeSales University, in 2001 Dianne was hired as Secretary to the Special Education Director in the Southern Lehigh School District. Recently the district reorganized and her duties now include Student Services. Dianne attended her first Bucks-Lehigh AEOP two months after being hired. For many years she coordinated the organization’s community service projects. As a member of BLAEOP she later served as vice-president and president. She joined PAEOP in 2002 and served as Nominating Co-Chair since 2012. Having joined NAEOP in 2010 Dianne earned her PSP Associate Professional, Option I certification. She resides in Center Valley with her husband of 40 years, Keith. Dianne and Keith have two sons, Brian who lives in Minnesota and Mark who lives in Wescosville. They have and four beautiful grandchildren, Nathan, Lyla, Grant and Weston. Dianne enjoys reading, crafting and anything involving sewing, especially counted cross stitch. She loves walking and biking. Weekends Dianne can be found at their cabin at Lake Wallenpaupack.
Kathy Himes, CEOE (Constitution and Bylaws)
Kathy recently retired as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District after 21 years. She has been a member of PAEOP during those 21 years, the last 15 years serving as Region 2 Representative, 4 years as Constitution/Bylaws Chairman, and 4 years Co-Chairman of the Gertrude E. Kopf Award. She has attended fall workshops, spring conferences and national conferences that have prepared her to continue with duties of the association as well as her position with the district. Kathy obtained PSP certificate in September 2005 and CEOE distinction with re-certifications in 2010 and 2015. It is Kathy's intention to spend more quality time with her grandsons, Matthew age 17 and Maxwell age 3, working in her yard, reading and reconnecting with family and friends. Kathy encourages all educational office professionals to become involved with PAEOP as a group of colleagues that offer professional development, encouragement, advice and support.
Kathy Miller (PEPTalk Newsletter Editor)
Kathy Miller is the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent at Hempfield School District in Landisville, Lancaster County, PA, where she has been employed for 17 years. Prior to becoming the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, she was an administrative secretary in the district office, a secretary in the special education department, and a clerical aide in an elementary building. She has been a member of PAEOP for 14 years. She has served on the PAEOP Nominating Committee for one term and as PEPTalk Editor for two terms.Kathy is the key person for the Hempfield School District within her local affiliate (Lancaster-Lebanon Association of Office Professionals), and has previously served as Secretary and Newsletter Editor. Kathy and her husband Terry have a son who lives in Boulder, CO, and a daughter who lives in Harrisburg, PA. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys her dog and cat, cooking, eating, card-making, and just relaxing in her favorite chair.
Sheri Moyer, CEOE (Gertrude E. Kopf Award of Recognition)
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Cindy Teets, CEOE (Louise Henderson Nelson Member Scholarship)
Cindy Teets, A.A., CEOE, was the Data Support Associate for the Department of Nursing, Nursing Education and Professional Development at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. (Retired) She was employed there for 35 years 10 Years in the Department of Continuing Education and 25 years in Nursing Education. She was instrumental in the purchase of a new data system for the Department of Nursing.She obtained her PSP and CEOE in September 2011. She has been coming to the PAEOP conferences since 1989 and has only missed a few. She attended her first NAEOP conference in 2013 in Alexandria, VA.Cindy has served in various capacities in the Palmyra School District Band Boosters and was involved in the PUMAS All Star Cheerleaders as their volunteer and biggest fan. She and her husband, Bob, have been married 51 years and have three daughters and five grandchildren, one great granddaughter and one black Labrador, Dewey. Her leisure time is enjoying her family and some travel.
Patty Keller (Ways and Means Chair)
Patty Keller is an Administrative Assistant for the Principal of the Upper Perkiomen Middle School where she has been employed for the past 30 years. Patty has been a member of PAEOP for the past 27 years. She has served as region representative; treasurer; budget chair; planning committee; co-chair for nominating committee; ways & means, audit committee and co-chair of the affiliates committee. Patty has also served on several other local committees. Patty also works part-time as a travel consultant at BarMar in Quakertown. She enjoys traveling around the world and spending time with family and friends. Patty lives with her husband Rick and they have a daughter, Krystal. They now have a wonderful son-in-law, Tyler and two beautiful twin grandsons, Koy and Koen with another grandbaby expected fall of 2016.
Lenore Filipovic (Hermine Solt Student Scholarship & Webmaster)
Lenore Filipovic is the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/Cabinet, and Board Recording Secretary of the Phoenixville Area School District. She is also the Office Manager for the Central office staff, and is the District Safe Schools Coordinator. Lenore started her 27+ year career as the Executive Secretary for the President of an International T-shirt manufacturer until the company closed in 2001. She then entered the education field working for the Assistant Superintendent of a large school district in Berks County, PA. She has been in her current position for over 10 years. Lenore lives in Pottstown, PA, with her husband, Michael, and three of their four children (son Dan 24, daughters Kasey, 21, and Emma 12). Her stepson Cole, 27, is out of the US Army after serving for 8 years and 2 tours in Afghanistan. He is currently living in Washington State. Lenore's family also includes many rescued animals - 4 dogs (Murphy, a Rottweiler/Great Pyrenees, Hank, a Husky/Shepherd mix, Cooper, a Rottweiler/Shepherd mix and Miley, a Shi Tzu/Yorkie mix) and 2 cats (Otis and Elliott).Lenore spends most of her time volunteering for different organizations, and loves watching HGTV, NASCAR, Flyers Hockey, and Eagles Football.She enjoys spending the rest of her time with family and going to estate sales.