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Moyer-Drabick Wins Woman-Owned Business Award

Wendy Moyer-Drabick’s consulting firm, Moyer-Drabick & Associate Ltd., was named the Eastern Pennsylvania Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year for 2020 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Moyer-Drabick, LVC adjunct instructor in business administration, founded the firm 19 years ago and today specializes in the selection, implementation, training, and support of various software accounting packages for all types of businesses.

Brandon Roy ’20 Published in Biosensors

Brandon Roy ’20, biochemistry & molecular biology, was published in Biosensors, a peer-reviewed journal, for work done as an LVC undergraduate. Roy was part of Dr. Michelle Rasmussen’s research group, which also included Julia Rutherford ’18, Anna Weaver ’21, and Kevin Beaver ’19. 

Dean Randall Pens “Small Talk” Advice for Quartz

Matthew Randall, associate dean, Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success, published “A Lost Art: How to make small talk even if it scares you” on the career guidance site Quartz at Work. Among his starting principles were to Be Curious, Scan for Nonverbal Cues, and Conduct Research.

Pantalone Debuts Historic Fiction: “Incident on the Road to Canterbury”

Vince Pantalone, longtime football coach and current coordinator of retention support programs, recently published, “Incident on the Road to Canterbury.” Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and elsewhere. The debut book features a young Geoffrey Chaucer 20 years before he wrote “The Canterbury Tales.”

Todd Snovel ’06 Featured Dream Team Member

The Women’s Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities recently featured Todd Snovel ’06, assistant dean of student engagement and inclusion, as its featured Dream Team Member. Snovel was asked to join the Women’s Fund Advisory Committee earlier this year. According to the article, he was inspired to join among other reasons because of “hearing the impact that the fund was having on its grantees—the amazing projects that our partner organizations were facilitating were enriching the lives of the women in our community.”

Geoffrey Roche Part of HOBY Panel

Geoffrey Roche, vice president of strategic initiatives and secretary of the College, was an invited panelist for the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Foundation workshop at Shippensburg University May 19. Roche, who was a HOBY participant while in high school, spoke about how community service experience helps prepare high school students for college, and how college students reach out to and impact the communities in which they reside.


PennDOT Executive Deputy Secretary Tours Campus

Leo Bagley, executive deputy secretary of PennDOT, visited campus in early May to review the design plans for the new Pedestrian Bridge and see the current bridge. Lewis E. Thayne, president; Shawn Curtin, vice president of finance and administration; and Geoffrey Roche, vice president of strategic initiatives and secretary of the College; discussed safety and greater accessibility as driving forces behind the necessity of building a new bridge. Senator Mike Folmer; Julie Cheyney, executive director of the Lebanon County Planning Department; and Nolan Ritchie ’06, executive director of the State Senate Transportation Committee; were also part of the tour.

VP Curtin Featured in Business Officers Magazine

Shawn Curtin, vice president of finance and administration, was interviewed in a recent article, Striking a Balance, that published on Business Officers website. Curtin discussed how colleges like LVC work with tuition discount rates, among other related topics.

LVC Hosts PA Deputy Secretary as Part of Wolf Administration’s “Jobs That Pay” Tour

Geoffrey Roche, vice president of strategic initiatives and secretary of the College, hosted Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development at the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I), for a recent campus tour. Deputy Secretary Cipriani visited several campus spaces as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative to increase STEM skills training and education.


Deputy Secretary Cipriani also met with Dr. Mike Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and several members of the College’ digital communications, education, and science faculty (Carrie Coryer, Dr. Walter Patton, Kathleen Blouch, Linda Summers, Dr. Stacy Goodman, Dr. Erica Unger, Dr. Jeff Ritchie, Dr. Joel Kline, and Greg Krikorian), while touring the Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, Neidig-Garber Science Center, and Heilman Center.


“What I heard today is that Lebanon Valley College is not just an academic institution concerned with getting students in seats but also one that truly prepares students for careers and roles in their communities,” noted Deputy Secretary Cipriani during the visit.


President Lewis E. Thayne was quoted in a release distributed by L&I. “Like Governor Wolf and his administration, we are committed to preparing students for great jobs that build stronger communities. Pennsylvania needs skilled and knowledgeable professionals across industries, and we’re meeting that need by providing an advanced education in the high-demand fields of healthcare, STEM, and technology.”

Martellaro Joins Board of Council of Charitable Gift Planners

Joe Martellaro, director of gift planning, has been appointed to a two-year term on the board of directors of the Susquehanna Valley Council of Charitable Gift Planners. The organization, a local chapter of the National Council of Charitable Gift Planners, is a professional association for people whose work includes developing, marketing, and administering charitable planned gifts. Members include fundraisers for nonprofit organizations and donor advisors, such as attorneys and financial advisors, who work to promote philanthropy.


Joe continues a strong LVC tradition with the local chapter. It was founded in 1990 by the late Paul Brubaker, who was then the College’s director of planned giving. Joe joins former LVC staffers Jessica Ritchie ’99, M’06 and Jeffrey Zufelt as members of the current board of directors.