Wall of Honor
In 2009 EP Alumni Association and EPASD established the Wall of Honor. This display showcases EPASD graduates who have achieved exceptional achievement in a chosen field of endeavor, exceptional community service and contributions, or outstanding contribution to the District or community. Recipients exemplify the district’s vision of “world Class performers and productive citizens”
Dr. Kenneth Harm Jr.
Kenneth Harm is a member of East Pennsboro’s Class of 1968 and a 1973 graduate of Bucknell University. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, Ken began work on his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia which he completed in 1976. Fortunately for our community, Ken returned to central Pennsylvania to complete his Family Practice Residency at Harrisburg Hospital where he was named Chief Resident. According to his nomination form, Dr. Harm took a risk in May of 1980 and opened a medical practice with only one other physician and four employees. As the managing partner, he built Good Hope Family Physicians into a practice that now includes seven physicians, three nurse practitioners, and more than 40 employees. Through countless hours of hard work and dedication to his patients, he established an environment that demonstrates caring for his fellow physicians, employees, and most importantly his patients. His office enjoys the reputation of being one of the most respected family practices in the Harrisburg area.
Aside from his busy life as a medical professional, Dr. Harm has given his time to better our community by coaching and mentoring young people. He coached soccer and baseball for EPYAL. Dr. Harm also served as the President of the East Pennsboro Swim Club and ran all the home swim meets for the East Pennsboro High School Swim Team for six years. Dr. Harm was responsible for setting up and conducting the meets. He researched and worked on a Task Force to help improve conditions at the middle school pool. Somehow, Dr. Harm also made time in his busy schedule to volunteer to help with the high school Marching Band! He used his medical expertise to serve on the school district’s Drug Task Force, work as the team doctor for home high school football games, and to give free physicals to young EPYAL football players.
Dr. Harm serves as a role model for today’s students because he demonstrates what can be accomplished if you are willing to sacrifice and work hard to reach your goals. His success is due partly to the value that his parents placed on education, to his energy, and to his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. He is married to Candy, another EP resident active in our community, and he has two grown children who are also graduates of East Pennsboro.
Dr. Dasa Gangadhar
After graduating from East Pennsboro as Valedictorian of his class in 1982, Dasa Gangadhar entered a six-year Biomedical Education Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology as well as being named valedictorian of the School of Biological Sciences. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College and then completed his residency at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan. He continued his studies to become an ophthalmologist in the Fellowship Program at Harvard Medical School where he was named the top resident by the faculty, and later earned certification from the American Board of Opthalmology in 1994.
Dr. Gangadhar is a member of the Greene Vision Group at the Eye Clinic of Wichita and also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Kansas University School of Medicine in Wichita. His research papers on retinal function and corneal surgery have been published in professional journals and Dr. Gangadhar has shared his work through many presentations to fellow surgeons. His expertise has earned him numerous awards. He was selected for “Best Doctors in America” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, and was one of the first surgeons in the nation to perform Intralase Assisted Keratoplasty in 2009.
With a desire to serve those less fortunate, Dr. Gangadhar has performed more than 200 free eye surgeries for patients who would not have been able to afford medical care otherwise. In addition, he traveled to Tashkent, Uzbekistan and to India to perform charitable eye surgeries and to train local surgeons in techniques of corneal transplantation. Through the Kansas Eye Bank and Cornea Research Center, Dr. Gangadhar established a program to train surgeons from across the globe including Zambia, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, and India in corneal transplantation techniques. Dr. Gangadhar is married with two children and resides in the Wichita area.
Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour
Davie Jane Saxton Gilmour is a graduate of East Pennsboro Area High School. With a mother who was an elementary teacher for the school district and a father who was a member of the Board of School Directors for East Pennsboro, she understood at an early age the value and importance of education. Davie Jane earned A.S. and B.S. degrees in Dental Hygiene from West Liberty State College and M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Health Education from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to beginning her career in education, she was a dental hygienist for a number of Harrisburg Area dentists.
Dr. Gilmour joined the faculty of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport in 1977 as an instructor and curriculum developer in the Dental Hygiene program. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1983 and accepted her first administrative assignment as Internal Coordinator of the Dental Hygiene Program. She moved up the ranks at Penn Tech, and in 1993, became the College’s highest ranking academic officer, Vice President of Academic Affairs. During her tenure, she facilitated the development of the College’s first Bachelor’s degree program, oversaw a number of construction and renovation projects, and served as the chief negotiator bringing a new collective bargaining agreement to the faculty.
In 1998, The Board of Directors Named Dr. Gilmour President of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Under her leadership, the College has become a strong force in higher education in Pennsylvania, offering certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degree programs, with students from around the world enjoying the benefits of state-of-the-art programs in traditional and emerging technologies.
In 2008, Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour was voted Chairman-Elect of the Little League International Board of Directors after serving on the Board since 2006. She is the first female to hold this position, and according to the previous Board Director, Dr. Gilmour has provided a profound voice in crafting the future direction of the future of the Little League program. Dr. Gilmour has returned to her home school district to address our young ladies in the 8th Grade Girls GEMS program and has shared her inspirational story with our students. She is the wife of Frederick Gilmour, director of Instructional Technology and Media Services at Penn Tech College.
Herb Kruger Jr.
Herb Kruger was an integral part of the East Pennsboro family who passed away in 2007. He was a 1953 graduate of Enola High School and after graduation furthered his education by taking courses in Electronics, Microprocessors, and Customer Service. He was hired by United Telephone right out of high school and after three years, Herb found a new home at Pitney Bowes where he worked for 34 years as a Field Manager. Never one content to relax, Herb started his own company, Creative Computer Support.
Throughout his life, Herb was always involved in his community and this service took many forms. Whether he served as a scout master, a community board member or an organization participant, people could always count on Herb to be a leader. He was actively involved in the Enola Sportsmen Association, the American Legion Post 751, and a founding member of the East Pennsboro Education Association.
As a member of the Enola/East Pennsboro Alumni Association, Herb was instrumental in the creation and printing of the organization’s first Alumni Directory which helped grads find their peers and serves as a historical document of our former students. For this project, he was presented with a plaque by the Alumni Association for his efforts in creating and maintaining membership records.
Much of Herb’s retirement was devoted to the preservation and promotion of East Pennsboro’s history. This passion was fulfilled in 1999 when Herb established the Historical Society of East Pennsboro. He continued to support the Historical Society by writing publications and giving presentations in the community about local history. In addition to founding the Historical Society, Herb inspired others to volunteer their time to preserve the artifacts, photographs, records, and oral history of East Pennsboro. Thanks to his dedication, the Historical Society now has more than 600 members and these members will continue to contribute to the community long after Herb’s passing. Herb’s contributions were recognized with awards from the East Pennsboro Board of School Directors, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Cumberland County Historical Society, and Central Pennsylvania College presented him with an Honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Herb’s years of service to the community serve are an inspiration to the students and citizens of East Pennsboro.
Edward M. Marsico, Jr.
Edward M. Marsico Jr. is a 1981 graduate of East Pennsboro Area High School and salutatorian of his class. His teachers always knew he would find success, and he has proved them right. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University in 1885 and a Law degree from Dickinson School of Law in 1988. Following his graduation from law school, then District Attorney Richard A. Lewis appointed him as a deputy District Attorney for Dauphin County. He was successively promoted to Senior Deputy District Attorney and Chief Deputy District Attorney. In 1994, District Attorney John Cherry named Ed as First Assistant District Attorney and in that position, he served as chief drug prosecutor and second-in-command of the District Attorney’s office. He also prosecuted many murders and violent felonies.
In 1999, Ed ran for office and was elected District Attorney for Dauphin County, earning re-election in 2003 and 2007. Among his many accomplishments as District Attorney, he instituted an investigating grand jury system for the first time in the county. This system has resulted in numerous convictions for murders and other serious crimes. In addition, he has taken a leadership role in the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, where he currently serves as the organization’s Vice President and will transition into the Presidency in 2011.
Ed gives back to the community as an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law and Harrisburg Area Community College. He frequently serves as a lecturer for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program and the ARC of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties.
According to his nominator, Ed has dedicated his legal career to public service. His academic record would have given him access to a position in the most influential of law firms, but he chose the path of public service.
Ed resides in Lower Paxton Township with his wife Jodi and their four sons. Many people pursue careers that will assure high pay and comfortable surroundings. However, answering the call of public service results in modest pay, long hours, and many sacrifices. Ed has dedicated his career to serving and representing the public. We can all sleep safer knowing that Ed’s commitment to the people of central Pennsylvania helps to put many criminals behind bars.
Scott E. Shirley
Scott Shirley was an outstanding student athlete while at East Pennsboro Area High School, earning the John Travers Award and Eagle Scout honors before graduating in 1999. An outstanding high school baseball, basketball and football player, Scott chose to walk-on as a member of the Penn State Nittany Lions Football team. As a college junior, he was given the Frank Patrick Memorial Award which recognizes the squad member who consistently follows through with their responsibilities in all facets of the Penn State football program. While excelling in the Engineering program and playing football, Scott also managed to find time to play for the Penn State Baseball Club where he was the team leader in batting average and home runs and helping the team to a third place finish in the National Club Baseball Association World Series.
While at Penn State, Scott was a teaching assistant in construction material science and served as an engineering intern assisting with the construction of the Smeal School of Business and the Beaver Stadium Expansion and Renovation project. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering, finishing in 2004 with a 3.82 cumulative average and earning the title of Top Construction Engineering student.
Scott was hired by Clark Residential, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland and was elected as a member of the prestigious Innovation Steering Committee. His assignments included the $10 million Women in Military Services for America Memorial Project.
As many people may know, Scott’s beloved father, Don, was diagnosed with kidney cancer while Scott was at Penn State. Don was a teacher and coach at Mechanicsburg High School and touched many lives in our community before succumbing to the disease in 2003. Scott educated himself about kidney cancer and learned that it is considered a rare, underfunded disease for which there are few treatment options. Determined to bring attention to this dreaded disease, Scott collaborated with his Penn State teammates to start “Lift for Life,” a fundraiser utilizing the football team’s summer strength training competition to raise money for underfunded diseases. This has become a new Penn State tradition and the fundraiser expanding into the “Uplifting Athletes” organization. The organization focuses on teaching student-athletes social responsibility, leveraging the power and appeal of sports to make a community impact, and providing student-athletes with opportunities for professional development. Scott made a difficult decision to leave his job at Clark to become Chairman of the Board for Uplifting Athletes and dedicate his life full-time to expanding the organization’s national charter and recruiting NCAA Colleges to join the campaign. Scott continues to travel the nation to further this important work in memory of his father. Scott’s mother Shirley, has been an inspiration and his brother and sister also work tirelessly for the organization.
Mickey Shuler Sr.
Mickey Shuler was an outstanding athlete while attending East Pennsboro, earning Varsity letters in Football, Basketball and Track before graduating in 1974. During his senior year at EP, he made 67 catches for 1,040 yards, earning him First Team All-State honors and a spot on the Big 33 Football Team. As a high school basketball player, Mickey scored 996 points, made over 1,000 rebounds, led his team to the conference championship, and was scouted by legendary college coaches Dean Smith and Bobby Knight. On the track team, Mickey dominated the field in the high jump as a Conference and District champion, earning 4th place in the state with a 6’6” jump. He went on to play football as a tight end for the Penn State Nittany Lions, helping to lead the team to an 11-1 season and the Eastern Championship. The coaching staff named him the 1976 Red Worrell Award winner for exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement. The year he graduated from Penn State, he was the first player drafted by the NFL and went in the third round to the New York Jets.
As an NFL player for the Jets and the Philadelphia Eagle from 1978 to 1991, Mickey made 462 Career receptions for 5,100 yards and 37 touchdowns, averaging 11 yards per reception. He is tied for 3rd in receptions for the Jets, and is first in receptions and yards as a tight end. From 1984 to 1989, Mickey had 355 receptions, more than any other tight end, surpassed only by Roger Craig, Art Monk, and Steve Largent. He made seven play-off appearances and was voted to the AFC Pro-Bowl in 1986 and 1988. In 1990, Mickey was selected for the New York Jets All-Time All-Star Team at Tight End and in 2003 he was selected for the Jets Four Decades Team. He was honored with induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Mickey has always demonstrated his willingness to serve his hometown, as well as the greater community, by being an outstanding role model for our youth. His leadership includes service on the New York Governor’s Council on Drugs and Alcohol, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, American Heart Association, the United Way, and the Salvation Army. He has been a volunteer coach for the Varsity Football program at EP as well as other youth sports leagues in our community. Through his financial support and organizing efforts, many improvements have been made to the high school football stadium and the weight training room, benefitting all of our panther student athletes. Mickey is a successful businessman, is married to his longtime love, Sue, has four grown children, and is an avid fan of Penn State where his son Mickey Jr. plays football for the Nittany Lions.
Michael Starobin is a 1986 graduate of East Pennsboro Area High School and continued his education at Macalester College in Minnesota. While at Macalester, he majored in Anthropology and earned honors in the field of Biomedical Ethics. He has traveled the world doing research for his studies in Kenya, China, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador. A multi-talented scholar, Michael has worked in the field of Communications as an associate producer for a radio station and a supervising producer for Conus Communications in Washington, DC.
Since 1999, Michael has been a senior producer for NASA Television and Honeywell in Maryland. As the senior producer for NASA, Michael is responsible for taking highly technical or scientific subjects, including Earth science, planetary science, heliophysics, climate change, satellite design and operation, and computationally intensive computer simulations, and turning them into media products that make sense to elected officials and the general public. His award winning movies, speeches, videos, and live presentations have played for high profile audiences around the world, including Congress, The United Nations, the Japanese Diet, The Smithsonian Institution and more. In 2006 Michael invented a wholly new way to think about movies. Using a novel system that at that time showed little more than images of planets on a round screen, Michael developed a way to create fully spherical movies. Suddenly an obscure tool for simple scientific depiction of round images became a dramatically new way for presenting all sorts of things. Michael’s methodology not only resulted in a breathtaking new form of cinema for telling scientific stories, but a wholly new form of digital media. The offshoot of this work is already starting to appear in places as varied as scientific presentations on the changing nature of global ice resources to displays of pure visual invention in museums, concert spaces, and industrial applications.
Michael came back to East Penn several times and presented lectures on several topics. As recently as 2007, Michael spoke to students at the high school not only about his work with spherical video systems, but also talked about basic issues related to global climate change. In separate appearances, Michael presented general talks about several exciting avenues of research currently underway at NASA, and then a personal story about how he converted an East Pennsboro education into his current position.
According to his nominator, Michael demonstrates that high levels of achievement need not be narrowly defined; his career requires a deep understanding of science and technology, but it also demands the eye of an artist, the soul of a poet, the heart of a civic leader. He always says there is beauty in both the ordinary and the extraordinary, and as his career has opened the doors of the universe to him using little more than creativity, curiosity, and hard work, he wants to share that sense of meaningful pursuit with new students coming up.
C. Kipp Stecher
Kipp Stecher is a member of East Pennsboro’s Class of 1968 who left central Pennsylvania to attend Clemson University in South Carolina, earning a Bachelors degree in Economics in 1972. To prepare for his career in banking, he completed a three year program at the CUNA School for Credit Union Management in 1982. Along the way, Kipp was a VP of Operations for Hughes Federal Credit Union in Arizona, Senior Loan Officer at Waterfield Financial Corporation, and VP of Installment and Mortgage Lending for Pennsylvania National Bank. In 1979, he found a home at the IBM Pennsylvania Employees Federal Credit Union which is now known as AmeriChoice where Kipp is President and CEO. Under his strong leadership, AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union increased from $13 million to over $150 million in assets.
In addition to operating a growing Credit Union, Kipp was a former member of the Credit Union Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia as well as an officer on the Board of LICU Corporate FCU. Kipp was nominated for this honor not only for his accomplishments in business, but also for the strong character and community outreach that he has demonstrated throughout his career. He initiated an AmeriChoice Charity Golf Tournament with proceeds totaling more than $30,000 going to the Four Diamonds Fund. He also serves on the Board of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce.
Kipp has spent the majority of his professional career working for a not-for-profit financial institution with the mission of “People helping people.” In order to help today’s youth become financially successful adults, Kipp started a comprehensive financial literacy initiative at the credit union. Through Kipp’s leadership, AmeriChoice has opened student-run branches in three local high schools and one college with the goal of teaching financial education. In 2004, East Pennsboro Area High School was one of the first high schools in the region to have a student run credit union, and Kipp committed resources to making this operation a success. In addition, every 9th grade student receives financial literacy training in budgeting, savings, and credit management. Because of his dedication to EP, more than 1200 of our students have received financial literacy training with an AmeriChoice employee. Kipp is married to his high school sweetheart, another EP graduate, and has two children and grandchildren.
John Kubeika, VIII
John graduated from East Pennsboro Area High School in 2004. As a student in the East Pennsboro Area School District, John was the epitome of the type of person the teachers working for East Pennsboro School Area District strive to help create. Academically, he was superior. As a person, his character was impeccable.
John was very active in school activities such as student council, sports and various clubs. In 2003, he was named Academic All-American by Who’s Who Among American High School students. He also participated in The Johns Hopkins University Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth Program.
As a student-athlete participating in soccer, he broke the scoring record not once, but twice. He led his team to back-to-back division championships. He was a three time division all-star, two time team MVP, two time recipient of the East Pennsboro Boys Soccer Team Fighting Heart Award and at the end of his senior season he was chosen as an all-state player as well as MVP of his division.
John went on to further his education at Army West Point. There are numerous achievements for which John was recognized at West Point, most notably that he was the only graduate in the Class of 2008 to graduate with Honors in Nuclear Engineering. He was the recipient of the Academic All American award as a junior and a senior and he was named ECAC scholar-athlete of the year. Also, he received the Superintendent’s Award “for scoring his first soccer goal within the first minute of his first collegiate game at the University of Maine,” a feat that has never been done nor repeated at Army.
John’s platoon has been previously awarded the highest possible distinction, the Presidential Unit Citation Award. This award is given to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and allies for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. In order for the unit to receive this award, it must display such gallantry and determination in accomplishing its’ mission under difficult and hazardous conditions.
Although John’s achievements in the classroom, the soccer field, as a cadet at West Point, as a soccer player at West Point, and as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army are outstanding, it is John’s character that truly inspires others. He is the type of person who inspires any individual who knows him to strive to achieve greatness and become the best person possible. Truly, he is the epitome of East Pennsboro Area School District’s Vision, “World Class Performers and Productive Citizens.”
Mrs. Margaret Weiss Crouch
Margaret is a 1962 graduate of East Pennsboro Area High School. Margaret works in a unique professional field that has universal lessons: The Holocaust. Her mission as a Holocaust education consultant, since 1996, is to educate teachers, students and the general public about the history of the Holocaust and the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping in any society and to help encourage tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society.
Margaret’s journey to Holocaust education is inspirational for all students because of the circuitous rate it took. She grew up in Summerdale, one of four children of a Bethlehem Steel worker with limited income. She knew she wanted to be a teacher from early on and admired her favorite East Pennsboro English teachers, but also knew that she would have to fund the expense of education herself. She was determined. She won various scholarships and worked summers and three jobs simultaneously while attending college. In 1966, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Elizabethtown College, got married, taught college courses, had two children, and returned to the University of Delaware where she received a master’s degree in education in 1980, while raising her family. She returned to teaching college in 1980, and was an English professor for 16 years with one year as an academic dean at Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington Delaware.
In 1996, Margaret went on to receive a doctorate in education from Wilmington College in Delaware. Her personal journey serves as a role model to students today. She went from small-town girl, knowing absolutely nothing about the holocaust and Judaism, to being an expert on the Holocaust and expanding educational material on it. She has spent the past 20 years learning the history and the truth about the Holocaust and educating others about a subject she has absolutely no connection to other than humanity and a passion to validate her mentor, Dorothy’s survival, as well as every other Holocaust survivor and to remember those who perished.
Margaret’s work benefits all school districts and communities and is available for all districts and communities. She wrote curriculum for use in the classroom as part of her doctoral dissertation, The Holocaust in Undergraduate Education: A Status Survey and Interpretive Synthesis of Topics, Textbooks and Resources. The DVD of local survivors, liberators, and rescuers she interviewed and the accompanying users’ guide she co-authored is available for any classroom to provide eyewitness accounts of their experiences during the Holocaust.
Margaret has once stated, “If I witnessed a crime, I’d report it. I’ve witnessed the evidence of this crime, so I must report it.” She hopes that her personal journey will inspire others to achieve, and make a difference.
Ted Matter has spent the last 50 years of his life helping the youth of the East Pennsboro Community. He has volunteered countless hours coaching football in the East Pennsboro Youth Athletic League.
Ted Matter, 72, of Enola, Pennsylvania, graduated from Enola High School in 1956. After returning from post-war Africa in 1960, Matter decided there was nothing he would rather do than coach football. After contacting Coach Lee Zeigler, Matter started coaching the Pony’s team in 1960. He became the head coach of the Midget’s team in 1972 and became the assistant varsity coach of the East Pennsboro Area High School’s football team in 1996.
It takes many people to run a volunteer youth program and a lot of people come and go over the years. Not many people stick around for the long haul, but Ted Matter has. He has been referred to as the “backbone” of the East Pennsboro Youth Athletic League. He has mentored thousands of young men over the 50 years in which he has coached.
Not only did Ted coach at the youth level, he has spent the last 20 years coaching at the high school level. He volunteers many hours in the off-season, working with kids in the weight room and on agilities in the gym. The football team feels very lucky to have Ted volunteer his time.
Ted has commented, “My experience coaching has had a lasting effect on my life. I will keep coaching as long as I am able to.”
Mr. Maynard Sheaffer
For more than 50 years, Maynard L. Sheaffer ran his own successful building business in Enola. He served as the first building inspector for East Pennsboro Township. In addition to building hundreds of quality homes and apartments, he built Sheaffer’s Field, Central PA’s first lighted ball field that is now home to the East Pennsboro Youth Athletic League.
In addition to bettering the community through his many building projects and business endeavors, Mr. Sheaffer served as a member of the East Pennsboro School District Authority in the 1970’s which oversaw the construction of the Middle School. Mr. Sheaffer also was a life-long supporter of East Pennsboro athletics on both the varsity and recreational levels. Over the years, generations of young athletes have played football, baseball and softball at Sheaffer Field.
Mr. Sheaffer built his business, literally, from the ground up, completely on his own. He had an interest in carpentry from an early age. In high school, he actually failed his shop class. His assignment was to make bookends. Instead, he built a complete set of kitchen cabinets for his mother. The teacher at the time apologized but said he had to give him a failing grade because he did not complete the assignment.
Throughout his years in business, he often mentored young builders, several of whom eventually went on to run successful businesses of their own. And he often lent out his shop and facilities for school projects.
Growing up in Enola and serving as the East Pennsboro High School Student Council President has given Janice a profound pride and interest in improving quality of life in the East Pennsboro community.
Inspired to pursue her passion to teach children the art of dance, Janice is the owner and artistic director of Studio ’91, a business she established over 20 years ago that specializes in dance instruction. Janice provides a positive example to her students, helping them develop confidence, self-esteem, and the required discipline to succeed in their future pursuits.
While her dedication is fueled by dance, the dedication to her students, the art and the community are the priorities that define her as a role model for future graduates of East Pennsboro Area High School. Miss Janice (an oft-used name of respect) has demonstrated her leadership and ongoing commitment toward helping others via her volunteer work with the East Pennsboro Education Foundation, American Cancer Society, Greater Harrisburg Arts Council and local churches.
Janice helped organize the 2012 Dancing with the East Pennsboro Stars fundraising event for the East Pennsboro Education Foundation and has been a guest speaker in East Pennsboro Area School District classrooms promoting the virtues of cooperation. In addition to choreographing musicals for East Pennsboro Area High School, she designed and conducted new dance programs for the East Pennsboro LEAP Program, East Pennsboro and Fredrickson Libraries, Enola Emmanuel United Methodist Church, and the West Shore Recreation and Leisure Services. Janice is a frequent speaker/participant at American Cancer Society events. She is a long-time pace setter for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. To date, Team “Studio ’91s Making a Pointe Against Breast Cancer” has raised over $140,000.
As an individual, instructor, and business owner, Janice is an outstanding personal and professional example of a passionate and positive role model for all East Pennsboro students. East Pennsboro is proud to induct Mrs. Janice Brougher-Roos into the Panther Alumni Wall of Honor.
Growing up in Enola and has given Leonard a profound pride and interest in improving the quality of life in the East Pennsboro community.
Both East Pennsboro Area School District and the Alumni Association are fortunate to have such an upstanding citizen such as Leonard. He is the type of person whose work ethic gets jobs done without fanfare. Successful town and organizations do well because there are those people of leadership qualities who keep their eyes open for what has to be, should be, or could be done, thinking “What would be nice for this person,” or “What would be best for the association,” . We would like to express our gratitude to Leonard for being such an outstanding citizen in East Pennsboro Township.
Growing up, Leonard was a member of the Boy Scouts of American earning his Life Scout Badge. He served as an electrician in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict earning the rank of E6 in 3.5 years. Upon returning home, he chose to reside, marry and raise his family in the East Pennsboro Area School District. Here he worked as a Field Service Engineer for the Boroughs Corp Computer Company. Around 1960, he was chosen to fulfill a term as a member of the West Fairview Borough Council.
Leonard has been very active in our community. He made safety changes to park rides, oversaw the 1969 renovations of the 800 seat sanctuary in his church and helped raise the funds for the project by planning and cooking for more than 50 church dinners and picnics and he started the efforts to merge West Fairview back into East Pennsboro Township, which saved the nearly bankrupt borough and its fire company. One of his current responsibilities is to coordinate the Alumni Association’s 26 page annual newsletter. He researches and writes feature stories, designs and preps the newsletter for print and recruits people to help with the mailing of the newsletter to the alumni database. Not to mention, he coordinates this Oldies But Goodies Luncheon each spring.
Students could benefit and be greatly inspired by his dedication to this community. Leonard is an outstanding personal and professional example of a passionate and positive role model for all East Pennsboro students. East Pennsboro is proud to induct Mr. Leonard Portzline into the Panther Alumni Wall of Honor.
Dr. Eric Smith
Dr. Smith was inducted for his Outstanding Achievement in his chosen profession. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in physics and astronomy from the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Smith has recently been named the new program director for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at NASA Headquarters in Washington. In June 2013, he served as acting director of the Telescope Program overseeing a period of significant progress, including the successful completion and delivery of science instruments and their testing as an integrated module. This will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. It will observe the most distant objects in the universe, provide images of the first generation of galaxies and see unexplored planets around distant stars.
Prior to becoming the acting director, he was chosen to be the deputy program director in 2010 when the program was restructured at NASA Headquarters. Smith came to NASA Headquarters in 2001 to serve as the program scientist. In addition to his role as program scientist he was the NASA Hubble Space Telescope program scientist during several periods from 2001 to 2010 when he also was responsible for overseeing the NASA Astrophysics portfolio for infrared and sub-millimeter research.
Before coming to NASA Headquarters, Smith worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a member of the science team for the space shuttle borne Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope. Smith’s research over the years includes active and interacting galaxies and the stellar composition of those systems.
Dr. Smith’s contribution to the Hubble missions has provided scientific and photographic information that permeates science textbooks, enriching the science curriculum throughout the K-12 school system. He sets an incredible example for the students of East Pennsboro Area School District. We would like to congratulate Dr. Eric Smith on all of his achievements and welcome him into the Panther Alumni Wall of Honor.
Colonel Dean M. Hoffman IV
Colonel Dean M. Hoffman IV hails from Enola, Pennsylvania. An ROTC Scholarship winner, Dean graduated from Lycoming College in Williamsport Pa majoring in both Business Economics and Business Administration.. As a Field Artillery Officer, he served in a variety of positions to include Fire Support Officer (1/503rd IN, Korea), Executive Officer, Platoon Leader and Brigade Liaison Officer (210 FA, FT. Lewis). Upon selection for Captain, he competed and was selected for Special Forces. He served in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as Operations Detachment Commander (Operation Joint Forge and Joint Guard, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Operation Joint Guardian, Kosovo) and Battalion S-4.
In 2001, he became a Functional Area 51A, Program Manager and attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he graduated with a Master of Science in System Acquisition Management. Upon graduation, MAJ Hoffman served as a Dismounted Warrior Branch Chief and Military Deputy for Human Factors and Integration Division in the Army Research Lab’s Human Research and Engineering Directorate.
Upon completion of Command and General Staff College in September 2004, MAJ Hoffman served as Program Manager, Communication Intelligence and Sensor Systems under Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S). There he served as the Assistant Program Manager, (APM) Airborne Signals Collection Systems working in direct support of Special Operational Forces Special Mission Units. After three years in that position, he went to work for the Rapid Equipping Force (REF). At the REF, MAJ Hoffman initially served as APM for Operations and Test in direct support to the Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort Meade where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon promotion, LTC Hoffman served in a variety of positions at the REF to include Product Manager (PdM), Rapid Improvement Initiatives, Operations Support Team Chief-Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Chief of Contracting. He returned to PEO IEWS where he served as PdM, Manned Aerial Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems and Chief of Staff. COL Hoffman is a graduate of National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
COL Hoffman’s awards include Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal (AAM), National Defense Service Ribbon, Kosovo, Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq, Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism, Service Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal 2nd award, Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, Master Parachutist Badge. Other honors include Knowlton Award, Order of St. Michaels (Bronze) and Honorable Order of St. Barbara. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Candidate.
COL Hoffman resides in Crofton, Maryland with his wife Angela, and two daughters, Meara (11) and Addison (8).
Students could benefit and be greatly inspired by Colonel Hoffman’s dedication to his career. He is an outstanding example of a positive role model for all East Pennsboro students. East Pennsboro is proud to induct Colonel Hoffman into the Panther Alumni Wall of Honor.
George A DeMartyn
George A DeMartyn, class of 1963, was inducted for his outstanding service to the community.
George DeMartyn served as an East Pennsboro Township Commissioner for thirty-two years; 28 as president of the commissioners. He began as a commissioner when the township office was on W. Columbia Road prior to purchasing and moving to the former Enola High School at 98 S. Enola Drive in 1982. East Pennsboro Township grew tremendously during his tenure as commissioner, assisted by his fellow commissioners; the now retired Mr. Gill and previous township managers. The Township’s growth under Mr. DeMartyn includes: the expansion west of Enola with numerous housing developments springing up; the opening of Summerdale Plaza, the purchase of Adam’s Ricci Park, replacement of the railroad bridge at Overview with a new viewing area above the passing trains for railroad enthusiasts; development of East Pennsboro commons which attracted many new businesses in the area, oversaw the merger of West Fairview Borough into East Pennsboro Township to successful completion effective in 1998; and received many grants for revitalization of West Fairview amounting to over one million dollars since 1998. Mr. DeMartyn was also very active in creating Pumpkin Fest in Adams-Ricci Park and the Imagination Station for our children.
Over the years, he has heard what the citizens had to say, and accomplished many things. His position of commissioner president touched many areas and people of the township. His overall demeanor and being an advocate for anything to improve the quality of life in East Pennsboro residents assuredly serves as a role model for our young people to emulate in the future. With pleasure, we would like to congratulate Mr. DeMartyn and induct him into the Wall of Honor.
Dr. Donald P. Bloser
Donald Bloser was born December 18, 1916, in Enola where he grew up. His father, David Paul Bloser, was a member of the first class to graduate from Enola High School and worked in the Enola railroad yard. Donald graduated in 1935 from Enola High School where he was a member of both the football and basketball teams as well as several clubs. After high school he attended Dickinson College in Carisle, PA. While attending Dickinson he lived in Enola and traveled by train everyday to Carlisle. He also spent his summers in the Enola railroad yard while attending Dickinson.
He received his medical degree from Temple Medical College. After graduating from medical school, he joined the U.S. Army on February 25, 1944 and served during World War II with the 309th Medical Battalion. He served as a medical officer until he was relieved from active duty as a Captain on July 2, 1946. While in the army he was assigned to Europe where was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Combat Medical Badge for outstanding performance of duty while serving with a forward infantry group in action against Germany. He also held the Bronze Star for heroic achievement and was a veteran of three campaigns, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Germany. According to his discharge papers under Decorations and citations are listed: “Bronze Star Medal GP 132 HQ 84th Div European African Middle Eastern Campaign, Medal World War II Victory Medal of Occupation Medal Germany.”
After the war, he completed his residency at Harrisburg Hospital and returned to Enola where he set up a medical practice at 260 North Enola Drive. He was a General Practitioner (anyone remember them, they treated everything!) in Enola from 1947 until his sudden death at the age of 56 on March 17, 1973.
“Dr. Don” (as he was known to his patients) delivered many Enola babies during that time, most of whom later graduated from East Pennsboro High School. Some of those babies grew up to be outstanding citizens and/or had great careers.A few of them may already be on the Wall of Honor.
Nancy K. Otstot
Nancy Otstot has dedicated most of her adult life to giving back to the community through service, leadership, and volunteerism. Nancy has been a long-term advocate for education, recently completing nearly two decades of service to the East Pennsboro Area School District as a School Board Director. Nancy has also been and continues to be very involved and supportive of her community. She is an active participant in numerous civic and political organizations. Over the years, she has selflessly made countless contributions to these organizations and all have become better because of her involvement.
Nancy is a leader who strives to build excellence by being all she can be and by encouraging those around her to do the same. She is a person of strong and honorable character and an exceptional role model to young and old people alike and to our entire community. She displays drive, energy, determination, self-discipline, willpower, courage and initiative. Her enthusiasm and hard work for all endeavors she undertakes is contagious. Her life is a shining example of one lived with purpose with a dedication toward giving back and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of all she touches.
Nancy’s donation of time, expertise and resources to the various organizations she serves are immeasurable. She is a charter member of the Enola/East Pennsboro Alumni Association (EEPAA) and has served as a board member for 17 years, currently in the capacity as Vice President. Nancy has served as a volunteer for the past eight years, on a weekly basis, at the EEPAA office location on the campus of the school district. In addition, she has coordinated the annual Oyster Mill Playhouse fundraiser for the EEPAA for the past six years.
Nancy is an active member of the Historical Society of East Pennsboro since its inception in 1999 and a member and previous Board of Director of the Historical Society of Camp Curtain. In addition, she is a lifetime member and supporter of the Northeast Fire and Rescue #20, East Pennsboro. Lastly, Nancy is a member and “Queen” of the East Pennsboro Chapter of the Red Hat Society. As many people know, Nancy, “wears many hats” in the community both literally and figuratively!
In addition, she served as the Chairperson for Voter Registration in Cumberland County and followed in her father’s footsteps by serving as a Republican Committee Woman for Summerdale and Precinct 8 for 36 years. Nancy also enjoyed serving as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2000 and 2008.
For more than 60 years, Nancy was an active members of the Summerdale United Methodist Church. During this time, she served on various church committees, led the youth group, played in the hand bell choir, volunteered for the Neighborhood Center in Harrisburg, coordinated the summer music program for 15 years and taught youth Sunday School for more than 20 years.
Michelle “Missy” Lender
At East Pennsboro Area High School, Missy is still the all-time career scoring leader in basketball (boys or girls) with 1,953 points. After going 9-17 her freshman year, the team turned it around to go 15-9 in her sophomore year qualifying for District III playoffs. In her junior year the team’s record was 17-11, qualifying for both the District II playoffs and the PIAA State playoffs. In her senior year the team’s record was 20-14, qualifying for districts and states again and making it all the way to the PIAA Eastern Semi-finals. The 1983/84 team still remains the only E.P. Girl’s Basketball team to win 20 games in one season.
Missy received a full scholarship and graduated with a degree in Health, Physical Education and Sports Studies from Rutgers University. She was red-shirted her first year due to surgery. After that she was a four year letter winner with her team averaging 27 wins per season. Her team reached the NCAA Tournament all four years, just missing out being in the 1988 Final Four when they lost in the quarterfinal to Texas. Missy still holds the career field goal percentage mark for Rutger’s Women’s Basketball at 60.6%
Missy then played in Limerick, Ireland for Team Marathon for two years before the foreign players were voted out of the league. When she joined the team, they were at the bottom of the league. The team finished the seasons in 2nd and 3rd place reaching the semifinals and the finals of the National Cup in those two years.
In 1994 Missy joined the Rhondda Rebels in Rhodda, Wales. Starting in the 1994/1995 season, the Rebels won the Welsh Cup four seasons in a row.
1998 – Euro-Stars Tournament in Toulouse, France
2000- Won the English National Cup in Wembly Arena
2001- Won the Rebels Treble Cup, League, and Playoffs
Other tournaments: Wells (Austria), Cherbourg (France), Dublin (Ireland), Malmo (Sweden), Calais (France)
Other Cups: Roncetti Cup in Europe (2000-2002), European Cup (2003-2007)
In September and October of 2006 Missy represented Great Britain in the Euro Basket ’07 where she played against Portgual, Italy, Bosnia/Herzegovina and Estonia.
Missy retired from the Rhondda Rebels in 2007.
Missy was inducted into the West Shore Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on May 15, 2014.
All nominations due Friday, February 8, 2019.