Governance

The Wildcat Foundation Board of Directors

A volunteer Board of Directors governs the Wildcat Foundation, which is separate from that of the school district.  We are in the process of on-boarding new members.  Congratulations and welcome to Marc Harder, John Mizerak and Andy Steele who will begin their official duties as Board members in July.  We continue to look for a few interested and engaged community members who would like to help move the Foundation forward.  If you think you are the right candidate, please contact our Foundation director by calling 717-691-4505 or email  Holly Laufer.

The MASD Superintendent, the President of the Mechanicsburg Education Association, and the President of the MASD School Board of Directors are permanent members of the Wildcat Foundation Board. These permanent positions ensure that the Wildcat Foundation continues to make appropriate decisions that complement the  district’s efforts. The Board meets at 7:30 AM in the Community Room at Elmwood Elementary School on the first Friday of most months, to determine the organization’s future programs and direction and to review activities.

Thanks to the many engaged volunteers who have served on the Foundation Board in the past:

Ercol Acri
Greg Andersen +
Bruce Barclay
Jason Baker
Deborah Belly
Thomas C. Bell
Forest Berkheimer
Tracy Rohrbaugh-Besselman +
Douglas Bleggi
Kathy Bordlemay +
Robert Bricker **
John Burgard
Steve Butz ***
Jim Cochran
Debbie Collins
Christopher Connor ***
Gary Dubas
John Duggan +
Tita Eberly
Ken Edgar
Bryce Fager +
Donald Farineli ***
Dale Flor +
David Galinskie

Bruce Hamilton
Karis Hazam
Rich Heeter +
Tom Hinkson +
Joe Hood
Chris Hummel +
Scott Jacobson
Cindy Keough
Parker (Skip) H. Kuhns, II
Dr. Mark Leidy +
Kelly Lougee
Michael McAuliffe Miller
Patrick Maney +
Heather Martin +
Dawn Merris +
Clarissa Nace
Bill Patton
Paul Pitman
Gabrielle Pritchett
Pete Ramsey
Bob Russoli
Nancy Saidis
Kathy Sassaman

Chuck Schaal +
Donna Schankweiler
J. Matthew Seagrist
Gail Shamitko
Andrew Sheely
Jeff Shipman
Ranny Singiser ***
Annie Standley
Matt Stern +
Jeanne Souder
Samantha Tierney-Weaver
Alan Vandrew +
James N. Voltz ***
Allen Warshaw
Gary Weber ***
Milt Weber **
Richard (Dick) Wevodau **
Ray White
Linda Willis
Alan Wirt ***
Christopher Zettlemoyer
Holly Rider Laufer, Executive Director

* Deceased/ ***Former Board President/ + Current Board Member

John F. Duggan, Esquire

President

John Duggan was appointed to Wildcat Foundation Board in January 2013.  He currently serves as a president.  Mr. Duggan joined the Wildcat Foundation Board so he could contribute to its mission of strengthening the educational, cultural, wellness and athletic programs of the Mechanicsburg Area School District (MASD).

Mr. Duggan is the Senior Vice President & Senior Counsel for Select Medical Corporation. He practices law in a broad spectrum of areas, including general corporate, acquisitions, healthcare, employment, insurance, risk management, litigation and regulatory matters. Mr. Duggan, served as an active duty commissioned officer in the United States Army from 1986 to 1990 (CPT, Ret.). He received his B.B.A. (Finance) from the University of Notre Dame, an M.B.A. (Strategic Planning and Marketing) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Juris Doctor degree from The Pennsylvania State University of the Dickinson School of Law.

Mr. Duggan is married to Michelle Fastiggi Duggan (MASH ’88). They live in Upper Allen Township with their three daughters, each enrolled in the MASD. John and Michelle are impressed with the high quality of education provided by the teachers, staff, and administration of MASD. They are grateful that their children can experience the “Tradition, Pride, and Excellence” that make MASD the vibrant foundation of our Mechanicsburg community.

Greg Andersen

Vice President

Greg Andersen serves as a vice president for the Foundation, having previously served as secretary.  He has worked at Harsco Corporation for over eight years. While he has held various roles within the organization, he currently serves as President for the Reed Minerals Division.  Prior to working for Harsco, Greg worked 12 years for divisions of General Electric primarily in Technical Sales, Marketing, and Quality.  Greg grew up in the Mechanicsburg area and is a 1990 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and a 1994 graduate of the Industrial Engineering program at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.  Greg lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife Shannon, son Dylan (8), daughters Lily (6) and  Ella (2).  He is Deacon for the Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, enjoys playing golf and basketball, and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan.  Greg became interested in the Wildcat Foundation after attending several Foundation events, volunteering within his children’s classes, and seeing an opportunity to contribute to the community and school programs.

Tracy Rohrbaugh-Besselman

Vice President, MASH `88

Tracy is a 1988 graduate of Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School and earned her degree in Interior Design from Bradley Academy. She is a Principal and the Director of Interior Design & Human Resources with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects. Tracy is responsible for the direction and oversight of the firm’s Interior Design professional services and enjoys working with educational, healthcare, corporate, government and retail clients.

Tracy was inspired by her father (Doug), who served on the Mechanicsburg school board for 17 years, to give back to the educational community.  Tracy is honored to serve as a vice president on the Wildcat Foundation board.

A lifelong resident of Mechanicsburg, Tracy lives in Upper Allen Township with her husband David, daughter Eilene, and sons Gavin and Connor.  David and Tracy are proud to have their children attend Mechanicsburg Area School District.

Marc Harder

Born in Camp Hill and a 1997 Trinity High School graduate, Marc attended Wheeling Jesuit University on a full basketball scholarship. Marc later transferred to Shippensburg University, where he finished his college basketball career in 2001 and earned his B.S.B.A. in Marketing.

Currently in his 13th year in sales and marketing, Marc represents the Garland Company in their Commercial Roofing and Building Waterproofing Materials division.

For the past seven years, Marc and wife Meghan have been happy to live in the Mechanicsburg Area School District where two of their three children, Lucas and Gabrielle, are active: They look forward to their daughter Josie, attending the Kindergarten Academy within the next few years.

Marc is proud to be a part of the Wildcat Foundation, as it offers so much for the children and the community.

Rich Heeter

Immed. Past President, MASH `79

A 1979 MASH graduate, Rich is the Managing Partner for Capital Trustees. He has served on the Wildcat Foundation governing board for five years and chaired our annual golf outing. Rich is serving his final year on the Board as our immediate past president.

Dale Flor

Treasurer

Dale graduated Crestwood High School, Mountaintop, Pa. in 1965. He went on to serve four years in the U.S. Army with duty stations in Vietnam (1966/ ’67), and National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, Md. through 1969.

Upon leaving his Army discharge, Dale embarked on a career in finance/banking, receiving several American Banking Institute Certificates, and numerous production and achievement awards. He has held positions in management and training, and is currently a Branch Executive Officer with Orrstown Bank.

Dale is a former board member for Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, American Cancer Society (ACS) Capital Region, and Main Street Mechanicsburg. He currently serves on the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce and Cumberland Valley Association of Baseball Umpires (CVUA) boards. A PIAA and Pennsylvania American Legion licensed baseball official since 1992, he is the current Treasurer for CVUA, and has served as Committee Chair for the ACS Camp Hill Relay for Life for the past eleven years.

Thirty three year Mechanicsburg resident. Married 43 years to Joan. Two sons, Dale, Jr. and Michael, both graduates of Mechanicsburg Area High School. Five grandchildren, Taylor, Ryan, Chance, Kennedy and Emerson, all in the Mechanicsburg Area School District. Avid golfer and sports enthusiast in general.

Mark K. Leidy, Ed. D.

MASD Superintendent

Dr. Mark K. Leidy is the Superintendent of the Mechanicsburg Area School District. He is a 1993 graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and received a Master’s degree in education from Shippensburg in 1998. Mark completed his Doctoral degree in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Educational Leaders through Duquesne University.

Dr. Leidy began his career at Chambersburg Area School District where he taught science and coached baseball and football. He became assistant principal at Chambersburg Middle School, which was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2000. Mark moved to the Fannett-Metal School District in 2000 as the secondary principal. Mark served as the Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Principal and as Assistant Superintendent for Academics in the Mechanicsburg Area School District prior to his current position of Superintendent. Mark has been a supporter of the Wildcat Foundation for several years and has served on the Foundation Board since 2010.

Mark is married to Tiffany (Wolcott) Leidy and they are the proud parents of two sons, Anthony and Kevin. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Heather Martin

Heather Martin joined the Wildcat Foundation in May of 2015. She grew up in Central PA and attended Cedar Cliff High School. She attended James Madison University where she played field hockey and graduated with a double major in International Business and Spanish and a minor in Economics. After graduation she began her professional career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Washington, DC. After moves to VA and Vermont with Capital One and IDX Corporation, she and her husband Bob decided to return to Central PA and have lived in the Mechanicsburg Area School District with their three children, Abby, Alec and Isabelle, since 2003.

Heather has volunteered her time in various capacities with the District over the years. She served as PTO president for Shep/UA and MMS, and as chair of a multitude of committees. She volunteers her time for Operation Wildcat and is actively involved in many of the sports booster clubs at MMS and MASH. She has also served on various steering committees throughout the years. Heather was the head field hockey coach at MMS for four years and an assistant at MASH for four years. She is excited to begin this new chapter of service to the school and community through the Wildcat Foundation.

Dawn Merris

MASD School Board President

Dawn Merris has been a member of the Board since 2008. She serves on the Nominating Committee and is the School Board’s representative on the Wildcat Foundation.

She has two children enrolled in the Mechanicsburg Area School District. Dawn is honored to serve on the Wildcat Foundation and is excited by the opportunities the Foundation continues to make available for students, staff, and the entire community.

John Mizerak

John grew up in Upper Allen Township and is a 1988 MASH graduate.  After graduating, he continued his education at Shippensburg University where he received a BS Degree and Masters’ Degree in Public Administration.  For the past 20 years, John has worked in the area of community planning and economic development in Pennsylvania and across the country.  He is currently the Economic Development Program Manager for Tetra Tech and manages their Harrisburg, Pennsylvania office. In this position, he assists both public and private sector entities with developing strategic plans to successfully implement their priority projects.  He is married and has three children enrolled in the Mechanicsburg Area School District.

Chuck Schaal

Chuck Schaal, a Mechanicsburg resident since 1976, became a Board Member of the Wildcat Foundation in 2014.  Chuck spent his career working for AMP, Inc. in Harrisburg and Largo, Florida.   Following retirement in 1998, Chuck worked as a greeter for the Harrisburg Senators baseball team until 2011 when an annual employee award was named in his honor.

Chuck and his wife, Pat, are the parents of two daughters who grew up in the area, attending elementary, middle, and high schools in the Mechanicsburg Area School District through graduation in 1992 and 1994.

Because of his love for children and youth, Chuck coached Mechanicsburg girls’ softball for many years and began volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey where he subsequently became a member of its Board of Directors.  He currently serves on the Advisory Council for the S. Wilson Pollack Center for Industrial Training, a non-profit organization that provides vocational training for individuals with disabilities.

Chuck earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. He and his wife currently reside in Upper Allen Township.

Ben Ried

Secretary
Originally from Western New York, and after years far from his roots, Ben is proud to call Mechanicsburg home.  In 2006, Ben moved to the area with his family to attend the Widener University School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2009.  Since 2009, he has practiced law with Rhoads & Sinon LLP in the area of municipal finance, assisting municipalities, school districts, and other publicly-related entities borrow money to finance and refinance their projects on a tax-exempt basis.

Ben and his wife Angelica could not be happier that their three children are being educated in Mechanicsburg Area School District.  Ben was fortunate to join the Wildcat Foundation Board in 2014 and is pleased with such a unique opportunity to serve the Foundation and its mission.

Andy Steele

Andy is a life long resident of Mechanicsburg and has a large, extended family in the area. He is married and their son is enrolled in MASD.

Andy graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He has been in the financial services industry for over twenty five years. He is a Senior Financial Advisor and has been employed with Members 1st FCU since 1995.

Matt Stern

President, Mechanicsburg Education Assoc.

Matt Stern is the president of the Mechanicsburg Education Association, in this capacity, he also serves on the Foundation Board of Directors.

Alan Vandrew, Ed.D.

Asst. Treasurer (non-voting), MASH ’76

Alan Vandrew is Assistant Treasurer of The Wildcat Foundation and as MASD’s Assistant Superintendent/ CFO, is a non-voting member of the Board.  He has worked with the Foundation since its inception in 1998. In his role as Assistant Treasurer, Alan works closely with the Treasurer in preparing the annual budget and tracking revenue and expenses of the Foundation.

Alan is a graduate of Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School, earned a bachelors’ degree from Shippensburg University, master’s degree from Penn State and a doctorate in education administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of PA. Alan and his wife Karen, also a graduate of MASH, have four children and reside in Upper Allen Township.

Holly Rider Laufer

Executive Director

Holly Rider Laufer is The Wildcat Foundation’s third Executive Director, succeeding Carole Bruce in September, 2016.

While Mrs. Laufer has not lived her entire life in Mechanicsburg, she was born and raised here and again calls Mechanicsburg home, along with her husband Dick.

Holly has spent over 20 years in professional fundraising and has worked with youth and adults supporting the efforts of CPARC, United Way of the Capital Region, United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

A 1981 graduate of Mechanicsburg Area School District, Holly holds a BA in Communication and Theatre Arts from Susquehanna University.

Holly is excited to lead the efforts of the Wildcat Foundation and provide support to the students, faculty and staff of the district.

In her down time, Holly enjoys reading, bicycling, gardening, cooking (and eating), and spending time with her spouse and family.