Board of Directors

 

Deborah E. Butcher, Executive Director

Deborah (Debbie) Butcher is an accomplished nonprofit leader, having served at both the board and staff levels for several community organizations. She served as a communications and development professional for the Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council and York County Community Foundation, winning regional and national awards for her work. A former titleholder in Pennsylvania, she also served as board president for a local scholarship organization and a mentor to many young women.  Debbie holds dual bachelor degrees in speech communications and music from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She is a classically-trained vocalist who has performed in several choral groups, from the local stage to Carnegie Hall. She continues to share her love of music both as a performer as well as a teacher, regularly conducting a “Broadway My Way” program at Penn State York’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  Debbie is a graduate of Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program. Among her many community service efforts is time as Ambassador Mom and revenue chair for the March of Dime’s annual fundraiser, the March for Babies.

Bryan K. Tate, President

Bryan is an experienced nonprofit executive, and was president of Building Unrestricted, a national consulting firm focused on assisting community foundations grow their discretionary assets. He was formerly Chief Development Officer and Vice President of the York County Community Foundation, helping to grow assets from $75 million to $140 million. He also served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Todd Platts, former member of the US House of Representatives. Bryan was the previous president of the Rotary Club of York, the largest Rotary Club in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with more than 300 members. He also serves as chair of the York County Estate Planning Council. Bryan was recently sworn in as the Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphan’s Court in York County.

Susan Pettit, Esq., Vice President

Susan brings extensive legal knowledge to the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation. An attorney licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Sue brings a proven track record for supervising large groups of people as well as strong skills in negotiation, analytics, and written communication. She is an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College, where she conducts on-campus and online learning classes in Business Law, and is employed by the United States Tennis Association, serving as Area League Coordinator (legal counsel) for the past five years.

John A. Klinedinst, PE, Treasurer

John is Chief Administrative Officer for C.S. Davidson, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based engineering firm. He has also served as president and CEO of the company. John brings a deep resume of experience in nonprofit management and board governance, having served as president or chairperson of myriad nonprofit organizations. John was active in launching the Miss Baltimore County Scholarship Program, part of the Miss Maryland organization (Miss Greater Baltimore, Miss Charm City), and has also served as a judge for many local competitions. He is graduate of Penn State University, a licensed professional engineer, recipient of the Sertoma International President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, NSPE Engineer of the Year, and recipient of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award, among others.

Dr. Kirstin (Border) Snow, Secretary

Dr. Kirstin Snow competed in the Miss America program as Miss Pennsylvania 1994. She has embodied the essence of Miss America throughout her career, previously serving as Chief of Staff and Bureau Director of Commonwealth Media Services for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s administration and two political action committees. Kirstin has been named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business and Pennsylvania’s Distinguished Honor Roll for Women, among many other recognitions. She has taught for more than 15 years at several universities across Pennsylvania, including St. Joseph’s, Messiah College, Shippensburg University, Duquesne University, and Lebanon Valley College. Additionally, she was a Professional in Residence for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Today Kirstin is a Firm Associate with Triad Strategies, bringing extensive experience with press relations and marketing to the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation. She also served the Commonwealth as Miss Pennsylvania (1994).

Robert “Bob” White, Director of Field Operations

A proud graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in history, Bob works for Ashfield Healthcare as a Talent Acquisition Associate.  He has been involved in the Miss America program at every level, including stage crew, committee member, President, program book chairman, state Board member, and state field director.  He has also judged local Miss America preliminary competitions in Delaware, New York and New Hampshire.   Bob loves all things “Philly” and is an avid Eagles and Phillies fan!

Kathryn L Smartnick, Teen Executive Director

Kathy has volunteered with the Miss America Organization since 2002, serving as Executive Director of the Miss Laurel Highlands Scholarship Organization and a mentor to several state teen and miss winners.  She’s served in various capacities including Judge’s Chairwoman and Auditor at local and state levels, as well as a judge for both.  A dedicated registered nurse for 30 years, she is employed by Excela Health in the ICU and Endoscopy Peri-operative Service departments.  Kathy serves as a clinical ICU instructor for Westmoreland County Community College and has taught Nursing Clinical RN/LPN refresher course. She developed “F.A.S.T. for Stroke Awareness,” a presentation for Excela Health in the nursing Career Advanced Practice program, as well as sharing it’s message of stroke awareness and advanced directives with senior centers and health fairs.  Kathy also a background in music, serving as a volunteer church organist for over 20 years.

Lynne Breil, CSP, of York, is founder and CEO of The Professional Edge, Inc. As a 20-year veteran speaker, Lynne uses her expertise in the area of business manners, presentation skills, and professional presence to mentor her clients.  Speaking and listening to her audiences are her passion! Her company gives customized training programs, keynote presentations, and executive coaching to clients in diverse industries internationally.  She also served as Miss Pennsylvania (1977).

Ms. Breil is also an adjunct professor at York College and was past Executive Director of the Women’s Business Center Organization.

Delma Rivera-Lytle, of York, is Diversity Education Specialist at Central York School District.  A leader in the Latino community, Delma has worked with the Spanish American Center and Latinos Unidos of York bringing attention to issues regarding multiculturalism and systemic racism.  She currently serves on Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs. She has a long resume of community involvement, serving on boards and committees for the York County History Center, CASA,   YMCA of York, Jewish Community Center, and the Confronting Racism Coalition of York.

George Yanoshik, Jr., of Phoenixville, Chester County, has worked in the healthcare industry for many years and currently serves as a Physician Relations Recruiter in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for Patient First urgent care. His background is in public relations and marketing, communications, and project management.  He has previously worked for the American Cancer Society and Highmark; and, he served the Administration of former Gov. Tom Ridge as Press Secretary and Director of Communications in both the Departments of Health and Public Welfare. He has a long history as a volunteer with the Miss America Organization and is a past Executive Director for the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Organization. In honor of his 40 years of volunteer service to the Miss America Organization (MAO) at both the local and state levels this year, Mr. Yanoshik was named Executive Director Emeritus.

 

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