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February 1, 2018 New Alumni Council Members

During the January 13 Alumni Council meeting, the Central Penn Alumni Association voted to appoint five new members to the council for three-year terms, and elected a new president and vice president. The alumni council serves as the governing body of the alumni association and the advisory board to the Office of Alumni Engagement.

New Members

Michael Aumiller ’73, management: Retired, Commonwealth of PA
Caroline Weir ’16, B.S. in business administration - marketing: HR Generalist, PSECU
Stacy McNew ’87, management – supervisory management: Enterprise account executive, Comcast Business
Kaitlyn Benedict ’16, A.A.S. in occupational therapy assistant: Receptionist, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
Jerrold (Jere) Hess ’15, A.A.S. in physical therapist assistant: PTA, Spring Creek Rehab and Drayer Physical Therapy; Owner/Sports Performance Coach, Separation Training

New Executive Committee Members

President - Joshua Sheehan '07, B.S. in business administration – management: Financial Services Professional, UFinancial Group

Vice President - Randy Weir '76, accounting: Senior Accountant, Walter Hopkins & Company, LLC

Michael Aumiller ’73, management: Retired, Commonwealth of PA

Michael Aumiller spent more than 42 years of service in municipal, county, state and federal government, retiring in 2017. After graduating from Central Penn in 1973 with a degree in management, Aumiller worked for the Pennsylvania State Senate as a legislative assistant serving six state senators for more than 19 years.

Elected to Selinsgrove Borough Council in 1981, Aumiller also served six years as Snyder County Commissioner. He served Governors Bob Casey and Ed Rendell as deputy secretary in the Departments of Agriculture, Labor & Industry and State. In addition, he served as deputy auditor general for administration under Auditor General Jack Wagner. Prior to retirement, Aumiller served as regional manager for south central Pennsylvania for U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

He was treasurer and president of the Selinsgrove Kiwanis Club, and he is very involved with St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Mechanicsburg, serving on church council and serving as deacon and elder. Aumiller serves breakfast to people in need monthly at the Common Ground Café in Harrisburg.

He is married to alumna Kathy Hillegas ’76 and resides in Etters, Pa.

Why Serve?

“I would like to be more involved as an alumnus of CPC, and I’m interested in giving back to students through my 42+ years of experience in government.”

Mike Aumiller

Caroline Weir ’16, B.S. in business administration - marketing: HR Generalist, PSECU

Caroline Weir is a generalist in the PSECU Human Resource Department.  Within this role, Weir executes many different projects including, employee events, maintaining relationships externally and internally, and many different tasks throughout the HR department. She also works with multiple departments on various projects, while also communicating with employee groups.

 A 2016 graduate of Central Penn College, Weir received her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Marketing. When not at work, she enjoys anything outside, including running and fishing.

Why Serve?

“I will work to advance the Alumni Council by using my ties within the financial community to support Central Penn College, as well as be an ear in the community and listen to what they need. I am interested in becoming involved because during my time as a student at Central Penn College I was able to grow as a person and future business professional. This is my chance to give back to ensure all alumni are able to feel that same experience; past, present and future. I have always been an advocate for Central Penn and how my time there had changed my perspective on not only life, but also the business world.”

Caroline Weir

Stacy McNew ’87, Management – supervisory management: Enterprise account executive, Comcast Business

Stacy McNew resides in Harrisburg and is a 1987 graduate of Central Penn College where he majored in supervisory management. 

After 18 years in the information technology and telecommunications industry, he took a break for 11 years working for the PA Department of Corrections as a corrections officer and basic training instructor. He returned to his true love of technology by joining the team at Comcast Business Fiber Division where he provides connectivity to larger businesses via fiber optics. 

McNew’s biggest success in life is his 20-year-old son, Joseph, who lives local and hunts, fishes and assists with different business projects. 

He credits his successful careers to hard work, persistence, and the great education and life skills taught at Central Penn. “I was truly blessed to be accepted and taught by the great faculty and staff at CPC,” says McNew. “As an 18-year-old, the discipline and dress code was hard to accept some days, but afterwards you realize how much you learned and how well we were prepared for the world. I use those fundamentals every day to conduct business and make a difference in people's lives. I truly cherish my time and lifelong friends that I made while at CPC.” 

His motto's for living are: We can change the world by random acts of kindness; be the change. And most importantly, don't take life or yourself too seriously, it's not like we're getting out alive.”  

Why Serve?

“Central Penn and the Milano family handed me the opportunity and tools to be successful in life and work ... that has been the case. My life experiences are many and I bring an attitude of doing not just talking. It's my time to give back, and this is the way in which I would like to accomplish that goal.”

Stacy Mc New

Kaitlyn Benedict ’16, A.A.S. in occupational therapy assistant: Receptionist, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

“I graduated from Central Penn College in 2016 with my associate degree in occupational therapy assistant. At Central Penn, I was actively involved in numerous clubs including OTA club, Student Alumni Association, and Colleges Against Cancer. I also held numerous fundraisers to raise money to support Central Penn’s Education Foundation. After working two consecutive years as the manager of operations for a growing franchise company originating in Hersheypark, I realized business is where my passion lies. Currently I manage two stands for Makin Whoopie pies at Hersheypark during the summer season. During the off season I am also a corporate receptionist for Ollie’s Bargain Outlet at their Store Support Center. I am looking forward to being a member of Central Penn’s Alumni Council so that I may give back to my school as well as the community. I also do mission work through Calvary United Methodist Church”

Why Serve?

“I feel this is a wonderful way to give back to my school. This will be a great way for me to feel like I am still a part of, and connected to, my school. I served as the president of Student Alumni Association so I am already familiar with a lot of the events that are planned throughout the year for our alumni. I am hopeful to grow our alumni program by planning events and implementing other ideas that will bring everyone back together!”

Kaitlyn Benedict

Jerrold (Jere) Hess ’15, A.A.S. in physical therapist assistant: PTA, Spring Creek Rehab and Drayer Physical Therapy; Owner/Sports Performance Coach, Separation Training

While at Central Penn College, Jere was appointed president of the PTA club and graduated with a 3.97 GPA.  Upon graduation he began working in short term rehab at Spring Creek Rehab focusing on a variety of neurological and orthopedic conditions. Hess is also employed by Drayer Physical Therapy focusing primarily on vestibular rehabilitation as well as sports rehab. In addition to his healthcare contributions, he owns and operates a sports performance training business working with a variety of athletes and coaches the Separation Training Powerlifting Team which has produced one world champion, one teenage national champion, five PA state champions and set numerous American Records.

Since graduating Hess was selected as one of 14 nationwide candidates for Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy’s PTA practice analysis task force which was charged with writing the curriculum for the national licensure exam from 2018-2023. He also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from York College. Hess was selected as assistant coach for Team USA powerlifting in 2015 and has coached at the North American Championships as well as World Championships and will be traveling to Helsinki, Finland in 2018 for the World Championships.

His philanthropic efforts consist of volunteering time and financing to Mount Joy’s Athletic Association, Dog Park, Special Olympics and Kids Joy Land, the Jerrold Depew Scholarship and Relay for Life. Hess serves in a volunteer position as a USA powerlifting collegiate state representative. Currently Jere is spearheading the efforts to organize and create an annual powerlifting event that will raise funding for cancer research.

Why Serve?

“As a proud alumnus of Central Penn College I look forward to the opportunity to give back to a place that has given so much to me. Being connected to the community in a professional manner affords me the opportunity to foster valuable relationships that can benefit Central Penn's alumni as well as the current student body. As a coach and volunteer with a handful of charities, I believe my ability to work effectively as a team member, and my organizational skills, creativity, and work ethic will allow me to make a positive contribution to the alumni council.”

Jere Hess

President - Joshua Sheehan '07, B.S. in business administration – management: Financial Services Professional, UFinancial Group

Joshua Sheehan volunteers with the American Red Cross and has held seminars at Central Penn on the basics of budgeting and setting financial goals. “I wanted to become more involved in the growth and success of Central Penn, as well as the surrounding community,” says Sheehan. “I learned so much from my time at Central Penn College both on campus and in my study abroad terms. I feel that much of my own growth and development was due to the unique atmosphere of Central Penn and I would love to "pay it forward" to future generations by ensuring that they have all or more of the opportunities that were provided to me.”

Joshua Sheehan

Vice President - Randy Weir '76, accounting: Senior Accountant, Walter Hopkins & Company, LLC

Randy Weir is the past president of the Clearfield Area United Way, the Past Exalted Rulers Association of the Clearfield Elks and the Clearfield Crimestoppers. Weir is also a past member of the board of directors of the United Way of Pennsylvania and is currently a board member for the Clearfield Crimestoppers.

“My goals are to promote the Council and the work that it does,” says Weir. “My reason for becoming involved is to help promote the education that Central Penn provides to students. And to let potential students know that when they’re looking for a quality education, they can look no further than Central Penn.”

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