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Inauguration Speakers

Celebrating Our Future

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Rev. Fr. John Trigilio Jr., Ph.D., Th.D.
Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Bernadette

Father Trigilio joined the Diocese of Harrisburg where he was ordained in 1988 by William Cardinal Keeler. His first two assignments were first as Parochial Vicar, then one year in the Diocesan Tribunal and as Catholic Chaplain to two hospitals. He was reassigned as Parochial Vicar in three parishes respectively, and was made pastor of two parishes in June, 2002 (Our Lady of Good Counsel, Marysville & St. Bernadette, Duncannon) where he is presently working.

WILLIAM Kobel ’81, Board of Directors, Chairman, Central Penn College
JPL, VP, Strategy and Integrated Communications

Bill Kobel is a 1981 mass media graduate of Central Penn College and has served on the board of directors since February, 2007. At JPL, Kobel has played a key leadership role in growing JPL from a successful production company to a full-service, integrated communications firm. He manages the company’s strategic client offerings, including brand strategy, digital marketing strategy and campaign planning.

Todd a. milano
President Emeritus & Ambassador to the Central Penn College Education Foundation, Central Penn College

Todd A. Milano has devoted his entire professional career—more than a quarter of a century—to Central Penn College. As president from 1989 to 2012, Milano led Central Penn to its most significant growth in its history. During his tenure, Central Penn underwent a transformation from a business school to a bachelor’s degree-granting college, with locations in Harrisburg, Lancaster and Bethlehem, and on-site degree completion programs at partner institutions. There are few things that excite Milano more than the success stories of Central Penn’s graduates.

The Honorable Senator Pat Vance
Pennsylvania’s 31st District- Cumberland and York Counties

Sen. Patricia H. Vance has been a member of the Senate since 2005 after serving 14 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In the Senate, she is chair of the Public Health and Welfare Committee and a member of the Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, Communications and Technology, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Finance and Policy committees. She also serves on the Capitol Preservation Committee. Since becoming a member of the Senate, she has authored twenty laws, and she has received numerous awards for her legislative and community stewardship.

John "Ski" Sygielski, ED.D.
President, HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D, became the seventh president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in July 2011. His previous appointments include president of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., and president of Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Va. Ski is an author, speaker and former adjunct business faculty member. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy, two master's degrees and a doctorate, as well as an honorary associate degree.


Flight Options, LLC, Midwest Regional Sales Director

Central Penn College aviation administration graduate G. Scott Shatzer, from Chambersburg, Pa., is the Midwest regional sales director for Cleveland-based Flight Options, LLC. Shatzer has enjoyed a very successful 23-year career in both commercial and private aviation. While still a student at Central Penn, he worked for American Airlines at Harrisburg International Airport and was an also an intern for then Pennsylvania Airlines, d/b/a USAir Express. His internship resulted in a seven-year career with USAirways, an 11-year career with Montreal-based Bombardier, and then a natural evolution into sales of private aircraft ownership in Philadelphia. In 2008, the CEO of Flight Options recruited Shatzer, who now resides in Chicago, Ill., for the position he holds currently.

Melissa Wehler, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of General Studies, Professor of English, Central Penn College

Melissa Wehler, Ph.D., teaches courses on writing, social protest literature, film and popular culture. She has contributed essays to collections, including Demons of the Body and Mind, Transnational Gothic, and two forthcoming publications entitled Exploring Downton Abbey and A Quest of Her Own: The Female Hero in Modern Fantasy. She is a co-advisor for The Central Pen, the College’s literary e-zine. Wehler has earned a Ph.D. in literature from Duquesne University, a master’s degree in literary and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in English and anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Student of Paralegal, Central Penn College

Paralegal major Jordan Spence, from Dover, Pa., is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and has earned a spot on the dean's list ten times. Her career goals are to attend law school and obtain employment with the Office of General Counsel with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Isaiah isley '17
Student of Corporate Communications, Central Penn College

Corporate communications major Isaiah Isley, from Philadelphia, Pa., is an aspiring public relations specialist. A residential student on the Summerdale campus, Isley is a work study student in the General Studies department and is currently assisting the College’s instructional technologist with a special project. In addition to his active campus life, Isley works another job and is a songwriter, pianist and boxer.

Karen M. Scolforo, Ed.D.
President, Central Penn College

Karen M. Scolforo, Ed. D., is the ninth president of Central Penn College. Her student-first approach to career-focused education spans fifteen years, and she has served in a variety of senior administrative positions, including director of admissions, dean of academic affairs, campus president and regional vice president of operations. Dr. Scolforo has partnered with community and business leaders to develop relevant programs and enhance graduate success in desired careers. She is an author and an active volunteer in her community, and is the recipient of numerous awards in the areas of student outcomes, assessment and retention. Dr. Scolforo holds a doctorate in education with a cognate in higher education administration and finance from the University of North Florida.

Rev. Tim Halbfoerster
Lead Pastor, River of God Church

Pastor Tim Halbfoerster graduated from Nazareth High School in 1979 and Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pa., in 1985. He and his wife, Marie, have been married for 33 years. They have three daughters, two sons-in laws and three grandchildren. Pastor Tim has pastored River of God Church in Enola since 1996. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1985.

Robert M. Donley, J.D., Chief Marshal
Professor of Legal Studies

Robert M. Donley is a professor of legal studies at Central Penn College. A graduate of Temple University School of Law, he practiced law for twelve years before coming to Central Penn in 2002. Donley is also a former president of Faculty Senate and current adviser to the Student Government Association. Outside of teaching, he is a certified interpersonal and workplace mediator, and provides training in conflict resolution to organizations throughout Pennsylvania. Donley is a charter member of Susquehanna Icebreakers Toastmasters Club, and has received numerous awards for public speaking from Toastmasters International.