New Faces on the Alumni Society Board
by Pamela Batson (April 2009)
The College of Education’s Alumni Society Board welcomes two new elected members. Tonya DeVecchis-Kerr ’79 EK Ed, ’92 M.Ed. and Marcia G. Pomeroy ’89 M.Ed. were elected to serve a three-year term and will attend their first board meeting on June 27 on the University Park campus.
“The College of Education is extremely lucky to have strong nominations for board of director positions each year. Every board member brings unique experiences and expertise which they can draw upon in working with our College. Our two most recently elected directors are very accomplished educators and we’re proud to welcome them to the board,” said Brent Hurley, alumni relations director.
DeVecchis-Kerr brings 30 years of education experience to the board. She serves in the administration of Mount Union (Pa.) Area School District as director of special education and student services. In 2007, she was awarded the Huntingdon County Chamber Of Commerce Educator of the Year Award.
DeVecchis-Kerr explains why she wants to serve: “I have much respect and love for Penn State, especially the College of Education. All of my higher education training has been from Penn State and that has laid the solid foundation for my successful career.”
She has participated in numerous activities in her community, including her church choir and Relay for Life. DeVecchis-Kerr is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Pomeroy retired in January 2008 from Penn State as a career services counselor—but after missing the students, she returned in November to work part-time. In this role, she served as the liaison to the College of Education, where she counseled students on career issues related to the field of education; she also developed and presented outreach programs and in-service orientations for students, faculty, staff, and the College’s Alumni Society.
Pomeroy has been a guest lecturer in the College, volunteered with the College’s Alumni Student Teacher Network and Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and is also an active member in her church and with Alpha Xi Delta Alumnae Group in State College.
“I can think of no better way to be actively involved with programs and community projects that serve College of Education students and alumni, than to participate on the Alumni Society Board of Directors,” said Pomeroy.
DeVecchis-Kerr and Pomeroy will be filling spots vacated by outgoing board members Rebecca Morris ’00 Ek Ed and Joan Ruth ’61 EK Ed, ’75 M.Ed.