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Board Members

The Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project (SVCEP)



Dr. Lenaire Ahlum

Founder and Executive Project Director

Dr. Lenaire Ahlum has a passion for advancing the mission and work of community colleges. In 2007 she founded the Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project, Inc., a 501 (c)(3), non-profit organization to facilitate the establishment of a new and independent community college in Pennsylvania to serve the counties in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. Dr. Ahlum completed the Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration at the University of Maryland Global Campus. Her dissertation “Establishing Community Colleges: Exploring Initiative Entities” conducted primary research into the ways and means by which community colleges have been established. Most recently, she incorporated “Community Colleges Moving US Forward, LLC” to promote community college opportunities to various stakeholders.
Her own public higher education began at a Pennsylvania community college.









Meghan Beck


Meghan has lived in the Susquehanna Valley for over 20 years since her graduation from Bucknell University with a major in Political Science. She has over 20 years of experience in real estate as a Director of 1337 Holdings and has helped to manage several  small businesses.  She is a regional business leader and community advocate.  Meghan has served as President of Sunbury Revitalization, Inc. and volunteered with many other local organizations.  She is also a founder of STEAM Innovations Lab, a Makerspace pending launch in Sunbury, PA.







John Shipman

Vice President

John grew up in Sunbury. He attended Sunbury Area High School, Bloomsburg University with a major in Political Science and Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit PA, with a major in Theology.
John has been a prominent business owner and community leader in the Greater Susquehanna Valley for five decades. His service badges include: Chairman of Board of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, President of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, president of Sunbury Revitalization, Inc., President and Chair of Sunbury Pride and Renaissance Coalition. He has served on the board of directors of Susquehanna Industrial Development Corporation, The Sunbury Redevelopment Authority and Northumberland County Industrial Development Authority. He served three terms on Sunbury City Council as Director of Accounts and Finance. He was the first Chairman of the Board of Insurance Agents and Brokers for PA, MD and DE. In 2014 he was recognized as Sunbury’s Citizen of the Year.







David G. Nowroski


David Nowroski is principal owner of Financial Experts LLC located in Shamokin, PA.  David is a senior tax and financial advisor  with a passion for blockchain technology. David has over 15 years experience advising clients with regards to their financial portfolios and tax strategy. He has more than 2 years experience trading a proprietary cryptocurrency portfolio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Bloomsburg University.









Bob Zimmerman

Bob Zimmerman has been a leader in the Susquehanna Valley community for over 50 years. Beginning with his military service, first as a Marine and then as an Army Reservist, Bob has been active in many civic organizations. Those include Zion Lutheran Church, Susquehanna University, the United Way, Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Sunbury Area Community Foundation, SRI, SIDCO, SPARC and Masonic Lodge. Beginning in 1976, Bob worked at his family business, Zimmerman’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram Truck where he took pride in treating his customers and employees as part of his family. Bob received the “Citizen of the Year” award by The Sunbury Rotary Club in 2019, honoring an individual who they feel exemplifies the Rotary motto of ‘service above self.’









Dr. Jennifer Rager-Kay

Dr. Jennifer Rager-Kay is a physician and her medical specialization is Otolaryngology. She practices at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jenn Rager-Kay, like many in her community, is committed to faith, family, and the future. She is the daughter of a coal miner so she understands concerns about losing a large source of income, jobs, and energy. Her father served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and she is a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and Marine Corps League Auxiliary. Dr. Rager-Kay has been active member of the community, advocating for positive change, growth, and sustainability in the area. As a physician and mother of an 8-year-old son, she brings awareness to the health and welfare of residents in the Susquehanna Valley.

Noah James T. Fenstermacher
Noah James T. Fenstermacher is a Sunbury native, Shikellamy High School & Susquehanna University grad, and current Penn State student.
He is a self-described “education entrepreneur” bridging school & supplementary income.
His portfolio includes his debut book, College Admissions of Guilt: How the Underserved Student Can Still Succeed in Higher Ed, and his upcoming student success coaching company, 1st Gen Class.
A transracially-adopted first-generation college student, Noah stands at the intersection of many identities with a way to navigate between them in these challenging times.


LeAnne Reach

BIO and Photo Coming Soon


Rodger Babnew

Chair – Nominating Committee

Rodger is a retired truck driver. He drove for several trucking companies over for more than 40 years. He is the former Chair of the Northumberland County Democratic Committee.









Susan Nunan R.N., B.S.N.

Susan Nunan has been practicing nursing in the Susquehanna Valley for more than 40 years. She is a nurse educator who has written curriculum for a local Certified Nursing Assistant program.  She is active in the Columbia – Montour Human Services Coalition and 4 H Club. Susan is an avid gardener and baker and an annual ribbon winner at the Bloomsburg Fair for her jams, cakes, and pies.


Le Paliulis Ph.D

BIO and Photo Coming Soon






Kathy Specht

Kathy Specht is a career development coach. She has been a guidance counselor in the Susquehanna Valley for more than 30 years and she founded the Susquehanna Valley Association of School Counselors Association. During her years as an instructor at Bloomsburg University she trained new guidance counselors.  Kathy worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s 339 Program preparing school district leaders for implementing Career Pathways for the Future Ready Index. Kathy resides in Northumberland, PA. She has presented at statewide conferences on Career Guidance.







Jesse Newcomer

Academic and Curriculum Committee

Jesse Newcomer is a 7th grade history teacher at Montgomery Middle School. He holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and is currently a doctoral student focusing on Curriculum and Instruction at Liberty University. Jesse began his higher education at Luzerne County Community College where he received an associate’s degree.

Sharlene Gilman Ph.D

BIO and Photo coming soon.

Jennifer Zyry

SVCEP Board Secretary

Photo and bio will be posted soon.