CEC Executive Director To
left, Kate Lomax, incoming executive director; Kris Kronenwetter; Jackie
Herbstritt, Manager of Operations and Facilities.
President of the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties
(CEC), Betsy Roberts, announces the retirement of Kris Kronenwetter,
Executive Director, effective June 30, 2013. Kris has held the post
since 1996. She is only the second Executive Director for the CEC since
its founding in 1992.
certainly made an enormous impact on education in our communities and it
is with mixed sadness and joy that she is retiring,” according to Betsy
Roberts. Since 1996, Kris has led the CEC into new partnerships,
developed many programs and maintained the financial health of the
organization through extremely lean times.
relationships Kris has built and maintained have allowed thousands of
students to complete degree programs and non-credit coursework through
the CEC in St. Marys. Successful partnerships with colleges,
universities, and other training institutions include Penn State DuBois,
Pitt Bradford, Gannon and Wilkes Universities, Clarion, Mansfield and
Lock Haven Universities, as well as the Precision Manufacturing
Institute, and Kettering University.
been instrumental in creating and running leadership programs throughout
the county. More than 80 adults have graduated from the Leadership Elk
County program since 2008. Over 400 youth in the middle and high school
grades have participated in the Leaders In Training (LIT) programs since
2002. “Kris herself is a true leader in the community,” says Betsy
Roberts. She has participated on many boards, committees and task forces
over the years including the Family Resource Network, Women Who Care,
Pitt Bradford Outreach Council, the Youth Council, Elk County Council on
the Arts, and the Elk County Gas Task Force. Kris has also been very
active in other community-based projects and organizations including
Junior Achievement, WPSU’s Our Town St. Marys, and the First
United Methodist Church. She has been invited to countless speaking
engagements over the years including the Rotary, Kiwanis, and various
school-based events. When Kris retires, she is looking forward to
spending time with her children and grandchildren when she is not on the
golf course or travelling.
long, successful tenure will be continued by the newly named Executive
Director, Kate Lomax. Kate has served as the Director of Educational
Services at the CEC since February of 2011. Prior to joining the CEC,
Kate worked as a project coordinator, research assistant and independent
contractor with several non-profit career development, higher education
agencies and community-based organizations around the state, including
the Central PA Workforce Development Corporation, the Philadelphia Youth
Network, and the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association based in
Harrisburg. Her experience includes grant writing and grant management,
public policy/ program development and evaluation, budgeting, public
speaking and higher education research. She holds a Master’s Degree in
Public Administration from Penn State.
new position, Kate will be supported by Jackie Herbstritt, Manager of
Operations and Facilities. Jackie has more than 11 years of experience
coordinating the day to day operations of the CEC including technology
support, office and building management and payroll/billing. Jackie
holds an Associate’s Degree in Information Sciences and Technology from
Pitt Bradford and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Administration from Penn State.
Governing Board and staff will be honoring Kris at a public Open-House
at the CEC on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Colleagues,
friends, students and well-wishers are encouraged to drop-in and share a
story or a memory with Kris, tour the building, and meet the new staff.
Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP is required to attend. The
CEC is located at 4 Erie Ave, St. Marys, PA. For more information,
contact the CEC at 814-781-3437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
founding in 1992, the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron
Counties, through partnerships with industry, systems of higher
education and community institutions, is dedicated to the development
and provision of affordable, accessible and quality advanced educational
training and awareness programs for the citizens of Elk and Cameron