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CEC Executive Director To Retire


From left, Kate Lomax, incoming executive director; Kris Kronenwetter; Jackie Herbstritt, Manager of Operations and Facilities.



The Board 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.


“Kris has 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.


The 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.


Kris has 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.


Kris’s 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.


In this 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.


The CEC 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


Since its 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 Counties.




























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