1997
Lauren Kolaya
(908) 755-5710 or
(908) 962-0816
or
Kirsten (Schwalm) Miller
(570) 888-6486
Jessica (Bixler) Bower
(nursing) was
recognized as a Woman of Excellence by
the YWCA of Northcentral Pa. She is a
communicable disease nurse consultant
for the state Department of Health. She
is also a nursing clinical instructor at
Pennsylvania College of Technology. She
serves on the board of the Williamsport
Service, support
and skills
By Casey Spencer ’05
Lauren Lawson-Zilai
’99 returned to campus
Aug. 24, 2012, as the
guest speaker for the New
Student Convocation.
Reflecting on her own
time at Lycoming, the
director of public relations
and national spokesperson
for Goodwill Industries
International emphasized
three words: service,
support and skills.
Grateful for the support from the institution, she told the new class, “The
staff here taught me not only about kindness, but how to be an advocate for
myself and persevere when obstacles or challenges are placed in my way. Your
relationship with Lycoming is a lifelong one. It’s a place that never stops caring
about you.”
Lawson-Zilai credited Lycoming as the place where she discovered her
love of community service, an affection that began during her freshman class
community service project and would eventually shape her entire academic and
professional career.
“Lycoming built the foundation of who I wanted to be and where I would
find the most intrinsic value in a career,” she said. “I wanted to work for a cause,
and as I saw 9-11 firsthand as a resident of New York, I knew that I needed to
be doing something to ignite that passion. I moved from New York to D.C., and
made it my focus to do everything I could to fulfill my passion for working for
a cause. The community service opportunities at Lycoming were the stepping
stones for me to find what I truly wanted to do in life.”
In closing, Lawson-Zilai encouraged students to appreciate the value of the
liberal arts and the analytical, writing, interpersonal and communications skills
they would develop.
“Lycoming enables you to be more reflective about your beliefs and
choices,” she said, “more self-conscious and critical of your presumptions and
motivations, more creative in your problem-solving and more self-aware of
the issues that arise in your lives, thus providing you with the skills needed to
become a leader, both personally and professionally.”
Women’s Tennis League and YWCA’s
board of directors, and volunteers at St.
John Neumann Regional Academy. She
and her husband, Carl, have two sons,
Clark and Lucas.
Gregory Corbo
(history) and 10
other caddies from Essex County, N.J.,
journeyed from the Shillelagh Club in
West Orange to the World Trade Center,
each carrying two sets of golf bags, on
the 11
th
anniversary of 9-11 in memory
of the members of local golf and country
clubs who were killed that day.
Randy King
(business administration)
accepted a position as a technical
trainer and content developer for Birst,
a business analytics software company
based in San Francisco, Calif.
Mark Rice
(accounting) was named
chief financial officer of Jersey Shore
(Pa.) Hospital.
1998
Brenda (Bowser) Soder
(301) 598-5526
Kelly (Norton) Knight
(philosophy)
was promoted to vice president of
compliance services with the Benecon
Group of Lititz, Pa. She holds a law
degree from Dickinson School of Law.
Chris Rada
(Spanish) has been
named middle school assistant principal
with the Eastern Lebanon County (Pa.)
School District.
1999
Heather Myers
(570) 244-8914
Amanda Morgan
(psychology) was
promoted to placement unit supervisor
for the Pennsylvania Department of
Transportation, where she has worked
since 2011.
2000
Amanda (Peterman) Dalla Piazza
(570) 546-9440
Christopher Iori
(economics) was
recognized by
Philadelphia
magazine
as a Five Star Mortgage and Home Auto
Insurance Professional. He is employed
by Collegeville Financial Group LLC
independent insurance agency in
Collegeville,
Pa. The Five
Star listing
represents less
than 2 percent
of mortgage
professionals
and 1 percent
of insurance
professionals
in the area.
Lauren Lawson-Zilai ’99
Christopher Iori ’00
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