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resides in Montoursville with her husband,
Gregg, and their sons, Adam and Alex.
Christina (Buongiorno) Garrison
psychology) is enrolled in the Credentialed
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Counselor (CASAC) program at SUNY
Orange. She plans to complete her course
work in May and take the New York state
test to become a CASAC in training.
Maureen (Knorr) Hennessey
communications) returned to full-time
work as an account executive for UBM, a
global tradeshow organizer, after raising
her three children, now 19, 13 and 12.
Cindy (Smith) Snyderman
(610) 558-0998
Cynthia Ceres
sociology) accepted
a position at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in
San Francisco as human resource manager,
Northern California.
Mary DeWire
nursing) is a certified
nurse midwife and joined the practice of
Drs. Collins, Huggler, Lamade, Salama and
Yartz at Susquehanna Health OB/GYN in
Burkhart earns national
hero honor
By Savannah Hanford ’15
Ten years of commitment to a
noble cause has resulted in national
honors for one of Lycoming’s own.
In December, Kirsten Burkhart ’92
was recognized as an HIV Hero.
Five awards were given nationwide
to heroes who help those with HIV
in their community on a daily basis.
Since 2001, Burkhart has been
the executive director of Williams-
port’s AIDS Resource, which offers
support to HIV-positive clients,
including transportation, medicine,
food and financial assistance. AIDS
Resource also provides HIV preven-
tion education.
Burkhart, who earned a bache-
lor’s in psychology from Lycoming,
took over the agency when it was
deeply in debt. After only a year
on the job, she had stabilized the
finances, expanded its programs and
opened West House, a personal care
home for HIV-positive clients.
Burkhart was recognized at
the National Conference on AIDS
in Chicago, where she was also
informed that she would be a part of
a documentary, along with the other
four recipients of the HIV Hero
I think the award is more of a
reflection of the work we do here,”
Burkhart said. “I couldn’t do what I
do without the staff.”
Continuing to raise awareness in
the area, Burkhart wants community
members to realize that AIDS is a
problem everywhere. Pennsylvania
currently ranks in the top 10 states
with the highest reported cases of
HIV. “A lot of people forget HIV
isn’t just a big city problem,” she
said. “The great tragedy of HIV is
that it’s 100 percent preventable.”
Zerbe named Delaware English Teacher of the Year
By Savannah Hanford ’15
After 18 years of dedicated teaching, Kristin (Spengler) Zerbe ’92 was awarded
the 2010-11 Delaware English Teacher of the Year Award.
Zerbe, who majored in English and music at Lycoming, has been teaching
English at John Dickinson High School
in Wilmington for 14 years. Four years
ago, the school added a creative writing
program, which she teaches along with
all grade levels of general English. In
the program was one of only
seven to win the Superstars in Education
Award from the Delaware Chamber of
The teacher is very proud of her
creative writing students, encouraging
them to publish their work and enter
contests. More than 100 of them have appeared in the national journal “Teen Ink.”
Zerbe earned a master’s in secondary education and English from James
Madison University. Some of her other accomplishments include a nomination
for a Disney Teacher Award, Teen Ink Educator of the Year award and Red
Clay School District Teacher of the Year finalist. Zerbe was also featured in the
Delaware State Education Association Magazine,
DSEA Action!
Business Magazine
as an Education Superstar.
She has published several poems, as well as an essay which appeared in
Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrates Teachers.” This essay, placed impressively
as the last piece in the book, is about her insecurities with the first class she ever
taught in 1993, a class which ended up giving her roses on its last day.
Zerbe and her husband, Eric ’91, first met in a Lycoming classroom in 1990.
They reside in Wilmington with their two sons.
Philip F. Kehoe
administration) has been chosen as a
member of the Monroe Township Board
of Supervisors. He resides in Boiling
Springs, Pa., and earned a Master of
Business Administration from Penn State
Wendy (Park) Myers
(610) 444-2629
Courtenay (Wells) Arendt
(410) 561-0909
Malena (DeMore) Pearson
(570) 651-9575
Philip Prough
accounting) earned a
Master of Business Administration from
Colorado State University. He is director
of financial service delivery and trust
officer with the C&N Trust and Financial
Management Group in Wellsboro, Pa.
Kirsten Burkhart ’92
Kristin (Spengler) Zerbe ’92