2017 GEMS board

GEMS Board of Directors

The GEMS Board of Directors is comprised of 16 members (15 person plus immediate past president). In 1994, the founding Board was appointed by the dean and since that initial appointment, board members have been nominated and/or elected by the general GEMS membership and the active Board of Directors. Board members have a three-year minimum term of office, are committed to attending two board meetings each year at University Park, actively serve on at least one committee, and provide assistance in developing the society and its programming. The officers are selected by the current Board of Directors for a two-year term.

GEMS Board Members

Dave Archacki Dave Archacki
Product Manager, Oilfield Chemicals, Shrieve Chemical Products, Inc.
Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering '91
Woodlands, Texas
E. Scott Billingsley E. Scott Billingsley
Vice President of Geology and GIS, Pennsylvania General Energy Company
Geosciences '81
Warren, Pennsylvania
Greg DeVoir Greg DeVoir
Senior Forecaster, NOAA/National Weather Service
Meteorology '92
State College, Pennsylvania
Joe Frantz Joseph Frantz, Jr.
VP Engineering Technology, Range Resources Corporation
Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering '81
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Nicole Reed Fry Nicole Reed Fry
Managing Consultant, Energy Practice, Navigant Consulting
Environmental Systems Engineering '05, Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering '08
Boulder, Colorado
John Lease John Lease
Retired, Alcoa
'76 Earth Science, '77 Environmental Pollution Control
Export, Pennsylvania
Susan Lechtanski Susan Lechtanski
Marketing Manager, Student Affairs, Penn State
Geography '97
University Park, Pennsylvania
Enrique Perez Enrique Perez
Geoscientist, ExxonMobil
'08, '10 Geosciences
Houston, Texas
Bernadette Woods Placky Bernadette Woods Placky
Chief Meteorologist and Climate Matters Program Director, Climate Central
Meteorology '99
Princeton, New Jersey
Erik Pytlak Erik Pytlak
Manager, Weather and Streamflow Forecasting, Bonneville Power Administration
Meteorology '91
Portland, Oregon
Joel Reed Joel Reed
Past President
Principal, Mereo
Ceramic Science and Engineering '82
Breckenridge, Colorado
Laura Schell Laura Schell
Research Engineer, NSF International
Materials Science and Engineering '11
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Rich Wagner Richard Wagner
Acting Director, Bureau of Mine Safety, PA Department of Environmental Protection
Mining Engineering '03
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Give to the Judy Kiusalaas Fund
When Judy Kiusalaas, GEMS first staff liaison, retired, the founding GEMS board created a fund in her honor to support the college’s alumni society activities.


If you are interested in becoming a GEMS board member, or know someone who is, please contact us at gems@ems.psu.edu.  We strive to keep our board membership diverse and are always looking for energetic, interested volunteers to bring their unique perspectives and ideas to our table. Please take advantage of this rewarding opportunity.

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Colleen Swetland
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

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