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
Secretary
darchacki@shrieve.com
Product Manager, Oilfield Chemicals, Shrieve Chemical Products, Inc.
Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering '91
Woodlands, Texas
E. Scott Billingsley E. Scott Billingsley
scottbillingsley@penngeneralenergy.com
Vice President of Geology and GIS, Pennsylvania General Energy Company
Geosciences '81
Warren, Pennsylvania
Larry Hancock Larry Hancock
lawrence.f.hancock@gmail.com
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Akita Innovations
Materials Science and Engineering '83, '86, '88
Billerica, Massachusetts
Jennie Karalewich Jennie Karalewich
jenniekaralou@gmail.com
Lead Redistricting Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
Geography '05
Washington, DC
Robert Kraft Robert Kraft
robert.kraft.7@gmail.com
Liaison to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Geography '89
San Diego, California
John Lease John Lease
lease.john@gmail.com
Retired, Alcoa
'76 Earth Science, '77 Environmental Pollution Control
Export, Pennsylvania
Susan Lechtanski Susan Lechtanski
sal142@psu.edu
Marketing Manager, Student Affairs, Penn State
Geography '97
University Park, Pennsylvania
Cheryl Nelson Cheryl Nelson
Social Media Chair
CherylBNelson27@gmail.com
Lifestyle TV Show Host, "Coast Live", WTKR-TV, CBS
Meteorology '02
Norfolk, Virginia
Enrique Perez Enrique Perez
PerezE1432@gmail.com
Geoscientist, ExxonMobil
'08, '10 Geosciences
Houston, Texas
Bernadette Woods Placky Bernadette Woods Placky
bplacky@climatecentral.org
Chief Meteorologist and Climate Matters Program Director, Climate Central
Meteorology '99
Princeton, New Jersey
Eric Pytlak Eric Pytlak
President-elect
espytlak@bpa.gov
Manager, Weather and Streamflow Forecasting, Bonneville Power Administration
Meteorology '91
Portland, Oregon
Joel Reed Joel Reed
President
jgreednc@comcast.net
Principal, Mereo
Ceramic Science and Engineering '82
Breckenridge, Colorado
Chad Wallaesa Chad Wallaesa
Past President
chad.wallaesa@libertymutual.com
Regional Manager, Liberty Mutual
Industrial Health and Safety '02
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Interested?

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.

More Information

Colleen Swetland
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
814-863-4667
clw2@psu.edu

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