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Board of Directors

Robert I. Borwick
President

Robert is a graduate of American University and serves as President of Performance Marketing Group/Performance Hi-Fidelity. In addition to Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity other volunteer efforts include: Vice-Chairman, Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors; Co-Chair, Great Valley Technical Alliance, Business Plan Competition 2006-2008 and Member, Diamond City Partnership – Promotions Committee.

He is a current member of the Kingston Area Merchants and Professionals Association where he currently resides.

Kevin R. Engelman
Vice President

Kevin Engelman is a graduate of Wilkes University with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. After graduation, Kevin joined Wells Fargo Bank as a Manager Trainee in the Northern New Jersey market. Upon completion of the Manager Trainee program, Kevin has held positions as Store Manager, Service Leader, and currently is a District Manager for the Wilkes Barre Market. Kevin resides in Mountain Top with his wife Michaeline and their two sons: Micah and Augustus.

Sally Rothstein
Secretary

Sally Rothstein is a life long resident of the Wyoming Valley, growing up in Kingston and moving to the Back Mountain 38 years ago with her husband Steve to raise their two children, Alison & Jeff. Her children are both married and she has one grandchild, Jack.

Sally has been a Realtor since 1992. She is Vice President of Sales Services for Lewith & Freeman Real Estate.

Sally’s past volunteer experience includes The Junior League of Wilkes Barre, past president; Sisterhood of Temple B’nai B’rith, past president; American Red Cross, Board Member and she currently serves on the Board of Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity as Secretary; The Luzerne County Board of Realtors as Assistant Secretary; and The Wilkes Barre Triathlon, as a committee member.

Ellen Watkins
Treasurer

Ellen Watkins is a recent retiree who has spent her entire career in banking and lending. For the last part of her career, Ellen was a CRA Coordinator for National Penn Bank (now BB&T). Her focus was on reaching out to first time homebuyers in low- and moderate-income ranges to prepare them for homeownership. She worked closely with local governments and non-profits that offer grants to first time buyers to help with down payment and closing cost assistance. Ellen also worked with clients to resolve credit issues and help establish an acceptable credit history.

Ellen has been an active Board and Committee member of Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity for more than 10 years. She is a past member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of NEPA, Realtor Associations in Greater Wilkes-Barre area, Hazleton and Schuylkill County. She served on the Loan Committee for Ways to Work in Monroe County, and was a member of the Monroe County Housing Committee and Luzerne County Housing Partnership.

A life long resident of Wilkes-Barre, Ellen and her husband Gary reside in South Wilkes-Barre.

Greg Barrouk

Greg Barrouk is a graduate of Meyers High School and Wilkes University.

Greg spent 12 years working for the City of Wilkes Barre’s Administration and is currently a Real Estate Salesperson for Christine Kutz Brokerage and a Real Estate Consultant.

Greg is a member of St. Nicholas Parish in Wilkes-Barre and has three children.

Colleen A. Doyle, Esquire

Joseph M. Dussinger

Joe is currently employed as operations manager in the Baby Care Division at Procter & Gamble’s plant in Mehoopany. A graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering, he began his career with P & G over 30 years ago. He spent the first 15 years of his career at the Mehoopany plant prior to transferring to the company’s plant in Greenville, N.C. In 1996, Joe returned to Mehoopany. His career with P&G has provided him with both diverse and challenging assignments in production management, technical engineering, project and capital management.

A mentor to both managers and technicians, Joe believes in the power of team building and in helping individuals leverage their unique differences in order reach their full potential. Having worked in both line and staff roles, he built skills sets in customer relations and establishing the “team vision” in a successful, results-oriented environment.

Formerly a member of the board of directors of the Northeast Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium, Joe has conducted training in the area of diversity and culture change for employees of P & G throughout North America.

A true engineer at heart, Joe has always wanted to “build a house with my own hands,” and sees his willingness to volunteer with Habitat as a means to that end. “Being a part of Habitat will not only fulfill my need for truly hands-on work, but also play a direct role in welcoming families into their own home.”

Joe resides in Dallas with his wife, Karen. He is the father of three grown, married children, Jenny, David and Laura. He enjoys golfing and kayaking and is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and chef who loves to cook for anyone who loves to eat. He maintains an interest in radio-controlled airplanes, woodworking and carpentry.

Thomas J. Gercak, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Growing up in Exeter and now residing in Wyoming with his wife, Tom Gercak has always called the Wyoming Valley home.

Receiving architectural degrees from both Drexel University and Penn State University, he has worked in the architecture profession for over 25 years and is a partner at hemmler + camayd architects in Scranton, registered to practice in three states. Tom’s project involvement ranges from initial concept through the finished product, which has afforded him the opportunity to design and create spaces not only benefiting the end users, but also enhancing the local environment in which they are built. With projects such as the Bear Creek Community Charter School and Mount Airy Resort and Casino, as well as renovations to many buildings at Wyoming Seminary, Tom is a vital leader of the design teams which helped to make each of these projects successful.

He is a LEED accredited professional in building design and construction and is also a member of the American Institute of Architects as well as NCARB certified. Tom is a former adjunct professor at Luzerne County Community College, teaching courses in the architectural engineering technology program and has also led a design team to create a new branch of LCCC as part of the revitalization efforts for the newly branded Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton.

Through his nine years of teaching experience at LCCC, Tom was first introduced to WVHFH by coordinating his classes to volunteer on Saturdays during the semester, which allowed the students to physically learn about construction in the field while helping a worthy cause. Since that time, Tom has been actively involved with the WVHFH building committee.

Tom has two grown children, Alaina and Alex, who both live and work in the Philadelphia region.

David J. Harris

David J. Harris is a sole practitioner who maintains an office in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

He practices in the areas of bankruptcy, tax, estate, and real estate law and engages in litigation involving those practice areas.

Attorney Harris received a bachelors degree in history from the Pennsylvania State University, a law degree with honors from the University of Miami where he was the recipient of American Jurisprudence awards in Trusts and Estates and Administrative Law and a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.

Attorney Harris is a member of the Bars of the States of Pennsylvania and Florida, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Tax Court. He has served as a mediator in bankruptcy and estate matters.

He also serves on the boards of many civic and charitable organizations.

Terri M. Kosakowski

Terri M. Kosakowski is currently employed as a Relationship Manager Business Banker for M&T Bank since 2007. Terri brings to the table over twenty year’s experience in the financial industry. She previously worked for First Eastern Bank, NA, Atlantic Financial, and Sallie Mae.
Terri has dedicated twenty five years to the community through several organizations to improve the quality of life and helping others. She is a member and previous board member of the Junior League of Wilkes-Barre. A 2005 graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre and current board member. Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity Bike Committee member, North Branch Land Trust Membership Development Committee Co-Chair, North Branch Land Trust Annual Dinner Committee, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Bowling Fundraising Committee.
Terri is an avid cycler and triathlete. She is also a spinning instructor at Danko’s All American Fitness in Plains. Her other interests are cooking, wine tasting, and spending time with family and friends. She is a long time resident of the Wyoming Valley and grew up in the Back Mountain Area. She attended Lake-Lehman High School and Wilkes University and currently resides in West Pittston with her family. Terri is an active member of the Trucksville United Methodist Church.

John R. Loyack, CPA, MBA

Pittston, PA native and 1985 King’s College graduate John Loyack is executive vice president for business & administrative affairs at King’s College. John also serves as the College’s chief financial officer and treasurer.

Loyack is responsible for managing and improving the College’s financial process systems; overseeing the business, human resources, facilities, security and information technology offices; and coordinating the planning and implementation of all campus construction, renovation and repair projects.

Formerly the president and chief operating officer of CPG International in Scranton, Loyack came to King’s after serving as president and chief executive officer for Optim Energy, a start-up energy company based in Irving, Texas.

The recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from King’s and an MBA from Lehigh University, Loyack is also a certified public accountant. He has held professional positions with Pennsylvania firms PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia, Lutron Electronics in Allentown and Union Pacific Corporation in Bethlehem and Omaha Nebraska.

John resides in White Haven, PA and has three college-aged children.

Russ Roberts, A.I.A.

After working for more than 35 years as a senior project manager and principal in the Wilkes-Barre office of the nationally-know design firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Russ Roberts has recently opened his own architectural practice from his home in Dallas, specializing in projects for residential, academic, non-profit and institutional clients. He has been project manager for a wide variety of projects built throughout Northeast PA, including the Ten East South Street Apartments (1975), the Arnaud C. Marts Athletic and Conference Center at Wilkes-University (1985), and the William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Scranton (2000). He is currently working with the Osterhout Free Library on the adaptive reuse of a church in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre to be the Library’s new North Branch, which is scheduled to open in September 2010. He has designed a new prototype one story three bedroom house for WVHFH, and the first house using this design will start construction on a lot on Madison Street in Wilkes-Barre in August 2010. He is past-president and a member of the Board of the Choral Society of Northeast PA, a regional community choral group with which he has sung for the past 28 years. He is a member of the Northeast PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In his spare time, he also enjoys cooking, gardening, tennis, cross-country skiing and golf. Originally from Connecticut, Russ has lived in the Wilkes-Barre area since 1973, and now lives in Dallas with his wife Elizabeth Fulton, an accomplished artist and writer.

Leonard V. Shimko

Leonard V. Shimko, a life-long resident of the Wyoming Valley and was the former Chief Executive Officer of the Cross Valley Federal Credit for 42 years before retiring in 2011. Len has served on Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Committee since 2003.

A member of the first graduating class from Luzerne County Community College in 1969, Mr. Shimko has remained active as an alum serving on LCCC’s Foundation Board. He is also active in the community serving as Chairman of the Northeast Council of Credit Union Executives Society (CUES), and as a member of the Knights of Columbus#3987 in Luzerne.

In 1993, Mr. Shimko was awarded with the prestigious CEO of the Year award from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA), and 2004 he received the Abigail M. George Outstanding Service Award from the LCCC Alumni Association.

Mr. Shimko resides in Harding, PA with his wife, the former Bernadine Luke. He has two children Michael and Kristina.

Kelly Bray Snyder, Esquire

Attorney Kelly Bray Snyder is a 2005 graduate of Pace University School of Law with a certificate in Environmental Law and a 2002 Magna Cum Laude graduate of King’s College. Attorney Bray also serves as Secretary for the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She is an associate at the Dyller Law Firm, where she focuses on civil rights and real estate. She is also an adjunct professor at King’s College.

Nancy Terrana

Nancy Terrana is a life long resident of the Wyoming Valley. She grew up in Pittston and now resides in Plains with her husband, Attorney Angelo Terrana, and their two children, Mia and Angelo. A graduate of King’s College, Nancy earned her degree in Education. She is employed at Terrana Law, P.C. Nancy, along with her husband Angelo, have been fortunate enough to help Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity with both acquisitions and transfers of properties to qualifying families. She participates in various school and social organizations.

Tracey A. Williams

Tracey Williams is Vice-President for Jack Williams Tire Co., Inc. One of her many roles for the company is coordinator for American Car Care Centers; a nationwide marketing organization. As being a coordinator, Tracey is responsible to help the 55 dealers involved in the program succeed and grow. Other responsibilities that she has are keeping the 27 retails stores updated with current marketing materials, which include point of purchase and point of sale retail displays. When Tracey travels to a store, she views the store from a customer’s point of view, to verify that everything in the store is updated and current. Tracey’s favorite part her position is coordinating community and public relations events.

Tracey shows tremendous community spirit and leadership though her involvement in many volunteer organizations. She has made an impact on the citizens of Luzerne County by her efforts with the Child Development Council (CDC), Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity (WVHFH), and the Junior League of Wilkes-Barre. Since 2004, Tracey has sat on the board of directors for CDC, and has been the board secretary since 2006. Her time with WVHFH has been the most inspiring by her involvement with the family selection support committee, and recently, was a mentor to the newest partner family.

Continuing her focus on being an influence in the community, Tracey strives to improve her leadership abilities. She is an alumnus of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, 2003, and is currently enrolled in the Leadership Lackawanna class of 2012.

James Zarra

Jim Zarra is a lifelong resident of Wyoming Valley and served as Mayor of Yatesville Borough for three terms. He graduated from SUNY Binghamton’s Watson School of Engineering with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Jim is employed as the Director of Information Technology with Tammac Holdings Corporation and is Treasurer of the Redevelopment Authority for the City of Pittston.

Jim currently resides in Jenkins Township with his wife Rita, Cat Wayne, Newfoundland Dog; Chief, and Sheepdog “Good Citizen;” Sarge.