Sharon Barney, J.D., is a partner at Leech Tishman specializing in immigration and family law. Her work as an attorney requires a variety of communication skills, particularly in the arenas of legal writing/research, presenting arguments in court proceedings, and delivering advice to her clients. She is the current President of the Centre County Bar Association and is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Beyond her professional work, Sharon is also an engaged contributor to the State College community; for example, she spearheaded Centre County’s first Multicultural Unity Fair.
Danielle Yoder began her tenure as the new principal of Easterly Parkway Elementary in 2018. She comes to the State College Area School District from the Penns Valley Area School District (PVASD), where she had been the principal of Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School since 2015. Before then, she was the principal of Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School and Miles Township Elementary School for three years.
After graduating from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, Yoder earned master of science degrees in educational development and strategies from Wilkes University and in reading and educational leadership from Edinboro University. She is currently working toward a PhD in Educational Leadership here at Penn State.
During her three-decade career, Yoder also has worked as a language arts and math teacher in the Midd-West School District in Middleburg, Pennsylvania. At PVASD, she served as the district’s Title 1 reading, English-language learners (ELL) and assessment coordinator.
Bellamarie is the Executive Director of the ACRES Project, a growing community designed by adults with autism for adults with autism. The ACRES Project (Adults Creating Residential and Employment Solutions) is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania. This unique team consists of people with autism, educators, parents, and community members working together to meet the social, vocational, and residential needs of adults with autism. ACRES provides a nurturing environment to help individuals build a foundation for a productive, independent life.
By fostering social, vocational, and self-advocacy skills, ACRES helps individuals optimize their potential to develop practical life skills, increase social capacity, and transition to work and independence. Bellamarie welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about the role that writing plays in the ACRES curriculum and how it empowers members to find and express their unique voices, as well as about the importance of considering accessibility and accommodations in writing.
Heather is, among many other wonderful things, a scholar, writer, blogger, wife, and mother of two girls. She graduated from the University of Virginia and then went on to finish her PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She teaches college writing courses—both Freshman Composition and Advanced Writing—at Penn State. She serves on the staff of Cru with her husband, who is the Executive Director of Graduate Student Ministries at Penn State. She is also the author of six books that encourage writers and teachers to reflect on spiritual principles in everyday life: How to Write with Flair; Live with Flair: Seasons of Worship and Wonder; Seated with Christ; Guarded by Christ; Included in Christ; and Chosen for Christ. Additionally, Heather runs a vibrant, active blog titled Live with Flair (inspired by her first book How to Write with Flair), in which she explores the ways that we can make every day joyful and meaningful just as we can make a sentence beautiful with the right verb and punctuation. Heather would be delighted to talk with students about her writing habits, securing an agent and working with publishers, and marketing, among other topics.
Joe is the President/CEO of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, an organization with 1,054 members. Apart from his administrative role, he is responsible for writing a column and a majority of the stories featured in the Blair Business Mirror, the Chamber’s print-newsletter that is published the second Tuesday of each month in the Altoona Mirror newspaper.
Joe has a B.A. Degree in Journalism from Shippensburg University and has a passion for writing. He has given presentations at both Penn State and Juniata College on the importance of writing to people in business, so he feels very comfortable speaking to students on any topic related to writing and communication.
Cody is a technical communicator and statistician who wants to help people collect the right data and analyze it to make informed decisions. His specialities include statistics, technical communication, statistical reliability, JMP, SAS, and writing for translation.
Scott is a Technical Account Manager at Intel where he has been employed for 25 years. His major responsibility is working with Intel customers on designs in the evolving Internet of Things (IOT) marketplace as computer technology integrates with our daily activities. He works with engineers designing a variety of solutions, such as artificial intelligence for video conferencing, digital signage and surveillance, enterprise storage solutions, point-of-sale/kiosk terminals, medical imaging equipment (like CT scanners), and autonomous vehicles.
Because he lives in Pittsburgh and works with Intel and customer engineers in Arizona, California, Kansas, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as in Europe and Asia, Scott has experienced first-hand the value of effective writing and communication. His job requires him to communicate verbally and in email or collaborative documents with engineers who often use English as a second language.
Eileen has held the position of Senior Principle Multi-Discipline Engineer at Raytheon since 1982. She graduated from Penn State with her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1981 and with her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1987. Before joining Raytheon, she worked as a COOP student at Burroughs Corporation for 6 months per year from 1977-1980 and as an Engineer at Texas Instruments from 1981-1982.
Throughout her time at Raytheon, Eileen has had a number of duties related to writing and communication; some of them include: Digital Circuit Design, Proposal Input, Systems Design, and various Personnel-related tasks. She has reviewed many resumes for prospective employees, conducted in-plant interviews, written hire/no hire recommendations based on the results of the interviews, and has provided annual performance appraisal inputs on all of the employees working under her.
In his lengthy career, Chet has gained expertise in a variety of technical writing genres, including reports, performance appraisals, business correspondence, and conference proceedings. Persuasive writing challenges he has faced include developing project proposals, writing performance evaluations and salary and promotion recommendations, preparing patent proposals, and even preparing responses to proposed regulatory rulings under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission. He continues his persuasive writing in advocating for environment, social, and political causes, and occasionally writes letters of recommendation for students and colleagues.
Chet has served as President of the Penn State Electrical Engineering Alumni Society and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Society of the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (PSEECS). In that capacity, he co-chaired an annual conference which brought together the Penn State EE/CS community (students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners) to discuss latest trends in in the field. He currently mentors undergraduate electrical engineering students and serves as an Alumni Admissions Volunteer, representing Penn State at college fairs in the Atlanta area, where he and his wife reside.
Upon graduating from Penn State, Chet was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. After his military service as a nuclear project officer, he launched his engineering career, spending many years leading telecommunications network and service R&D (Research and Development) teams at AT&T, AT&T Labs, Bell South, and Bell Labs. After retiring from corporate life in 2008, Chet maintained a part-time consulting business.
Chet’s consulting activities included serving as external technical advisor for a European Union Project, “Second Generation Locator for Urban Search and Rescue,” whose purpose was to employ the latest technology in locating victims of natural disasters. That work required persuasively documenting potential improvements in designs and plans prepared by a consortium of European corporations and academic institutions which developed a prototype system.
Chet earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at Penn State, an MS in Electrical Engineering at Stanford, and an MS in Management from Pace University. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (EE), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering), Phi Kappa Phi (academic), and Quarterdeck (NROTC) honor societies and is inventor or co-inventor of 45 patents. More information is available in his LinkedIn profile.
Andrew currently works for Parsons. He has held a number of roles in engineering and EPCM consulting companies over the last 30+ years; he credits clear and effective communication as the catalysts for his mobility, both horizontally and vertically. He has held both technical and business management roles, domestically and internationally, in the areas of engineering, contracts, finance, accounting, HR, safety, and quality.
As a guest speaker, Andrew is most interested in focusing on career communication topics related to job search, reading and interpreting position requests, resumes, cover letters, interview tips, and working in global teams. He is open to answering any questions from students and wandering in any of the directions toward which they are interested in steering the conversation. Because Andrew lives in South Carolina and works in North Carolina, he joins classes remotely via video conferencing.