Board of Directors
Gary Tewksbury, Chairperson
Gary recently retired from Procter & Gamble after 38 years as a Project Engineer. He currently serves as the Chairman for the Zoning Hearing Board for Washington Township. Gary also serves as an Eucharistic Minister at the Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock. He is married to his wife Ruth of 45 years and together they have 2 daughters, Kristin and Sara and 2 grandchildren, Elliott and Sierra. In his spare time, Gary enjoys cross country skiing, restoration of steamer trunks, fishing, researching the Battle of Gettysburg and Pickett’s Charge Diorama.
Bill Pratt, Vice Chairperson
Bill was born in the town of Nicholson in Wyoming County. At a young age, his family moved to Tunkhannock where he currently resides in the house that he helped construct. Bill graduated from the Johnson School of Technology, now known as Johnson College, with a degree in Machine Tool Technology. After graduating, he worked in the Tool and Die department at Chamberlain Army Ammunition Plant and Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) as a Locomotive Maintenance Manager. Bill also attended the University of Scranton and Luzerne County Community College while working as a Manufacturing Engineer for General Dynamics Land Systems and later Dorr - Oliver Company. After 20 years as the Customer Solutions Director for the P.A. Hutchison Company, the 15th largest volume book manufacturing company in North America, Bill retired in 2015. Bill was also voted as a Senior Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1995. Since retirement, Bill volunteers heavily in our local community. Currently he serves as a board member of the friends of Howland Preserve, is an active member of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, member of a local fitness gym, and also volunteers at our local soup kitchen. In his spare time, Bill likes to kayak and spend time with his wife of over 50 years and their 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Greg Kissell, Treasurer
Greg is a retired lineman from Penelec after 39 years of service. Over the course of his career with Penelec, he received several promotions retiring as a Distribution Specialist Supervisor. He currently resides in Lake Carey with his wife Debbie of 37 years and together, they have a son Jordan.
Carol Ziomek, Secretary
Dr. Ziomek, a resident of Eaton Township, was born and raised in Plymouth, PA. A graduate of St. Vincent’s High School, she earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre. She earned her Ph.D. in Biology from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and spent two summers doing embryological research at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Labs in Woods Hole, MA. Dr. Ziomek then did her post-graduate research in embryology in the Dept of Anatomy at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. Upon her return to the US, Dr. Ziomek accepted a staff position at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, where for 8 years her laboratory pursued research in embryology and was recipient of several major competitive research grants from the National Institutes of Health. In 1990, she joined Genzyme Corporation’s transgenic animal program and in 1993 became a founding member of Genzyme spin-off, GTC Biotherapeutics and Vice President of Development. While at GTC, she was part of the team that achieved the first approval in the world of a human therapeutic protein produced in the milk of genetically engineered animals. After 20 years at GTC, Dr. Ziomek took early retirement and moved back to PA, where she was a part-time project-specific technical & regulatory consultant to rEVO Biologics, Inc (formerly GTC Biotherapeutics) until the end of 2014. She is Secretary for the Tunkhannock Rotary Club and a Rotary District 7410 Foundation Committee member. She enjoys traveling, attending plays and concerts, appreciates gemstones and jewelry, is an accredited jewelry professional (AJP) and has completed the Colored Stones Course from the Gemological Institute of America.
Vera Walline, Board Member
Vera Walline, MPH, RMCHES is a public health education professional with 40 years of experience in areas as diverse as Scotland, Philadelphia, Israel, and Northeast Pennsylvania. A native of Dallas, PA, she was educated at Bryn Mawr College and Yale University School of Public Health. Returning to the region in 1990, she served as Education Director at Tyler Memorial Hospital and Executive Director of the NEPA Area Health Education Center. Since retiring in 2014, serves on the Graduate Nursing Advisory Board of the University of Scranton, and is the representative of the Baha’i Community of NEPA on the Scranton Area Ministerium. Ms. Walline manages a multi-generational household in Lake Winola, with David, her husband of almost 50 years, daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.
Lee Piatt, Board Member
Mr. Piatt is a preeminent business lawyer in Northeastern Pennsylvania who has helped businesses of all sizes, succeed in all aspects of their business endeavors—from formation to mergers, acquisitions, leases and commercial agreements, legal compliance and more. With a practice emphasis in the Northern Tier, Mr. Piatt works from the Firm’s Tunkhannock office, as well as from its main Wilkes-Barre office, and is available to meet clients at either location by prior appointment. On a regular basis, he assists entrepreneurs in starting and organizing business organizations, including helping them choose the proper legal entity, drafting functional internal bylaws and rules, and preparing appropriate owner agreements to assure smooth management and means for dissolution or transfer of ownership. He also helps individual business owners resolve disputes with their co-owners or various entities in which they hold ownership. His clients include religious and civic nonprofit organizations which he helps create and amend bylaws, avoid conflicts of interest and other legal liabilities, obtain charitable status for Federal Income Tax purposes, and generally protect members, directors, and officers against personal liability. In addition, he regularly assists family businesses with their succession planning and individual and corporate borrowers in lending transactions, including the issuance of opinions as principal borrower’s counsel and as Pennsylvania counsel for transactions in other states. Mr. Piatt is a Past Chair of the Business Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and is Past (founding) Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Shale Energy Law Committee. With the Business Law Section, he has been active in task forces charged with writing Pennsylvania Corporate Laws, providing standards for issuance of legal opinions, and proposing change to Pennsylvania Business Sales Tax Law. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate with highest honors of William and Mary, Mr. Piatt received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Cathy Franko, Board Member
Cathy Franko is a lifelong resident of Tunkhannock, graduated from Tunkhannock Area High School in 1986, and continued her education on the Scranton campus of Lackawanna College receiving degrees in Business Science and Education. Cathy spent the majority of her professional career working in the field of education starting as the Tutoring Coordinator at Lackawanna College, Title I Reading Assistant at Tunkhannock Area School District, and HANDS of Wyoming County Parents as Teachers Educator and Kindergarten Transition Coordinator. HANDS of Wyoming County’s Board of Directors selected Cathy Franko as the candidate to fill the position of Executive Director for the non-profit organization in 2015 where she is currently employed. Cathy actively serves on the Luzerne/Wyoming County Early Intervention Inclusion Committee, Wyoming County Children & Youth Advisory Board, Trehab Vision Team Advisory Board, Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women’s Club, Luzerne/ Wyoming County Head Start Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts/HSSAP Advisory Committee, Lackawanna Trail Comprehensive Planning Committee and Tunkhannock Area School District Transition Team. Cathy and her husband, Jeffery, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in October. They are proud parents of twins, Colin and Gracie.
Barbara Buxton, Board Member
Barb moved to Tunkhannock in July of 2014 with her husband who was appointed as pastor to the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. She is a registered nurse and has worked as a mental health nurse for 32 years. She received her BSN from Albright College, an MSN from Wilkes University, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently is an associate professor at the University of Scranton and teaches Mental Health Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, Perspectives of Nursing, and Nursing Ethics. She also works one day a week as a therapist/clinical nurse specialist with Dr. Mark Saxon in West Wyoming. Barb serves on the Behavioral Health Initiative at the Commonwealth Medical College and is active in the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. She and her husband have 3 adult children who live in other areas of PA. She and her husband enjoy kayaking, hiking, camping, traveling, and attending movies at the Dietrich Theatre in Tunkhannock.
Shealynn Shave, Executive Director
Shealynn is a graduate of Elk Lake High School and Keystone College where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications. Shealynn joined the Wyoming County Community Health Foundation in June 2012 as the Foundation’s Assistant and just recently was promoted to Executive Director. She oversees all events and programs that the Foundation is involved in. In addition to working part time at the Wyoming County Community Health Foundation, Shealynn currently works part time for another local non profit. She and her husband Reed currently reside in Montrose. In her spare time, she enjoys trips to New York City as well as spending time with her family.
Stop the Bleed Program
Over 60 Lackawanna Trail teachers participated and were trained in a Stop the Bleed Initiative on Friday, October 11, 2019 during a teacher in-session day. The initiative is a collaborative effort amongst the Wyoming County Community Health Foundation (WCCHF), Commonwealth Health Tyler Memorial Hospital and Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre […]
FoodPlay is coming to town!
Schools around the country are teaming up with FOODPLAY to empower children with the skills they need to take charge of growing up healthy and fit. FOODPLAY, a national award-winning theater show promoting healthy eating and exercise habits, will be bringing its cast of colorful characters, fantastic feats of juggling, motivating messages, music, magic, […]
Shingles Vaccination Clinic Donation
The Wyoming County Community Health Foundation, formerly Tyler Health Partnership, donated $6,000 to Tyler Memorial Hospital for confuting a shingles vaccination clinic for Wyoming County residents. Approximately 40 local residents received the vaccination at no cost during the one-day clinic, which was a follow-up to a two-day clinic held in November 2013 where more than […]
The Foodplay Production was FANTASTIC! -- Suzanne Young, 3rd grade teacher at Roslund Elementary
Wyoming County Community Health Foundation's Golf Tournament
What's been happening at the Foundation this year?!
Recent Grant Awards
Tunkhannock Ambulance Association - QCPR Training Equipment Expansion
Tunkhannock Public Library - Snack Chat Program
Health Family Partnership - Car Seat Safety Program
Rural Health Corporation - Pediatric Dental Digital Sensor
Patriots Cove - Caregivers Program
Q & A
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