Five new members - John Burkhart, Sabina Grant-Spencer, David Manbeck, Loan Ngô, and David Swartz - have joined the all-volunteer board of directors of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The group began their three-year term on January 1, 2014.
John Burkhart is Director, Global Supply Chain Innovation & Sourcing, for The Hershey Company. He is responsible for developing and implementing supply chain solutions for new product commercialization and driving product sourcing strategies across Hershey’s global network, which includes 17 manufacturing plants and more than 50 co-manufacturing partners. Burkhart joined Hershey in December 2000, and has held a variety of operations and supply chain roles. Prior to his current position, Burkhart was Senior Manager, Global Operations Strategy, where he was responsible for developing and driving long-term supply chain optimization strategies and leading supply chain merger and acquisition integrations. Burkhart holds a bachelor’s degree in management science and quantitative methods from Lock Haven University.
Sabina Grant-Spencer is the Principal of Sara Lindemuth/Anna Carter Primary School is the Susquehanna Township School District. She has worked in the Susquehanna Township School District since 2004, serving as an Assistant Principal and a Principal at Sara Lindemuth/Anna Carter Primary school since 2009 where she plans, supervises and directs the overall activities of the elementary school with approximately 640 students, 75 faculty and staff members. Grant-Spencer holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hofstra University, M.S. in Elementary Education, Brooklyn College and Certificate in Administrative Studies, Hofstra University. In addition, Grant-Spencer has received Pennsylvania State Principal Certification (K-12), Pennsylvania Instructional II Certificate Elementary Education, New York State Certificate in Administrative Studies and New York State Permanent Certificate Elementary Education. She also serves on the boards of directors for PFSA.
Dave Manbeck is a Manager at Boyer & Ritter and has 15 years of experience in providing auditing, accounting and tax services to governmental and charitable organizations, community foundations, and other not-for-profit organizations. Dave is key member of the firm’s Not-for-Profit and Government Services Groups and has significant experience servicing clients with Single Audit Act requirements. Dave’s practice areas include managing, developing, implementing and reviewing engagement work plans in order to successfully complete audits; performing and reviewing audit procedures to gain sufficient knowledge to support the audit opinion; preparation and review of clients’ financial statements; and providing advice, information and research to clients to assist in their management responsibilities. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science Degree – Business Administration from Bloomsburg University. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and Maryland and is a graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Class of 2011. Dave is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and is a past board member and treasurer for Family Support of Central PA.
Loan Ngô comes to us from the Greater Hartford County Foodshare in Connecticut, where she served as a board member from 2011 through 2013. During that time, she also served as a member of the Strategic Implementation Committee then on the Finance Committee before moving to Pennsylvania in September 2013 to join Harsco Metals & Minerals as Vice President of Continuous Improvement. Loan’s expertise is in process design and process improvement in both manufacturing and service companies, and her passion is in helping others to gain self-sufficiency. Loan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with focus on Aerospace from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an Executive MBA from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with focus on strategy and organization design, an M.S. in Management with focus on Finance from Rensselaer @ Hartford, and an M.S. in Management with focus on manufacturing operations/engineering from Kettering University.
David Swartz is the Director of the Penn State Extension offices in Carlisle, Dauphin and New Bloomfield. Penn State Extension is an educational outreach program of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Dave has worked for Penn State Extension for 30 years in a variety of positions in south-central and southeast Pennsylvania. In addition to his leadership and administrative duties with Extension, Dave is well known around the state for his agricultural market economic outlook seminars. These educational programs are adapted to either a food producer or a consumer audience, and link trends in food production and international trade to farm gate prices and grocery checkout line prices. Dave is also a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Mifflintown and serves as chairman of the board’s audit committee. He is a member of the Church of the Living Christ, Loysville, where he serves as vice-chair of the church council and chair of the finance committee. Dave holds an M.S. in ruminant nutrition and a B.S. in dairy science with a minor in agricultural education from Penn State University.
In addition to the new board appointees, Tanya Comedy, Nationwide Insurance, is the new President of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank board after serving two years as Secretary and, most recently, as Vice President of the board. She replaces outgoing President, Joel Hopkins, whose six-year term ended. John MacDonald, GIANT Food Stores, is the incoming Vice President of the board. The Food Bank would also like to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of the other board members who have completed their six-year terms; Sean Connolly, Charles Linn, John Linnenbach, Matt Schlosser and Don Roth.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Board of Directors is comprised of a maximum of 24 community volunteers that meet bi-monthly and are responsible for the management of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s business and fiscal affairs. Each board member may serve a maximum of two three-year terms on the board. With the addition of these five board members, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank board has 20 board members in place at this time.