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Meet the Team

Our organization is comprised of dedicated and passionate staff and volunteer board members from our area school districts, industry, and nonprofit leaders.

Foundation Staff

Chris Berleth
Acting Director

Chris joined The Foundation in August 2022, and immediately began to serve in a support capacity for Leadership Central Penn and youth programs.  Prior to joining the Foundation and the Chamber, Chris served as Executive Director of Leadership Susquehanna Valley for six years in his capacity as Executive Director of Membership and Leadership at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber in Shamokin Dam, PA. A father of two young children, Chris is passionate about assisting educators and parents in providing critical assets to improve student performance, connect them with local industries, and develop a culture and population that supports our region, making the Columbia and Montour Counties a better place to live, work, and play. Chris is a 2023 graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Business Leads Fellowship, a 2015 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, and holds a B.A. in Political Science and French from Gettysburg College.  He can be reached at


Foundation Board of Directors

Bruce Schlichter


Dean Girton
Girton Manufacturing


James Geffken
Benton School District


Wendy Kupsky
Berwick School District


Michelle Prybyla
Bloomsburg School District


Curtis Funkhouser
Columbia Montour Vo-Tech


Molly Nied
Danville School District


Joe Rasmus
Millville School District

Jeff Groshek
Central Columbia School District


Chris Stamatedes
PPL Electric Utilities


Jim Becker
Southern Columbia School District


Chris Berleth
Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce


Kara Seesholtz
Central Susquehanna Community Foundation


Hope Lineman
Commonwealth University


Sean Stabler

School District Partners

School districts across Columbia and Montour counties partner with the Foundation on a variety of student programs.  Connect with these districts here:

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