Institutional Advancement
Staff

Barry R. Stiger
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Barry R. Stiger

Barry Stiger came to Penn College in 2000 after spending 25 years in the banking industry. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Kutztown State College and a Master’s of Business Administration from Bloomsburg University. As Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Barry is responsible for the advancement of Penn College and oversees the areas of alumni relations, annual giving, corporate relations, the Penn College Foundation, and Special Events.

Robert C. Dietrich
Executive Director of the Penn College Foundation

Robert C. Dietrich

Robb joined the Institutional Advancement team in 2008. Prior to Penn College, professional positions held include Director of Resource Development and Communications at the Lycoming County United Way and Sports Information Director at Lycoming College. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Westminster College and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Penn State University. As Executive Director of the Penn College Foundation, Robb works with the 39-member Foundation Board of Directors to secure financial and other support necessary to assist the College in achieving its mission; primarily through generating scholarship support for students. Personally, Robb enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing a round on the golf course, food and wine tastings, and following Pittsburgh professional sports teams.

Valerie L. Fessler
Annual Giving Specialist

Valerie Fessler

Valerie joined the Institutional Advancement team in 2009. Her professional experience includes serving as Development Officer of Direct Marketing and Children’s Miracle Network Coordinator at Geisinger Health System and Assistant Director of Development at Bloomsburg University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Master’s in Business Education, both from Bloomsburg University. In her annual giving role, Valerie is responsible to develop and lead a comprehensive annual appeal program to support the Penn College Fund and other special initiatives. Personally, Valerie enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with her daughter and two yellow Labradors.

Debra M. Miller
Director of Corporate Relations

Debra M. Miller

Debbie joined the Institutional Advancement team in 2004. Prior to Penn College, Debbie served as Manager of Program and Scholarship Services for the Williamsport-Lycoming Community Foundation/First Community Foundation of PA. She attended Williamsport Area Community College and received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University in Indianapolis. As Director of Corporate Relations, Debbie is committed to developing and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with business and industry to increase support for Penn College and enhance the educational opportunities for Penn College students. Personally, she enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Myra K. Shaffer
Institutional Advancement/Foundation Assistant

Myra K. Shaffer

Myra began her Penn College career in 1989 serving as secretary/bookkeeper for the Penn College Foundation. In her current position as Institutional Advancement and Foundation Assistant, Myra provides technical and database support for the Institutional Advancement team. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management from Williamsport Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University.

Tammy M. Rich
Director of Alumni Relations

Tammy M. Rich

Tammy became a part of the Institutional Advancement team in 2014. Previously, she worked at Lock Haven University for 14 years serving as the Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events and with the Lock Haven University Foundation as the Director of Annual Giving. She earned her doctoral degree in organization and management, management education, from Capella University in 2012 as well as a post-master's certificate in college teaching from Capella in 2009. She attained a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2006, a bachelor's degree in marketing and management from Northwood University in 1994. As Director of Alumni Relations, Tammy's primary responsibility is to develop and implement programs and activities to engage alumni and retirees in the life of Penn College. Personally, Tammy enjoys reading, cross-stitching and spending time with her family.

Becky J. Shaner
Alumni Relations Specialist

Becky J. Shaner

Becky started her Penn College career as an Admissions Representative in 2004. Two years later, she joined the Institutional Advancement team. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Penn College. As Alumni Relations Assistant, Becky is responsible for increasing alumni engagement. She coordinates alumni events including Homecoming and reunions and is responsible for electronic communication to alumni. Personally, she enjoys running, scrapbooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Denise R. Miller
Institutional Advancement Secretary

Denise R. Miller

Denise joined the Institutional Advancement team in 2008 after starting her Penn College career in 2000 with the Technology Transfer Center, now Workforce Development and Continuing Education. Denise received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Administration from Penn College in 1993.  Denise provides administrative support for the Director of Corporate Relations, Executive Director of the Penn College Foundation, and the Assistant to Institutional Advancement and Foundation. She also assists Alumni Relations as needed. She serves as the Recording Secretary on the Elections and Communications Committee at the College. Personally, Denise loves spending time with her two children and being outdoors.

Marilyn L. Palmer
Secretary to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Marilyn L. Palmer

Marilyn started her Penn College career in 1990 and has over 40 years of secretarial experience. She joined the Institutional Advancement team in 2000 as Secretary to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Marilyn assists the vice president as well as other Institutional Advancement staff members with a variety of projects. She inputs data, processes gifts, and sends follow-up correspondence to our constituents. Marilyn also acts as the office receptionist, greeting visitors to our department. In her personal life, she enjoys watercolor painting, reading suspense thrillers, hiking, and swimming. She is a member of the West End Youth Commission, the Friends of the James V. Brown Library, and LAPS.

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