Class Notes shares the achievements and milestones of alumni of Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors, Williamsport Area Community College and Williamsport Technical Institute. Share your story.

Kenneth Rounds, 2021

building automation technology

Kenneth is a fire alarm engineer 2 for M.C. Dean Inc., responsible for designing and programming large new-construction and existing fire alarm systems. He resides in Stafford, Va.


Andy Seyler, 1985

electronics technology

Andy resides in Mount Airy, Md.

David Stanley, 1982

radiologic technology

David retired from GE Healthcare as an advanced product specialist, magnetic resonance. He resides in Palm Bay, Fla.

Steven McClain, 1979

technical illustration

Steven is retired and resides in Holiday, Fla.

Juliette (Yeager) Finley, 2010

physical fitness specialist

Juliette is a therapeutic nutrition specialist-outpatient for Abbott Laboratories. She is a medical sales representative for outpatient nutrition in primary care, oncology, bariatric surgery and wound management. She resides in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and welcomed a daughter, Chandler Larue Finley, in August 2021.

Thomas Leitzel, 1976

business management

Thomas is president of South Florida State College. He also holds a bachelor's from Lycoming College, a master's from Temple University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech, with additional graduate studies at University of Maryland and Penn State. He resides in Sebring, Fla.


Scott Morgan, 2004

computer information technology: data communications and networking

Scott is a career and technical education specialist for the Highlands County School Board. His responsibilities include career and technical education curriculum, budgeting, grant writing, and program support and expansion. He resides in Lake Placid, Fla.

Samantha (Kelly) Mendez, 2001

early childhood education

Samantha is a homemaker, busy running her household and caring for her family. She resides in Palm Coast, Fla.

Gerald Alkire, 1960

electronics technology

Gerald retired from Westinghouse as a project engineer who designed, built and serviced large-turbine generators. He has five U.S. patents related to the work. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. "The electronics education I received at Williamsport Technical Institute enhanced my electrical engineering career," he said. That career spanned 50-plus years with Westinghouse and Siemens. He has been married for 60 years and has one son and one granddaughter. He resides in Winter Garden, Fla.

Karen (Shriver) Pesillo, 1979

dental hygiene

Karen is retired and resides in Naples, Fla.

Matthew Gramley, 2003

electronics technology: computer automation maintenance

Matthew is a senior broadcast systems engineer for HSN (formerly known as the Home Shopping Network). He resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.


Austin Fulton, 2018

graphic design

Austin is a creative manager for the Florida Panthers NHL team, overseeing and maintaining the team's brand. He resides in Plantation, Fla.

Garret Phipps, 2000

electronics technology: industrial process control

Garret is a maintenance manager for Hydro Extrusions. He resides in St. Augustine, Fla.

James Zbick, 1971


James retired as an associate editor for the Times News, in Lehighton. He continues, in retirement, as a conservative opinion writer. He received a Keystone Press Award in 2014 for special projects. He recently moved from southwest Florida to southwest Missouri, where he plans to open and curate The Faith, Family & Country Heritage Museum, a new attraction in Branson, Mo., that highlights the nation's past. He resides in Blue Eye, Mo.

Heather Hughes, 1994

architectural technology

Heather is a senior architectural designer for Publix Supermarkets. She resides in Lakeland, Fla., with her husband, Doug Hughes (formerly Doug Updyke) '94, welding. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and are the parents of a 20-year-old son.

Ashley Irish, 2017

applied human services

Ashley is a school social worker for Pasco County Schools. She resides in Brandon, Fla.

Ray Kanapesky, 2009

aviation maintenance technology

Ray is a senior customer program manager for GE Aerospace. He resides in Fruit Cove, Fla.

Travis Williams, 2010

business administration: management

Travis is a production manager for Dart Container Corp. He resides in Davenport, Fla.

Richard Littley, 1980

electrical construction

Richard is a technical training and compliance officer for Legoland Florida Resort. He handles compliance and training for the technical teams for the rides, facilities, landscape, model shop, sign shop and hotel maintenance. He resides in Winter Haven, Fla.


Jeffrey Finke, 1987

building construction technology

Jeffrey owns JF Construction & Consulting Services LLC. He assists public entities with forensic accounting to assess damages and identify eligible emergency, recovery and mitigation costs and projects, obtaining and administering federal disaster declaration grants. He resides in Ocala, Fla.

Mark Butler, 2004

computer information technology: data communications and networking

Mark works in desktop support for Envision Healthcare, supporting the company's IT equipment. He resides in Coconut Creek, Fla.

Charissa Blouch, 2011

advertising art

Charissa has been a self-employed graphic designer since 2016. She offers graphic design, website design and social media management. She resides in New Port Richey, Fla.

Kenneth Fronheiser, 1999

surveying technology and civil engineering technology

Kenneth is director of strategic integration and technology for Keystone Precision Solutions. He resides in Mertztown.

Howard White Jr., 1966

toolmaking technician

Howard is retired and resides in Newburg.

Alex Zelger, 2019

welding and fabrication engineering technology

Alex is a team leader, welding engineering, for Johnson Controls Navy Systems. He resides in Red Lion.

Kenneth Howanitz, 1978

construction carpentry

Kenneth is retired and resides in Shickshinny.

Heather (Wetmore) Kennedy, 1996

architectural technology

Kennedy is an administrative assistant for Central Wayne Regional Authority. She resides in Honesdale.

Joseph Gantt, 1994

heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology

Joseph owns Gantt Services. He resides in Shermans Dale.

Christopher Bajek, 2022

welding & fabrication engineering technology

Christopher is a segment specialist for Fronius USA, serving customers and providing robot programming/integration. He resides in Chesterton, Ind.

Jessica (Larson) Lehman, 2017

physician assistant

Jessica is a PA for Delaware Cardiovascular Associates. She resides in Dover, Del., where she and husband, Harry IV '09, welding technology, own the general contracting firm Flatlander Inc. They have two daughters.

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