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.

Amanda Brodecki, 2021

dental hygiene

Amanda married Steven Birkmire '16, heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology, on Sept. 3, 2023. Amanda works as a dental hygienist in Bensalem, and Steven is a pipe fitter for Amtrak in Bear, Del. They reside in Croydon.

Ryan Enders, 2013

aviation technology and technology management

Ryan is an aviation accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. Responsible for investigating the probable cause of general aviation aircraft accidents, he is one of 15 on the East Coast who respond to aircraft accidents as the investigator in charge.. They handle all fatal/serious injury and substantial-damage events. Aircraft can range from hot air balloons to private jets. He holds a Master of Science in Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration, both from Embry-Riddle. He resides in Mifflinburg.

Anthony Rang, 2004

forest technology

Anthony is a forester for Pixelle Specialty Solutions, a manufacturer of specialty papers. He resides in Spring Grove.

Lisa Vollman, 2023

business administration: management

Lisa is a senior manager for CleanSlate Centers. She manages daily operations of three Pennsylvania locations. She resides in Williamsport.


Kayla Billheim, 2023

nursing LPN-RN

Kayla is an RN for Geisinger Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She resides in Allenwood.

Brandon Spencer, 2023

engineering design technology

Brandon is a mechanical design engineer for CNHI. He resides in North Wales, Pa.

Lance Lepley, 2009

civil engineering technology

Lance is a civil engineer (bridges) for PennDOT. He resides in Williamsport.

Katrina Grado, 2013

culinary arts technology

Katrina is an assistant food service administrator for the Bureau of Prisons. She was named Correctional Worker of the Quarter and resides in Montoursville.

Michael Betz, 2016

heating, ventilation & air conditioning design technology

Michael is a plumbing engineer for James Posey Associates. He designs commercial and institutional plumbing infrastructure and oversees installation. He resides in Owings Mills, Md.

J. Michael Wilkins, 1980

general studies

Michael's family reports that he died on Aug. 11, 2023, at the age of 69. He was a licensed professional counselor at Glade Run Lutheran Services in Zelienople. He resided in New Castle.


Amanda (Ritter) Zimmerman, 2023

building science and sustainable design: architectural technology

Amanda is a head architectural technician and project manager for JENA Engineering. She married Eli Zimmerman on June 3, 2023. They recently bought a home in Macungie.

Ernest Irvin, 1974

business management and accounting

Ernest is retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (then the Department Public Welfare) and served in the U.S. Air Force and Army Reserves. He resides in New Berlin.

Emily Witherow, 2023

building construction technology and concrete science technology

Emily is employed by Armitage Interiors. She resides in Perkasie.


Ryan DiRienzo, 2022

plastics & polymer engineering technology

Ryan is a technical service process engineer for Solvay-Cytec Group. He married Izabel Ramer '21, business management, on Oct. 14, 2023. They reside in Ridgefield, Conn.

April (Brought) Bryer, 2015


April is a resource intensive care RN for UPMC Williamsport. She holds Critical Care Registered Nurse certification. She resides in Milton and welcomed her second son, Pierce, in February 2023. He joins brother, Griffin.

Clayton Gummo, 2016

electrical occupations

Clayton is a maintenance supervisor, overseeing maintenance and facilities needs across Texas A&M University athletics and recreation facilities. He supervises a crew of 25 tradesmen and maintenance technicians to perform over $4 million in maintenance. He is employed by SSC Services for Education. He received a Texas A&M Athletic Department award for service and dedication to the department. After his Penn College graduation, he worked as an electrical contractor and general contractor. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in sports management from Lock Haven University. He also worked in grounds maintenance for Penn State Athletics, as well as with NFL and NCAA championships. He resides in College Station, Texas.

Nathan Lott, 2011

welding and fabrication engineering technology

Nathan is an application engineer for ESAB Welding and Cutting. He runs the day-to-day operations of the application engineering lab in Hanover, developing procedures for end users. He is married, has two children and resides in Parkton, Md.


Joan Barnickel, 2003

manufacturing engineering technology

Joan is a production engineer for Fibox. She resides in Linthicum Heights, Md.

Nathan Lavallee, 2020

building automation technology: heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology concentration

Nate is an HVAC/electrical/plumbing maintenance mechanic for Penn College. He resides in Loganton.

Nick Henning, 2022

human services & restorative justice

Nick is a reentry coordinator for GEO Reentry Services. He meets with individuals facing incarceration and helps to set them up with resources and appointments for a successful transition back into the community. He resides in Williamsport.

Elena Girio, 2020

applied human services

Elena is a case manager for The GEO Group. She resides in Williamsport.

Ian Hoffman, 2013

ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis

Ian is an assistant with landscaping and fence installation for Hoffman Landscape and Fence. He resides in Bradford.

Troy Stair, 2019

welding and fabrication engineering technology

Troy is a technical support regional applications engineer for Fronius USA. He provides technical welding support to all Fronius customers in the U.S. Southeast. He also holds an associate degree in automotive restoration technology from Penn College (2016). He resides in Rock Spring, Ga.

Gregory Solyak, 2011

automotive technology management

Gregory is a body shop director for Preston Automotive Group. He resides in Berlin, Md.

Diane Shaheen, 1988

individual studies

Diane completed a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies: business and leadership on Aug. 31, 2023. She resides in Lee, Mass.

Howard Minnick, 1970

electronics technology

Howard is retired and resides in Harrisburg.

Dennis Leber, 1971

electrical construction

Dennis retired in 2017 from the U.S. House of Representatives as a senior systems network engineer. He was also a research technician and engineer for AMP Inc. He resides in York.

Kelly (Poff) Bogle, 2005

business administration: management

Kelly is a Starbucks store manager. She resides in Milton.

Eric Herr, 1988

building construction technology

Eric is owner/realtor/property manager for Lighthouse Real Estate. He resides in Gap.

Matthew Nichols, 1967

automotive technology

Matthew is retired from Mack Trucks. He has been married since 1972, has two grandsons and four great-grandchildren and is enjoying retirement in Lehighton.

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