Class Notes

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.

William Robertson, 2010

automated manufacturing technology

William is a journeyman tool and die maker/craftsperson for B. Braun Medical Inc., where he maintains plastic injection molds that make medical products for hospitals. He traveled to the company's Germany locations for a four-month learning experience. He resides in Palmerton.

Heather Hughes, 1994

architectural technology

Heather is an architectural designer for Publix Super Markets. She resides in Lakeland, Fla.

Jessie (Hinds) Burchfield, 2005

business administration: management

Jessie is a senior reimbursement manager for UPMC Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice. She and her team of 12 manage cash control and remittance processing for seven business units. She resides in Altoona.

Steven Thompson, 2014

emergency medical services

Steven is a paramedic for Geisinger Medical Center. He resides in Muncy.


Edward Noyes III, 1981

electronics technology

Edward is the southcentral regional director of engineering for Cumulus Media, a radio broadcasting company. An employee of the company for 34 years, he serves as the chief engineer and IT director for five radio stations in Columbia, S.C., and supervises the chief engineers and IT directors in nine other markets. He resides in Lexington, S.C.

Geri (Dorley) Kern, 1998

paramedic technology

Geri is a paramedic for Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, one of the largest, busiest volunteer fire departments in the U.S. She resides in Tomball, Texas.

Lon Baker, 1977

construction carpentry

Lon retired as a senior foreman after 39 years of work for National Fuel Gas, where he supervised employees at a distribution facility that supplied natural gas to 7,500 customers in western Pennsylvania. "My education at WACC was a benefit in my employment at National Fuel," he said. He resides in Marble.

Jared Hoover, 2006

construction management

Jared is a project manager for Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. He resides in Baltimore.

Ashley Irish, 2017

applied human services

Ashley is an intervention specialist for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, where she provides crisis counseling and comprehensive information and resource referrals. She resides in Tampa, Fla.


Rebecca Knee, 2017

surgical technology

Rebecca is a certified surgical technologist for UPMC Susquehanna. She resides in South Williamsport.

Kristen (Cook) Yankowy, 2007

graphic design

Kristen is a graphic designer for U.S. Foods, designing menus for restaurants of all sizes and types, nationwide. Her design work has won awards from Graphic Design USA, the American Advertising Federation and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. She resides in Allentown.

Ryan Yura, 2002

cabinetmaking and millwork

Ryan is the lead carpenter for The Lawrenceville School, a private boarding and day school in New Jersey. He's also an active beekeeper at the school's farm and owns an apiary. He resides in Morrisville.

Michael Cantellops, 2009

building automation technology

Michael is an engineer in field test data services for Southwestern Energy. He and his wife, Melissa (Frank), '14, nursing, reside in Towanda.

Briana (Sheehan) Pereira, 2016

engineering CAD technology

Briana married Carlos Pereira, '16, diesel technician, on June 2, 2018. They reside in Reading.

Kayla Kehres, 2010

forest technology

Kayla is an urban/recreation service forester for the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, serving several counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. She resides in Boyertown.

Ryan Boutwell, 2007

collision repair technology

Ryan is a senior training delivery specialist for Erie Insurance, training material damage adjusters across the country in estimating, collision repair procedures, damage analysis and more.

Christina Spenner, 2017

health arts: practical nursing

Christina is an LPN for Interim HealthCare, responsible for pediatric home health care. She resides in Muncy.

Erick Speer, 2002

welding and fabrication engineering technology

Erick is an assistant operations manager/welding engineer for Custom Engineering Co. He resides in Grove City.

Daniel Yost, 2002

electronics engineering technology

Daniel is an automation support manager for Red Lion Controls. He resides in Manheim.

Miranda (Fink) Simon, 2015


Miranda is an RN for UPMC Susquehanna. She resides in South Williamsport.

Timothy Weaver, 2011

emergency medical services

Tim resides in Gamble Township and is employed by UPMC Susquehanna as a paramedic platoon chief. He also enjoys teaching future emergency medical technicians at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He was named the Susquehanna Regional EMS Paramedic of the Year in 2013 and the Lycoming County Paramedic of the Year in 2013 and 2018. He holds a bachelor's degree in emergency management and a master's degree in health care administration, both from University of Phoenix.

Richard Hornberger, 2004

computer information technology: data communications and networking

Richard is the IT director of infrastructure and operational solutions for Phoenix Contact. He is pursuing a doctorate in business administration from University of Maryland University College. He resides in Mechanicsburg.

Sandy (Walizer) Wolford, 1989


Sandy is an MRI technologist for St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. She resides in Big Timber, Mont.

Daniel Richner, 2016

manufacturing engineering technology

Daniel is a manufacturing engineer for Dresser-Rand, part of Siemens Power and Gas. He resides in Port Allegany.

Jodi (Wentzel) Reilly, 1998

graphic design

Jodi is an office administrator and market researcher for the National Golf Foundation. She adopted four children, all siblings, via Florida's foster care system. They reside in Loxahatchee, Fla.


Anthony Peachey, 2009

business administration: marketing

Anthony is a product manager for Construction Specialties. He and wife, Hannah (Yates), '10, accounting, welcomed their second son, Carson, in January 2019. They reside in Muncy.


Kimberly Filko, 2014

graphic design

Kimberly is a UI/UX designer for Blackboard. She designs websites for K-12 school districts around the country. She resides in Davenport, Fla.

Scott Mondock, 1986

service and operation of heavy construction equipment

Scott is the assistant director of campus safety for Elmira College. He resides in Lawrenceville.

Benjamin Rehmeyer, 2014

electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis

Benjamin is an automation engineer for Multi-Dimensional Integration. He resides in York.

Vincent Beck, 1963

electronics technology

Vincent retired from Eaton Corp. after 29 years in its research department, where he was a materials test lab engineering supervisor. At Eaton, he helped to design electronic cruise control and auto emissions controls. In earlier work for RCA, he was part of the launch crew - working in communications - for NASA's Mercury MR-3 and MR-4 missions in 1961, which launched astronauts Alan Shepard and Virgil "Gus" Grissom, respectively, into suborbital flight. He resides in Battle Creek, Mich.

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