WACC Alumna Recounts Multifaceted Career During Return to College

Published 11.11.2013

Alumni News

Rosemary D. Neidig talks with college employees Jennifer L. Whitmoyer (left) and Jaimee L. Kopp.A successful alumna, back at her alma materRosemary D. Neidig recently returned to campus to share her inspiring story during a professional-development session for Classified employees at Penn College. Neidig was a nontraditional student when she enrolled at Williamsport Area Community College in 1975; two years later, she earned an associate degree in accounting that allowed her to move from a front-desk receptionist's position to become Lycoming County's first director of child support enforcement. She continued toward a master's degree while working full time and, after graduation from Lincoln University, was hired as the Williamsport YWCA's executive director. She was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly thereafter and, faced with a life-threatening illness, stepped away from organizational management in 1990 and became a self-employed businessperson, specializing in individual counseling for women. She closed her practice 22 years later and launched a new career as a freelance writer, publishing a memoir, "Every Two Minutes," in August.
Photos by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist