Commencement Speakers

December 2014 Commencement Speaker

Baccalaureate CeremonyPowers

Maureen Powers
CEO of Lancaster YWCA

Maureen Powers will be the keynote speaker for Millersville University’s commencement on December 14, 2014. She is the chief executive officer of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Lancaster and will retire at the end of 2014, after serving in this position for 27 years. 

As CEO, Powers oversees a budget of $3.6 million, a staff of 120, a 50-bed residence and programs including child care, racial justice, and sexual assault counseling and prevention. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Lancaster YWCA.

In addition to being involved with the YWCA in local, regional and national arenas, Powers was a YWCA U.S. delegate to the 2007 YWCA World Council, held in Nairobi, Kenya, with more than 2,000 women from 205 countries attending.

Her achievements in community advocacy and activism have been recognized through prestigious awards including the Harry C. Robin Sr. Humanitarian Award from the Lancaster City-County Human Relations Commission, the Jean Royer Kohr Award from the Women’s Alliance, the Kit Howell Progressive Voice Award from the Alliance for Tolerance and Freedom, Fulton Theatre’s first Women Who Care Award and the YWCA Lancaster 2014 Racial Justice Award. 

Powers has served on the board of directors for the United Disability Services, Lancaster Day Care Center, Lancaster Integrated Specialized Transportation Systems (LISTS) and the Lancaster County Coalition for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy. She also served on the advisory group of New Choices/New Options of the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center and the Nonprofit Resource Network of Millersville University. 

Under her leadership, the YWCA Lancaster received the first Racial Justice Award from the YWCA of the Mid-Atlantic Region and the first Champions of Diversity Award given jointly by the Urban League of Lancaster County and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Prior to joining the YWCA staff, Powers was a city planner for the City of Lancaster and a teacher of early childhood education and Spanish. Powers graduated magna cum laude from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She received her master’s degree from Penn State University in psychosocial science. 

May 2014 Commencement Speakers

Baccalaureate Ceremony

LTG David L. Mann

LTG David L. Mann
Commanding General USASMDC/ARSTRAT

David L. Mann '81, a highly decorated, three-star commanding general of the United States Army, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the baccalaureate commencement at Millersville University on May 10, 2014.

In August 2013, Lieutenant General David L. Mann assumed command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command in Alabama and the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense. Prior to this post, he served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky., and as the Commanding General, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, a theater-level air and missile defense (AMD) organization responsible for executing global operations in support of the Combatant Commands (COCOMs).

Mann received his bachelor's degree in education from Millersville University in 1981 and was a designated Distinguished Military Graduate of Gettysburg College. His post-graduate education includes a Master of Science degree in engineering management from George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Throughout his military career, he has served in a variety of command and staff assignments, in the continental United States and overseas. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (three oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Recruiter Badge, and the Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.

Additional command assignments include: Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky., where elements of the battalion deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian; Brigade Commander, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; and as the Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Previous staff assignments include: Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Ga.; Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (BSFV/Stinger), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) where he deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of Joint Task Force 160; Operations Research and Systems Analysis Officer, Directorate of Program Analysis and Evaluation, Pentagon; Aide-de-Camp to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; Senior Planner with duty on the Operation Enduring Freedom Current Operations Team, the Joint Staff following the events of 9-11; Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Defense Artillery Center, Fort Bliss, Tex.; and as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

Mann is married to the former Robyn M. Priester of Lancaster, PA. They have two grown children and are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. His parents, LtCol (Ret) Harry and Pat Mann currently reside in Lancaster, Pa.

Graduate & Professional Studies Ceremony

CastellucciDeborah Tait Castellucci CRNP-BC, Ph.D.

Dr. Deborah Castellucci is both an educator and practitioner whose experience in education spans over 30 years. At Millersville University, she serves as the Graduate Program Coordinator in nursing and teaches in the graduate nurse practitioner program. She is also employed as a nurse practitioner at the Center for Urologic Care of Berks County. Her education includes a diploma in nursing education from The Reading Hospital School of Nursing; two undergraduate degrees from Millersville University (a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing); a Master of Nursing from University of Pennsylvania; and a doctorate from University of Maryland where she minored in Nursing Ethics.

Prior to her tenure at Millersville University, Dr. Castellucci spent 17 years at Alvernia College in Reading, Pa., where she served as chair of the nursing department. She has been published in numerous refereed journals and has presented at regional and international forums. Her research interests have focused on the older population suffering from brain injury and behavioral interventions in urology practice.  Dr. Castellucci has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards.  She has served as president of the Reading Hospital Alumni Board and as a member on both the Saint Joseph Hospital and Lancaster General Hospital Ethics Committee.