Global Goals Conference Schedule of Events

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  • 8:30 - 8:45 | Opening Remarks by Dr. Daniel A. Wubah
    President of Millersville University

    Dr. Daniel A. Wubah became the 15th president of Millersville University on July 1, 2018. Prior to that, he served as Provost and later the Senior Advisor to the President at Washington and Lee University. His previous positions include deputy provost and vice president for undergraduate education at Virginia Tech; associate provost and professor of zoology at University of Florida; associate dean, professor of biology and special assistant to the president at James Madison University and associate professor and department chair at Towson University.

    Dr. Wubah is a microbiologist whose work has resulted in more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters and technical reports. The National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Howard Hughes Medical Institutes (HHMI) have funded his research and training projects. 

    Wubah has taught several courses including general microbiology, medical microbiology, microbial ecology and geomicrobiology. He has also been involved in efforts to integrate international experiences in undergraduate education and research. He has served as the principal investigator in five successful international NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) sites program, including the longest continuously funded REU site in Africa from 2002 to 2016. He was a member of a National Academy of Sciences panel that studied the scientific basis for estimating air emission from animal feeding operations. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and testified before the U.S. Congress on how to prepare the science workforce for the 21st century. 

    Dr. Wubah earned his B.Sc. with Honors in botany and Dip. Ed. in education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He earned MS in biology from the University of Akron, and Ph.D. in botany from the University of Georgia. In addition, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the EPA research lab in Athens, GA.

  • 8:45 - 9:30 | Advancing Sustainable Development in the U.S. through Research and Local Act
    Morning Keynote: Caroline Fox, Head of the SDSN USA network

    Ms. Caroline Fox will provide an overview of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and efforts to advance the SDGs within the United States, including among localities. She will discuss the role of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in facilitating these efforts with a specific focus on the unique role that sub-national actors play in achieving the SDGs. She will share the results of SDSN efforts to assess U.S. cities progress toward achieving the SDGs, including those of Lancaster, PA, and point to opportunities for universities to collaborate with public and private sector stakeholders towards achieving the SDGs and a better world for all.

    Caroline has led the SDSN USA network since its launch in December 2018. Previously, she directed SDG USA, a close partner of SDSN, to develop a program of research and outreach on the SDGs in the United States, including the launch of America’s Goals for 2030, the America’s Goals Report Card, and the first US SDGs State Index. Prior to that, Caroline worked on the Millennium Villages Project and the Nigeria Scale-up Initiative based at Columbia University and Millennium Promise managing projects and overseeing operations focused on scaling solutions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Caroline holds a Master’s in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Smith College.

  • 9:40 - 10:40 | Option A: Sustainable Development Success at the Local Level

    This session will focus on how local and regional governments, as those governments closest to the people, can foster political, social and economic environments aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and play vital roles in achieving long-term SDG success.  Our speakers will offer a broad national perspective on exemplary programs across the nation, as well as highlight SDG success in one of the Commonwealth’s largest cities (Pittsburgh) and locally, in our vibrant City of Lancaster.    


    • Anthony F. Pipa, Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution
    • Douglas Smith, Chief Planner, City of Lancaster
    • Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh


    Dr. Victor DeSantis, Executive Director, Office of Community Engagement, Governmental and Economic Development, Millersville University

    Speaker Bios:

    Anthony F. Pipa:

    Tony Pipa is a senior fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development, housed in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings. He studies place-based policies to improve social progress in the United States and globally, including through use of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level. He has published articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces on local implementation of the SDGs, the effectiveness of place-based policies, multilateral aid, philanthropic effectiveness, financial innovations, and policies to strengthen resilience and prosperity.

    Douglas Smith:

    Douglas Smith serves as Chief Planner within the Department of Community Planning & Economic Development. His responsibilities include comprehensive planning, land development, historic preservation, zoning, floodplain review, among other tasks.  Douglas ensures these programs are kept current and consistent with administration goals, State laws, strategic initiatives, and modern community planning and urban design practices, while serving as liaison to the City and County Planning Commissions, Traffic Commission, and other land use advisory bodies. He is also one of the driving forces behind the City's Climate Action Plan and GHG inventory. He previously served as Senior Planner and Sustainability Planner at the City of Lancaster. He holds a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Franklin and Marshall College and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan.

    Grant Ervin:

    Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant Director for the Department of City Planning for the City of Pittsburgh. Grant oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City services, programs, and policy.  He works to make the City of Pittsburgh a smart, sustainable, and resilient city by fostering partnerships, leveraging assets, and finding creative ways to solve problems. Prior to joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant served as the Regional Director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide sustainable development policy organization, and as Public Policy Manager for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG). He brings deep experience, intersecting the worlds of environmental, community and economic development, and infrastructure policy to create innovative and sustainable solutions for local governments, community development organizations, and state agencies. Grant has helped lead the development of a variety of innovative programs including: Pittsburgh’s OnePGH Resilience Strategy, Pittsburgh Climate Plan, Pittsburgh’s inclusion in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, the United States Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities Challenge, the creation of the Uptown Eco-Innovation District, District Energy Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Community Information System, and the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative.

  • 9:40 - 10:40 | Option B: Impact Driven Business Models

    This session will focus on the missions and impacts of B Corporations in the Lancaster area.  Led by ASSETS, our speakers will discuss how their organizations balance profit and purpose, and talk about the successes they gained and challenges they face during this disruptive time. 


    • Melisa Baez, Chief Program Officer, ASSETS PA
    • Jennie Groff, CEO, The Stroopie Co.
    • Kasey Colligan, Training Manager, Saxby's Coffee


    Dr. Marc Tomljanovich, Dean, Lombardo College of Business, Millersville University

    Speaker Bios:

    Melisa Baez:

    As an alumnae of Temple University, Melisa knew her passion was in community relations and social impact. With every opportunity that was presented to her, she continued to build upon her skills. Joining the Children Deserve a Chance Foundation (CDCF) in 2011 became a remarkable opportunity for her that unveiled what would become her life passion. As the director of programs for this non-profit in Lancaster, PA, her focus was to motivate and guide at-risk youth on a path toward attaining a degree of higher education, and leave a legacy in their community. Her role developed into a high impact position as the co-founder of the college prep program, Attollo. Beyond her experience with Children Deserve a Chance Foundation, she continues to expand her knowledge in social change by speaking at the local schools about personal leadership through the What In The World program. Melisa is also a recipient of the Cordes Fellowship, serves as a member of Global Shapers (Lancaster, PA hub), and sits on the Board of Directors for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.

    Jennie Groff:

    As the grand prize winner of the Community Foundation’s 2015 Great Social Enterprise Pitch, Jennie’s business—the Lancaster Stroopie Company—is dedicated to promoting the benefits of social enterprise in Lancaster: a business model that interweaves positive social impact with sustainable business planning. The Stroopie Company actively works to employ members of the refugee community of Lancaster, providing sustainable, thriving wage jobs for our community’s newest members. Finishing first in the Pitch served as a springboard for her business, with the prize money and pro-bono services helping in their re-location to the Lancaster Sweet Shoppe on North Duke Street in Lancaster. Through her commitment to promoting people, planet, and profit, Jennie is helping change the way Lancaster County does business.

     Marc Tomljanovich:

    Marc Tomljanovich is the dean of the new Lombardo College of Business at Millersville University and professor of finance, where he is developing new programs that mesh with future workforce needs, experiential learning initiatives, strong local community ties, and alumni engagement.  Previously he served at Drew University as the Executive Director of Business Programs, as well the creator and director of Drew’s Master of Science in Finance program, and director of the Wall Street Semester Program.

    Marc received his PhD from Cornell University and B.A. from Northwestern University.  His research focuses on the impact of monetary policy structures and information releases on financial markets, and the influence policymakers have on regional and national economic growth.  His work has appeared in numerous journals, including American Economic Review, Financial Review, Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Comparative Economics, and Contemporary Economic Policy.  For the 2016-17 academic year, Marc was an American Council on Education fellow, working with the president of Lehigh University on strategic projects involving globalization and the creation of a new college of health. Marc was a weekly contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Journal-in-Education program between 2010 and 2019.  In 2006 he was the recipient of a National Sciences Foundation grant that helped fund an annual national workshop for macroeconomics research at liberal arts colleges.

    Co-sponsored by ASSETS Lancaster
    Assets Lancanter

  • 10:50 - 11:50 | Option C: Viewing Sustainable Development Goals through the Nonprofit Lens

    This session will view the UN Sustainable Development Goals through the nonprofit lens.  Many nonprofit organizations provide services that happen to align with the SDGs, but how have The United Way and others approached these goals in a more purposeful and strategic way?  Would a more purposeful and strategic effort among local nonprofits to view outcomes through the lens of SDGs reveal synergies and opportunities for deep collaboration? 


    • Everett Ressler, Executive Director, Humanitarian Development Partnerships
    • Rebecca O'Shea, Advocacy Engagement Coordinator, United Way of Pennsylvania


    Kevin Ressler, President and CEO, United Way of Lancaster County

    Speaker Bios:

    Everett Ressler:

    Everett Ressler is Executive Director of Humanitarian Development Partnerships, a nonprofit organization that supports humanitarian and development efforts through partnerships. Everett has a lifetime of work internationally in the humanitarian and development fields. He has lived and worked for most of career in Asia, Africa. and Europe. The focus of his work includes organizational development, program management, research and evaluation, and training and consulting support.

    Rebecca O'Shea:

    Rebecca O’Shea began her career with United Way of Pennsylvania in December 2019 as the Advocacy Engagement Coordinator. Prior to working for United Way of Pennsylvania, Rebecca served as a Government Relations Member Organizer with Pennsylvania State Education Association. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from American University in Washington, D.C. Her undergraduate academic concentration is in Black History, Racial Equity, and Mass Incarceration. She spent her final year at university working for and building the first start up Antiracist Research and Policy Center.

    Kevin M. Ressler:

    Kevin M. Ressler, M.Div has spent his life seeking ways to bring about an equitable peace and justice for all. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary. This personal journey increasingly interacted with the realities of poverty and the negative influences with learning trips near and far from Nicaragua to East and Southern Africa, to the Middle East and interacting with work done towards economic justice back home in the USA. His volunteer work includes board and committee work as Board President of Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, Vice-Chair of Everence Federal Credit Union, and at-large member of UPMC Lititz, LG/Penn’s Mission and Community Benefit Committee, LancoMyHome, Conestoga Valley Education Foundation, Career Ready Lancaster, and Landis Quality Living.  He is an accomplished public speaker, writer, and actor. His present honor is working as President and CEO for United Way of Lancaster County. He is proud husband to Melissa and father of Acacia and Iriana.

    Co-sponsored by United Way of Lancaster County


  • 10:50 - 11:50 | Option D: Strong Neighborhoods Build Strong Communities

    With a great deal of attention often focused on main street and downtown development, neighborhood commercial development can be an overlooked aspect of creating a robust community ecosystem. This session will highlight the importance of nurturing livable and walkable neighborhoods in an overall sustainable development approach. The panel will explore challenges and prospects for neighborhood investment and development and how partnerships between social, economic and political institutions can accelerate positive outcomes.


    • Carlos Graupera, Chief Executive Officer, Spanish American Civic Association
    • Bradley Jones, President/CEO, Harristown Enterprises, Inc.


    Jeremy Young, Director of Community & Economic Development, Lancaster City Alliance

    Speaker Bios:

    Carlos Graupera:

    Carlos Graupera was born in Cuba, and his family left for the United States when he was 11. They came to Lancaster as refugees in 1965. He studied at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and worked in community development until establishing SACA. Carlos, and his wife Rosa, founded the Spanish American Civic Association (SACA) in 1973, where he continues to serve as president. SACA was founded to create a civic infrastructure through which an influx of Hispanic families in Lancaster could integrate into the social and economic fabric of Lancaster. SACA has evolved through the years. Today, SACA’s bilingual human services include case management, an STI clinic, a senior center, and drug and alcohol treatment and prevention. Their development efforts have created affordable housing and business opportunities in the historic southeast neighborhood of Lancaster City, including the creation of the new Plum, Palm, and North & Locust Street neighborhoods and the opening of the new South Duke Street Business Center. According to Carlos, one of the crown jewels of SACA is workforce development.  

    Bradley Jones:

    Bradley R. Jones—Biography President and CEO Harristown Enterprises Inc. Effective January, 2015 Brad became President and CEO of Harristown Enterprises, Inc. He oversees the ownership and management of over 2.5 Million s.f. of real estate, including about 60 retail and commercial tenants, and Strawberry Square in downtown Harrisburg, a staff of over 150 employees and a growing portfolio of residential apartments. He leads the development efforts of Harristown, which has been involved in over $500 Million of mixed use projects in downtown Harrisburg since 1974. Signature Harristown projects include Strawberry Square, 333 Market Street, the Chestnut Street and 5th Street Parking garages, the Hilton Harrisburg, the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, the International House Harrisburg, and the Messiah Harrisburg Institute branch campus downtown.

    Jeremy Young:

    Jeremy Young, Director of Community & Economic Development at Lancaster City Alliance, tracks progress on and works with community leaders to advance the implementation of Building On Strength, the City of Lancaster’s 15-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan and over $1.2 billion of privately led investment in the City since July 2015; coordinates a Finance Squad to identify creative funding solutions to facilitate the plan’s implementation; administers a $600,000 residential/business façade improvement grant program and helps to plan other streetscape enhancement projects; facilitates real estate development projects and business recruitment/expansion in the City of Lancaster; plays an active role in several key neighborhood revitalization initiatives including those in southwest (“SoWe”) and southeast Lancaster City; coordinates an interagency City Transportation Planning Roundtable; and helps to lead the management of the Lancaster City Revitalization & Improvement Zone (CRIZ) Authority. In addition to his work with Lancaster City Alliance, he serves as the Vice Chairman of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lancaster City Land Bank Authority, the Lancaster Property Reinvestment Board, and the Spanish American Civic Association. Previously, he served on the board of the Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Council of the Lancaster County Association of Realtors. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University (Portland, OR). 

    Co-sponsored by Lancaster City Alliance

    Lancaster City Alliance

  • 12:40 - 12:45 |Rising Consumer Sentiment in Lancaster County
    Naomi Young

    Naomi Young, Director, Center for Regional Analysis, Economic Development Company of Lancaster County

    Naomi Young, Director of the Center for Regional Analysis, joined EDC in 2018. She most recently served as a senior research economist for the Environmental Finance Center based at the University of Maryland. Naomi has dual master’s degrees in economics and public policy and management.

     Co-sponsored by Economic Development Company of Lancaster County, PA

    Economic Development 

  • 12:45 - 1:30 | Afternoon Keynote: The National Landscape of Socially Responsible Companies

    Our afternoon keynote speakers features two experienced and long-time advocates from Nuveen for socially responsible investing.  Nuveen LLC., a TIAA company, has a unique lens as one of the top investors in fixed income social investing.  The speakers will discuss some of the principles behind socially responsible investing and the historic growth of the investment sector. They will also highlight the attributes of companies they seek to invest in, the high standards these companies are held to, and some of exemplary organizations that have made ESG principles a key part of their mission and values.

    • Stuart Blumenthal, Senior Account Manager, National Accounts at Nuveen
    • Stephen M. Liberatore, Lead Portfolio Manager – Fixed Income, Nuveen

    Speaker Bios:

    Stuart Blumental:

    Stuart is a Managing Director and Senior Account Manager for Nuveen’s Global Strategic Relationship Team. He joined Nuveen Investments in March 2012 and is responsible for strengthening and growing Nuveen’s relationship with key strategic partners such as Merrill, UBS, JP Morgan, as well as many other National  and Regional Wealth Management organizations.    In that role he focused on identifying investment opportunities to enhance their platform offerings and the tools they have for managing client assets. 

    Prior to his current role, Stuart was a Vice President and Fixed Income/ Alternative Strategies Team Leader of Morgan Stanley Manager Research team.

    Stuart received his BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Operation Management from the University of Delaware and his MBA/Master in Finance from Northeastern University.  He lives in Lancaster Country with his wife and three daughters. 

    Stephen M. Liberatore:

    Steve is the lead portfolio manager for Nuveen’s fixed income strategies that incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria and Impact investments, including those that comprise our Core Impact Bond, Short Duration Impact Bond and Green Bond composites. He is also a member of the Investment Committee.

    Steve serves on the ICMA Green Bond Principles Advisory Council and was a member of the initial executive committee. He is a member of the UN Capital Development Fund’s working group on Climate Insurance Linked Resilient Infrastructure Finance and serves on the UN’s Joint Sustainable Development Goals Fund’s Blue Economy Investor Advisory Group. He also serves on S&P’s Global Ratings ESG Leadership Council. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and a subject matter expert across media outlets, such as Bloomberg, CNBC, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

    Steve graduated with a B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.B.A. in Finance and Operations from Wake Forest University. He holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society of North Carolina and the CFA Institute.


  • 1:40 - 2:40 | Option E: University SDG Leadership

    This session will focus on curricular and co-curricular opportunities to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.  This includes national and international programs focused on involving higher education institutions in the advancement of SDGs, examples of opportunities to incorporate SDG competencies into the curriculum and ways in which universities can have real SDG-centered impact through community partnerships.


    • Dr. Spencer Stober, Professor of Biology, Alvernia University
    • Vanessa Philbert, Chief Financial Officer, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County
    • Chris Steuer, Chief of Staff, Millersville University


    Dr. Beth Powers-Costello, Associate Professor, Early, Middle and Exceptional Education, Millersville University

    Speaker Bios:

    Dr. Spencer Stober:

    Dr. Spencer S. Stober is a Professor of Biology at Alvernia University, Reading, PA, USA.  He has taught Biology for 30 years including undergraduate courses in genetics, botany, and environmental science.  Since earning his doctorate at Temple University, with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, he teaches graduate courses in leadership and supervises dissertations.  In 2005 he received Alvernia’s Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was awarded the Neag Professorship in 2011.  He has also served in a number of key administrative positions at Alvernia University, including Department Chairperson, Ph.D. Program Director, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies.  Dr. Stober currently serves on the international Advisory Board for the “On Sustainability Research Network” sponsored by Common Ground Publishing.  His work on environmental, cultural and socio-economic sustainability has enabled him to travel, frequently with students, to universities in countries such as Japan, Croatia, Malaysia, India, Ecuador, Mauritius, Denmark, and New Zealand.   Dr. Stober recently served as a co-editor with Dr. David Humphreys for a volume entitled Transitions to Sustainability: Theoretical Debates for a Changing Planet, and he co-authored Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative, with two Ph.D. students (Tracey L. Brown and Sean J. Cullen); both volumes were published by Common Ground in 2014 and 2013 respectively.  Dr. Stober also co-authored a book with Dr. Donna Yarri, Associate Professor of Theology at Alvernia University, entitled God, Science, and Designer Genes: An Exploration of Emerging Issues in Genetic Technologies, published by Praeger in 2009; they are currently working on a new book entitled God, Darwin, and the Origins of Life.

    Vanessa Philbert:

    Vanessa Philbert currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County.  She is the first woman to hold this position in the organization’s 53-year history. She previously served as the chief impact officer for Community Action Partnership.  In this position, she oversaw organizational operations, including budgeting, strategic programming and CAP’s impact teams. Prior to that, she served for two years as CAP’s Impact Team Leader for Household Stability, a team comprised of four CAP programs, including Utility Assistance, CAPital Construction, the Early Learning Resource Center and Navigation.  Ms. Philbert has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, having previously held local positions at The Gate House for Men, Pressley Ridge and the United Way of Lancaster County. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Philbert now resides in East Lampeter with her family.  She holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Strategic Leadership and Organizational Development from Elizabethtown College and a BS in Applied Psychology & Organizational Behavior from Albright College.

    Chris Steuer:

    Chris is the Chief of Staff within Millersville University’s Office of the President. He is a sustainability professional with over 15 years of experience advancing sustainability programs and initiatives within the public and private sectors. He previously served as Millersville University’s Sustainability Director wherein he led efforts to incorporate sustainable management principles into University activities and operations and oversaw the University’s zero energy Lombardo Welcome Center. He has helped to conceptualize and develop climate change and sustainability programs for the National Park Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. House of Representatives. Chris earned his B.S. in Earth Sciences and M.S. in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University. He prepared Penn State’s greenhouse gas inventory in 2004, setting the university on the path to carbon reduction.

  • 1:40 - 2:40 | Option F: Workforce Development Investing in Refugee and Immigrant Talent

    This session will highlight local workforce needs, explore barriers to labor force participation our Immigrant and Refugee residents often encounter, and discuss benefits to businesses who invest in these individuals.  Panelists will discuss the need for a regional strategy to increase meaningful employment of our Immigrant and Refugee neighbors.


    • Cheryl Heister, Executive Director, Literacy & Learning Success Centers (a service of the Literacy Council of Lancaster/Lebanon)
    • Jenni Black, MS, PMP, Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, Union Community Care
    • Heather Valudes, Vice President, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Industry
    • Eric Horn, Human Resource Generalist, Dart Container


    Matt Johnson, Refugee Community Organizer, Church World Services

    Speaker Bios:

    Cheryl Heister:

    Cheryl Hiester has been working in the field of adult literacy and basic education since 1991, currently serving as the executive director of The Literacy & Learning Success Center, a service of The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon. The Success Center provides a wide range of adult basic education services, including English for Speakers of Other Languages,  Career Pathways for Newcomers, and The International Health Care Professionals Program. Cheryl has been a member of The Lancaster County Refugee and Immigrant Coalition since 2013. She has worked with many employers to assist in workforce development.

    Jenni Black:

    Jenni Black currently serves as the Quality and Compliance Officer at Union Community Care, a federally-qualified Health Center service Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.  Union Community Care has 8 medical and 4 dental practices and strive to hire staff that reflect the communities that it serves.  She has been with the organization for 6 years and enjoys the work of ensuring safety, managing risk and ensuring excellent quality outcomes to clients.

    Heather Valudes:

    Heather Valudes joined the Lancaster Chamber in 2011 and is the Vice President. In her role, she is responsible for the Chamber’s government and advocacy affairs work, implementing the Chamber’s Pro-Business Agenda, collaborating with community stakeholders on the impact work of the Chamber, providing strategic management on events and programs, and implementing the Chamber’s strategic plan. She received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Science in Administration from West Chester University, PA. Heather lives in Gordonville, Pennsylvania with her husband Kevin and twin seven-year-old daughters, Bridget and Stella.

    Eric Horn:

    Eric Horn, Human Resource Generalist at Dart Container in Leola, Pa.  Been in HR for 35 years and has hired over 125 employees that have been with Dart for at least 25 years.  Has worked with several referral agencies over that time to hire many refugees to start their careers in the USA.

  • 2:50 - 4:00 | Innovation Showcase

    This session is intended to demonstrate applied innovation and innovative practices on the Millersville campus and in the community.

    The session will be hybrid with presenters both in-person and via video.

    Minority Report Comes to Millersville

    As a direct outcome of the movie "Minority Report" an immersive interactive technology referred to as Mezzanine, was developed by Oblong. The technology is almost impossible to describe in words. Mezzanine seamlessly connects multiple content sources (computers)  displayed on room-sized video displays allowing the presenter to join content in unique ways to explore information dynamically in real-time.

    In the classroom, this translates to a more involved learning opportunity for students and faculty. Specifically in the meteorology lab at Millersville students can experience multiple information sources to explore the interaction of various weather and atmospheric conditions.


    • Dr. Sepideh Yalda, Professor of Meteorology, Director of Center for Disaster Research and Education, Millersville University

    What Global Problem Will you Solve?

    Millersville University has a mission to provide diverse, dynamic, meaningful experiences that help students grow intellectually and personally to help contribute positively to local and global communities. An innovative interactive experience was developed connecting the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development with academic programs offered at Millersville University. through this interactive experience, students can explore programs of study that can position them to help create a vibrant, abundant, and prosperous future. 

    This experience was developed internally by Millersville University's international award-winning sustainability director. A true demonstration of innovation in action.


    • Chris Steuer, Chief of Staff, Millersville University

    Ready for XR?

    XR, or Extended Reality, is a term referring to all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables, where the 'X' represents a variable for any current or future spatial computing technologies.

    In theatrical and staged entertainment XR is quickly becoming the norm for designing and  constructing' sets. 

    What can be conjured up in the mind of the set designer is no longer limited by the constraints of the physical world.

    XR literally extends reality both for the designer and the audience in unimaginable and truly innovative ways. 


    • Disguise

    Speaker Bio:

    Dr. Sepideh Yalda:

     Dr. Sepi Yalda is a Professor of Meteorology, the Director of the Millersville University’s Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE),and serves as the Coordinator for the Master of Science in Emergency Management (MSEM) program. Additionally, she serves as the program director for the undergraduate degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with a focus on Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management (MDST), and the Minor in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management (EHEM). In her role as CDRE Director, she is involved in local, regional, national, and International efforts related to disaster education, mitigation, planning, and response. She has served as an invited member on a number of committees including the FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s Emergency Management (EMI) Higher Education Group, and International Association of Emergency Managers Climate Change, Water, and Weather Committee, and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency among others. Dr. Yalda has served and/or currently serves on a number of boards and committees for other professional organizations including the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the American Meteorological Society.

    Her current research interests are in the areas of disaster preparedness, planning, and community education. Dr. Yalda has been the recipient of a number of research grants with a focus on information technology, science education, and the development of new tools and technologies to improve science education at all levels. She has worked on funded projects and contracts including collaborative efforts with the American Red Cross focused on the North American Humanitarian Response Initiative (NAHRI), National Transit Agency and a number of county and state initiatives. Additionally, she has served and currently serves on a number of committees with a focus on training and education including the National Environmental Education & Training Foundations Eyes on the Environment Advisory Committee and the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET) among others. Dr. Yalda is an official consultant for the United Nations, and in this capacity has delivered workshops for projects such as the UNODC Education for Justice Initiative in Kenya and Singapore. As an extension of this project, she is currently working with Wilfrid-Laurier University on the development of courses based on the UNODC Education for Justice modules for an undergraduate certificate in Global Crime and Justice. She earned her Ph.D. in Meteorology from Saint Louis University in 1997. She is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society

    Chris Steuer:

    Chris is the Chief of Staff within Millersville University’s Office of the President. He is a sustainability professional with over 15 years of experience advancing sustainability programs and initiatives within the public and private sectors. He previously served as Millersville University’s Sustainability Director wherein he led efforts to incorporate sustainable management principles into University activities and operations and oversaw the University’s zero energy Lombardo Welcome Center. He has helped to conceptualize and develop climate change and sustainability programs for the National Park Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. House of Representatives. Chris earned his B.S. in Earth Sciences and M.S. in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University. He prepared Penn State’s greenhouse gas inventory in 2004, setting the university on the path to carbon reduction.


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