MU Foundation Board of Directors

Officers

 

Landis Darryl L. Landis, M.D., MBA '85

Darryl joined our board in 2014 and serves as the board’s president. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Millersville University in 1985. While at Millersville, Darryl was an honors college student and worked for The Snapper. Darryl obtained a medical degree from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

He is managing partner of Mustard Seed Venture Partners LLC, a boutique advisory and investment team committed to transforming health care delivery through clinical innovation, personalization of care and precision health.

His hobbies include gardening, and he enjoys learning about Middle Eastern culture. He and his wife, Suhaila, are the proud parents of three sons, John, Michael, and Justin.

Darryl and his family started the Landis Family International Scholarship.

Kemah Washington Kemah e.P. Washington, ED.D. '03

Kemah joined our board in 2019 and currently serves as the board’s vice president. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Millersville University in 2003. While at Millersville, he was a student in the honors college. He then received a doctorate in higher education from North Carolina State University.

Kemah is the founder and partner of BRANDilly Marketing & Creative in Raleigh, North Carolina. In his spare time, Kemah volunteers with faith-based and missions-based organizations and enjoys spending time outdoors.

He loves golfing, spending the day at the lake, deep sea fishing, gardening, working with his hands and spending time with his wife, Brandi, and his daughters, Kennedi, and Parker.

Kemah has supported various scholarships at Millersville including the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Lambda Tau Chapter) Memorial Scholarship.

 

walstrum Suzanne Walstrum '94

Suzanne joined our board in 2018 and serves as the board’s treasurer. She graduated from Millersville University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While at Millersville, she was a student ambassador.

Suzanne is the Vice President, Insolvency Investment Services with PRA Group Inc. Prior to this, she was VP, Bankruptcy Servicing, Insolvency Investment Services and held many other roles in the financial sector.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with family. She and her husband, Michael, have a son named Jack.

Suzanne and her husband started the Suzanne and Michael Walstrum Leadership Scholarship.

D.A. Abrams

 
D.A. Abrams '85




D.A. Abrams joined our board in 2023 and serves as the board's secretary. D.A. played collegiate tennis at Millersville University and earned his undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting in 1985. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. D.A. earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2010.

He is the Chief Operating Officer at Groundswell in Washington, D.C. In his role, D.A. is responsible for finance, information and technology systems, human resources, and overall operations.

D.A. currently serves as the Chairman and President of the Black Tennis Hall of Fame, the National Association of Asian American Professionals Board of Directors (Treasurer), and he is a former President of the Diversity & Inclusion Sports Consortium.

D.A. started the David Anthony Abrams Scholarship and is a Marvelous Marauder.

Members

 

Nancy Adams NANCY C. ADAMS '73

Nancy joined our board in 2024. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Millersville in 1973, after which she went on to work for the US Department of Labor. While at Millersville, she played women’s lacrosse and was a member of the German Club.

After working for the US Department of Labor for a time, she received a master’s degree in occupational safety and environmental health. She retired from her position and 2008 and since then has been a consultant for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Nancy and her husband, Gary, created the N.C. Adams ’73 and W.G. Adams Fellows Program for students majoring and minoring in Business and or Occupational Safety and Environmental Health. In doing so, they helped to forge a partnership between the OSEH program and the Lombardo College of Business to create a one-of-a-kind education program in Pennsylvania. Nancy has also brought speakers for students in the occupational safety and environmental health programs.

Along with her fellowship, Nancy supports many other scholarships for the occupational safety program.

 

Robert Buchanan, Ph.D. Robert Buchanan, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Buchanan joined our board in 2023. Currently, Robert is a professor in the mathematics department at Millersville University. Dr. Buchanan has been teaching at Millersville since 1995. His focus areas of teaching include differential equations and mathematical finance. Before his time at Millersville, he was a mathematician at the National Institute of Environmental Sciences, where he would use mathematical operating to assess human health risks when exposed to pollutants.  

Robert began his education at Davidson College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in physics. He then attended North Carolina State University, earning a master’s degree and PhD in applied mathematics. He became a licensed actuary in 2015. 

Dr. Buchanan is also a published textbook author. His works include An Undergraduate Introduction to Financial Mathematics and A First Course in Partial Differential Equations. He is also a member of the Mathematical Association of America.

As a faculty member, Dr. Buchanan has supported a wide variety of causes at Millersville, including the Winter Center and The Ware Center. 

Ximena Catepillan Ximena Catepillán, Ph.D.

Dr. Ximena Catepillán joined our board in 2021. Dr. Catepillán began her teaching career at Universidad de Magallanes by the Strait of Magellan in Chile. She earned a Magister in Mathematics at Universidad de Santiago, Chile, and a Master of Science at the University of Iowa before obtaining a doctorate degree in Mathematics at the same institution.

Ximena retired from Millersville University in August 2020 after teaching mathematics for 29 years. Between 2006 and 2019 she taught numerous ethnomathematics courses for Millersville University students with archaeologists from the Maya Exploration Center at the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Currently, she is teaching a graduate Ethnomathematics course at Universidad de Santiago, Chile, and is actively working in Ethnomathematics with a focus on the Pre-Columbian Americas. In 2015 Ximena co-wrote the textbook Mathematics in a Sample of Cultures by Kendall-Hunt, for her Ethnomathematics courses. The second edition of the book was launched in 2018.

Dr. Catepillán is the past Chair of the Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware section of the Mathematical Association of America; she is currently serving on a variety of committees at the section and at the national level. She previously served two terms on the Foundation Board by the appointment of Dean Edward Shane.

Ximena has been a donor to Millersville University since 1992 who also contributed to the Dr. Rosario Caminero Scholarship Endowment.


 Abram W. Diffenbach '73

Abe joined our board in 2019. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Millersville University in 1973. While at Millersville, Abe was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon and president of the economics club. He is also a former member of the university Council of Trustees.

Abe is the retired Senior Vice President for Wealth Management at Janney Montgomery Scott. He has decades of experience in the financial services industry. In 1983 he received his Certified Financial Planner Designation.

Abe has served as a board member of Locust Grove Mennonite School and Sunshine Corners Daycare. He enjoys traveling, skiing, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren. Abe and his wife, Karen, have four children and five grandchildren.

Abe has supported a wide variety of scholarships and projects at Millersville University.

  


JoHN HELD '02



John joined our board in 2023. John is a 2002 graduate from Millersville University with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications. John participated in Intramural soccer and street hockey at MU. As a student, he was part of the Bowling Club, Roller Hockey Club, Student Senate, Public Relations Student Soc AM, and University Activities Board (President & Vice President). He has stayed involved as a volunteer at the University, lastly as the outgoing president for the Millersville University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

John is currently the Senior Director of Communications for the American Board of Internal Medicine. Previously, he worked for the American Cancer Society.

John met his wife, Laura, at Millersville University, and they have 2 children.

John and his family started the John '02 and Laura '04 Held Family Scholarship and he is a Marvelous Marauder.

 

CHERYL D. HOLLAND-JONES '78




Cheryl Holland-Jones joined our board in 2023. She is deeply concerned about working with the community to improve the conditions and quality of life in Lancaster City. Cheryl, now retired, was the Executive Director of the Crispus Attucks Community Center from 2004-2019.

Cheryl attended public school until 10th grade, after which she enrolled in Lancaster Country Day School and graduated as the first African American graduate of the school. She attended Shippensburg University and graduated from Millersville University with a BA degree in Psychology in 1978.

Cheryl is married to David Jones ‘91 and has two children. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Sorority. She supports several non-profit and community organizations.

She and David support the Hazel Jackson Scholarship - named in memory of Cheryl’s mother, Hazel Jackson.

 

ARMOND KINSEY '95




Armond Kinsey joined our board in 2023. He is a 1995 graduate from Millersville University with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications. During his undergrad years he was involved in The Black Student Union and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Incorporated.

Armond is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Atlantic Health System, where he is charged with leading a transformational agenda to infuse diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.

In this role he guides, integrates, monitors and evaluates diversity and inclusion efforts across the Atlantic Health System to ensure they are in alignment with the mission and priorities of the organization. In partnership with leaders from across Atlantic Health System, he works closely on efforts such as diversity and inclusion strategy, diversity recruitment and retention efforts, diversity council, supplier diversity, corporate social responsibility as well as a myriad of other initiatives aimed at reducing healthcare disparities and supporting the recruitment, retention, and development of 17,000 employees.

He is a member of The National Association of Health Services Executives, and he is also on the board (and past president) of the Sickle Cell Foundation at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. When not working, Mr. Kinsey enjoys traveling, photography and spending time with his family.

Armond started the Armond S. Kinsey '95 Scholarship Award.

 

JASON S. LONG '12




Jason joined our board in 2023. He graduated in 2012 from Millersville with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, concentrating in accounting. While at Millersville, Jason was a member of the baseball team.

He spent time at the Webstraunt store, Benecon Group, and Spooky Nook sports, overseeing a wide variety of projects, including a new facility for Spooky Nook in Ohio. He then spent four years at Fulton Bank, managing treasury sales. After a brief time at PNC, he became Vice President of Finance for One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning of Southeast PA in 2022.

Jason and his wife, Anna, have a daughter and three dogs.

Jason supports an annual baseball scholarship for members of the Millersville baseball team.

 

ELIZABETH A. LUKE '81

 



Betty joined our board in 2024. She graduated from Millersville in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While at Millersville, she was a member of the Sigma Phi Omega sorority.

She worked as a Global Account Manager at Hewlett Packard for many years until her retirement and has said that Millersville prepared her for a long career in sales.

Betty is a founder of the Flight 93 National Memorial. She also serves on the Lombardo College of Business Advisory Council, mentoring freshmen. She has volunteered at Homecoming and has driven her Corvette in the Millersville Parade.

Betty started the Elizabeth A. Luke '81 Women in Business Award and is part of the 2023 Class of Marvelous Marauders.


 

DR. G. Terry Madonna '64




Dr. G. Terry Madonna joined our board in 2023. He is a 1964 graduate of Millersville University with a bachelor's degree in Education in Social Studies and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political history from the University of Delaware. During his undergraduate years he was in the Economics Club, served as an Orientation Guide, and played Intramural Sports. He has remained active as a volunteer and served on the 150th Anniversary Committee.

Dr. Madonna has received numerous awards and honors. He is the recipient of a Distinguished Professor award by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the President’s Medallion at Millersville University, and a special commendation for scholarship and leadership from the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education. He is Professor Emeritus of Government at Millersville University. Dr. Madonna is frequently featured as an analyst on WGAL.

Additionally, he has been named an “Outstanding Speaker of the Year” by the Speech Communication Society of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter, American Society of Public Administration, has served as a Commonwealth Speaker by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and was given the Daniel Roselle Award by the Middle States Council for the Social Studies.

Dr. Madonna has supported a wide variety of causes and programs at Millersville and is a Marvelous Marauder.

  Sylvia shellenberger, PH.D. '71 

Sylvia Shellenberger joined our board in 2020. She received her undergraduate degree in 1971 and master's degree in 1974 from Millersville University. While at Millersville, she was a member of Delta Phi Eta.

She went on to do her doctorate in psychology at the University of Georgia. For 36 years, she worked as a psychologist and professor of Family Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. She retired as Emeritus Professor in 2016 and moved back home to Lancaster County in 2017. Highlights of her career were that she was a Fulbright senior scholar in Argentina in 2002 and she gave a commencement address at Millersville University in December of 2010.

Currently, she volunteers at the Literacy Council in Lancaster teaching medical English to doctors and other health care professionals from Cuba and other foreign countries. She loves speaking Spanish and taking Latin dance lessons.

Sylvia started the Dr. Sylvia Shellenberger '71 & '74 Latino Scholarship.

 Stevi sprenkle '12, MPA

Stevi joined our board in 2019. Stevi Sprenkle is a 2012 graduate of Millersville University with a Bachelor of Arts in government and political affairs. Stevi also earned a Master of Public Administration and a public budgeting and financial management certification from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016.

Stevi is currently an analyst for the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a bipartisan and bicameral committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. She previously worked for the Pennsylvania State Auditor General.

Stevi resides in York with her husband, Drew, and their daughter, Hensley.

Stevi has supported various Millersville projects including the campus pond restoration.

 Bill Stadden '02

Bill joined our board in 2019. Bill graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and minors in finance and accounting in 2002. While at Millersville, he was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon and the martial arts club.

Bill currently works for Lancaster General Health as Manager LG TI and Novastream Business Operations having previously been as Senior Financial Operations Analyst. His previous work experience includes being a controller for Warfel Construction and a Project Specialist at PNC Bank.

Bill previously was on the Lancaster Safety Coalition. He also enjoys fishing and running. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laurie, and they have two children: Caroline and Luke.

Bill has supported Millersville athletics, scholarships, and research projects.

Holly Trego Holly Trego '98

Holly joined our board in 2020. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Millersville in 1998 and a master's degree in computer science from The Pennsylvania State University.

Holly is a manager of IT Solutions at Eurofins. She also serves as a member of Millersville’s Council of Trustees.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading and watching IndyCar racing. Holly and her husband, Terrance, have two daughters: Teresa and Maria.

Holly is a long-standing supporter of Millersville Scholarships.

Denise Werner Denise WERNER '96

Denise joined our board in 2021. Denise came to MU as an international student from Malaysia in August 1993 and graduated in December 1996 with a B.S. in Business Administration with Finance and Marketing concentrations. Denise participated in the MU International Students Affairs and volunteered at different MU events, and churches.

She is the eCommerce Project Manager at MATHESON in Warren, NJ, responsible for upgrading the company’s legacy website to Adobe Commerce. Prior to joining MATHESON, Denise was a cryptocurrency trader and an accounting professional with 15+ years of experience in the corporate world.

In her spare time, Denise enjoys cooking, pickleball, and spending time outdoors with her husband and 16-year-old daughter in and around their hometown of Warwick, NY. Denise’s other hobbies include photography, painting, crocheting, cooking, and traveling.

Denise has contributed to the Pond Restoration Fund and EPPIIC Student Compassion Fund.

Miriam Witmer MIRIAM M. WITMER, PH.D. '83, '92M

Dr. Witmer joined our board in 2024 at the appointment of Dr. Lara Willox, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Witmer is an assistant professor of educational foundations and coordinates the Color of Teaching program at Millersville. She began teaching at Millersville in 1999.

Dr. Witmer is also a graduate of Millersville. She obtained a bachelor's degree in English and Communications in Secondary Education in 1983, followed by a master’s degree in clinical psychology. In 2014, she received a Ph.D. in education from Temple University.

Miriam has published many works including Expressions of Authentic Voice: Urban High School Students' Perceptions of Teaching as a Career Choice While Participating in a Pipeline Program for Aspiring Teachers of Color. She was awarded the Women Empowerment 2023 award by the Minority Business Network, among other awards.

Dr. Witmer has long been a supporter of the College of Education and Human Services.

 JENNIFER WOOD, PH.D.  

Dr. Jennifer Wood joined our board in 2022. Dr. Wood earned a B.A. in Communication at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned her M.A. in Media Communication and Management at Webster University and a Ph.D., Interpersonal Communication (with an emphasis in organizational communication) at Bowling Green State University.

Jennifer is an associate professor in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research interests include service learning, organizational culture, public speaking, and instructional communication. Wood was named 2021 Mentor of the Year by PRNEWS. In addition, she was MU Educator of the Year in 2015.

Jennifer currently serves on the editorial board for the Southern Communication Journal as book review editor.

Dr. Wood has worked with several local nonprofits including serving as an advisory board member for the Women’s Business Center at Assets and as a judge for the Global Shapers Lancaster, Youth Innovation Challenge.

Dr. Wood supports various communication programs at Millersville.

Brian Worrell BRIAN E. WORRELL '76

Brian joined our board in 2024. He graduated from Millersville with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. While at Millersville, he was on the men’s cross-country team and worked for The Snapper.

Brian then had a long career as an insurance agent with Prudential. He was passionate about helping his clients with their needs until his retirement in 2020. He was a member of the Prudential Annuities Master's Council.

Brian served as the president of The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and is currently a member of the Cy Fritz Foundation.

In addition to his support of Millersville through Cy Fritz, Brian has individually supported cross county and other athletic programs.

LeaH MIKSA '24

Leah joined our board in 2024 as a student director and representative of the Marauder Fund. She is also the CEO of the Marauder Fund at Millersville. Leah is set to graduate in May 2024. She is majoring in international business and marketing with a minor in computer aided drafting and design.

In addition to the Marauder Fund, Leah is on the women’s swim team and is involved with the Slip and Score Society, the Metals Guild, and the Iota Delta Chapter of the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta. Leah enjoys learning languages, triathlons, and traveling.

THEODORE WEABER '26

Teddy joined our board in 2024 as one of our student directors. Teddy is a sophomore, set to graduate in 2026. He is majoring in economics and is minoring in government, policy, and law.

Teddy is a member of the men’s club volleyball team. He is a music enthusiast and loves movies.