MU Foundation Board of Directors
Joseph Garner, MBA '90
Joe joined our board in 2016, after having served on the board previously from 2004 to 2011 and as president from 2009 to 2011. He's currently serving as president of the board. He previously served as chair of the board’s investment committee. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Millersville University. Joe is the director of research and a member of the small-cap and mid-cap portfolio management teams at Emerald Asset Management. He is also a manager of the Emerald Growth Fund. In his spare time, Joe enjoys volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, baseball, tennis and traveling. He and his wife, Elizabeth (Millersville ’91), have three children, Peter, Charlotte and Thomas.
Darryl L. Landis, M.D., MBA '85
Darryl joined our board in 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Millersville University in 1985 and went on to obtain a medical degree from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as 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 Middle Eastern culture. He and his wife, Suhaila, are the proud parents of three sons, John, Michael and Justin.
Suzanne Walstrum '94
Suzanne joined our board in 2018. She graduated from Millersville University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Suzanne is vice president, insolvency investment services with PRA Group Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with family. She and her husband, Michael, have a son named Jack.
Abram W. Diffenbach '73
Abe joined our board in 2019. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Millersville University. Abe is a retired financial advisor from Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. He enjoys traveling, skiing, reading and spending time with his grandchildren. Abe and his wife, Karen, have four children and five grandchildren.
Corin joined our board in 2016. Corin graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2009 with a degree in Business Management and Finance. Since 2009, she has been working with Northwestern Mutual and is now the Director of Recruitment & Development where she is able to facilitate the growth of the Culture as well as the Financial Advisors’ & College Financial Representatives' businesses all while personally developing as a coach. During her spare time, Corin enjoys teaching Zumba, reading, being outdoors and spending time with her husband, Kevin, and 2 sons, Isaac and Luke.
Saul W. Fink, PH.D. ‘85
Saul joined our board in 2015. He graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and earned a doctorate in analytical/physical chemistry from the University of Houston. Saul is currently the executive director of global manufacturing and supply at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). He has held several roles at BMS, including analytical chemist and manager, pharmaceutical development, and developed business operations within protein therapeutics. Saul and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, Brandon and Adam.
Michael R. Gumpper, Ph.D.
Mike rejoined our board in 2016 after prior service on the board from 1998 to 2001. Dr. Gumpper received a doctorate in economics from the University of Kentucky in 1998. He is currently a professor of economics at Millersville University and the faculty advisor for the Marauder Fund, a student managed investment portfolio.
Jacob Higley joined our board in 2019. He is currently a junior at Millersville University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in computer science. In his free time, Jake enjoys watching the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers and the reality show “Survivor.” He also enjoys visiting his family in Reading, Pennsylvania, on the weekends and teaches kindergarten at LCBC in Ephrata on Sundays.
Albert Hoffman, PH.D.
Albert joined our board in 2019. He has a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Science and a doctorate in genetics from North Carolina State University. Dr. Hoffman was a professor of genetics and dean emeritus of science and mathematics at Millersville University from 1983 to 1999. He enjoys sports, traveling, fly fishing, golfing, hiking, reading and investing. He is the proud father of two sons, Eric and Gregory.
Tiffany joined our Board in 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in business from University of Arkansas Little Rock. Tiffany is a financial advisor and CFP for Rodgers and Associates as part of their wealth management team. Tiffany works with high net individuals to plan for their financial goals to guide them through retirement. She enjoys snow skiing, hiking, biking and interior design. She is the proud mother of three sons: Miller, Jordan and Jackson.
Julie A. Lombardi, P.E.D.
Professor Lombardi joined our board in 2015. She is currently an associate professor in the University’s Wellness and Sport Sciences Department. Julie earned a physical education doctorate (P.E.D.) from Indiana University, a Master of Science from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas). Her hobbies include running and other outdoor exercise activities. Julie and her husband, Bob, have two daughters, Mackenzie and Keely.
David morris '01
David Morris joined our board in 2020. David received his undergraduate degree from Millersville in Business with a concentration in Marketing and then his MBA from the University of Delaware in 2015. As Executive Director for the American Heart Association, David oversees all of their work in Delaware. His hobbies include exercising and playing golf. He is an avid runner as well. David is the proud father of two little girls, Harper and Ilana. His favorite thing in the world is to spend time with them!
Karen Ashkar Murley '63
Karen Ashkar Murley joined our board in 2020. Karen received her undergraduate degree from Millersville State College and completed her MLS degree at George Peabody College of Education (now Vanderbilt University). After three years as elementary school librarian in the now West Chester (PA) School District, she accepted a position as reference librarian at IBM Components Division in Hopewell Junction, NY; her career included assignments as senior librarian, manager of library services and records management, and education program manager. As a retiree, Karen enjoyed more than a decade in Vassar College's Department of Music serving as concerts administrator and building manager. Her interests: Ravel, Faure, Elgar, Berlioz, Lauridsen (to mention just a few) and keeping up with Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher. Karen is the widow of Philip C. Murley, a quietly imaginative and funny mathematician, and now lives in Willow Street.
Andrew Ryan joined our board in 2019. He is the current CEO of the Marauder Fund Student Investment Association and a senior at Millersville University pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Andrew hopes to work in auditing or tax at a public accounting firm and earn his CPA license. He enjoys traveling, golf, photography, swimming, and visiting friends and family in Maryland.
Dr. Charles Scharnberger joined our board in 2020. Charles was born in St. Louis, MO, in 1943. He was educated in the St. Louis public schools before matriculating at Amherst College where he majored in geology. After receiving his BA degree, he pursued graduate studies at Washington University (St. Louis) where he earned MA (1969) and PhD (1971) degrees. From 1971 to 1973 he was assistant professor of geology at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1973, he joined the faculty of Millersville State College (now Millersville University) where he attained the rank of professor and served for 9 years as chair of the Earth Sciences Department. In the 1990s, he served two terms on the board of the Millersville University Foundation.
Sylvia shellenberger '71 ph.d.
Sylvia Shellenberger joined our board in 2020. She received her undergraduate degree (1971) and Master's degree (1974) from Millersville University. 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.
Angel Shelley-Royal '02
Angel joined our board in 2018. Angel is a proud alumna of Millersville University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Science in special education in 2002. She continued her studies and received a Master of Science in school psychology from Eastern University. Currently, Angel is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and management with a concentration in special education at Drexel University. Angel has worked as a certified school psychologist for over a decade with the School District of Philadelphia and is a member of the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. One of Angel's greatest pleasures is traveling with family. Angel and her husband, Leonard, have two sons who are devoted Philadelphia Eagles fans.
Stevi sprenkle '12
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 Penn 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. Stevi resides in York with her husband, Drew, and their daughter, Hensley.
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. He works in finance related roles in banking, construction and health care. Bill enjoys volunteering with the Lancaster Safety Coalition, fishing and running. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laurie, and they have two children, Caroline and Luke.
Cynthia E. Taylor, Ph.D
Cynthia joined our board in 2017. Dr. Taylor received a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from the University of Missouri in 2011. She is currently an associate professor of mathematics at Millersville University. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, traveling, running and gardening.
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. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and watching IndyCar racing. Holly and her husband, Terrance, have two daughters, Teresa and Maria.
James D. Warner ‘80
Jim joined our board in 2015. He graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and earned a master’s degree in geo-environmental science from Shippensburg University in 1984. Jim has spent over 35 years in the waste management industry. He is currently president of Practical Waste Solutions LLC, a waste management consulting firm. Previously, Jim served as CEO of the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority for 22 years. Jim and his wife, Kathleen Sacco (Millersville ’82), live in the Lancaster area.
Kemah E.P. Washington, ED.D. ‘03
Kemah joined our board in 2019. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Millersville University in 2003 and 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 a number of 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, of course, spending time with his wife, Brandi, and his daughters, Kennedi and Parker.
Antoine RJ Wright '02
Antoine joined our board in 2017. He graduated from Millersville University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications. He currently serves as an IT consultant and speaker in Maryland, Washington D.C. and North Carolina, while also engaging within several corporate training and sketchnote seminars across North America, Europe and Australia. His hobbies include cycling, spoken word/poetry and enjoying meals from various ethnicities.