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.
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.
Susannah Boyle, Ph.D.
Dr. Susannah Boyle began her teaching career by teaching elementary special education students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education from the University of New Orleans and a doctorate in Special Education from Penn State University.
Susannah has been a faculty member at Millersville University in the Department of Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education since 2017. She teaches special education courses to pre-service and in-service special education teachers, including upper-level courses focusing on learners with severe disabilities.
Susannah has written several articles and presented at numerous conferences on topics related to focusing on students with severe disabilities, literacy and science interventions for diverse learners, and preparing pre-service teachers to teach all students.
As a faculty member, Susannah has been a donor to the Millersville University Scholarship Fund, African American and Latino Scholarships, and the EPPIIC Student Compassion Fund.
Ximena Catepillán, Ph.D.
Dr. Ximena 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.
Catepillán 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 the area of 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.
Catepillán is the past Chair of the Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware section of the Mathematical Association of America; she is currently serving in 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.
Jennifer Chambers, M.D., MBA, FACP '81
Dr. Jennifer Chambers is Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at Capital BlueCross in Harrisburg, PA. She joined the Capital BlueCross medical staff in 2007. Dr. Chambers is currently responsible for clinical strategy and leadership across the organization and is responsible for Clinical programming, including Utilization Management and Care Management programs, as well as Medical Affairs, Medical Policy, Corporate Coding Unit, Accreditation and Performance Improvement.
Dr. Chambers graduated from Millersville in 1981 with a B.S. in Medical Technology. She earned both her medical degree and MBA from Penn State University (Internal Medicine award recipient and the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation from the American Medical Women’s Association). She completed her internship and residency at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and served as chief resident and instructor in the Department of Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine (Resident Humanitarian Award and the Resident Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient Care-Hematology/Oncology) and in hospice and palliative medicine.
She and her husband, Mike, live near Hershey, PA. and are the proud parents of three children.
Jennifer and her husband established the Michael Vaughan Chambers Integrated Studies Housing Scholarship.
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.
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.
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.
Denise WERNER '96
Denise joined our board in 2021. 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.
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.
In her spare time, Denise enjoys cooking, pickleball, and 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.
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.