Jay Worrall, President, Lower Alsace Representative
Jay Worrall resides in Lower Alsace with his wife and two sons. Jay and his family have been members of the community for thirteen years, living in the former “Steigerwald’s Winery”- an 1836 Farmhouse and local landmark, which they have renovated and call home. Jay works as the Director of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at Alvernia University, where he also teaches graduate classes on Poverty Studies, Leadership and Ethics. Before going to Alvernia, Jay served as the first Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Berks County for six years. Jay enjoys working on his home, gardening, brewing his own beer, and coaching youth soccer.
Lee Pace, Vice-President
Lee Pace has greatly enjoyed living in the Antietam Valley for the last 44 plus years, absent his schooling in Philadelphia and a brief period of residency on the “Western” side of Berks County. Lee is an ’86 Alumnus of Mount Penn High School, a place where he first honed his leadership and community service skills. He was elected Class President and received the dubious distinction of being named “Class Clown”. After settling in on his professional career, Lee returned to his Mount Penn roots, where he ran for, and was elected to, the Mount Pen Borough Council as a Write-In candidate. After winning a Council seat, Lee fondly remembers his father, Nick, saying, “Why would you go and ruin a perfectly good reputation!” In 2006, Lee joined National Penn Bank, as the Corporate and Institutional Sales Manager for Institutional Advisors, LLC, responsible for the business development of the firm’s highly successful proprietary investment strategies to corporate, institutional and governmental clients throughout the United States. Lee is a graduate of Temple University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He is a member of the Berks County Estate Planning Council, and serves as Vice President for the Antietam Valley Community Partnership. Lee is a former board member for the Lower Alsace Community Development Committee, the Humane Society of Berks County, and served on the Opportunity Houses’ Annual Golf tournament Committee from inception, in 1995 to 2006. In his spare time Lee enjoys outdoors activities including soccer, skiing, golf and tennis. He does not mind to get his hands dirty and get involved with some landscaping projects at his house. He enjoys the company of his two Westies, Indy and Angus. Lee is eager to work closely with the Antietam Valley’s community residents in an effort to invigorate the community’s pride and its spirit towards all of the Valley’s wonderful offerings.
Michelle McGill-Boyle, Secretary
Michelle McGill-Boyle has lived within the Antietam Valley community for 27 years, residing in both Exeter Township and currently, Lower Alsace Township. Michelle is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University where she earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Economics. In addition, she completed her teaching certification in Elementary Education from Alvernia University and possesses a Master of Education from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Michelle has been teaching 6th grade in the Daniel Boone Area School District since 1998. As a member of the AVCP, Michelle hopes to see the area evolve into a family-centered community, rich in culture, sports, recreation, and a variety of community based activities.
Jenny Weikel, Treasurer
Jenny Weikel has lived in both Mt. Penn and Lower Alsace for 36 years collectively. Jenny received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University, and currently works as the Accounting/Payroll Supervisor at Weikel Sportswear. Jenny is the mother of two children and serves as a member on the Mt. Penn P.T.L. In addition, Jenny was instrumental in creating the “Revive Antietam” movement. As a member of the AVCP, Jenny hopes to see a greater sense of community develop among the residents and the activities they plan.
Mike Fritz, Saint Lawrence Representative
Michael Fritz has been a member of the St. Lawrence Borough for over 20 years, where he has served as past Zoning Hearing Board Chairman and is a regular attendee of the NorthStar United Methodist Church. Currently, Michael is the Mayor of the St. Lawrence Borough. As an AVCP Board member, Michael envisions more attention focused on community residents and organizations through the AVCP’s enthusiasm.
Larry O’Boyle, Antietam School District Representative
Larry O’Boyle has lived in Lower Alsace for twenty-six years. A graduate of Reading Central Catholic High School, Larry works as a Maintenance Mechanic at the Super Valu Distribution Center in Denver, PA. During his term on the AVCP board Larry would like to see a greater sense of community pride and involvement. Larry sees great potential in the AVCP Board and community, and hopes the foundation of this board will foster future growth among other community members. Additionally, Larry hopes this movement will attract other families and businesses to the Antietam Valley community.
Geoffrey Ermentrout has been a member of Lower Alsace Township for his entire life, where he currently resides with his wife and four children. A graduate of Reading Central Catholic High School, Geoff earned his Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree from the former Allentown College (now DeSales University). Professionally, Geoff works as a Sales and Marketing Representative for Bill’s Khakis, Reading, PA. As a member of the AVCP, and a life-long member of the township, Geoff envisions developing a stronger sense of community within the great neighborhoods that encompass the AVCP. Additionally, Geoff is enthusiastic about the upcoming events that are planned for the community, as well as the anticipated participation of the residents.
Kerry Hoffman resides in Wyomissing Hills and is an Ad Hoc Member of the Antietam Valley community. A graduate of Reading High School, Kerry earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Bloomsburg University, his Masters Degree in Education from Kutztown University, and Principal’s Certification from Temple University. Kerry served as a 6th grade Teacher, and later as an Elementary School Principal in the Antietam School District over a span of 40 years. Kerry’s goal for the AVCP is to instill a stronger sense of community through planning various family-oriented activities and celebrations. Kerry’s hobbies include: watching sports, officiating high school and summer swimming, traveling, gardening, tropical fish and bird watching/identification, and spending time with his 5 grandchildren.
James Riegel resides in Pennside, and has lived in the township for most of his life. James enjoys riding his motorcycle, reading, and spending time with his family. As an active member of the AVCP, James seeks to offer more activities to residents of all ages in the Antietam Valley.
Margaret Saylor resides in Mt. Penn, and has lived in the Borough for 18 years, with her husband and two sons. Margaret has been involved in Mt Penn Borough’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2003 serving on the planning committee; MPABA, and AVCP. In addition, Margaret has been instrumental in various Antietam School District volunteer opportunities. An illustrator and designer, Margaret graduated from Kutztown University with a B.F.A. in Communications Design, and is currently pursuing a certificate in botanical art and illustration at The New York Botanical Garden. Margaret’s hobbies include painting and drawing from nature, gardening, and traveling with family. As an active member of the AVCP, Margaret aspires to channel her enthusiasm and creativity to enhance the mission of the partnership, and bring the community to its fullest potential.
ZoeAnn Yousaitis is a member of Lower Alsace Township. A graduate of Mt. Penn High School, ZoeAnn earned her Bachelor of Science, Arts, and Speech Communication degrees from Lynchburg College, and her Master’s in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University. ZoeAnn is employed by Eagleville Hospital where she works as Director of Human Resources. Additionally, ZoeAnn recently served on the board of directors as well as the Personnel Committee for Prospectus Berco, Mt. Penn Elementary’s P.T.L. and Spirit Wear Chairperson. ZoeAnn aspires for the AVCP to take an active part in making the community more family-oriented with a focus on community-building activities. ZoeAnn’s two children keep her and her husband busy with their various sports and activities.
Board Member Expectations and Responsibilities
Board Term: 2 years
- To be willing to work to improve the quality of life in the Antietam Valley.
- To represent the Antietam Valley Community Partnership (AVCP) in a positive manner at all times.
- To work to introduce people in our community to the work of AVCP.
- To attend and participate in meetings of the AVCPBoard of Directors. Currently meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm, and are held in different locations throughout the Antietam Valley. Please contact us for the location of the next meeting.
- To take seriously the responsibility of supervision and oversight of the corporation, including reading and reviewing Meeting minutes, financial reports and other such items.
- To be actively involved in and attend AVCP sponsored community events.
- To make an annual financial contribution to AVCP, and to make a strong and committed effort to encourage others to do the same.
- To support in a positive manner all actions approved by majority vote by the Board of Directors, even when in a minority position on such actions.
- To avoid, as much as is possible, conflicts of interest between the AVCP Board position and personal and business life. Obviously, such conflicts may be unavoidable, and in a case where there is a matter before the board in which such a conflict may appear, Board members will abstain from voting on the matter and disclose the conflict to the Board.