The IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors

  • 2018–19 IUP Alumni Association Board of Director Group Photo

    Pictured are the 2018–19 IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors. Row 1: Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna, Leslie Miller Purser '80, Chrystina Black Steffy ’03, Debra Evans-Smith '81,Tonya Anthony Hsiung ’00, M’03, Michael Moyer ’04, Michael Driscoll. Row 2: Mary Morgan ’91, Mike Bodolosky ’72, M’78, John Simpson '79, Michael Staub ’80Heather Camp Reed M’13, Tracy Settle '80. Row 3: Ward Johnson '80, Phillip Carrai '83, Joseph Kopko '03, M'12, Florence Mauchant M'85.

    2019–20 IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors

    The Alumni Association Board of Directors looks for opportunities and programs that will enable graduates of IUP to stay connected to their alma mater.

    Know of an active alumnus or alumna who would make a great addition to the Alumni Association Board of Directors? See our Board of Directors Nomination Form

    John Simpson ’79, President

    John Simpson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in economics from IUP. He now is employed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, responsible for the execution of all Steelers marketing events, managing corporate sales accounts and Heinz Field Luxury Suite sales, and overseeing the marketing internship program.

    John has been a member of the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors since 2013 and serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. He has been involved in alumni activities in the Pittsburgh region since graduation.

    John lives in Irwin, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Darlene, a member of the class of 1980.

    Ward Johnson ’80, Vice President

    Ward Johnson is a 1980 graduate of the College of Health and Human Services, is a 1984 graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business (MBA), and is currently a senior vice president for Wells Fargo and is based in the Philadelphia area. At Wells Fargo, Ward is responsible for the management of the segment of the company’s Global Financial Institutions business, which serves the banking, investment, and risk management needs of depository institutions headquartered throughout the northeastern United States.

    Ward and his family have been active members of the IUP family for many years. In the 1980s, Sally Johnson Hall was dedicated in memory of Ward’s grandmother, a former trustee of IUP; and Ward’s father, David, served as a longtime trustee and dedicated volunteer.

    Ward resides in Bryn Mawr with his wife, Elaine, a 1986 IUP graduate, and two teenage daughters. 

    Tonya Anthony Hsiung ’00, M’03, Treasurer

    A graduate of the Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Tonya earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education in 2000. During her undergraduate years at IUP, Tonya worked in the Financial Aid Office and served as president of the IUP Ambassadors, which led her to stay at IUP and obtain her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. She now serves as an instructor for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).  She has previously held positions in financial aid at Franklin and Marshall College and Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She holds memberships in several student financial aid organizations and received a Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in 2012.

    Tonya has stayed involved with the university by assisting with reunion planning and mentoring students, and she has stayed involved in her region as well as attending a variety of campus activities. 

    She and her husband, Danny, are the parents of Alana and reside in Lancaster.

    Michael Moyer ’04, Secretary

    Moyer earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 2004. He now serves as managing director of Energy for Environmental Service Laboratories as well as Environmental Land Surveying & Solutions. Moyer works directly with Appalachian Basin Marcellus/Utica drilling companies in all phases of drilling, including engineering, surveying, permitting, selecting target analyses and appropriate analytical methods in predrilling programs, and assisting with emergency response. Moyer was named one of the Pittsburgh region’s 40 under 40 Fast Trackers in 2013 and has been named to the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Who’s Who in Energy annual list several times.

    As a student, Moyer was an active member of the IUP Ambassadors program, serving as president his junior year. He has stayed involved with the university by speaking to classes, mentoring students, and attending a variety of campus activities. He is on the Audit and Board Development committees, and the IUP Alumni Association presented him with the Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2015.

    Moyer lives in the Clymer area with his wife, Billie Jo ’04, and their two children, Christian and Carly. 


    Michael Bodolosky ’72, M’78

    Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 1972 and a Master of Science degree in 1978. He currently is the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center’s executive director and serves as a music instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as UPJ’s band and jazz ensemble director and conductor. The retired Fine Arts Department chair and band director in the Richland School District, he received the Pennsylvania Music Educator Association’s Citation of Excellence in Teaching in 2011, 2002, and 1987. He is listed numerous times in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

    In 2014, Mike performed as guest artist with the IUP Jazz Ensembles and the Alumni Jazz Band during the annual alumni jazz reunion. Throughout the weekend he taught and mentored students. He has participated in various reunion groups and consults with the faculty in the IUP College of Fine Arts.

    He and his wife, Glenna, reside in Johnstown and are the parents of Zachary.

    Jerome Brown, II ’97

    Jerome earned his BS in communications media in 1997. As a student, he was active with WIUP-TV and the Entertainment Network and was a peer tutor at the Writing Center. After earning a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh, he became a development associate at Pitt. Currently, he serves as a defense analyst with the US Government Accountability Office. He is involved with the Montgomery County Road Runners Club, Montgomery County Office of the Inspector General Advisory Board, Young Government Leaders, and Blacks in Government.

    While in Pittsburgh, he assisted with planning IUP alumni activities continued in the same capacity after moving to the Washington, DC area.

    Jerome and his wife, Jill Dash, are the parents of Maya and Harper.

    Tim Burns ’90

    A 1990 graduate of IUP, Tim Burns earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He went on to found a pharmacy software company that ultimately employed over 400 people when it was sold to a public company. He is now the president of ElecTekUSA, a political campaign software company. Tim also is on the board of directors of CASANA, a national organization dedicated to helping children with a rare neurological disorder called apraxia. Over the years, Tim has been involved in a number of other nonprofit projects, including local flood relief efforts as well as being part of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. In 2010, Tim received the Jefferson Award for community service for his work with special-needs children.

    Tim has been active in college activities, attending homecoming games and events in the Pittsburgh area. He lives in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, and has two sons, Brock and Trent.

    Kathryn Gillis Kinderman ’81

    Kathy Kinderman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy at IUP and then a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Leadership Education Administration and Development from the University of Pittsburgh, becoming a registered respiratory therapist in 1982. Since then, she has been associated with the IUP/West Penn Hospital School of Respiratory Care. She started as an instructor, became director of Clinical Education in 1990, and then was appointed program director in 2013.

    Over the years, Kathryn has taught a variety of classroom, laboratory, and clinical courses. Active in alumni networking events in Pittsburgh, she has planned reunion activities for alumni of the Respiratory Care program and has been active in networking events with IUP alumni at regional respiratory care conferences.

    She and her husband, Robert, have two children: Natalie, who graduated from IUP in 2015, and Eric, a current student. They live in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon.

    Joseph Kopko ’03, M’12

    Joe earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in safety sciences. Currently an executive vice president for HUB International, he assists clients with creating a proactive risk management experience and managing their total population health. His awards include the National Safety Council’s Top 40 Under 40 Rising Star of Safety. The IUP Alumni Association presented him with the Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2011. Joe is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and provides advisory counsel to the IUP student chapter of ASSP. He is also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America.

    Joe lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Elizabeth. They have two children, Carter and Andrew.

    John Ninosky ’93

    John Ninosky graduated from IUP in 1993 with a criminology degree and earned his juris doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law in 1996. John is a shareholder with the law offices of Johnson Duffie in Harrisburg and is a trial lawyer whose practice involves primarily the defense of health care providers and institutions in civil litigation throughout Pennsylvania’s county and federal courts. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in 2010 and 2011 and serves as the cochair of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute’s Professional Liability Committee.

    John was appointed to the IUP Alumni Association board of directors in 2012. He has been a member of the Governmental Relations Committee and an active volunteer for admissions events in Harrisburg.

    He resides in Harrisburg with his wife, Tammy Beale Ninosky ’93, and their children, Kristen and Johnny.

    Brenda Peterman '87

    Brenda graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. A Four-year Letterman, Brenda was an Athletic Scholarship Recipient (Sept ‘83 to May ‘87) on IUP’s Division II Woman’s Gymnastics Team, contributing to four PSAC Team Championships, three Regional Team Championships and qualifying for three National Team competitions. 

    Brenda’s professional career in Commercial and Investment Banking spans three decades. Currently the Controller for Needham & Company, LLC, a full-service Broker/Dealer and Investment Bank located in New York City, Brenda has consistently been recognized for her efforts and achievements and was promoted to Principal in December of 2012.   Prior to Needham, Brenda worked in multiple leadership roles for a De Novo bank in Reading, PA and for several boutique full-service Broker/Dealer and Investment Banking firms in the greater Philadelphia area.

    Brenda and her husband, Stephen, are also entering the 10th year of Research & Development and will soon be launching their new Hybrid Wine Company, the proprietary and Nordic-inspired Valkyrie Crafted Libations, Inc. (VCL).  Specializing in distinct and upscale fortified wines and classic Mead-inspired offerings.

    Brenda has been involved with IUP alumni activities, from participating and planning events in the greater Philadelphia area to participating in events in NYC.  She is also an avid outdoors person. She has hiked, camped and mountain biked many of our country’s premier National Parks and nature destinations including Arches, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, The Tetons, Southern California’s Catalina Island and El Moro Canyon in Orange County.

    She currently resides in Nutley, NJ and can be found sharing her time between NJ, NYC and Seneca Lake, NY.

    Leslie Miller Purser '80

    Leslie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art in 1980 and, upon graduation, was awarded her Army commission as a second lieutenant and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate. After 37 years of service, she retired at the rank of major general. Her last assignment was as acting principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. In 2018, Leslie received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for her career achievements. She now lives in Dandridge, Tennessee, with her husband, Joseph. They have two children, Jennifer and Justin.

    Heather Camp Reed M’13

    Executive director of Indiana Healthcare Foundation, Heather Camp Reed graduated from IUP’s Public Affairs program. She is an active member of the Indiana community and holds board memberships on the local YMCA and the United Way of Indiana County and serves on the VNA Hospice Advisory Board. She is cofounder of Hopeful Hearts, an organization that provides support to grieving children and families.

    She and her husband Dave Reed ’00, live in Indiana with their children, Joshua, Gracie, and Elliana.

    Debra Evans-Smith ’81

    A special advisor in the Human Resources Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Debra currently manages the Director’s Priority Initiative on Diversity and Inclusion. Previously, her 30-year FBI career has included serving as deputy assistant director and special agent in charge, giving her extensive experience in counterintelligence and criminal activity. During her student years, Debra studied in the Criminology  Department. She currently resides in Woodbridge, Virginia, and has one son, Marcus Smith.

    Tracy Settle ’80

    Tracy graduated with a degree in business and is a distinguished military graduate of IUP’s ROTC program. He regularly assists with IUP mentoring and networking events in Washington, DC as well as with admissions recruitment. In 2012, he received the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.

    In addition to his service to the IUP Alumni Association, he serves on the university’s Imagine Unlimited campaign leadership team. Tracy is a Leadership Society member and established the Global Engagement Scholarship Fund in support of the Office of International Education. The scholarship supports international exchange programs and travel opportunities for IUP students.

    A retired 27-year Army veteran with the rank of colonel, Tracy spent 10 years in Germany. He has worked as a stockbroker, advertising executive, fitness center owner, and bison producer and is currently consulting on international business development in the Caribbean and the Americas.

    Tracy received the Department of Defense Legion of Merit, Suriname Military Medal of Meritorious Service, National Guard Association of the US Distinguished Service Award, and the Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve National Member of the Year Award.

    He also volunteers with Special Olympics Florida/Manatee County as a coach and as public relations director, the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Task Force, the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow, Military Officers Association of America, the US Army War College Alumni Association, and the National Guard Association of the United States.

    He received a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a master’s degree in Business Information Systems/Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

    Tracy resides in Bradenton, Florida, with his wife, Sheri, and daughter, Meg, and enjoys international travel, scuba diving, fishing, all types of music/theater, motor sports, and ice hockey. 

    Chrystina Black Steffy ’03

    An energy industry analyst for the Office of Administrative Litigation at the Federal Regulatory Commission, Chrystina resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Kenneth Steffy ’03, and their daughter, Kathryn. In 2007, she earned the IUP Young Alumni Achievement Award. During her undergraduate years in the Economics Department, she served as president and initiate advisor of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.

    Chrystina earned her master’s degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2010.


    Mary Morgan ’91

    Director, Office of Alumni and Friends
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Michael Driscoll

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna

    Vice President for University Advancement
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Alexander Fefolt

    Student Government Association
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Benjamin Snyder

    IUP Ambassadors
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    All past presidents of the IUP Alumni Association