BARRY GROEBEL, CPA, President
Originally from western Pennsylvania, Barry graduated from Greater Johnstown High School in Johnstown, PA and Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Barry has lived in Lower Alsace Township for 16 years and very much likes the area, which in many ways reminds him of his childhood community in Johnstown. Barry is a CPA and a tax partner at Herbein+Company, Inc. Barry is impressed with the great things AVCP has done for the community so far and hopes he can help continue and grow those efforts.
JAMES PACE, Vice President
JENNY WEIKEL, Treasurer
Jenny Weikel has lived in both Mt. Penn and Lower Alsace for over 40 years collectively. Jenny received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University, and currently works as a Pre-K teacher at Community U.C.C. Preschool. She is also the Accounting/Payroll Supervisor at Weikel Sportswear. Jenny is the mother of two children, Kaleen and Jacob. 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.
AMY JOHNSON, Secretary
Amy Johnson has lived in Lower Alsace for 6 years and is a graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School. She and her husband Rich chose the Antietam Valley because of the eclectic collection of homes, access to several types of family recreation, and the school district of Antietam. Amy and Rich run two local businesses: The Loving Spoonful, an Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Company, and Pollen Consolidated LLC, an Arts & Entertainment Events Company. In addition, Amy works for Habitat for Humanity of Berks County to garner sponsorship for their flagship events throughout the year. The Johnson’s have two small children and enjoy all things family & fun – music, food, and the great outdoors! Amy also loves fitness & is a self proclaimed foodie. The mission of AVCP resonated so deeply with Amy because of their focus on bringing neighbors together in a variety of events to build a strong sense of community. She is honored to be a part of AVCP & looks forward to furthering this mission.
LEE PACE, Past President
Lee Pace has been an Antietam Valley resident for over 35 years. He is graduate of Mount Penn High School and Temple University where he earned Bachelors of Science degree in Economics. Professionally, Lee serves as the Corporate and Institutional Sales Manager for Institutional Advisors LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser® located in Wyomissing, PA. Lee has enjoyed serving the community’s needs over the years as a former Mt. Penn Borough Councilman and inaugural board member on the former Lower Alsace Community Development Committee, which served as a catalyst for the creation of the Antietam Valley Community Partnership. Lee enjoys spending time with his family, working on his home, gardening and playing soccer for the Liederkranz’s Germania Soccer Club.
Rachael Chamberlain has called the Antietam Valley her home for over 15 years. She resides in Lower Alsace Township with her husband and two children. Rachael is a registered nurse and has worked as a school nurse in the Antietam School District for the last two years. She enjoys camping, gardening, hiking, biking, and refinishing furniture. In their spare time, Rachael and family can be found traveling to new destinations with their travel trailer. Rachael admires the dedication of the AVCP in helping to create a greater sense of community and looks forward to being part of the process.
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.
Senator Judy Schwank’s office
Tom Gombar is a lifelong resident of Berks County. He grew up in East Reading, attended St. Catharine of Siena School in Mount Penn, and formerly resided in Mount Penn Borough. Tom currently resides in Exeter Township with his wife and three children. He is a 1983 graduate of Reading Central Catholic High School. He attended the Berks Campus of the Pennsylvania State University, and graduated from Alvernia College with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. In 1993, he earned his Masters of Public Administration Degree from Kutztown University. Since 1987, Tom has been employed by the Senate of Pennsylvania. He previously worked for Senator Michael A. O’Pake, serving as legislative assistant, district office manager and Chief of Staff. He currently serves as District Director and Senior Advisor for Senator Judith L. Schwank. In addition to his managerial duties, he has been responsible for the following policy/issue areas: environment, transportation, higher education, local government, and economic development. During the past twenty-seven years, Tom has worked with officials at the local, state, and federal levels on a daily basis. Through that work, he has forged strong working relationships with government officials, business leaders, and community activists. Tom has been active in a wide-range of community service activities. Currently, he serves as a volunteer coach with the Berks Catholic Ice Hockey Club. He is also an elected auditor for Exeter Township, Berks County. Previously, Tom served two-terms on the Board of Trustees of the Exeter Community Library, including two years as treasurer. In addition, he was a founding member of the Berks County Environmental Advisory. Having grown up in and around the Antietam Valley, Tom has deep ties to the area and a strong desire to maintain and enhance the family-friendly character of the valley.
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.
LARRY O’BOYLE, Antietam School District
Larry and his wife Susan have been residents of Lower Alsace Township since 1985. They have two sons: Larry a 2006 graduate of Antietam, married to Sarah Webb; and Tim, a 2009 graduate of Antietam. Larry is a maintenance mechanic for Super-Valu working in Denver, PA. He has served on the Antietam School Board since 2008. Being a member of AVCP since its inception in 2011 is just one more thing Larry is proud to add to his resume. Larry hopes to continue to make the Antietam Valley a better place to live for years to come with the help of all the good people of the valley.
MARGARET SAYLOR, Mount Penn Representative
Margaret Saylor resides in Mt. Penn, and has lived in the Borough for 20 years with her husband Walt, and two sons, Andrew and Matthew. Margaret graduated from Kutztown University with a BFA in Communications Design, and recently earned a certificate in botanical art and illustration from The New York Botanical Garden. An illustrator and graphic designer, she currently works as the editor/designer of The Botanical Artist magazine, and teaches drawing and painting. Margaret enjoys gardening, old house restoration, traveling with family, and painting mushrooms and fungi. 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.
State Rep. Mark Rozzi’s office
Chad Schlanger resides in Cumru Township, but called Lower Alsace Township home for more than 20 years until college and work took him out of the area. A 2000 graduate of Antietam High School, Chad has a passion for the Antietam Valley community. Through his State position, he has come to our board to offer guidance and assistance with legislative fixes and common sense conceptions to help the Antietam Valley flourish. In addition to being the Chief of Staff to State Representative Mark Rozzi, Chad is also a full time real estate agent and owns several businesses locally, including one of the area’s largest property management firms as well as a local construction company. As a board member, Chad’s priority is the creation of a thriving and robust business district which will immediately breathe energy and infuse funds into the community.
Ann Sellers has called Pennside home for the last 16 years, where she resides with her family in the home designed by Reading architect Calvin Young in 1916 for J.B. Schaeffer. Ann and her family chose the Antietam Valley for the beautiful tree lined streets, sense of community, and diverse historical architecture, nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Ann specialized in stormwater management and community design. She currently works in the engineering department of Forino Co., LLC as the Director of Green Infrastructure. In addition to AVCP, Ann has been a member of the Antietam School Board for over 13 years, the Schuylkill Action Network Stormwater Workgroup, South Central and South East Regional DEP Roundtable and The American Society of Landscape Architects. An avid runner, Ann also enjoys hiking, boating, tennis and travel. She is very excited to be a part of the wonderfully diverse group of talents that make the AVCP a dynamic part of our community.
JAY WORRALL, Lower Alsace Township Representative
Jay Worrall and his family reside on Hill Road and have been members of the Antietam Valley community since the 1990s, formerly in Mount Penn and now living in “Steigerwald’s Winery” in Lower Alsace- an 1836 Farmhouse and stop on the Gravity Railroad, which he and Michelle have renovated and call home. Jay is the Director of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at Alvernia University, where he also teaches courses on Nonprofit Management, Poverty Studies, Leadership and Ethics, primarily in the graduate school. Before going to Alvernia, Jay served as the first Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Berks County, has worked as a professional grant writer for several community development organizations, as Director of Neighborhood Building in Reading, and as Director of Youth Programs at a local YMCA. Jay enjoys working on his home, gardening, and coaching youth sports.
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. 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.