LARRY O’BOYLE, President, Antietam School District Representative
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.
ZOEANN YOUSAITIS, Vice President
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 Mosteller & Associates. 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 boys are currently attending Penn State University.
LISA ASHCROFT, Treasurer
Since Lisa moved into the Antietam Valley in 2008 she quickly fell in love with the charm of the area and strong sense of community spirit. Lisa graduated from Alvernia University and has been serving her clients as a wealth trust advisor in the financial industry ever since. She currently resides near the Antietam pool with her husband, son and everyone’s best friend, Murphy, the Labradoodle. She has enjoyed being a member of AVCP since 2017, where she was involved in the area’s first community Golumpki dinner. She looks forward to continuing to help with upcoming projects and events that will help keep the Antietam Valley strong and bright!
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. The Johnson’s have two small children and enjoy all things family & fun – music, food, and the great outdoors! 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.
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.
After graduating with a B.S. Business Administration from Kutztown University, Kate traveled and explored different areas of the county and eventually made it back to the area to be close to family, and settled in Mt. Penn in 2009. She is the Director of Operations at RE/MAX of Reading and also owns Reading Distilling Guild with her husband. Kate’s daughter is a student at Antietam SD where she likes that the teachers have the opportunity to get to know the students and can focus on their individual needs. Kate enjoys the small town feel of Antietam and the fact that the area has everything she needs but without the traffic and noise of neighboring towns. She loves the convenience of the Redner’s and the great selection of family owned restaurants in the neighborhood. She is excited to be a part of the AVCP where she can share her love for the community with others, and hopes to help others see how wonderful it is to be a part of the Antietam Valley.
TOM GOMBAR, 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.
Jeff Kistler has lived in the Exeter area for the last 30 years. He and his wife currently reside in the countryside of Limekiln with their 3 adult children, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 3 goats, a miniature horse and a fish. (Only the dogs and the fish are in their home.) Jeff and his wife enjoy cruising to car shows in their 57′ T-Bird on beautiful sunny days. Jeff is currently the office manager for Community UCC and President of Consistory, which recently became a partner with AVCP in the last year. Jeff had served as a loan campaign specialist, LCS, for United Way when he worked for VF Outlet in 2006. He saw that helping people doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but it does take a team of devoted individuals to make a difference in the community where you work, live and play. AVCP has that same mindset with the programs that they present to the community throughout the year, trying to make the Antietam Valley a better place to live and raise a family and is excited to be a part of it.
After graduating from Kutztown University with a BFA in Communication Design, Rob’s professional career took him around eastern PA eventually settling down in 2006 with his wife, Jen, in this friendly community. Rob worked in agencies as a designer and illustrator for many years, and now resides as part of the in-house Marketing team for Lehigh Valley Health Network. He enjoys volunteering for his children Catherine and Gavin’s activities and is one of the founding members of the annual Carsonia Craft Beer & Wine Amusement. Both Jen and Rob are actively involved in this community and school activities and look to keep positive change happening. He loves the outdoors and looks forward to the next adventure with his family.
CHAD SCHLANGER, Representative 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.