Board of Trustees
Meet HACC's Board of Trustees.
John J. "Ski" Sygielski, Ed.D, became the seventh president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in July 2011. His previous appointments include president of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, and president of Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. He began his professional career as a teacher in a Chicago inner-city school followed by a stint as a corporate trainer for two Fortune 500 companies. He transitioned to a community college career at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he began his community college administration and college teaching career.
Ski is the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. He is the past chairman of the board for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and AACC's 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. He is currently a member of Harrisburg Rotary and serves on the boards of the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce and Pennsylvania's Workforce Investment Board.
He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy, two master's degrees in business and a doctorate in education, as well as an honorary associate degree.
Ski, and his husband, Steve Perrault, are residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is an avid bicyclist and the only member of his working-class family to graduate from college.
Jeff Shaffer, an alumnus of the College, owns a real estate company serving Gettysburg and Adams counties. He also serves on many community boards.
Jonathan Bowser is the managing partner of Integrated Development Partners, a real estate development and consulting firm. He is president and CEO of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation. Prior to this position, he was the president and CEO of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Bowser also serves on many community boards.
Hagir Elsheikh is a health career and HACC nursing graduate. Ms. Elsheikh is the founder and CEO for HSE Staffing Agency, a healthcare staffing company. She has a bachelor of science in nursing and an associate degree in electrical engineering.
Mauree Gingrich spent 14 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing Lebanon County’s 101st District. She also served for 12 years on the Palmyra Borough Council.
James Grandon spent his entire career as a real estate developer in the Harrisburg area. Mr. Grandon is the former chairman of the HACC Foundation Board and most recently served on the State’s Higher Education Commission. Mr. Grandon also serves on many community boards.
Deep C. Gupta spent nearly four decades in Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry and retired as the director of workforce information analysis. Over the years, Mr. Gupta has established various Asian Indian associations and has been appointed by two governors to serve on the commonwealth’s Asian American and Pacific advisory committee.
Elizabeth “Liz” Knouse has held senior-level communication positions within the military and state government. A former president of the South Middleton School District Board of Directors, Ms. Knouse serves on many local boards.
John J. Kubeika is currently the vice president of AAA Central Penn. Prior to this position, he held senior-level positions within the insurance industry. Mr. Kubeika serves on a variety of local and state boards and is a past member of the East Pennsboro Area School District Board of Directors.
Hector R. Ortiz, Ph.D., assistant secretary of HACC’s Board of Trustees, is an assistant professor at Central Penn College. Dr. Ortiz, a former district governor of Rotary International, is also a board member of the Association of Community College’s Trustees (ACCT) and is chair of the Board’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Tom B. Richey, chairman of HACC’s Board of Trustees, held senior-level positions in Fortune 500 real estate development companies. With over 30 years of real estate development experience, Mr. Richey actively participates on the Board’s Finance Committee and is a member of the HACC Foundation Board.
Stephen Reed, an alumnus of the College, formerly served as a Dauphin County commissioner, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and mayor of Harrisburg.
Toni H. Sharp, vice chairman of HACC’s Board of Trustees and chairman of the Board’s Education Committee, held senior-level sales and marketing positions with AT&T and Verizon until her recent retirement. With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Ms. Sharp served on various community boards including the West Shore School District Board of Directors.
Peter C. Wambach, secretary of HACC’s Board of Trustees, is an alumnus of HACC’s second graduating class. Mr. Wambach previously held senior-level state government positions, including 12 years as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Mark A. Whitmoyer, treasurer of HACC’s Board of Trustees, is the founder and principal of a local energy conservation and solar energy firm. Mr. Whitmoyer previously served on the West Perry School and the Cumberland-Perry Vocational Technical High School boards of directors for several years.
Teresa D. Williams, Ed.D., spent 35 years in various instructional and administrative roles with the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13.
Keith R. Sadler is a community college graduate. Mr. Sadler spent over three decades in law enforcement. He recently retired as chief of the City of Lancaster Bureau of Police and is now employed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s drug enforcement office. Mr. Sadler has been a criminal justice adjunct professor at HACC and other institutions.
Lori Brandt, an alumna of HACC, has spent over 20 years serving the senior population through a variety of outreach and marketing leadership positions. She serves on many community boards.
Niles S. Benn, assistant treasurer of HACC’s Board of Trustees, has practiced media law for over 40 years and currently teaches law at York College of Pennsylvania. He is an accomplished sculptor. Mr. Benn previously served as chairman of the board to one of the region’s hospitals and currently serves on numerous community boards.