Class Notes shares the achievements and milestones of alumni of Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors, Williamsport Area Community College and Williamsport Technical Institute. Share your story.

Brian Harpster, 1993

electronics technology: fiber optic/communication

Brian is a senior quality engineer/laser safety officer for II-VI Inc. He is responsible for worldwide customer engineering support for opto-electronic amplifiers and network devices. He's also the laser safety officer for the research and development laboratory. He received a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Alfred University in 2002. He resides in Painted Post, N.Y.

Richard Norgard, 2013

Technology Management

Richard is the owner/operator of RN Woodworks LLC. He resides in Toms River, N.J.

Gary Obert, 1986

service and operation of heavy construction equipment

Gary is a senior regional director, finance, for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. He resides in Arlington, Va.


Shaun Slimmer, 2002

computer-aided product and systems design

Shaun is the Mid-Atlantic business development manager - defense & space for Carlisle Interconnect Technologies. He finds new opportunities in the defense and space market for the company's radio frequency/digital interconnect capabilities. He resides in Keymar, Md., with his wife, Sabrina '01, physical fitness specialist, and their two daughters. They will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in March 2022.

Paul Hitesman, 1981

forest technology

Paul is a training manager for Wood Mode LLC. He received a bachelor's in technology management from Penn College in 2003 and resides in Allenwood.

Paul Catalano, 1981

nursery management

Paul is manager of grounds maintenance for Yale University. He manages 300-plus acres with union staff. He resides in Branford, Conn.

Joel Steppe, 2011

forest technology

Joel is a horticulturalist for Penn College at the Earth Science Center campus. He resides in Jersey Shore.

Patrick Cullop, 2008

diesel technology

Patrick is an electrical apprentice for Freestate Electrical Service Co. He resides in Monrovia, Md.

Eric Burson, 1994

heavy construction equipment technician

Eric is a materials supervisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He oversees the testing of physical properties of all cement products approved for use by PennDOT, as well as specialized testing for new cement products submitted for approval. He resides in Kulpmont.

Kenneth Ritter, 1973

service and operation of heavy construction equipment

Kenneth is retired. He's been married for 43 years and has two children and four grandchildren. He resides Coopersburg.

David Heggenstaller, 1972

diesel technology

David is a retired sergeant first class in the Army. He was a maintenance supervisor/platoon sergeant. He resides in Pleasant Gap.

Gregory Wentz, 1980

service and operation of heavy construction equipment

Gregory is a quality assurance inspector for KME Fire Apparatus. He resides in Lehighton.

George Barrett, 1973

forest technology

George is retired and resides in Ewing Township, N.J.


Stanley Geiswhite, 1982

forest technology

Stanley is a local LTL (less than truckload) driver for Estes Express. He resides in Northumberland.

Dave Cole, 2006

forest technology

Dave is a forester for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry. He is a service forester for Mercer and Lawrence counties and was named Service Forester of the Year in 2017. He resides in Greenville and is studying and working to develop a garlic farm based on regenerative agriculture methods of enhancing soil health.

Kyle Johnson, 2009

heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis

Kyle is a lowboy driver for City Hill Construction. He resides in Clifton Springs, N.Y.

Michael McNamara, 1976


Michael is a horticulturalist for Spring Lake Golf Club.  He holds a certificate from DuPage Horticultural School (1977) and a bachelor's in agriculture from South Dakota State University (1988). He resides in Toms River, N.J., and is fighting myelodysplastic syndrome cancer.

Greg Dangle, 2011

diesel technician

Greg is a diesel technician for Ground Shaker Motorsports. He resides in Williamsport.

Chris Weaver, 1993

diesel technology

Chris is an assistant professor and department head of diesel equipment technology at Penn College. He also holds Penn College degrees in diesel technician and technology management and is a recipient of the Caterpillar Teaching Excellence Award. He resides in Danville.

Makenzie Witmer, 2018

heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis

Makenzie is a project manager intern for HRI. She is continuing her education toward a Penn College bachelor's degree in construction management and resides in Bellefonte.

Mark Dumais, 2018

heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis and operator emphasis

Mark is an equipment operator for Allan Myers. He resides in Aberdeen, Md.

Scott Cummings, 1995

forest technology

Scott is the president of Cummings Lumber Co. The family business includes a sawmill, dry kilns, flooring plant and pellet plant. He resides in Troy.


Donald Chilson, 1981

forest technology

Donald is a lead software engineer for Wells Fargo. He resides in Concord, N.C.

Cameron Porter, 2017

heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis and operator emphasis

Cameron is a field service technician for Komatsu America Corp. He is a member of the Central Mountain High School Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee and a volunteer for Penn College's diesel technology CTE competition. He is married with two children and resides in Mill Hall.

Blake Martz, 2021

welding technology

Blake is a welder for MCS. He resides in Hyndman.

Lonny Horst, 1979

service and operation of heavy construction equipment

Lonny is a business development manager for Trinity Drilling & Blasting. He resides in Manheim.

Maureen (Benfer) Payne, 2005

floral design/interior plantscape

Maureen is a senior customer service representative for United Concordia Dental. She resides in Lewisburg.

Karen Ruhl, 2002

floral design/interior plantscape

Karen is a part-time floral design instructor for Penn College, where she received Alumni of the Year (2016) and Part-Time Teaching Excellence (2021) awards. She resides in Williamsport.

Rhonda Leech, 2005

floral design/interior plantscape

Rhonda is a cashier for Sheetz. She resides in Montoursville.

Jacob Vough, 2003

electric power generation technology

Jacob is a field service representative for Kubota Tractor Corp. He helps Kubota dealer technicians with service-related issues on large ag tractors, hay equipment and construction equipment. He resides in Markleton.

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