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March 2021

Timber Living Reimagined by Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes


ome has always been a safety zone for families. In 2020, though, folks were forced to embrace the let’s-stay-home lifestyle on a whole new level. As such, homeowners searched for new ways to have fun and make memories with those they love most. Families not only gained a renewed appreciation for a homecooked meal and each other, but they also decided their abode needed some upgrades. Now, more than ever, homeowners are looking to enhance their home’s curb appeal or elevate its interior to one of timeless beauty. From bold timber statements across a room or entryway to small gable trusses or elaborate porch systems, the cozy ambiance timber accents bring to a home or backyard is hard to ignore. The DIY movement and HGTV have not only empowered people to take on their projects but, more importantly, inspired them to consider the many aesthetic opportunities that wood offers for renovations, new construction or outdoor living. Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, Middleburg, is not only America’s leading log and timber frame home manufacturer but also a resource that focuses on these trending design strategies that incorporate wood. With more than 29 years on average industry experience per employee, conventional homeowners have tapped into Timberhaven’s expertise to successfully turn ordinary spaces into beautifully crafted interior and exterior sanctuaries by incorporating the company’s timber accents and outdoor timber structures.

Why Timberhaven?

• Quality & Completeness: In addition to Timberhaven’s experience and creativity, Timberhaven only uses premiumgrade engineered or traditional solid timbers and beams to handcraft these specialty timber projects. These manufactured products are backed by a written “No-Shop” Guarantee and the finest Lifetime Warranty available. • Customization & Flexibility: From design services to package completeness, timber accents and outdoor timber structure packages are completely customizable to meet your specific needs. • Precision Pre-Cut Timbers: Timber accents are pre-cut to ensure all

components fit together properly which eases the construction/installation process for you or your builder.


Timberhaven offers a plethora of Timber Accents & Outdoor Timber Structures including but not limited to: Exterior Timber Elements • Timber Frame or Post & Beam Porch Systems • Timber Trusses • Timber Gable Accents • Decorative Timber Overhangs • Corbels & Faux Hayloft Doors • Stair and Railing Systems • Log Sidings • Other building products: • Cedar Shakes, Shiplap and Board & Batten • Stone Veneer • Siding: Circular Sawn, Diamond Kote LP SmartSide and HardieBoard

Interior Timber Accents • Timber Posts and Beams • Character “Trees” for Posts • Log Sidings and White Pine Tongue & Groove • Stair & Handrail Systems • Trims for windows / doors, walls, and ceiling applications • Custom barn doors Outdoor Timber Structures • Pavilions • Pergolas • Porticos/Porches • Gazebos • Pool/Boat Houses • Garden Sheds Commercial Timber Applications are also available. For unique projects, beyond the scope of conventional construction practices, look to those with experience and a proven track record of excellence. Timberhaven is committed to that excellence with the years of experience to prove it. These professionals design and produce some

of the most expressive works of timber art! In fact, some of these amazing works of art have been showcased in Timberhaven’s new Timber Living Reimagined brochure which received special recognition during the 2021 Building System Council’s and National Association of Home Builders’ virtual awards presentation. To receive a copy of this award-winning brochure, give us a call 570-765-7293 or visit us online to download your brochure today: www.timberhavenloghomes.com/timber-livingreimagined. You’re also always welcome to stop by for a personal visit. We are located at 1081 Salem Church Road, Middleburg (across from L&L Market) and are open M-F 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM. While the experience of timber living is unique to every homeowner, one thing is for certain: It is an experience like no other and your possibilities are endless. Timber Living Reimagined is Timberhaven’s way of sharing our expertise, custom design services and premium-grade products with everyday homeowners – not just those looking for custom log or timber frame housing.

Women’s Leadership Committee of The Greater Susquehanna Valley Celebrates Women Leaders in the Valley


arch is National Women’s History Month and to celebrate, the Women’s Leadership Committee of The Greater Susquehanna Valley is launching the first ever ‘Women Leaders in the Valley’ page that will now be featured each month in the Voice of the Valley this year. The purpose of this page is to spotlight women leaders in the valley and provide content that supports the committee’s mission: The Women’s Leadership Committee designs initiatives that successfully develop, empower, and influence women in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. This committee also hosts the Chamber’s Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium which invites women from throughout the valley to spend a day with highly experienced professionals. The conference gives attendees dozens of career boosting ideas and action plans, while improving their outlook and their life, in general. March also marks the one-year-anniversary of our state, along with most of the world, shutting down for the first time to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While there are many local women leaders to celebrate, the committee would like to recognize two women this month, who’ve made their mark in history by keeping the Valley strong throughout the pandemic:

Kendra Aucker, President/CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital Kendra has lived in the Central Susquehanna Valley since she was two years old. She’s a graduate of Selinsgrove High School, received a BA from Penn State University, and an MBA from Frederick Taylor University. She has spent most of her professional life working in healthcare. She has had two stints of service to Evangelical Community Hospital – the first for 7 years and the second for nearly 22 years - in roles of marketing, physician practice management, operations, and executive

leadership. She is a Licensed Agent through the Pennsylvania Insurance Department with qualifications in Accident & Health, and Life & Fixed Annuities. Kendra is married, has two daughters, one stepson, one son-inlaw, one upcoming wedding, and grandchildren on the way!

Joanne Troutman, President & CEO, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way Joanne is a proud native of the Coal Region, graduate of Mt. Carmel Area High School and Susquehanna University. She was born and bred here and has worked her whole career here – Susquehanna University, Evangelical Community Hospital, Camp Victory and now Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way. Her undergraduate degree is in journalism, and once upon a time, she had a dream of moving to the big city and being a writer, maybe even going to law school. She does still enjoy the city, but mostly just to visit and experience these days, and the extent of the work she does in law is related to criminal justice reform and other advocacies. She’s still enjoying writing but only does it when something moves her enough that it’s worth spending time on. She loves working and learning – her master’s degree was her 40th birthday present to herself. She also loves to read and travel to see beautiful things, but she’s mostly interested in hearing people’s stories. Joanne was somewhat of a young mom. Her oldest son was born right before she graduated from SU, and he is now a college senior. Her youngest son is a junior at Mifflinburg, and they’re both learning/working from home these days. To learn more about Kendra and Joanne, and their leadership journeys, turn to the ‘Women Leaders in the Valley’ section of this publication on Page 7.



Kendra Aucker

Joanne Troutman

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By: Bob Garrett President & CEO, The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce

“Refusing to be Silenced”

hen Mark Andol, who at the time was the owner of General Welding and Fabricating, outside of Buffalo, New York, founded the Made In America Store a decade ago, with a mission of: "For country, for soldier, for the American worker, and for our children's future." Bold stuff, you would have to agree. Andol wanted to create and to save American jobs by increasing manufacturing. His passion was stirred by the loss of a major welding contract to an offshore competitor. In turn, this contract loss forced him to close two of his four plants and to furlough one-half of his workforce. Since then, his Made In America Store has welcomed shoppers of more than 800 tour buses per year. They’ve flocked to his store from places as far away as Texas, Minnesota, Florida, and Maine. Made In America still means everything to a lot of people. Mark Andol spoke up, people responded and today his furloughed employees, and many more, are back on the job. During this month we celebrate National Women’s History Month by capturing the spirit of these challenging times. Last

year’s women’s suffrage centennial celebrations were, unfortunately muted due to the pandemic. So, rather than let this pass, the National Women’s History Alliance is extending the celebration for an additional year with a theme of “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” Bold stuff, you would have to agree. Please read on in the pages of this edition of The Voice of the Valley to learn how your Chamber will recognize National Women’s History Month, the centennial of the 19th Amendment and our own Second Century of Prosperity. A word of thanks to Timberhaven Log and Timber Homes, LLC for serving as our underwriter for this month. Timberhaven provides world class premium-quality kilndried log homes, log cabins, timber frame homes, and timber accents. All of which are Made in America and Made in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. Thanks, Timberhaven for your support, for your encouragement of women in great careers, and for making it all happen here in the valley.

Chair Art Thomas, Meck-Tech Inc. & Diversified Construction

vice chair Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency

PAST chair Sue Greene, Union County

Region Vice Presidents Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jeff Reber, Union County Commissioner Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

Phil DeRose, UPMC Susquehanna Leslie Temple, Fulton Bank Gene Welsh III, GDK Development

Directors Greg Zeh, Weis Markets John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Sam Haulman, Service Electric Cablevision Malcom Derk, Susquehanna University Kendy Alvarez, Fidelis Mortgage

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DIG Furniture Bank

Contact: Emily Gorski, Founder 118 Newman Road Lewisburg, PA 17837 (570) 658-9880 www.digfb.org DIG Furniture Bank's mission is to promote stability and restore dignity in our community by redirecting used furniture and household goods to families in need.

Dietz Electric

Contact: Cale Dietz, Owner 119 Kepner Lane McClure, PA 17841 (717) 250-2672 Dietz Electric is a family-owned full service electrical contracting company. We take pride in providing the best service possible.

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Gender Awareness In The 21st Century

By: Erica Gene Delsandro (she/her/hers), Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies, Bucknell University


ccording to Dr. Judith Lorber, a Sociologist, gender is a social institution. I love to share this understanding of gender with my students because it conveys the way gender permeates everything within our social reality. And if you don’t believe me, just check out the deodorant aisle in your local pharmacy. How are the deodorants organized? By gender! Think about it: what is one of the first identifiers given to any infant? Gender. And here it is important to point out that gender does not equate to sex. An individual’s sex is derived from a variety of biological sex markers like genitalia, chromosomes, and hormones. Erica Gene Delsandro (Often, they all “line up” and someone is fully male or female. Scientists like Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, though, have been reminding us that there is actually a wide variation in sex and that the binary, male and female, is not very accurate at representing biological diversity.) Gender is, at first, derived from one’s sex assignment. Assigned male (sex)? That infant is a boy (gender). Assigned female (sex)? That infant is a girl (gender). Luckily, we live in a cultural moment in which it is increasingly understood that gender is a social construction. In other words, gender is a concept that is created by and through our social

fabric--people, norms, institutions, cultural practices, and so on. In the 21st century, it is not uncommon for people to reclaim their gender identity, perhaps shifting away from the gender assigned to them at birth. Someone may identify as gender queer, non-binary, transgender, transmasculine, transfeminine, agender, and many more. One way to cultivate a welcoming space for people of all gender expressions is to inquire about pronouns. Pronouns are a great way to indicate gender identity! When I introduce myself to new people in professional and social settings, I share my name and my pronouns. This lets others know how I like to be identified and encourages others to share theirs. I even


have a pronoun pin! Gender is just one vector of a person’s identity and it is helpful to remember that everyone exists with multiple and simultaneous identities, such as race, class, sexuality, and ability. Understanding that we are all more than one singular identity is a concept called intersectionality. Having an intersectional approach to your community — recognizing the richness of each person’s identity — really helps foster an inclusive and respectful environment!

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Chamber partnerships | Leadership Susquehanna Valley

Strengthening the Susquehanna Valley by Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Leadership and a First-Name Basis By Chris Berleth


n season five of the hit tv show “The West Wing”, showrunners imagine a budget standoff between President Josiah Bartlett and Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley. To negotiate the gridlock, the President invites Speaker Haffley to meet with him in the Oval Office. Speaker Haffley (noticeably uncomfortable in the Oval) says, “This room was designed to put people off balance.” The President and the Speaker exchange a few barbs about the role of government, and in the end, while the Speaker is off-balance, President Bartlett’s Oval Office homecourt advantage wins the day, and he concludes the meeting with a much sought-after budget agreement. There is a striking difference between the scene described above and the scene to be had at LSV’s virtual “Local Government Day”. Rather than the power politics of the national stage, the LSV class dove into the inner workings of local government, where Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz (our morning session Sponsor and a beloved LSV alumnus) said, “the national party drama really isn’t a barrier to our decision-making”, and that “[local government] is more about neighbors helping and serving one another.” The simple fact of the matter is that there is no room in the Valley designed to throw people off balance. Rather, the opposite is true. All rooms lead to our neighbors. As the class broke into small groups with

Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch (our program day sponsor), Union County Commissioners Preston Boop and Jeff Reber, Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz, and Northumberland County Elections Director Nathan Savidge, it was amazing to watch just how quickly LSV class members (virtual strangers) related on a first-name basis to our esteemed local officials. As the day progressed, this theme didn’t change, and we welcomed State Representative Lynda Schlegel-Culver and Shamokin Dam Mayor Joe McGranaghan to the program as “Lynda” and “Joe” respectively. We heard ‘Lynda’ describe our economic development panel, made up of representatives from DRIVE, SEDA-COG, FOCUS Central PA, and facilitated by the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber as a “Dream Team”. In our home, how privileged are we to have direct access to the hundreds of officials at the school board, township, borough, county and state levels...and on a first-name basis? I assure you, we are greatly privileged. In a time when polarization is at a seeming peak, LSV’s Local Government Day was a refreshing reminder of the adage of LSV Co-Founder Bob Garrett who frequently says “…there is no problem facing the Greater Susquehanna Valley that we cannot face by working together as a community.” May we continue to grow and promote local government as a conduit to serving our neighbors.

Brown Avenue Hill


By: Caz Russell, Leadership Coach

rowing up in Milton in the 60’s, that’s 1960’s, few winter activities existed more fun than sled riding down Brown Avenue Hill. It was a monstrous hill in size and length. What is most interesting is that here is a dip or level spot just the size of a car half way up the hill, or as others may say, half way down the hill. This made for the most interesting of winter adventures. We had wooden sleds with steel runners, with a rope tied on the front for us to drag the sled back to the top of the hill once we arrived safely at the bottom. Not sure I would want to attempt this again in today’s world or should I say at 67 years of age, but of course my man thoughts would say “give it a go!” The borough workers would block off the top and the bottom of the hill with barricades so no drivers would use the hill. Which provided an extra safety measure to sledding for the day. I might remind you that the flat spot half way down the hill, provided the Evil Knievel type sled riders with a dangerous jump. Especially after we took down one of the barricades and made an Austrian Ski Jump. Everyone of us have a similar story to remember and share when growing up. It doesn’t matter what the decade is, each of us have had our hills and valleys, ups and downs and flat spots along with successes and failures. The important part of today’s message is that we all have them. No one is excluded. There are

so many quotes from famous leaders about failure. From “you always pass failure on your way to success” – Mickey Rooney to “only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly” – Robert F. Kennedy. In case you may not know it, this article is written for me as well as the reader. I have found thru my leadership lessons, that the hardest person to lead is always me. Like any hill or obstacle there is a top and a bottom along with an occasional flat spot. So, just how do we turn a negative into a positive or an error into an opportunity for improvement? 4 Keys to helping see a failure as a lesson to learn • Learn to see things as they really are! • Use the off ramp when it comes to negativity! • Failure is always an inside job, learn from it and move on! • How do I learn to do something right? First do it wrong! My father taught me many years ago “a person who never made a mistake, never worked!” What is true then, is true now. The decision is ours to learn from our mistakes, take ownership and develop a plan to recover from them as we toboggan this season of life. Leadership Susquehanna Valley along with Leadership Coach Caz Russell bring you this monthly leadership moment.

Shamokin Warms My Heart

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Saturday, March 27, 2021 2 PM - 8 PM


Students left to right: Madelyn Merrill, Case Beers (center) and Kain Tafoya.

Susquehanna Community Bank Donates $2,500 to Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA


usquehanna Community Bank donated $2,500 to the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. This donation will go towards their Pre-Kindergarten Counts program. The Pre-K counts staff has worked hard this year to continue to provide preschool education for the children in the program while still keeping everyone as safe as possible. Jody Reuss, YMCA Director of Child Care, shared that at the YMCA, students have been able to attend class in a supportive environment that offers learning in a fun and age appropriate way. “They have been able to attend Monday through Friday for regular classroom hours while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing,” states Reuss. She also added that the teachers, like Tiffany Ranck (photographed here), in the Preschool program have done an excellent job of managing all of this with positivity and diligence. “It is thanks to their hard work and dedication we are able to accomplish this.” The Pre-K counts classroom has an enrollment of 18 and operates Monday through Friday 8:15 to 2:15 pm, and offers before and after care if needed. The program is staffed by certified teachers and qualified classroom assistants.

hamokin Warms My Heart is all about our small town! We have many hidden gems to be proud of within our community. We are taking this time to celebrate everything we have here. Festivities will be on Arch St between Market and Sixth Streets: • Local food vendors with their regional specialties to warm your heart • Live music throughout the day • Multiple fire pits and heaters to keep you warm • S’more kits will be available

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Join Us! Economic & Strategic Forecast The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome you to our Economic & Strategic Forecast, a virtual event presented by renowned economist Anirban Basu. Mr. Basu, who joins us for the thirteenth consecutive year, will detail global, national, and regional economic performance trends that are impacting and will impact our Valley’s business community in the year to come.

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2014, Maryland governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. Anirban also serves as the chief economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and as chief economic adviser to the Construction Financial Management Association. In 2007 and then again in 2016, Mr. Basu was selected by the Daily Record newspaper as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore

Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010. He holds four graduate degrees, including a JD and a PhD. This event would not be possible without the support of our Founding Sponsor – Geisinger, Media Sponsor – The Daily Item and our Technology Partner – Contrast. Registration is only $10 for members/ future members and free for students!


Presentation Title: "Anirban Basu and the Chamber of Data" At last, 2021 is here. This presentation supplies economic data and analysis juxtaposing the pre-pandemic and pandemic world, and then supplies a forecast for the post-pandemic one. Among the areas of focus are labor markets, financial markets, real estate, construction, consumer spending, business investment, international trade and government finances. About Anirban Basu: Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore. In


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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber | Community Prosperity Alliance

Lewisburg – Downtown Charm Made in the Valley Lynne Sobel Ragusea, Executive Assistant, Lewisburg Downtown Partnership


owntown Lewisburg Pennsylvania is a truly unique destination. I’ve moved around a bit over the years, and I can say with pride and joy that my family chose to move to Lewisburg; chose to live in the borough; chose to live within walking distance to historic downtown Lewisburg. Lewisburg has the benefits of being a college town but has not yet succumbed to retail chains and t-shirt shops. Our storefronts are unique and homegrown. In almost every store and restaurant you enter, you are likely to be helped by the owner directly. From Elizabeth’s, An American Bistro, an upscale eatery where you will find Liz herself in the kitchen using local produce to Brushstrokes, Art Supplies and Framing, where Randy and Kathy and their pups are there to help you find art supplies but also showcase multiple local artists. We are lucky enough to still have a small family owned downtown pharmacy where you can pick up your prescriptions or local milk and bread. The Lewisburg Pharmacy owner, Brad, is most likely on the other side of the counter helping you. Civil War Cider uses local apples to make their cider, and Champion Shoe Sales and Repair is a third-generation family owned business. They still repair shoes! I haven’t lived in a place with such a great shoe repair in a very long time and with slow fashion making a comeback, and this fashionista’s attempt at being more eco-friendly, a shoe repair is a girl's best friend. And even though many communities have their historic cinemas, The Campus Theatre is truly unique to Lewisburg and is part of the heart and soul of our downtown. Each business has a unique point of view, making it a great shopping and eating and strolling destination. I’ve only brushed the edges of what downtown Lewisburg businesses provide in locally made and sourced items. With COVID-19 seriously affecting small businesses, Lewisburg business owners have been amazingly creative and resourceful in using multiple forms of media and offering curbside pickup or even delivery. These business owners bring their hearts to downtown Lewisburg and their love of this town shines through in their products and services.

T-BIZ Expands into the new Milton MakerSpace Program


By: George Venios, Executive Director, T.I.M.E. – The Improved Milton Experience

-BIZ (Teen Business Innovation Zone) is a regional teen program launched in 2013 by the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Downtown Affiliates Committee, currently known as the Community Prosperity Alliance. The out-of-school / after-school time program seeks to work with middle school high school teens at several levels and includes an entrepreneurial / business skills curriculum that teaches the basics of owning or running a small business from business plan to operation. Over the years since the T-BIZ program originated, TIME – The Improved Milton Experience, has engaged several hundred teens through the T-BIZ program. Each year between 20 to 30 teens operated the Jungle Teen Center, now known as the Izer Gaming Center, as their own business model by overseeing and coordinating programs, staffing, and managing the snack bar and general maintenance. TIME’s T-BIZ program will soon be expanding by being a component of the new Milton MakerSpace. Teens will not only continue to operate the Izer Gaming Center, but they will be “making” items to sell. They will learn manufacturing techniques using 3D printers, laser engravers, and other equipment. A Makerspace is a place where community gathers to share resources, ideas, and knowledge. The new Milton MakerSpace offers programs in six main modules in downtown Milton: Culinary Arts, Industrial Arts, Arts and Design, Music, Gaming, and Tech Lab. “As we engage with businesses, school districts, and community members; we recognize the increasing need to fulfill the demand for skilled workforces in the STEAM industries. With the surge in demand for skilled STEAM (Science, Technology,

TIME Programs include the Milton Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Milton Model Train Museum, Veterans Memorial, Miltonian/ Riverview Park, Milton in Motion and Outdoor Exercise Park, Chef’s Place Boiardi Museum, TIME for Teens, and the new Milton Makerspace program.


Program advisor, Bucknell student, Morgan Schosky displays a t-shirt designed and made at the Milton MakerSpace.

Engineering, Art and Mathematics) workers, it is important to educate and engage teens in STEAM related fields.” Stated TIME Executive Director George Venios. TIME—The Improved Milton Experience is a non-profit corporation founded in 2004 to administer Milton’s Main Street Program and is focused on community revitalization. It seeks to act as a catalyst to instill pride and a positive image for Milton while building from the best of its past, present and future. TIME envisions a community that is clean, safe, historically significant, and architecturally interesting. The corporation wants to involve as many individuals, businesses, and organizations as possible to complete this goal.

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Free Virtual Event: Economic Development in a Post-COVID World Will there be economic development in a post-COVID world? Will there be industry growth in the year ahead? How can our local economic development non-profits attract industry leaders to the valley? Join the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce to answer these questions, and more, at our virtual ‘Lunch & Learn’ event hosted by the Community Prosperity Alliance: Economic Development in a Post-COVID World, Presented by Ryan Unger, President & CEO of Team Pennsylvania. This virtual event is FREE to attend thanks to our sponsor, DQ Grill & Chill, and is happening on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 from 11:30am to 1:00pm via Zoom. Registration is required to receive access to this Zoom event so REGISTER TODAY at www.GSVCC.org. Speaker Bio: Ryan C. Unger is Team Pennsylvania’s President & CEO. He joined the staff in 2011 to guide Team PA’s policy work. Over the

years, he has transitioned from his policy role to Vice President & COO and eventually President & CEO. Ryan is a Sunbury, Pennsylvania native, graduating from Elizabethtown College – where he currently serves as President of the Alumni Council – and has committed his career to advancing local and regional economic development efforts. Through his various roles at Team PA, Ryan has been integral in a variety of statewide workforce and economic development initiatives that have been recognized nationally as best practices. About Team Pennsylvania: Team Pennsylvania is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1997 to connect private and public sector leaders to achieve and sustain progress for Pennsylvania. Strong relationships between business and industry are necessary to facilitate partnerships for the betterment of our Commonwealth. Team Pennsylvania is a dynamic, public-private partnership that initiates and supports innovative programs to improve Pennsylvania’s competitiveness and economic prosperity.


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T Penn Dairy – Made Locally for Cheese Lovers Across the USA


By: Jon Weber

enn Dairy started when Eldore Hanni and Tom Weber moved from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania to make Swiss cheese. Teaming with Amish locals to establish a cheese facility, the plant opened on May 8, 1979 under the name Dry Valley Cheese. After Eldore retired from the company, Penn Cheese Corporation was officially formed in 1990. In 2013 Penn Cheese was purchased by Ed Clouse, owner of Clouse Trucking. In 2018 Mr Clouse sold the operations and Penn Dairy was formed by the new owner Murat Hokka. Penn Dairy manufactures different cheeses such as Cheddar, Muenster, Mozzarella, Jack, Swiss, and Colby. In 2015, Penn dairy added yogurt production lines. Last year about 50% of the milk delivered to Penn Dairy was converted into yogurt. Primarily our products are sold under private labels and we have confidentiality agreements so we cannot share too many details on where you can find our products in the stores. Most of our product leaves PA and goes all over the USA in retail and food service outlets. We also have some exports into Central America. When the pandemic hit, the dairy industry had a roller coaster ride, but needs for food banks and USDA Food Box programs increased. Penn Dairy has been producing additional products for these applications in partnerships with co-ops and local farms. We are proud to be a part of American manufacturing, and firmly believe that USA farms make the best milk in the world. Last year, Penn Dairy started an expansion project to meet the growing needs of our customers. Much of the expansion is set to complete by Summer 2021. Tom Weber and several of his sons still play an active role in day-to-day operations. We are so thankful for our team and the blessing of doing business in the USA.

By: Keith Good, Co-Owner, Soupie Brothers, LLC.

hese words are the driving force behind Soupie Brothers, LLC. For five years, the company has spread the fame of this cured meat delicacy beyond its birthplace in Central Pennsylvania. A Soupie is a dry-cured pork product, and while similar to that of a soppressata, its roots are firmly planted in the Coal Region. While the curing process crossed the ocean from Italy as immigrants sought work in the coal mines, the Soupie is a distinct creation with a masterful flavor, honed by the diversity of its creators. Mixed with a few key spices, pork is stuffed into a natural casing, pressed, and hung at a specific temperature and humidity for 8-12 weeks until the consistency is perfect. Once taken down, storage often consists of submerging them in olive oil to keep out oxygen; this can preserve the Soupie for years at a time. The end-product has a touch of heat and a deep rich pork flavor that lingers on the tongue. There was a time when hundreds of families would make their own Soupie using carefully guarded secret recipes and bragging rights were earned at local Soupie competitions with ‘celebrity’ judges like the head football coach or police chief. Using an old family recipe, handwritten on a scrap of paper, Soupie Brothers preserves this history and tradition in each handmade batch. Not many people are aware of what goes into a Soupie or can identify it at first glance, but it is that mystic nature that Soupie Brothers enjoys sharing. Their products have shipped to more than 30 states in 2021 alone and are also available locally at Masser’s Farm Market, The Two Owls, Maloney’s Beer Distributor and Rock God Brewing, to name a few. They ship across the United States and products are available online at www.soupiebrothers.com.

"Soupie dry-curing. The process is slow but rewarding"

Gilson Snow – A National Brand Honoring Local Roots By: Nicholas Gilson, CEO of Gilson Inc.

This year, at Gilson Snow, we have been sad to miss Summer Snow Day, and we have been feeling especially grateful for the support of our community. We miss seeing everyone, and we look forward to kicking off the Roaring 20s (round 2) as soon as we are able. We've had our nose to the grindstone. While others in our industry powered down, we ramped up. Even still, we got slammed with daunting backorder lists. We've been working around the clock to keep up. Since the early days, we have invested most heavily in our design, our raw materials, and in the people, who have perfected their craft. Our company and story are rooted in our shared part of Pennsylvania, and together we're becoming known and respected across the country and around the world for our work. We could not have built this foundation alone, and it rests on the woodworking heritage of our region and on the sustainably harvested Pennsylvania Poplar that is home to our forests. Thank you for your support over the years. We are looking forward to the future.

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Foss Jewelers - Made in the Valley By: Dan Foss, Owner, Foss Jewelers

Made in the USA is a phrase and an institutional mantra that is now more important than ever before! As one of thousands of small businesses across the country, Foss Jewelers believes that keeping work here in the USA is critical. That’s why we enjoy hand making our own jewelry ON SITE at our free standing store on Route 522 Selinsgrove - behind Amato’s restaurant. Technology is ever changing and we are constantly looking forward and adapting to changes so we can serve our great regional community the best way we can. Using CAD technology, we are busy creating new Gemstone and Diamond jewelry using the latest fashion and color trends which ebb and flow in popularity. Foss Jewelers supplies Diamonds and gemstones from suppliers here in the USA, but we will use YOUR OWN precious metals, gemstones and Diamonds and will recycle / repurpose them into your very own one-ofa-kind piece of jewelry! Our on-site Master Goldsmith will cast using your gold and carefully set your precious gemstones or Diamonds into a one of a kind piece of jewelry created just for you! It will become a family heirloom sure to be treasured for years to come. We are very grateful to this amazing regional community we live in. Thank You to everyone that has supported us in these trying times. We have been very busy helping friends with engagement and wedding rings, gifts of all kinds and repair and restoration work of your family

treasures! We are planning to unveil new products and features that will once again set Foss Jewelers ahead of the curve in 2021. Look for our new web site to be unveiled soon and as well as technology that will make it easier to work with us. Stay tuned!! When you feel comfortable, take some time, bring your mask and stop and see us on Rt. 522 Selinsgrove to have your jewelry polished, cleaned and inspected Free of charge. It will give you time to see the new face of Foss Jewelers! We even offer curb side service so you don’t even need to leave your car! Just call us at 570-374-4790 and we will be happy to assist you. Be sure to visit us online at www.fossjewlers. com; and Foss Jewelers Selinsgrove on both Facebook and Instagram. Thank You! Dan Foss / Owner / Foss Jewelers.

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Voice of The Valley | March 2021


Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber | Women Leaders in the Valley

Women Leaders in the Valley Spotlight: Q&A

Spotlight: Q&A

Kendra Aucker, President/CEO Evangelical Community Hospital

Joanne Troutman President & CEO Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way

What’s a typical day like for you? One of the aspects of my position that I most appreciate is that every day is different. I have an Executive Team of eight leaders, and I spend a great deal of time with them navigating regulatory, operational, and financial matters. I work closely with the Hospital Board and its committees on their governance responsibilities. The same holds for the responsibilities of the Medical Staff. Communication is key in my role and I work daily on written employee communications as well as interactions with the community through the press. I also regularly speak with community groups about the activities of the Hospital. I round weekly on staff and patients. I am ultimately accountable for numerous functions that take my attention such as compliance, quality & patient safety, fund development, and strategy. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, I have spent more focused time around the operational issues impacting the Hospital and the care of our patients and community. Who inspires you and why? Many people and their stories inspire me. But from a young child to present, I have always been inspired by female athletes like Chris Evert, Billy Jean King, Serena and Venus Williams, Sue Bird, Wilma Rudolph, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Tatyana McFadden, Diana Nyad, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Megan Rapinoe, and many more. While I enjoy the competition of sports, I appreciate the stories and lessons about life - of never giving up on the quest for what you want to accomplish; the power of taking risks and refusing to be defined by failure; and the importance of not trying to just cross the finish line but learning to enjoy the journey, even with its disappointments. I appreciate the examples of women who live with integrity and authenticity, and who enjoy the journey. And I would be remiss if I did not mention that at this point in my life, I feel the inspiration of my parents who were kind people. I never appreciated their example as much as I have over the past few years. I was blessed to be raised by kind and caring people. As a woman leader, what has been the most significant barrier in your career? While I have had a very successful career and have felt very supportive throughout most of my professional tenure, there were numerous times I felt I was held back due to attitudes against women leaders. It is common for beliefs about leadership to default to stereotypes about masculine behavior, leading to unconscious gender bias. This happens even in people who consider themselves progressive. I wish for all women, not just women leaders, that life will ultimately be defined just as a circle of people. Not one fractioned by definitions and labels of people and certainly not a circle divided in two. I hope it stops being a conversation and just is.

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What advice would you give to the next generation of women leaders? Your words and action must match up. Integrity matters and is what we really are. Be a good communicator. Speak and write well. Have a passion for what you do. Organize your life. It’s about self-discipline. Set your priorities. Welcome responsibility. Create good habits. Find someone to talk to, seek advice from, and laugh with. Get outside of your comfort zone. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Be curious and eager to learn new things. Give back to others. Put aside any negative comments you have ever heard about yourself from others. Just don’t pick up the bag. Women diminish their self-esteem through negative self-talk. Build your team and help them succeed both “on and off the court.”

And I would tell my younger self to be more present, be in the moment. That there is nothing to be afraid of, especially of what others think of you. Just be yourself and do your job well. And by being present, you gain better understanding of most everything. And understanding brings gratitude and contentment. I would say, remember it is a privilege to serve others.

Meet the GSVCC Women’s Leadership Committee


What’s a typical day like for you? There’s no such thing as a typical day, and it’s part of what I love about my work. I try hard to start every day with yoga, whether it’s five minutes or half an hour. Yoga keeps me emotionally centered, and I have an autoimmune disorder, so it helps with all of the physical aches and pains. After that, I get my first cup of coffee or a latte, and I don’t dawdle. Once the clock hits 8 am, it’s usually off to the races (unless I have a radio appearance with Mark Lawrence, then everything is at least an hour earlier). I try to always make time at the beginning and end of the workday to respond to email and phone calls. Nowadays, it’s not unusual for me to have six or eight Zoom meetings a day on all kinds of topics. I rarely stop to eat, so I try to keep small healthy snacks at my desk, but you’ll always see me with a big glass of water. I try to wrap up work meetings by 5:30 at the latest, but that’s not always possible. I work a lot of 10- or 12-hour days Monday through Thursday. Friday is my favorite day of the week because it’s more balanced. We have a pact at United Way to try to keep Fridays light so we can recharge our batteries. I don’t like to spend weekend days working, mostly because I think it sets a very bad example for the team. They don’t need to be getting work emails from me on days off. But my work has always involved events and off-hours activity and I embrace that – I would never ask a colleague to do something I wouldn’t do myself. Pre-COVID or on those days when I’m out and about, I spend a lot of time in my car where I’m either on my Bluetooth on a meeting or phone call or I’m listening to a true crime podcast or possibly singing badly at the top of my lungs to the radio. I’m definitely an extrovert, but the older I get, the more noise there is, the more I value silence and try to make sure that I build that into every evening before bed. Who inspires you and why? People who see possibilities and not just obstacles always inspire me. It’s a really special gift to look at a problem and see it instead as an opportunity. I’m also always inspired by people who overcome the odds. Maybe it’s cliché, but I love a good underdog story. Through this work, I’ve met so many people who are ordinary, everyday people who have the most extraordinary stories. Honestly, every time I hear a personal story from someone who is in recovery from substance use disorder, I want to throw them a party and shout it from the rooftops. As a woman leader, what has been the most significant barrier in your career? I can be a bit naïve. I often just see the good in people, so it’s really hard for me to process that anyone would see me as less than capable because I’m a woman. I had a female colleague once lean over to me in a meeting and say, “He’s mansplaining you!” I didn’t see it until she called it out, but I also don’t think my male colleague was consciously doing it. Implicit bias is a real thing. I would like to think it isn’t, but since that moment, I always notice when I’m the only female executive in the room and prepare accordingly. I will admit, too, that women aren’t always kind and supportive of one another. Early in my career, my desire to do well at work and my desire to be likeable were constantly at war with one another, and I felt like I always had to prove my worth. That sticks with me even now and feeds some of my biggest insecurities and regrets. What advice would you give to the next generation of women leaders? First, focus on finding your people. It will make all the difference. I had no idea how important this was, and it took me way too long to acknowledge that everyone needs friendship and support. It seems to have happened by accident, but I have on my speed dial some of the most amazing people I could ever imagine existing. Second, be open. I never knew a career in non-profits and a life here in this area would feed my soul, but here I am, blooming where I’m planted and all that. I get to do some of the weirdest and most remarkable things, like meeting Miss America or helping a donor change someone’s life – all because I opened myself up to possibilities. And finally, never ever apologize for being authentic. When I’m really angry, I cry. It’s happened more than once in a professional setting. Try not to apologize for that kind of passion. It’s what makes you good at being you.

s the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce enters its Second Century of Prosperity, and as our nation continues to break the glass ceiling for all people, the Women’s Leadership Committee of the Greater Susquehanna Valley is taking a step forward in implementing new initiatives. These initiatives will help women in our valley to prosper. This committee, formally known as the ‘Women’s Leadership Symposium Committee,’ was formed over 15 years ago with a mission to execute an allday conference. Over the years, this

conference invited women of the valley to spend a day together, learn dozens of career boosting ideas and action plans, while improving their outlook and their life, in general. Thanks to the leadership of past committee leaders this event grew from yearto-year, and today the committee members have gotten very good at planning the big, annual event. While planning the Symposium is still a priority, committee members are also designing new and innovative ways to empower, inspire and influence women in the Valley all year long. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in serving on the committee please contact GSVCC Director of Communications, Vanessa Venios, at vvenios@gsvcc.org. The Women’s Leadership Committee of the Greater Susquehanna Valley meets virtually on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9:00 am. Please join so we can grow together and help our valley be more prosperous for us all.

Voice of The Valley | March 2021


Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber | Member News

Swift Kennedy Gives Seniors a Valentine Surprise


ill Fleming of the insurance brokerage firm Swift Kennedy & Associates handed out Valentine’s Day cards to senior residents of Gracious Living Estates in Montrose the Friday before the holiday. “Valentine’s Day is not normally a happy time for our guests, since most of their loved ones have passed on, and we often provide their only interaction.” said Davie Ann Tallo, Executive Director of the estates. “It was touching to see how thrilled the residents were to receive our cards, with many even crying tears of joy,” said Bill Fleming, Insurance Consultant for Swift Kennedy. Swift Kennedy’s Scranton staff handwrote a note to every resident of Gracious Living Estates. “This is an example of how we at Swift Kennedy show our commitment to caring for others and giving back to the community” said Jerry Calistri, Swift Kennedy’s President and CEO. Swift Kennedy & Associates, which specializes in group employee benefits and senior insurance plans, helps businesses find affordable medical, dental, vision, life, and disability plans, as well as alternative funding options. The agency works with all health insurance carriers in Pennsylvania and has offices in Scranton, State College, Williamsport, DuBois, and Virginia Beach.

Left to right: Eudokia Besz (resident of Gracious Living Estates), Davie Ann Tallo (Executive Director), Bertha Nichols (resident), and Bill Fleming (Insurance Consultant at Swift Kennedy)

Benjamin Keyser, DO, Named Medical Director of Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine at Evangelical Community Hospital Benjamin Keyser, DO, Vascular Surgeon, has been named Medical Director of Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine at Evangelical Community Hospital. Wound and hyperbaric medicine is the specialized and advanced treatment of wounds. In this role, Dr. Keyser provides leadership and oversight for the program. He is integral in the creation of policy surrounding the service, assurance of quality initiatives, and ensuring the program continues to meet the needs of patients. Many Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. Some wounds are associated with complications from diabetes, vascular disorders (poor circulation), pressure sores or traumatic wounds. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment that quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, assists in the healing process of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections. Dr. Keyser has been an employed physician of Evangelical since September 2017 working as a vascular surgeon at the Heart and Vascular Center of Evangelical. Dr. Keyser received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Keyser is board certified in Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Evangelical Community Hospital Declared a Keystone 10 Hospital Evangelical Community Hospital was recently officially designated a Keystone 10 hospital in Pennsylvania by the Department of Health. The Family Place, the Hospital’s obstetrics unit, has been working toward this designation for some time. The designation is given when a hospital achieves the 10 key components to successful breastfeeding programs. These steps include various stages of policy implementation, training of hospital staff, education and assistance for new mothers before birth and during the hospital stay, and establishment of breastfeeding support after leaving the hospital. Keystone 10 is a quality improvement breastfeeding initiative developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and administered by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Its goal is to improve the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding for all infants, mothers, and families in Pennsylvania. The Keystone 10 Initiative was developed as a means of improving individual facility- and state-level breastfeeding care and rates, and ultimately, improving the health of mothers and babies.

Voice of The Valley | March 2021


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