Board & Committees

2018-2019 Board Members

Tom Hendrickson – President

Tom is from Greencastle Pa. He became a Penn State supporter after meeting Joe Paterno at a football camp while in high school back in 1967. Tom has been a Penn State Nittany Lion Club member since 1992 and a Life Member of the Penn State Alumni Association since 2000. Season ticket holder from 2002 to 2014.

Tom worked for the Government as a contractor and Civil servant since 1977. First with NASA for 13 years at the Bermuda Tracking Station on the island of Bermuda, then came back to the states and worked in Washington DC with various Intelligence organizations. Retired as Lead Problem Manager in the IT Department for the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014. After retirement Tom and Gloria moved from Stafford VA to Conway SC.

Gloria and Tom met in High School in 1967, married in 1972 and have three sons (Ted, Jon, and Rod) all big fans of PSU. Ted was born in Hagerstown MD, with Jon and Rod being born in Paget Bermuda. Tom and family are into all sports and love going to the PSU game whenever possible now. Tom is also an avid golfer and wood worker.

Tom has held many Offices in various organization to include President of Waynesboro Tigers Semi Pro Football Team, President of the NASA Tracking Station Recreation Club, Vice President of Naval Air Station Youth Sports in Bermuda, and Defensive Lacrosse Coach at North Stafford High School in Stafford, VA for ten years.

James Prisco – Past President

Jim Prisco (born and raised in Scranton, PA) attended Penn State from 1967 to 1969; dropped out and was drafted into the Army where he served from 1969 to 1971 including a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1970. Jim returned home after his two year active military service was completed; married Patricia O’Connor in 1972; completed his education at Penn State – Harrisburg Campus in 1977 with a BSCE Structural Engineering and MSCE in Construction Management; enjoyed a career in engineering and construction for over 35 years, traveling to all 50 states and 5 of the 7 continents.

Jim held board positions with Associated Builders and Contractors; Geosynthetic Research Institute; St. Isidore Parish Financial and Building Construction Committees; and occupational advisory positions with Mercy Votech, Upper Bucks County Technical School and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute. He also organized fundraisers for Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Homeless Shelter, Youth/Education groups, Food Banks and many others.

Pat and Jim raised their two sons (Brian and Todd) in Quakertown, PA where they lived for 32 years; then in 2012, Pat and Jim celebrated their 40th anniversary and retired to Myrtle Beach, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Pat and Jim are enjoying the beach and numerous activities in the Myrtle Beach area and especially not having to deal with snow and freezing temperatures any longer!

Life time member of the Penn State Alumni Association since 1990; member of the Nittany Lion Club since 1982; season ticket holder from 1982 to 2002; and continues to attend Penn State athletic events from time to time.

Mark Johnson-- Treasurer
Mark Johnson was born in Philadelphia, PA. Mark was raised in Sellersville, PA. He attended Penn State from 1971 - 1975 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Mark returned to the Pennridge School District and taught in 3 elementary schools in that county. He was very involved with the Pennridge Education Association, a branch of the Pennsylvania Education Association and the National Education Association. During that time he served two terms as president of the Pennridge E.A. and several terms as treasurer. Mark also earned a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education at Kutztown University. Mark and his family moved to Salisbury, NC, in 1994, and he taught for 3 years in Charlotte- Mecklenburg. He then spent a 2 year period as a Principal Fellow, earning a second Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Supervision. Mark spent 6 years as an administrator in the Cabarrus County School District before returning to the classroom, teaching seventh grade math and coaching middle school football and seventh grade girls basketball. Mark and Debbie, high school sweethearts, have been married for 44 years. Debbie is presently a behavioral specialist for Child Care Resources, serving a five county area centered around Charlotte. Debbie works with teachers in daycare centers, assisting in changing behaviors and schedules. Mark and Debbie raised two children. Melanie is married and living in Altamont, NY, with her husband Todd and 3 energetic children. Matt is in the process of moving from Philadelphia to Chapel Hill with his fiancé Devon, where he will continue working for Trader Joe’s. Mark retired March 1, 2016, after serving 40 years in education. At present he is doing volunteer work with Neighbor to Neighbor, South Carolina United Turtle enthusiasts, and Surfside United Methodist Church. Mark is also attempting to improve his golf game, although that outcome does not look very favorable at this time.
Steve Griswold - Secretary

Steve Griswold was born and raised in Scranton, PA. He attended Penn State from 1970 to 1974 graduating with a degree in Psychology. He worked as a Parole Agent for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in Philadelphia for ten years. In 1985 he became a Special Agent with the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration and served in Philadelphia, PA; Quantico, VA; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD and at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, VA. He retired as Associate Chief Inspector of DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Deciding Official in 2009.

Steve works part time as an international counter narcotics consultant for the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. Steve has been married to Liz Griswold for forty years. They have three children and three grandchildren. They purchased a home in Murrells Inlet, SC in 2014 and moved there permanently in 2015.

Steve has been a lifelong fan of and advocate for Penn State and what it represents. He is a member of the alumni association and has been a member of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship since its inception.

Vince Rizzo-- Board Member At-Large

Vince is a 1970 Penn State graduate with a B.A. English and M.S. in Administration. He enjoyed a progressive career in Education for over 40 years as teacher, principal, superintendent and director of the Howard Gardner School for Discovery; before retiring to the Myrtle Beach Area in 2013, where he and his wife (Karen) are enjoying their home in Murrells Inlet. Vince is a member of the PSU Alumni Association.

Vicki Acri – Board Member At-Large

Vicki is a 1984 Penn State graduate with a MBA ’88 from the Penn State Harrisburg Campus. Vicki moved to Murrells Inlet in 2014 for her job with Mercom in Pawleys Island where she is a project accountant.

Ralph Waltman – Board Member At- Large

Born and raised in Columbia PA, located in the Heart of Lancaster County PA. Attended Penn State through Berks Campus in Reading PA. Earned a Associates Degree in Criminal Justice with the help of a Federal program (Law Enforcement Education Program) LEEP. Retired from Law Enforcement in May of 2016. Held many different executive positions of Local Civic Organizations; Lions, Chairs of the Elks, Columbia Education Program, past President of Local and Regional V-President of the PA Sports Hall of Fame. Moved from PA to Myrtle Beach in 2009, I have a Son residence in Penn Hills area of Pittsburgh.

Paula Brown - Board Member At-Large

Paula was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She lived in the Moscow area until moving to Myrtle Beach with her husband Don in August of 2015. Paula is a 1979 graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. She was an Adapted Physical Education teacher for mentally and physically challenged children, ages 6 to 21 years.

She was the Area Coordinator for the local (Area P) Special Olympics for 25 years. Paula also coached a basketball team comprised of her students at the Jefferson Center in Dunmore, PA. She taught for 34 years before retiring in June of 2013.

Paula coached high school Girl’s Tennis and Gymnastics before her children were born. She then volunteered as a youth soccer, basketball, and baseball coach. Paula also coached coed Junior High.

Paula and her husband have two children who are also Penn State Graduates. They are all lifetime members of the Penn State Alumni Association. Her daughter, Taryn is married and teaches first grade at Indianhead Elementary School in southern Maryland. Her son, Jared teaches science at Northside High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina.


COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES & DUTIES

Executive Committee –
  • Review operational; programming and financial issues; monitor implementation of the strategic plan and goals; deal with urgent situations that cannot wait for the next full board meeting; and recommend replacement of Board Members and Officers.
  • This committee is comprised of board officers only.
Membership Committee –
  • Promote membership in the chapter and Alumni Association; determine membership benefits; and utilize the comprehensive list of all paid members for each fiscal year, including current contact information referred to as Protocol One which will be developed and maintained by the chapter Treasurer.
  • Obtain two other lists from the PSU Alumni Association: (1) list of current members of the Penn State University Alumni Association who live in the Grand Strand area; and (2) list of PSU alumni who live in the Grand Strand area.
  • Review the lists provided by the PSU Alumni Association and create two lists: (1) Protocol Two – a list of current members of the PSU Alumni Association that live in the Grand Strand area and are not on the Protocol One list; and (2) Protocol Three – a list of PSU alumni who live in the Grand Strand area that are not on Protocol One or Protocol Two lists.

    Recruit new chapter membership from Protocol Two and Protocol Three lists; while continuing to contact the PSU Alumni Association to keep our Protocol lists current.

Social Committee –
  • Develop/recommend program policies and guidelines; recommend social initiatives; and report progress to the full board.
  • Create AD HOC committees within the Social Committee for each major social event planned for the chapter.
  • AD HOC Committees
    • Annual Robotics Competition – monitor a table at the competition to encourage high school students from 9 states and Canada to study Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University. South Carolina students would get an exemption from paying out of state tuition portion.
    • Annual Penn State Baseball Season Opener – starting in 2017 Penn State baseball will open their season at the Pelicans Stadium in Myrtle Beach; so we need chapter members to help organize game attendance, BBQ with team and other fun events to make the baseball team, coaches, assistants, parents and family feel at home in Myrtle Beach during their three day road trip and series.
    • Annual Chapter Dinner – select speakers and organize the ticket sales, advertising, public relations, dinner menu, arrangements with Charleston Chapter, decorations, etc. for the event.
    • Periodic Gatherings of Dinner and Entertainment Nights – make recommendations for various type dinner and entertainment gatherings; then organize and take charge of the events selected.
    • Annual Summer Picnic and Chapter Meeting for Board Elections – with our chapter growing at a steady rate, we may need to find another venue to hold up to 80 people; so we need to get volunteers to research several locations and present to board for approval; then organize the event.
    • Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Games – contact the Pelicans office to arrange for our chapter to attend several baseball games during the season.
    • Annual Golf Outing – learn from the first golf outing and continue organizing the event to raise more money each year through innovative changes; so that we can better serve our charities and special events.
    • Penn State Football Viewing Tailgater Events – recommend changes to our football game viewing to improve the event based on input from our chapter members; then implement the changes at the event.
    • Sponsor dance to raise funds for THON – consider organizing a dance event during the year to raise money for THON; make recommendations, get approval and then ensure the event is successful.
Community Service Committee –
  • Research non-profit organizations in the Myrtle Beach area to expand our volunteer services; recommend and coordinate programs for chapter involvement; and implement services.
  • Work with the Social Committee to organize fund raisers for Toys for Tots, THON, Jason’s House, and other children’s causes.
  • Organize volunteers for charity work such as Jason’s House.
Communications Committee –
  • Develop and maintain various communications used by the chapter, including (website, Facebook posts, newsletters, advertising and public relations, etc.). The communications committee shall work with the Penn State Office of Public Information, through the local media, to inform the public of notable Penn State achievements and accomplishments of its students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Assist the standing committees (and ad hoc committees, as necessary) established to organize and conduct Chapter activities in securing publicity for those activities.
  • Subcommittees will develop policies and procedures for their subcommittee to assist future members with the smooth operation of that subcommittee.
    • Website
    • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
    • Newsletters
    • Advertising and Public Relations
    • Photographs
    • Calendar of Events for each fiscal year

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