About Us

History

 

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The Central Florida Chapter was reorganized around 1995 by a small group of approximately 12 devoted and dedicated alumni in the Central Florida area. The Chapter works to establish a close network of fellowship, cooperation and friendship among members of the Penn State family (including alumni, parents of students, friends and fans) residing in the Central Florida area.
The Chapter provides various fundraising opportunities to support its annual scholarship awarded to a local student attending Penn State University. The Chapter also provides networking opportunities including football viewing parties, dinners, sporting events and other activities. We look forward to expanding our presence in the community in the future and hope that you will decide to join.

Mission

 

The mission of the Central Florida Chapter follows that of the parent organization, the Penn State Alumni Association. As stated in their mission and bylaws, the mission is to:

To connect alumni of the University ("Alumni") to the University and to each other, to provide valued service to members of the Association (each, an "Association member"), and to support the University's mission of teaching, research and service.

Furthermore, as a Chapter, our purpose, as stated in Article XI of the bylaws, is:

  • To assist the University in promoting its programs under the direction of the Association;
  • To promote the fellowship and welfare of Alumni, students, parents of students, and other friends of the University residing in the chapter area by providing information and services to them;
  • To recruit volunteer assistance for the various programs of the Association and the University;

The Central Florida Chapter will work to carry out the mission and purpose as a Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Officers

The Central Florida Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is currently seeking for new, enthusiastic individuals to take leadership roles in an effort to continue the Chapter's mission. If you are unsure if becoming an officer or chairperson is right for you, feel free to contact us. Still unsure? Join a committee or volunteer at one of our activities. It is a great way to give back while showing what it means to be a Penn Stater!



Image of Dawson C. Wright IVDawson C. Wright IV '02

Dawson graduated from Penn State University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Earth Sciences. Originally from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, he moved to Orlando in 2007. In 2013, graduated from Winter Park Tech from the web design and development program and established DCW4 Web Solutions, a DCW4 Enterprises, Inc. company, so that he can work from home while caring for his son. Dawson has also spends much of his time volunteering with several non-profit organizations in central Florida. He is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association and became the webmaster of the Central Florida Chapter in late 2015.

Jeff Ecker - Information on our Vice President will be added soon.

The Vice President serves in a supporting role to the President and acts in the President's absence or when the President is unable to fulfill his/her duties. In addition, the Vice President is responsible for the control and direction of any standing committees.

Dr. Kate Clark - Information on our Secretary will be added soon.

The Secretary is responsible for communicating with all Chapter members and keeping any necessary documents and meeting minutes of the Chapter.

Jackie Mroczka - Information on our Treasurer will be added soon.

The Treasurer is responsible for all financial aspects of the Chapter, including maintaining its bank accounts, distribution of scholarship funds and the filing of any necessary tax-related documents.

Joan Lipinski, Consuella Moore and Frank Raike - Information on our Trustees will be added soon.

The Trustees are responsible for auditing the financial aspects of the Chapter while assisting in the creation of a budget.

Image of Katie BartooKatie Bartoo '92

Katie is a 1992 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and currently works as a Construction Contract and Litigation Paralegal.  She grew up in Canton, OH and moved to Central Florida after graduation in 1992.  She has served as the Chapter's President or in other Chapter officer roles for nearly 20 years. She was active as the manager of the Men's Varsity Soccer Team while attending Penn State.

Katie is a Lifetime Member of the Penn State Alumni Association, served on the Alumni Council from 2010 to 2016 and just completed her term on the Executive Board for the Alumni Association. In addition to President of the Central Florida Chapter, she has assumed the responsibilities of both the Secretary and Treasurer while we search for a candidate to fill the vacancy.

The Immediate Past President serves as an advisor to the Chapter President. The IPP also builds relationships between the Chapter and other local Penn State, B1G and other college/university alumni associations.

We are looking for enthusiastic members to join our committees or perhaps chair a committee to help our chapter carry out its mission. It is because of members like you that makes our chapter and our efforts a success.

 

Photo of Helen Adler at the Nittany Lion ShrineMembership Co-Chair - Helen Adler
Helen graduated from Penn State in 1978 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in LEC. Originally from McKees Rocks, PA, Helen moved to the Washington DC area after college where she was involved in the Washington DC chapter’s social committee and was President of the chapter for two years. She became involved in Alumni Recruiting at that time and continues to be involved today. Helen and her family moved to Winter Garden, FL in 2003 and has been the Chapter’s scholarship chair since 2009. Helen is employed by Honeywell International as an Energy Analyst.
Membership Co-Chair - Frank Raike
Biography on our membership co-chair coming soon!

 

Events Co-Chair - Jane Watrel
Biography on our membership co-chair coming soon!
Events Co-Chair - Consuella (Connie) Moore
Biography on our membership co-chair coming soon!.

 

Fundraising Chair - Frank Raymond
Biography on our fundraising chair coming soon!.
Marketing Chair - Mickey Boylan
Biography on our marketing chair coming soon!

 

Image of Dawson C. Wright IVWebmaster - Dawson C. Wright IV
Dawson graduated from Penn State University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Earth Sciences. Originally from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, he moved to Orlando in 2007. In 2013, graduated from Winter Park Tech from the web design and development program and established DCW4 Web Solutions, a DCW4 Enterprises, Inc. company, so that he can work from home while caring for his son. Dawson has also spends much of his time volunteering with several non-profit organizations in central Florida. He is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association and became the webmaster of the Central Florida Chapter in late 2015.

Become a Member

 

Membership in the Central Florida Chapter is open to alumni, friends or fans of the Pennsylvania State University. Annual dues are currently $25 per household, which are normally collected in connection with the Chapter's fiscal year (Aug 1 - July 31).

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