Board

Deepa Balapur

DEEPA BALEPUR

Principal, Compass Real Estate

Benjamin Atwater

BENJAMIN ATWATER

Partner, Atwater Malick, LLC

Krista A. Showers

KRISTA A. SHOWERS

Partner, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP

Joe Byorick

JOE BYORICK

Senior Vice President and CFO, Lancaster General Health

DEEPA BALAPUR

Principal, Compass Real Estate

“I moved to the United States from India more than two decades ago. Lancaster County is now “home away from home” and has been a wonderful and welcoming community. I strongly believe in the quote by Mahatma Gandhi – “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I am committed to giving back to this extraordinary community!”

BENJAMIN ATWATER

Partner, Atwater Malick, LLC

“I enjoy meeting and working with interesting people as a volunteer in Lancaster County. The interaction with others to reach creative solutions is a fulfilling process. Seeing the growing collaboration of the nonprofit sector in Lancaster gives me faith that we truly are beginning ‘to create extraordinary community.’ Specifically, the Lancaster County Community Foundation is making tremendous strides in educating Lancaster about the importance of endowment building, which will make a positive impact for generations to come. There are numerous worthwhile nonprofits in Lancaster and it is fun to be involved and see the dedication of volunteers and staff.”

KRISTA A. SHOWERS

Partner, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP

“My husband and I have had the good fortune to grow up and live in Lancaster County – a place where people care about each other and their community. I am inspired to make a difference in Lancaster County so that future generations may share in the many blessings (arts, education and human services) of our community. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Lancaster County Community Foundation Board.”

JOE BYORICK

Senior Vice President and CFO, Lancaster General Health

“Ensuring that there is a legacy to benefit future generations of citizens of our community by enriching their lives in the arts, education, and human services is what motivates me to be a part of the Lancaster County Community Foundation. It is an honor to be working with individuals who feel that the Foundation’s nearly 100 year impact on our community must continue in order to improve the quality of life.”

John Zuo

JON ZUO

President, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

FRANCINE MCNAIRY

President Emeritus of Millersville University of Pennsylvania

RYAN MARTIN

Principal, the Infantree

JON ZUO

President, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

“Home is where the heart is. My heart has been here since my wife and I made Lancaster our home nearly twenty years ago. We raised our children in this wonderful community, and made so many friends in the city and towns around the county. I’m honored to serve on the Board of the Lancaster County Community Foundation to help make Lancaster an even better place for people to visit, live and work.”

FRANCINE MCNAIRY

President Emeritus of Millersville University of Pennsylvania

“My life has been influenced greatly by my parents and Dr. Marion Wright Edelman. My parents taught me to give back to the community wherever I live. Dr. Edelman stressed that “Service is the rent we pay for living.” The Lancaster people, business, educational, health, governmental and non-profit sectors have all invested so much in Millersville University and its students that serving on the Lancaster County Community Foundation Board provides me with an opportunity to give back and to serve the community here.”

RYAN MARTIN

Principal, the Infantree

“My family has had the privilege of calling Lancaster County “home” for 13 generations. We have raised our families, started businesses and participated in the community at large. To me Lancaster truly represents what a community should be, and I feel honored to have the opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to me.”

ALIMAYU THRASH

Co-owner, Precision Fiber Splicing

ROD MESSICK

CFO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty

MARY RENNER

The Digital Workshop

STEVE GEISENBERGER

Principal, The Walz Group

ALIMAYU THRASH

Co-owner, Precision Fiber Splicing

Alimayu Thrash is a lifelong Lancaster City resident, who studied business management and IT management at Cheyney University and Florida Institute of Technology respectively. Passionate about entrepreneurship and community investment, Alimayu co-owns a telecommunications construction company, as well as volunteers with a few community benefit organizations. Alimayu loves to spend his non-professional time with his amazing wife Alejandra and their adorable daughter Zoe.

ROD MESSICK

CFO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty

“My country has given me everything I ever needed. It gave me a fundamental education through its public schools, it gave me the opportunity to excel in a meritocracy where a person is measured on what they become rather than where or to whom they are born, and it gave me the freedom to become anything I wanted through hard work and dedication. As such it is my DUTY to give back to my country and I believe the best way to fulfill this duty is through efforts in my local community. Abby and I choose to live in Lancaster and we choose daily to make strides to make it better through our actions. Our hope is that we are preserving and continuing our special sense of community for many generations.”

MARY RENNER

The Digital Workshop

“I believe we’ve reached an incredibly exciting, pivotal time in our community’s history where organizations, nonprofits and businesses understand the potential of partnering for true, sustainable impact. The Community Foundation is known for engendering collaboration and innovation and has always been a catalyst for a larger vision for our community. After many years of volunteering with nonprofits in the social service and business sectors, I feel strongly that this is a critical juncture for the future wellbeing of all who call Lancaster home. It is an honor to have the opportunity to share in this work with the Foundation.”

STEVE GEISENBERGER

Principal, The Walz Group

“For six generations Geisenberger’s have engaged in Civic involvement in Lancaster City and County. Serving on the Board is a tremendous honor and an opportunity to partner with others to impact the quality of Lancastrians’s lives today and impact the direction of the community agenda for future generations.”

HALE KRASNE

Director, Steinman Communications

MIKE CALLAHAN

President, Benchmark Construction Company

LISA RIGGS

CEO, Economic Development Company of Lancaster County

HALE KRASNE

Director, Steinman Communications

“When Bob and I came to Lancaster we were amazed by the selflessness of the many volunteers who give of their time and skills to benefit the greater Lancaster community and the central role that so many philanthropic organizations play in Lancaster. We were moved to participate. I hope to be able to contribute in some small way to the work of the Lancaster Community Foundation as it continues to partner with and support so many projects and organizations that strive to help the people and communities of Lancaster County prosper and flourish.”

LISA RIGGS

“This community has been and is such a wonderful place for me and my family. I am inspired and energized to play whatever role I can to ensure that the special aspects and assets of Lancaster – caring people, wonderful organizations, great places – grow even stronger as my family grows and for future generations.”

MIKE CALLAHAN

President, Benchmark Construction Company

Mike joined Benchmark as a carpenter in 1985, hired by the President and Founder, Robert Brandt, Jr. just a month after the company’s founding. Through many years of work, proven leadership, and dedication to Benchmark’s core values, Mike rose through the ranks of Benchmark Construction to become President in 2008.