Board

Krista A. Showers

KRISTA A. SHOWERS

Partner, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP

Lydia Henry

LYDIA HENRY

Chief Operating Officer, Atomic Design, Inc.

Joe Byorick

JOE BYORICK

Senior Vice President and CFO, Lancaster General Health

Lydia Henry

LYDIA HENRY

Chief Operating Officer, Atomic Design, Inc.

“My favorite part of Lancaster is being able to partner with the many extraordinary nonprofits in the area, and being able to work towards making a positive culture for our community.”

Krista Showers

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

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.”

Deepa Balapur

DEEPA BALEPUR

Principal, Compass Real Estate

John Zuo

JON ZUO

President, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

Ryan Martin

RYAN MARTIN

Principal, the Infantree

Deepa Balapur

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!”

Jon Zuo

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.”

Ryan Martin

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.”

Chip Cargas

CHIP CARGAS

Board Chair, Cargas Systems

Hale Krasne

HALE KRASNE

Director, Steinman Communications

Dr. Daniel A. Wubah

DR. DANIEL A. WUBAH

President, Millersville University

Hale Krasne

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.”

Chip Cargas

CHIP CARGAS

Board Chair, Cargas Systems

Chip Cargas is the Founder & Board Chair of Cargas Systems, an employee-owned software company with 118 employees. They provide software for accounting, operations, sales and marketing. Chip founded the company in 1988 with the purpose of creating a caring environment where people would love to work. He served as CEO from the founding until December 2017. Chip continues to nurture the company’s purpose of “Shared Success for employees, customers, owners, partners, and community”. By fostering an inclusive approach to business, Chip helped build a dynamic team that focuses on collaboration, open communication, and delivering an exceptional customer experience. With the engagement of Cargas employee-owners, Cargas Systems has earned the following awards for its values and growth:

  • Innovations in Employee Ownership Award – National Center for Employee Ownership 2018
  • Ethics in Business Award – Samaritan Center 2016
  • Central PA Business of the Year Award – 51-100 employee category 2016
  • Best Places to Work in PA – 13 years
  • Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Central PA – 7 years
  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. – 2017 & 2018

Chip’s own awards and recognitions include:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Central Penn Business Journal 2015
  • Honorary Doctorate of Public Service – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology 2013
  • Small Business Person of the Year – Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 2006

Chip’s current community activities include: Board of Trustees at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Chair of the Private Sector Action Team at the Lancaster Coalition to Combat Poverty, and Forever Lancaster Steering Committee at the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

Chip graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Industrial Engineering.

Chip rides his bicycle 5,000 miles per year for commuting, fitness, and fun!

Dr. Daniel A. Wubah

DR. DANIEL A. WUBAH

President, Millersville University

Dr. Daniel A. Wubah is the 15th President of Millersville University and began his service in July 2018. He came to Millersville with a distinguished record of service as a senior-level administrator at Washington and Lee University, Virginia Tech, University of Florida, and James Madison. He has been a dedicated professor, mentor, and scholar in the fields of microbiology and botany for over three decades.

In addition to his roles on campus, Dr. Wubah is very active in the community and beyond. In addition to the Lancaster County Community Foundation Board, he will be joining the board of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry in January 2019, and is a member of several committees in professional organizations and national advisory boards.

Dr. Wubah received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, a Master of Science from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Dr. Judith Wubah, have two children and two grandchildren.

Steve Geisenberger

STEVE GEISENBERGER

Principal, The Walz Group

Mary Renner

MARY RENNER

The Digital Workshop

Alimayu Thrash

ALIMAYU THRASH

Co-owner, Precision Fiber Splicing

Alimayu Thrash

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.

Mary Renner

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

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.”

Melisa Baez

MELISA BAEZ

Director of Entrepreneur Training, Assets Lancaster

Alison van Harskamp

ALISON VAN HARSKAMP

Principal, Hummingbird Communications LLC

Mark James

MARK JAMES

Attorney, Appel & Yost, LLP

Melisa Baez

MELISA BAEZ

Director of Entrepreneur Training, Assets Lancaster

As an alumnae of Temple University, Melisa knew her passion lied in creating social change through business and education. After experiencing life in Philadelphia and California, she knew Lancaster, where she calls home, was the place she wanted to focus on building a lasting impact.

Melisa served as the director of programs and Co-Founder at ATTOLLO, where her focus was to motivate and guide at-risk youth on a path toward attaining a degree of higher education. Now, as the Director of Entrepreneur Training at ASSETS, Melisa has coached over 700 entrepreneurs, primarily women, empowering them to start their own businesses. Beyond her professional experience, she continues to expand her personal connection with the local and global community. Not only does she volunteer with the students of the Mix at Arbor Place and serve as a Global Shapers for the Lancaster Hub, she is an active Cordes Fellow focusing on global issues. Melisa sits on the Board of Directors for the Stone Independent School and is on the Diversity Committee for Girls on The Run. Melisa is currently an MBA in Sustainability candidate at Bard.

Alison van Harskamp

ALISON VAN HARSKAMP

Principal, Hummingbird Communications LLC

Mark James

MARK JAMES

Attorney, Appel & Yost, LLP

“My favorite aspect of Lancaster County is its people. In the course of 30 years of serving my clients, I have met thousands of wonderful Lancastrians who live, work and play in our great community.”