LEADERSHIP

The Penn HOSA Foundation Scholarship Fund is led by a seasoned team of leaders in health care, education and business dedicated to advancing the health care careers of young people that, in turn, foster healthy communities. 

Dr. Linda Rhodes
Committee Chair

Dr. Linda Rhodes, a former Secretary of Aging for Pennsylvania and has been affiliated with HOSA for nearly a decade. As an education consultant to the Hirtzel Institute on Health Education & Aging at Mercyhurst University, she has advised academic and community leaders on the program development and curriculum for allied health and nursing programs reaching thousands of students. She also founded and spearheaded “Health Career Explorer” summer camps for 7th – 10th graders and a faith-based “Wear a Scrub...Get a Career” program for middle school children. The programs were created to inspire young people from culturally diverse backgrounds towards health careers – over 700 youth have attended the programs.

 

Dr. Rhodes holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a nationally recognized gerontologist, author and strategic planning consultant in healthcare and education.

Sharon R. Ryan
Committee Member

Sharon R. Ryan is CEO of Dasher Services, Inc., a small woman-owned business based in Harrisburg, PA.   Dasher exists to help people live happy, healthy lives.  In support of that purpose, Dasher communicates valuable information through e-mail, text, mail, telephone and face to face interactions.   Dasher has extensive experience working in healthcare, cyber security, automotive emissions, and professional licensure. 

 

Prior to purchasing Dasher, Sharon was the President and COO of PMSCO Healthcare Consulting, where she led the executive team for a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Medical Society specializing in the strategic use of data to improve healthcare quality and efficiency.

 

Sharon received an MBA in Entrepreneurship from William Howard Taft University and a BA in Communications and Journalism from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tamera Humbert
Committee Member

Dr. Humbert joined the Elizabethtown College faculty in 2007 following her faculty position at Pennsylvania State University – Berks campus. Dr. Humbert’s occupational therapy clinical experience includes early intervention services, classroom and community-based family-centered practice, mental health and behavioral services, adult and pediatric rehabilitation, community-based services, private practice and consultation.

 

Dr. Humbert has presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress and the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference among other organization. She is an accomplished author having published in numerous professional international and national publications including have written chapters in text books. Most recently, she edited and published a book, Spirituality and Occupational Therapy: A Model for Practice and Research.

 

Service to the college includes student life on campus, service projects and community outreach, mentoring through the Call-to-Lead program, and spirituality and wellness initiatives. Professional service includes international work in Africa, Haiti, and Central America as well as volunteering through hospice and palliative care agencies. Dr. Humbert currently serves as a member of the editorial boards for Occupational Therapy International and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Kristin Funk Maguire
Committee Member

Kristin Funk Maguire is a certified athletic trainer and the secretary of the Penn HOSA Scholarship Fund. Kristin has been taking care of athletes for over 15 year.  Her athletic training career started as an assistant athletic trainer at East Stroudsburg South High School followed by five years as the head athletic trainer at Pennridge High School. After Pennridge, Kristin transitioned to collegiate athletics where she worked at Bucknell University and Bloomsburg University respectively.  She is an alumna of Penn HOSA while she attended Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. There she was chapter president as well as a two-time Penn HOSA state winner in Sports Medicine.  She continues to support the Penn HOSA organization as a Penn HOSA Foundation board member but also as a judge during the Penn HOSA State Leadership Conference. Kristin received both her undergraduate and graduate degree from East Stroudsburg University

G. Michael Leader
Committee Treasurer

Michael Leader serves as President & CEO of Country Meadows serving in various capacities in healthcare management for over 35 years. A former President of Pennsylvania Health Care Association, currently he is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Board on Health and of the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) Senior Executive Advisory Council, an organization that represents assisted living communities throughout the nation and Chairman of the George M. Leader Family Corporation (which oversees operations for Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Ecumenical Retirement Community and sister company Providence Place Retirement Communities).

Michael is a graduate of Haverford College, has a Master’s degree from the Wharton School and Juris Doctor degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Michael and his wife, Karen, live near Hershey and are proud parents of four children, one of whom, Kristin, works at Country Meadows.

Torrie L. Snyder, BSN, MSN, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dr. Snyder is Clinical Assistant Professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she assists adjunct faculty in clinical teaching within course requirements, creating clinical and didactic schedules, addressing student issues and concerns, developing course examinations, and teaching the theory portion of the assigned course.

 

In her doctoral studies, she explored, “The Relationship between Admission Requirements, Academic Performance Measures and Undergraduate Nursing Student Success.” Dr. Snyder has extensive experience in working with high-risk students and developed UPMC’s Student Nurse Mentorship Program. She recently presented a paper on “Student to Professional: Improving Workforce Diversity through Mentorship at the National Black Nurses Association’s Conference in 2016.

She is an active member of the Pennsylvania League for Nursing

and Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action .

Grace Vazquez
Committee Member

Grace Vazquez has been employed with Country Meadows Retirement Communities for over 12 years. She has worked in various roles within the company including support for both the company Memory Care program and Home Care program. Currently, her role is Director of Career Outreach. In this role she connects with numerous recruitment sources and defines how Country Meadows maintains a position as an “Employer of Choice” in the senior retirement industry. Grace graduated from the City University of New York-Brooklyn College with a Communications Degree. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and has spent the last 25 years living in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and son.

Annette Kilpatrick
Committee Member

Annette Czap Kilpatrick, an actively licensed Registered Dental Hygienist, has worked in  both family and periodontal dental practices for over 30 years. As a Dental Hygienist, she was presented the Clark J. Hollister award for outstanding achievement in patient dental education, by the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienist's Association. Annette had also been employed by the Tri-County Association of the Blind (Pennsylvania) as a Certified Blindness Prevention Consultant.  She also serves as a Stephen Minister with her church. Annette has been a  member of the Committee for the past seven years and also serves as a judge at the Penn HOSA State Leadership Conference.

 

Annette was a violinist with the Hershey Symphony for over 40 years and continues to play at Dickinson College for the last 21 years. Next to music, studying foreign languages - eleven so far! - and traveling to exotic places with her husband of 44 years are her greatest passions.