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Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley Adds Four New Members to Board

Board of Directors welcomes new additions from CIGNA, First Niagara, Lutron and PPL 

Allentown, PA — February 17, 2015 — Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce four new addition to its Board of Directors from several of the area’s largest companies.

The organization’s board recently confirmed the election of Sherly Blanchard-Blot of Easton, Senior Medical Underwriter with CIGNA. She has worked with CIGNA in various capacities since 2002, and was promoted to her current role in 2007. Blanchard-Blot holds a BS and MBA from University of Phoenix, and is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

Also confirmed was David Druckenmiller of Coplay, First Vice President with First Niagara. He has been with First Niagara since 1996. Druckenmiller holds a BS from Penn State University and also serves on the Board of Directors of Lehigh Valley Zoo.

Brian Dunbar of Center Valley, Vice President of Global Sales Operations with Lutron Electronics, Inc., was also elected to the agency’s board. He has been with Lutron since 1988, and was promoted to his current role in 2013. Dunbar holds a BS from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. He is also a current Cabinet member of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Finally, Stephen Gelatko of Allentown, Director of Distribution Asset Planning at PPL Electric Utilities, was confirmed. He has been with PPL since 2001, and was promoted into his current role in 2014. Gelatko holds a BS from DeSales University, is active in PPL’s political action committee and is a solicitor within the company for its annual United Way campaign.

Contact: 

Alex Dapkewicz, Marketing/Development Manager

adapkewicz@bbbslv.org

610-391-1827 x102

About Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley 

For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with qualified, trained, and screened volunteers (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey Report reinforces the mentoring program’s evidence base of positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members. Learn how you can volunteer or donate—visit www.bbbslv.org.