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BETHLEHEM, PA (1/15/21) – Valley Youth House is pleased to announce the promotion of Emily A. Conners, M.S., to Associate Director of Development & Marketing.  In her new role, Conners will continue to expand the Agency’s fundraising, marketing, and public relations efforts.

Conners joined Valley Youth House in 2015, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Human Services) and Geography from Bucknell University. She completed a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice and the Wharton School in 2020.

Since joining Valley Youth House, Conners has made significant advancements to the Agency’s annual special events, Setting the Stage and the John E. Walson, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament presented by Service Electric Cable TV & Communications. Her leadership and organization of these events has raised record-breaking results and provided a significant source of annual revenue to support the youth and families served by Valley Youth House programs.

In addition to increases in fundraising, Conners has been instrumental in increasing brand integrity, consistency, and awareness for Valley Youth House through content creation, messaging, and data analysis.

In 2018, Conners received the Rising Star Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Eastern PA.  She is an Advisory Board Member for Lehigh Valley Summerbridge, Co-President of the Bucknell Club of the Lehigh Valley, and Co-Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Eastern PA’s NextGen Committee.

About Valley Youth House
Valley Youth House ( does more than just provide homes for Pennsylvania’s vulnerable, abused, and homeless youth. We partner with thousands of individuals each year to build a solid foundation for young people and their families. With dedicated street outreach, housing, counseling, skills training, health, prevention, and intervention services, we empower resilient young people in establishing promising futures.
For a list of programs and services, visit:

Information provided to TVL by:
Christina J. Schoemaker, MBA, CFRE
Senior Vice President, Development,
Grants & Marketing, Valley Youth House