Staff

Executive Director

Melissa Weigle

Melissa joined our center in August of 2005. She knew early that she wanted to work with older adults, earning a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology from Towson University. She serves on the board of Pennsylvania Association of Senior Center and is a member of Partners for Health Community and Hershey Rotary Club.

Melissa resides in Hummelstown and enjoys playing pickleball, listening to 
podcasts, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her husband Ken and her two children Katie and Aden.

Office Coordinator

Kim Reese

Kim joined our center in January of 2014. She is a native of Hershey and graduated from Thompson
Institute. She has worked for PNC Bank, Hershey Entertainment and in the commercial construction business. 

Kim enjoys her grandchildren, photography, travel, volunteering, thrifting, hockey, music and teaching seniors’ new technology. Kim’s son Josh is in the Air Force and is currently stationed in New Jersey with his wife and 2 children.

Administrative Assistant

Kathy Giovanniello

Kathy joined the organization in January 2020. She is a native of Hershey and a graduate of Penn State University. She previously worked for the Hershey Company and St. Joan of Arc School. 

She was a stay-at-home mom to Dominic and Natalie for many years. Kathy enjoys reading, walking, working out and hanging out with her family. Kathy lives in Hershey with her husband Ron.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is composed of both members and community leaders. At our annual holiday meeting/social, potential board members are nominated by our members. If the nominated party agrees to serve on the Board of Directors, the nomination is accepted. Once elected, they serve a three-year term, helping to make important decisions and assist in strategic planning.

President

Jack Bishop

Retired 31+ years from The Hershey Company. Last 7 1/2 years served as director of Human Resources for the International Division. Graduate of Susquehanna University, major business administration. Served on boards of Derry Twp School District, Susquehanna University, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and various finance and investment committees. Married to Joan since 1963. Two son’s.

Vice President

Chris Abruzzo

Chris is a lawyer by profession, having worked in the Dauphin County District Attorney’s
Office and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Chris has held positions in the Corbett administration, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and American Water. He has served on the Derry Township Board of Supervisors, Dauphin County Planning Commission, Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, PA State Association of Township Supervisors’ Health Cooperative Trust, Municipal Pension Trust, and Unemployment Compensation Trust. Chris received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University and his law degree from Widener University School of Law. 

Chris Abruzzo is a 23-year resident of Derry Township. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, all of whom graduated from the Hershey High School.

Secretary

Betsy Kopec

I have been a member of Leader Active Life for 22 years. It is a wonderful place for fellowship, lots of different exercise and regular classes, learning opportunities and bus trips. It is a wonderful community always welcoming new members to join us.

Treasurer

Jori Culp

Jori has served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Leader Center for Active Life since 2021. As a CPA, she serves as an Audit Partner with Smoker Smith & Associates of Hershey. Jori is a graduate of Elizabethtown College.

Director

Megan Marshall

Megan Marshall has spent more than 16 years in advancing Finance leadership roles at The Hershey Company. She holds MBA and Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance from Temple University. Megan is a strong advocate of talent development, diversity, inclusion, and engagement. Within Hershey, she led the Finance Talent Council, which drives meaningful improvements to talent and career
development. She also supports the retention and the advancement of women through mentoring and prior service as the co-chair of Hershey’s Women’s Business Resource Group.

Megan resides in Elizabethtown with her husband (Scott), two daughters (Parker and Reese) and their wheaten terrier (Lola).

Director

Shel Parker

After graduating from Williams College, Shel earned a Master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. He became an investment broker and was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the Pittsburgh area. He relocated to Hershey to become the CEO of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network and began volunteering with Meals on Wheels, the People Mover and the Rotary Club of Hershey.

He considers it a privilege to be a member of the Leader Center Board and to work with a peerless staff and with dedicated colleagues.

Director

Jeff Stover

Jeff and his family have lived in Hershey for four generations. Many older residents remember my Great-Grandfather, Monroe “Monty” Stover. He lived to be 103 years old.

Monty was recognized for his career with the Hershey Estates, his friendship with Milton Hershey and Stover’s Candies. We will always remember him for his delicious caramel popcorn. My family and I continue to make his caramel popcorn for Christmas every year. Twenty years ago, Jeff started his business with Edward Jones and has had the privilege of serving the Hershey community since 2002.

Director

Betsy Hancock

A native of Hershey, Betsy recently retired after serving for many years in both Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is a community volunteer, currently serving on the Board of “The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC)”.

 

Director

Sally Kurtz

Sally enjoys being a community volunteer.

Director

Ted Seeber

Edward P. (Ted) Seeber, a partner with JSDC Law Offices, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Widener University School of Law. Ted is member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Pennsylvania Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Elder Law Section and Real Property, Probate and Estate sections of the Pennsylvania, Cumberland and Dauphin County Bar Associations.

Ted is active in the community and speaks to many different groups regarding Elder Law and Estate Planning issues. Ted is married with four children.

 

Director

Brenda Berman

Brenda has been a member of the Leader Center for active life since 2006 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2017. She is a native of Hershey, employed as a contract interior designer and purchasing agent. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys gardening and volunteering at Leader Center for Active Life.

Director

Doug Berlin

Director

Marsha Major

Retired, community volunteer. Member of Leader Active Life since 2014.

Director

Aura Bunn

Aura M. Hill Bunn retired after 35 years teaching Dramatic Arts, English and Journalism at Milford High School in Milford, DE and Palmyra Area School District in Palmyra, PA. Presently I am a stringer (part time reporter) at The Sun in Hummelstown.

Director

Pete Gleason

Pete is an attorney with K & L Gates, concentrating his practice in federal legislation and regulatory policy counsel. He is a graduate of Widener University Law School and Arizona State University. Pete has served on the Leader Center Board of Directors since 2021.