Magazine salutes two local women among those 'making a difference'
STATE COLLEGE - Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Secretary Pamela Brennan Burns and Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Jeanne Shaffer were named to the list of "Women Making a Difference" in the Sept. 21 edition of Pennsylvania Business Central.
The list recognizes business women who make an impact on their company, their work environment, their sector of the business community or on the communities in which they live and work.
Burns, Selinsgrove area, who works as the branch manager for the Shamokin location of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, was selected for not only her work at the bank, but her work with the chamber, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Rotary Club and the Downtown Lewisburg Club. Most recently, she began helping to organize a bone marrow drive for the Be The Match Registry and organized several fundraisers to help start a bone marrow transplant fund for her husband, David, who has an ongoing battle with leukemia.
Shaffer, of Coal Township, was selected for her work with the arts council and how its programs, such as the Anne Miles Children's Theatre and the Kids Summer Educational Program, bring people together, much like the community comes together for the Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts, the upcoming fall festival and A Downtown Christmas, causes that Shaffer spearheads as arts council executive director every year. She has also served as coordinator of the Shamokin Area Meals on Wheels Program for the past 30 years.
Pennsylvania Business Center is a business-to-business publication that serves a 20-county area in central Pennsylvania. Nominations for the list are accepted from readers and business leaders and are then forwarded to a six-person committee at St. Francis University, chaired by Dr. Randy Frye, dean of the school of business, to be whittled down to the 20 women named in the publication.