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WITF Public Media Announces Three New Board Members: Vance, Hooker and Conover Join Influential Regional Board

Written by WITF Staff | Feb 6, 2017 5:58 PM

(February 2, 2017) -- WITF announced that three new members were elected to the WITF Board of Directors at the board's December 2016 Annual Meeting. They are: Patricia Vance, long-serving former State Representative and Senator from Cumberland County; Charles Hooker, President & CEO of Keystone Human Services, and Jane Conover, President & CEO of the York Community Foundation.

The three new members join a regional board of 25 influential community leaders who govern and guide the mission of WITF-- "to strengthen our communities by connecting us to each other and to opportunities for lifelong learning." WITF's media services include public television (WITF-TV), two public radio services (WITF 89.5 and WYPM 93.3 Chambersburg), a regional magazine (Central PA) in partnership with the Patriot-News, websites (including WITF.org and ExplorePAhistory.com), statewide radio networks for public and commercial stations (Pennsylvania Public Radio and Radio PA), and a production services division (Media Solutions).

Ms. Vance earned her degree in nursing from the Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing. She served as Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds from 1978 to 1990 and as state Representative from 1991 to 2004. She was elected to the State Senate in 2005 and served until her retirement in November 2016. She is a member of several charitable, community and religious organizations' boards, including the Stabler Foundation.

Mr. Hooker is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Keystone Human Services, a global provider of services for children and adults with disabilities and an advocate for inclusion. Before coming to Keystone in 1996, he served as the CEO of organizations that provided comprehensive inpatient mental health services and free-standing drug and alcohol treatment. Throughout his career, Mr. Hooker has been a strong voice of support for vulnerable people to live full, meaningful lives within their communities.

Mr. Hooker received his bachelor's degree from Kutztown University and his master's from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jane Conover has been President and CEO of the York County Community Foundation since May 2015. She joined the Community Foundation in March 2010 as Vice President of Community Investment and managed $3 million in grantmaking programs, led community improvement efforts, and managed special initiatives for the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Conover was the Chief Community Officer at the YWCA of York, and also served as the Housing Director for the Citizens Planning and Housing Association in Baltimore, MD.

Ms. Conover earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Bachelors in Finance from Fairfield University in Connecticut.

WITF's programs and services serve the approximately 2.3 million citizens in the nineteen counties of south central Pennsylvania; WITF's coverage of the legislature and state government reach beyond the region to "bring Pennsylvania to Pennsylvanians" through public and commercial radio and digital platforms. WITF is a non-profit organization that uses media in all its forms to deliver ideas and information as well as entertainment programs of quality and substance.

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