Habitat announces new Board members

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity has recently appointed four new members to its Board of Directors.

Jim Shillenn, Williamsport, is the retired executive director and CEO of IMC, Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors for Hope Enterprises.

Sandy Spiro, Williamsport, recently retired from 17 years of teaching elementary education in the Fairfax County Virginia School System. She also has been a vice president in a major US bank, responsible for managing a multi-billion dollar portfolio. Sandy has also served as a senior analyst for a federal financial regulator responsible for critical assessments of savings institutions.

Andrew Carroll Hooker, Cogan Station, active in business development since 1988, founder and general manager of Pennram Diversified Mfg. Corp. since 1995. Hooker is founder and partner in Water Buffalos LLC, since 2010. He and his wife, Karen, have three children.

Nancy Wentzler, Williamsport, recently retired from a position of chief economist and deputy comptroller in charge of global banking and financial analysis at the Comptroller of the Currency Department of the Treasury, was in charge of analysis of the economic and financial risks to the banking system and the development of risk models to serve as early warning tools for identification of such risks and presenting the results of that analysis to a wide variety of audiences. Nancy holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin and B.S. in economics and business from Penn State University.

The following individuals make up the remainder of Habitat’s Board: Earl Kinter, board president, Cogan Station; Tim Heitzman, first vice chair, South Williamsport; Orrie Brown, treasurer, Cogan Station; Mary Shelinski, secretary, Picture Rocks; Christine Ballard, Lock Haven; Jeff LeCrone, Williamsport; Geneva Small Peck, Hughesville; Patricia Shipman Esq., Williamsport; Savonna Reagan, Williamsport; and Randy Magargle, Montgomery.

“As a non-profit, Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity operates with a small staff. As a team of volunteers, we are excited to welcome them to our Board,” Earl Kinter, board president said. “The vision Habitat has of a community in which everyone has a decent place to live makes a difference in the lives of many people.”

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity partners with families in need to own decent, affordable homes. Habitat homes are rehabilitated or built primarily with volunteers using money contributed by supporters. These families have to go through a selection process that includes income verification, seeing if they are credit worthy and financially responsible. Families who qualify for Habitat homes pay their mortgage back over a 30-year period with no interest. They are also required to work 250 hours for each adult in the household as sweat equity, with 100 hours working on their own home. These are hard-working families with a real need who work with volunteers not only to build homes, but to build strong relationships and give back to the community they live in.

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity serves Lycoming, Bradford, Tioga and eastern Clinton counties.

For more information on how you can volunteer your time or make a donation, visit or contact Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity at 540 Lycoming St., Williamsport, PA 17701, or call 322-2515.

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity can also be found on Facebook.