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Staiman named director emeritus of Hope board

Williamsport native, Marvin H. Staiman, was designated by the Hope Enterprises Foundation, Inc. as director emeritus on June 16.

Staiman, past owner and president of Staiman Brother’s Inc., one of Williamsport’s oldest family businesses, joined Hope’s board of directors in 1963. Over the past 57 years, he has been vital to the evolution of serving people with disabilities, according to a press release, and was awarded Hope’s only Max Miller Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

He was one of the early members fighting for sites, at no cost, for conducting meetings and classes at the School of Hope. He presided over the board during the purchase of the Catherine Street facility, which provided employment opportunities for adults with disabilities and was incremental in challenging city zoning officials to provide community homes throughout Lycoming County.

The role of director emeritus at the Hope Foundation is held by previous members of the board of directors who dedicated considerable time and effort to supporting those with intellectual disabilities. Staiman joins the position with other values directors David L. Stroehmann and George D. Golden. Previous board directors William H. Fish and Peyton D. McDonald also help the position of director emeritus.

“Designating Mr. Staiman to director emeritus allows us to retain his experience, knowledge and passion for the Hope Foundation,” said board chair Glenn Smith II. “His advocacy for Hope has been instrumental to our community and we are honored to enhance this group with Mr. Marvin H. Staiman.”

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