Vera Spina Greenwald elected president of Alle-Kiski Society
Former campus student to head local alumni society;
upcoming fundraisers are horse racing and golf
UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- Vera Spina Greenwald, a 2003 Penn State graduate, was elected president of the Alle-Kiski Society Board of Directors June 15 at the society’s end-of-the-year meeting.
Greenwald, chief clerk for Westmoreland County, will oversee a 20-member board and serve a two-year term, beginning July 1. She replaces Tim Oberlin whose term expires June 30. Ashley Traini, a 2005 alumna, takes over the vice presidency after four years as treasurer. Laura Kelly, a 1999 Penn State graduate, assumes the treasurer’s duties. Kristi Swierczewski, a 1991 alumna, was re-elected as secretary.
A former Penn State New Kensington student, Greenwald served as vice president under Oberlin. She joined the alumni society in 2007, and was elected secretary in 2011. She serves on the board’s scholarship committee, which recommends New Kensington students for the society’s annual scholarships. This year, $5,500 will be awarded to upperclassmen. In the past 23 years, the New Kensington-based society has awarded $48,000 to 55 campus students. The scholarship was first endowed in 1998 at $15,000 and now stands at $109,000.
Greenwald attended the campus for two years before moving to University Park to complete her bachelor’s degree studies in journalism with a minor in psychology. While at the campus, she was active in the Student Government Association, THON and the Lion Ambassadors. Greenwald was named Lion Ambassador of the year in 2001. A year later, as chair of the campus’ THON team, she spearheaded the drive that raised $9,300 in 2002, tripling the previous record of $3,000. The effort earned New Kensington the award as the Most Improved Campus in the Penn State system.
As chief clerk, Greenwald is responsible for preparing the county commissioners' meeting agendas, compiling meeting minutes, maintaining county records and overseeing bid openings and contracts. A lifelong resident of Vandergrift, Greenwald lives in her hometown with her husband Jason Greenwald. They enjoy traveling and Italy tops the list of favorite places. Disney World is second.
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