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CPYB announces additions to Board of Directors
Five highly accomplished business leaders added to board

Carlisle, Pa. (February 21, 2012) – Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is pleased to announce five recent appointments to its board of directors. The appointments bring the total number of board members to thirteen.

The new directors are Christopher Baldrige, principal of Cumberland Valley School District Shaull Elementary School; Patricia Hottenstein, former investment advisor at Merrill Lynch; Amanda J. Lavis, MBA, Esquire, attorney with Rhoads & Sinon, LLP; John Kunkel, Application Developer for Optical Character Systems with Highmark Blue Shield;  and Marissa Shollenberger, treasurer of the Greater Harrisburg Arts Council.

“The addition of these new directors will further diversify the outstanding talents, extensive experience, and geographic representation that our directors already bring to CPYB,” said Robert Goodling, board president. “Each is a widely respected and experienced business leader. They will provide our board and management team with new insight and perspectives relating to CPYB and to the changing landscape of non-profit arts institutions.”

About Christopher Baldrige
Christopher Baldrige is currently the principal at Shaull Elementary School in the Cumberland Valley School District. Mr. Baldrige graduated from Elizabethtown College with a degree in business marketing. He earned his teaching certification from Kutztown University in elementary education and a Master of Education from Penn State University. In addition to serving on the board of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Mr. Baldrige also sits on the boards of Open Stage of Harrisburg, Keystone Partnership, and Elizabethtown College Alumni Association, as well as volunteering for the United Way, Capital Area School for the Arts, and other local agencies. He lives in Harrisburg, Pa.

About Patricia Hottenstein
Pat Hottenstein spent her career in the fields of education and financial services. She was an investment advisor with Merrill Lynch until her retirement in 1997. Since then Mrs. Hottenstein has devoted much of her time to serving on non-profit boards and committees, focusing on mental health and the arts. She currently sits on the board of Keystone Human Services. Mrs Hottenstein received a B.S. in education from Messiah College. She resides in Mt. Gretna, Pa.

About John Kunkel
John Kunkel has been employed with Highmark Blue Shield for 18 years, currently serving as the Application Developer for Optical Character Systems. In addition to sitting on the board of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, where he serves as chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, Mr. Kunkel is trustee of the John C. Kunkel Foundation, a member of the Partnership Board of Keystone Human Services, and chairman of the Finance Committee of Keystone Partnership Board Finance. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of the West Shore YMCA. A Dickinson College alumnus, Mr. Kunkel resides in Boiling Springs, Pa.

About Amanda J. Lavis
Amanda J. Lavis is an associate with Rhoads & Sinon LLP, where she primarily practices in the areas of employment litigation and intellectual property law. Ms. Lavis received her JD from Villanova University School of Law, magna cum laude, and her MBA from Shippensburg University. She is an active member in the Central Pennsylvania community and currently serves as chair of the Alumni Council for Messiah College. Ms. Lavis resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

About Marissa Shollenberger
Marissa Shollenberger is a certified public accountant with experience in both profit and non-profit industries. The current treasurer for the Greater Harrisburg Arts Council, she formerly held positions as accountant with Ernst & Whinney, internal audit manager for Book of the Month Club, manager of corporate financial reporting for Hershey Foods Corporation, and business manager for the law firm of Shollenberger & Januzzi. Mrs. Shollenberger holds a MBA in professional accounting from Rutgers University, as well as a B.S. in economics and minor in French from Dickinson College. She also serves as secretary to the board of directors of West Shore Meals on Wheels and is an active board member of the Greater Harrisburg Arts Council. Mrs. Shollenberger resides in Mechanicsburg, Pa.


About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Established in 1955 by Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet headquartered in Carlisle, Pa. CPYB’s mission is to inspire, educate and enrich the lives of our students and the region through training in and the performance of classical ballet.