David Reiley, President
David is a Principal Scientist at Pandora Media in California, where he uses controlled experiments to measure the effects of advertising on purchases and other consumer behavior. He previously was a professor at Vanderbilt University and at the University of Arizona. A member of the PGSS class of 1986, he subsequently served as a physics TA in 1989 and 1991. He holds a bachelor's degree in astrophysical sciences from Princeton and a PhD in economics from MIT. He is passionate about PGSS because it is the only educational institution he's ever been associated with where all the students wanted to learn and all the teachers wanted to teach. He lives in Berkeley with his wife Jill Sazama.
Ben Campbell, Vice President
Ben is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Robert Morris University, near Pittsburgh. Prior to that, he was a laser engineer at the Penn State Electro-Optics Center, specializing in manufacturing applications and fundamental studies of laser-material interaction using ultrashort pulse lasers. In 2013, the Penn State Department of Electrical Engineering awared Ben their Early Career Recognition Alumni Award. One award is given out annually to a PSU graduate from the EE department who within 10 years of graduation has "demonstrated outstanding technical excellence as an individual resulting in significant accomplishments (and) shown great potential for continued success in their field." Ben was also recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine in their November 2013 issue as one of the 40 under 40 in western Pennsylvania for their "passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the region." In 2014, The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh awarded Ben the J. Kevin Scanlon Award for "Dedication in Enhancing Science Education" due to his numerous local efforts supporting STEM education. Ben was a member of the 1997 class of PGSS and returned as a TA for four summer (2000-2003). In 2005, he joined the PGSS faculty ranks, teaching the Laser Technology and the Science of Music electives, and also running team projects. He continued to serve on the faculty until the program was canceled in 2009 and returned with the program in 2013. Ben works to sustain PGSS because he knows the profound impact it had on his life and has seen its effect on countless students he has met through the program.
Janet Hurwitz, Secretary
Janet is a recently retired teacher of gifted students and students with learning disabilities at the South Williamsport Area Jr.-Sr. High School in South Williamsport, PA. She is the mother of Jeremy Hurwitz, a PGSS govvie from 2003. After earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island in Child Development and Family Relations with a minor in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education in Special Education from Rhode Island College, she went on to teach every grade level from preschool to 12, as well as parenting classes. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Educator Award presented by the Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Education (PAGE). Janet is married to Ken Weiss and has another son Jason and one grandson. She is dedicated to sustaining PGSS so that other students can have the same opportunity her son had. It is her belief that PGSS is invaluable due to the academic rigor, the advisory access to colleges and majors through TA’s and professors, and the many social benefits it provides.
Alfred Schnabel, Treasurer
Alfred grew up in New Castle, PA and attended PGSS in 1994. He earned a BS in Astronomy at Case Western Reserve University in 1999 and now works as a software UAT (user acceptance testing) analyst at Verizon Wireless. He lives outside Pittsburgh and spends his spare time reading, gaming and playing trombone in several community bands. PGSS was one of the most important and influential times of his life and he wants to ensure that future Pennsylvania students have the same opportunity he did.
Zachary is the founder of Gates Law Office PLLC in Troy, PA, where he focuses his practice on general civil litigation, disputes involving the natural gas industry, and intellectual property litigation. A member of the PGSS Clas of 1997, he later served the program as a teaching assistant (2000, 2001) and resident life director (2002). A registered patent attorney licensed in four states (PA, MA, NH, and VT), he holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University--the Dickinson School of Law. As a native of north-central Pennsylvania, Zachary wants to preserve PGSS for future Pennsylvanians, particularly those students from rural or economically challenged parts of the Commonwealth, so that they can be afforded the once-in-a-lifetime education experience he had when he was a teenager. He lives in Troy, PA, with his wife, son and daughter.
Katelyn Haas (sabbatical until 9/17)
Katelyn is a Policy Analyst for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. She is currently working on transportation policy relating to the Regional Transportation Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She completed her masters degree in Public Administration with a focus on Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. A member of the PGSS class of 2005, she subsequently served as the PGSS Program intern in 2014. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She is excited to serve on the board and hopes that her studies in nonprofit management will be beneficial for the program. She also serves on the Oikocredit Southwestern Pennsylvania Support Association board of directors, serves as an adviser for the Beta Nu chapter of Delta Gamma at CMU and serves as a member of the session at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. She served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone from 2010-2012 and now lives in Pittsburgh.
Beverly Jogan (sabbatical until 9/17)
Beverly is a small animal veterinarian living in Philadelphia. She and her husband, Keith Mathers, both attended PGSS in 1997, and both returned as TAs in 2002 and 2003. Having attended high school in an underfunded urban public high school, her experience at PGSS was a major factor in encouraging her to set higher goals. It took her out of her comfort zone academically, but into a comfort zone socially. She then pursued her undergraduate studies in Biology and Physical Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and continued at Penn to earn her Veterinary Medical Degree. Beverly feels very strongly that PGSS is a unique and extremely valuable experience for students who want to learn for the sake of learning, and inspires them to have greater ambition to contribute to their communities and to advances in science. Keith and Beverly now have two little boys, and they hope that their children will someday have the same wonderful opportunities that they were afforded as students in Pennsylvania.
Brian is President of Sigma Resources, a Pittsburgh-based technology consulting firm and also serves as the CIO for SAE International, an association serving automotive and aerospace design engineers. He previously held positions at national firms, such as IBM, Deloitte, and PwC, as well as local technology companies. Brian received his B.S. in Computer Science from Penn State University and received his M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. His son was a member of the 2016 PGSS class, and he wants to contribute to sustaining the PGSS program so that other students can benefit from this unique experience.
Muriel Liberto, Emeritus
Muriel is a founding and emeritus board member of the PGSS Alumni Association. Working with inspiration from the tireless and indefatigable David Reiley, she drafted the organization’s founding documents and obtained its federal tax-exempt status. Muriel’s law firm, Mintz Levin, donated over $15,000 to the cause. Muriel is a member of the PGSS class of 1986. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Ohio State University where her work focused on discovering new molecular targets for the treatment of breast cancer. Muriel continued her breast cancer research at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University for a number of years before deciding to pursue a career in law. Muriel is a graduate of Fordham University and practices patent law at the New York offices of Mintz Levin. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband, Joe, and their three children. Muriel was inspired by her PGSS summer and the wonderful people she interacted with there to pursue her love of the sciences, which continues unabated to this day.
Jeremy Hurwitz, Emeritus
Jeremy is a software engineer at Google in Mountain View, CA in January. He graduated from MIT with degrees in math and computer science, before obtaining an M.S. in theoretical computer science from Caltech. Jeremy attended PGSS in 2003, returning as a TA in 2006, and now works as the webmaster of the Alumni Association in the hope that future students will get the same wonderful opportunity that he had. He also served as the first treasurer for several years.
Betsy Lopez, Emeritus
Betsy (Krichten) López is an Associate Director with CBRE's Capital Markets - Financial Consulting Group and provides in-depth analysis of commercial real estate for investment sales. She attended PGSS in 1997 prior to getting her BS in Management Science at MIT in 2002. Betsy credits PGSS with directly changing the course of her life both academically and through the enduring personal relationships she formed with her fellow govies. She hopes that the renewal and continued existence of PGSS will provide the same impact in the lives of future students and has joined the Board in an effort to achieve that goal. Betsy currently lives with her husband in the Philadelphia area.
Jeff Conway, Emeritus
Jeff is currently an algorithm developer at Quintig in Philadelphhia PA. After attending PGSS as a student in 2006, he matriculated at Brown before transferring to Penn State's Schreyer Honors College and graduating with a degree in math and statistics in 2011. After college, he spent the next two years living and working abroad as a teacher in Cambodia and China, having caught a travel bug during his time on Semester at Sea, his second-favorite academic program. He now holds an MS in scientific and theoretical computing, spends the majority of his year developing artificial intelligence algorithms, and has immensely enjoyed his last three summers as a math and computer science TA at PGSS.