2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BrianH

Brian Holtzhafer

Board President

Brian Holtzhafer

Educational Background / Experience
MS Science Education, Montana State University
MEd Curriculum, Kutztown University
BS Env Sci/Geology, Kutztown University

Occupation
Science teacher, Parkland School District

How does your background relate to your involvement as a TKP Board Member?
Being a teacher allows me to build relationships with many students from a variety of backgrounds. One of my greatest accomplishments has been guiding students to become productive members of our society. The Kindness Project is a way to further this mission.

What makes you passionate about TKP's mission?
I am fortunate to be able to adequately provide for my children and family and want to be a part of allowing all children to have the opportunities that my children have.

"For we live by faith, not by sight."

E-mail
brianholtzhafer@gmail.com

Brittany

Brittany Karoly, Esq.

Board Vice President

Brittany W. Karoly, Esq.

Educational Background / Experience
Juris Doctorate at University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
BA in Business Administration and Economics at Bellarmine University

Occupation
Attorney, Stutman Law

How does your background relate to your involvement as a TKP Board Member?
I have been practicing law since 2007 and have lived in the Lehigh Valley since 2010.  A few years ago, I volunteered as a legal advocate in Dilley, Texas, assisting women and children seeking asylum in the United States. When I returned from that trip, I knew it was well past time that I got more involved in serving vulnerable populations closer to home.  I first learned of TKP around that time, and its mission really resonated with my desire to make a tangible impact in our community.  

What makes you passionate about TKP's mission?
Having my own kids completely opened my eyes to the needs of children in a new way.  I became much more aware of the resources required to provide children with a stable foundation to grow and thrive.  Assisting foster families in meeting the needs of the children in their care, and helping the kids to thrive, is central to everything that TKP does.  I am honored to support that mission as part of TKP's Board.

"Nothing will work, unless you do."  
(Maya Angelou)

E-mail
brittanykaroly@gmail.com

Diane-M

Diane McAloon

Board Secretary

Diane McAloon

Educational Background / Experience
MEd Adult Education, Penn State
BA in Communications, Bloomsburg University
Certificate in Project Management, Penn State

Occupation
Retired from Penn State University

How does your background relate to your involvement as a TKP Board Member?
The majority of my career has been dedicated to Community Outreach. As a Continuing Education professional I have had the opportunity to carry out my strong belief that education is power. I also served in the Office of Campus Development as Director of Alumni Relations, helping to raise funds for scholarships, building expansion and extracurricular activities for our students to enhance their classroom education.

What makes you passionate about TKP's mission?
The mission of The Kindnesss Project gives foster kids the chance to have some of the same opportunities for a wonderful life as their peers who are not in foster care. Community support for resource families lets them know they are not alone in this selfless gesture toward children in need. Ultimately it's all about helping to get foster kids on the path to a successful life and hopefully point them toward the value of life-long education along the way.

You reap what you sow.

E-mail
dianelewismcaloon@gmail.com

Michelle

Michelle Bitner

Board Treasurer

Michelle Bitner

Educational Background / Experience
BS in Business Administration, Accounting
20 Years of Experience in Public Accounting

Occupation
Manager, Campbell, Rappold & Yurasits LLP

How does your background relate to your involvement as a TKP Board Member?
A large part of our practice includes providing accounting services to many area Not-for-Profit Organizations. I love to see what they've accomplished when I see them each year and all the wonderful services that they provide for our community.

What makes you passionate about TKP's mission?
As a mother myself, I know how very important it is for children to be safe, nurtured and have the basic life essentials to thrive and do their best. Children are our future and foster parents are such wonderful individuals who dedicate their lives to helping others. Joining The Kindness Project board and helping foster children and families is an honor.

To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.
Dr. Seuss

E-mail
mbitner@crycpas.com

Brooke

Brooke Zumas, PsyD.

Dr. Brooke Zumas

Educational Background / Experience
Doctorate in Psychology at Rutgers University
BS in Psychology at Lehigh University

Occupation
Licensed Psychologist, CLIU 21
School Psychologist, Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas
Disaster Mental Health Responder, The Red Cross

How does your background relate to your involvement as a TKP Board Member?
My desire to improve the lives and functioning of individuals and communities has led me to diverse educational, career, and life experiences, all rooted in the goal to help others, especially individuals encountering the greatest barriers to optimal health and happiness. Since receiving my doctorate in psychology and becoming a licensed psychologist, I have worked primarily with children and adolescents across outpatient and educational settings in the Lehigh Valley. I have also been involved in crisis response in schools with CLIU 21 and in local communities with The Red Cross. I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in multiple community and non-profit endeavors including serving as a Chair for The Fresh Air Fund and Vice-President for the Carbon Lehigh Special Needs Children's Foundation. 

What makes you passionate about TKP's mission?
I believe all children deserve to have the resources they need to succeed and that adults play a vital role in making sure no life circumstances are a permanent barrier to a child feeling loved, supported, and having life's basic necessities. The Kindness Project helps provide support that can significantly help children and foster families. 

"If not you, who? If not now, when?"

E-mail
brooke.zumas@gmail.com

Ian

Ian Dollman

Ian Dollman

Educational Background / Experience
Master of Public Health at the University of South Florida
BS Biology at Messiah University

Occupation
Owner, Queen of the Valley Farm a Pet Resort

How does your background relate to your involvement as a TKP Board Member?
I've always been a helper and am drawn to those who are most vulnerable and are in their current situation through no fault of their own. I've taught kids who didn't have a teacher in Zambia, done research regarding underutilization of healthcare in refugee populations in an effort to implement programs for better health outcomes, and completed needs assessments in rural Uganda regarding health and agriculture to properly tailor policy. I was naturally drawn to The Kindness Project right in my back yard to continue helping where I can.

What makes you passionate about TKP's mission?
I love that TKP helps to provide some of the basics the families and kids need so they can focus more on their relationships and moving forward. I'm excited for the future of more programs becoming available to guide kids into their futures with more resources.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

E-mail
irdollman@gmail.com

Takyra

Takyra Batz

Takyra Batz

Educational Background / Experience
BS in Accounting, Marketing Minor & Leadership Certificate at Cedar Crest College

Occupation
Finance Manager, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

How does your background relate to your involvement as a TKP Board Member?
Throughout my life experiences, I have had the opportunity to explore elements of leadership, collaboration, and success through joint community partnerships. A personal goal of mine is to have patience and a beginner's mindset for all scenarios and decisions in my personal, professional and community life. Between my current involvement working in a non-profit, experience in community-lead opportunities, mindful approaches, and an undying drive to grow, I hope to give TKP all the support it asks of a Board Member and volunteer.

What makes you passionate about TKP's mission?
Before being introduced to TKP, I had very limited exposure to the Foster system in any capacity (school, personally, etc.). Since starting with TKP, I have found that TKP's mission to provide love and dignity to our foster care community has educated, and inspired, me to do my part too. I strive for everyone in the world to feel loved, regardless of anything that they are internally or externally experiencing; and TKP offers me the opportunity to build and spread love for our people of tomorrow.

"You are made to do hard things."
"It is within the discomfort that we evolve."

E-mail
takyrabatz@gmail.com

Dave

David Crosson, Esq.

David Crosson, Esq.

Educational Background / Experience
Juris Doctor at Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law
BA in Political Science at Dickinson College

Occupation
Founding Member - Crosson Richetti & Daigle LLC

How does your background relate to your involvement as a TKP Board Member?
I have been practicing law for 15 years and take a child first approach in my practice. Whether it's a custody action, divorce action or dependency matter, I always advise my clients to consider the impact upon the children in whatever decision they are making. I am actively involved in many cases where children are placed in foster care, and I see the need for both foster families and supplies for the children placed into foster care. The Kindness Project has been an amazing resource for the Lehigh Valley and the children in the foster system.

What makes you passionate about TKP's mission?
As previously stated, my approach has always been and always will be the children. What TKP does is to ensure that the children have what they need to make their difficult transitions easier. Seeing first-hand the trauma that these children endure, I know how much it means for them to have things that they need to make their lives a little bit easier.

Get busy living, or get busy dying.

E-mail
david@crossonrichetti.com

sarameck

Sara Meck

Sara Meck, MSW

Educational Background / Experience
MS in Social Work at Marywood University
BS Sociology and Minor in Psychology from Kutztown University

Occupation
Program Specialist, Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Services

How does your background relate to your involvement as a TKP Board Member?
I started my career in social services at the Boys and Girls Club and because of the experience there changed courses from education to Social Work. I've been at Lehigh County for the past 15 years and have worked in every capacity at the agency. For the past 6 years I have been the placement specialist and have worked solely with children being placed in out of home care.

What makes you passionate about TKP's mission?
The kids we work with come from such an emotionally and physically diverse area. It's hard to meet kids where they are and to be honest, I sort of can't stand that saying because who are we to know where kids are. We are trying to show them that with the bad comes some good, that they are safe, and they are cared for. TKP takes that idea and expands on it tremendously. Some of these children have never had something new, and now they can. Some need shoes that fit their feet and don't hurt, now they can get them. The passion is something that can't be faked.

"Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
Fred Rogers

E-mail
sararmeck@gmail.com