Annual Meeting and Leadership Announced
The Annual Meeting of the United Way of the Titusville Region and Campaign kick-off for the 2018 HOMETOWN HEROES- Fighting for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of Every Person campaign will be held on September 5, 2018 and will begin at 5:00 PM. The event will be sponsored by the Stiffler-McGraw and will be held at the YWCA of Titusville.
The evening’s event will include a variety of food and beverage stations for guest to enjoy while they learn about the impact of the United Way on the Titusville community, with short presentations throughout the evening. During the evening, the 2018 campaign will be introduced to the community and a short update on what is new with our United Way.
With the United Way of the Titusville Region’s HOMETOWN HEROES campaign kick-off coming up, the agency has announced the Jon and Amy Herman family will serve as Chairs of the annual fund drive and Emily Altomare will serve at the Vice Chair of the annual event.
The Herman family got its start over 20 years ago right here in Titusville. Even though Jon and Amy are not natives, they have fallen in love with the Titusville community. Both Jon and Amy arrived here in 1993 as newly hired teachers for the Titusville Area School District. Jon is originally from New Paris, PA and Amy from East Brady, PA. When they arrived here so many years ago, neither knew each other. They met while working together, and ten years later were married here in Titusville at St. Titus Roman Catholic Church.
Jon has taught social studies for middle and high school grades throughout his 24 years, and has also been the Social Studies Department Chairperson for 10 years. In addition to his unfailing commitment to providing quality instruction for students, he has coached basketball for Titusville School District mostly at the 7th grade level for over 18 years. Prior to starting his own family, Jon was involved in Crawford County Big Brothers and Sisters as a Big Brother for 10 years. He also served on the Big Brothers and Sisters Board for 5 years. Both Jon and Amy served as spokesperson for Bowl for Kids’ Sake in Titusville. Currently, Jon volunteers as a Youth Soccer and Youth Girls’ Softball Coach. He also serves on the Soccer Committee and is Vice-President of the Girls’ Softball Committee.
Amy taught mathematics for Titusville Schools for five years prior to joining the middle school counseling department. She worked as a school counselor with students in grades 6-8 for a period of seven years. While working at the middle school, Amy took a leadership role in promoting middle level education as the Executive Secretary for the Pennsylvania Middle School Association. She served on this state board for six years. In 2004, she became the Assistant Principal of Titusville Middle School and then moved on to become the Director of Student Services for the school district in 2007. She was also given the responsibility of developing Titusville Area School District’s Virtual Academy. Through her current position, Amy focuses on the needs of students. Everything from enrollment and records, career education, counseling and nursing services, to the needs of families in temporary living situations, comes underneath the Student Services umbrella.
Jon and Amy have three children, - Audrey, Joe, and Mary Meg – all born here at Titusville Hospital years ago. Audrey is an 8th grader at Titusville Middle School, while Joe and Mary Meg attend Main Street Elementary in grades 5 and 2, respectively. The Herman Family attends St. Titus Roman Catholic Church regularly and continues their volunteer service within the parish. Jon and Amy serve on the Marriage Preparation Pre-Cana Team and also volunteer as catechists, doing Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The entire Herman family volunteers numerous hours toward St. Titus’ Faith Formation Program Fundraiser, Santa’s Workshop, held every November. Audrey and Mary Meg have both donated their hair to the Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program that makes wigs for cancer patients. Joe has plans to donate also - likely during his teen years!
Jon and Amy feel a great responsibility to teach their children the value of service, volunteerism, and giving of yourself for others. The Herman Family is proud to become involved in supporting United Way’s efforts this year.
Emily Altomare has served as the Executive Director of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce since September 2013. This entails promoting the area as a tourism destination, supporting local businesses and not-for-profits, serving as a community resource for numerous issues, membership development, fundraising, event planning and oversight of annual events including the Chamber Golf Outing, Home for the Holidays, Wine Walk, and Oil Festival.
Prior to the Chamber, Emily worked at Salvage Direct and did freelance work for local businesses and agencies including Titusville Area Hospital.
Emily moved to town in April 2008 following her marriage to Titusville native Reice Altomare. Before that she lived in Indiana County and worked as a graphic designer at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with honors in 2004 with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations.
During her time as Chamber Director, Emily has served on the boards of Community Council, the Oil Region Alliance, Titusville Renaissance, Inc., and Keystone Community Education Council. She is also an active committee member for Relay For Life.Emily enjoys spending her free time with her dog, Chloe, and family and friends.
Her favorite things about the United Way are the services they provide to community members in need and the opportunities for involvement and volunteerism that the United Way creates, especially for students.
The Campaign Leadership is responsible for leading the community through the annual campaign and raising $190,000 to support programs in our community that address the region’s most pressing needs in the areas of Education, Income and Health.
The Annual Meeting and Kick Off is free of charge due to the generosity of the Stiffler-McGraw, however reservations are encouraged on or before August 29th. For more information about the United Way of the Titusville Region, the upcoming community meeting and its funded programs, please feel free to contact us at 814-827-1322.