Dr. Bryn Gillow moved to the United States from Germany to study Chiropractic in 1996. She studied in Atlanta, Georgia and Spartanburg, South Carolina and graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate of Chiropractic.
Bryn owns and operates Life Is Good Chiropractic, where she has been working since 2001. She serves as a board member for both the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO) and the Chiropractic Fellowship of Pennsylvania. She is also a Regent at Sherman College. In 2009, she was named West End Happenings Person of the Year, and in 2014, she won the Sprit of Sherman College Award.
As an individual who completed her primary education outside of the United States, Bryn brings a unique perspective to Summit School of the Poconos. Through both her business and her community involvement as a mother, Bryn’s influence in our local community is far-
Healthy, natural living is a way of life for Bryn and her husband, Josh. They live in Brodheadsville with their two school-
Dr. Stacie Carolyn Golin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). Before joining the faculty at SCCC, Dr. Golin, served as a Study Director for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, focusing on welfare policy, economic development, and early care and education. In 2004, she co-
Dr. Golin and her husband are passionate about teaching their children the value of responsible citizenship, creativity, and critical thought. This passion has brought her to Summit School of the Poconos as a founding member. She brings her knowledge of education policy and non-
In her free time, Dr. Golin loves to read and enjoy the outdoors. She lives with her husband and two children in the Pocono region of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bryn Gillow, D.C.
Stacie Carolyn Golin, PhD, Vice President
Yvonne Hilsky holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Rutgers University, Douglass College and a Masters of Science degree in Humanities from Ramapo College. Her career with the pharmaceutical industry spans almost twenty years, with a primary focus in prescription Managed Markets and Contract Negotiation. She has worked for diverse companies such as Astra Merck, Medco Health, and Eisai Pharmaceuticals, and Sanofi Aventis/Pasteur. She is currently the Director of Contracting and Pricing for Seqirus, the second largest influenza vaccine company in the world.
Yvonne holds a special interest in Philosophy and Education and has taught as an Adjunct Professor for Northampton Community College. She is active in the community and has served as the Chairperson for the 2013 and 2014 March of Dimes, Walk for Babies of Monroe County, and currently volunteers for the United Way.
Yvonne’s love of teaching and desire to see more school choice options in Monroe County brought her to Summit School of the Poconos as a founding member. As a Board Member, she offers her expertise in the areas of business, strategic planning, pricing, and management.
Yvonne has two grown stepsons, Andrew and Jacob. She lives in the Stroudsburg area with her husband, Louis, and her daughter, Isabelle.
Seventeen years into a successful career as a Financial Advisor, Jennifer wrote a novel, quit her job, and decided to write full time. Summit School of the Poconos and everything it stands for has become a passion that has kept her away from the keyboard more than she’d like to admit—a passion that was initially born from one thing: her son.
Jennifer and her husband both graduated from a local high school (the Stroudsburg Area School District) and went on to attend a local university (East Stroudsburg University). As good students and conventional learners, they were baffled when their son began to struggle in a traditional classroom as early as the first grade. The experience resulted in loads of research and more knowledge about our current educational system than either of them ever aspired to know. A background in business paired with this information set a magnifying glass to an overwhelming need for education reform and, at the very least, more educational options at home in Monroe County.
Jennifer is active in her community and serves as a board member for Pocono Alliance. She has helped raise money for several charitable organizations, is a past member of Rotary International, and a graduate of Leadership Pocono. She is a founding member and Board member of Summit School of the Poconos. The passion that started with her son and led her to Summit School of the Poconos quickly landed at the center of her native community. She is committed to continued advocacy for more meaningful educational choices in Monroe County and determined to help as many children access that education as she possibly can.
Jennifer and her husband, Gary, live in the Stroudsburg area with their two children, Mitchell and Meredith.
Jennifer Olson, President
Dr. Beth Rajan Sockman holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education from The University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Systems from the Pennsylvania State University.
Her teaching career began in the Stroudsburg Area School District (SASD) in 1991 with a fourth grade classroom. She spent ten years teaching middle school as a tenured teacher for SASD and is currently an associate professor at East Stroudsburg University (ESU), where she has been employed since 2006. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and is the Graduate Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Department of Digital Media at ESU. Beth has also served in educational not for profit positions and was the director of two international summer villages (peace camps)—one in Pennsylvania, the other in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1998 and 1999.
Beth started studying non-
During her career, Beth has been honored with nearly a dozen awards, a few of which are: ESyoU Campaign for student centered teaching (May 2014); Ralph Vitello Recognition Award for Disability Services, The Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society (Spring 2012); The Remarkable Performance Award, College of Education (Fall 2009); Paul W. Welliver Outstanding Graduate Student Award, PAECT (2005).
Beth aims for alignment between belief and action, especially in the way we believe people learn and the path designated to guide instruction for changing societal needs. This desire drives idea implementation informed by systematic thinking to influence positive, sustainable change. Beth collaborates with others in research and production on educational systematic change, creative-
Beth brings to the Board of Directors a vast knowledge in the areas of various educational models and how children learn within them, along with an expertise in curriculum. A founding member of Summit School of the Poconos, she lives in the greater Pocono area with her husband, John, and their son, Jaz.
Beth Rajan Sockman, Ph.D.
Allisen Trotter, a Sales Support Manager for Marine Ingredients, has held positions in various industries including retail, travel, and accounting throughout her career. Allisen’s experiences during domestic and international travel highlighted the importance of an individual’s ability to communicate and compete across economic and cultural boundaries. She believes school experiences should foster this invaluable life skill, and she and her family have been long proponents for education reform that accurately reflect the needs of today’s society. In 1978, her aunt was one of the founding members of only one of two independently-
Allisen served as a member of the COTA (Celebration of the Arts) Board of Directors and the COTA Advisory Board, volunteering for the organization for a total of thirty-
A native of Burbank, California, Allisen moved to Delaware Water Gap in 1978. She still resides there today with her husband and their son, Chase.
Allisen Trotter, Treasurer
Board of Directors
Kelly Gansarski has worked with children and adults with special needs and Autism for over twenty years. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Ursinus College and a Masters degree in Social Work, along with a Home and School Visitor Certification, from Widener University.
Kelly started her career as a social worker in the foster care system and later worked as a school social worker. She has held positions of: Behavior Specialist Consultant in the mental health field, Behavioral Analyst, Regional Director for a wrap-
Kelly has supervised undergraduate students working toward their Bachelor’s degrees in Special Education and Rehabilitative Services from East Stroudsburg University. Kelly was also the co-
Kelly believes in public education but understands that different school settings are necessary for the success of all children. That belief, and the need for local school options, brought her to Summit School of the Poconos, where her extensive background in special needs and social work brings strength to the Board of Directors.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, and long summer days at her family’s Canadian lake house. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her two daughters and their dog.
Kelly Savage Gansarski, Secretary
Karen Long started her first business as a child, selling baby bunnies that were raised in her front yard. The daughter of an entrepreneur, she was raised to chase her dreams and be her own boss. Bunnies were just the beginning.
Karen was born and raised in Monroe County. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from Virginia Commonwealth University, but her employment background is diverse, having spent time in the retail, medical, and insurance industries. After living and working in Virginia, Texas, and Georgia, she returned to Pennsylvania where she currently owns and operates two Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants with her husband, Guy Long, and her brother, Glen Ruehle. She’s also involved and interested in holistic healing with herbs and essential oils.
Karen serves on the board for the West End Little League and the National TOPS (Training and Operations) Committee for Moe’s Southwest Grill. Karen was initially drawn to Summit School of the Poconos in its pilot year as a parent because she felt her kids were losing their desire to learn and their ability to think critically and ask hard questions of the world around them. As a board member, she brings perspective and expertise in the areas of business and management.
When she’s not working or shuffling her kids to activities, Karen enjoys horseback riding. She lives in the Saylorsburg area with her husband, Guy, and their two children, Ashley and Owen.
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