About our Chapter

The Lawrence County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association was formed in 1989 when a small group of alumni and friends gathered to share their love of Penn State culture and pride. The group received their Charter from the Alumni Association in April of 1990, and has since been recognized fourteen times as a Group Of Distinction by the Penn State Alumni Association.


To assist Lawrence County residents and students with continuing their higher education at Penn State and to provide a network of fellowship and activities among members of the Penn State Alumni and friends who reside in Lawrence County.


To achieve our Mission, we provide annual scholarship opportunities to area high school seniors.  When possible, we also support other student-based efforts such as THON. 

Your donations or contributions to our fundraisers directly support Lawrence County natives.

Current Officers:
Tom Show
Vice President:
Elizabeth “Beth" Verterano
John Manna
Eleanor DeAntonio
Board of Directors:

Gizelle Dean

Nancy Lowry Orloff

Sam Bernstine

Debbie Wachter

Gary Kwolek

We'd like to acknowledge the following individuals who were instrumental in forming the initial group:

 Gary Kwolek

Frank Augustine

Bill Gierlach

 Vince Mezza

 Denny Keane

 Anthony “Bucky” Richards

Gerry Gebbia

Anthony DiCarlo

 Tom Nycz

The first officers elected were:

President: Gary Kwolek
Vice President

Frank Augustine

Secretary Gerry Gebbia
Treasurer Bill Gierlach
Activities Director Anthony “Bucky” Richards