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Pennsylvania Business Central Women in Business names nine to list of top female nonprofit talent | News

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Nine women from the Johnstown region have been selected for Pennsylvania Business Central’s Women in Business Top 2024 Nonprofit Female Leaders award.

“Nonprofit organizations provide unique and critical services, which positively impact the economy and quality of life in central Pennsylvania,” the Pennsylvania Business Central website says.

“Many of these organizations thrive under the dynamic leadership of women.”

For the fifth year, the “Women in Business” publication recognized top female nonprofit leadership and talent in a 23-county region.

The women were selected by Pennsylvania Business Central’s editorial team from numerous nominations submitted by local business leaders, chambers of commerce and readers.

“The organizations and causes they represent cover a wide and diverse range of services, institutions and advocacy. Each selflessly plays a unique role in their community,” the Pennsylvania Business Central website says.

Women honored from the Johnstown region include:

Rosalie Danchanko

Danchanko has more than 45 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations. For the past 12 years, she has served as CEO of Highlands Health: Laurel Highlands Free & Charitable Medical Clinic.

She is responsible for daily operations and ensures that low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals receive compassionate, quality medical, pharmaceutical, and wellness services.

Danchanko was also the founder of Victim Services Inc. in Cambria and Somerset Counties and the founder and president of the statewide victims’ rights coalition.

Tara Bosserman

Bosserman started with the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped 30 years ago as general manager of the Johnstown division.

She was named president and CEO of the organization in July 2021.

Tara currently serves on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind. Driven by her passion for serving people with disabilities, Tara understands the need for vocational rehabilitation, especially in Cambria County.

Susana Mann

Mann serves as president of the 1889 Foundation Inc. Her journey in healthcare philanthropy began in 1990 when she began her career as a planning and development assistant for the Mercy Foundation at Mercy Medical Center in Johnstown.

Mann was instrumental in establishing the Conemaugh Health Foundation in 1993, later renamed the 1889 Foundation. Susan assumed the role of president of the Foundation in 1997.

Debbi Prosser

In 1984, Prosser joined the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, one of Pennsylvania’s seven local development districts. Drawn to the organization’s motto of “progress through regional cooperation,” she seized the opportunity to spearhead diverse and impactful projects, eventually rising to her current position as director of business development, a position she has held for 32 years.

Among its cherished projects, Startup Alleghenies holds a special place, nurturing and empowering new and emerging businesses within the region.

Prosser finds satisfaction in being part of the journeys of entrepreneurial people, which culminate in stronger, more dynamic communities.

Natalie Kauffman

Kauffman, executive director of the Cambria County Anti-Drug Coalition, was born and raised in Johnstown. Seven years ago, he returned to Johnstown to dedicate himself to the nonprofit sector and use his business skills to create a better quality of life for Cambria County residents. She completed a year of service with AmeriCorps as the Cambria County Backpack Project Coordinator and was hired at the Cambria County Anti-Drug Coalition in 2019.

Kauffman believes that substance use disorder is a preventable brain disease and that addiction treatment should be equitably accessible. She advocates for evidence-based, community-driven prevention, reducing stigma, and celebrating the reality of recovery.

Jeannine McMillan

McMillan is the executive director of the Center for Population Health, an agency developed through funding and collaboration with the 1889 Foundation as a population health resource center for the benefit of Cambria and Somerset counties.

CPH’s work focuses on opportunities related to disease prevention, reducing health disparities, and improving the health and well-being of people in the region. McMillan has worked in public health for the past 16 years and previously served as strategic planning manager for Conemaugh Health System. She serves on community coalitions and board positions for Hyndman Area Health Center, Cambria County Anti-Drug Coalition, The Learning Lamp, and Vision Together 2025.

Andrea Schurr

Schurr has guided communications with residents, families, team members and leadership as marketing and public relations manager for Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries for the past 13 years.

Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries has served individuals and families in the community for more than 75 years. As a faith-based nonprofit organization, it is the only organization in the region offering senior communities and services that span generations, including multiple children’s programs in an eight-county region in central Pennsylvania.

Lea Spangler

Spangler is the founding CEO of The Learning Lamp and Ignite Education Solutions, a Johnstown-based nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all students in the support they need to succeed.

The organization serves nearly 30,000 students each year. It supports students in the K-12 school system and through early learning programs in 20 locations across the region.

Spangler is also an adjunct professor at St. Francis University and Mount Aloysius College. She also serves on the executive committee of the Cambria Regional Chamber, a board member of the Pennsylvania Humanities and the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, and a trustee of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Angela R. Godin

Godin develops programming, special events, fundraising campaigns, marketing and grant writing initiatives as executive director of the Cambria County Community Arts Center.

He has worked in the arts and culture sector for more than eleven years, directing, performing and choreographing nearly 90 productions. She is also a dance instructor, stage manager, lighting/sound designer, and production director/manager. Angela is a Rotarian and chairs the boards of Conemaugh Memorial, Meyersdale and Miners Medical Centers.