Lion's Paw Board of Directors: 2018 Candidate Biographies
Please read the bios of all our candidates for this year's LP Board of Directors elections
Lisa Bistline (LP 2006)
Lisa Bistline's life-long passion for leadership and service flourished at Penn State University, where she was tapped for the Lion's Paw Class of 2006 for her involvement as the Governor of the Pennsylvania District of Circle K International while completing a B.A. in American Studies, and Sociology ('06). She then started her career in urban education with Teach For America in Baltimore, where she taught second grade and earned her M.A in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University ('08). Upon moving back to Philadelphia, Lisa taught first and second grade for many years in two Philadelphia charter schools, in addition to earning her M.S. in Reading and Reading Specialist Certification from Gwynedd Mercy University ('14). Lisa is deeply committed to dramatically increasing early literacy success for urban students. She currently works as a Teacher Leadership Coach for Teach Plus, an education non-profit that focuses on enacting systemic change and results for urban students through teacher leadership development. Lisa and her spouse live with their two children in Glenside, PA.
Bob Emery (LP 1969)
My time as an advisor to LP was satisfying and enjoyable, especially seeing all old friends and making new ones. Dealing with the changes to the society is most important and maintaining the strength of the leaders at PSU critical to the University at an important jucnction, esp with the current activism. The administration needs to view LP not as a student society, but as a window to communicate with the large student body and understand their needs. This transition is difficult, much as it was in the late 60s with the activism then. Certainly “rules” of behavior apply, but integrating with the respected student leaders behooves those administering the University. This is a major function of LP and should be fostered.
John McManus (LP 1989)
I am a CPA living in Alexandria, Virginia. Since graduation, John has been involved as a former board member and treasurer of the Alumni Corporation for Delta Upsilon fraternity, along with volunteering for multiple organizations in the Washington, DC area. If elected, John would hope to focus on being involved with LP’s support of the Mount Nittany Conservancy and the preservation of Mount Nittany.
Shaira Morales (LP 2006)
Shaira Y. Morales hails from the lovely island of Puerto Rico but belongs to the amazing LP class of 2K6. She was tapped for her involvement in UPAC and as president of the Puerto Rican Student Association. Currently, Shaira is a health and change management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and works overseas over a quarter of the year. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA and is looking forward to opportunities to reconnect with Penn State and Lion's Paw activities.
Jim Rodden (LP 1970)
Student activities; President of Town Independent Students, Regional Director(PA/MD/WVA) National Student Association, Penn State Veterans, President Skull & Bones, second string PSU Rugby. Work: Infantry Platoon Leader, Battalion Intelligence Officer U.S. Army, Management Intern GSA, Agency Real Property Officer Interior Department, volunteer Board President Interior Department Recreation Association. Real Life: raised 4 kids, 25 years coaching soccer (youth, high school, community college), soccer administrator 500 team youth league, 15 years soccer referee (youth leagues, high school, adult coed), 15 years Virginia Youth Soccer Association Adjudication Committee, 13 years Assistant Scoutmaster, one term LP Alumni Assoc. Board member.
John Satira (LP 2014)
My name is John Satira and I am a member of the Lion's Paw Class of 2014, having been tapped for my involvement with the Penn State Lion Ambassadors. My motivation for running for the LPAA Board of Directors stems from a general desire to give back to the institutions that have given so much to me. I can think of no better organization to get more involved with than Lion's Paw, which I learned a great deal from during my final year as a Penn State student. As a student, I had always planned to dedicate time and effort to Lion's Paw as an alumnus, and the desire to do so has become more immediate since I have recently graduated from law school and begun working as an attorney in the Washington, D.C. area. I am able and ready to work with the other members of the LPAA Board of Directors in continuing and improving the work of the LPAA, supporting the goals of the active class, and upholding the mission of Lion's Paw.
Taylor Sweeney (LP 2016)
While at Penn State I was mainly involved in Students Engaging Students and Fresh START. My main focus was providing more volunteer opportunities to students and getting more students to volunteer. After graduating I moved to Washington, D.C. to work for a general contractor. Since moving down here I have gotten involved in volunteering women’s shelter and I am on the planning committee for NoVa Maker Faire. Other than that and work I spend my time exploring this awesome city!