I have worked at Lock Haven University since March of 1994. For the first 7 years, I worked as an Information Technology Center during this job, I installed new computers and accessories, installed add-ons, moved them between offices, evaluate and repair them, and even got them ready for sale when they were no longer useful to the university. In the Fall of 2001, I shifted into the Computing Center Hotline/Helpdesk area. I now answer the trouble calls and solve as many of them as possible. I also, employ about 5 student workers who assist me in answering the phones and swapping monitor, printers, and drives quickly to get our clients back up and running quickly. I enjoy my job, mainly because it is exciting and challenging. I strive to do my best to succeed, whether it be a work or play. God gave me a great group of people to work with, both in and out of my department. I am not saying that my job is perfect and headache free, but I don't know of any job that is. The key is to find something you like to do, and never put money ahead of happiness and personal satisfaction.
I am a Born again Christian and love to serve the Lord. I try my best to serve Him everyday in everything I do. My prayer is that others see God's love through me. I enjoy helping others and my mission field is the people I interact with everyday whether it be at work or at home. Everyday, the Lord teaches me something new about myself, Himself, and/or others. I believe that all situations, good or bad, are in God's hands and that I need to trust Him. I know that He works all things to my good. I was a member at Calvary Baptist Church in Jersey Shore, PA. I loved the people within the congregation and Pastor Howell, whom I believe walks closely with the Lord. The thing I like about Pastor Howell is that he does not take the easy route (by this I mean, he does not always teach the easy sermons). At times I walk out of a service with a heavy heart; while many would never return, I see this as a way of God talking to me. In 2000, when we moved to DuBoistown, we changed churches. Gene was ready to get involved in the church, but since he was sprinkled as a child, he could not at the Baptist church. I am amazed how God works. Many times over the past years, I have prayed that God would make Gene the spiritual leader of our home and boy have the flood gates been opened. Gene made the move to DUMC first and immediately got involved with dinners, ushers, etc.... I was behind as I had to fulfill some obligations at Calvary. God has taught me much since our move to DUMC. We have been involved in various Bible studies that have caused my relationships with God, my husband and others to grow tremendously. I have been a Sunday School leader, VBS director and Youth Group Chairperson. Currently (2003) Pastor Greg Johnson is serving at our church and he is much like Pastor Howell, but with more passion. He has set DUMC on fire. He is a true leader, he does not do the work, but encourages others to pickup the cross and carry it. This is how a church is suppose to be. The congregation serving the people under the hand of God and pastor. I trust God with my life and know that He uses others to show me where I have gone astray, and what I need to change (adjust) to improve my life and deepen my relationship with Him. When I trust Him, I always move toward becoming a better person. God is soooo good. In the past three years, I have kept a journal of what God has done for me. I have written them in a way that I can share all or parts of them with others around me. It is also a great way to truly see how God works over time. God never promised us that life would be easy or that we would get everything we ask for, but He does promise us, that He will be there at "all times." By reading back through my journals, I see God in ways I would have missed otherwise. I would encourage all to start one, all you need is pencil and paper.
My husband and I have been together since 1984. Gene is my rock during good and troubled times. He has always supported me in every situation I encounter. I have been known to go too far, and Gene always pulls me back. I cherish the gift God gave to me in Gene. He is so much like me and yet so different. Gene truly is a perfect match and balance for me. My husband and I own a business together which he manages full time.
Our children: Brian, Christina, Pam, Mikayla, and Denise
Our grandchildren: Zack, Zeigan, Jullian, Avery, Riley, Mason, and KennedyParents
Thomas, my father has always been a hard worker, but a softy at heart. He was always there when I needed to talk. If it were not for him, I would not be doing what I do today, because he was such a great inspiration. He and I did lots of work on electronic devices he picked up at yard sales. I learned to enjoy working with my hands.
Judy, my mother has always been as much a friend as she has a mother. She seemed to know me more than I knew myself when growing up. She was never condemning, but used great love and wisdom to direct in the correct path (much like God does). I feel this is a great trait that God has given her.
I thank God for both of them many times. I feel very blessed to have parents such as these.
Beatrice Parmenter is a wonderful mother-in-law, from the start she has always welcomed me into her home and into her family and made me feel accepted. Many people complain so much about in-laws, and yet, I can only offer up praise and thanksgiving for the best one. God has truly been so gracious in His gift.
While living in Fairfax, VA.... I worked for a small, private construction company, Shirley Contracting. While working for them I operated heavy equipment. My major and most liked equipment was the Roller and the Motor Grader. I worked in this field for three years and loved it. The only reason I am not doing it today was because I had knee surgery and was under doctor's orders not to return. Since I could not see myself in a wheelchair due to abusing my knees, I had to get out.
When we moved back from VA, I started college at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA and graduated with an Associates Degree in Computer Automation Maintenance in 1998.
General Computers was my first job out of college. I worked as a technician for 2 years prior to their closing the store. I concentrated on Macintosh Computers and made lots of contacts.
Chemung Computers was next in line. I got this job due to my contacts and the fact that I was a Macintosh Tech. This company picked up the Apple contract in the area when General Computers went out. I stayed there for about 3 years and then went to LHU.
Parental Saying: "Don't talk with your mouth full!"
Comment: Does this mean that if you take half bites you can talk?
Parental Saying: "Don't run in front of cars!"
Comment: Is it ok to walk in front of them?
Parental Saying: Don't run with a stick in your hand, You'll poke your eye out!
Comment: False statement, you can only poke it in.