McCaskey Alumni

“McCaskey Proud”

Advisory Board Members

President: Carol Ressler Long ’56 graduated from Millersville College in 1960 and taught Elementary School for 32 years. She has been married to former Lincoln and McCaskey teacher John Long ’55 for 58 years. Her daughter Jennifer Braas is an art teacher at Lampeter Strasburg High School, and her son Michael Long is a CAD designer at Tait Towers. She has four granddaughters: Natalie, Caroline, Chloe, and Margot. She chaired the Class of 1956 Reunion Committee for many years.
Vice President: Jane K. Appleyard ’62 graduated from Wilson College in 1966. She worked in the Philadelphia area for the Department of Public Welfare for 25 years and as a residential Realtor for 15 years. Since her return to Lancaster in 2002, she has worked at the Museum Store at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum and volunteered at Landis Valley, the North Museum, Office of Aging and on the Alumni Association of Wilson College Board of Directors.
Secretary: Kathy Arnold ’67 began her career with the McCaskey Alumni Association in 1990 with Dollie Buckwalter and stayed involved in the organization until the present. She has served on the Advisory Board since 1994 and as the Alumni Secretary for ten years. She has worked part-time in the Alumni Office since 2003, assisting in the planning and implementation of countless alumni fundraisers and events. At the 12th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2015, Kathy Arnold received the Susan J. Garofola Service Award.
Philip Moyer ’00 works at ICON, a clinical research company. Philip has three dogs who are his big kids at heart named Prada, Kato, and Dakota. When free, Philip likes to read, workout, and travel.
Ron Stokes ’54 enrolled in the Vocational Course while a student at McCaskey, which held all such classes on campus at that time. Ron spent most of his vocational time in the “Mechanical Drawing Room” under the direction of Mr. A.W. Rex. Later, he worked at Hamilton Watch. His wife Jo graduated with the McCaskey Class of 1956. They have two daughters, one in Manheim and the other in Canton, CT, plus four grandchildren.
Marian Neely Mowrer ’59 graduated from Millersville University in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Special Education and a Masters in Elementary Education. She is the daughter of James J. Neely who wrote the lyrics for the McCaskey Alma Mater. Mowrer began her teaching career at Lafayette Elementary. Following a stint at home taking care of her son Andrew James Mowrer, daughter Alissa Mowrer Bradfield, and nephew-son, Robert Stough, she returned to the Special Education field, teaching in Columbia Boro School District for I.U.13. She retired from Columbia Boro in 2003 and worked for STS for 6 yrs. Her greatest joy in retirement has been her four grandchildren and house full of pets. She also enjoys singing in the Lancaster AARP Chorus and playing Pickleball.
Becky Slick ’94 currently works part-time for the School District of Lancaster as the Wheatland Middle School field hockey coach, a job she has had for almost 20 years. She enjoys being a part of the school community. She also works full time for Manheim Township Recreation and Park Planning Department. She is the daughter of a former Alumni and School Board member, so she comes by McCaskey Pride honestly.
Patrick Hopkins ’85 served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1985 to 1991 and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1992. He is the Business Administrator of the City of Lancaster and has served in that position since being appointed by Mayor J. Richard Gray in January 2006. He previously served in the same position during the last two years of the administration of Mayor Janice C. Stork. He is married to classmate Amy Bamford Hopkins and they have two children, Duncan (McCaskey Class of 2015) and Mia (Class of 2018).
Denise Gobrecht ’74 graduated from Lock Haven College in 1979 with a degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Athletic Coaching. Her 34-year career in physical education was spent at Edward Hand Middle School and McCaskey High School. She presently works in the fitness center at Spooky Nook Sports Complex, the largest indoor sports complex in the country and home of the USA Women’s National Field Hockey Team, a 2016 Rio Olympics qualifier. “Gobie,” as she is called, coaches U14 field hockey at Spooky Nook and serves as assistant coach at Penn Manor High School.
Judy Reynolds Hollinger ’63 participated in Varsity Cheerleading, Varsity Field Hockey, Basketball and Leaders Club while a student at McCaskey. After graduation, she attended St. Joseph School of Nursing and worked as a certified dental assistant. In December 2014, she retired after 30 years as an insurance agent with Consumers Insurance Agency in Lancaster. She is married to her McCaskey classmate Terry Hollinger, and they have three children and six grandchildren.
Kathy Ashby ’67 received a Master’s Degree in Education from Millersville State College in 1973 and taught elementary school for 35 years in the School District of Lancaster (Stevens and Buchanan). She has served on the boards of the Ware Center, the Allegro Chamber Orchestra, and the Women’s Symphony Association. She has volunteered at the Fulton Opera House, where she has been a Guild Member, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and at the public libraries of Manheim Township and Lancaster. She is also a former president of the Iris Club. She enjoys biking, swimming, music, reading and theatre.
Ryan Schlinkman ’91 graduated from Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in 1994 and Temple University in 1998. He has been an employee of the School District of Lancaster for the past 16 years, having spent the first 9 years as an art teacher at Lincoln Middle School, followed by 6 years as a building administrator at Lincoln. He is currently serving as an Assistant Principal at McCaskey Campus and has been in that role for the past two years.
Jerri Anne Helsel Johnson ’72 earned her BS and M.Ed. from Millersville University in Elementary Education. She taught at several schools in the School District of Lancaster for ten years before making a career move to the medical device business and working for Abbott Laboratories for 26 years. Jerri Anne served on the Millersville University Alumni Association Board of Directors for 7 years, 2 as president. She has also served as secretary on the Preeclampsia Foundation Board of Directors and currently sits on the board of WomenHeart, The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. She leads a monthly support group for women with heart disease and has been a global spokesperson on this topic. Other interests include her work in development and as host for two athletes with the US National (Olympic) Women’s Field Hockey Team, travel, reading, and spending time with her 4 precious grandchildren.
Jack Neal ’67 is a retired McCaskey educator who taught science. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College and his Master of Arts from Indiana University. Throughout his career and retirement, he has been an advocate for McCaskey students, teachers, and alumni. He is married to Sandy Shanfelder Neal, another former McCaskey teacher. He is known for portraying John Piersol McCaskey at numerous events and is the co-founder of the Neal-Ernst Science Scholarship.
Joyce Weaver Nolt ’58 taught elementary school for 28 years before her retirement in 2002. She has served on numerous committees for organizations like the YWCA and Millersville University, and she has been a volunteer instructor at the North Museum.
If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Board of Directors, please contact
the Coordinator of Alumni Affairs (Jeremiah Miller) at 717.399.6418