Allentown, Pa. (January 30, 2020) – Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley (CIS) is pleased to announce it has appointed Maria Esposito as the not-for-profit’s Vice President of Advancement. In her role, Esposito will lead strategies that connect donors and supporters to the CIS mission across the Lehigh Valley and Berks County. Esposito joins Brittany Pierzga, Director of Advancement & Communication, who started with CIS in 2017. The team will be responsible for generating sustainable funding and increased awareness of CIS, which anticipates serving nearly 40 schools in the 2020-2021 school year.

A native of Northeastern PA and a graduate of DeSales University, Esposito has a long career in not-for-profit management, striving to make organizations and communities better than how she found them.

To that end, Esposito has extensive experience working with local and national not-for-profit organizations, having held positions such as President/CEO of the Farming Hills Chamber of Commerce in Michigan; Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties in Washington DC, Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement at Lehigh Carbon Community College, and most recently Vice President for Advancement at PBS39.

“Relationships are the most precious assets we have in our work, and Maria brings with her a deep appreciation of fostering good relationships. Maria’s experience and leadership will open doors for new friends to join in our mission of empowering student to success in school and in life,” said Tim Mulligan, President/CEO of CIS

CIS is also pleased to announced the election of Kristie L. Beitler, Esq. as chair of the Board of Directors of Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley. Beitler, an attorney at Mosebach, Funt, Dayton & Duckworth, P.C. will serve a one-year term as chair of the 15-member board, which is responsible for the governance of the not-for-profit organization. Beitler, who has served on the board since 2014, will be joined by the following officers in 2020: Vice Chair: Adam Morse, PPL; Secretary: John Hart, Council Member Emmaus Burough; Treasurer: Michael Zile, BB&T.

Additional board members include: Ed Baldrige, Baldrige Asset Management LLC; Kimberly DelSordo; Ellen Millard-Kern, Chief of Staff for Senator Pat Browne; Susan Larkin (past chair), Allied Personnel Services; Tyler Papaz, Cornerstone Advisors Asset Management LLC; Saleem Saab, Victaulic; Michelle Schmidt, Moravian College; Mario Stuart Jr., Stuart Benefits Consulting; Susan Wolper Esq., Our Recipie for Unity; Anne Zayaitz Ph.D., Kutztown University

About Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley (CIS): With caring adults serving over 30,000 students in 35 schools throughout Allentown School District, Bethlehem Area School District, East Penn School District, Easton Area School District, Reading School District, and Whitehall-Coplay School District, CIS’ mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS does whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to come to school ready to learn.