Back Mountain residents serving on Wyoming Seminary Board of Trustees


KINGSTON – The Board of Trustees of Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School has elected new board leadership and new members to serve for the 2018-19 school year.

William E. Sordoni, Dallas, Wyoming Seminary Class of 1993, has been named the new chair of the Board of Trustees, while John Dowd, of Kingston, has been named vice-chair. Anthony Berger of Waccabuc, N.Y., Sem Class of 1973, has been named treasurer.

The new members are Gerald Gunster, Washington, D.C., Sem Class of 1985; Dr. Lewis Thayne, Annville, Sem Class of 1967; Nicole Santo Yochum, Shavertown, Sem Class of 2003; Dr. Mary Louise Decker-Fenster, Shavertown; and Jeanne Giallorenzi, Clarks Summit.

Sordoni, a trustee since 2013, is the president and CEO of Sordoni Construction Services, Inc. in Forty Fort. He also serves as a board member for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, the Sordoni Family Foundation, Hunters Sharing the Harvest, the United Way of Wyoming Valley, Geisinger Health, and the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Susquehanna University.

Berger, a trustee since 2005, currently serves as operating partner for Benchworks Inc. A graduate of Hobart College, he earned his MBA from Syracuse University Whitman School of Management.

Dowd, a trustee since 2012, is the CEO of Sundance Vacations in Wilkes-Barre. He serves on the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, is a committee member of the Luzerne Foundation, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, and is a parent advisor for the Youth Advisory Committee. He also is active with St. Vincent DePaul and Volunteers of America.

Gunster, CEO of Gunster Strategies Worldwide, provides strategic council and conducts issue advocacy for clients such as Fortune 500 companies, leading trade associations, and global organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Drew University and conducted his master’s degree research at the Johns Hopkins University Center for The Study of American Government.

Thayne, the 18th president of Lebanon Valley College, has overseen the addition of eight new academic programs, the first online courses, the first major revision of the College’s General Education Program in more than two decades, and the creation of a number of high-impact programs that benefit student and faculty learning. He also has created several new academic support centers and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Rutgers University, Thayne received his master’s and doctorate in comparative literature at Princeton University.

Santo Yochum is a principal of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn and a member of the Personal Injury Team. She was recently named to the Top 10 Under 40 in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. She is currently licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is a member of the Luzerne County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She also serves on the board of the Westmoreland Club. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, public relations and international studies, with a minor in Spanish, from The Pennsylvania State University. In 2010, she earned her law degree from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg.

Decker-Fenster, a physician in private practice, is an infectious diseases specialist on staff at Wilkes Barre General Hospital and several long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC and the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Now President of the Lower School Parents Association, she has been an active member of the Wyoming Seminary Lower School Parents’ Association for several years and served as treasurer for the past two years.

Giallorenzi graduated from The University of Scranton in 1993 with degrees in history and political science and has 15 years of experience consulting for money management firms, hedge funds and mutual fund complexes. In addition to serving as president of the Upper School Parents Association, Giallorenzi is a Voluntary Action Center board member and had been a part of Marley’s Mission for a number of years.