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Nicole Baer

Nicole resides outside Baltimore, Maryland with her two cats and her “better half”, Adam. She works as a structural engineer for KCI Technologies in Sparks, Maryland.

Nicole was born and raised in Berks County, PA. She is the oldest of four siblings to Marcia G. and Theodore D. Baer. She fondly remembers life in the thriving metropolis of Bernville, Pennsylvania, where fun things to do include tormenting cows, sledding through cornfields, and looking at Christmas lights. Why, even now, the glorious scent of manure invokes strong feelings of nostalgia for her. Nicole is blessed with the unique problem of requiring 26 chairs when inviting her immediate family to dinner because her many aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandmas are as close as her parents and siblings.

Nicole began her education at Penn-Bernville Elementary. She attended Penn-Bernville from kindergarten to the sixth grade. In junior high, she went to Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a Catholic school in West Lawn, PA. She returned to her public school friends in the ninth grade, when she began attending Tulpehocken High. While at Tulpy, she was the pinnacle of mediocrity as a cheerleader, field hockey goalie, and middle distance runner. She also excelled in classes and participated in “Mathlete” and debate teams. She was a proud chorus member in musicals for all four of her years. She graduated third in her class. Nicole then wrote the first of many many checks to The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, Nicole got a degree in architectural engineering.

Nicole enjoys many outdoor activities, such as biking and hiking. She can often be found blazing through the woods of the Loch Raven Reservoir, or Gunpowder Falls State Park, which is in the backyard of her house.
When not working, biking, hiking, dancing, cooking, or reading, Nicole is sleeping.

John David Rausch, Jr., Ph.D.

Dave and his wife Mary, a librarian at West Texas A&M University, live in Canyon, Texas where they are managed by three domineering cats.

Dave graduated from Tulpehocken High School in 1985. He received an academic scholarship that paid for tuition for his first two years of study at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Because of his work with Student Activities and Residential Living, room and board costs were paid for his final two years of study at UAF.

Dave received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in Political Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1989. He minored in German. He studied at Webster College in Vienna, Austria, during the summer of 1987.
After graduating from UAF in May 1989, Dave spent the summer as an intern in the Press/Research Department of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC. He entered graduate school at the University of Oklahoma in 1989 as a recipient of a Carl Albert Fellowship. During the summer of 1991, Dave studied quantitative methodology at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Science in 1992. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Legislative Fellow in the office of United States Representative Bob Inglis, Republican from South Carolina. Dave completed the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science in 1995, writing a dissertation on the movement to enact legislative term limitations.

Since 1998, he has taught Political Science at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, rising through the academic ranks to full Professor of Political Science. In 2011, Dave was ordained a Deacon for the (Catholic) Diocese of Amarillo. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Amarillo Area Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Allison D. Watts, Ph.D.

Dr. Allison Watts is an Associate Professor in the Management and Marketing Department of the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University. She has taught classes in Strategy Implementation, Strategic Management, International Business, and International Management since starting at Shippensburg University in 2007. In addition to teaching, Dr. Watts is a member the International Education Council, the Assurance of Learning Committee, and is the faculty advisor for the Shippensburg Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. Her research interests include innovation in technology and science-based firms and the healthcare industry. She has published articles in the Journal of High Technology Management Research, the International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, R&D Management, and Health Care Analysis.

Allison received her Masters’ degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. from Temple University. She has received teaching awards at Temple University (the Fox Crystal Apple) and at Shippensburg University (the Edward F. Ehret, Jr. Teaching Award). Dr. Watts was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business. She has also been a board member on the Bloomsburg University Foundation since 2002.

Between work and fun, Allison has visited 15 countries (so far). Her international adventures include hiking up Mt. Fuji in Japan, seeing the Great Wall in China, and going on a safari in Kenya.

Raised in Harrisburg and Bernville, PA, Allison enjoys spending time with her extended family, reading, and her pets.
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