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Pennsylvania’s Americana Region Announces New Board Members

by Pennsylvania’s Americana Region

Sep 19, 2019

READING, PA – September 13, 2019 – Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, the tourism bureau for Berks County, PA, welcomed new members to its Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The newly elected Board members include Mike Becker, Reading Fightin’ Phils; Sagar Shah, Best Western Plus Reading Inn & Suites; Chip White, The Works/Building 24; and returning Board Member Mark DiPiazza, Crowne Plaza Reading.

Crystal Seitz, President of non-profit commented, “I am pleased to welcome our new and returning members to the Board of Directors. They each bring a unique background, with diverse experiences that make them an asset to the Visitors Bureau and our partners.”

The Bureau’s twenty-two member Board, led by an Executive Committee, oversees the operations of Pennsylvania’s Americana Region and its staff.

The Bureau’s 2019 – 2020 Board of Directors:


Nathan Brant, Chairman, South Mountain YMCA

Mark DiPiazza, Vice-Chair, Crowne Plaza Reading

George Reinoehl, Jr., Treasurer, RKL

Chris Kraras, Secretary, White Star Tours

Tim Joyce, Past Chairman, Lamar Advertising

2019 – 2020 DIRECTORS:

Charlie Adams, Travel Writer & Consultant

Kevin Barnhardt, County Commissioner (permanent seat)

Mike Becker, Reading Fightin’ Phils

Debbie Bertolet, Building A Better Boyertown

EmmaRose Boyle, Barley Snyder

Hamid Chaudhry, Wyomissing Family Restaurant

Dan Clouser, Big Vision Foundation

Barry Endy, Fraser Business Equipment

Robyn Jones, Berks County Living

Rachael Kehler, Peppermint Stick Candy Store

Meggan Kerber, Berks Arts Council

Deena Kershner, Our Town Foundation

Craig Poole, DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Reading

Sagar Shah, Best Western Plus Reading Inn & Suites

David Tanner, Albright College Center for the Arts

Cathy Wegener, Berks County Parks & Recreation Department

Chip White, The Works/Building 24

In addition to welcoming the new directors, Ms. Seitz thanked departing board members, Connie Andrews, Reading Eagle; Jake Henschel, Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Convention Center; Scott Hunsicker, Reading Fightin Phils; Ted Kolva, Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex; and Luis Pereira, Stokesay Castle for their time and dedication to the visitors bureau and its mission.

Information about Pennsylvania’s Americana Region and its tourism partners can be found at or contacting the Visitors Bureau at 800.443.6610.


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