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BCIU Recognizes Board of Directors with 6th Annual Student Artwork Showcase

by Berks County Intermediate Unit

Jan 24, 2023

In celebration of School Director Recognition Month, the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) formally recognized its Board of Directors for their dedicated service and valuable contributions to our students, schools, and communities at the Thursday, January 19, 2023, BCIU Board meeting.

Board members are elected officials representing the community’s voice in public education. Their work is vital to the success of our students and schools. They serve as volunteers, spending countless hours every month to fulfill their school-related responsibilities and are key decision-makers on issues such as school safety and security, budgeting, policy, hiring, and more. The 18 Board members currently serving the BCIU have a combined total of almost 80 years of service on the BCIU Board.

For the past six years, the BCIU has presented the Annual Student Artwork Showcase in recognition of the BCIU Board of Directors. This Student Artwork Showcase features one original piece of art by a high school student from each of the 18 school districts in Berks County based on a designated theme.

The theme for the 2023 Student Artwork Showcase is “What Makes our District Unique?” The artwork is displayed for a full year in the BCIU’s Board Room at the Main Office and showcased virtually on the BCIU public website. Visit: to view the online gallery and a video that includes students’ artist statements.

Executive Director Dr. Jill M. Hackman stated, The BCIU sincerely appreciates our Board of Directors for their continued service to both their local school districts and the BCIU, as well as their year-round commitment and advocacy for the more than 70,000 students we serve in Berks County. We are thankful for their leadership and guidance so that the BCIU is able to reach its goals, achieve its mission, and move our organization forward.

BCIU board members include: Mr. Gary McEwen, President, Twin Valley; Mrs. Elizabeth Huhn, Vice President, Brandywine Heights Area; Mr. James Ulrich, Secretary, Governor Mifflin; Mrs. Linda Lash, Treasurer, Schuylkill Valley; Mr. Michael Gierula, Antietam; Ms. Lisa Hogan, Boyertown Area; Mr. Bret Sabold, Conrad Weiser Area; Mr. Russell Jirik, Daniel Boone Area; Dr. David Hemberger, Exeter Township; Mr. Kevin Manmiller, Fleetwood Area; Mr. Todd Hummel, Hamburg Area; The Rev. Dr. Dennis Ritter, Kutztown Area; Mr. Miguel Vasquez, Muhlenberg; Mrs. Nancy Jackson, Oley Valley; Mr. Mark Detterline, Reading; Mr. Christopher Heck, Tulpehocken Area; Dr. Amy Kennedy, Wilson; and Mrs. Terrie Taylor, LSW, Wyomissing Area.

The Berks County Intermediate Unit serves as the premier educational services provider in Berks County and across the Commonwealth. Our mission is to provide high-quality resources, innovative services and programs, and responsible leadership to enrich the educational and social services needs of our children, families, schools, and the greater community.

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