Alumni Career Paricipants
NPHS College Fair
March 4, 2014
The North Penn Alumni Association is so excited to welcome the following alumni back to North Penn High School. These alumni will be present at the College Fair to talk to current NPHS students about their job, career field and educational background. Stop by the College Fair on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. to meet the alumni!
Bill Bowen (Class of 1989) is the principal of Gwynedd Square Elementary School. Prior to this position, Mr. Bowen worked in the Parkland School District as a K-5 elementary principal at Schnecksville Elementary School. Mr. Bowen started teaching in 1997 as a fifth grade teacher in the Philadelphia School District. In addition to teaching at an elementary level, Bowen also taught college courses at Cabrini College and Wilkes University. Mr. Bowen earned his Bachelor of Science from Kutztown University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. He was awarded a Principal’s Certificate from Lehigh where he had a concentration in leading inclusive settings. In 2012, he received a superintendent’s letter of eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania.
Julie Hafner (Class of 2000) went to Gettysburg College to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After graduating from Gettysburg in 2004, she went on to get a Master of Science degree from Jefferson University in Microbiology. While earning her Masters, Ms. Hafner worked as a laboratory technician at the university, first in the Kimmel Cancer Center and then in the Center for Translational Medicine. In 2006, she got her first job in the pharmaceutical industry working for a small immunology company, Immunotope, which focused on research into using the body’s immune system to target cancer cells as an alternative therapy for patients. Ms. Hafner worked there for five years before accepting her current position as a senior scientist at PPD, an international contract research organization (CRO).
Dr. Melissa Fichtman Hofmann (Class of 1998) is a pediatrician for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After graduating from high school, Dr. Hofmann studied Biology at Penn State at the University Park Campus. She was accepted to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and began studies in Fall 2002. Graduating from medical school in 2006, Dr. Hofmann started her residency in Pediatrics at CHOP. After her residency was completed in 2009, she was hired as an attending physician at a CHOP practice in Souderton, PA.
Bryan Klementisz (Class of 1997) attended Bloomsburg University with a major in Mass Communications TV and Radio. At first Mr. Klementisz thought he wanted to work behind the camera in TV, but after graduating from Bloomsburg he was able to get a job as a contract AV staffer for a major pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey. In 2006, he transferred to Boston to work at the research building as a full time employee. During this time, Mr. Klementisz grew his knowledge of AV/VC systems. Three years ago, Mr. Klementisz returned to PA and became the Lead engineer for the company’s new Unified Communications Group, which is responsible for deploying and managing all types of virtual communication platforms from WebEx web conferencing to telepresence/video conferencing. He is also in charge of drafting and maintaining all of his company’s audio visual standards and manages a small group of employees who work on engineering the core video infrastructure to help deploy new advancement in the technology.
Dave Kratz (Class of 1979) is a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial. Having worked for Thrivent for over 28 years, Mr. Kratz has completed several advanced education and licensing requirements. He provides his clients with a comprehensive, customized financial guidance. Mr. Kratz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA. He currently serves on the board of the NPSD Educational Foundation and a committee member of the North Penn Alumni Association.
Tracey Detweiler Leinen (Class of 1990) holds extensive knowledge of the sports travel and hospitality industry with over 20 years of travel and event management experience. After contributing for more than 15 years to the Philadelphia Eagles as their Director of Travel Operations, Tracey created TEAM Management, a meetings and special event company which currently supports the National Football League as a Super Bowl team liaison and coordinates the NFL Travel Directors Meetings. Her areas of expertise include event coordination, event management and community relations. She parlayed TEAM Management with her commitment to making a difference to create The Griffin Gives Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support organizations whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of others.
Don Petrille (Class of 1990) attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he majored in chemistry. Upon graduation from William & Mary, Mr. Petrille worked in the private sector, and then attended Villanova Law School. After passing the bar in 1998, Mr. Petrille began concentrating his practice on small business, real estate and estate planning and administration. As a small business lawyer, Mr. Petrille has helped hundreds of people start small businesses. He has negotiated financing arrangements with banks, drafted contracts, and consulted with owners for creative ways to reward employees and increase profits. He has helped hundreds of people plan their estates by drafting wills and reviewing insurance and investment plans. People buying and selling real estate for residential, commercial and investment purposes have relied on Mr. Petrille expertise throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties. In 2011, Mr. Petrille was elected Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court of Bucks County. In this position, he oversees the probate of over 3000 estate administrations per year, the collection of over $45 million in inheritance taxes, and the issuance nearly 3000 marriage licenses. The Orphans’ Court processes hundreds of estate disputes, guardianship petitions and adoptions each year. Mr. Petrille has instituted an innovative program to ensure guardians of incapacitated persons file yearly reports for the courts system to review.