Born on a snowy Christmas eve in 1979, blessing my mother with a hospital stay over Christmas (she says its the best present she's ever gotten), Mike was born at Centre Regional Hospital in State College. Moving to Altoona at age 5 Mike grew up with a very close-knit group of friends in the fairview section of town and graduating from AAHS in 1997 at the ripe old age of 17. Before leaving High School mike started apprenticing in the fields of video production, photography, and graphic design. In his career Mike has shot NCAA wrestling championships, co-owned both Mixed Martial Arts and Pro Wrestling companies, helped inventors patent and bring products to market, and more! Mike is currently the Director of Marketing, Promotions, and Special Events for the Altoona Curve.
The most important part of his life is at home with his wife Amanda, daughter Chloe (12), son Dylan (8), and a small zoo.
I am from Altoona and attended Bellwood-Antis, and then PSU. I graduated from PSU in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Public Relations and a minor in English.
Most of my work experience has been in jewelry/retail management, but I made some changes after my son was born. I've been the Local Store Marketer with Texas Roadhouse for 6 months now, and I'm still learning the ropes of the restaurant world. But I love marketing for one of our area's top restaurants. I'm finding that in our area, we have some amazing non-profit groups who are led by so many dedicated and caring individuals in our community. A huge need is fundraising, so I devote a lot of my time each week to fundraisers - the set-up, planning, organization, and execution. I'm excited to see that our sales have grown about 10% since March. I'm hoping that's because of our marketing efforts in the community!
My favorite things are spending time with my family (especially my 2-year old, Kermie!), being outdoors, and traveling.
Melody Ray joined the Healing Patch in January 2012 her current position is Healing Patch Coordinator. Melody graduated from Saint Francis University with her bachelors in social work and the University of Pittsburgh with her masters in social work. Melody has worked as a drug and alcohol counselor as well as special needs foster care and adoption worker. At the Healing Patch, Melody enrolls new families into the free program, facilitates support group sessions, provides community presentations on the topic of children’s grief, provides in school grief support-education services, as well as works with volunteers which are vital to the programs existence. In 2017, Melody published a book Someone I Loved Died from a Drug Overdose supporting children and families in having the difficult conversation of losing a loved one to addiction. Melody feels working with grieving children and families is a privilege and has seen first hand the transformative power a peer support group can have on children and families.
Mike is currently the Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Altoona and has been over the past two years. Prior to owning Chick-fil-A Altoona, Mike served as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Juniata College. Before becoming a professor, Mike held positions in Corporate America by working for Daiichi Sankyo, Johnson and Johnson, and St. Jude Medical. Mike earned an MBA from St. Francis University and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Penn State University. Mike's favorite colors use to be black and gold, but now he is surrounded by pink and purple through spending his free time with four main girls: Jess (wife), Chloe and Lilli (daughters), and Sierra (female dog).
Michael Clement is an Air Force Veteran with 4 yrs Active Duty. 2 more years for Operation Noble Eagle (9/11)
He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Utah and a Master's Degree from Columbia International University where he studied Islam from a Christian perspective. He has worked as a Political Operative for nearly 20 yrs. having worked on two Presidential campaigns and several high profile US Senate and state Senate races. Time in politics includes time at the National Republican Senatorial Committee and two stints at the Republican National Committee including the 2016 successful Presidential Campaign.He has Served as a Missionary in Indonesia twice. Most recently from 2017-2018
Michael currently has one of the coolest jobs in America as he is a Co Founder and Executive Director of Square One Community, a new multi-state non profit based in DuBois.
Maggie Smolka is excited to be working in her home state!
Maggie is from the Pittsburgh area, but also lived in Florida and California while growing up. She started her journalism training at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Her television news career started in Southwest Virginia/Northeast Tennessee, where she was a weekend anchor/reporter. Maggie then joined the WTAJ news team in July 2017 and is now on the anchor desk weekday mornings. Maggie loves being able to wake up with you! She’s thrilled to be part of a team that genuinely wants to start everyone’s day off with a smile.
In addition to anchoring the morning show, Maggie also reports. Her favorite part of the job is connecting with viewers and telling their stories. If you see Maggie out in the community, make sure to stop and say hi!
Jim Gregory took the oath of office as state representatives for the 80th Legislative District on Jan. 1, 2019.
He serves on the following House committees: Aging and Older Adult Services, Human Services, Local Government, and Tourism and Recreational Development.
Prior to seeking public office, Jim spent five years as a legislative aide to a local state senator, was the marketing and sales director for the Altoona Curve and was a sportscaster for a local television station for 12 years.
Jim is a prolife and Second Amendment advocate who believes in commonsense governing. He wants to find solutions to lowering the tax burden on working families and address the rising opioid crisis that is destroying lives and families across Pennsylvania.
Jim’s involvement in the community is extensive, including four years as a member of the Blair County Republican Committee; a former member of the Board of Director for Penn Highlands Community College; a member of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board; and a member of the PHCC Blair County Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnership.
Jim currently resides in Hollidaysburg. He has two adult sons, Matt and Mitch.
JACQUE HARPSTER & CATHERINE MCCABE
Jacque is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Mount Aloysius College. She is responsible for the clinical supervision and management of the UPMC Community Crisis Center, Student Assistance Program, Access Center, and Consultation and Education behavioral health departments of UPMC Altoona. She is chair of the Blair County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Co-coordinator of the Blair County Emergency Behavioral Health Team, and Chair of the Blair County May is Mental Health Awareness Month Event. She is also employed as a counselor for UPMC Life Solutions, an EAP program where she sees clients in the evenings. She facilitates a grief support group entitled “Healing Hearts” for those who have lost a loved one to an overdose. She volunteers her time helping local mothers who have lost their sons to an overdose with various events related to substance abuse awareness and prevention. She volunteers for causes to bring awareness to and prevent human trafficking, mental health wellness, and other social issues. She considers her work a blessing and finds great meaning in working with people from all walks of life. She believes her most rewarding and important job is being a mother to her daughter Isabella, now a young adult.
Catherine McCabe is a local Entrepreneur that owns 3 companies collectively employing over 100 residents of our community: ServiceMaster By Request, Merry Maids, and Greenbean Coffee House. With determination and a strong work ethic, Catherine was able to buy her 1st business, ServiceMaster By Request, a mere 11 years after starting her employment with them as a part-time house cleaner. With a desire to expand the business services portion of her company to the residential sector, Catherine purchased her 2nd company, Merry Maids, in 2014 and began a highly effective cross marketing campaign that catapulted her businesses to a multi-million-dollar revenue level.
Attending the school year in Altoona, PA , she spent her entire Summer vacations back in her hometown, the Bronx, NY. Raised in an abusive home and losing her mother at a young age, Catherine was no stranger to hard times. Never feeling like she fit in, Catherine decided to create a place where everyone felt like they belonged, the Greenbean Coffee House. Promoting a 100% Inclusive atmosphere, Catherine has used the Greenbean’s large social platform to give back to our community and nonprofit organizations through free public events, fundraisers, and donations. Catherine also serves as a Board Member for Contact Altoona, Blair County Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Keystone Boss Ladies, a non-profit organization she created in early 2018 to encourage an engaging and successful platform for high-level business Executives and Entrepreneurs.
Catherine is a 1997 graduate of Vista Adult School and she and her husband, Travis, have 3 sons, Julian, Braedon, and Adrian.