Dear Alumni Brothers and Sisters, I hope this mailing finds you healthy and coping with the present situation that is gripping our nation. I wish I was writing to share news that we’d be meeting as a family in a few short months, unfortunately that is not possible this year. The good news is, though, a few items from Homecoming will carry on, albeit in a different format. One of the most important of those is the election of four directors to the MHSAA Board. The association has been in existence since the early 1930s and has carried out this responsibility annually. Your Board is a hard-working group, dedicated to you and our entire constituency. In the past we would vote either by mail or in person at Homecoming; this year we are slightly altering the process. You can still vote by mail if you desire, but a new option is to vote on-line – simply follow the directions in this mailing. Also you can pay your annual membership dues, as well as purchase a $100 raffle ticket, which remains an important fundraiser for the association and our future efforts. Further, we are starting to plan for our Annual Business Meeting, so keep an eye out for MHSAA’s Annual Report, which I will share virtually for each member’s information. Also at that time, we hope to announce the results of the election and the winners of the raffle ticket drawing. Our plan is to take care of all business at one time so to keep you informed in a timely and concise manner. We will reach out with more details on these items in the near future. In the meantime, stay well, my friends. Sincerely, Mike Mulderig ’71 MHSAA President
Paul Aurelio ’84 Pleasantville, NJ
I really believe in the direction Milton Hershey School is going. I would like to give back to the school and students. I believe I can be an asset to the MHSAA Board and will work hard to prove that to the staff, students, and alumni. I will do my best to gain membership in our Association and keep the relationship between the Association and School going in a positive direction.
Kimberly Elenberg ’88 Alexandria, VA
The work of MHSAA has become increasingly complex given the challenges we face today, from the pandemic to cultivating strength of character in our thought-provoking world. Mentorship of several alumni, my role providing guidance to the Department of Defense school system, and experience in building resilient service members, has prepared me well for this occasion. Serving on the National Forum Board has taught me that learning from the work of those that have come before us and addressing priorities through clearly defined tactics is key to optimizing how we serve our students, alumni, and our home.
David DuCharme ’14 Lancaster, PA
I want to serve as a board member for MHSAA in order to stay connected with and provide service to a community that has made such a significant impact on my life. Throughout my life and career journeys after MHS, I have sought out ways to give back to my community. I can think of no other more-fitting outlet of service than to partner with my alumni brothers and sisters to strengthen our community and reflect the values instilled in us by Mr. and Mrs. Hershey. As a younger alumnus, I understand and have lived through some of the unique challenges that our recent and upcoming graduates are facing. It is important to me that we are able to provide guidance to alumni so that they can surmount these challenges and prosper. I am of the belief that all alumni must be able to remain connected to one another regardless of distance, age, or lifestyle.
Julee Hixon ’84 Chesapeake, VA
I believe I have the skills needed to help move MHSAA into the future. I have helped raise thousands of dollars over the years for my school and other charities. I also have communication skills. I have the integrity and work ethic needed to move the alumni board forward. I am a leader as well as a team player.
Albert Leonzi, Jr. ’71 Edinboro, PA
Running for re-election to the MHSAA Board gives me the opportunity and honor to serve my alma mater and its founders, students, and fellow alumni. I wish to continue the opportunity to serve, allowing me to promote and enhance what I’ve learned through experience, and advance to the next step by continued involvement on the following committees with a spirit of “True Spartan Spirit:” Communication and Outreach Committee Bylaw/Parliamentarian Awards Committee Spartan Ambassador for Recruitment of New Students Speaker for Education Career Opportunities I’ve attended every MHS Homecoming yearly since my graduation in 1971.
Anna Marhefka ’14 Erie, PA
After graduating from Milton Hershey School in 2014, I was inspired to continue to give back to the communities and systems around me by using the sacred values, resources, and strong moral foundation that MHS gave me. It is my passion to continue the mission and legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Hershey, which encompasses a foundation of “sweetness” and servant leadership. It would be an honor to serve on the MHSAA Board beside my alumni brothers and sisters to continue to develop, support, and inspire the entire MHS family and communities that it serves.
Rick Moszczynski ’84 Hershey, PA
Since moving back “home” over two years ago, I have tried to become more involved not only with MHSAA and area chapters, but with the kids at the school as well. I have had the pleasure of being a guest for dinner at an elementary student home, visited a new Middle Division home (what a great job in the design), and attended/volunteered for many more sponsored (and not, so sponsored) events at/around the school. It has been a blessing. I think I could be an asset to the board, to help represent all my brothers and sisters. Thanks in advance. I have already obtained my background clearances for working with the students. I continue to volunteer with the school and MHSAA at each available opportunity. I truly look forward to being elected by my fellow alums to help serve the needs of Homeboys, Milts, and Spartans, and help support the success of our brothers and sisters still enrolled at our home.
Angela Shade ’95 Hanover, MD
For the last six months, I have had the honor of serving on the MSHAA Board. This has given me a deeper understanding of the time and dedication required. In addition, my work with the Communications Committee has deepened my knowledge of the history of the School and the Alumni Association. This increased awareness has strengthened my desire to serve the board for a full three-year term. I am asking that you endorse me with your vote. It is, I believe, important that the association be forward- thinking while remaining true to its values and mission. For the association to be successful, it is crucial that we engage alumni from 18-99 via clubs, chapters and activities. Understanding who our members are is crucial to engaging them and serving them well.
Samantha Walters ’18 Carlisle, PA
I am so excited at the possible opportunity to serve on the MHSAA Board. As a graduate of the Class of 2018, I recognize that I am much younger than many others on the board, but I feel that I have a lot to offer. I am a junior at Dickinson College with a double major in political science and educational studies. As a member of the MHSAA Board, I would bring dedication and creativity to the table. I would also strive to help the board connect with younger MHS alumni and students, especially the seniors. I also am an advocator for women’s rights, equality, and helping those who may need some assistance. One of my goals as a board member would be to get our alumni association involved in helping out our fellow alumni that fall into those categories a little more. After being involved in many Milt Facebook pages and groups, I also will strive to get the board more involved in creating safe spaces for our fellow alumni to discuss many issues that plague today’s world, and make sure there are ample resources for alumni if they need help processing events that may have affected them through their life. I hope to impact the alumni in a positive manor and help those who may not have been able to be helped before. Thank you for your consideration for me as a board member.
Virgil Whitsett ’81 Media, PA
I have served on the MHSAA Board for quite a few years during two separate terms. I have been secretary twice and vice president. I had the honor to serve as president in 2018, and I am now one in a long line of past presidents, and I bring that continuity to the board if I am re-elected. During my most recent term, we have made improvements in how we work professionally, like implementing online accounting software to keep our books in better order. This now is allowing for our future treasurers to live not just in the Hershey area. I want to help continue to get our younger alumni excited about volunteering and even serving on this board. Getting people more involved is a focus and goal that I will have if you elect me for this term on the board.