Meet the Team
Barbara Blatt, M.Ed.
Barb has over 20 years of experience working in various roles and facets of education within the College of Medicine. As Project Manager, she manages multiple projects in the area of nutrition and physical activity and facilitates the implementation of research-based intervention programs in schools and in the community setting.
Barb holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Shippensburg University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Penn State University. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending Penn State football games, and walking her dog, Calvin.
Ellie Hogentogler, B.S.
Marketing Communications Specialist
Ellie serves as Marketing Communications Specialist for the Center. Her responsibilities include the development and implementation of our marketing plan as well as overseeing brand consistency throughout our advertising, social media and public relations activities. She also coordinates our outreach efforts and other special events. Ellie is also responsible for all graphic design projects within the Center including web design and maintenance, logo designs, newsletters, advertisements, collateral material, and other desk top publishing projects.
Ellie hold’s a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from Millersville University. She enjoys playing Texas Hold ‘em Poker and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Alicia Hoke, MPH
Human Research Technologist
Alicia works with the Center’s Mini-Grants program, a collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to increase capacity for physical activity and encourage safer routes to school among Pennsylvania schools and community based organizations (CBOs). She designs educational materials and provides webinars to facilitate schools and CBOs who benefit from this program.
Alicia enjoys spending her summers boating and kayaking and her winters skiing. She also loves to read novels of all kind.
Joanne Jones, B.S.
Administrative Support Coordinator
As Administrative Support Coordinator, Joanne performs, coordinates and oversees office administrative duties while providing an extensive level of support to the Executive Director. Using her technical abilities and complex administrative skills, Joanne is able to provide valuable support for the Center.
Her educational background includes a BS in Business Administration along with 25 years of experience in both the commercial and education arenas. Joanne is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She is an avid skier and enjoys planning ski trips for her family and friends.
Donna Kephart, M.H.A.
Donna serves as executive director for Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center. Established in 2003, the Center is well recognized as a thought leader and resource for program development and technical assistance related to evidence-based programs and interventions in physical activity and nutrition.
Her responsibilities include leading Center; establishing sound working relationships with agencies, organizations, schools and community groups; managing staff and maintaining a climate which attracts, keeps and motivates a staff of top quality people; and ensuring that adequate funds are available to permit the Center to carry out its work.
Employed by Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey Medical Center for 21 years, Donna has a passion for wellness, health promotion and disease prevention. She has managed several NIH-sponsored clinical trials in behavioral intervention topics such as asthma, hypertension and obesity. In 2009, she became the Executive Director of Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center. A two-time graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Donna holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in health policy and administration.
Jody serves as a Research Project Manager for the Center. Her responsibilities include managing grants and contracts, data collection, and participating in study design. Jody also manages fiscal responsibility for all Center budgets; including preparing financial reports, interpreting, advising, and forecasting needs. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from Penn State University.
Gail Snyder, M.P.A.
Gail coordinates the Center’s grant writing efforts as well as the mini-grants program that supports Pennsylvania schools and community based organizations for increasing capacity for physical activity and encouraging safer routes to school.
Gail enjoys spending time with her family and friends and cheering for her son Jake at his swim meets.