Two members join Centre Crest board

And then there were nine.

The final two members of the Centre Crest nonprofit board have been named, county Administrator Tim Boyde said, after the Centre County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

Centre Crest Auxiliary board member Connie Corl and recently retired Centre Foundation Executive Director Al Jones will round out the nine-member board.

“Connie’s dedication to Centre Crest speaks for itself,” Commissioners Chairman Steve Dershem said, adding that he has also worked closely with Jones and both members add value to the board. Corl has been an employee at Centre Crest twice in addition to her membership on the Auxiliary board.

Corl has also worked with the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County and Jones has been a practicing attorney for decades, Boyde said.

The other board members are Mount Nittany Health board member Carl Raup, Mount Nittany Health chief financial officer Rich Wisniewski, local business consultant Larry Bickford, Mount Nittany Health CEO Steve Brown, registered nurse Sally Walker, Centre Crest Auxiliary United Way liaison Betsy Boyer and retired banker Bill Rockey.

Boyer will serve as the president of the board and said she is pleased with its makeup. She said everyone provides different expertise, which encompasses all areas they need to be successful.

“Each and every one of us on the board are committed to making this work and to continue having Centre Crest be the very best it can be for this county,” she said.

The full board will meet July 11, but the meeting will not be open to the public. Boyer said she doesn’t know if future meetings will be open because the board is too new to have discussed specific bylaws.

Representatives of consultant Complete HealthCare Resources will attend the July 11 meeting to speak with the board and possibly provide guidance on future steps. Thus far, Boyer said, the board has been just following the legal protocol.

Commissioner Michael Pipe broached the idea of possibly expanding the board, if additional community members who could aid it step forward. But as of now, they are set at nine, Boyer said. That option could be looked at, she added, but there would need to be a good case and board approval.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners also discussed Centre Crest’s future and an increased effort for transparency as the process moves along.

Pipe said he would like to see a timetable or road map elaborating on the future steps that need to be taken, a follow-up to CHR’s report that would break down more specific numbers and a county report on the savings and encumbrances that the change would create.

“This would just help that process return us to transparency and, I think, allay some fears out there,” he said.

Dershem also addressed some complaints about the lack of a specific call for public comment during agenda items. He said when he calls for discussion that means discussion on both sides of the table — other commissioners and the public. He added that the top of the agenda will likely be amended to make that more clear for members of the public who want to speak but are unfamiliar with the process.