OP-ED: The Vanity of Jennifer Lake is Her Undoing

Images: Jennifer Lake, Executive Director of Dwell Orphan Care (left)

and WASD Logo (right)

The following is an opinion editorial authored by Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com, news@talkwilliamsport.com.

OP-ED: The Vanity of Jennifer Lake is Her Undoing

Oxford Languages defines vanity in two ways: (noun)

“excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.”

Vanity, is also defined as “the quality of being worthless or futile.”

As Jennifer Lake has demonstrated over the past several years her ambition knows no bounds; as a current Williamsport Area School Board member she has served along side now former board members:

Nancy Somers – March 16, 2021, Nancy Somers resigns from WASD school board.

 

Dr. Jane Penman – decided not to seek reelection in the 2021 election cycle.

 

Marc Schefsky – March 31, 2021, Schefsky WASD School Board Resignation Letter obtained

Marc Schefsky, former WASD school board member given ARD sentence in voter fraud case

Criminal “false swearing” charge filed against Marc Schefsky, former WASD School Board member

Marc Schefsky, WASD School Board member announces intention to resign

WASD School Board major changes are forthcoming

WASD solicitor Fred Holland wants $20,000 retainer and a raise for ’21-’22

BREAKING NEWS: Resignations to be announced at the WASD School Board meeting tonight

Nancy Somers resigns from WASD school board

Residents circulate petition for immediate removal of Marc Schefsky from WASD school board

Lycoming County District Attorney office confirms receipt of Marc Schefsky non-WASD residency complaint

WASD School Board to discuss vacant board seat tonight

WASD School Board candidate petitions obtained, connections run deep

 

Star Poole – January 4, 2022, EXCLUSIVE: Star Poole voted off WASD school board 7-1

Star Poole, WASD school board member fails to appear in court again – 5 new Warrants Issued

New Warrants Issued for Star Poole, WASD school board member for failing to appear in court

Star Poole, WASD school board member set for court appearances on warrants

Star Poole, WASD school board member legal troubles mount, DA Gardner awaits complaint to review

 

Count them, four WASD school board members have resigned or not sought reelection as a direct result of the exclusive reporting of this media outlet and yet Jennifer Lake and her vanity have not resigned.

Jennifer Lake had a front row seat to Marc Schefsky not living within the WASD boundaries and did nothing to address the situation.

Jennifer Lake had a front row seat to Star Poole struggling to attend meetings and putting a roof over her head and that of her 5 children.

Yet, Lake as Executive Director of Dwell Orphan Care sat on a war chest of six figure resources that could easily be dispersed to assist a family in need – yet on reason and belief – she did nothing to address the situation.

From the Dwell Orphan Care website:

“WHAT WE DO: God never intended for us to make this journey alone. We were created for community, and we believe that everyone can do something for the cause of caring for kids from hard places.”

 

Lake states: “everyone can do something for the cause of caring for kids from hard places.”; but her vanity got in the way again, those funds are reserved for “foster and adoptive families.”

Was it mentioned Star Poole is black and Jennifer Lake is white?

 

As Star Poole struggled, the “unarmed truth” is Jennifer Lake in 2020 brought home a salary of $37,095 which is 144% of the 2020 total of $25,719, Dwell Orphan Care claims it provided to help support Foster and Adoptive Families in the Greater Lycoming County Area.

Indeed, Jennifer Lake has told the world where she stands on the “Black Lives Matter” movement and all things “WASD Systemic Racism” and the “Racism has No Home Here” movement.

Her “excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements” on these topics include volunteering to read into the record at a WASD school board meeting a mere 28 days after the tragic death of George Floyd – WASD School Board Adopts Anti-Racist Resolution.

 

From the TalkWilliamsport.com OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone on June 24, 2020

WASD School Board Adopts Anti-Racist Resolution

On June 23, 2020, in light of recent national events, the Williamsport Area School Board adopted the following anti-racist resolution: 

WHEREAS, we are deeply saddened and outraged by the recent killing of George Floyd and violence against black men and women. The subsequent protests have shined a spotlight on the harmful effects of racism and inequality.
Furthermore, the public response has highlighted the racial trauma that our black students, families, staff, and communities have not only endured for centuries but continue to face today.
WHEREAS, we must recognize that racism and hate have no place in our schools and society.
However, we must understand that racism is systemic, and it is unconsciously and consciously rooted into our institutions, policies, and practices.
Consequently, we acknowledge that we must look at our own school policies and practices through an anti-racist and equity lens to address traces of racism and inequity that still exist within our own school community.
WHEREAS, we must center the voices of staff, students, families, and communities who have historically endured discrimination and marginalization.
Their lived experiences and stories require attention, require respect, require empathy, and most importantly require action.
Therefore, it is essential that we establish an expectation that a diversity of students, families, and community members, specifically those that have been ignored, discriminated against, and marginalized, are heard and included on substantive school and district issues.
WHEREAS, we must better educate ourselves and seek to educate the community on the historical and current impact of racism and discrimination on our students, families, and communities, as well as understand our role in perpetuating such inequity.
Through continuous professional development and opportunities for honest dialogue and listening sessions, we hope to build partnerships in the community focused on overcoming racism and other barriers.
By doing so, we can create opportunities to ensure that each child has the tools and supports needed to thrive.
WHEREASwe must advocate to advance civil rights and cultivate an anti-racist school climate necessary to meet the needs of ALL students in our care.
Our students, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language ability, disability, and other identities, deserve to feel safe, to feel seen, and to feel affirmed.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Williamsport Area School Board, unequivocally stand firm in our collective responsibility to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for every student, staff member, parent, and community member.
We commit to use our role as school board directors to recognize, respond, and speak out against injustice and racial inequity in our school community.
The Resolution is signed by WASD school board president Lori Baer and board Secretary Wanda Erb. 
As noted in the June 24, 2020 meeting minutes: “Dr. Bowers will send a copy of the approved Anti-Racist School Climate Resolution to PSBA.”
Further reporting on Jennifer lake and the entire distraction campaign known as the “WASD Anti-Racism Board Resolution” is listed below.

The anatomy of the WASD Anti-Racism Board Resolution – Part I

The anatomy of the WASD Anti-Racism Board Resolution – Part II

The anatomy of the WASD Anti-Racism Board Resolution – Part III

The anatomy of the WASD Anti-Racism Board Resolution – Part IV

The anatomy of the WASD Anti-Racism Board Resolution – Part V

 

With the WASD Anti-Racism Board Resolution as the backdrop; why would Jennifer Lake have failings as listed below?

  • Failing to second a motion to explore the WASD handing of the 2018 “criminal sexual misconduct” against  JOHN DOE #1 (who is black)
  • Dear God in Heaven John Doe #1 is black and his attackers are white
  • Failing to support former WAHS head football coach Chuck Crews (who is black) in a racially charged incident with an opposing team
  • Failing to provide support to WASD school board member Star Poole (who is black)
  • OP-ED: If racism has no home here; why did Barbara Reeves (who is black) sit alone at the WASD school board meeting?

With accomplishments like this; is it any wonder the community defines Jennifer Lake as having “the quality of being worthless or futile?”

 

Undeterred by failing upward, Jennifer Lake believes she has the credentials and lived experience to continue to “serve the community” by approaching leadership at Lycoming Children and Youth to serve on the Human Services Advisory Board.

The following is the chronological outline of the interaction of Jennifer Lake with Lycoming County Children and Youth leadership in 2021. Calls to Matt Salvatori, CYS Administrator have not been returned at this writing.

 

From the January 13, 2021 Human Services Advisory Board Meeting MinutesCALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Human Services Advisory Board was Called To Order at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Sharwell Building in Williamsport.

Members: William Weber; David Wright; Carol Sides; Pete Smeltz; Marwin Reeves, Jr.; Commissioner Richard Mirabito; Ben Green; Emily Powell Hodges; Carla Mitcheltree; Virginia Counsil; and Commissioner Jeffrey Snyder. 

Staff: Keith Wagner – Executive Director/MH-ID Administrator; Mark Egly – CYS Administrator; Kathy Lynn – Deputy ID Administrator; Jacque Miller – HealthChoices Director; and Cathy Bennett – Administrative Assistant. 

 

ELECTION OF HSAB OFFICERS:

Mr. Wagner noted that the Election of Officers for the calendar year is to occur at the January meeting and that the current Slate of Officers had been contacted and agreed to continue serving in their roles if nominated and approved.   David Wright made a Motion and Carla Mitcheltree Seconded that:

“William Weber be reappointed as the Chairman of the Human Services Advisory Board

for calendar year 2021.”

 

February 15, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: WAHS student criminally charged by South Carolina authorities in 2018 baseball team incident

 

Feb 28, 2021 – OP-ED: Long past time for Dr. Bowers to resign as WASD Superintendent

 

April 4, 2021 Human Services Advisory Board Meeting canceled.

 

From the July 21, 2021, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES:
SHARWELL BUILDING,  ATTENDANCE:Commissioner Richard Mirabito, President; Commissioner Jeffrey Snyder, Vice President; Commissioner Scott Metzger, Treasurer and Commissioner Tony Mussare were in attendance. Staff: Keith Wagner – Executive Director/MH-ID Administrator; Matt Salvatori – CYS Administrator; Jim Hicklin – County Mental Health Director; Rae Weber – CSI Mental Health Manager; Kelly Gordon – CASSP Coordinator; Cathy Bennett – Administrative Assistant; and Charles Greevy III, Esq. – Joinder Solicitor.
HUMAN SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD (HSAB) APPOINTMENT:
Mr. Salvatori noted that Jennifer Lake, Executive Director from DWELL Orphan Care,
has expressed an interest in becoming a member of the
Human Services Advisory Board’s Children and Youth Sub-Committee. 
He added that her background in the field of adoption and foster care
makes her an excellent candidate for the HSAB.
Commissioner Metzger Moved and Commissioner Mussare Seconded a Motion to: “Appoint Jennifer Lake to the Human Services Advisory Board (Children and Youth Sub-Committee) for a three year term ending 6/30/24.”
The Motion passed unanimously.
From the August 11, 2021 Human Services Advisory Board Meeting Minutes:

Members: William Weber; Jennifer Lake, Linda Tokay, Carol Sides; Pete Smeltz; Commissioner Richard Mirabito; Emily Powell Hodges; Commissioner Jeffrey Snyder and Virginia Counsil. 

Staff: Keith Wagner – Executive Director/MH-ID Administrator; Matt Salvatori – CYS Administrator; Mark Longenberger – CYS Support Services Director, Matt Wood – CYS Clinical Director, David Goodwin – Chief Probation Officer and Cathy Bennett – Administrative Assistant. 

Mr. Wagner also introduced and welcomed Jennifer Lake as a new member to the Advisory Board. He noted that Ms. Lake was the Executive Director of Dwell Orphan Care and has been appointed to the CYS Sub-Committee.

September 28, 2021BREAKING NEWS: Detective Weber retires on 40th anniversary in law enforcement
October 3, 2021Unredacted OAG search Warrants first obtained by TalkWilliamsport.com, now available online
From the Lycoming County Children and Youth Standing Committee October 20, 2021 Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Richard Mirabito, Commissioner Scott Metzger and Commissioner Tony Mussare we in attendance.
Staff: Keith Wagner – Executive Director/MH-ID Administrator; Cathy Bennett – Administrative Assistant and Charles Greevy, III – Joinder Solicitor. 
Mr. Salvatori presented four renewal Agreements for approval:
Dwell Orphan Care for trust based relational intervention trauma informed care and care communities which are programs that support foster care and newly adoptive parents;
“Approve the following Purchase of Service Agreements with the Lycoming County Commissioners on behalf of Lycoming County Children and Youth Services for child welfare services for the period 7/1/21 – 6/30/22:
Dwell Lycoming County, d/b/a/ Dwell Orphan Care for
trust based relational intervention trauma informed care in the amount of $20,000
and care communities in the amount of $40,000;
The Motion passed unanimously.
From the November 10, 2021 Human Services Advisory Board Meeting Minutes: CALL TO ORDER:

Members:  Jennifer Lake, Carol Sides; Pete Smeltz; Commissioner Richard Mirabito; Emily Powell Hodges; Virginia Counsil and Jere Hoy. 

Staff: Keith Wagner – Executive Director/MH-ID Administrator; Matt Salvatori – CYS Administrator; Kathy Lynn – Deputy ID Administrator and Cathy Bennett – Administrative Assistant. 

Mr. Wagner noted that William Weber, Chairman, has resigned from his position on the HSAB.
He noted that he did contact Carla Mitcheltree, Vice Chairman, to update her with his information and she is presently not interested in moving into the Chairman’s role. He wished to remind the Board the Election of Officers is scheduled to occur at the January 2022 meeting and anyone interested in running for an officer position or to nominate a fellow officer can contact the Administrative Office.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Human Services Advisory Board meeting was scheduled for January 12, 2022.
January 17, 2022OP-ED: Adoptive Families are not the main beneficiaries from Dwell Orphan Care, Jennifer Lake is
EDITOR’S NOTE: Does Jennifer Lake have a conflict of interest serving on the sub-committee of an organization providing funding to a non-profit she is the Executive Director of; while taking a salary equivalent to 144% of the funds being given away?

Jennifer Lake served on the same board as now retired Lycoming Detective Willie Weber who ran the “investigation” into the 2018 WAHS baseball/Myrtle Beach “criminal sexual misconduct” case (as noted above) along side Williamsport High School Head Principal Brandon Pardoe.

Weber as noted above, retired last year.

Pardoe remains employed by as Williamsport High School Head Principal.

 

IMAGES: Weber (left), Pardoe (right)

 

“Multiple Resignations by Jennifer Lake accepted by local boards” – is forthcoming.

“The defunding of Dwell Orphan Care” – is forthcoming.

 

Previous installments of this series:

OP-ED: Adoptive Families are not the main beneficiaries from Dwell Orphan Care, Jennifer Lake is

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART V

ENDGAME

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART IV

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART III

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART II

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone

EXCLUSIVE: Attorney Greg Stapp alleges WASD School Board violated the Sunshine Act and their own Policy in recent meeting

TalkWilliamsport.com has obtained an email that was sent this morning to Williamsport Area School District Solicitor Fred Holland regarding the Williamsport Area School Board Meeting tonight.

The e-mail in its entirety is provided below.

From: Gregory StappSent: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 11:17 AMTo: Fred Holland <fholland@REDACTED BY EDITOR>Cc: ‘Michele Hazel’ <REDACTED BY EDITOR@gmail.com>Subject: Williamsport Area School Board Meeting tonightImportance: High

Dear Fred,

I have been asked by Michele Hazel to reach out to you regarding the Williamsport School Board’s recent meeting in which they tried to appoint a member of the community to the School Board without having the appointment or a discussion of the vacancy on the agenda.  It is my understanding that Williamsport Area School District has a Board Policy on how to fill vacancies on the Board.  It would appear that the Board violated the Sunshine Act and their own Policy at their recent meeting.  In light of Star Poole’s due process hearing, which took several meetings, it appears that the Board is trying to fill her vacancy in one meeting.

The purpose of this email is to request that the Williamsport School Board immediately open the board position for applications and allow individuals, like Michele, to apply for the School Board along with any other qualified candidates over the next ten days, or until January 28th.  It is my further understanding that there will be a school board meeting on February 1, 2022, at which time the applicant’s names could be placed on the agenda and discussed at the meeting in accordance with Board Policy and the Sunshine Act.  This would afford applicants, like Mrs. Hazel, an opportunity to address the board and the number of write-in votes that she received in the last election in an effort to fulfill the School Code which provides a model of government that resembles our representative republic.

Please review this email with your client and advise me of their position on this matter at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,Greg Stapp

Gregory A. Stapp, Esquire 

 

EXCLUSIVE: Star Poole voted off WASD school board 7-1 on January 4, 2022.

 

On the Williamsport Area School Board meeting agenda tonight listed under 4.1 BOARD PRESIDENT’S REPORT –Ms. Lori A. Baer:

A. Consider ratifying the appointment of Scott R. Williams to the Board seat formerly held by Star Poole which was declared vacant at the meeting that occurred on January 4, 2022.

 

Another agenda item under consideration for tonight:

5.4 Consider acknowledging the move of Fred A. Holland, district solicitor, from Murphy, Butterfield & Holland, P.C. to McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall, effective February 14, 2022.

At this writing, WASD Solicitor and the Williamsport Area School District have not yet responded to the e-mail.

 

This is an exclusive developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

OP-ED: Adoptive Families are not the main beneficiaries from Dwell Orphan Care, Jennifer Lake is

Images: Carol Fausnaught, Board Chair of Dwell Orphan Care (top left)

Jennifer Lake, Executive Director of Dwell Orphan Care (middle)

Fred Holland, WASD Solicitor (top right), Dwell Orphan Care Logo (bottom left)

WASD Logo (bottom right)

DWELL ORPHAN CARE PROVIDED THE PROOF IN THEIR TAX RETURNS

AND ON THEIR WEBSITE

The following is an opinion editorial authored by Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com, news@talkwilliamsport.com.

Adoptive Families are not the main beneficiaries from Dwell Orphan Care, Jennifer Lake is.

So on this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 17, 2022 it seems appropriate to revisit the words of the late civil rights leader.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight
of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

 

Let us now explore the “unarmed truth” Dr. King outlined as it relates to WASD school board member Jennifer Lake and Executive Director of Dwell Orphan Care.

Based upon the publicly filed and posted Dwell Orphan Care Internal Revenue Service tax returns; the “unarmed truth” is – Jennifer Lake as Executive Director received a salary of $37,095 in 2020.

The “unarmed truth” is that salary is 25.26% of the 2020 total revenue $146,874 generated by Dwell Orphan Care.

The “unarmed truth” is that salary is 49.71% of the 2020 Total expenses $74,621 of Dwell Orphan Care.

The “unarmed truth” is the $37,095 salary is 144% of the 2020 total of $25,719

Dwell Orphan Care claims it provided

to help support Foster and Adoptive Families in the Greater Lycoming County Area.

 

The “unarmed truth” is the $37,095 salary is 144% of the 2020 total of $25,719 Dwell Orphan Care claims it provided to help support Foster and Adoptive Families in the Greater Lycoming County Area; fundamentally contradicts the

“Dwell Orphan Care

CORE VALUE of GENEROSITY

We share resources.

(2 Corinthians 9:6)

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: So it takes an annual salary 144% greater than the amount given away from funds raised; while keeping monetary support in the bank?

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Dwell Orphan Care Board of Directors “meeting minutes” are not publicly posted and are being requested through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request?

 

Dwell Orphan Care has a stated goal to fund $20,000 annually for “waiting families”.

“Dwell offers Adoption Assistance Grants to qualified waiting families. 

It is our goal to award four families per year a grant in the amount of $5000.

This is always contingent on available funding.”

 

The “unarmed truth” is the 2020, $37,095 salary on an annualized basis received by Jennifer Lake is more than double that of 2019 when she received a salary of $1,500 per month, for 5 months for a total of $7,500.

From the 2020 Dwell Orphan Care IRS Tax Return:

DWELL HAS HELPED TO SUPPORT FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE FAMILIES

IN THE GREATER LYCOMING COUNTY AREA IN 2019.

WE SUPPORT THEM WITH GUIDANCE, RESOURCES AND MONETARY SUPPORT.

In 2020, reflected on line 28 is a total of $25,719

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Was “IN 2019” a typo on behalf of Dwell Orphan Care in their 2020 IRS tax return filing?

 

The 2020 Dwell Orphan Care IRS Tax Return continues:

2020 Total assets Line L: 159,408

2020 Contributions Line 1: 77,599

2020 Net Income or (loss) from gaming and fundraising events Line 6d: 68,546

2020 Total revenue: 146,874

2020 Total expenses: 74,621

2020 Net assets or fund balances at beginning of year: 71,518

2020 Net assets or fund balances at end of year: 146,271

Carol Fausnaught, Board Chair of Dwell Orphan Care signed the 2020 tax return on 9-30-21.

Carol Fausnaught, Board Chair of Dwell Orphan Care signed the 2020 tax return cover page on 10-4-21.

 

Stephanie Budman, CPA signed the 2020 tax return 10-4-21

PART II Section A. Public Support

(d) 2019 $59,373

(e) 2020 $77,599

(f) Total $136,972

Line 5 The portion of total contributions by each person (other than a governmental unit or publicly supported organization) included on line 1 that exceeds 2% of the amount shown on line 11, column (f) $15,022

Section C. Computation of Public Support Percentage – $121,950

Line 14 89.03%

 

Dwell Orphan Care began 2020 with (Net assets or fund balances at beginning of year) of $71,518.

Dwell Orphan Care obtained a Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) Loan from the Small Business Administration.

From the 2020 Dwell Orphan Care IRS Tax Return:

SCHEDULE O

FORM 990EZ LINE ON 20 PG 1 INCLUDES $2500 IN PAYROLL PROTECTION LOAN FUNDS PAID FROM SBA TO DWELL ORPHAN CARE DURING THE PANDEMIC IN 2020. THE FUNDS WERE USED FOR PAYROLL EXPENSES AND THEN WE APPLIED FOR FORGIVENESS OF THE LOAN THROUGH WOODLANDS BANK AND WERE GRANTED 100% FORGIVENESS FOR THE $2500 LOAN. IT SHOWS UP ON LINE 20 PG 1 ON FORM 990EZ  AS AN ADJUSTMENT TO OUR NET FUND BALANCE AT 12/31/2020.

 

In reviewing the 2019 Dwell Orphan Care IRS Tax Return:

Jennifer Lake as Dwell Orphan Care;  Executive Director received a salary of 7,500 in 2019 (as noted above).

 

DWELL HAS HELPED TO SUPPORT FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE FAMILIES

IN THE GREATER LYCOMING COUNTY AREA IN 2019.

WE SUPPORT THEM WITH GUIDANCE, RESOURCES AND MONETARY SUPPORT.

In 2019, reflected on FORM 990EZ, PART III – Statement of Program Service Accomplishments

Line 29a is a total of $20,807

 

The “unarmed truth” is – Jennifer Lake as Executive Director received a salary of $7,500 in 2019.

The “unarmed truth” is that salary is 7.14% of the 2019 total revenue of $104,981 generated by Dwell Orphan Care.

The “unarmed truth” is that salary is 22.41% of the 2019 Total expenses of $33,463 of Dwell Orphan Care.

The “unarmed truth” is the $7,500 salary is 36% of the 2019 total of $20,807

Dwell Orphan Care claims it provided

to help support Foster and Adoptive Families in the Greater Lycoming County Area.

 

2019 Total assets Line L: 113,824

2019 Contributions Line 1: 59,373

2019 Net Income or (loss) from gaming and fundraising events Line 6d: 44,116

2019 Total revenue: 104,981

2019 Total expenses: 33,463

2019 Net assets or fund balances at beginning of year (Line 27): 0

2019 Net assets or fund balances at end of year: 71,518

Jennifer Lake signed the 2019 tax return on 7-1-20

 

PART II Section A. Public Support

(e) 2019 59,373

(f) Total 59,373

Line 5 The portion of total contributions by each person (other than a governmental unit or publicly supported organization) included on line 1 that exceeds 2% of the amount shown on line 11, column (f) (Blank total)

Section C. Computation of Public Support Percentage

Line 14 (Blank total)

 

From OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART V

DWELL ORPHAN CARE FOUNDING DOCUMENTS

On November 26, 2018, Dwell Orphan Care filed with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations Articles of Incorporation – Nonprofit.

The incorporators were Jennifer Lake and Heidi Mnkandhla.

Articles of Incorporation – Nonprofit were signed by Lake and Mnkandhla on November 14, 2018.

The Articles of Incorporation were filed by attorney Fred Holland.

The same Fred Holland who is the solicitor for the Williamsport Area School District.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: WASD Solicitor Fred Holland is leaving Murphy, Butterfield & Holland, P.C. and joining McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall in February 2022.

 

With the increase in support Dwell Orphan Care is now seeking a Marketing and Development Coordinator. An online public posting lists the following:

“Dwell Orphan Care is seeking a dynamic, motivated, and organized creative professional with a heart for the cause. Local candidates will be considered. This role will require in-office work, but also provides the flexibility for remote hours.

The Marketing and Development Coordinator will be responsible for Dwell’s presence amongst our champions – the communications we share, the daily function of our organization, the events we hold, and the relationships we build.

Please send cover letter along with your resume by January 3rd, 2022.”

Responsibilities include the following (and may evolve depending on your talents):

Marketing and Design

  • Oversee and further develop Dwell’s brand consistency and messaging.
  • Develop campaign concepts including messaging, graphics, and communication schedules as they relate to fundraising, awareness, and advocacy events.
  • Write and design print materials for events, campaigns, and new initiatives.
  • Provide support for graphic and content needs in collaboration with staff members as they apply to various initiatives.
  • Develop content and strategies to keep dwellorphancare.org up-to-date, relevant, and informative with a special focus on content findability and SEO.
  • Curate content, write, layout, and send e-newsletters.
  • Manage Facebook and Instagram social profiles.
  • Update and maintain dwellorphancare.org.

Development

  • Assist in relationship development efforts, working closely with the Executive Director to identify, cultivate, solicit, and report on fund stewardship.
  • Write grants and manage the application process.
  • Provide regular reports to the Executive Director and Board regarding campaign status and fundraising goals.
  • Assist in overseeing Bloomerang, Dwell’s donor management system, including forms integration, transaction tracking, donor profiles and touchpoints, and general administrative back-end support for the system.

Organizational Management

  • Own the organization’s administrative google account, managing team member access, drive storage, permissions, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ministry-minded with a heart for foster and adoptive families and the children they love.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Design, Business Administration, or related is preferred
  • Two years of marketing experience
  • Proficiency with Google Suite, Canva, and SquareSpace CMS
  • Familiarity with Bloomerang is a plus.
  • Must possess exceptional attention to detail, organizational, decision-making, and problem-solving skills, and the ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Flexible work style to accommodate changing priorities with ability to meet deadlines is essential
  • Must exhibit business etiquette and work well in a team environment
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are required

Compensation:

Dwell offers compensation commensurate with experience and competitive with other area nonprofits.

Please send cover letter and resume by January 3rd, 2022

Dwell Orphan Care is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that works to support foster and adoptive families in our local community. We provide post-placement support through care packages, the Hope Chest Foster Closet, support groups, trauma-informed training, and one-on-one coaching. Learn more about our mission at www.dwellorphancare.org.

Job Type: Full-time

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Williamsport, PA 17701: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Application Question(s):

  • Please describe your involvement with and/or knowledge of foster care and/or adoption. What calls you to this cause?

Experience:

  • Marketing: 2 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: With all of these tasks being handled by the Marketing and Development Coordinator; what will Jennifer Lake be doing for the stated 2020 salary of $37,095 – being 144% of the 2020 total of $25,719 Dwell Orphan Care claims it provided to help support Foster and Adoptive Families in the Greater Lycoming County Area?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Was Star Poole, now former WASD school board member who is seeking employment, offered the  the Marketing and Development Coordinator job by fellow WASD school board member Jennifer Lake?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Is the “unarmed truth”: as the public discussion to remove Star Poole, from the WASD school board was ongoing; why did fellow WASD school board member Jennifer Lake remain silent?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Is the “unarmed truth”: when fellow WASD school board member Adam Welteroth brought forth a motion to discuss the WASD handling of the 2018 Williamsport High School baseball/Myrtle Beach “criminal sexual misconduct incident”; why did Jennifer Lake remain as silent as she did when Star Poole was being removed from the WASD school board.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Is the “unarmed truth”;

Jennifer Lake only raises her voice to deal with “systemic racism”

when it benefits her politically?

 

OP-ED: The Vanity of Jennifer Lake is her Undoing – is forthcoming.

 

Previous installments of this series:

OP-ED: Adoptive Families are not the main beneficiaries from Dwell Orphan Care, Jennifer Lake is

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART V

ENDGAME

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART IV

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART III

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART II

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone

 

Congressman Keller reacts to SCOTUS halting Biden’s vaccine mandate on businesses

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision halting Biden’s vaccine mandate on businesses with more than 100 employees:

“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to stop President Biden from implementing his authoritarian vaccine mandate on American workers. This is the outcome we expected—with the Court asserting that President Biden lacks the constitutional authority to unilaterally dictate federal law.

While the case now returns to the lower courts, I will continue my efforts to permanently eliminate this unconstitutional mandate under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Our CRA resolution has the unanimous support of the entire House Republican Conference, and our team has held productive conversations with House Democrats who recognize how disastrous President Biden’s mandate would be if enacted.

I am hopeful that this ruling will inspire more House Democrats to join us to force a vote on the Floor and eliminate this egregious mandate once and for all.”

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Star Poole voted off WASD school board 7-1

Ms. Star Poole, former WASD school board member (left)

Millionaire Way T-Shirt (right)

By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

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On Tuesday evening the Williamsport Area School District School Board held their first meeting of 2022. Prior to the regularly scheduled meeting a “due process hearing” was held in “executive session” or “in private”; according to the publicly posted meeting agenda “for Star Poole.”

The agenda makes no mention of the purpose of the “due process hearing”.

That information was noted in the Board Agenda from December 7, 2021.

4.1 BOARD PRESIDENT’S REPORT –

A. Consider whether to set a date for a due process hearing to remove Star Poole

from her position as a Board member.

 

Previously when given the opportunity to second a motion to begin a discussion on a third party investigation into the WASD handling of the 2018 WAHS baseball/Myrtle Beach case; Poole sat silent.

A black WAHS baseball player was “criminally sexually assaulted” by a white teammate on the trip.

The white teammate was criminally charged in South Carolina last year.

 

Prior to the vote being taken, WASD school board member, Mrs. Cody Derr stated “She (Star Poole) has missed 13 meetings since I got here last year. That’s half the meetings.”

Mr. Jamie Sanders, added there were at least three occasions where; “She (Star Poole) missed 3 consecutive meetings with no communication with the board.”

After multiple board members spoke in the public portion of the meeting a vote was taken to remove Star Poole from her position as a Board member.

The vote to remove Poole was nearly unanimous with the exception of Mrs. Barbara Reeves, Vice President who voted against removing her.

Those WASD school board members who voted to remove Poole were; Ms. Lori Baer, President, Mrs. Cody Derr, Mrs. Michelle Deavor, Mr. Patrick Dixon, Mrs. Jennifer Lake, Mr. Jamie Sanders and Mr. Adam Welteroth.

Ms. Star Poole, by state law was not permitted to cast a vote.

Once voted off the board, Ms. Lori Baer, President, asked WASD Solicitor if indeed Ms. Poole needed to leave since she was no longer a member of the board?

Holland concurred and Baer then asked Poole to leave the stage.

At which time Poole exited stage left.

At this writing Star Poole is still listed as a “Board Member” on the WASD website. Under drop down links both “Education” and “Positions” remain blank.

 

In a break from previous precedent, due process for the tax paying public and board policy; Ms. Lori Baer, President, undertook an effort to name Scott Williams who garnered the sixth highest vote tally in the November 2021 election.

Mr. Jamie Sanders made a motion which was seconded to contact Williams to see his interest level to fill the now vacated seat left by Star Poole.

Another example of the “The Millionaire Way”?

TalkWilliamsport.com had already done deep dive research on each WASD school board candidate on the ballot and publicly announced write-in candidates prior to the November 2021 election and those findings are set to be released over the next few weeks.

Some of the findings have previously been reported on and can be found here.

Currently, Lycoming County District Attorney, Ryan Gardner has a petition and complaint signed by at least 10-voters in the WASD to hold the entire board accountable for “malfeasance in office” and “dereliction of duty.”

According to public comments made Tuesday evening and memorialized on video by TalkWilliamsport.com both Mrs. Barbara Reeves, Vice President and Mr. Jamie Sanders ; they acknowledged “the board was complicit in allowing the (Poole) situation (repeated absences with no repercussions).”

When reached this evening, Lycoming County District Attorney, Ryan Gardner declined comment for this story.

Star Poole still faces a myriad issues related to open warrants with multiple local Lycoming County Courts as first reported by TalkWilliamsport.com.

This is an exclusive and developing story as first reported on TalkWilliamsport.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Lycoming County Controller Files Case to Compel Commissioners to Comply with PA Law

Photo from April 13, 2021: Lycoming Commissioners Rick Mirabito, Scott Metzger, Tony Mussare, Administrative Manager Lycoming County Commissioners, Eileen Ebner and Lycoming County Controller, Krista Rogers.

Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

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On Friday afternoon Krista Rogers, Lycoming County Controller through her legal counsel filed a lawsuit against the Lycoming County Commissioners in order to return function and authority of County fiscal operations to her office.

The following is the press release from Krista Rogers, Lycoming County Controller outlining the case.

“In April 2021, the Lycoming County Commissioners illegally transferred four positions out of the Controller’s office moving them into their office of Budget and Finance.

In doing so, the Commissioners unilaterally transferred the duties of the County Controller enumerated in Pennsylvania law to their own office of Budget and Finance eliminating Lycoming County taxpayers independent fiscal oversight of their spending by the elected Controller.

Adding further insult to the taxpayers, the Commissioners filed a lawsuit and an emergency injunction, and contempt charges, against the Controller for refusing to honor the Commissioners unlawful transactions.

The case was assigned to Sr. Judge Leete and after several evidentiary hearings, and briefs of law filed on both sides, the judge ruled against the Commissioners on all counts.

The Commissioners legal interpretation of Pennsylvania law is an absolute overreach for power, without merit. Lycoming County taxpayers are left with no checks and balances allowing the Commissioners to create a financial system ripe for fraud, theft, and misuse of county tax dollars.

Despite losing in Court, the Commissioners have yet to return payroll, accounts payable and reporting positions to the Controller’s office –WHERETHEY BELONG.

“After repeated attempts made by me and by my attorneys, and after exhausting all my administrative remedies, I have no choice but to file this lawsuit to return the positions and duties to my office”, Rogers said.

Without these critical positions, the Controller is unable to fully perform the fiscal oversight role required of a County Controller i.e., to review, scrutinize, approve, and report on County spending and fiscal transactions on behalf of County taxpayers.

Rogers said, “as of today the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) report, a major state financial reporting requirement, has not been filed for 2020 (original due date 7/1/2021), major mistakes have been made on accounts payable and payroll and most financial transactions are being processed unlawfully, and with without my approval”.

The Commissioners actions illegally eliminate a critical separation of county powers that the Pennsylvania legislature wrote into the law outlining the authority and responsibilities of Pennsylvania County Controllers. This separation of powers was put in place to protect the taxpayers of this county.

“I cannot stand by and allow the Commissioners to eliminate checks and balances –fiscal oversight -in Lycoming County government. I am doing everything I can to restore Lycoming County fiscal independent oversight according to Pennsylvania law.” Krista Rogers, Lycoming County Controller stated.Krista Rogers, Controller”

The case as it was filed this afternoon with the Lycoming County Prothonotary is provided in its entirety here 12-10-2021 court filing.

At this writing, there is an opening for an accountant (open since July 2021) and a financial technician (open since early April 2021), both positions are in the Office of Budget and Finance.

This is an exclusive, developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

Star Poole, WASD school board member fails to appear in court again – 5 new Warrants Issued

Photos: Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Aaron Biichle (left) Star Daisha Keisha Estelle Poole (right)

By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

News@TalkWilliamsport.com

Star Poole, WASD school board member, failed to appear in court for the second consecutive day.

Earlier today, she was scheduled to appear in front of Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Aaron Biichle at 2 p.m. to set-up a payment plan on outstanding fines and costs in previously filed traffic cases she pled guilty in.

Poole had been properly served and provided her due process rights for a hearing to set-up a payment plan on the outstanding fines and costs on multiple warrants previously issued as noted.

By failing to appear, five additional “failure to appear” warrants are being issued by Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Aaron Biichle.

These new warrants are in addition to the five “failure to appear” warrants being filed by Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Gary Whiteman who Poole failed to appear before yesterday.

According to PA State Law; the warrants could carry some type of jail time with them.

Last night, Poole showed up 20 minutes late as an existing board member to the Williamsport Area School District school board meeting which she serves as a board member.

Poole is slated for a “due process” hearing dealing with her potential removal as a board member on Williamsport Area School District school board on January 4, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Full disclosure: 

Star Poole was a WASD school board member when the WASD school tax office attempted to have this author criminally charged on the basis of failing to pay WASD school taxes.

On reason and belief; it was the first criminal case of unpaid school taxes brought against a business or individual in the history of the WASD.

The case was subsequently withdrawn by the WASD school tax office. WASD Solicitor Fred Holland represented the WASD school tax office in the case.

This is an exclusive and developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

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New Warrants Issued for Star Poole, WASD school board member for failing to appear in court

Photos: Star Daisha Keisha Estelle Poole (left) Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Gary Whiteman (right)

By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

News@TalkWilliamsport.com

Star Poole, WASD school board member, failed to appear in court this afternoon in front of Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Gary Whiteman.

Poole was properly served and provided her due process rights for a hearing to set-up a payment plan on the outstanding fines and costs on multiple warrants previously issued due to unpaid court costs and fines related to multiple traffic citations from cases in June 2021.

By failing to appear, five additional “failure to appear” warrants are being issued by Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Gary Whiteman which according to PA State Law; could carry some type of jail time with them.

Additional warrants have been served upon Star Poole and she also has a court appearance scheduled in front of Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Aaron Biichle tomorrow at 2 p.m. to also set-up a payment plan on the outstanding fines and costs in a separate case.

Within the hour of publication of this story; Poole is scheduled to be sworn in as an existing board member during the Williamsport Area School District school board meeting.

It is unknown at this writing if the new warrants have been issued or if they could be served upon Star Poole at the WASD school board meeting tonight by a local Constable.

As exclusively reported by TalkWilliamsport.com earlier today; Poole is already on the WASD school board agenda tonight with an item “to discuss setting a date for a “due process” hearing since she is facing removal.”

If Poole fails to show up to WASD school board meeting tonight, the vote to remove her could occur in her absence.

The legal analysis provided by the Scaringi Law Firm for such a vote can be found here.

Full disclosure: 

Star Poole was a WASD school board member when the WASD school tax office attempted to have this author criminally charged on the basis of failing to pay WASD school taxes.

On reason and belief; it was the first criminal case of unpaid school taxes brought against a business or individual in the history of the WASD.

The case was subsequently withdrawn by the WASD school tax office. WASD Solicitor Fred Holland represented the WASD school tax office in the case.

This is an exclusive and developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

Star Poole, WASD school board member set for court appearances on warrants

Photos: Star Daisha Keisha Estelle Poole (right) Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner (left)

By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

News@TalkWilliamsport.com

Later today and tomorrow Star Poole, WASD school board member is set for court appearances on warrants issued resulting in her failure to pay court costs and fines.

Tonight, she is set to be sworn in as a WASD school board member to serve another year of her expiring term.

On the WASD school board agenda tonight is an item to discuss setting a date for a “due process” hearing since she is facing removal.

On background and legal analysis provided by Scaringi Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:

Issue 1:

Is a school board member owed a “due process” hearing when facing removal by the Board for failing to attend two consecutive Board meetings?

Proposed Answer: Yes

Rule: Yes. The PA School Code does not provide the right to a due process hearing.

However, case law does. Keating v. Jordan , 181 Pa. 168, 37 A. 199 (1897).

Case facts: A current school board member is often absent from meetings. During open session of a recent meeting, the Solicitor interjected and noted that a due process hearing was likely the proper procedure moving forward.

Applicable law: 24 P.S. §3-319: If any person having qualified as school director…shall neglect or refuse to attend two successive regular meetings of the school board…, unless detained by sickness, or prevented by necessary absence from the district…, the remaining members of the board may declare his office as director vacant. His office shall be filled from the qualified electors of the district. (emphasis added).

This statute provides a course of action for board members to remove other members. If any member fails to attend two successive regular meetings, the Board may remove that Director.

This language is repeated in the School Board Policy Manual for the Williamsport Area School District.

“Book, Policy Manual, Section 000 Local Board Procedures, Title: Membership, Code 004, Status: Active
Adopted: October 1, 2002 and Last Revised: December 2, 2014.

Removal

Whenever a Board member is no longer a resident of Williamsport Area School District, his/her membership on the Board shall cease.[15][21]

The removal of a Board member who resigns shall become effective upon the presentation of the resignation to the Board President and upon the date specified.

A Board member who neglects or refuses to attend two (2) successive regular meetings of the Board, unless detained by sickness or prevented by necessary absence from the district, or if in attendance at any meeting neglects or refuses to act in his/her official capacity as a school director, may be removed from his/her office on the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining members of the Board.[22][23]

If a person elected or appointed as a Board member, having been notified, shall refuse or neglect to qualify as such director, the remaining members may, within ten (10) days following the beginning of his/her term of office, declare said office vacant on the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining members of the Board.[22][23]”

Back to Scaringi Law analysis:

Under 24 P.S. §3-319, the Directors cannot declare vacant the seat of a Director who neglects to attend two successive regular meetings of the Board until after the adjournment of the second meeting. Zulich v. Bowman, 42 Pa. 83 (1862).

Furthermore, a Director can only be removed on notice to him or her, and an opportunity to show sickness or absence from the district as an excuse. Keating v. Jordan , 181 Pa. 168, 37 A. 199 (1897).

(See also Commonwealth v. Gibbons , 196 Pa. 97, 100, 46 A. 313, 314 (1900) “The act does not make absence from two regular meetings necessarily a cause for ouster, but only ‘unless detained by sickness or prevented by absence from the district.’  Conceding that the burden of showing such excuse would be upon the absent member, he would nevertheless be entitled to notice and an opportunity to be heard to present it and this could not be afforded without a subsequent meeting.”)

This requirement for notice and an opportunity to show excuse is what is referred to as “due process.”

 

STAR POOLE WARRANTS AND COURT APPEARANCES

At this writing WASD school board member Star Poole has warrants issued in multiple Lycoming County Magisterial District Courts against her. Since she has agreed to appear in court a stay has been placed on the warrants pending adjudication of the cases.

Poole plead guilty and is set to appear before Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Gary Whiteman today at 2:45 p.m. to set-up a payment plan on the outstanding fines and costs.

Another of the warrants has been served upon Star Poole and she has a court appearance scheduled in front of Lycoming County Magistrate Judge Aaron Biichle tomorrow at 2 p.m. to also set-up a payment plan on the outstanding fines and costs.

With these undisputed facts in the record; has Star Poole further disqualified herself from serving on the WASD school board based again on the School Board Policy Manual for the Williamsport Area School District?

Qualifications

Each member of the Board shall meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be of good moral character, be eighteen (18) years of age, shall have been a resident of the district for at least one (1) year prior to the date of his/her election or appointment, and shall not be a holder of any office or position as specified in Section 322 of the School Code; nor shall the individual be a member of the municipal council.[4]

 

Why did WASD Solicitor Fred Holland bring up to the WASD school board the fact board member Star Poole had missed three consecutive meetings and would be eligible for removal?

Instead, once a formal petition and complaint was filed with Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner to remove Star Poole as a WASD school board member; Holland came up with the “due process” hearing idea which does not exist in the School Board Policy Manual for the Williamsport Area School District.

By the time Holland got around to offering Poole a “due process” hearing date discussion; Poole had missed 9 out of 10 board meetings.

The WASD school board meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. where Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts will perform the oath of office ceremony for the new board members. The newly sworn in school board will then vote on officers for the next year.

 

Full disclosure: 

Star Poole was a WASD school board member when the WASD school tax office attempted to have this author criminally charged on the basis of failing to pay WASD school taxes.

On reason and belief; it was the first criminal case of unpaid school taxes brought against a business or individual in the history of the WASD.

The case was subsequently withdrawn by the WASD school tax office. WASD Solicitor Fred Holland represented the WASD school tax office in the case.

This is an exclusive and developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

Congressman Keller weighs in on ICE facility in Williamsport

Photo: Provided by Office of Congressman Keller from visit to U.S. – Mexico border in April 2021

By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

News@TalkWilliamsport.com

With the recent development of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility being built in Williamsport; citizens voiced significant concern about the potential of illegal immigrants being housed in the city.

TalkWilliamsport.com reached out to Congressman Fred Keller for comment and received the following statement from spokesman Michael Plummer.

Our office was first notified of the potential establishment of an ICE facility in Williamsport in April. We immediately reached out to the agency and were informed that it was ‘unaware of any housing facility’ at that location.”

When pressed on the issue of illegal immigrants being “detained” or “housed” in Williamsport, Plummer added:

Its reported use as an administrative (not a detention) facility is consistent with our correspondence with ICE.

Congressman Keller is committed to ensuring the safety of PA-12 residents while pursuing policies in Congress to stop the surge of illegal aliens to the southern border. We will continue to engage in constructive dialogue with ICE to ensure these twin priorities are sufficiently achieved.”

This is an exclusive developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.