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Mount Nittany Names Board Members for Child Advocacy Center

by on May 03, 2014 1:45 PM

Mount Nittany Health has named the members of the Child Advocacy Center board, which will oversee the center's operations.

The Child Advocacy Center with Mount Nittany Health, which opened in February in Bellefonte, offers a child-friendly, streamlined approach to interviewing children who have made allegations of abuse or children who have witnessed other crimes. The intent is to create an investigative system that minimizes trauma for the child.

Mount Nittany Health announced Thursday the five members of the governing board, whose responsibilities include traditional governance and fiduciary responsibilities. The members are:

Patricia Best is retired superintendent with the State College Area School District who has more than 40 years of experience in administrative leadership, education and counseling. She also serves as vice-chair of the Mount Nittany Health Board of Directors.

Steve Brown has served as president and CEO of Mount Nittany Health since 2010. He is a graduate of Thiel College and has a master's degree in healthcare administration from Penn State University. Brown has worked in healthcare administration and executive roles for more than 37 years, with 30 of those years spent in CEO positions at hospitals in Ohio, Virginia and Washington.

Herb Hand is the run game coordinator and offensive line coach for the Penn State football team. Hand has coached for 25 years, most recently at Vanderbilt University. Prior to moving to the State College area, Herb was named to the board of directors of Our Kids in Nashville, a non-profit organization of first responders in cases of child sexual abuse. He has also raised funds for the northeastern Pennsylvania Children's Advocacy Center in Scranton and the Penns Valley Youth Center in Spring Mills.

Jack Infield, a lifelong resident of Centre County, works with AmeriServ Financial and has spent 36 years in the banking industry with organizations such as PNC Bank, Sovereign Bank and Susquehanna Bank. Infield has also served in leadership roles with the United Way and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, and currently serves on various boards, including for the Centre County YMCA.

Kim Neely has been the director of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center for eight years. Neely previously worked in the division of development and alumni relations at Penn State and with the Easter Seal Society of Central Pennsylvania. Neely was also a member of the first board of directors for the Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and is a former board member for the Centre County United Way.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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