The Orange County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association was chartered in 1986 by 2 current Board Members and others who decided to break from the LA Chapter by forming a “Club” more conducive to those alumni living and working in Orange County. “Orange County alumni needed its own representation of the University with activities that met our unique style, personality, and geography,” says Founding Member and Past President, Dick Jantzer.
Since then, “Clubs” were renamed “Chapters” and ours has grown year after year, consisting of both older alumni who settled in towns like Irvine and Huntington Beach back in the 60’s and 70’s when aerospace companies like McDonnell Douglas were attracting Engineering majors to this area, as well as newly transplanted recent grads who are looking to get a fresh start on the West Coast. We also have natives of Orange County who attended Penn State and returned to their roots to re-invigorate our alumni. A new segment of our alumni in the area is comprised of Penn State World Campus students who earn their degrees online.
We’ve changed our football viewing party venues many times over the years, but one thing is consistent: On Saturdays during football season, we get nearly 100 fans to join together to root on Dear Ol’ State and partake in TV party traditions unique to our chapter. Win or lose, WE ARE! We consistently have bar tours, happy hours, networking events, themed parties and holiday gatherings, fundraisers, community outreach initiatives, and chapter-logo merchandise for sale.
Every penny we raise through hard work and generous support goes toward the Chapter’s Endowed Scholarship Program. Each year for the past 10 years, OCPSU has awarded at least $10,000 in scholarships to OC and Inland Empire students. Chapter volunteers participate in dozens of college fairs throughout the school year in O.C. and neighboring counties. Proudly, the Orange County Chapter was the first alumni chapter in the nation to reach $100k for its endowment with the university thanks to fundraising efforts and contributions from our generous members.
We encourage you to get involved with the Chapter and show your support for the Nittany Lions. We are always looking for help with social media strategies, fundraising projects, and college fairs. Come meet us. We don’t bite, WE ROAR!
Meet the Board
Our board is an eclectic group spanning every decade from the fifties to date. The combination of past experience, diversity and new energy is key for our chapter as we grow, embrace new technologies and maintain our traditions.
DICK JANTZER '63
Dick hails from Erie, PA. At Penn State he majored in Business Administration and works as a Real Estate Broker & Property Manager. He’s helped many Penn Staters in O.C. buy a house. The birth of his son in Bellefonte and his fraternity brothers are his PSU best memories. Dick joined the Board to give back to Penn State, 4 wonderful years of his life. He always tries to instill and cultivate a passion in our alumni for all things Penn State. Dick is an OCCPSAA Founding Father.
TIMOTHY DAVIS '68
Timothy, who lives in Fountain Valley, CA, graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He worked as a government civilian for the Air Force Space System Superiority Directorate on a program to perform “FAA” in space. He very much misses Creamery Ice Cream, walking the beautiful campus, and being in his hometown of Boalsburg, PA. Tim was a founding father of the OC chapter and has been a board member since. “One of my first duties was to help start our scholarship program as well as serving as secretary for several years.” What he likes most is attending TV football game parties when he’s able.
MICHELE TRASPORT '79
Michele graduated Penn State with a Marketing degree and is from Aliquippa, PA. She is employed at ADP holding various leadership positions within the Operations organization. Her best Penn State memories are the friendships that continue today. “Becoming a member of the Orange County Chapter and being part of the Board has been very rewarding! We are committed to keeping our memories at Penn State forever in our hearts while having fun and making a difference. From watching games together, participating in holiday and other events, giving back to our communities, and helping our young future Penn State students…WE ARE, PENN STATE!”
CAROL KACER '07
Carol graduated Sec. Ed with an English Communication teaching option. She is from Allentown. She is a Regional Manager for a multifamily property management company. Carol misses the seasons at Penn State, especially fall, and walking from her downtown apartment to the beautiful campus. She joined the Board to play a bigger role in PSU SoCal events and outreach. “I love that we continue to help past, present, and future Penn Staters connect for networking opportunities as well as lasting friendships. I continue to encourage involvement in chapter activities beyond the football season”.
Linda is a Varsity S Club Member and former designer of Penn State sportswear & souvenirs. Her favorite State College memories are climbing Mt. Nittany, riding her bicycle to the horse stables and enjoying live music in the pubs. Her first book, The Wild Idea Club, was published in Korean and distributed in Malaysia & India. Linda has worked on creative projects for LEGO, Duracell, PepsiCo, General Mills, GlaxoSmithKline, etc… Locally she facilitates strategic sessions for non-profit organizations. Having been a Showcase Winner on “The Price is Right” and a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal” Linda hopes to infuse energy, enthusiasm and fun into our chapter as well as a few laughs having performed at the Improv comedy club.
BOB HUNTER '58
Robert T. (Bob) Hunter graduated in 1958 from the Eberly School with a Master’s Degree in Physical Chemistry. Bob and his wife Barbara went from State College to Metuchen, New Jersey. Bob’s first job was in Jersey City in the Research and Development Laboratories of Colgate Palmolive. After 12 years (and 3 children) the Hunter family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where Bob became Director of R&D for the Amway Corporation. Amway acquired the Nutrilite Company in California and Bob was sent there to become the CEO. After a 40-year career, Bob retired in 1999. Always supporters of Penn State, Bob and Barbara began enjoying football with the OC Chapter in 2008. Bob is now the Chapter’s Treasurer.
CAMILLE MESITE '81
Camille, an Advertising major, hails from Shavertown. She misses walking around the beautiful campus, football games, late night grilled stickies at the diner and being with the friends she met her first term. Camille is the chapter’s social butterfly. She joined the Board to help our local chapter and to meet more PA/PSU people in SoCal. “I hope to make the chapter better by planning more social events for Penn Staters to get together.”
JUDY WOLFE '70
AAC/College Fair Coordinator
Judy hails from the Monongahela Valley and studied French at University Park. She is a past president having served on the Board since the early nineties. Judy is an avid card player and a travel agent specializing in river and ocean cruises and European travel. She has organized local cruises for the chapter. As an Italophile, her wish is for a future chapter trip to Italy. Along with her sister, Pat ’66, and son, David ’94, she is convincing her 3 grandsons to go to Penn State. She cherishes the friendships she has with her Gamma Phi Beta sisters. Judy is also instrumental in maintaining our Elm Level status – PSAA Chapter of Distinction.
BRIAN SNYDER '02
Brian, born and raised in Orange County, attended PSU Altoona & University Park campuses majoring in Communications. He is married to the beautiful Nichole Snyder, and is a huge fan of sports & social gatherings. His job is Plumbing Sales. What he misses most about PSU is having the time of his life. He joined the Board to meet and hang out with fellow PSU alumni and would like to see more younger alumni be actively involved. Someday he hopes the chapter will buy a round at all Football viewing parties.
DAVID WOLFE '94
An Orange County native and alumnus of Dana Hills High, David has been involved with the Chapter since graduating in 1994. Holding positions such as Vice President and Scholarship Chair in the past, David is the outgoing Chapter President (2016-2018). Over the years he has made some tremendous friends among his fellow PSUers but has only returned to his beloved alma mater once since leaving Happy Valley, in 2004. Now a Board Member once again, David focuses on Scholarship, College Fairs, and supporting football game, fundraising, and community service activities. When David is not submerged in Blue & White, he’s monkeying around with his children, playing tennis, sailing, and utilizing his English Major degree to sell transportation and logistics services.
VALERIE STOKES '09
Marketing & Website Manager
Originally a native New Yorker, Valerie made Southern California her home in 2016. Valerie joined the OC PSU Board in 2018 in an effort to expand her network, create friendships, and give back to the community. As a Board Member, she is responsible for the creation and ongoing development of the website, which stems from her background in Graphic Design & Marketing. She also oversees all of the chapter’s content creation and social media channels. When Valerie’s not participating in any PSU events, she can be found running advertising campaigns at an Ad-Tech company, at the beach with her Alaskan Klee Kai, or traveling with her husband, Nathan, who also contributes to the website!
KATIE LECOUVRE '11
Katie graduated Penn State in 2011 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is originally from California however, grew up most of her life in State College, Pennsylvania… so is a true “local” of the town. What she misses the most about living back in Pennsylvania is spending time with her two older brothers and close friends. As well as enjoying the beautiful fall weather, yummy treats of the gorgeous apple/pumpkin farms, and of course attending the tailgates and PSU FOOTBALL! She is excited to be on the board and looking forward to attending the college fairs the most to encourage students to come to PSU. We Are!!!
SANDY BENNETT '52
Sandy graduated Penn State in 1952 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He currently lives in Irvine with his lovely wife, Sally. Although retired from sales and marketing, he uses his professional skills to help fundraise for the chapter every football Saturday. He’s been on the board for many years and is our chapter’s “resident schmoozer”. Sandy stays active by playing golf and socializing.
SARAH DONALDSON '07
Sarah, from Hollidaysburg, moved to Newport Beach in 2009. She now lives and works as a Business Manager for BIC Consumer Products in Seattle. At PSU she was a member of PCT Business Fraternity and an active participant of THON. Moraling was one of her favorite memories plus countless football games (that she still attends as often as possible.) When Sarah first arrived in CA, she attended our TV parties to meet people. Those new friends quickly turned into her “PSU family”. Her desire to help with other events lead her to joining the board shortly after her first game. “Being a part of the scholarship process and recruiting at local OC high schools allowed me to give back and share stories about the school that made me who I am today.”
ANNA BRYAN '99
Anna, a native of Coudersport, graduated from Penn State with a degree in International Politics and a minor in Economics. Her career brought her to the Washington DC area where she held various roles in policy and global financial architecture before relocating to the OC with her family in 2018. Anna is passionate about politics, human rights, and climate change. She is also a yoga teacher. Anna is grateful for the lifelong friendships she made at Penn State and misses the fall leaves on the east coast but not the snow. Anna’s goals on the Board are to strengthen the chapter’s professional networking opportunities and to mentor recent graduates.
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