Meet our Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Peter Becker Community is composed of ten members. According to the by-laws, Peter Becker Community shall be governed by a Board of Directors, which shall consist of no fewer than eight (8) and no more than eleven (11) members in good standing of the organization. At least two (2) members must be from congregations within the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren. Each director may serve three, three-year terms and then must go off the board for at least one year before being reconsidered for re-election to the board. Below are short biographies of the current members of the board.
John L. Frankenfield, BA
Chairman of the Board (Class of 2018):
John L. Frankenfield is a native of Harleysville, a graduate of Christopher Dock High School and Goshen College. John is the former owner and currently an Employee Benefits Advisor at Franconia Insurance & Financial Services, Telford, where the focus is group insurance programs, business and advanced life insurance. Prior to entering the insurance business, John worked as Director of Alumni Relations and Community Relations at Goshen College and as Director of Development at Penn View Christian School. He is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church where he has served as Chair of Church Council, Administrative Elder, choir member and Sunday school teacher. He has served on the Board of Directors of Peter Becker Community since 2004. He resides in Harleysville.
Jacqueline S. Howenstein, MSN, RN, CEN
Secretary of the Board (Class of 2017):
Jacki Howenstein was appointed to the board in 2011 with her term to start January 2012. She is currently the Nurse Manager of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, PA. She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences from Montgomery County Community College. Jacki is a Certified Emergency Nurse. She is married and lives in Harleysville, PA.
Thomas E. Nolan, AAS, BS, DVM
Treasurer of the Board (Class of 2017):
Thomas E. Nolan is retired from and former co-owner of Instech-Solomon Scientific of Plymouth Meeting, PA, and San Antonio, TX, which markets biotechnology to the biomedical research industry. After high school he served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He received his Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences from Delhi College and Bachelor of Science and Doctorate in Veterinarian Medicine from Cornell University. Formerly, he served as Senior Veterinarian at Merck Research Laboratories where he was employed for more than 22 years as research surgeon and primate veterinarian. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 scientific publications and lectures, is a member of numerous professional societies and has served as treasurer and president of the Association of Primate Veterinarians.
As a long-time, active member of Salford Mennonite Church, he has served on numerous committees, including Long Range Planning, Child Care and Church Council. Additional church-related activities include publishing the Mennonite Historians of Eastern PA’s newsletter, membership on the Parent’s Council of Goshen College and serving as systems manager for Salford Mennonite Church. He has served as a Director of Peter Becker Community since July 1998 (was off the board for two years and returned to the board in 2009) and as 1st Vice Chairman for two years. He is married and resides in Harleysville. His hobbies include computer technology and amateur radio. He recently established the amateur radio station K3PBC at Peter Becker Community.
Mark E. Baliles, MDiv
(Class of 2018):
Mark Baliles was appointed to the board in 2011 with his term to start January 2012. He is currently the Pastor of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren. Indian Creek Church of the Brethren is the church congregation out of which Peter Becker Community was born. Mark received his Masters in Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana and has been the pastor at Indian Creek Church of the Brethren since 1996. Mark is married and lives in Harleysville.
Donald R. Price, Esq.
Donald R. Price is Professor Emeritus at Temple University School of Law where he taught for 23 years prior to retiring in 1999. At Temple he was very active in restructuring the corporate and commercial law curriculum. Additionally, he was honored with the title, “Outstanding Teacher” an unprecedented four times. Prior to his teaching experience, he spent ten years as a practitioner and partner in a Doylestown general practice law firm following graduation from Elizabethtown College and Temple’s Law School. In addition to having served on the PBC Board of Directors for about twenty years total and as the Chairman for two years, he also serves on the Community Home Services Board. He currently resides in Doylestown and is a member of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren.
Cynthia Limbert, RN, BSN
(Class of 2019):
Cynthia Limbert serves as Director of Clinical Information Systems at Grand View Hospital where she has been employed in a variety of capacities since 1977 including significant experience in nursing management. She received her nursing diploma (R.N.) from Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing and a B.S.N. from LaSalle University. She is an active member of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren. She has served on the Board of Directors of Peter Becker Community since 2003 and as 2nd Vice Chairman for four years. She resides in Quakertown.
(Class of 2019):
Terry Page is a native of Vernfield, a graduate of Souderton High School, the College of Emporia in Kansas and Kutztown University. She recently retired from teaching digital art and photography at North Penn High School in Lansdale. Previously, she had worked in administration and activities at Peter Becker Community before accepting a teaching position in 2003. As a watercolorist and oil painter, she is eager to pursue both painting and illustration after her retirement from teaching in June 2014. She has been married for 39 years to David Page, a former teacher and administrator for the North Penn School District. Together they enjoy hiking, traveling and gardening. They have three sons, three ‘daughters’ (in-law) and six lively grandchildren. Terry is the granddaughter of Anna and Lincoln Nyce – founders of Peter Becker Community.
Rev. Ronald G. Lutz
(Class of 2019):
Ron Lutz is an ordained minister and retired pastor of the Ambler Church of the Brethren, former director of the Germantown Ministry at the Mother Church of the Brethren in Philadelphia, PA and Minister of Education at the Washington City Church of the Brethren in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Manchester (College) University and Bethany Theological Seminary. In 1984 he served as Moderator of the Atlantic Northeast District Conference. He was a board member for Prison Visitation and Support and the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance in Ambler, PA; and Assistant Treasurer for Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc. In 2003 he was recognized by the Wissahickon Faith Community Association who gave him its Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. He continues as moderator of the Germantown Church of the Brethren and a board member for the Germantown Trust. He is a member of the Ambler Church of the Brethren and resides in Ambler with his wife, Ila. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Donald P. Bryant, BS
(Class of 2019):
Don Bryant was appointed to the board in 2013 with his term beginning in 2014. Don graduated from Temple University’s Business School with a B.S. in Business Management. Don worked in the Information Technology field for more than 47 years at several companies primarily related to the manufacturing and service industries. Don and his wife, Susan are members of the Quakertown First Church of the Brethren. Since joining the Brethren denomination in 1980, Don has served as a Deacon; taught Sunday School; served as Treasurer, Moderator, Vice Chair; and is currently the Chairman of the Church Board. Don and Susan live in Colmar, Hatfield Township. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Stuart Suter, PhD, Esq.
Vice Chairman of the Board (Class of 2018)
Prior to his retirement, Stuart R. Suter served as Vice President and Patent Counsel for SmithKline Beecham Corporation (now GlaxoSmithKline Corporation) of Philadelphia where he was employed for over 27 years. He is an active member of Ambler Church of the Brethren and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Administration, a member of the Finance Committee, a member of the Personnel and Nominating Committee and as church Moderator. He also served on the Community Home Services Board. He received his B.A. from Bridgewater College; M.S. from the University of Michigan; Ph.D. from the University of Virginia; and his J.D. from Temple University. He has served on the Board of Directors of PBC for twelve years total and previously as the Chairman for five years. He resides in Ambler.
Roy Feiss, BSME
Resident Representative to the Board
(Term Expires 12/31/2017):
Roy Feiss was born in Reader, West Virginia and graduated from Reader High School. He attended college for 2 years, then completed a 4 year apprenticeship and night school at General Electric Co., Erie Pennsylvania. He served in the US Army, moved to Willow Grove, Pennsylvania for employment, attended college and received his BSME from Drexel University. He and his wife Joan were married 53 years, lived in Southampton, Pennsylvania and moved to Peter Becker Community in 2011. He has 3 children and 6 grand daughters. Roy was employed in the manufacturing industry and retired from Yarway Corporation, Blue Bell PA after 23 years as Senior Principal Product Design Engineer. During his career he was the responsible engineer in design of centrifuges, severe service valves, nuclear valves, valve actuators and special valves for Redstone Arsenal and Idaho National Laboratory. He is a member of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren.