December 18, 2014

Person of the Year: Panel of Judges

The fantastic Panel of Judges is assembled!

Middle Smithfield is proud and grateful to have a dedicated panel of independent judges and alternates working on Person of the Year. They certainly have a tough task! Look for the announcement right on the homepage of first thing tomorrow!
In the meantime, get to know our judges here or scroll down for more in-depth bio. Our judges are:

    • Academia: Dr. Kimberly S. Adams
      Dr. Kimberly S. Adams is a professor of political science and the owner of Adams Political Research & Consulting
    • Local Clergy: Pastor Donald Lynch
      Don Lynch is a pastor to a flock of over 450 members at the Faith International Church.
    • Judicial System of the District: Honorable Brian Germano
      Honorable Brian Germano is the Magisterial District Judge for Smithfield, Middle Smithfield, and Delaware Water Gap.
    • News Media: Paula Heeschen
      Paula Heeschan is the Editorial Page editor for the Pocono Record.
    • Business Leader: Peter Wulfhorst
      Peter Wulfhorst is an Economic & Community Development Extension Educator for Local Governments

Want to learn more about the first annual Person of the Year award? Head on over to now!

About the Judges

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adamsKimberly S. Adams is a professor of political science at East Stroudsburg University. Her areas of teaching include American National Government, Women and Politics, Race and Ethnicity in American Politics, Political Parties, Political Communication, the American Presidency, the Legislative Process, Senior Seminar, and Campaigns and Elections. Dr. Adams’ research explores the agenda setting behavior of non-traditional legislators (i.e. – women and African-Americans).
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wulfhorstPeter Wulfhorst has been an Extension Educator in Pike County since 1999. He provides educational programming on community and land use planning, PA local government, and Marcellus Shale. He graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University in 1981 and Masters in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University in 1986.
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Pastor Don Lynch is the founder and senior pastor of Faith International Church. He studied management at the University of Illinois and also studied at the Christian Bible center and Institute in Bloomfield, NJ. While working in Philadelphia as a financial consultant, his company sent him to Monroe County, which he found to be the ideal place to relocate his family. He worked as an associate to pastor Dennis Bloom at Shawnee Tabernacle in Tobyhanna but felt at that time it was best for him to set up his own ministry and minimize his career in financing. In 2005, Pastor Donald Lynch, together with a few families, launched Faith International Church, a ministry that has grown to cater to over 450 members.
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heeschenPaula Heeschen is the editorial page editor of the Pocono Record and its oldest living employee. She is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. and worked for a year for Sun Newspapers in Cleveland, OH. Before marrying Art Zulick and moving to the Poconos. She began working at the Pocono Record in 1980 as a reporter and took her current position in 2000.
One of her favorite activities at the Record (besides getting to read the letters to the editor before anyone else) is writing the daily stories for the annual Toys for Joy campaign at Christmastime.
Paula is the mother of three grown daughters and grandmother of two.
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germanoHonorable Brian R. Germano is a judge for the Monroe County Magisterial District in Pennsylvania. Germano has a law degree from the City University of New York Law School at Queens College, a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree in political science, history, and political philosophy from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His district encompasses Middle Smithfield Township, Smithfield Township, and Delaware Water gap Borough.[/toggle][separator]