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On behalf of the York County SPCA, I am honored to be a partner with the Byrnes Health Education Center.  Understanding the link between how we treat animals and how we treat one another is a very important tool in teaching compassion and empathy in our society.  I value the opportunity to reach our community through our relationship with the Byrnes Center and speak about the importance of treating all living things with dignity and kindness.

Melissa Smith

Executive Director

York County SPCA

BHEC Welcomes Four New Employees

The Byrnes Health Education Center, in its 21st year of providing health education programming, continues to expand and recently welcomed four new employees.

The Byrnes Health Education Center welcomed Kristin W. Marquis as Senior Development Officer in August.  She brings  experience in development and special events, including 4 years as the Director of Development and Marketing at the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health in Washington, DC and 4 years at Loyola University in Baltimore as the Director of Special Events.  Marquis received her Bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut and is originally from Houston, Texas.

Thaddeus Painter joined the Byrnes Health Education Center as Controller in September, and comes with a strong background in the field of nonprofit administration and finances.  He most recently was the Vice President of Finance at the Children’s Home of York.  He received a degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix and went on to receive a Master’s in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College.  Painter also volunteers as the Treasurer of the Marietta Boy Scout Cub Pack 150.

Nicole Silvestri joined the Byrnes Health Education team as a Health Educator.  This is not Silvestri’s first time with the Byrnes HEC – she interned as a Health Educator in 2012.  Silvestri is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where she received a B.S. in Human Development/Family Studies.

Dominique Traina joined the Byrnes Health Education Center’s team as the eLearning Educational Consultant, focusing her efforts on LearntobeHealthy.org, the Byrnes Health Education Center’s eLearning resource.  Her background is in eLearning, education, and art.   She received her Bachelor’s degree in Art, Imaging & Digital Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, her Master of Fine Arts in New Media from the Academy of Art University and her Master in Arts Education from Argosy University.


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