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HRC Board of Directors

Back row L to R: Kathy Highhouse (Vice Chair), Ed Kasper, Tom Kulesza (Secretary), Anna VanAcker, and  Derek Bellinger.

Front row L to R: Kristin Grim (Assistant CEO), Tom Dirlam (CFO), Darlene Gylnn (CEO), John Martin, Esq. (Chairman)

Directors not pictured: Leroy (Butch) Finlon, & Jeffrey Firmstone (Treasurer)

HRC Board of Directors

The Human Resources Center's Board of Directors is comprised of a group of prominent local men and women committed to serving their community. HRC is incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated and passionate group of people to advocate for and champion our lifelong mission of serving and supporting individuals with disabilities. Each member brings unique thoughts, experiences, and resources to the table, in addition to their time and expertise. We would like to thank our board for all that they do. 

HRC Board 2021

Meet The Board

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John J. Martin Esq.

John J Martin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from East Stroudsburg University. He then received his law degree from the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University.

John has been a dedicated board member of HRC's board of directors for 20 + years. John currently sits on the board of the Human Resources Center as Chairman.

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Kathy Highhouse
Vice Chair

Kathy is a Honesdale, PA native and has devoted her life to serving the disability community. After three decades of teaching special education, Kathy spent her retirement supporting HRC as one of the first members of the Board of Directors, as well as co-founding a disability-centered summer camp called Dyberry Day Camp. Kathy not only serves to this day on HRC’s Board, but sits as Treasurer for The ARC, as well.

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Jeffrey Firmstone

Jeffrey is a lifelong Honesdale, PA resident and a pillar in the local community. After 22 years serving as Business Administrator for the local Wayne Highlands School District, Mr. Firmstone devoted his newfound free time to volunteerism. In addition to serving on HRC’s Board as Treasurer, Jeffrey has also served on a multitude of community boards; most recently operating as Director of the Wayne County Fair Planning Commission.

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Tom Kulesza
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Tom Dirlam

Tom graduated from Wilkes University with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. After working in finance for 15 years, Tom joined HRC in 1994 as the Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, he is responsible for overseeing all of HRC's fiscal operations, including five direct report staff and the maintenance operations department for HRC buildings, vehicles, and agency properties.

Tom has resided in Wayne County, PA for over 32 years, during which time he served the majority as an Elementary Counselor at the local Wayne Highlands School District. For 35+ years, Tom has been a dedicated member of HRC’s Board of Directors. Tom still made time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, for which he received the Habitat Golden Hammer Award in 2015.

See bio here

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Anna VanAcker

Anna is currently an assistant vice president and lender with Wayne Bank.  She lives in Pike County. . As an alumna of the University of Scranton, Anna discovered her passion for community service early in life. She currently sits on the board of the Wayne Pike Building Industry Association, the Pennsylvania Builders Association, and the Professional Women in Building Council. She volunteers with the Honesdale Area Jaycees and maintains a membership with several industry organizations throughout the area.

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Ed Kasper

Ed, a long-time Wayne County, PA resident, is a prominent and active member of his community. Mr. Kasper has paved the way in the banking industry, joining local Wayne Bank in 1986, then operating as Executive Vice President after a monumental promotion in 2011. Ed is a dedicated leader and continues to serve on the HRC Board of Directors in support of the disability community.

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Derek Bellinger

Derek resides in Honesdale with his wife of 27 years and their son, Brock, who is diagnosed as on the Autism Spectrum. Mr. Bellinger is a prominent community figurehead, having served on various influential boards: 2018 President of Pike County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Pike County, NEPA Alliance, Wayne Pike Adult Literacy, and Pocono Workforce Alliance. Derek also volunteers as a coach for Special Olympics Area P Basketball and Golf.

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Leroy (Butch) Finlon
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