PCLC Sends Off Executive Director Kathleen Bentley in Style

Dec 16, 2022

On the first Sunday of December, dignitaries joined friends and colleagues of Perry County Literacy Council’s retiring Executive Director Kathleen Bentley to celebrate her life and her astonishing 50-year career dedicated to the service of others. Hosted at The Barn at Little Buffalo, the event brought together well-wishers from throughout Perry County who swapped stories about the guest of honor and relived special memories with her.

During the celebration, Kathy received accolades acknowledging her years of serving those for whom the playing field was never level, starting with her time as a special education teacher through the work she’s done at PCLC. Under her leadership, PCLC evolved from providing only adult education programs to now offering just about any service needed by someone determined to turn their life around. The very well-deserved citations were issued from all levels of government:

  • Pennsylvania Governor’s Office
  • U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr.
  • Pennsylvania State Senators John DiSanto and Jake Corman
  • Pennsylvania State Representative Perry Stambaugh
  • Perry County Commissioners

Kathleen and Representative Perry Stambaugh

As the party wound down and guests made their way back to their cars, those who knew Kathy’s story might have been wondering if she really is ready to slow down and take it easy. After all, she tried retiring after a 35-year teaching career, but that retirement lasted all of two months. She grew restless and felt she had more to give, so she came out of retirement to take the helm of PCLC.

For the past 15 years, she has led by example, challenging her staff to always focus on the person and their goals and to find creative solutions to help them break down any barriers standing in their way. The legacy of caring and compassion she leaves will live on long after her official retirement on December 30, 2022. We’ll miss you, Kathy, and we wish you all the best!

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