About Us 

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC) is a non-sectarian, 503C corporation, a not-for-profit educational consortium.

Decades of experience

NEPDEC was established in 1998, and has 14 members, including healthcare organizations, schools, universities, colleges, and businesses. Membership dues are currently $3450 per year.

NEPDEC members receive approximately 10 programs a year, at an average cost of $200 each, and a day of training and/or consultation.

Our offices are located at the Advocacy Alliance in Scranton, and appointments with the director can be made by calling 570-558-3237.

Our Mission

NEPDEC’s mission is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in our region and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces.

Provide educational programming and consultation

Support members’ diversity initiatives

Organize networking and social events

Build alliances among historically isolated groups

Board Members

Board Officers

Jennifer Joyce, M.D, Vice President

Thomas Duffy, Ph.D., Secretary



Board Members – Education

Thomas Duffy, Ph.D. – Dallas School District

Amanda Caleb, Ph.D. – Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Alejandra Marroquin – Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Jennifer Joyce, M.D. – Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Jasmine Giddings – King’s College

Katherine Zielinski, Ed.D. – Luzerne County Community College

Kas Williams – Misericordia University

Dharti Ray – Penn State University

Tracy Garnick – Penn State University

Wanda Ochei – Penn State University

Matt Neid – Penn State University

Jennifer Welgosh, Ph.D. – Wilkes-Barre Area School District

Erica Acosta – Wilkes University

Tara Carey – Wyoming valley West School District

Board Members – Corporate

Carl Witkowski – Guard Insurance Group

Kerry Garrett  – Guard Insurance Group

Angela Horan – People’s Security Bank & Trust

Steve O’Brien – Procter & Gamble Paper Products Co.

Deborah Ziadie – Prudential Financial