The Nittany Valley Society’s Board of Directors is responsible for providing oversight and guidance to the president, consistent with our mission.

nvs_seal-300x300Board Schedule

  • 2017: Apr. 20, Jul. 8 (Arts Fest), Nov. 10 (Homecoming)
  • 2018: Mar. 17, Jul. 14 (Arts Fest), Oct. (Homecoming)
  • 2019: Mar. 23, Jul. 13 (Arts Fest), Oct. (Homecoming)
  • 2020: Mar. 19, Jul. 11 (Arts Fest), Oct. (Homecoming)

Conference Line: 814-230-0567

Board of Directors

Shauna Barnes (Term: 2015-present)
Originally from Pittsburgh, Shauna currently lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She works as general counsel for a craft brewery and can be reached at

Christopher A. Buchignani (President, Term: 2012-present)
Chris is a marketing consultant who lives and works in State College, PA. He serves as president of the board of directors. He can be reached at

Sean Clark (Term: 2012-present)
Sean is an organizational consultant residing in Philadelphia, PA. He has been a key leader on the issue of free speech in higher education for over a decade. He can be reached at

Dave Cole (Term: 2014-present)
Dave lives in New York City where he works as a visual producer at The Wall Street Journal. He was born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania, where his parents still reside. He can be reached at

Kevin Horne (Vice President, Term: 2013-present)
Kevin is a law student at Penn State and is Managing Editor Emeritus of Onward State. He has served as the president of the graduate student body since 2015. He can be reached at

Melissa McCleery (Term: 2015-present)
Melissa is a political finance consultant living and working in the great city of Philadelphia. A recent Penn State alum, she stays in touch with the University via football, Onward State, and frequent trips back to Happy Valley. Melissa can be reached at

Christopher G. Miller (Term: 2012-present)
Chris is a mechanical engineer who lives in Conshohocken, PA. He can be reached at

Anthony Panichelli (Term: 2015-present)
Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Anthony graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a degree in Political Science. He was formerly the Speaker of Penn State’s student government, and was a member of the Lion Ambassadors, Penn State Mock Trial, and the waitstaff of the Tavern Restaurant. Currently, he is a Foodservice Sales Representative for Hormel Foods and lives in Washington, DC. Anthony can be reached at

Tom Shakely (Chair, Term: 2012-present)
An eighth-generation Pennsylvanian from Bucks County, Tom is executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. Tom majored in Political Science at Penn State, during which time he developed a lasting affection for the beauty of the Nittany Valley and its people.

Alex Smith (Treasurer, Term: 2012-present)
Alex works as a financial analyst in Radnor, PA and lives in Philadelphia. He can be reached at

Rick Smith (Secretary, Term: 2012-present)
Rick is a logistics professional in Camp Hill, PA. He can be reached at

Former Board Members

  • Michael C. Gallo (2012-13)
  • Joseph Paul (2012-13)
  • Kristi Swartz (2013-14)
  • Jonathan Hartland (2012-14)
  • Anthony Christina (2012-15)
  • Cori Agostinelli Kalupson (2013-15)
  • Zach Zimbler (2012-16)
  • Steve Garguilo (2013-16)

Previous Board Schedules

  • 2016: March 12 (Philadelphia), July 9 (Arts Fest), October 8 (Homecoming), Dec. 3
  • 2015: March 28 (Philadelphia), July 11 (Arts Fest), October 11, Dec. 5
  • 2014: March 22 (Pittsburgh), July 12, September 7, December 6
  • 2013: March 23 (Philadelphia), July 13, September 7, December 8
  • 2012: April 14, July 14, September 1, December 2