Our Leadership

Mark Maggs — Director


Mark Maggs has been the Director of South Hills School of Business & Technology since 2007. He oversees the operations of all three South Hills locations and is the on-site director for the State College main campus.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Lock Haven University. His diverse work experience includes multiple leadership positions in various industries. He has served as Prison Mental Health Therapist, Hospital Orthopedic Rehab Specialist, Subacute Care Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Pharmaceutical and Orthopedic Device Sales, Lumber Industry Human Resources Director, and Furniture Manufacturer Director of Operations.

Mark is passionate about mentoring. He finds it very rewarding to develop our students and help other professionals throughout the community to learn, grow, and become more successful in their own careers.

Outside of work, Mark enjoys many outdoor activities and sports. He also continues his education with an interest in religious studies.

David Schaitkin — Director of Education


David Schaitkin is currently the Director of Education for South Hills School of Business & Technology. David began working at South Hills as a management and marketing instructor and then became the head of the Business Administration: Management & Marketing program position for over ten years. He was then asked to assist in opening a new campus and served as the Co-Director of the Altoona Campus while continuing to teach part-time. After that he moved into the position as the Director of Operations and supervised the operations of all campuses and learning sites. He then moved back to academics as the Director of Education and oversaw curriculum development, compliance with governmental and accrediting agencies, and the hiring, training and supervision of the faculty.

For thirteen years previous to his work in education, David owned and operated his own business. He received his Bachelors degree from Boston University and his M.B.A. from Bloomsburg University in PA. He lives in Lock Haven, PA, has been married for thirty-eight years, and has a daughter living in Pittsburgh. His hobbies include backpacking and cross-country skiing.

Susan Vidmar — Assistant Director of Education


A graduate of Penn State in Speech Communications, Susan Vidmar has been involved in education and academics at South Hills since 1990.

Susan has worked in administration at South Hills since 2011 as Assistant Director of Education and Director of Education. Previous to that, Susan was a Program Coordinator, Internship Coordinator, and Instructor in the Business Administration—Management & Marketing program.

Sandra J. Gibble — Director of Regulatory Affairs


Sandy Gibble has been with South Hills since May 1997.

She’s worked in Academic Affairs and Career Services in addition to being an instructor and Campus Director. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996.

Jennifer Carney — Director, Altoona Campus


Jennifer Carney has been with South Hills School of Business & Technology since January 2017. She is a graduate of Cambria-Rowe Business College with a degree in Administrative Office Technology. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience working in post-secondary education as a Service Coordinator, Executive Assistant, and an Administrative Assistant at Cambria-Rowe Business College.

Patricia Helbig — Director of Education, Altoona Campus


Patricia Helbig has been an instructor at South Hills since 2001. Patty is a former correctional counselor and at-risk-youth therapist. In addition to teaching BAMM classes as well as developing curriculum and serving as an internship coordinator, Patricia teach courses in Human Relations, Psychology and Professional Development. Patricia has recently received certification in inbound marketing strategic planning from Hubspot, the world’s leading inbound marketing and sales platform.

Patricia’s research interests include inbound marketing strategies, organizational behavior, employment law, effective teaching, and the professional development of teachers.

Barbara E. Harer — Director, Lewistown Campus


Barbara Harer has been a South Hills school director since July 2002.

Barb is a two-time alumna of South Hills School of Business & Technology, having earned specialized associate degrees in Business Administration—Management & Marketing in 1987 and Computer Information Systems (now called Information Technology) in 1998.

Barb has worked in marketing and management for Danks Department store and as a Computer Network Administrator for SF & Company in State College.

As a school director, Barb is an active part of the following local organizations:

  • Board Secretary of the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Mifflin County Business & Education Committee
  • Mifflin County Academy of Science & Technology Advisory Board and Steering Committee
  • Mount Union High School Business Department Advisory Board
  • Juniata Valley Employer Advisory Council
  • Lewistown Kiwanis

Barb additionally serves as both Circle K Advisor and Phi Beta Lambda Advisor for South Hills Lewistown. She lives in Livonia (Centre County) with her husband, Duane.

Reana Donaldson — Director of Education, Lewistown Campus


Reana Donaldson has been an instructor at South Hills since 2005. She is a graduate of Juniata College with a degree in English and Education and is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with an MBA. She also holds a Master’s of Education in Adult Education and Training.

Reana brings her writing and office experience from her previous work in education and from various professional positions before she joined South Hills. She is involved in several community outreach programs and also serves as the Yearbook Club advisor for the Lewistown campus.