Board President

Meet Our Board President Dr. Janis Wilson Seeley

Janis Wilson Seeley  is  Professor and Chair of the Social Sciences/History Department at Luzerne County Community College. Dr. Seeley earned her MS in Family and Community Development from the University of Maryland, a Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Adolescent Development from Penn State University. In addition to professional articles, she co-authored the book, The Psychologically Battered Child (Jossey- Bass, 1986).Prior to her academic career, Dr. Seeley counseled runaways and substance abusers.

Janis has been an advocate for equity and cultural competency during her tenure at LCCC. She developed and taught a diversity course, co-chaired the College’s Diversity/Equity Partnership and has been active in coordinating diversity training for staff and students at the College. She has received the NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence.

In addition to her long-term involvement with NEPEDEC, Dr. Seeley served on the Luzerne County Diversity Committee as the Education subcommittee chair. In the past, she served as the co-chair of the local Fresh Air Fund Committee; her family hosted a Fresh Air Fund child for 12 years.  Currently, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the Trucksville Early Childhood Education Center and as a member of the Junior Leadership Wilkes Barre Advisory Board.

Janis is married to Dr. Rob Seeley, associate professor of economics at Wilkes University. She has three children, Karena Richards, a physical therapist, Jillian, a graduate student, and R.Dylan, an electrical engineer.

She enjoys hiking, walking, and reading.



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. To achieve these goals, we:
* provide educational programming/consultation,
* support member’s diversity initiatives,
* organize networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing, and
* build alliances among historically isolated groups.

Through cooperation, we address regional diversity issues with greater impact and economies of scale.