THE HISTORY OF POWER
POWER! is an informal group whose mission is to promote the region as a vital and pleasurable place to live, work and play. POWER! was founded in 2000 by the Great Valley Technology Alliance in response to the continual loss of Northeastern PA's greatest asset..."its youth". POWER! was built as a support network to enhance the ability to attract and retain the knowledge and talent necessary to build a better economic future.
POWER! originated as three chapters among Northeast PA including Hazleton, Wilkes Barre and Scranton. In 2009 the Hazleton Chamber merged with the Wilkes Barre Chapter to become Luzerne County POWER! In March of 2012 several forward-thinking individuals within our community realized that if we want to continue our mission, which is to make Greater Hazleton thrive along with the rest of NEPA we need to re-establish what was once Hazleton P.O.W.E.R.
In 2012, Hazleton P.O.W.E.R. became an official committee of The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, which is a non-profit organization under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The organization, funded primarily through the support of individual member businesses, was formed as the Hazleton Board of Trade in 1892 for the purpose of advancing the commercial, professional, industrial, civic and general interests of the Greater Hazleton Area.
As of July 2013, Hazleton P.O.W.E.R., restructured to form a non-profit status and is now proud member of The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jocelyn Sterenchock, Executive Director
Lou Mattioli , Associate Director
Jillian Deom, Secretary
Neal DeAngelo III, Interim Treasurer
ABOUT OUR DIRECTOR
Jocelyn Sterenchock is a social change enthusiast and marketing professional who resides in the Hazleton area. Originally raised in the metro Atlanta region, she moved as a teenager and graduated from Hazleton Area High School in 2007, and from McCann School of Business & Technology in 2011 with a business degree. One of Jocelyn’s main passions in life is volunteering for non-profits. Her personal drive for this began in late 2013 when she began volunteering for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. She soon found her niche as a marketing and communications professional for them: maintaining their website, social media, email blasts, and phone calls. In addition to working in a marketing department of an international infrastructure operations and maintenance company for several years, she became increasingly involved in local community initiatives. In 2014, Jocelyn applied, and accepted, a position as a marketing intern for the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress. She also became involved in Hazleton POWER! and in Fall 2014, was nominated and selected to be Executive Director.
During her time with Hazleton POWER!, Jocelyn has successfully spearheaded several successful community events including the “Art at the Markle” event, which showcased over 40 local artists and was attended by several hundred community members. She has also helped oversee several efforts to raise money for local nonprofit organizations, organize several live music events, and free outdoor movie series to mention a few. Outside of her life with POWER!, she is the marketing director and patient relations coordinator for a successful and progressive optometry practice as well as the business manager for the Hazleton Art League. Jocelyn fills her (rare!) spare time with freelance marketing, PR consulting, and continues volunteering. She is also an avid runner and is training for her first marathon, is a proud pet owner, and enjoys live music and art shows.