Two New Appointments to Allentown School District Foundation Board of Directors

Two New Appointments to Allentown School District Foundation Board of Directors
Posted on 06/18/2018

Serving the children of the third-largest urban school district in Pennsylvania, the Allentown School District Foundation (ASDF) Board of Directors voted, at its board meeting on June 7, to appoint Chrissy Hixson and Michael Bruckner to the board. “The Allentown School District Foundation welcomes Chrissy and Michael,” says Kurt D. Zwikl, ASDF President. “These two highly talented individuals bring their experience and expertise in areas where they will add immense support. Chrissy is a graduate of William Allen High School, so that’s a plus, too. Mike’s amazing network in the community, having served at Muhlenberg College, will be very important as we further develop philanthropic relationships.” 

CHixsonChrissy Hixson - ASDF Board Member Background

A 1983 graduate of William Allen High School, Chrissy Hixson is a senior community relations consultant at Capital Blue Cross in Allentown.  Her community involvement is extensive, providing leadership for the many collaborative endeavors undertaken in the community. She is a current board member for Phantoms Charities and the Non-Profit Business Partners Council. She serves on the Children’s Home of Easton Lehigh Valley Wine Gala & Auction Committee and the LLS Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction Committee. Hixson is also a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Executive Leadership Committee where she raised $71,000 in 2016 for blood cancer research and she co-chaired the 2018 LLS Man/ Woman of the Year Campaign. Additionally, she will be the keynote speaker at the YWCA of Bethlehem Annual Meeting and has been involved with the St. Luke Health Network’s Women’s Auxiliary, and is currently chairing the 2019 St. Luke’s Ball Dinner Sub-Committee. In addition, her involvement with the United Way Grass Roots Cabinet Committee and the Women’s Business Council Marketing Committee, and others, is important for their fundraising, organizational, event-planning, and marketing efforts. Hixson is a graduate of West Chester University, where she earned a degree in psychology. She resides in the Northampton area with her husband Bert.  

MBrucknerMichael Bruckner – ASDF Board Member Background

Michael Bruckner has recently retired after a 39-year career in higher education. In 1996, he joined Muhlenberg College where he served as vice president of Public Relations and more recently, as vice president of External Affairs and Community Relations. Early in Bruckner’s career, he worked in athletic communication for more than ten years at the University of New Hampshire. He spent five years working at Gehrung Associates, a higher education consulting firm. After joining Muhlenberg in 1996, he led the public relations team and expanded the Muhlenberg brand with a comprehensive public relations and communications effort including social media. He also organized countless campus events, such as political rallies—which included national political figures such as Vice President Candidate Joe Biden and Former President Bill Clinton in 2008—and commencement ceremonies featuring dozens of high-profile honorary commencement speakers. Bruckner is a charter member of Friends of the Allentown Parks and the West End Alliance, currently the president of the ARC Lehigh and Northampton Counties and past president of Communities in Schools Lehigh Valley. He will bring to the ASD Foundation his passion for education and young people, combined with his professional work in communications and public relations. Bruckner is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He resides in Allentown with his wife Jane.

About the Allentown School District Foundation
Pursuing a vision of developing enriched education for Allentown School District students, the ASD Foundation has a mission to encourage, promote, and support innovative educational experiences for students in the Allentown School District. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation has raised over $2.2 million for supplemental programming in ASD schools. If you would like to learn more, please contact the foundation at 484-765-4093 or williamssu@allentownsd.org. The mailing address is P.O. Box 328, 31 South Penn Street, Allentown, PA 18105, and the website is www.allentownsd.org/asdf.