As the program manager for the Sustainable Communities Collaborative, Ilona works closely with faculty, students, and community partners to ensure meaningful, experiential student projects focused on the sustainability needs of the community. Coordination involves strategic goal setting, planning and ongoing communications between partners, culminating in a student-community exposition.
Ilona honed her skills in community engagement as the executive director of the non-profit Huntingdon County Arts Council which she led to become one of the community’s major cultural hubs and assests. She has a BS in Industrial Technology from West Virginia State University and is trained as a Blueprint Communities Facilitator through the FHLB and PA Downtown Center. She is a successful grants writer and administrator, and serves on numerous community organizations and boards.
She resides with her partner and youngest of her four children in Huntingdon.