New Latrobe education foundation board member carries on mission shared with late husband
Pam Mt. Joy of Latrobe and The Woodlands, Texas, has joined the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation, filling a seat vacated by the June 2 death of her husband, Ray, a 1963 district alumnus.
Since the foundation's inception in 2012, Ray Mt. Joy served as one of its board members and Pam Mt. Joy as a volunteer. A public charity, it works to benefit the students of Greater Latrobe School District and to support the district's faculty and staff.
The Mt. Joys co-chaired the foundation's successful A+ Campaign, which was a major fundraiser for capital improvements enhancing the district's academics, arts and athletics.
“Volunteering my time to support the educational growth of the students in my second home of Latrobe is my honor, and I will carry on what Ray and I valued together,” Pam Mt. Joy wrote in a press release.
A graduate of Texas Tech University, where she studied elementary education, she worked in corporate marketing and taught in the Spring Independent School District before refocusing on being a stay-at-home mother to her son, Tyler. In 2003, she joined her husband's oil trading business, Xeray Systems, as the office manager. They retired in 2013.
She has been co-president of a nonprofit that provides scholarships to football players at The Woodlands High School. She serves on the board of that school's art trust.
Other board members of the Greater Latrobe foundation include David B. Arnold, Robert Demangone, Dana L. Marcinko, Michael J. Rossi, Bradley E. Smith, Dorothy M. Staffen, Lester R. Sutton and Maryann White Helfferich, along with Judith A. Swigart, the school district superintendent, and Dr. Rhonda Laughlin, school board president. Foundation board officers include Jessica S. Urbanik, president; Julie L. Jones, vice president; Keith M. Visconti, treasurer; and James R. Okonak, secretary.