The Jared Box Project Announces the Appointment of Four New Board Members
The Jared Box Project is pleased to announce the appointment of four new Board members,
Danyell Bundy, Maureen Karstetter, Tracie Shannon, and Maria Spencer.
As the Director of Operations and Major Gifts for Penn Highlands Healthcare, Danyell is
responsible for planning, facilitating and managing various activities and programs that support
the operations, fundraising priorities, and special projects for the Penn Highlands Healthcare
“As part of my role at Penn Highlands Healthcare, I am committed to the communities in which
we serve. Therefore, it is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Jared Box Project Board of
Directors. For more than twenty years, Jared Boxes have delivered countless smiles and hope
to children across the country in honor of the late Jared McMullen. He was a brave and
compassionate boy, whose spirit is continually celebrated. With that, I look forward to
continuing to help the Jared Box Project continue its valuable work of play, well wishes, hope,
and love across the country,“ said Danyell Bundy.
Maureen KarstetterMaureen works for their family business, Karstetter Insurance Agency, and has enjoyed
healthcare consulting as well. For over 21 years, Vice President of Marketing/Communications
& Community Outreach and Senior Executive Communications Advisor for Mount Nittany
Maureen Karstetter shared, “Ever since my daughter, Meghan, was kindergarten classmates
with Jared, I have always admired the McMullen family and the kindness and compassion that
Jared showed for other children. Born in his compassion, and with humble beginnings, it is so
impressive how The Jared Box has grown to nearly a million boxes distributed to children
across the country (and likely many that we don’t know about)! I am honored to be joining The
Jared Box board and look forward to helping further this wonderful mission.
With over 19 years of progressive experience in the higher education industry, Tracie is a
high-performing, creative leader with a proven track record for managing strategic initiatives
and building new lines of business. Organizations may come and go, but one constant always
remains, the relationships she has built over time. Her dedication in developing and
establishing sponsor relationships while nurturing existing accounts has earned her a strong
reputation in executing solutions that create customer value.
With a BS focused in Business Logistics from the Pennsylvania State University, combined with
her 20+ years with the Center for Supply Chain Research®, Tracie continues building
collaborative relationships, gaining buy-in for new ideas, articulating competitive value and
exploring new business opportunities. Her unique blend of visionary leadership always enables
her to spearhead strategic planning and achieve bottom-line results.
“I am super excited about joining the Jared Box Project Board of Directors. I’ve been involved
with Jared Box Project for many years whether it was with her kids in elementary school, girl
scouts and most recently, Penn State’s student club, Jared Box Project. I can’t wait to be a
part of the next chapter and continue to find ways to add smiles to children in need,” shared
Maria is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the John and Patty Entrepreneur in Residence with
the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. She brings years of experience in small
business consulting, entrepreneurship, and innovation to the Jared Box organization.
“I am passionate about the Jared Box Project because it honors Jared’s memory so beautifully,
bringing joy and smiles both to the many volunteers who make boxes, as well as to the children
who receive them,” said Maria Spencer.
Cindy Kolarik, Executive Director of The Jared Box Project said, “We are delighted with the
addition of this group of talented and dedicated professionals to our Board. We are excited to
have their expertise and energy to further our mission of bringing joy and smiles to children in
The Jared Box Project was started in State College, Pennsylvania and has grown to become a
nationally recognized nonprofit organization. Nearly one million Jared Boxes have been
delivered across the country. www.thejaredbox.org
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