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1000 Sunnehanna Dr.
Johnstown, PA 15905
John Boderocco is the retired Principal of H.F. Lenz Company and a Community Liaison Leader. He has over 41 years of engineering experience, having been responsible for the engineering design and master planning of colleges and universities, schools, laboratories, health care facilities, commercial office buildings, and industrial facilities for private, public, and governmental clients. His projects have involved designing mechanical and electrical systems for new buildings, HVAC and electrical systems retrofit, building energy conservation, institutional heating plant designs, and civil and municipal engineering.
He is a member of several professional organizations including: National Society of Professional Engineers, Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, and ASHRAE. John serves as a Board Member of Several Business Economic and Civic organizations. He is the Board Chairperson of Johnstown Industrial Development Corporation (JIDC), a subsidiary of Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), an organization devoted to local economic, entrepreneurial, and workforce development. In addition, he has served as a member of the Greater Johnstown Regional Partnership, a civic leadership group committed to improving the quality of life and furthering the economic development of the local area. He is Secretary/Treasurer for the Johnstown Business District Coalition, whose mission is to revitalize the city's Central Business District.
John continues to serve as he has for many years on the Board of the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped and the Board of the Community Arts Center of Cambria County. He is also an active member of the West Hills Community Church where he is serving as the Building Committee Chairperson for their new Building project.
Through his participation in these organizations, Mr. Boderocco has a thorough understanding of the local economic climate and the types of programs and initiatives needed to provide for a diverse and healthy economic future for the City of Johnstown and Cambria County. He is an instrumental part of the Community Arts Center, where he’s spent many years aiding in the facility maintenance and helping the Center continue to grow year after year. Looking forward, John is enthusiastically helping the Center with further expansion, and thus keeping the arts alive in Cambria County for many more years to come.
John is enjoying his retirement by spending time with his wife, Pam. They are celebrating 38 years of marriage in September. They have been blessed with one daughter, Erin, who is married to Erik Willis and lives in Durham, NC.
Lida Hood had been the Education Coordinator at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County for more than 18 years, where she coordinated adult and children's classes, workshops and Summer art camps. Even though she retired 2 years ago, she is still actively involved at the Arts Center, where she volunteers and teaches classes and workshops, along with giving weekly art classes at the Patton Senior Activities Center.
Lida is a self-taught artist, but always looking to hone her skills by taking numerous workshops and classes in watercolor, colored pencil, soft pastels, encaustic, mixed media, drawing, printmaking and acrylics. She has taken painting workshops from well-known artists such as Tony Couch and the late Diane Maxey as well as numerous macro-photography workshops from world renowned photographer, the late Nancy Rotenberg.
Lida belongs to five online art groups: Creative Self-Care, 30 Day Create Wellbeing, Willowing & Friends, Creative Sprint, and Artist Trading Cards.
She is a member of local art groups including the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Allied Artists of Johnstown where she served as past Vice President, Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, and the Greater Johnstown Camera Club, where she served as past President. She has exhibited her work in local and tri-county juried shows, and most recently hosted a one-woman exhibit at VOMA (Venue of Merging Arts) in Cambria City, entitled “Menagerie of ART...Woven Together”.
Lida and her husband, Ron, celebrated their 50thWedding Anniversary in March of this year. They reside in the rural section of Northern Cambria. They have two children, daughter Jennifer and her husband Adrian, who live in Kansas and son Brian with his wife Angela, who live in Nevada. Also, they are the proud grandparents of four: Elizabeth, Johnathan, Brianne, and Bryson.
Lida continually does research to find new and different techniques to try in perfecting her work.
Marianne was born and raised in Bedford, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The small town’s favorite son was Archibald Willard, the artist who created “The Spirit of ’76.” Marianne graduated from Western Reserve University and attended the Cleveland Institute of Art. She graduated with a BS in Education with a minor in Art and taught in the Bedford City Schools.
In 1957, she married Bob Krizner, a handsome former Naval aviator employed by United States Steel as an engineer. The couple’s first home was near Bedford in the village of Walton Hills. In 1958, son Douglas was born, followed by Richard in 1960 and Thomas in 1962.
In the fall of 1964, Bob was transferred to USS Lorain Works in Lorain, Ohio, and the family relocated to nearby Elyria. Daughter Ellen was born in 1965, while Lauren who made her appearance in 1968.
In 1969, Bob was transferred to the USS plant in Fairless Works, north of Philadelphia. The family’s new home was Yardley, Pennsylvania, across the Delaware River from Trenton. It was here that Marianne returned to painting and took lessons in an old church, one afternoon a week, from a gifted teacher. When daughter Allison was born, classes moved to the Krizner kitchen.
In 1975, Bob was transferred for a third time; this time to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The family moved that autumn, and one weekend they attended the Log House Arts Festival at the Community Arts Center. Marianne met Harriett Goff, a well-known painting teacher, and began taking evening classes.
Marianne became a member of Allied Artists of Johnstown, and in 1979, she painted “Two Skyraiders Over the Coral Sea,” to honor Bob’s military service. The piece features two aircraft flying above a carrier and is now in the permanent collection at the Pensacola Naval Air Museum. Marianne was also commissioned several times for works, including scenes from steel operations at Bethlehem Steel. Her work has been exhibited in many shows, and she has served on the board of Allied Artists and as president.
Marianne became involved at the Community Arts Center (CAC) through fellow artists Shirley Gaynor and Glenn Brougher. Marianne also volunteered at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art for the Galas and other programs, including later being a docent.
In 1980, Marianne returned to education after 22 years and began teaching English and art to 7th and 8th graders at Our Mother of Sorrows School. She graduated from St. Francis University with a Master’s in Education in 1993. Additionally, she directed Shakespearean plays with her 8th graders and was awarded the YWCA Tribute to Women Education award in 1994.
Marianne remained active in the arts after retirement. In 2002, she was recognized by the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art with the Service to the Arts award. In 2016, she was inducted into the Bottle Works Artists Hall of Fame.
In their retirement, Marianne and Bob traveled extensively, in the US and abroad. They attended plays in which two of their actor children performed. Sadly, Bob died three years ago, but Marianne has stayed involved with her church, the CAC, the Allied Artists and the YWCA. Her latest project is a mural on the river wall. Two children and four of her grandchildren have helped with this project and, therefore, are part of her legacy. As one granddaughter said, “Someday, Grandma, I will bring my children here to see what you and I have done.”
The arts have been a big part of Marianne’s life and she couldn’t more thankful for the opportunities she has been given. Her greatest hope is that others will find the same kind of fulfillment and pleasure and continue on that path.