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Geraldine Stish Shepperson

Geraldine Stish Shepperson, American school district administrator, nurse. Certified secondary school counselor, school nurse sex educator, supervisor school health Superior vena cava syndrome, supervisor pupil services, superintendent. Recipient Pearl award Young Women’s Christian Association, Hazleton, 1985, Athena award, Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, 2003; named Pennsylvania School Nurse of Year, 1989, National School Nurse, 1990-1991.


  • Shepperson, Geraldine Stish was born on September 21, 1940 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Wesley G. and Marie (Gallagher) Stish.

  • Education

    • Diploma in nursing, Hazleton State Hospital, 1961. Bachelor of Science in Education, Bloomsburg University, 1977. Master of Science in Counselor Education, University Scranton, 1980.

      Doctor of Philosophy in Education Leadership, University Pennsylvania, 1985.


    • Staff nurse St. Joseph's Hospital, Hazleton, 1961. Medical office manager W.G. Stish, Doctor of Medicine 1962-1980. Management consultant Lutheran Welfare Services, 1982-1990, counselor, 1985-1990.

      Consultation/education specialist Hazleton-Nanticoke (Pa) Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services. Supervisor school health services Hazleton Area School District, 1981-1985, director pupil services, 1991-1993. Drug and alcohol coordinator, home bound instruction coordinator, director testing and assessment Hazleton Area School District, 1985-1991, superintendent school health services, 1981-1985, secretary superintendent's study committee, community finance committee.

      Presenter in field.

    Major achievements

    • Certified secondary school counselor, school nurse sex educator, supervisor school health Superior vena cava syndrome, supervisor pupil services, superintendent.


    • Author curriculum in field. Editorial board School Nurse Magazine.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Campaign manager Committee to Elect Stish State Republican, Hazelton, 1988, 90, 92. Chairperson Community Advisory Council for Drug and Alcohol, Hazelton, since 1989. Board directors Hazelton City Health Authority, 1989-1993, Jobs for Pennsylvania Grads, LCC, Nanticoke, Hazelton General Hospital.

    Member community advisory board Hazelton St. Joseph's Medical Center. Member Task Force to Provide Prenatal Care to Area Poor, Hazelton, 1987. President, board directors American Cancer Society, Hazelton, Hazelton Nanticoke Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center, Serento Gardens Hazleton United Rehebilitation Serores, hazleton secretary board director Hazleton Blind Association, Victim's Resource Center.

    Secretary board directors Eckley Museum Associates. Member executive board Pennsylvania Association Pupil Services Administration. Past president Northeast region Department Pupil Services.

    Active New Options Sex Equity in Education. Board directors, chairperson fund distribution panel Greater Hazelton United Way. National spokesperson Curad Kid Size Bandages.

    Member American Association of University Women, Women's Coalition, National Association School Nurses, National Association School Principals, Pennsylvania Association Pupil Services (board directors), American Academy Pediatrics (affiliate member section on school health), Pennsylvania Association School Administrators, American Association School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa, Sigma Theta Tau.



    Reading, classical music.


    • Married Thomas E. Shepperson, April 23, 1962. 1 child, Lisa Shepperson Stetz.
    • father: Wesley G. Stish
    • mother: Marie (Gallagher) Stish
    • spouse: Thomas E. Shepperson
    • child: Lisa Shepperson Stetz Shepperson
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    Born September 21, 1940