Meet the Board

This page is dedicated to introducing you to the members who serve on the Board. We will highlight several members at a time, so please stop back and see the many professions from across the states who are working to make Penn-Del AER a leader in the field.

We are most pleased to present this outstanding group of new Board members for your consideration. Each has graciously agreed to serve on the Penn-Del AER Board of Directors for the upcoming term.


Nancy Ashley (Term 2019–2022) has recently retired from the Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18. She was an Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired for almost 37 years with Luzerne IU 18. Her students varied from Early Intervention to 21 years of age. Ms. Ashley developed pertinent ties with the local Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, developing professional relationships with the caseworkers, and encouraging parents to connect their children with this agency. She also developed communication with the Local Blind Association, and once again encouraged her students to participate in their activities and events. Ms. Ashley was hired by the Luzerne Intermediate Unit in the fall of 1978. She obtained her Master Equivalency Degree through IU courses and graduate level courses through Wilkes University. She continued as an Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired with LIU 18 until retirement at the end of the school year in June 2015.


Mary C. Daubenspeck (Term 2019–2022) is currently certified through PDE and ACVREP as a TVI/COMS. She is a graduate of KSU with a BS in El Ed and BVI Ed. O&M Certification from Pitt 1984. Mary currently works as a TVI/COMS for PA CAIU 15. She worked closely with BSO and the Optimist Olympics to promote and develop sports and activities to develop skills and provide recreational opportunities for children, adults and their families. She served as a member of the board to the Pennsylvania Association of Blind Athletes, the Penn Del AER and Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania where she is currently a member of the Programs and Services Committee working with other members to continue and develop programs for the visually impaired population in this area. She anticipates retirement from service as a school age provider for 32 years at the end of the current school year.