Work History

Work History
Jan 1998 - Present

President/Consultant

Brannon Consulting, Inc.
  • Directed sales, marketing and accounting activity for company specializing in computerized accounting, marketing and HR systems.
  • Conducted and led CPE seminars for Certified Public Accountants and the medical profession.
  • Retired as president, 2008. 
  • Private consulting for schools and community groups.
Aug 2009 - Present

Ajdunct Professsor

Westmoreland County Community College

Professor, Sociology, Allied Human Relations, Interpersonal Communications and Speech and Communications

Author of new course: Social Media: Society & Citizenship 

Aug 2013 - Present

Director of Conferences and Training

The Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute

The Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI) is among the first institutes in the country to utilize the expertise of treatment programs and a university to provide high-quality training in the fields of chemical dependency and associated problems, as well as to develop and coordinate intramural and extramural research projects while providing research and training experience for graduate students entering the field.

Aug 2012 - Present

Teaching Associate

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Instructor in the Sociology department with the primary responsibility of teaching "Principles of Sociology."

Sep 2008 - Dec 2011

Internet Safety Program Director

Venango Training and Development Center

Brannon Consulting, Inc. - Independent Contractor Services

  • Helped obtain $180,000 Internet-safety educational earmark for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District with Venango Training & Development Center, Inc.  and  WebWise Kids, Inc.
  • Presented Internet Safety program to School superintendents and technology coordinators in the 5th Congressional district.
  •  Coordinated and led a train-the-trainer program for school administrators, guidance counselors and teachers at PA Intermediate units in the 5th Congressional district.
Mar 2011 - Dec 2011

Consultant

Administration & Leadership Studies Research and Training Institute

Consultant on the course design of digital training modules for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Work includes the specification of learning objectives, the creation of formative and summative evaluation instruments,  data collection and statistical analysis.

Jan 2009 - May 2009

Data Analyst

Indiana University Research Institute

Federally funded data-analysis of Pennsylvania population data projections for nursing home and waiver programs for public policy and budgetary considerations. 

Short term, data-analysis project  that used STATA for  ARIMA (autoregressive integrated moving average) statistical techniques for analysis projections.

Jun 1995 - Dec 2008

CEO

Choice Technologies, Inc.
  • Raised venture capital and successfully qualified an SEC $5,000,000 SCOR stock offering.
  • Directed R&D computer programming activities, company acquisitions and internal financial management.
  • Conducted national training seminars for distributors in Chicago, Dallas, San Diego and Pittsburgh.
  • Featured in Pittsburgh Business Times article for SCOR offering. http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/1997/07/14/story6.html
  • Editor and Publisher of Quarterly Sales & Marketing newspaper to distributors.
  • Retired as CEO, 2008
  • Board of Directors, 1995  - Present
Jun 1975 - Feb 1999

Systems Consultant

Safeguard Business Systems of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.

  • Self -employed distributor of Safeguard Business Systems, a division of Deluxe Corporation.
  • Set up over 2,000 small to medium sized business in Western Pennsylvania with an emphasis on healthcare, practice management and small business accounting systems.
Jan 1986 - Dec 1989

Partner

Brannon – Ponko Associates

Partner1986-1989

  • Planned a property development, “Tollgate Estates”, Delmont, PA.
  • Secured bank funding, sought zoning approval, oversaw construction and sold all properties.

Education

Education
Sep 2006 - Present

Ph.D. (ABD), Doctor of Philosphy

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

All But Dissertation (ABD). Expected graduation, May 2015

Sep 1971 - May 1974

M. Ed.

Sep 1960 - May 1964

B.A.

Fellowships & Research Grants

Indiana University of PA Twenty-third Annual IUP Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, Funded $1,000, 2009

Administration and Leadership Studies Research and Training Center  at The Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA Department of Public Assistance, Funded $3,000, November, 2008 

U.S. Congressional Grant: Internet Safety School Programs, Funded $178,000, August, 2008

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Graduate Research Grant, Funded $300, 2008

Indiana University of PA Twentieth Annual IUP Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, Funded $1,500, 2006

University of Pittsburgh, Graduate Assistantship, Funded full tuition, 1973-1974

Presentations & Publications

"" 'Ouch That Hurt!': Anti-Bullying Strategies for Parents and Educators (July, 2012) Presenter. High Risk Children, Families and Behavioral Health Conference, Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute, Indiana, PA

“Helping Kids and Teens be Responsible Digital Citizens”"(July, 2011), Presenter,  High Risk Children, Families and Behavioral Health Conference, Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute, Indiana, PA

"Social Media in the Classroom" (June,2010) ACT 48 Workshop Presenter, Seneca Highlands Summer Curriculum institute, Smethport, PA

"Social Media :Society & Citizenship" (April, 2010), Presenter, Westmoreland County Community College Faculty In-service Presentation, Youngwood, PA

"Internet Safety Programs for Middle School Students", ACT 48 Workshop Presenter (July 2009) Seneca highland Summer Curriculum Institute, Smethport, PA. Presenter, 

“To Catch a Creditor: How to avoid credit card traps for the college student”(March, 2009) Producer/Director video production http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjitVVvBQ0M.

Responsible Financial Planning and Use of Credit for Young People: Avoiding the Pitfalls of “Affluenza” (June, 2008).Presenter, Clarion/Venango County Workforce Initiative (WIA) Summer Camp Program, Two Mile Run, PA

Developing Your Inner Potential for Financial Independence (June, 2007).Presenter, Clarion/Venango CountyWorkforce Initiative (WIA) Summer Camp Program, Two Mile Run, PA

Inspect Your Gadgets: Protecting Yourself in a Technologic Environment (November, 2006). Presenter, Warren County High School/Middle School, Warren, PA

Successful Training Outcomes through Teamwork (November, 2006).Keynote speaker, Venango Training and Development Center‘s Annual Administrators Workshop, Oil City, PA

You can do it!(June, 2006).Presenter, Clarion/Venango CountyWorkforce Initiative (WIA) Summer Camp Program, Two Mile Run, PA

Inspect Your Gadgets: Protecting Yourself in a Technologic Environment (April, 2006). Presenter, Life- After-School Conference, Clarion County Intermediate Unit, Clarion, PA

Strategies for Protecting Children from On-Line Predators (April, 2006), Presenter, Berks County Children and Youth Services Workshop, Reading, PA

Strategies for Protecting Children from On-Line Predators (October, 2005) Presenter, Child Predator Summit, Office of the PA Attorney General, Harrisburg, PA

Using the Internet Safety Program, “Missing” in Community Outreach Programs (2005), Workshop leader, D.A.R.E. Police Academy Training Program, Harrisburg, PA

Inspect Your Gadgets: Protecting Yourself in a Technologic Environment (2005). Presenter, Rotary Youth

Leadership Camp, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA

Identity Theft and HIPPA Regulations (2005). Workshop leader, Medical Assistants Program, Private Industry Council of Westmoreland and Fayette County, Greensburg, PA

Internet Predators: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know (2005).Cable TV Broadcast of Education

Today, Armstrong School District, Kittanning, PA

Inspect Your Gadgets: Protecting Yourself in a Technologic Environment, (2005). Presenter, West Forrest High School, Tionesta, PA

Inspect Your Gadgets: Protecting Children in a Technologic Environment (2004), Presenter, Redbank Valley School District Act 48 Seminar, Brookville, PA

Identity Theft: Prevention and Remediation (2004). Lectures Series, Thrivent Financial Services, Westmoreland County, PA

Protecting Children On-Line (2004).Presenter, Clarion-Jefferson Head Start Conference, Brookville, PA

Inspect Your Gadgets: Protecting Yourself on the Information Highway (2003), Presenter, Saltsburg Middle School Parent/Child Orientation Workshop, Saltsburg, PA

Manual and Computerized Accounting Systems Selection for Small to Medium Sized Business(1996). Presenter at CPE workshop, Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Continuing Education: Accounting Department, Indiana, PA.

Professional & Community Service

Westmoreland County Overdose Task Force http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/index.aspx?NID=1931  2013-present

The Westmoreland County Overdose Task Force is a multi-year project to identify the root causes and find solutions that will dramatically reduce the number of overdose deaths in our community.

Indiana County Children's Advisory Council http://www.indianacountycac.com/                   2012-present

The CAC is a  collaborative board representing school districts, human service agencies, health agencies, and parents. The CAC is an organization that determines the needs of families and children in Indiana County, and attempts to meet these needs through collaborative human service programs. By working together, member agencies impact families in creative and innovative ways. The efforts of the CAC and its supported programs eliminate gaps and overlaps in services for Indiana County families. Through collaboration, CAC member agencies strive for quality services for community members. The CAC also provides a forum through which human services and education professionals can discuss broad-based family and child needs.

The Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute http://www.iup.edu/marti/       2012 - present

The Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI) is among the first institutes in the country to utilize the expertise of treatment programs and a university to provide high-quality training in the fields of chemical dependency and associated problems, as well as to develop and coordinate intramural and extramural research projects while providing research and training experience for graduate students entering the field

“Inspect Your Gadgets” - Child Internet Protection Advocacy Program.                      2002 – Present

  • Maintains a website, www.inspectyourgadgets.com with the mission of protecting Pennsylvania’s children from Internet predators and stalkers.
  • Featured presenter at the 2005 Child Predator Summit held by Pennsylvania Attorney General, Tom Corbett, in Harrisburg, PA.
  • Trained D.A.R.E Academy officers in Harrisburg on community outreach programs.
  • Named to the Board of Advisors and Pennsylvania’s representative to WebWise Kids http://www.webwisekids.org/index.asp?page=boardMembers, a federal non- profit agency promoting Internet Safety through the interactive game “Missing.”
  • Speaking engagements that include ACT 48 credits to school districts, PTAs, and community groups.
  • Co-produced programs for elementary and middle school children through Stage Right School for the Performing Arts that have reached over 2500 students in Westmoreland County.

StageRight! School for the Performing Arts: President, Board of Directors           2006- present

Web Wise Kids: Pennsylvania representative, member Board of Advisors                    2004-present http://www.webwisekids.org/index.asp?page=boardMembers

Armstrong/Indiana County Intermediate Unit:                                                               2006 - 2008

  • Professional Education Planning Committee: Committee Member
  • Review and modify professional education guidelines for compliance with new Pennsylvania Department of Education mandates.

Saltsburg Middle/High School Community Council                                                                2002 - 2005

  • Parent representative responsible for community relations and programs.
  • Provided in-school training program to parents, teachers and students on Internet Safety.
  • Coordinated the implementation of the Internet Safety game, “Missing”, for 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Launched a student/adult mentoring program for underachieving middle school students. 

Skills

Skills

Marketing

For-profit and nonprofit applications.

Program Management

Administration and leadership for organizations in program evaluation and team  management.

Fund Raising

For-profit, non-profit, government and education experience.

Traing and Teaching

For-profit, non-profit and higher education venues.

Social Media

Creator of a college-level course in social media applications at Westmoreland County Community College, Run and direct social media applications for higher education applications and  for  The Mid Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Leadership

I have led organizations as a CEO, President of  Board of Directors and  Development Director for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Public Speaking

I speak on topics relating to Social Media and Employment , Internet Safety and Privacy, Identity Theft, Effective Speech and Presentation of Self  and Career Advancement Through Effective Interpersonal Communications 

Certifications

Certifications
May 1974 - Present

Media Specialist

PA. Department of Educaation
Sep 1972 - Present

Instructional Certificate I, Social Studies

PA Department of Education