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Community Conversation with Rider-Pool Foundation's Ron Dendas

Bethlehem, Pa., October 29, 2010--Ron Dendas, program officer for The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and the Rider-Pool Foundation, will speak at Moravian College on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building, UBC Room. His talk is part of the series of public "conversations" with individuals from the Lehigh Valley who lead efforts to meet the educational, health care, housing, nutrition and security needs of individuals and families within our regional community.

Ron Dendas manages grants that focus on community and public health, access to primary health, behavioral and oral health care and maternal child care. In addition to grant management, he is also involved in the expansion of local public health services, establishment of community health centers, improved behavioral health services and reducing incidents of domestic violence.

Prior to joining Pool Trust, Ron worked for fifteen years in not-for-profit human services, with the last nine years spent developing county and region-wide prevention and treatment services for alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and prevention and care services for HIV.

Dendas currently serves on the Board of the East Central Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center and recently was appointed by Governor Rendell to serve on The Pennsylvania Health Policy Board. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community. Prior service of his include memberships on the board of the Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation, the Lehigh Valley Public Health Workgroup/Feasibility Task Force, the County of Northampton Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council, the Pennsylvania Coalition of AIDS Service Organizations (PCASO) and the Pennsylvania Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.

Dendas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm (New Hampshire) College in 1980 and a Master of Science in Human Organization Science from Villanova University in 1993.

The talks are open to the public and admission is free of charge. The UBC Room is located in the Haupert Union Building of Moravian College. For more information, please contact Dr. John Reynolds of the Political Science Department at 610-861-1408 or reynoldsj@moravian.edu.

Please note that Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor, or call 610-861-1408 at least one week prior to the event.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.