News | Published May 1, 2014

Board members named for Mount Nittany Health’s Children’s Advocacy Center

Top row, from left: Patricia Best, DEd; Steve Brown, FACHE, President and CEO, Mount Nittany Health; Herb Hand, run game coordinator and offensive line coach, The Pennsylvania State University. Bottom row, from left: Jack Infield, AmeriServ Financial; Kim Neely, MS, director, The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, Mount Nittany Health, is pleased to announce the five members of the governing board, whose responsibilities include traditional governance and fiduciary responsibilities. The five-member board meets quarterly and consists of Patricia Best, DEd; Steve Brown, FACHE; Herb Hand; Jack Infield; and Kim Neely, MS.

Best is a retired superintendent of schools in the State College Area School District with more than 40 years of experience in administrative leadership, education and counseling. Holding a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a doctorate in counselor education from The Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Best serves as Vice-Chair of the Mount Nittany Health Board of Directors. Active in a number of community and professional organizations, she is a member of the College of Education’s Alumni Society Board and past chairperson and board member of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County.

Brown serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Nittany Health, a position he has held since 2010. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Brown is a graduate of Thiel College and earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from The Pennsylvania State University. Brown has worked in healthcare administration and executive roles for more than 37 years, with 30 of those years spent in CEO positions at hospitals in Ohio, Virginia and Washington. He serves on a number of boards across the Centre region including the Rotary Club of Downtown State College, The Village at Penn State, the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, Centre Crest, and the Penn State Health Policy and Administration Master of Health Administration Board of Visitors.

Hand, the run game coordinator and offensive line coach for The Pennsylvania State University football team, holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in New York and a MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Hand has been coaching for 25 years, most recently at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Coach Hand brings a wealth of experience to the CAC board.  Prior to moving to the State College area, Herb was named to the board of directors of Our Kids in Nashville, a non-profit organization of first responders in cases of child sexual abuse. He has also been involved in fundraising efforts for the northeastern Pennsylvania Children’s Advocacy Center in Scranton and the Penns Valley Youth Center in Spring Mills. Hand and wife, Debbie, have three children.

Infield, a lifelong resident of Centre County, works with AmeriServ Financial and has spent 36 years in the banking industry with organizations such as PNC Bank, Sovereign Bank and Susquehanna Bank. Infield holds an undergraduate degree from Lock Haven University and a master’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University. Active in the community, Infield has served in leadership roles with the United Way and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, and currently serves on the boards of the Centre County YMCA, Penn State Renaissance Fund, Centre County Industrial Development Authority, Centre County Community Foundation, JB Griffin Memorial Foundation and Tides of Centre County.

Neely is the director of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center, a position she has held for the last eight years. Neely earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Shippensburg University. Prior to working with Mount Nittany Health, Neely worked in the division of development and alumni relations at The Pennsylvania State University and with the Easter Seal Society of Central Pennsylvania. In the community, Neely was a member of the first board of directors for the Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and is a former board member for the Centre County United Way and the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art. Currently, she chairs the board of directors for Tides of Centre County and serves on the board of directors for the Centre Communities Chapter of the Red Cross. Neely is also a graduate of the Leadership Centre County program.

The Children’s Advocacy Center opened in February 2014, and meets the needs of children and families in our community by providing a safe, child-focused center for children who have experienced or witnessed sexual abuse or neglect. The Children’s Advocacy Center is located at 129 Medical Park Lane in Bellefonte, adjacent to Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics.

To learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center, visit