About Us

At the Centre Foundation, we provide support for the arts, social and health concerns, education, and the environment. We target funds toward the Centre County community’s most pressing needs and projects that will have the greatest impact.

Alfred Jones, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Centre Foundation. A former member of the Foundation board, Mr. Jones accepted the position of CEO on April 1, 2009. Prior to that Mr. Jones had been a practicing attorney for 37 years. He has served as a board member of Centre Homecare Inc., Centre County United Way, Community Help Centre, Citizens Advisory  Council to the Center for the Performing Arts, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, oh which he is currently president.

Mr. Jones is a 1965 graduate of Dickinson College and a 1970 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law. Al and his wife, Cindy, live in Patton Township. He is an avid sailor, flyfisher, reader and musichead.

Molly Kunkel is Deputy Director at the Centre Foundation. Before coming to the Foundation she was director of the Juniata Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Previously she was Director of Development at The Second Mile, and was one of the founders and Chief Administrative Officer of the Nittany Valley Charter School.

Molly is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She has volunteered for many organizations in the Centre region and is a member of University Mennonite Church. In 2008, after nearly 20 years of living in State College, she and her husband Hal moved into the woods and currently live on Tussey Mountain in Potter Township. They have two children, Lindsay, who lives in New York City, and Andrew, who lives in Mattawan, New Jersey.

Erin Rowley is the Program Assistant at the Centre Foundation. She previously worked at the Berks County Community Foundation and has also worked in State College at the State College Area School District, Smart Start – Centre County and Penn State Public Broadcasting. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with degrees in journalism and history. While a student at Penn State, she worked at The Daily Collegian newspaper, and spent a semester studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Erin was born near San Francisco, California, grew up in Reading, Pa., and currently lives in Bellefonte. She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, traveling and spending time outside.

Sarah Sciabica is the Financial Assistant at the Centre Foundation.  She has been previously employed by the International Trade program at SEDA-Council of Governments, the Snowden Library, and has worked with the Downtown Williamsport Economic Revitalization Committee.

Sarah graduated from Lycoming College with a degree in International Business and Marketing and a minor in Spanish. While at Lycoming she participated in both the Lycoming College Scholars and Institute for Management Scholars programs. She is from the Clearfield area and currently resides there.  She enjoys traveling, playing tennis, reading, baking, and playing fetch with her two miniature dachshunds.


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