PASGC Board Members

President – Emilia Bacca
Vice President – Iwona Smucerowicz-Rose
Treasurer – Dominika Graham
Corresponding/Recording Secretary – Patrick Telling
Board Member at Large – Tom Nojek and Andy Polakowski

You can reach us via board@pasgc.org or contact form.

Candidate Biography

President – Emilia Bacca

I was born and raised on suburbs of Warsaw, Poland. Married and moved permanently to USA in 2003. Presently living in Milford with my husband Andy and 2 children Johnny 10 and Alicia 7. Graduated from University of Cincinnati in 2008 with a degree in Information Technology. Currently managing IT projects for a local retail company in Cincinnati.

I have been proudly serving Polish American community since 2012 in various roles throughout the years: webmaster, Polish School founder, teacher, events’ facilitator and most recently as President. PASGC mission is very important to me and I believe our work is a great opportunity to honor our heritage, tradition and upbringing. I also believe that sharing our piece of culture with the world around us is our duty and a great privilege!

I am very excited  to represent our Polish American organization as President. I look forward to another term to help PASGC fulfill its mission, bring our community closer and prosper.

 

Vice President – Iwona Smucerowicz-Rose

I was born and raised in Poland – Konin, where I spent my childhood.  After completing a high-school I spent 9 years in Łódź studying at the Technical University of Łódź, getting there my B.S, M.S and Ph.D in Chemical and Process Engineering.

After completion of my studies, I worked for over 2 years at the Lund Technical University in Sweden and then in a consulting company in Gothenburg.  I learned Swedish and fell in love with IKEA furniture and style during my stay there.

I moved back to Poland in 2003 and started my aerospace career at the Engineering Design Center (EDC) in Warszawa, a joint venture with GE.  I met my future husband, Patrick, over the phone while working together on a project in 2005.  We began a long distance relationship which lasted for almost a year which culminated in our marriage 2006.  Patrick and I then spent 13 months together in Poland, awaiting our first child and then enjoying early parenthood.

In fall of 2007 we moved to Cincinnati where I joined GE Aviation and currently work for as a sub-section manager for the Large Military Cold Section design team.

Patrick and I have 2 children – Alexander (11) and Monica (8) and we live in Glendale. I enjoy travelling, walking, swimming, sailing, gardening and playing piano. We are members of the PASGC for over 2 years and we love the Polish school where Alexander and Monica can improve their Polish language skills. I have served as a PASGC Corresponding Secretary in 2016-2018 and run for a Vice-president position now. I am involved in a majority of PASGC and Polish school activities and events where for the 2 past years I have taught the advanced Polish class.

Treasurer – Dominika Graham

I live in Dayton area with my husband Nate and 2 daughters Oliwia 6 and Kaya 4, both have been students of the Polish Language School for several years now. I was born and raised in Poland, where I earned an MS of Construction Management & Marketing from the Cracow University of Technology Department of Civil Engineering.

I have over 10 years of professional experience in project management, project engineering, and structural design, providing solutions for the industrial manufacturing environment, including chemical, pharmaceutical, and food facilities. I have managed design teams and experienced in preparing project schedules and capital cost estimates. I have a proven ability to communicate with clients, contractors, and vendors to complete projects within strict budgets and timelines.

To help our local Polish-American community I am running for the position of Treasure for PASGC.

Corresponding/Recording Secretary – Patrick Telling

My name is Patrick Jan Telling, I am 19 years old. I was born in Warsaw and moved to the US when I was 3. I am a dual national and speak Polish. As a child I travelled frequently to Poland, so I experienced the culture and traditions firsthand. My sister attends Polish language classes with PASGC as well, and I would like to give back to the community as the Recording Secretary.

I am attending St. Xavier High School and volunteering in a soup kitchen program run by the Jesuits at St. Francis Seraph Church. My school motto is to be “a man for others”, so I will be glad to assist the PASGC with my free time and talents. My duties for PASGC will be taking care of the website and other means of communication such as e-mail, etc.

Below are a few photos from me in Poland, my first Swieconka in Cincinnati and the polish Picnic this last year and school photo.

 

Board Member at Large – Tom Nojek

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. After graduation from high school I attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I received a BA degree in History and minors in Biology and Chemistry. Upon graduating from Marquette in 1970 I entered the U.S. Air Force and served as a Minuteman Missile Launch Officer in Grand Forks, North Dakota (fortunately, I never launched any missiles).

After separation from Active Duty in 1974 I went back to school for two years and received a BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. I worked in hospital clinical laboratories in Green Bay and Appleton,Wisconsin and then moved to Madison,Wisconsin and began working in a Veterans Administration Hospital. While employed as a Medical Technologist I primarily worked in clinical chemistry and toxicology. While employed by the Veterans Administration I attended evening classes and earned an MBA in Finance in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. I subsequently worked in Personnel Management for the VA for 2 years and then began working for the Food and Drug Administration as a Consumer Safety Officer/Investigator. While working for the FDA I primarily conducted inspections of food manufacturing facilities, hospital blood banks and I audited clinical studies. I am now retired from the FDA.

While working for the VA and FDA I was active in the Air Force Reserves and then Air National Guard. I had tours of duty with the Air Force Medical Corps in Saudia Arabia in 2002 and Iraq in 2005. I retired from the Air Force in 2006.

I am a member of PASGC because of my Polish ancestry. My four grandparents immigrated to the US from Poland prior to World War I. My parents spoke Polish but unfortunately did not teach Polish to me or my siblings. I have been to Poland 5 times on assignment for the FDA and an additional 8 times while traveling on my own. I have located and been in contact with relatives in Katowice and Cieszyn. I have taken Polish language lessons from PASGC since 2012 and from the Polish School of Foreign Language located in Lodz, Poland. I also take Polish lessons once each week via Skype with my Polish instructor in Lodz.

 

Board Member at Large – Andy Polakowski

I was born in Poland. I have lived in the USA for last 22 years. Currently I work at Crown Equipment INC as a process technologist with specialty of automation installations and implementation of robots for production needs.

For 2.5 years, I belong to PASGC. Occasionally, I have been sharing and participating in adventures for events such as Christmas 2015 or other small help for the needs of the Polish school.

I am fluent in Polish as well in English. My interests are a modern polika, traditions and history of Poland from the last century.

“I would like to propagate and cultivate Polish culture in its deep traditions and rich stories not only for current members of PASGC but also for the next young generations, just like for example my children.”