In his new position as a member of the board of directors for The Homemakers Health Services of Strafford County, David P. Hartranft of Strafford (CAGS ’03) plans to follow the advice PSU President Donald P. Wharton gave during one of his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies classes: to map out a path for continued growth and future success, while “navigating the constraints of your environment.”
PSU’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program prepares educational leaders like Hartranft to make a difference in their communities. The educational leadership program is built on the foundations of reflective and democratic leadership, human development research and systems theories. The program addresses the professional needs of practicing educators who have completed a master’s degree and who are interested in pursuing advanced academic work in educational change and leadership.
“In my CAGS courses, I learned that some organizations are ‘organic,’ meaning they can adjust, learn and grow into great organizations. The Homemakers is one of those ‘organic’ organizations, and I am excited that I can be a part of their continued growth,” said Hartranft.
The Homemakers, a health agency that provides home health, community wellness and adult day care programs in Strafford County, appointed Hartranft to its board earlier this month, citing his management and leadership skills and experience as an educator and community service provider. After serving 11 years in the United States Navy, Hartranft has worked as a school counselor at Exeter High School for the past six years. He also serves as a fire lieutenant and emergency medical technician for the town of Strafford. In addition to his CAGS degree, Hartranft earned his master’s degree in counseling and education from Providence College in Providence, R.I. and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Cappella University in Minneapolis, Minn.
“The wealth of experience and knowledge that he brings to our board will definitely be an asset to our organization,” said Daniel J. Hussey, president of the Homemakers board of directors.