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Venango Campus Advisory Council


Cultural and economic growth in Venango County will get a boost under a plan developed by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism and Pennsylvania Western University Clarion for the university’s Venango property.

Starting in fall 2024, pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Associate of Science in Nursing will relocate to the Clarion campus. 

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The PennWest Clarion, Venango Campus Advisory Council acts in an advisory capacity to the Dean of Career & Workforce Education and other officers of the university.

The Purpose of this organization is to:

  • Maintain good public relations between PennWest Clarion-Venango and the community at large and provide community feedback to campus leadership.
  • Stimulate public interest in, and support for, the growth of PennWest Clarion-Venango and help to identify and facilitate marketing opportunities within the region.
  • Assist in assessing the changing educational needs of the region.
  • Advocate needs and opportunities at PennWest Clarion-Venango within the larger University governance structure.
  • Contribute knowledge to PennWest Clarion-Venango in the areas of individual expertise possessed by Council members.
  • Maintain a relationship with the PennWest Clarion Council of Trustees.
  • Provide guidance and input for capital campaigns and ongoing development activities.
  • Support and promote reciprocal involvement in campus and community activities, initiatives, programs, volunteer opportunities, among community members, students, faculty and staff.

Council members

Ryan BellRyan Bell is the Director of Operations for Webco Industries at the Pennsylvania facilities. Bell resides in Rockland Township with his wife, Sara. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Bell has been a member of the Rockland Volunteer Fire Department since moving back to the area 16 years ago, and recently became a township auditor.

He serves on the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as on its Advocacy Committee. Bell also volunteers as a coach for the Cranberry elementary football program.



 Robert DaughertyRobert Daugherty has been employed by Venango County for 34 years and currently serves as the Director of Adult/Juvenile Court Supervision/Chief Juvenile Probation Officer.

Daugherty is a graduate of Edinboro University (B.A. in Criminal Justice) and Mercyhust University ( M.S. in Administration of Justice). He is currently chair of the DUI Task Force, Court's DUI Coordinator and a DUI School Instructor.

He serves on PennWest Clarion's Rehabilitative Science Advisory Board and the Venango College Advisory Council. He is a member of the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officer's Executive Committee serving as the Chair of the Planning Committee and was named PA's Chief Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year in 2018.

  Bobbie JonesBobbie Jones is the Human Resources Manager at Webco Industries, Inc. Oil City Tube Division, as well as, the owner of Trailasana Yoga Studio.

Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Studies from Pennsylvania State University, an Associate of Science in Legal Business Studies from PennWest Clarion – Venango Campus, and is currently pursuing her Master of Business at the University of Maryland.

She holds a Professional Human Resources Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute. She holds the vice president position for the United Way of Venango County Board of Directors, steering committee member for the Oil City Main Street Program, member of SHRM and the Venango County HR Group. She is also holds a 200 hour YTT and barre certifications.



 John PhillipsJohn R Phillips II is president and chief executive officer of the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism, based in Venango County, Pennsylvania. Phillips is a 27-year veteran in economic development and is a graduate of the University of Texas with a B.A. in economics and entrepreneurial development.

He spearheads the vision, strategy, and execution of a PA Certified Economic Development regional hub-organization, the official Tourism Promotion Agency for Venango County, and the administrator of both the Pennsylvania Oil Heritage Region and the Oil Region National Heritage Area. In addition, he partners and advocates for the completion of trails as the Oil Region is home to over 65 miles of paved multi-purpose trails on the main spine of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail that traverses through seven counties and two states.

He is committed to serving the region, to promote, protect and improve the hospitality and tourism industry, develop recreational assets, preserve at risk historical structures, develop traditional industrial sites, as well as environmental and brownfield remediation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

As a community leader, he serves on the boards of Venango Training & Development Center (sheltered workshop), the Franklin and Grove City YMCA, American Red Cross Board of Directors, and Pennsylvania Route 6 Board of Directors representing Heritage Areas, vice chair of the Venango Campus of PennWest Clarion, governor-appointed PA Grade Crude Development Advisory Council, and is a former elected school board member of the Franklin Area School District

John and his wife Nicole Ferrebee-Phillips reside in Franklin and Johnstown. Their daughter, Victoria Ferrebee-Phillips, is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh.

Trenton MoulinTrenton Moulin has been President & CEO of Bridge Builders Community Foundations (serving philanthropy Venango, Forest, Clarion and Jefferson Counties) since August 2011.

With 10 years of nonprofit administration experience, Moulin is dedicated to growing philanthropy in our area and helping organizations and individuals reach their potential.

Moulin is passionate about the area that he lives in and making our area a better place to live, learn, work and play. He serves on the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Moulin received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Pamela WatkinsPamela Watkins is the director of human resources for Matric Limited, as well as the owner of Watkins HR Strategy, a human resources and training consulting firm.

Watkins attended Geneva College concentrating on human resources in their degree completion program. She is also degreed in Holistic Health and Spiritual Care.

A 30 year HR leader, Watkins is passionate about sharing knowledge and has been involved in founding and leading two local HR Groups, one in Venango County and one in Clarion County. She currently heads the Venango HR group for the second time.

Watkins has been involved in the local community serving in previous leadership roles for United Way, Zonta, Rotary and the Red Cross.

Currently she is a member of SHRM and sits on several advisory committees. She is active in community theater, performing on stage at the Barrow Civic and for the Oil City Community Playhouse.

Watkins is a Reiki Master, trained in Healing Touch, certified as a Clinical Aromatherapist and is an End of Life Doula, trained through the International End of Life Doula Association.

She and her husband Rod reside in Seneca.



Last Updated 1/22/24