Easton Advocate to Receive Liberty Bell Award from Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

HARRISBURG (April 24, 2014) ó The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will present its 2014 Liberty Bell Award to Janice D. Komisor of Easton during the state associationís Annual Meeting on May 15 in Hershey.

The Liberty Bell Award is given to an individual for his or her outstanding community service and for promoting the ďblessing of libertyĒ guaranteed by the Constitution.

Komisor is the executive director of ProJeCt of Easton Inc., a not-for-profit human services organization that provides a food pantry, emergency assistance, self-sufficiency support and early childhood, family, school-age and adult literacy programs.

Komisor was named ProJeCtís executive director in 2007. She is responsible for all strategic and operational activities, including program and fund development, fiscal and human resource management, community relations and marketing.

She previously served as ProJeCtís director of the Even Start Family Literacy Program and director of Language and Literacy Services. In 1994, she started ProJeCtís federally-funded family literacy program, which was the Lehigh Valleyís first program to address the language and literacy development of at-risk children and their parents. She later developed funding proposals and managed planning and operations of Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, GED and Even Start Family Literacy programming. Komisor was responsible for building community partnerships with the local school district, public library, public housing agencies, United Way and other organizations and established the ProJeCtís reputation as a local, state and national leader in literacy education.

Prior to joining ProJeCt, Komisor was a senior rehabilitation manager at L.V.A.R.C. Inc., a non-profit organization (now known as VIA of the Lehigh Valley) providing educational and economic support for people with disabilities. She also was an intake coordinator and teacher at St. Gabrielís Hall, a residential treatment facility providing educational and social services to court-adjudicated young men.

Komisor holds an undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College and a Master of Education degree from Lehigh University. In 2011, she attended Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management at the Harvard Business School Executive Education program.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.