2023 Graduate of Distinction
Class of 1989
Jean Buskirk graduated from Lehighton High School in 1989. In 1993, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Bloomsburg University. She earned a Master’s Degree in Information Science from Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Since 2019, Jean has acted as the Director of the Portfolio/Program Management Office for ATSM International and the Chief of Staff for ATSM’s Chief Information Officer. ATSM International is a global leader in developing voluntary consensus standards used by individuals, companies, and other institutions around the world. Jean led a full-scale 70-million-dollar digital transformation program for ATSM which considered the effects on an increasingly mobile workforce, global utilization of standards and the requirement for a complete digital solution. Prior to her tenure at ATSM, Jean served as the Director of Delivery Management at Aramark, Director of Technology at MAPP Digital and Senior Project Manager at Siemen’s Healthcare. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Information Management, Philadelphia Chapter. Jean also earned Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.
Jean Buskirk is one of Lehighton Area High School’s most successful and honored athletes. Throughout her life, Jean has been a shining example of what a young woman can accomplish using her talents and determination to succeed. She played and excelled in Little League Baseball; a program dominated by boys who were often older than she was. In high school, her outstanding achievements in basketball and softball put her in the rarified atmosphere of the greatest of LAHS athletes. She earned nine varsity letters at LAHS, was named the top Scholar Athlete for the Class of 1989 and was an all-league selection in both basketball and softball for her sophomore, junior and senior years. She continued her excellence in softball at Bloomsburg University. When she graduated in 1993, she was the all-time leader in hits and led the team to a record of 170-25 during her four years. Jean was twice named as an NCAA Division II first team All-American, twice as the ECAC Division II South Region Player of the Year and twice to the NCAA All Mid-Athletic Regional Team. She was a Bloomsburg University Hall of Fame inductee in 2010. Jean fully accepted her role on the Huskies’ softball team as a leader, role model and mentor for her teammates. After her stellar collegiate career, she played ASA fastpitch softball where she was named an ASA All American four times. Finally, she was selected to compete for the USA Olympic Team in 1993 and made it to the final round of 60 players. She participated in the 1994 Olympic Festival, a highlight of her impressive career in athletics.
After graduation from Bloomsburg University, she began her softball coaching career with West Chester University, later becoming a volunteer coach at Wilkes University and currently with Muhlenburg College. She spends valuable time away from her duties at ATSM International to pass along her tremendous experience as an elite softball player. Jean also takes time to mentor these young women to prepare them for life after softball and college.
Jean is the daughter of Ernest Buskirk who passed away in 1997 and Eileen Buskirk who currently resides in Franklin Township. Jean has two younger sisters, Amy and Lisa. Jean resides at 150 Kent Circle in Lower Gwynedd, PA.