Charlotte Ravaioi, has great passion for education and Keystone College in LaPlume.
As chief of staff of Keystone College, Ravaioli serves the president, his cabinet and the board of trustees. She helps drive strategic change, provides counsel/advice to the president and board chair and manages board engagement and advocacy efforts. She also acts as liaison among administration, trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community and ensures that college constituencies are heard.
Ravaioli is active in Women in Philanthropy; The Mulberry Poets and Writers; A4, the African-American Arts Alliance; and The Gathering, an annual three-day symposium on creativity and imagination. Ravaioli graduated from Marywood College with a bachelor’s degree and from the University of Scranton with a master’s degree in English. She taught part-time at the University of Scranton, Lackawanna College and Keystone College until hired full-time at Keystone in 1983. “As soon as I entered Keystone’s campus, I knew this was where I wanted to spend my professional life.” She said there was a sense of student-centeredness and she felt embraced by the college even as an adjunct.
She points to mentors Marie and Gus DePietro, of Jay’s Restaurant in West Scranton, who taught her the value of hard work; Dr. William Rakauskas, of the University of Scranton, who taught her to be a teacher; former Keystone president Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr., who taught her how to lead and, most important, her husband, Albert, who taught her to be a good person.
“When I am sometimes amazed by the richness of my life and worry that the goodness won’t last, my husband says, ‘Suffer the happiness.’ So I try to suffer the happiness each day,” she said.
In addition to the support of her husband, her three daughters are amazing, accomplished, brilliant women who have professional careers, are raising families and are changing the world, she said.
Ravaioli was awarded the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Chair for Distinguished Faculty Service at Keystone College and the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award of the Scranton Area Foundation for community service. “I had the privilege of working with Margaretta when she was president and it was a joyful and rewarding experience,” she said.
Aside from her work at Keystone, a most enjoyable activity is vacationing with the family. In 2016, 16 family members traveled to the American Southwest. This year the family, including nine grandchildren, will vacation in Yellowstone National Park.