WILKES-BARRE — The Irem Temple Restoration Project recently released biographical information on its directors, who are committed to preserving the Irem Temple building and repurposing it in a way that will drive economic growth, a press release says.
Construction started on the North Franklin Street building in 1907, and it was dedicated in 1908.
It fell into disrepair over the decades and was purchased by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce in 2005.
Here’s information on the group’s directors:
• Alex Flack — He is the chief executive operator and co-owner of Keystone Energy Solar Services LLC. Alex is also a member of the Luzerne Foundation board of directors.
• Beth Archer — She recently moved from Philadelphia to Dallas, where she was born and raised, and now works with PlanGuru in Wilkes-Barre and Back Mountain Dance Studio in Dallas.
• Christian Wielage — He is the CEO of PlanGuru, a company he recently moved from New York to Wilkes-Barre. PlanGuru provides budgeting and forecasting solutions to businesses and business advisers.
• Clark Switzer — He has taught U.S. history at Wyoming Seminary Lower School since 1976. Clark has been involved with three documentaries about the Wyoming Valley as writer, actor, and consultant. Recently, he completed the DVD “Scratching the Surface: 300 years of Wyoming Valley History 1675-1975.”
• Jim Bell — He worked for most of his professional life as an architect with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson where he was a senior associate.
• Joe Nardone Jr. — He is the owner of Rockology Music Academy, vice president of the Gallery of Sound, and partner with Magnus Productions, JRN Realty, and Showbiz Inc.
• Mark D. Mettler — He’s a past potentate (2011) of the Irem Shrine and the immediate past president of the Mid-Atlantic Shrine Association, presiding over 62,000 members from seven states, Germany, Brazil, and Bolivia. He is a current board member, chairman of human resources, and director of website build and online advertising for the Shriners Hospital for Children-Philadelphia.