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The City of Bethlehem Community and Economic Development Permit Office will be closed Wednesday afternoons to walk-ins from 1 to 4:30pm. This temporary closure is due to the digitization of the permit files. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Members

 

 

Michael G. Colón

Michael G. Colón

Member of Council since 2016
Term Ending: 2028

Occupation: Admissions Coordinator, Gracedale Nursing Home.

Education: Liberty High School, 2004; B.A., Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 2008.

Council Activities: President of Bethlehem City Council (2022-2024) Bethlehem City Council (2016-Present), Chairperson of Public Safety Committee (2018-2022), Member of Parks and Recreation Committee, Member of Finance Committee, Vice President of Council (2020-2022).

Community Activities: Trustee for The Foundation for The Bethlehem Area School District, Board Member for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem Human Relations Commission Member.


Grace Crampsie Smith

Member of Council since 2019
Term Ending: 2026

Occupation: School Counselor, Easton Area High School.

Education: M. Ed., Lehigh University, Secondary School Counseling, 2005; B. A., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Sociology/Social Welfare, 1980.

Council Activities: Bethlehem City Council Vice-President (2022-2024), Bethlehem City Council (2019-Present), Chairperson of Public Works Committee (2019-Present), Member of Finance Committee, Member of Community Development Committee; Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Liaison. 

Community Activities: Northampton Co. Democratic Committee (Precinct Committee Person); Northampton County Council of Democratic Women; Bethlehem Area Democratic Committee; Lehigh Valley Democratic Progressive Committee; Lehigh Valley ROAR; Lehigh Valley 4 All; American Legion Auxiliary; Professional Experience: Addictions Counselor; Coordinator of Lehigh County Community and Early Intervention Services for those with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness; College Instructor on ADA and IDEA Legislation; Graduate of the Bethlehem Police Citizens Academy.


 

Brian g. callahan                                                                                                                                   

Member of Council since 2024                                                                                                             
Term Ending: 2028

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hillary kwiatek

Member of Council since 2022
Term Ending: 2026

Occupation: Employee Communications Specialist, Lehigh University.

Education: B.A. American History, Queens College, City University of New York, M.A. Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University.

Council Activities: Chair of Parks and Recreation Committee;  Member of Public Safety Committee; Member of Public Works Committee;  Redevelopment Authority and Blighted Property Review Committee Liaison; Bethlehem Housing Authority Liaison.  

Community Activities: Friends of Bethlehem Area Public Library (Secretary 2014-2015, President 2015-2017).  Bethlehem City Democratic Committee (2005-Present, Secretary 2018-2020).  KaBoom Playground Build Captain (2010).  


 

 

rachel leon

Member of Council since 2022
Term Ending: 2026

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Council Activities: Chair of Public Safety Committee; Member of Human Resources and Environment Committee; Member of Parks and Recreation Committee;  Library Board Liaison.  

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colleen S. Laird

Member of Council since 2024
Term Ending: 2028

Occupation: Assistant Chief Information Officer for Strategy & Communication, Moravian University

Education: B.A. Graphic & Interactive Design, Moravian College, 2008

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Community Activities: Girl Scouts of Eastern PA Troop Leader (2008–Present), Bethlehem Food Co-Op Steering Committee Co-Chair (2011-2013), Bethlehem Food Co-Op Founding Board Member (2013-2019), Northside Alive Economic Vitality Committee Chair (2018–Present), Bethlehem Environmental Justice Committee (2022-Present), William Penn Elementary School PTO Board (VP 2022-23, President 2023-Present).
 


 

 

kiera wilhelm

Member of Council since 2022
Term Ending: 2026

Occupation: Grants and Communications Specialist, Lehigh University.  Humanist Celebrant, Lehigh Valley Celebrants.

Education: Moravian College, B.A. in English and Elementary Education, 1993; Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M. in Arts in Education, 2000.  

Council Activities: Chair of Human Resources and Environment Committee; Member of Community Development Committee; Member of Parks and Recreation Committee; Environmental Advisory Council Liaison; Climate Action Plan Implementation Committee.  

Community Activities: YWCA Bethlehem Development/Marketing Committee (2018-Present); IceHouse Performing Arts Collaborative Steering Committee (2019-Present); The Bach Choir of Bethlehem Development/Marketing Committee (2018-Present); Any Given Child Bethlehem Marketing Committee (2018-Present); Touchstone Theatre Fundraising/Marketing Volunteer (2018-Present); Lehigh Valley Creative Economy Project Advisory Panel (2018).