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Michael G. Colón

Michael G. Colón

Member of Council since 2016
Term Ending: 2024

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: Member of Society of Volunteer Administrators of the Lehigh Valley (2012-Present); Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley Food Pantry Committee (2013-Present); City of Bethlehem Human Relations Commission (2014-Present); Alternate to Bethlehem Civil Service Board (2014-2015).

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.



Member of Council since 2022
Term Ending: 2024

Occupation: Professor Emeritus, Montclair State University, New Jersey, 2012-Present; Professor of Education, Montclair State University, New Jersey, 1984-2012; Department Chairperson, Curriculum and Teaching; Deputy Chairperson, Curriculum and Teaching; Executive Director of Volunteers of America, Allentown, 1980-1984; Social Studies Teacher, 1969-1980, BASD - (Broughal Jr. High school, 1969-1975; Liberty High School, 1975-1976; and Nitschmann Jr. High School 1977-1980).

Education: Liberty High School, 1965; Howard University, B A., History and Music, 1969; Lehigh University, M. A., Education, 1972; Temple University, Doctor of Education, Ed. D., Social Studies, 1983; Lehigh University, Secondary Principal Certification, 1986; University of London, London, England, Post-doctoral work in Multicultural Education, 1988; George Mason University, Farfax, Virginia, Religious Freedom Institute, Summer 1990; University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, Institute of Culture and Communication, Summer, 1991; University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, Institute for Educational Inquiry Leadership Associate, Academic Year, 1995-1996. 

Council Activities: Chair of Finance Committee; Member of Public Safety Committee; Member of Public Works Committee; Bethlehem Authority Liaison. 

Community Activities: Membership at Second Baptist Church, Bethlehem, 1947-2000; Membership at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bethlehem, 2009; Membership at St. Paul Baptist Church, Bethlehem 2012-Present; Past President of Bethlehem Branch NAACP, 1980-1982; Lifetime Member of NAACP, 2012-Life; Zeta Phi Beta Member, 1984; Board Member and Hostess of Black Exposure WLVT Channel 39, 1980-1986; City Civil Service Review Board for Firemen, 1980-1982; Board Member of J. F. Goodwin Scholarship Club/Fund, 2012-Present; South Bethlehem Historical Society Board Member, Presenter, Writer, 2016-Present; Graduate of the Northampton County Citizens Academy, 2013; Currently compiling the History of Black People in Bethlehem, 1741-Present.  


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



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

Community Activities:  

Paige Van WirtPaige Van Wirt

Member of Council since 2018
Term Ending: 2024

Occupation: Physician and Partner, Rosenfeld Van Wirt PC.

Education: B.A., Cornell University, 1989; Master Urban Planning, New York University, 1993; Doctor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2001; Residency, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2005.

Council Activities: Bethlehem City Council (2018-Present), Chairperson of Community Development Committee (2019-Present), Chairperson of Public Works Committee (2018-2019),  Member of Finance Committee, Member of Human Resources and Environment Committee; Parking Authority Liaison.

Community Activities: Bethlehem YMCA Advisory Board Member (2017-2019); Clinical Preceptor, DeSales Free Clinic at the Allentown Rescue Mission (2011-2018); Clinical Preceptor, DeSales University Physician Assistant Program (2013-2018).



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 Implementaiton 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).