Indiana, Pennsylvania , United States
|| May 10, 1957
Apr 03, 2018 08:54pm
|Info||A professor at IUP, her research focuses on how local government can combat social problems. |
Boser is active in local volunteer service. She is a leader with the Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development Task Force. In this role, she works with county government and local organizations to contribute to the county’s economic development plan. Boser is on the Board of Directors for the Community Guidance Center. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Food Co-Op of Indiana PA, serving as treasurer.
A mother of three, Boser is focused on creating job opportunities. “I’ve seen the economic trends in this region over the years. I am concerned for the people who call this place home. We see large employers leave the area, and empty storefronts where there used to be businesses. Too many people cannot make a good wage without piecing together multiple jobs. Many of our kids have left the area to find work that pays a living wage.”
Boser is deeply concerned about the opioid crisis. “The epidemic of opioid addiction is a major public health issue, causing devastating loss for so many families.”
Boser has a deep understanding of these issues. Before accepting her teaching position at IUP, she had 20 years of experience working for human services in rural, southwestern New York. Her work included providing home-based assistance and drug and alcohol rehabilitation to families in crisis.
Like southwestern Pennsylvania, southwestern New York struggles with low wages and high unemployment. Boser’s experience with these conditions led her back to school to study how effective policy and government might make a difference.
In 2001, Boser completed a Ph.D. at Cornell’s Department of Policy Analysis, focusing on human services and program evaluation. She directed a study with four New York counties to develop mental health and addiction services that were better suited for rural needs with local control. The project won an award from the Governor’s Office for leadership in innovation.
Boser lives in Indiana, PA with her husband, David Brady.