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Diane Lynn
(Churan)
Billman
Class Treasurer
Most Athletic

Diane Churan, 7th Grade (1981)
1981

Chris Mal's 11th Grade Health Class Wife, Diane
1986

Diane Billman, Albright Field Hockey coach
1998

Diane Churan, 2006
2006

 
Address: Email:
Mohrsville, PA
(moved in December 2002 to
a home built by her husband.)

DizzyDee247@aol.com

or DBillman@BNGMac.com
 
Husband: Bob Billman.  Bob inherited his Dad's construction business in 1989 and has kept it going ever since.
Children: Robert (Born 10/24/91) - they call him "Bobby."  As of 2004, he was starting 8th grade in the Fall, and was wrestling, playing football and riding one of their horses named Texas (1/2 Arabian, 1/2 Quarter Horse.)

Stephenee (Born 7/02/93) - Her spelling comes from "Stephen" for Diane's dad who sadly passed away in February 2000, and from Diane's Mom, "E"thel "E"ileen.  As of 2004, she was starting 6th grade in the Fall, was playing field hockey, basketball and riding their other horse named Jet (American Quarter Horse).  Stephenee shows Jet and in 2004 is actually the high point rider in Open Shows for the PA Youth Quarter Horse Association.  She has also qualified for the State 4H competition that will be held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on 10/10/04.
Occupation: As of 2006, Diane had obtained her realtor's license and was working for Berkshire Network/GMAC Real Estate.  The following is from her profile on the Berkshire Network/GMAC website...
 
Over the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of working in new construction and banking. Through these two positions, along with being a mother of two, I have come to know what all of us, as customers want... outstanding customer service.
 
My goal is to help you, whether buying or selling, have the smoothest transaction from start to finish. Life has enough stress. Sit back, relax and let me do the work for you.

* Native of Berks County.

* Member of the Reading-Berks Association of Realtors.

* Graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

* Reside in Mohrsville on my "mini zoo" with husband, Bob, son, daughter, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 horses and our prize possession 1 Mediterannean Miniature spotted donkey (AKA Rocky).

* Member of Berks County Field Hockey Officials Association.

* Active adult member of the 4H Group, The Blue Ribbon Riders.

* Secretary of Sch. Valley's wrestling parents' club - The Panther Mat Club.

(Here's something interesting.  Guess who else works at Berkshire/GMAC?  Bill Dengler!  CLICK HERE to see his profile.  Looks like Diane works at their Wyomissing office, and Bill works at their Exeter office.)

Diane worked for Berks County Bank right after college, but decided to become a stay-at-home Mom after her first kid, Robert, was born 10/24/91.  Eventually she began working as an office manager for her husband, Bob.  She coached field hockey at Antietam and Albright College in between, and had been a volunteer coach for her daughter's 5th and 6th grade team at Schuylkill Valley.

Achievements: Bachelor's in Business Management from Lebanon Valley College in 1990 where she was a field hockey starter for all 4 years.  She was All-MAC three years, a regional All-American two years, and a Division III All-American her senior year.  Along the way, she set the LVC school scoring record!

In 2004, Diane was named to Lebanon Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Free Time: The kids' crazy schedules and their company keep Diane fully occupied, but she still finds time to play volleyball and referee field hockey for Berks County schools.
 
Diane was the Field Hockey coach at Albright College.  The following was directly from the Albright College web-site.  Very impressive!

Albright head field hockey coach Diane Billman sports an impressive playing and coaching resume.

A 1990 graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor of science degree in business management, Coach Billman was a field hockey starter all four years with the Flying Dutchmen. She was All-MAC three years, a regional All-American two years, and a Division III All-American her senior season. Along the way, she set the LVC school scoring record, which since has been broken.

She began her coaching career as the junior varsity field hockey coach at Antietam High School, near Reading, for one season, then moved up to varsity head coach for five seasons before coming to Albright in 1998.

As with most sports at Albright, the field hockey team plays and practices in the shadow of dormitories and classrooms, making for a friendly, communal atmosphere.  The Lions play on Kelchner Field, with the fall colors of the surrounding mountainside offering a vivid backdrop.

Head coach Diane Billman encourages her players to give 100% on and off the field.   To strengthen team bonding, which is important for working well together and suceeding, the Lady Lions do activities outside the realm of field hockey.  Some activities in the past have been laser tag, team dinners and roller skating.  In the off-season, to stay fit and keep their skills sharp, the team plays indoor field hockey and participates in tournaments.  Academics also are a primary concern.  Games involving longer travel are deliberately scheduled for weekends, whenever possible.

Albright 2000 Field Hockey Team
Albright 2000 Field Hockey Team
(Diane is in top row all the way to the right)
CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE

For all of the Albright Field Hockey news and information...
http://www.albright.edu/athletics/fieldhockey.html

 
Health Class Notes:
I married Diane before Bob did - Diane was my make-believe wife in Health class in 11th grade. We had egg-baby twins. (Which is funny because my wife always makes fun of me when I hold someone's baby because supposedly I look so frightened that I'm going to drop it - well how can I help it.  That is what that stupid exercise taught me!  Don't drop the baby or you get a big fat "F"!) The twins were named Derek and Dustin.  I remember Diane, Brendan and Sally (Brendan's Health class wife) and I actually went browsing for furniture. We also had a make-believe dog named "Boof" (which was the Darren Max high school word for "fart," by the way.) ... In my 11th grade yearbook Diane wrote "To the greatest husband I've ever had...so far."

On a related note, at one of our 10-year re-union committee meetings, Eric Delewski confessed that Heather Hill (Eric's Health-class wife) completed the whole report herself without his help!
 
Penn Post Notes:
November 1982 (Volume 26, Edition 2): In a summary of the Fall 1982 Field Hockey season, "...Diane Churan was hit in the mouth during a practice corner before a game..."  That same season, Trish Hill needed stitches, Pam Horning got a black eye, and Carolyn Horst broke her finger.  Ouch.
 
Class Trip Notes:
If I remember right, Diane's future husband to be at the time, got us most of the beer on the class trip.
 
Senior Memories (Copied directly from the Senior Yearbook):
KD, KF, SK, KC, WC, BB ... Luv ya ... "the school!" ... ski trips ... Giggin' in the RABBIT ... Camp ... Bang! ... Summer of '85 with Bob ... awesome 4-some ... lifting ... Don't Point (2) ... The Drive-In ... 6/2/84 ... Thanks Mom and Dad.
 
Chris Mal Comments on the Senior Memories:
Ya know, there are a lot of memories which mention "pointing". Perhaps everyone could see to it that, for old times sake, everyone "points" at the re-union.
 

HOMECOMING 1986
Kathy Ford, Missy Ryan,
Wendy Crow (Queen),
Diane Churan, Kelly Clark

The Queen and Her Court

Would it have been so hard to close the car door before this picture was taken?

 
Class Officers
President: Leon Pace
Vice-Prez: Maia Carvahlo ('84), Randy Boyer ('85 & '86)
Secretary: Kelly Clark
Treasurer: Diane Churan

(Click on picture to enlarge)
Class Officers
Senior Year
Junior Year Class Officers
Junior Year
Class Rule: The Treasurer and Secretary always show some leg.
Sophomore Year
 

From the December 1984 Penn Post
Diane Churan, a very fine hockey playerOUTSTANDING ATHLETE
     This issue's outstanding female athlete is Diane Churan, a junior. Diane is a very fine hockey player who has an excellent attitude and will always give 100% during practice and games. Some of Diane’s accomplishments this year were leading the hockey team in goals and making the All-Division hockey team.
     Besides hockey, Diane also plays basketball, volleyball, and softball. Mrs. Thomas is looking for many fine things from Diane this year and next.
          - Dave Blose

 

From the November 1985 Penn Post
Chris Mal's 11th Grade Health Class Wife, DianeSENIOR OF THE ISSUE
     Diane Churan is our Female Senior of the Issue. Her favorite subject in school is Anatomy and Physiology.
     Diane enjoys her participation in many clubs. She is president of Girls' Leader Corps, treasurer of the senior class, sports editor of Penn Alma, and an active member of the National Honor Society and the Modern Language Club.
     Diane also enjoys playing sports. She plays field hockey, basketball, and baseball for Mt. Penn. She was recently elected to the County All Star Hockey Team.
     In her spare time, Diane enjoys horse-back riding and spending time with friends.
     Diane's future plans include college for physical therapy. She would also like to get her masters in Sports Medicine.
          - Julie Hyman

 

From the November 1985 Penn Post
SINGLE STANDOUTS
      Even though the hockey team did not win their division, they still had individuals who were acknowledged for their achievements on their respected teams.
      Diane Churan of the hockey team was selected to the Berks All-County Team for her outstanding efforts in hockey. Sally Ford, also on the hockey team, was selected to the All Division Team. Diane played the left line position while Sally played the left inner position.
          - Danny Hafetz

 

From the December 1985 Penn Post
OUTSTANDING ATHLETE
Chris Mal's 11th Grade Health Class Wife, Diane     The female athlete of this issue is Diane Churan. Diane is a very active participant in Mt. Penn’s athletic program. She is the captain of the field hockey team, co-captain of the girls’ basketball team, and a member of the volleyball and softball teams.
     Diane is perhaps best known for her talent in field hockey. In 1983, she was the 5th leading scorer in Berks County. In 1984, she made the All-Division team, and this year she made the All-Berks team.
     Diane is also involved in many other school activities. She is president of Girls’ Leader Corps, and treasurer of Y-teens. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and she is treasurer of the Class of ‘86.
     Out of school, Diane enjoys spending time with her friends, horseback riding, and skiing.
          --Kathleen Petruska

 

1983 Mt. Penn
JV Softball Team

Mt. Penn High School 1983 JV Softball team
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1984 Varsity
Softball Team

1984 Varsity Softball team featuring Class of 1986 Most Athletic female, Diane Churan!
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1985 Varsity
Softball Team

1985 Varsity Softball team featuring mother of Chris Mal's egg babies, Diane Churan
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1984 Varsity
Field Hockey Team

1985 Varsity Field Hockey featuring more people with their shoes not in the picture (who was our photographer?!)
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1985 Varsity
Field Hockey Team

1985 Varsity Field Hockey featuring the mother of twin egg babies, Diane Churan!
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1986 Varsity
Field Hockey Team

1986 Varsity Field Hockey team starring Diane Churan!
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1984 Varsity
Basketball Team

1984 Mt. Penn Girls Varsity Basketball team featuring Diane Churan!
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1985 Varsity
Basketball Team

1985 Varsity Girls Basketball team featuring Roberta Schreiber!
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1986 Varsity
Basketball Team

1986 Varsity Field Hockey team starring Diane Churan!
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Nice mop, Darren.

Sally Ford (Secretary), Diane Churan (Presiden), Kathy Ford (Treasurer), Cherisse Conlon (VP)

I still don't understand what this Y-Teens thing was about...

I think Jim was voted Most Athletic in 1985, while Diane was named Most Athletic in 1986!

Yearbook Staff
Editors
1986
Sports-Darren
Sports-Diane
Seniors-Lisa P.
Faculty-Cathy K.
Faculty-Thahn
Activities-Marta
Underclassmen-Karen

Girls' Leader
Corps Officers
1986

Y-Teens
Officers
1986

Jim Seitz &
Diane Churan
Valentine's Dance
1985

I'd have to guess that MPHS had the cutest field hockey team.  Just a guess.

The ref waves to his wife in the stands. The Mounts scored more than Diane's jersey number only 5 out of 21 games. The camera person didn't like taking pictures of sneakers.

We're happy because we have
really tall socks and some Icy Tea
1986

Diane and a ref
waving to his wife
1986

The Mounts only
senior in 1986

A picture of
Diane with her
feet cut off, 1986

Diane Churan - stick above the head, isn't that a penalty?

High 5, Down low, too slow! Diane Churan, choking up.

Shouldn't the goalie
be in FRONT of the net?
1986

High 5, Down Low, Too Slow
1985

Softball
1985

 
Diane on the Internet:
According to the Pottstown Rumble website (www.pottstownrumble.net), Diane and her partner took 2nd place in the "Women's BB Divsion" in 2002.  Per the site home page, the Pottstown Rumble is a volleyball tournament that dates back as far as 1991.  The event has grown into a 2-day event with over 90 nets and over 1200 players.  It has become one of the biggest grass doubles tournaments in the nation!

Number of times Diane
changed the diapers on
our 11th grade Health Class
Egg Baby Twins:

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