EXPERIENCE & LEADERSHIP MATTER
Photo Credit: Denise Miller Rader
Dana is a lifetime resident of Bethlehem, the oldest child of William and Andrea Grubb. He spent the first six years of his life living in the apartment his parents rented on the West Side of Bethlehem. He grew up in his family’s Northeast Bethlehem row home that is now part of the Pembroke National Register Historic District.
He has two sisters, Gail Reichard (Dennis) and Cynthia Grebs (Richard), six nieces and nephews and nine grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
He is engaged to author Deborah Courville and resides in northeast Bethlehem with his cat Gracie.
As is the case with many Bethlehem area residents, members of his family worked at Bethlehem Steel. His paternal grandparents, Stanley and Mary Grubb, both worked at Bethlehem Steel, where Stanley was injured in an industrial accident and succumbed to complications from that injury in 1935. Dana’s grandmother, a Hungarian immigrant to the United States at the age of eight, never remarried and raised Dana’s father and aunt on her own, retiring from Bethlehem Steel after a lengthy career in housekeeping services.
His maternal grandparents, William and Tillie Waud, owned and operated an ice delivery business, one of the last in Bethlehem until modern refrigeration became more widely used. Afterward, his grandfather was hired by Bethlehem Steel and worked in janitorial services until his retirement.
Immediate members of Dana’s family worked in various public service sectors for decades, including the City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Area Public Library, and Bethlehem Area School District. His father was the Chief Housing Inspector for the City of Bethlehem at the time of his death in 1984.
Dana attended Moravian Preparatory School (today’s Moravian Academy) for kindergarten, then attended Edgeboro Elementary School and Northeast Junior High School. He was graduated from Liberty High School and then from Moravian College with a BA in Political Science.
He worked in the construction industry as a manufacturing representative and later as a laborer. For 27 years he was employed by the City of Bethlehem in several capacities, including Sealer of Weights and Measures, Civil Defense Director, Housing Rehabilitation Finance Specialist, Grants Administrator, Acting Director of Community and Economic Development and Deputy Director of Community Development.
In 1999 Dana was one of four former city officials who created the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in negotiations with Bethlehem Steel. That district has benefited Bethlehem by laying the financial groundwork for the development of SteelStacks, completing the renovations to the Stock House Visitors Center and Hoover-Mason Trestle walkway, funding construction of the South Bethlehem Greenway, and improving public parking lots at SteelStacks and the roadways that support this area.
Since his retirement from the City of Bethlehem Dana has operated a small photography business, Concertpix Photography. He is an award-winning photojournalist with the Bethlehem Press, where he also writes the popular weekly column ‘People Say.’ He is a house photographer at the Wind Creek Event Center (formerly the Sands), and a real estate photographer. He has done photography for The Threshold Record Company, Ltd. label for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, The Moody Blues, for nearly thirty years.
During the 1990s he was a concert and theater reviewer for the Express-Times.
In addition, he is the secretary-treasurer for the affordable housing non-profit Housing Opportunity Movement, Inc.
He has served on the Bethlehem Recreation Commission, United States Postal Service Citizens’ Advisory Council, and as treasurer and president of the South Bethlehem Historical Society where he remains an advisory board member. Dana currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Boutique at the Rink cancer fundraiser.
Dana played and pitched men’s fast pitch softball and slo-pitch softball on teams in Bethlehem’s recreation leagues, the East Penn League in Allentown, and Bethlehem Church League for twenty-three years. He played on both men’s and co-ed volleyball teams in leagues throughout the Lehigh Valley for twenty-five years.
He was an avid runner and these days can be found hiking and biking on regional trails regularly. He has traveled throughout the United States, England and Canada. Dana enjoys music, especially Classic Rock and New Age. He can usually be found outdoors with his cameras; he supports several local animal shelters and the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
He strongly believes that government’s primary purpose is to serve its constituency and improve the quality of life for residents while keeping them safe.