Bruce Resnak served meritoriously in the Army for 30 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel. Upon retirement, he decided not to return to work, but rather volunteer his time to assist his community. His volunteer experiences have greatly enriched his life.

He was born in McKeesport Hospital in 1957 to his parents Sandor and Anna Resnak. He grew up in Elizabeth Township with siblings Sandy (Robert) Urbaniak (EF Class of 1964) and Lorraine (Larry) Koch (EF Class of 1971). He attended St. Michael's Catholic School, Elizabeth Forward Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating in 1975. He was a member of the wrestling team for six years.

From there, Resnak attended Clarion State College, graduating in 1979. He was then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in the US Army. He continued his lifelong learning by earning Masters degrees from Central Michigan University and the Army War College. He received his Doctorate in Business Administration from Argosy University in 2013. He also attended numerous professional development courses during his military career.

While in the military, Resnak held numerous command and staff positions. He was deployed during Desert Shield/Storm as a company Commander of a petroleum unit. In Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Group/Installation Commander, he oversaw the development and support structures of Saddam Hussein's Victory Palace complex. He served as the G4 (Director of Logistics) for the entire Army Reserve on two separate occasions. In this position, he oversaw all supply, maintenance, transportation and food service functions in the Army Reserve.

His military decorations include: The Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Army Commendation Medal (8 awards), Meritorious Unit Citation and Induction into the Order of St. Martin (Logistical Society).

After retiring, Resnak began volunteering in the local community. He delivered Meals on Wheels for four years. Simultaneously, he volunteered in a physical fitness center assisting seniors in safely navigating their personal fitness regimens. Continuing to support senior citizens, he has been teaching AARP Driver Safety classes for eight years. He was part of a pilot program teaching Smart Technology (SMARTEK) in vehicles to senior citizens. Additionally, for the last eight years he has worked with the AARP Tax Aide program, preparing, reviewing and submitting both federal and state income tax returns. Two summers ago, he began volunteering in a Summer Lunch program, preparing lunches for children who received free or reduced lunch.

Three years ago, he started volunteering with The Eden Project, a non-profit organization that provides support to any veteran in need and focusing on those with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or those experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). The Eden Project aims to provide one stop, holistic reintegration treatment for struggling veterans and their families. Because of his active involvement in this group, he was recently appointed to serve on The Eden Project's Board of Directors.

He was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Treatment Court. He serves as both a mentor and as the Mentor Coordinator, assigning and matching mentors with veterans. The addition of mentors, working one on one with troubled veterans, has significantly reduced the recidivism rate of these veterans, returning them to society as productive, tax paying citizens.

Another aspect of his Eden Project volunteer work resulted in the construction of four cabins at Camp Grace in Roberta, GA. Camp Grace serves as a summer camp for underprivileged inner city kids. He has been married to the former Paula Jean Friedrich of Sharon, PA for 28 years. They have three children: Brandie (Michael) Boback of Pittsburgh, Jessica Resnak of Fayetteville, GA and Alex Resnak of Smyrna, GA. They also have three grandchildren: Wyatt, Charlotte and Lily.