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Cynthia D. Shapira

Pittsburgh, PA

Ms. Shapira is president of the David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation and a community activist. She previously was a management consultant, providing strategic management services to education and non-profit institutions. She is chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Federation and vice chair of Jewish Federations of North America. She serves on the boards of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Point Park University, and Brandeis University in Massachusetts. She sits on the Governor's Advisory Board for Education and Workforce Development and previously served on the Pennsylvania Women’s Commission under Governor Tom Corbett. Ms. Shapira has been a board member of the United Way of Allegheny County, The Pittsburgh Promise, WQED, and Vibrant Pittsburgh. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Wellesley College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She was re-elected to her second term as Board chair in July.

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David M. Maser

Vice Chair; Chair, Finance, Administration and Facilities
Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Maser is Of Counsel with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, a nationally known securities and consumer class action law firm. He has worked in both law and government for 25 years and has been involved with multiple presidential campaigns and numerous other federal, state, and local campaigns. Mr. Maser also is active in his community, serving as chairman of Philadelphia 3.0; as a founding member and chairman of the Board of the Garces Foundation; and as a member of the Pennsylvania Society and the Union League of Philadelphia. He was re-elected to his fourth term as vice chair in July 2017.


Harold C. Shields

Vice Chair; Chair, Human Resources
Allison Park, PA

Mr. Shields is the principal in Harold C. Shields HR Consulting LLC. He is a member of the Council of Trustees at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, from which he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. A career human resources professional, he previously was human resources director of Global Business Services and HR director of Pittsburgh Resource Units for Alcoa for 28 years until retiring in 2009. He also worked for the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Erie, a self-help program founded by the late Leon H. Sullivan, as well as for Bucyrus-Erie and WICU-TV in Erie. He has served as a member of the Edinboro University Foundation Board of Directors and the Edinboro University Alumni Association Board of Directors. His other civic efforts include serving as board president of Three Rivers Youth and as a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pittsburgh. He was the first African-American elected to the Erie School Board and served a term as president. He previously served on the Board of Governors from 2009 to 2013. He was elected vice chair in July 2017


Sen. Ryan P. Aument

Landisville, PA

​Mr. Aument has served in the Pennsylvania Senate since he was first elected in November 2014. His district comprises northern Lancaster County. He is chairman of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee and also serves as vice chairman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee and as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Education, Finance, Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, and Majority Policy committees. He previously served two terms in the state House of Representatives. He served as a captain in the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom, briefly commanding an infantry company of 150 soldiers after his company commander was wounded in action. He also served on battalion staff as a civil affairs officer. During his military career, he earned several awards, including the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Army Parachutist Badge. He is a graduate of The Citadel military college in South Carolina.​


Rep. Matthew E. Baker

Wellsboro, PA

Mr. Baker has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since first being elected in 1992 and is now in his 12th term. His district comprises Tioga County and western Bradford County. He currently serves as chairman of the House Health Committee and is a member of the Rules Committee. He is a graduate of Elmira College and attended Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.


Audrey F. Bronson

Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Bronson is a trustee at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. She is an ordained minister and consecrated bishop and is the founder and pastor of the Sanctuary Church of the Open Door. She also founded the Sanctuary Christian Academy, a private academic school for students from pre-school to fifth grade; the Sanctuary Bible Institute; and the Sanctuary Counseling and Referral Center. She retired from Cheyney University in 1984 as an associate professor of psychology after seventeen years of teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Cheyney University, a Master of Science degree in psychology from Howard University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary. 


Secretary of Policy and Planning Sarah Galbally

Governor's Designee
Harrisburg, PA

Ms. Galbally is secretary of policy and planning for Gov. Tom Wolf and is serving as the governor's designee to the Board.


Rep. Michael K. Hanna

Lock Haven, PA

Mr. Hanna has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since first being elected in 1990. He represents the 76th District, which includes Clinton County and part of Centre County. Mr. Hanna currently serves as the House Democratic Whip, where he coordinates responses to legislation and assists in developing the caucus agenda. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Rural PA, past member of the PA Parks and Forest Foundation Board of Directors, and a past member of the LHU Alumni Board and Foundation.  Mr. Hanna is a graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a former member of its Council of Trustees. He earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.


Shaina Marie Hilsey

Garnet Valley, PA

Ms. Hilsey is president of the Student Government Association at California University of Pennsylvania. She is a junior sport management major with a concentration in professional golf management and a minor in business administration. She also is a member of the Student Association Inc. (SAI) Board of Directors, which oversees the student activity fee budget and supports student clubs and activities. She has participated in both The Big Event and Relay for Life in each of the past two years and has attended multiple leadership conferences, including the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.


Donald E. Houser Jr.

Coraopolis, PA

Mr. Houser is state policy advisor for Dominion Energy. A Lock Haven University alumnus and former member of the university's Council of Trustees, he also sits on the Board of Directors of the Independent Power Producers of New York and is a former township commissioner in Susquehanna Township (Dauphin County). Prior to joining Dominion, Mr. Houser spent 13 years working in the state Senate, where he was field representative to former state Senator J. Doyle Corman and Chief of Staff for 10 years to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.


Jonathan B. Mack

Chair, Academic and Student Affairs
Indiana, PA

Mr. Mack is an attorney and partner with Marcus & Mack, P.C., of Indiana. A member of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers and Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo School of Law and bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, where he graduated cum laude. He is vice chair of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees and also chairs the Council’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee and is a member of IUP’s Middle States accreditation team. He is president of the J.S. Mack Foundation; vice chair of the Seeds of Faith Christian Academy and chair of its capital campaign; co-chair of the Indiana County Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign; a board member for the Indiana Experiment; and an elder at Summit Church in Indiana. He is chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.


Barbara McIlvaine Smith

West Chester, PA

Ms. McIlvaine Smith served as a member of the state House of Representatives from 2007 through 2010. Among her committee assignments, she was the majority chairwoman of the Special Education Subcommittee. Previously, she had been a member of the West Chester Borough Council, serving as vice president. She is a lifelong resident of Chester County, graduating from West Chester Henderson High School and from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, with a degree in elementary education. She taught fourth grade at Penn Wood Elementary and environmental education at the Brandywine Valley Association. From 1980 to 2007, she and her late husband, Robert, owned and operated their family business, Brandywine Water Systems, Inc. She is an enrolled tribal member, by birth, of the federally recognized Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma.


Thomas S. Muller

Chair, Audit
Lower Macungie, PA

Mr. Muller is the County Executive for Lehigh County. After a successful 40-year career in the private sector, he moved into the public sector as Lehigh County’s Director of Administration, a position he held for eight years until running for his current position. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Binney and Smith, which later became Crayola. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Easton Hospital for the past decade, having been a member of the board for more than 25 years. He also serves on the board of the Lehigh County Authority and is an adjunct professor at Cedar Crest College. He earned degrees from both the business and journalism schools at Syracuse University and an M.B.A from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Guido M. Pichini

Wyomissing, PA

Mr. Pichini is president of WSK & Associates and its related companies of Wyomissing. He is a member of the Council of Trustees at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and former president of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT). He was a member of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education and the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board. Mr. Pichini graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in education/political science, and completed graduate studies in public administration at Kutztown. He also graduated from Wilson College with certification in the minor judiciary, attaining the highest grade in the history of Pennsylvania. He served as Board Chair from July 2011 though July 2016.


Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera

Harrisburg, PA

Mr. Rivera was nominated to serve as the Secretary of Education on January 20, 2015. He most recently served as Superintendent of The School District of Lancaster, a position he held from 2008-2015. Under Rivera's leadership, The district developed and implemented a new curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan, and innovative teacher observation tools. These initiatives resulted in an increased graduation rate; notable improvements in math, science, and writing proficiency scores; and enhanced the level of participation from high-performing students in programs that help prepare them for college and other post-graduation opportunities. In September 2014, Rivera was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education – one of ten recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious honor. He previously was a classroom teacher, staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia. Rivera is a first generation college graduate and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University, a Master's degree in Education Administration from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and his Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University.


Sen. Judith L. Schwank

Reading, PA

Ms. Schwank has served in the Pennsylvania Senate since she was first elected in April 2011. Her district comprises part of Berks County. She is Democratic chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and also serves on the Aging and Youth, Appropriations, Public Health and Welfare, and State Government committees. Before joining the Senate, she served two terms as a Berks County Commissioner, having been the first female elected to the office in 2000. She also was director of the Berks County Cooperative Extension Program. She earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural education from Penn State University and completed the Executive Leadership Program through the Institute for Conservation Leadership and the Institute for the Management of Life-Long Education at Harvard University.


Brian Swatt

Jermyn, PA

Mr. Swatt is president of the Student Government Association at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a sophomore political science and economics major and also a member of the IUP CO-OP Board of Directors, the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the College Republicans. He is an Eagle Scout and has served as both an instructor at the National Leadership Seminar for Order of the Arrow and as an assistant aquatics director at the Goose Pond Scout Reservation in Lake Ariel.


Governor Tom Wolf

Harrisburg, PA

Wolf took office as the 47th governor of Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015. A businessman from York County, he previously served as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Revenue. He holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, a master's degree from the University of London and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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