Cynthia D. Shapira
Ms. Shapira is president of the David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation, leading the development and implementation of the foundation's philanthropic initiatives. She was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania Commission on Women and served on Governor Wolf's Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development. In 2017, she was honored as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.
A community activist, she serves on the boards of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, the Say Yes to Education Foundation, and Brandeis University in Massachusetts (vice chair of the board of trustees). She is the immediate past chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and past vice chair of the Jewish Federations of North America. She previously chaired the Pennsylvania Center for Women In Politics at Chatham University and has served on the boards of Point Park University, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Pittsburgh Promise, United Way of Allegheny County, and WQED Pittsburgh. She founded the 21 & Able initiative to address the needs of youth with disabilities aging out and was honorary co-chair of Allegheny County 365, an initiative to ensure access to individuals of varying abilities in Allegheny County.
Cindy was executive vice president of Pappas Consulting Group and a management consultant for twenty years, providing strategic management services to education and non-profit institutions. 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.
Cindy has chaired the board of governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher education since 2016.
David M. Maser
Vice Chair; Chair, Student Success Committee
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.
Samuel H. Smith
Vice Chair; Chair, Audit and Compliance Committee
Mr. Smith served as a state representative for nearly 30 years, representing portions of Jefferson and Indiana counties. He served four years as Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015. He is chairman of the Council of Trustees at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and serves on the Punxsutawney College Trust, which supports IUP’s branch campus. He has a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Pennsylvania State University.
Donald E. Houser Jr.
Chair, Governance and Leadership Committee
Mr. Houser is state policy advisor for Berkshire Hathaway Energy GT&S. 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 BHE GT&S, 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 Senator Jake Corman.
Thomas S. Muller
Chair, University Success Committee
Lower Macungie, PA
After a successful 40-year career in the private sector, Mr. Muller moved into the public sector as Lehigh County’s Director of Administration, a position he held for eight years, until running for and being elected as County Executive, a role he held until 2018. 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.
Marian D. Moskowitz
Vice Chair, Student Success Committee
Marian Moskowitz, an urban developer and Chester County Commissioner, currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners. She also is Chair of the Chester County Economic Development Council and the South Eastern Economic Development Council of PA. She started her first business when she was 25 years old as a single mom. Over the years she has been involved in businesses both locally and internationally in the areas of cosmetics, trucking, and retail.
Neil R. Weaver
Vice Chair, University Success Committee
Mr. Weaver is executive deputy secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, where he oversees the management, programs and operations for the state agency. DCED is responsible for awarding more than $1.5 billion in loans and grants, and providing technical assistance to businesses, communities and local governments. He has served in many capacities in communications and government relations, including as northeast manager for government affairs for Resource Environmental Solutions; director of communications and press secretary for DCED; deputy press secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection; national fundraising manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and chief of staff to gubernatorial primary candidate Kathleen McGinty. He has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the university’s Council of Trustees.
Rep. Tim Briggs
King of Prussia, PA
Mr. Briggs has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2009, representing the 149th Legislative District in Montgomery County. Now in his sixth term, he is the minority chair of the Judiciary Committee. Mr. Briggs earned a bachelor's degree in political science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Temple University.
Slippery Rock University
Ms. Nicole Dunlop is the current Slippery Rock Student Government Association president at Slippery Rock University. With her position as the SRSGA president she is the spokesperson for almost 9,000 students while being a student herself. As a student, she is a junior studying corporate security with a minor in homeland security and philosophy. She has also been a member of the Honors College and the Security Studies Club at SRU since she became a student in 2017.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Mr. Fefolt is a History/Pre-Law and Political Science major in the Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was elected the President of the IUP Student Government Association in May 2019. Outside of Student Government, he is involved in the IUP Pre-Law Society, the IUP Political Leadership Society, the IUP History Club, and has served as a History Department Ambassador. Mr. Fefolt is also a Sutton Scholar and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization, and the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Tanya I. Garcia, Ph.D
Designee for Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega
Tanya I. Garcia, Ph.D. is the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Before joining PDE, Dr. Garcia spent four years at Georgetown University where she held several academic and administrative roles including Senior Fellow, Associate Research Professor, and Independent Higher Education Consultant.
William “Bill” Gindlesperger
Mr. Gindlesperger is chairman of eLynxx Solutions and leads growth of the firm’s print buyer’s software which is used for managing direct mail, promotional items and marketing materials. He was awarded five patents and continuing application. He also maintains a consulting practice specializing in print supply chain and profitability improvement.
Bill is published in 150 professional and trade publications. He received the only endorsement ever granted by Printing Industries of America, was inducted into PIA's Ben Franklin Honor Society and is recognized as one of Supply and Demand Chain Executive's most influential leaders.
As board chair, Bill guided Totem Pole Playhouse from brink of closure to position of self-sufficient stability during its 63rd season. During BRAC, Bill was recognized for his role in saving 3,000 skilled jobs at Letterkenny Army Depot. He was honored with Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of Year and Innovator of Year awards. Bill has provided consultation to state governors and the U.S. House and Senate, where he testified. He created the technology that builds efficiencies between U.S. GPO and private sector vendors.
Bill is trustee at Shippensburg University, member of advisory board of Grove College of Business, past president of trustees at Falling Spring Presbyterian Church and life member of Pennsylvania Society. He is member of General James Chambers Lodge 801 F&AM, Valley of Harrisburg Consistory of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Zembo Temple and Tall Cedars of Lebanon.
Bill graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in philosophy and religion.
Sen. Scott Martin
Senator Martin is serving his first term representing
Lancaster County. In just over two years, he has authorized ten new laws,
including cracking down on habitual DUI offenders, creating an anonymous
school threat reporting system, protecting access to parking spaces for
disabled Pennsylvanians and generating private donations to fight pediatric
cancer. In addition, legislation he authored that allows municipalities
to opt out of having Video Gaming Terminals, (VGTs) within their boundaries was
recently signed by the Governor. He has also been a leader in the fight
for Medicaid reform and he currently serves as Chair of the Senate Local
Government Committee. He also serves on the Local Government Commission,
the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the State System of Higher Education Board and
the Athletic Oversight Committee.
Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega
Mr. Ortega is the acting secretary of education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He previously spent eight years at the University of Michigan where he held several academic and administrative roles including assistant director and senior research associate at the National Center for Institutional Diversity and managing director of the National Forum on Higher Education.
Rep. Brad Roae
Mr. Roae has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2007, representing the 6th Legislative District in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Now in his seventh term, he is a member of the House Republican Policy Committee. Mr. Roae earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gannon University.
Mr. B. Michael Schaul
Schaul is the president and managing partner for Economic Strategy Group LTD in Harrisburg.
Sen. Judith L. Schwank
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.
Larry C. Skinner
Larry C. Skinner is the VP of Sales and Marketing at Conversion Technologies International, Inc. with more than 35 years of experience in helping clients of all industries automate business processes by utilizing document management solutions and services. Larry progressed from Director of Business Development to VP, Sales and Marketing after 6 straight years of Channel development and sales growth. He supervised Channel partners and a direct sales force located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Skinner manages a $ 1 – 6 M+ portfolio of National accounts and oversees all forecasting, market analytics and sales team training/development programs. He is responsible for closing some of the largest contracts in company history with several generating over 1 million dollars in revenue.
A graduate of Cheyney University (1976), Larry spent six years working as a teacher in the Philadelphia School System and was a Recreation Leader for the City of Philadelphia Youth Study Center. He has always had a positive impact on children and young adults. Larry is most proud of his loving and supportive family. He states, “Without their love and support, I would not be who I am today.
Designee for Gov. Tom Wolf
Ms. Snead is secretary of policy and planning for Governor Tom Wolf. She previously served as a deputy policy secretary working with the departments of Health, Human Services, Insurance, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging. She also co-coordinated the governor’s broader agenda to address the opioid crisis across commonwealth agencies. Prior to joining the governor’s office, Ms. Snead was an executive policy specialist in the Department of Human Services, focusing on Medicaid, mental health, and substance use policy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Colorado.
Stephen L. Washington, Jr.
Mr. Washington, a junior management information systems major and military science minor, is an active member of the campus community. He is the student at-large representative for the Shippensburg University Student Services, Inc. (SUSSI) Board of Directors, a member of the Student Government Association and a member of the newly formed Pivot Team. As a member of Shippensburg University ROTC, he has served as an Academic Success Program peer leader, a resident assistant for the ROTC Living Learning Community. He is an Eagle Scout and graduate of Carson Long Military Academy.
Governor Tom Wolf
Mr. 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.
Janet L. Yeomans
Ms. Yeomans is a former executive with 3M Corporation, spending nearly 30 years with the company, including as a vice president and treasurer. She also has served as an independent trustee of Delaware Group Income Funds since 1999 and serves on the board of Temple University Hospital. She holds degrees in mathematics and physics from Connecticut College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.