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.
Mr. Bittinger is a senior at Shippensburg University studying Political Science with a minor in History, and is the 2019-2020 Student Government Association President. An active student leader on campus, he has worked as a Resident Assistant since his sophomore year and served as an Orientation Leader in 2018. Mr. Bittinger has been heavily involved in student groups such as the Residence Hall Association, ShipVotes, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the Political Science Club. He is the Vice President of the 501 (c)(3) Shippensburg University Student Services, Incorporated (SUSSI), and sits on his campus' University Disciplinary Board and President's Student Advisory Board.
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.
Audrey F. Bronson
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.
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.
Donald E. Houser Jr.
Chair, Governance and Leadership Committee
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.
Sen. Scott Martin
Governance and Leadership Committee
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.
Marian D. Moskowitz
Vice Chair, Student Success Committee
Ms. Moskowitz is a real estate developer and has been involved in a variety of economic development projects in Chester County. She led the development of Franklin Commons in Phoenixville, a former abandoned industrial building that now houses multiple educational facilities, businesses and various community institutions, most of which are owned and run by women and that combined employ more than 250 people. She serves as vice chair of the Chester County Economic Development Council and is president of the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. She was named to the Delaware River Port Authority by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015 and is secretary of the Council of Trustees at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas S. Muller
Chair, University Success Committee
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.
Designee for Secretary Pedro A. Rivera
Mr. Ortega is deputy secretary for postsecondary and higher 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.
Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.