Cynthia D. Shapira, Ed.D.
Dr. Cindy 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
Board Vice Chair; Chair - Student Success Committee
David 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. David 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
Board Vice Chair; Chair - Governance and Leadership Committee
Sam 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.
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
Neil Weaver is acting 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. Neil has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the university’s Council of Trustees.
Robert W. Bogle
Robert Bogle is president and chief executive officer of the nation’s largest and oldest continuously published black-owned newspaper in the nation, the Philadelphia Tribune. Deeply invested in service to the community, he is active on a variety of boards including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PHLCVB, Visit Philadelphia, the African American Chamber of Commerce, the PNC Financial Services Advisory Board, and the Independence Health Group Inc. He is also former chairman of the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University. Mr. Bogle remains committed to his role as an ambassador for the birthplace of America—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rep. Tim Briggs
King of Prussia, PA
Rep. Tim 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. Rep. Briggs earned a bachelor's degree in political science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Temple University.
Tanya I. Garcia, Ph.D
Designee for Secretary of Education
Tanya I. Garcia, Ph.D. is Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). In this role, she oversees long-range planning for higher education in Pennsylvania, the implementation of statutory and regulatory responsibilities governing postsecondary education, and educator certification. Before joining PDE, Tanya held various roles in state government, national nonprofits, and philanthropy where she dedicated her work to improving policies and practices for all students from high school to postsecondary to the workforce. A first-generation student, Tanya earned a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Biology at Florida International University. Her M.A. in Higher Education Administration is from The George Washington University. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration at American University.
William “Bill” Gindlesperger
Bill 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.
Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty
Mr. Hagarty has championed some of the most critical initiatives benefitting our commonwealth’s teachers and learners over the past decade. He led the team that secured more than $2 billion in education funding increases to date, including the largest single-year increase in Pennsylvania history for the 2021-22 fiscal year; helped to enact the “Level Up” program, which directs $100 million in funding to the poorest and most historically underfunded districts in Pennsylvania; and developed the framework for schools to safely resume instruction following the onset of COVID-19 and continued to guide schools through the pandemic. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Wolf, where he was deeply involved in issues and advocacy for the commonwealth and state agencies; and prior to that as Chief of Staff at the Department of Community and Economic Development, where he administered a department with over 300 employees and nearly $5 billion in state and federal grant, loan, tax credit, and bond financing programs. Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Washington – Seattle.
Designee for Gov. Tom Wolf
Allison Jones is secretary of policy and planning in the Office of Governor Tom Wolf. She previously served as deputy secretary of policy and planning, focusing on education, workforce development, and labor issues, and as executive director of the PA Workforce Development Board. Prior to joining the commonwealth, Allison served as assistant commissioner for policy and policy director at the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, and as senior policy advisor to former Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Allison is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and earned a Master’s of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Sen. Scott Martin
Sen. Scott Martin was elected in 2016 to represent Lancaster County. In his first two years, he 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.
Rep. Brad Roae
Rep. Brad Roae has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2007, representing the 6th Legislative District in Northwestern Pennsylvania. He is a member of the House Republican Policy Committee. Rep. Roae earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gannon University.
Alexander C. Roberts
Alexander Roberts from Brookville, Pa., a member of Edinboro University’sClass of 2022. Alexander
is majoring in political science and serves as parliamentarian and chair of several committees of the Student Government Association, is president of Model NATO and Model UN, and is a German language tutor.
Sen. Judith L. Schwank
Sen. Judy 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.
Zakariya Scott from Johnstown, Pa. is a member of Bloomsburg University’s Class of 2023. She is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.
Larry C. Skinner
Chair, University Success Committee
Larry 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 manages a $1–6M+ portfolio of National accounts and oversees all forecasting, market analytics and sales team initiatives. Larry is a visionary and a leader in both his personal and professional life. He is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves as the Chairman for the Ambassador Program. Larry serves on the Council of Trustees for Cheyney University and serves as the Chairman for the Student Affairs Committee. In addition, Larry is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. He has always had a positive impact on children and young adults and is most proud of his loving and supportive family. He states, “Without their love and support, I would not be who I am today."
Skylar Walder, a public service major at Shippensburg University, is a former student-athlete and an active member of the campus community. Walder's involvement includes: Student Government, First Year Experience, Student Ambassadors, President's Student Advisory Council, and Diversity Week Leadership. She is also involved in leadership and service organizations in athletics.
Governor Tom Wolf
Gov. Tom 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
Chair, Audit and Compliance Committee
Jan 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.