Past Speakers

Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program Seminar Speakers

Participants in the EPFP will have the opportunity to interact with many of Pennsylvania’s leaders and education practitioners. They represent a variety of perspectives on education policy issues. Although this is not an inclusive list, the following people have been speakers in past EPFP seminars (titles and organizations listed are the positions the speakers held at the time of their presentations).

  • Stacey A. Aldrich, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries/State Librarian, Office of State Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Caroline Allen, Coordinator, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network
  • Colonel Charles D. Allen, Professor of Cultural Science, Department of Command, Leadership & Management, U.S. Army War College
  • Carolyn Angelo, Executive Director, Professional Standards and Practices Commission
  • Brian Armstead, Director of Civic Engagement, Philadelphia Education Fund
  • Jodi Askins, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Dr. Edna Baehre, President, Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Rusty Baker, Executive Director, PA Museums
  • Dr. Peter Balcziunas, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Dr. Herbert F. Barber, Faculty Instructor, Department of Command, Leadership and Management, U.S. Army War College
  • Dr. Joseph Bard, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS)
  • Gene Barr, President and CEO, PA Chamber of Business and Industry
  • Dr. Brenda J. Becker, Superintendent, Hempfield School District
  • Joan Benso, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
  • Janice Bissett, Senior Adviser to Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Marjorie Blaze, Division Chief, Bureau of Teacher Certification, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Dr. Terry Blue, President, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE)
  • Elizabeth Bolden, Director of the Policy Office, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators
  • Lee Burket, Chief, Bureau of Career and Technical Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Dr. Thomas Carey, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Carla Claycomb, Director of Education Services, Pennsylvania State Education Association
  • Jennifer Cleghorn, Director of Education, Team PA Foundation
  • Winston Cleland, Policy Specialist, Pennsylvania Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Colonel Ruth B. Collins, Faculty Instructor, Department of Command, Leadership and Management, U.S. Army War College
  • Lu Consur, Pennsylvania Community Providers’ Association
  • Donna Cooper, Director, Governor’s Policy Office, Office of Governor Edward G. Rendell
  • Lynn Cromley, Director, Center for Schools and Communities
  • Maureen Cronin, Executive Director, The Arc of Pennsylvania
  • Shane Crosby, Assistant Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Peter DeCoursey, Bureau Chief, Capitolwire
  • Fred Dedrick, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board
  • Dr. John DeFlaminis, Executive Director, Penn Center for Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board
  • Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Dr. Richard Dumaresq, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators
  • Dr. David Dumeyer, Executive Director, House Education Committee
  • Debbie Dunstone, President, Pennsylvania PTA
  • Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn, State Education Committee Chair, NAACP Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Ann Dykstra, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary, Dickinson College
  • Eric C. Eshbach, Ed.D., Superintendent, Upper Adams School District
  • Arnold F. Fege, President, Public Advocacy for Kids
  • Robert Feir, Ph.D., President, EdStrat21
  • Al Ferguson, Assistant Executive Director, Democratic House Appropriations Committee
  • Dr. Rick Fiene, Director, Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute for Infancy, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Joni Finney, Professor of Practice, Higher Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Vito Forlenza, Assistant Executive Director, Northeastern Educational I.U. #19
  • Dr. Gene Freeman, Superintendent, Manheim Township School District
  • Dr. Edward Fuller, Director, Penn State Center for Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis
  • Dr. Peter Garland, Executive Vice Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • Robert G. Garraty, Ph.D., President, Garraty Workforce Development
  • Joel Geary, Higher Education Associate, Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality
  • Thomas Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association
  • Karl Girton, CEO, Karfel Management
  • Thomas Gluck, Executive Director, Democratic Senate Education Committee
  • L. Michael Golden, Deputy Secretary, Office of Information and Educational Technology, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Dr. Ted Hersberg, Professor, Public Policy and History and Director, Center for Greater Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jenny L. Hershour, Managing Director, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Paula Hess, Special Research Senior Advisor to the Speaker, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Dr. Arnold Hillman, Consultant, Bright Futures Unlimited
  • Jay Himes, CAE, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
  • Dr. David Hornbeck, Former Superintendent, Philadelphia School District
  • Dr. Kathleen M. Howley, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • Holly Jobe, President, International Society for Technology in Education
  • Larry Jones, President, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools
  • Commander Traci A. Keegan, Director of Human Resources Development, U.S. Army War College
  • Dr. Gerald Kohn, Superintendent, Harrisburg School District
  • Colleen Kopp, Senior Associate, S.R. Wojdak & Associates and Former Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Office of Governor Edward G. Rendell
  • Representative Edward Krebs, Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 101
  • Mark Lafer, Current Consultant, Mark Lafer Consulting and Former (Retired) Senior Policy Research Analyst, Research and Policy Analysis, State Grant and Special Programs, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
  • Marcus S. Lingenfelter, Director, State  Relations, National Math + Science Initiative
  • Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Director, Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Franklin and Marshall College
  • John Malady, Malady & Wooten Public Affairs
  • Roberta M. Marcus, Master School Board President, Parkland School District
  • John Maurer, State Capital Office Coordinator, Pennsylvania State Data Center
  • Dianne McCormick, Deputy Director for Communications, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
  • Dr. James McCormick, Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • Clyde McGeary, Former Chief, Division of Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Karen Molchanow, Executive Director, Pennsylvania State Board of Education
  • Dr. Kevin Moran, Principal and CAO, Sylvan Heights Science Charter School, Harrisburg
  • Amy C. Morton, Director, Educational Services, Capital Area Intermediate Unit
  • Sue Mukherjee, Director, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Dr. Robert Murphy, Faculty Instructor, Department of Command, Leadership and Management, U. S. Army War College
  • Senator Timothy Murphy, Pennsylvania Senate District 37
  • Robert Nelkin, Director, Starting Points Initiative, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Richard D. Nilsen, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Ed Nolan, Executive Director, Pennsylvania House Republican Appropriations Committee
  • Robert Nyce, Executive Director, Independent Regulatory Review Commission
  • Dr. Hector R. Ortiz, Director of Health Equity, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Honorable Vicki Phillips, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Senator Jeffrey Piccola, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Senate of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Jeremy Plant, Professor, Public Policy Administration, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg
  • Tim Potts, Director, Pennsylvania School Reform Network
  • Pamela M. Price, Director of Board Development Services, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
  • Tara Pucell, Legislation and Advocacy Chair, Pennsylvania PTA
  • John T. Pulver, Special Project Consultant, Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Administrators
  • Mary Ramirez, Director, Bureau of Community and Student Services, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Colonel George E. Reed, Director, Command and Leadership Studies, Department of Command, Leadership and Management, U.S. Army War College
  • Tim Reeves, Press Secretary to the Governor and Director of Communications
  • J. Curtis Rose, Assistant Executive Director of School Board and Management Services, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
  • Ian Rosenblum, Policy Specialist, Governor’s Policy Office
  • Sharon Schwartz, Executive Director, Aging and Youth Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Sandra L. Sheppeard, Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Academy for the Profession of Teaching and Learning, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • R. Winfred Smith, Retired Educator and former President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and the National School Boards Association
  • Mary Soderberg, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Public Advocacy, Pennsylvania Council of Churches
  • Stinson Stroup, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators
  • Representative P. Michael Sturla, Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 96
  • Liz Stanley-Swope, Education Services Director, Pennsylvania State Education Association
  • John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D., President, Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Craig Vansandt, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, U.S. Army War College
  • Christopher Wakeley, Executive Director, Democratic House Education Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Dr. Ann Williams, CEO, Assistant Dean, The Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley
  • Rob Wonderling, President and CEO, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Wood, Research Director, The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
  • Shelly Yanoff, Executive Director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth
  • Kathy Yorkievitz, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Head Start Association
  • Dr. Mary Young, Vice President of Government Relations, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Gerald Zahorchak, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Beth Zampogna, Assistant Director for Government Relations, Pennsylvania State Education Association
  • Laurie Zierer, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Humanities Council
  • Marilyn C. Zilli, Esq., Chief of Staff/Counsel to Senator Allyson Y. Schwartz, Pennsylvania Senate
  • Charles B. Zogby, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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