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OVERSIGHT COMMISSION


On March 27, 2009 an executive order was signed creating the Pennsylvania Stimulus Oversight Commission.

The final meeting of the Stimulus Oversight Commission was held on Thursday September 22, 2011.


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MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION

Governor Corbett's Designee and Commission Chairman
Charles Zogby, Secretary of the Budget
www.budget.state.pa.us
Charles Zogby was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to be Secretary of the Budget on January 18, 2011. The Secretary of the Budget is responsible for the preparation of the Governor's budget and for its implementation after legislative enactment. He will also be responsible for maintaining the commonwealth's accounting, payroll, debt issuance and financial reporting systems and programs. Prior to his nomination, Zogby served as the Senior Vice President of Education and Policy for K12 Inc., an online school curriculum developer and provider. Before that, Zogby served the commonwealth as the Secretary of Education under Governors Ridge and Schweiker from 2001 to 2003; and as the Director of Governor Ridge's Policy Office from 1995 to 2001. Read more.

Chief Implementation Officer
Jennifer Branstetter, Secretary of Planning & Policy
Jennifer Branstetter currently serves as Policy Director for Governor Tom Corbett. Most recently, Branstetter served as the policy director for the Tom Corbett for Governor Campaign. In this position, Branstetter oversaw the development and implementation of the campaign's policy initiatives. Before joining the campaign, Branstetter worked as a senior associate with Cullari Communications Group and was the strategic lead on policy development, grassroots advocacy and media relations for key clients. She also served as a member of the company's senior management team. Read more.

PA Chamber of Business and Industry
Gene Barr, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs
gbarr@pachamber.org; www.pachamber.org
Gene Barr is the Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. He directs all legislative and regulatory activity, ChamberPAC and external communications. During his career in Harrisburg, he has worked on a large number of significant legislative and regulatory efforts critical to Pennsylvania's business climate. Gene has almost thirty-five years of experience in various facets of government and public affairs activity as well as business operations. He worked for BP America (the U.S. subsidiary of British Petroleum) for over twelve years. His career included assignments in refining at the company’s Marcus Hook, PA refinery, retail marketing at the U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, OH, and in state government affairs in BP's Atlanta, GA regional office where he had responsibility for all legislative activities in six states.

United Way of Pennsylvania
Tony Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Pennsylvania
tony@uwp.org; www.uwp.org
Anthony L. Ross was selected for the position of President of United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP) in April, 2005. As President, Mr. Ross is providing leadership that is improving the quality of life in communities across the state through initiatives that have matched over 250,000 Pennsylvanians with Prescription Assistance Programs, assisted in the distribution of over 250,000 prescription discount cards, secured nearly $20 million in first-time state funding for the Federal LIHEAP program that provided home heating assistance to an additional 67,000 Pennsylvania families and educated hundreds of Pennsylvania seniors about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit.  Mr. Ross began his career with the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. During his tenure in the state House, Ross served in a variety of progressively responsible capacities including, information specialist, research analyst and executive director.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
Donald C. Siegel, International Vice President, District 3, IBEW
Don_Siegel@ibew.org; www.ibew.org
Don has been an IBEW member for 38 years.  He was initiated into IBEW Local Union #743 located in Reading, Pennsylvania in January 1971.  He worked in the field as an electrician until 1989 when he was elected Business Manager of Local #743.  He served as Business Manager until 1994 when he was appointed by former International President J. J. Barry as a Third District International Representative.  He served in that capacity until March 1, 2002 when International President Hill appointed Don as International Vice President of the Third District.  In September of 2006 he was elected as International Vice President at the 37th IBEW Convention in Cleveland, OH.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Republican Caucus: Representative Brian Ellis (11th Legislative District)
bellis@pahousegop.com
Brian Ellis was elected in 2004 to serve the 11th Legislative District which includes the City of Butler; Buffalo, Butler, Clearfield, Connoquenessing, Donegal, Oakland, Summit and Winfield townships; and Chicora and East Butler boroughs.  He sits on the Appropriations, Finance and Tourism and Recreational Development committees. Additionally, he serves on the House Republican Policy Committee’s Task Force on Budget and Economic Policy.  A third-generation small business owner, he worked with his family to build a network of western Pennsylvania auto dealerships, Ellis Auto Group, with branches in Lyndora and Penn Township. Due to his entrepreneurial experience, Ellis was named chairman of the House Subcommittee on Small Business. Ellis graduated from Butler High School in 1988 and holds a communications degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Democratic Caucus: Representative Jennifer Mann, Caucus Secretary (132nd Legislative District)
jmann@pahouse.net; www.pahouse.com/mann
Jennifer L. Mann is a Democrat first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1998. She represents the 132nd Legislative District, which includes portions of the city of Allentown in Lehigh County. Rep. Mann serves in House leadership as the majority caucus secretary. She is only the third woman to serve in a House Democratic leadership position since the Pennsylvania legislature was formed. During her tenure in the legislature, she has served on the House Finance, Environmental Resources and Energy, Consumer Affairs, Insurance, Policy, Rules and Transportation committees. Nationally, Rep. Mann is a member of the Democratic Leadership Council Leadership Team, serving as the chairwoman of the DLC’s State Legislative Advisory Board (SLAB).

Pennsylvania Senate
Republican Caucus: Senator Michael Waugh, Caucus Chair (28th Senate District)
mwaugh@pasen.gov
Senator Mike Waugh began his career in public service at the community level as both an elected official and an active volunteer. He has brought those experiences, along with his hands-on approach and working knowledge of private enterprise, to his duties in Harrisburg. He was first elected to serve as Senator for the citizens of York County in the 28th Senatorial District in November of 1998.  Prior to being elected to the State Senate, he served in the State House of Representatives for six years beginning in November 1992. Before being elected to the General Assembly, Mike was a managing partner of his family’s business, Waugh Construction Company.  Starting at the age of 15 he served his local community as an active volunteer firefighter and EMT and served as assistant fire chief with the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company for 12 years from 1981-1993.

Democratic Caucus: Senator John P. Blake (Senate District 22)
www.senatorblake.com
Senator John Blake has more than 30 years experience in finance and public management. In November of 2010 he was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 22nd Senatorial District representing Lackawanna County and parts of Luzerne and Monroe Counties. Senator Blake is a life-long resident of Archbald where he lives with his wife of over 25 years, Louise Kubilis Blake, and their two children Vince and Katie. He is a 1983 graduate of Villanova University and completed a Masters Degree in Social Work at Marywood College in 1987. He also earned an MBA in Finance from the Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton and completed Executive Education in Public Management at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has extensive management experience in the public and private sector including, the Lackawanna County Redevelopment Authority, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's PA State Office in Philadelphia, and PNC Bank's Community Development Division. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for the PA Department of Community and Economic Development in Harrisburg where he also briefly served as Acting Secretary of the Department. John is a member of the Adjunct Faculty for the Economics and Finance Department of the University of Scranton's Kania School of Management.

U.S. Congressional Delegation
Republican Caucus Representative: Guy Ciarrocchi, Esquire
GLCStrategies@gmail.com
For three decades, Guy has worked for and/or advised elected and appointed officials at each level of government. Guy served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Gerlach.  Prior to joining the Congressman’s staff, Guy was appointed by the White House to serve as the Regional for the US Housing & Urban Development.  Based in Philadelphia, Guy was responsible for over 700 employees in 7 offices across 5 states and the District of Columbia. Guy served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Prior to joining the Archdiocese, Guy served as Chief-Of-Staff and Counsel to State Senator Melissa Hart.  Guy also served during that time as Executive Director of the Senate Finance Committee, where the focus was on cutting business taxes and reforming our property tax system. After graduating from Villanova Law School, Guy was appointed as a Deputy Attorney General for Pennsylvania working in the Criminal Appeals section as a prosecutor.  Guy’s work in public service began in 1987, as the Chester County Commissioners’ Planning Liaison.  Guy has been active in numerous community and volunteer programs including serving as a Township Supervisor and coaching little league softball and baseball.

Democratic Caucus Representative: Mike Marsico  
mikmars1@aol.com
Mike Marsico is the Deputy Director of Philadelphia Fight, a comprehensive AIDS service organization providing HIV primary care, consumer education and research on potential treatments for HIV/AIDS.  FIGHT reaches more than 8,000 individuals a year. Previously, Mike worked in Governor Ed Rendell’s office to find and select dedicated and qualified candidates for the many of the Pennsylvania boards and commissions, specifically boards and commissions that are directly related to securing, funding, and building Pennsylvania’s business base. Prior to the Rendell Administration Mike worked for Philadelphia City Councilman Angel Luis Ortiz working on environmental, redevelopment, and other neighborhood issues. Mike is a veteran of the United States Navy. He is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College and Temple University.

David G. Greineder, IOM, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey
www.toomey.senate.gov
David Greineder is the Central Pennsylvania Regional Manager for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. David manages the Harrisburg central office; represents the Senator at meetings and events; helps shape the Senator's district schedule; and conducts outreach in a 16-county region, between Franklin and Lancaster counties in the south and Clinton County in the north. Prior to joining Senator Toomey, David was the Director of Advocacy for The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He also worked in Washington, D.C. as the Acting National Legislative Director for AMVETS (American Veterans). David gained his political experience during a five-year stint on Capitol Hill as a senior staffer with Representatives George W. Gekas (R-PA-17) and Tim Murphy (R-PA-18). David holds a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science from Millersville University, and an "Institute for Organization Management" certification from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

J. Terry Kostoff, U.S. Senator Robert Casey
shipgrad@comcast.net; www.casey.senate.gov
J. Terry Kostoff retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on November 24, 2006 after almost 32 years of employment.  Prior to retirement, Kostoff was Deputy State Treasurer for Fiscal Operations. Before becoming Deputy State Treasurer, Mr. Kostoff held the position of Deputy Auditor General for Audits for eight years under then Auditor General Casey. In this capacity, Terry was responsible for directing the work of 500 auditors performing financial and performance audits statewide.  Terry is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager. Terry holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Shippensburg University and has done graduate work in Public Administration at Penn State University. Terry is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

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