Meet the Board

The Perry County Economic Development Authority is managed by a diverse board of invested and experienced Perry Countians.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair of the Board
Martha ‘Marti’ Roberts

Working at IBS Development, Marti specializes in the rehabilitation of large commercial properties. Marti focuses on properties facing environmental issues, remediating problems and repurposing buildings into modern commercial space while maintaining the historical significance and character of the structure. She continues to support Perry County agriculture as a co‐owner of Perry County Land & Cattle Co. Farm, with over 1,500 acres in Pennsylvania. Using her experience, Marti supports approaches to strengthening an economy while preserving the integrity of the landscape.

Vice Chair of the Board
Morgan Tressler

Born and raised in the county, Morgan continues to support Perry County by doing most of her business here as a Realtor with RE/Max 1st Advantage. Morgan’s goals for the county are to plan for the continued success of the region’s economic development, increase strong growth for our county and to help make it a desirable place for people to work and live. She believes that Perry County has a lot to offer that is overlooked and there are many missed opportunities that easily be capitalized on. Not only does Morgan’s business revolve around Perry County, but she’s proud to be supporting where she grew up as a member of the PCEDA.

Treasurer
Patti L. McLaughlin

As a PCEDA board member, Patti believes there are many opportunities for businesses to relocate operations to Perry County with the proximity to highways connecting the major East Coast markets. Patti believes it is imperative that Perry County maintain control over the future growth and maintain the farmland in Perry County in order to provide more jobs to residents.

Secretary
John Gerner

John and his wife moved into Penn Township in 2009 and have been active in a local citizens group formed to provide more effective communications with the township’s board of supervisors. He participated in a citizen workgroup on the recent update of the Perry County Comprehensive Plan. Since 2009, John has volunteered at the local food bank on a regular basis. John’s works with PennDOT representatives in programs supported by the Federal Highway Administration.

Assistant Treasurer/Secretary
Russell N. Hoover

Russell has been an advocate for economic development groups for more than 35 years. Through his involvement with the Perry County Bicentennial Committee and the Literacy Council, plus family living in the county for more than 40 years, joining the Perry County Economic Development Authority was a natural transition. Russell is a strong supporter of success in Perry County.

At-Large Member
Richard G. Pluta

As the owner of a small independent beer distributor in Newport for the past 15 years, Richard understands business in the region. Richard supports the Perry County EDA because he feels that many organizations focus on specific areas of interest, but economic development is the only one with effects that can be felt across the entire community. Richard believes that by raising the tide of our community, all of our ships rise.

At-Large Member
Jim Fuller

Jim has been a lifelong Perry County farmer. He and his wife own 51 acres outside of Duncannon where they grow crops and raise beef cattle. Jim says the biggest thing that attracted him to farm life is self-sufficiency, yet that hasn’t prevented him from working to make his community a better place. In addition to his township responsibilities, Jim is on the Wheatfield Recreation Board, the board of the Perry County Farm Bureau and the Perry County Economic Development Authority.

At-Large Member
R. Franklin “Frank” Campbell

As a former business owner and Pennsylvania State University graduate, Frank understands the importance of developing family-sustaining jobs in order to encourage the development of services, all while maintaining rural heritage. Perry County Economic Development Authority aligns with his desired goal of improving Perry County in a meaningful and organized way.

Board Member
Joseph (Kevin) Fitzpatrick

Kevin is the owner and manager of a search firm based in Perry County that also assists and coaches people through transition. He is also a founding member of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce, a soccer and softball coach and past Girl Scout volunteer. Kevin brings a range of experiences from Fortune 500 work to being an entrepreneur. He is driven, assertive and caring, and desires to make a difference in the community.

Board Member
Dawn Lowe

With more than 35 years of experience in the workforce development field, Dawn values the importance of developing a plan to support economic development within Perry County to drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life. Through her work with the Perry County Family Center, she is driven to make a difference in the lives of families who call Perry County home.

Board Member
Emery Yoder

Emery has lived in Perry County for 25 years and is a third-generation manufacturer of wood pallets. He serves on several boards in the Amish community, is a youth church leader and is the Chairman for their plain community shop association. Emery also serves his community in a support group for business and family conflict, where he is known for his strong skills in resolving issues and resurrecting struggling businesses.

Board Member
Mike Lawler

Mike married into Perry County legacy – his wife’s family are multiple generation farmers in Newport. He is a business consultant with a focus on systems design, analytics and industrial/organizational psychology. Ten years ago, he founded a health care organization that grew to become one of the largest regional operations for home care for the elderly and housebound before he sold it to pursue new entrepreneurial endeavors.  Mike serves on numerous local youth sports boards of directors and is a current Perry County Chamber of Commerce member.

Board Member
Duane Hertzler

Duane runs a 600-head, organic dairy operation in Loysville that started in 1978 as a 60-cow dairy farm. He and his wife were named Master Farmers in 2000. He has served on the boards for York Farm Credit, Ag Choice Farm Credit Bank and the Perry County Farmland Preservation Board. He currently serves on the National Grazing Land Conservation Board, on the Pennsylvania GLC board and on the PA Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission. He is also a mentor to young dairymen.

Board Member
Shawna Weller

Shawna grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Elliottsburg and was heavily involved in FFA in high school. She is employed by Pennian Bank as an agricultural relationship manager. She’s certificated in commercial and agricultural lending and dairy production and management. She is involved with a dozen local organizations and boards, bringing a wealth of farming knowledge, resources and connections to the EDA.

Board Member
Greg Gordon

Greg is a Perry County native and Greenwood School District graduate. After college, he returned to work for Capitol Products Inc., where he started in fabrication shipping. He worked his way up through the organization to become material resource administrator, reporting to the president of the corporation during his 15 years there. He left to start his own manufacturing business in 1990 and operated it successfully for 15 years. Upon receiving a buyout offer, he retired in 2000. He remains active in a small home-based business, brokering products to overseas markets from a U.S. manufacturer. He is active in many local business and non-profit boards and brings a wealth of small business experience to the EDA board.

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