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.

Board Member
Brenda Watson

As a small business owner of over 33 years, Brenda is an experienced entrepreneur and job creator. She is also a long-time New Bloomfield resident and an active member of numerous community organizations, including being a founding member of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and volunteering with the local pool board, school booster club and fire department fundraising. In 2019, Brenda was elected to her first term as Perry County Commissioner.

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
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.

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