PEDFA Board Members

PEDFA is Governed by a 16-member Board.

PEDFA Board Members
Steven Scott Bradley

Steven Scott Bradley is the president and CEO of Bradley & Bradley Associates, Inc., a Philadelphia-based specialty insurance broker of commercial property/casualty and risk management services that addresses the unique insurance needs of non-profits, charter schools, quasi-government and healthcare organizations, and the small business community. Mr. Bradley participated in an International Studies Program in London, England. Cohort – 2013 in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Community College of Philadelphia-Babson College and holds a B.A. in Mathematics/Economics from Fisk University.

Ronald Brown

Ronald Brown has been a shareholder in Grogan & Graffam since 1993 and is chairman of the Business Transactions practice group. He practices in the areas of municipal law and municipal finance, including governmental bond issues and economic development project finance. He serves as solicitor to several municipal authorities. Mr. Brown also provides legal services for offerings of privately-placed securities and legal guidance to small business entities. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Assistant Deputy Controller of Allegheny County. Mr. Brown was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Michael Brubaker

With over 25 years of experience in leading growing and profitable businesses in the private sector and 8 years as a Pennsylvania State Senator, including his Chairmanship of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Mike Brubaker is a forward-thinking community and business leader. His proven skills revolve around building effective networks and focused coalitions. Throughout his career, Mike has driven meaningful changes in business and politics on the local, national and global levels.

Since 2015, Mike Brubaker has served as Chief Executive Officer of Blackford Ventures, LLC. Based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Blackford Ventures is a private equity and real estate investment firm that invests in innovative ventures. Prior to launching Blackford Ventures, Mike Brubaker served as a Pennsylvania State Senator in the 36th senatorial seat from 2006-2014. In his eight years as state Senator, Mike Brubaker served as Chairman of a number of committees, including Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the appropriations committee, which had considerable oversight of the Commonwealth’s $30 billion dollar annual budget.

Before his successful election into the Pennsylvania State Senate, Mike Brubaker founded and successfully led Brubaker Agronomic Consulting from 1978 to 2004. In addition to Brubaker Agronomic Consulting, Mike also founded Team Ag, Turf Management Associates, and Nutrient Management Inc.—three other successful businesses that expanded into profitable companies, employing over 150 people. Mike also founded Brubaker Consulting Group, Inc., a business enterprise that offered specialty advisory services around the world to enhance international relations and trade. Because of his agronomics expertise, Mike was asked to become the first CEO of U.S. Landcare, a non-profit startup based in Washington, D.C. He led the organization from 1998 to 2004.

Honorable Neil Weaver

Neil Weaver has two decades of experience in non-profit and government management, operations, and communications. During his career, Neil has served in executive management at both the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection.

In his current role as Acting Secretary at DCED, Neil functions as the chief executive of an agency that is responsible for administering grants, loans and tax credits that spur economic growth, community revitalization, and job creation throughout the state by providing strategic technical assistance, training, and financial resources to help our communities and industries flourish.

Prior to his current role, Neil served as Executive Deputy Secretary at DCED, and was responsible for an approximately $1 billion budget that includes both federal and state funding. His duties included all agency operations including budget oversight and implementation, human resources, program management and promotion.

Neil previously served in the Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf where he established and developed the Office of Performance Through Excellence, focused on sustainable government efficiency and performance management programs and training.

His service in the public sector also included serving as a director of communications and press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Neil has worked at two national environmental firms specializing in client management, government, communications and community relations, and worked as a national fundraising manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland. His background also includes service as the chief of staff to former gubernatorial primary candidate Kathleen McGinty.

Neil has served as vice secretary-treasurer for the York City General Authority and is currently a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors where he serves as vice chair of the University Success Committee.

Neil graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University and as Chair for the Presidential Leadership. Neil is a resident of York, Pennsylvania with his two daughters.

Nicholas S. Haden

Nicholas S. Haden is VP Marketing & Government Relations for Reserved Environmental Services. RES is the premier wastewater recycler for the shale gas industry. Founded in 2008, RES owns and operates central waste treatment facilities supporting the shale gas industry in successful and environmentally responsible unconventional gas extraction. Mr. Haden has been a board member of PEDFA since 2002.

Honorable Ryan Mackenzie

Ryan E. Mackenzie is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and is in his fifth term representing the 134th Legislative District (parts of Berks and Lehigh counties).

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
As a state representative, Ryan has served recently as a member of four House standing committees: Commerce, Environmental Resources & Energy, Insurance, and Labor & Industry. Additionally, he has been appointed to represent the House on the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board and the Aggregate Advisory Board.

Ryan is a strong advocate for what he sees as the most Important Issues facing Pennsylvania: creating Jobs, protecting taxpayers, strengthening education, and reforming government He has successfully passed legislation in these areas, and will continue to fight for these causes.

Gary Masino

Gary Masino represents over 4,000 sheet metal workers as the President and Business Manager of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No.19 and serves as a General Vice President of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers, which represents over 225,000 members in 185 local unions across the United States and Canada.

A third-generation sheet metal worker with 36 years’ experience in the industry, Gary served as an organizer and business representative for the union before being elected President and Business Manager in 2011. His contributions and tireless commitment to the labor movement have earned him the respect and recognition of his peers, who have elevated him to multiple leadership positions since his election. Gary is the current President of the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers, President of the Mechanical Trades District Council of the Delaware Valley, and Vice President of the New Jersey State Council of Sheet Metal Workers. He is also serves as an Executive Board Member of the Pennsylvania State Building Trades and the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, is a member of the Metropolitan Association of Presidents and Business Representatives, and Co-Chairman of the Health and Welfare Funds, Joint Apprenticeship and Training Council, Scholarship Fund, and Sheet Metal Industry Advancement Committee of Local 19.

Gary’s leadership and industry expertise led former Mayor Michael Nutter to appoint him to the Philadelphia Department of Licensing and Inspection’s Board of Appeals in 2012 as well as the city’s Zoning Board in 2014. In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf appointed Gary to his Transition Committee for Labor and Industry, and later appointed him a Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority Board so that Gary could lend his expertise to help revitalize the city’s historical ports.

Jennifer L. Berrier, Acting Secretary

Jennifer Berrier is the acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Prior to this appointment, Jennifer gained broad knowledge of L&I through 15 years of impactful and rewarding experience, while serving various leadership roles within the agency. Most recently, she served as Deputy Secretary for Safety and Labor-Management Relations.
As Deputy Secretary, Jennifer was honored to oversee four bureaus that helped vulnerable workers, certified the safety of buildings and other building components, ensured that individuals with disabilities who are unable to work receive social security benefits, and facilitated resolutions in labor mediations and arbitrations. Previously, Jennifer served as the Director for the Bureau of Occupational & Industrial Safety and prosecuted labor and employment law cases as legal counsel to the department. Born in Washington state and raised in Central Pennsylvania, Jennifer is a graduate of York College and earned her Juris Doctor from Widener University. Jennifer currently resides in Harrisburg, Pa., with her four-legged friend, a Boston Terrier/Poodle named “Puck”.

Elizabeth Preate Havey

Elizabeth Preate Havey has acted as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in numerous public and project finance matters involving tax-exempt and taxable bond issues for issuers ranging from counties, townships, state authorities, municipal authorities and sewer authorities, school districts, private universities and hospitals and other health care facilities. Ms. Preate Havey has also handled general corporate and securities transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, venture capital investments and private equity fund investment transactions, joint ventures and partnering arrangements, corporate restructuring and reorganizations.

Fred P. Rinaldi

Fred P. Rinaldi was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and was admitted to the bar in 1999, Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Rinaldi was educated at the University of Scranton (B.S. 1994); Thomas M. Cooley School of Law (J.D., 1999). He is a member of the Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations and is certified as an Attorney by the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program. Since 1999, Mr. Rinaldi has been a Partner with the firm of Rinaldi & Poveromo, P.C. He is Director and Solicitor of the Greater Northeast Chamber of Commerce; Director, Solicitor and Vice President of Old Forge Lions Little League, Inc.; Director and Solicitor and President of Ronald McDonald House of Scranton, Inc.; and Director, Solicitor and Vice President of Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc.

Honorable Russell C. Redding

Russell C. Redding was recently nominated by Governor Tom Wolf as the 26th Secretary of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Redding is the former dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College. Redding has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent more than 20 years serving Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. He worked on Capitol Hill as Ag Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and served for 16 years in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, serving as secretary from 2009-2011 under Governor Rendell. He is a graduate of Penn State, having earned his B.S. in Agriculture Education and M.S. in Agriculture and Extension Education. In addition, he is a graduate of the Agribusiness Executive program. A native of Pennsylvania, Redding has an innate understanding of production agriculture, stemming from his youth on his family’s dairy farm and his time as a dairy farm operator. He currently serves as Chair of the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture. Russell, his wife Nina and sons Garrison and Elliot reside in the Gettysburg area, where the family is active in the community, their church and the local 4-H Club.

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Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, Jr.

Dr. Slaughter is the President and CEO of Christian management Enterprises, LLC, a business strategist and economic development management company. He was also the President and CEO of Landmarks Community Capital Corporation and former President of Landmarks Development Corporation. Dr. Slaughter worked for seven years in the secondary mortgage market as Regional Director of Fannie Mae’s Pittsburgh Business Center, where he managed a $2 billion investment housing plan and during that time assisted 24,000 individuals and families in becoming homeowners. He currently serves on the Boards of The Pittsburgh Foundation (Audit & Finance Committee), Mount Ararat Community Activity Center (Executive Strategic Planning Committee), and Howard Hanna Free Care Fund Foundation. In 2014, he was appointed to the PEDFA Board by Governor Tom Corbett.

Honorable Mario Scavello

Senator Mario M. Scavello currently serves as State Senator for Pennsylvania’s 40th Senatorial District, representing portions of Monroe and Northampton Counties. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served more than a decade in the House of Representatives, representing Monroe County’s 177th Legislative District. Senator Scavello is Chairman of the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee; Vice Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee; and serves on the influential Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, he serves on the Senate Game & Fisheries Committee; Urban Affairs & Housing Committee; Transportation Committee; and Majority Policy Committee. He is a former mayor of Mount Pocono, former chairman of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners and is very active on the local level as a community leader. Mario has served in many organizations, including the United Way of Monroe County, Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club and Sons of Italy. He currently serves on the East Stroudsburg University Council of Trustees, the American Red Cross of Monroe County and the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging.

Laura Kurtz

Laura Kurtz is an attorney with the Pennsylvania law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. Laura focuses her practice in the area of public and municipal finance and regularly serves as bond and note counsel in financings involving Pennsylvania counties, cities, townships, boroughs, school districts and authorities. Laura also represents issuers, borrowers, underwriters, and financial institutions in various public and private financing transactions. Laura is a graduate of Penn State University and Widener University Commonwealth School of Law. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration with a concentration in public budgeting and financial management. Her dissertation examined local government responses to fiscal distress. Laura is affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, the National Association of Bond Lawyers and Ladies First in Finance, and currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Sylvan Heights Science Charter School in Harrisburg. She is also a graduate of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, a leadership program advancing women in government, politics and the community.

Honorable Richard Vague, Secretary of Banking and Securities

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