PEDFA Board Members

PEDFA is Governed by a 16-member Board.

Honorable Dennis M. Davin

Dennis M. Davin was appointed to serve as Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development in January 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf.

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Davin served for more than a decade as Director of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development (ACED), where he was responsible for establishing and executing the economic development strategy for Allegheny County. He managed funding from local, state and federal sources to implement economic development activities such as site development, new job creation initiatives, community development, and affordable housing for approximately 1.25 million citizens in 130 municipalities. He also served as Director of the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority and Executive Director of the Industrial Development Authority, Hospital Development Authority, Higher Education Building Authority, and Residential Finance Authority.

Secretary Davin is a former board member and treasurer of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, a former member of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Partnership, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, International Economic Development Council, and National Association for Industrial and Office Parks, and a Carnegie Mellon University Center for Economic Development Fellow.

Honorable Robin L. Wiessmann

Robin L. Wiessmann was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on January 13, 2015, to serve as Secretary of Banking and Securities.

Robin L. Wiessmann was recently nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as Secretary of Banking and Securities. Wiessmann has enjoyed a long career in commercial banking, investment banking, regulatory matters and government service. Throughout her career a public finance professional, she has worked to fund projects related to infrastructure, schools, and hospitals. She has worked extensively on financing plans, credit analysis, securities, and regulatory practices. Wiessmann served as the Pennsylvania Treasurer from 2007 to 2009, where she was the primary fiduciary and custodian of $120 billion. As Treasurer, she created a new strategic framework, improved institutional investing standards and risk management, and instituted principles-based governance and management practices. Wiessmann graduated cum laude from Lafayette College and received her law degree from Rutgers University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. She and her husband Kenneth Jarin live in Bucks County and have two grown children, Alexander and Karley.

Honorable Kathy Manderino

Kathy Manderino was recently confirmed as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Prior to her appointment, Manderino was campaign manager of The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, a broad-based statewide coalition that advocates for a fair and adequate funding formula for public education in Pennsylvania. She previously served as senior vice president of Intercommunity Action Inc., a community-based organization providing services and housing to older adults and people with intellectual disabilities and behavioral needs. From 1993 to 2010, Manderino served as a Pennsylvania state representative for the 194th district in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. She served on various committees and chaired the House Ethics committee, Appropriations subcommittee on human services and Judiciary subcommittee on family law. Prior to being elected to public office, She was a private practice attorney in Philadelphia. Manderino earned a bachelor’s degree in public service from The Pennsylvania State University, her law degree from Temple University, and honorary doctor of humane letters from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for her service to the community and the Commonwealth.

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.

Mary Soderberg

Mary Soderberg has more than 25 years of experience working with Pennsylvania state finances. She has worked for the House Appropriations Committee, the State System of Higher Education, the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget, Fels Institute and most recently the Auditor general. As Budget Secretary, she reorganized the Office of Comptroller Operations to standardize invoice payment processes and take greater advantage of technology. The resulting efficiencies allowed staffing levels in Comptroller Operations to be reduced by 18 percent through attrition while cutting in half the time to process invoice payments.

Honorable Kim Ward

Senator Ward is a native southwestern Pennsylvania resident who grew up in Meadowlands, Washington County. Before entering politics Senator Ward worked as a Board Certified Respiratory Therapist at Allegheny General Hospital, Vanderbilt University Hospital and Hershey Medical Center. In 2008, Senator Ward won the Pennsylvania 39th Senatorial District seat and was the first woman ever elected to that seat. She was re-elected in 2012. Prior to her election to the Senate, she served as a Westmoreland County Commissioner in 2008, and on the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors from 2002-2007 where she was Chairwoman of the Board for the final three years. Senator Ward is currently the Chairwoman of the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee (CERD), which includes among its purview the oversight of economic development, casino gaming and tourism. In relation to her capacity as the Chair of CERD she also serves on the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA) Board of Directors and the Film Advisory Board. She was the previous Chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee.

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.

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.

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.

Franklin K. Schoeneman

Franklin K. Schoeneman is CEO and Chairman of Empire Education Group, the nations’ largest centrally owned and operated cosmetology school system, operating 109 schools under the brand names Empire Beauty School and The Hair Design School in 22 states. Mr. Schoeneman represents the third generation to lead the company, over nearly eight decades from Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Along with providing the best possible education for Empire’s students, giving back to local communities is at the heart of Mr. Schoeneman’s approach to business and life. From government relations activities, to serving on ACCRED (a committee of the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences) which among other tasks sponsors and funds industry employment studies, Mr. Schoeneman is just as involved in improving his industry as he is in improving the community and the lives of his almost 2,000 employees.

Richard E. Harper

After more than twenty- nine years in the financial services business Richard E. Harper opened his own firm, independent of the traditional wire house or large insurance company. R.E. Harper Associates is an independent financial consulting firm offering a variety of financial services to help families, businesses, and individuals achieve and maintain their financial goals. Mr. Harper has held several prestigious positions including Senior Vice-President of the Delaware Valley Financial Group, the National Estate and Business Planning Specialist for Wachovia Securities, and Estate Planning Specialist for The Prudential of North America. Mr. Harper has also served as an expert witness in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly known as National Association of Securities Dealers – NASD) arbitrations, a multi-course moderator for the Life Underwriter Training Council (LUTC), and as a guest and guest host of The Mutual Fund Hour on WWDB in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.

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.

Fred P. Rinaldi, Esquire

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.

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