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Rodney R. Akers
Deputy General Counsel
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
 


Rodney R. Akers was appointed Deputy General Counsel in 2007.  His chief administrative responsibilities involve managing business and technology aspects of the Office of General Counsel.  Mr. Akers supervises and coordinates OGC’s hiring committee, professional responsibility training initiatives, and intern/extern programs.  He is responsible for OGC’s law practice management, legal technology, and risk management initiatives, as well as overall management of outside counsel who perform legal services for OGC agency offices, including those firms who have been qualified to serve as bond counsel in Commonwealth matters. 

Mr. Akers’ principal areas of legal expertise are in information technology, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, electronic discovery and contracts.  He has spoken and written on numerous subjects including social media, telecommunications, utility deregulation, and outside counsel management.  Before joining the Commonwealth, Mr. Akers worked in the private sector, then for the public, most recently serving in a unique dual capacity as Deputy Director of the City of Pittsburgh’s information resources department, as well as Special Counsel to the City’s Department of Law for technology, regulatory, and complex contract matters.
 
Mr. Akers is Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, where he teaches courses as part of that institution’s certificate program in Intellectual Property & Technology Law.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Akers served as law clerk to the Honorable John R. Hargrove, Sr. on the United States District Court in Maryland.  He received his bachelor of arts with honors from the University of Virginia. 

Rodney R. Akers


Linda C. Barrett
Senior Deputy General Counsel

Linda C. Barrett is a Deputy General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to her general responsibilities to the General Counsel, Linda’s practice within OGC concentrates on litigation matters for a variety of agencies. She also serves as a hearing officer and the OGC contact person for the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, the Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Linda has served as the former Chief Counsel to the Departments of State and Education and has co-chaired the Federal Practice group and chaired the trial practice subcommittees of that practice group and the State Practice group. From 1989 to January 2000, Ms. Barrett served as a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Office of Attorney General. In that office, she practiced extensively in state and federal court handling complex litigation and class actions, EEOC filings, Title VII, the ADA, ADEA, Civil Rights Act, EPA, prisoner civil rights actions, and other actions filed against the Commonwealth and its officers.

Between 1987 and 1989, she served as Chief Counsel at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Crime Victim’s Compensation Board. Before joining the Commonwealth, Ms. Barrett was a Captain in the United States Air Force in the Judge Advocate General’s Department serving as Area Defense Counsel from 1985 to 1987. From 1983 to 1985, she served as Assistant Chief of Civil and Administrative Law, then as Chief of Military Justice.

Ms. Barrett is a continuing legal education instructor, and has served as an evaluator for the trial advocacy programs at Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law. Ms. Barrett has served as a consultant to the Vermont, Louisiana, and Ohio Offices of Attorneys General on complex class action prison litigation. Ms. Barrett served as a member of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Lawyer’s Advisory Committee from 1998 to 2000.

Ms. Barrett is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the New York Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Ms. Barrett is also a certified mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Barrett earned her Bachelor of Arts, graduating magna cum laude, from Syracuse University in 1979. Ms. Barrett earned her juris doctor in 1982 from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.

Linda C. Barrett


Nicole M. Bordonaro
Executive Deputy General Counsel

Nicole M. Bordonaro was appointed Executive Deputy General Counsel for Legislative Affairs in August 2012.  Ms. Bordonaro most recently served as the Deputy General Counsel for Legislative Affairs within the main office of OGC. In her role as Executive Deputy General Counsel, Ms. Bordonaro serves as counsel to the Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs and the Governor’s Policy Office on all legislative matters.  In tandem with her legislative responsibilities, Ms. Bordonaro serves as liaison counsel to the Department of General Services.  Ms. Bordonaro also serves as the General Counsel’s designee to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (Pennsylvania Delegation), and to the Joint Committee on Documents (Chair).

Previous to Ms. Bordonaro's appointment she was employed by the Governor's Office of General Counsel, Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel. Her primary areas of concentration at the Department of Education were legislation, litigation and school finance. In addition, Ms. Bordonaro created the Civics Education Alliance, a partnership between OGC and the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA).  Prior to entering law school, Ms. Bordonaro was employed by the Pittsburgh based public affairs firm, William J. Green & Associates.  Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Bordonaro was employed with the Pennsylvania Senate; as Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; and as a law clerk to the Honorable Bernard L. McGinley, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Bordonaro serves as a mediator for OGC's Dispute Resolution program, was appointed the 2012-2013 Chair of the PBA's Administrative Law Section, and received a "Pro-Bono Award" from the PBA in 2010. Ms. Bordonaro is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the James S. Bowman American Inns of Court, the Commonwealth Court Historical Society, the OGC Hiring Committee and has served as a lecturer and presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Ms. Bordonaro received the 2011 "Governor's Office of General Counsel's Award for Excellence, Energy and Enthusiasm" for her dedication and service to the Commonwealth. Ms. Bordonaro received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a juris doctor degree from the Widener University School of Law (cum laude, Widener Scholar).

Nicole M. Bordonaro


Sean M. Concannon
Deputy General Counsel

Biography and Portrait are forthcoming.


Gregory E. Dunlap
Executive Deputy General Counsel

Gregory E. Dunlap was appointed Executive Deputy General Counsel for Litigation in January 2013.  He has served continuously as a Deputy General Counsel with the Office of General Counsel for 25 years.  Greg was first appointed Deputy General Counsel in March 1989 and reappointed in 1995, 2003 and 2011.  From 1993 to 1995, he served as OGC’s sole Executive Deputy General Counsel.

In addition to his general responsibilities to the General Counsel, Greg serves as legal counsel to the State Board of Education and the Governor’s Office of Public Liaison, and as the General Counsel’s chief ethics advisor.  He also works extensively with the legal staffs for the Departments of Education and State.

During his tenure at OGC, Greg also has served at varying times as acting chief counsel for the Department of State, the Department of Education and the Department of Banking.

From 1985 to 1989, Greg was a member of the Philadelphia-based international law firm of Cozen O’Connor.  From 1983 to 1985, he served in Allentown as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald E. Wieand, a judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Greg served as a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners from 1999 to 2005, as well as chair (2004-2005) and vice-chair (2002-2004).  He also served for 12 years as a member of the Minor Judiciary Education Board and is a member of the National Council of State Education Attorneys.

Greg received his bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 and his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1983.  He is a native of Indiana County and currently resides in Dauphin County with his wife, Peg.  He has three adult children, Kathleen, Nicholas and Christopher.

Gregory E. Dunlap


Delene R. Lantz-Johnson 
Deputy General Counsel 

Delene R. Lantz-Johnson was appointed to Deputy General Counsel of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel in June 2012. Currently, she works with the Office of General Counsel’s litigation practice group and is the Right to Know Law coordinator for the Office of General Counsel.  Ms. Lantz-Johnson serves as the Records Legal Liaison for the Office of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Office of the Receiver and as Chair of the Office of General Counsel’s Records Access and Management/Right To Know Law Practice Group.  In addition, she coordinates the implementation of all executive orders for the commonwealth agencies and the Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning, Senior Staff to the Governor and the Governor’s Office of Public Liaison.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Lantz-Johnson served as Assistant Deputy General Counsel with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel since June of 2011 where she worked under the Litigation practice group on a variety of agency issues and in the Criminal justice practice group on capital cases and as the liaison for the Board of Pardons.  Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, she worked for the Pennsylvania Judiciary where she served as a law clerk to the Honorable P. Kevin Brobson of the Commonwealth Court, Senior Judge Keith B. Quigley of the Commonwealth Court, and President Judge Kathy A. Morrow of the 41st Judicial District.
  
Before her employment with the Commonwealth, Ms. Lantz-Johnson worked as a high school art teacher with the Big Spring School District.  Ms. Lantz-Johnson continues her support of the local arts through her work as a board member with the Perry County Council of the Arts.

Ms. Lantz-Johnson is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College (Assoc. Degree Liberal Arts), Millersville University (B.S. Art Education), and of Widener University School of Law (J.D.).  While in law school Ms. Lantz-Johnson participated in the Law and Government certification program and served as a legal intern with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.  Ms. Lantz-Johnson is also a graduate of the Educational Policy Leadership Center’s Institute for Community leadership in Education program. 
 

Delene R. Lantz-Johnson


Carol J. Mowery
Deputy General Counsel

Carol J. Mowery was appointed Deputy General Counsel for Legislative Affairs in October 2012.  Ms. Mowery serves as counsel to the Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs and the Governor’s Policy Office on legislative matters, including drafting and legal review of proposed legislation. 

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mowery was employed by the Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Chief Counsel, for nearly sixteen years, spending over fourteen of those years as counsel to the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (UCBR).  Ms. Mowery’s main duties as assistant counsel to the UCBR included reviewing unemployment compensation appeals, drafting UCBR decisions, drafting Commonwealth and Supreme Court briefs, representing the UCBR at oral argument, and reviewing and analyzing proposed legislation.  In her capacity as assistant chief counsel to the UCBR, Ms. Mowery supervised six attorneys and one paralegal.  During her tenure at Labor and Industry, Ms. Mowery also served as special counsel to the Secretary of Labor and Industry, reviewing appeals pending before the Secretary, preparing decisions and orders for the Secretary’s signature, and providing counsel on numerous substantive legal issues.  Ms. Mowery began her legal career as a law clerk with the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.

Ms. Mowery earned her law degree from the Widener University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Clarion University.  Ms. Mowery is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and currently serves as Chair to the Government Lawyers Committee. 

Carol J. Mowery 


Tawny Mummah
Deputy General Counsel 
 

Tawny K. Mummah was appointed Deputy General Counsel in May 2012.  In this role, she is counsel to the newly formed Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and to the Patient Safety Authority.  She is a member of the litigation practice group and serves as liaison counsel to the Department of Health, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Board of Pardons, and PEMA.  A veteran OGC attorney, Tawny was Department Counsel for the Department of Insurance for nearly ten years.  In this capacity, she was responsible for handling litigation on behalf of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund (Mcare) before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.  In addition, Tawny provided advice and counsel, concerning agency functions such as policy decisions, statutory coverage determinations, and all aspects of medical malpractice claims handling.  From 1999-2002, she served as Assistant Counsel to Mcare’s predecessor, the Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss Fund.

Tawny received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Marshall University in 1993 and her Juris Doctor from the Widener University School of Law in 1998.  She resides in Juniata County with her husband, Ken, and their three children. 

Tawny Mummah


Victoria Page-Wooten 
Executive Deputy General Counsel

Victoria (“Tory”) Page-Wooten was appointed as Acting Chief Counsel at the State Employees’ Retirement System in July of 2013.  She joined the Office of General Counsel in April, 2011 as Executive Deputy General Counsel. In addition to overseeing transactional and regulatory matters for departments and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction, Ms. Page-Wooten serves as co-designee of the General Counsel to the Board of Finance and Revenue and the Board of Property. In addition, she serves as Chair of the Office of General Counsel’s Transactions Practice Group. Ms. Page-Wooten currently serves as liaison counsel to the Department of Banking, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, the Department of Revenue, the Governor’s Office of the Budget, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority and the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Ms. Page-Wooten was in private practice in Philadelphia for most of her career with the law firm of Pelino & Lentz, P.C. (now called Archer & Greiner, P.C.), where she handled a broad range of contract, corporate and partnership matters and business transactions including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, real estate acquisitions and loan transactions for clients, including a multinational company headquartered in suburban Philadelphia for which she handled domestic and international financing transactions, acquisitions and joint ventures. She has also acted as bond counsel and as underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of tax-exempt bonds. Ms. Page-Wooten has served on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and has chaired its Securities Regulation Subcommittee. She is a graduate of Emory University, Emory University School of Law, and the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA – Finance).

Victoria Page-Wooten


Christine Wechsler Rayer  
Deputy General Counsel

Christine Wechsler Rayer was appointed Deputy General Counsel for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) in February 2013. Her primary responsibilities encompass all criminal legal issues at OGC and she serves as the primary contact with law enforcement agencies. Christine is also Chair of the Criminal Justice Practice Group. In partnership, she also serves as liaison counsel to the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Criminal Law Division of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Office of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Judicial Conduct Board, the Juvenile Court Judges Commission, and the Office of State Fire Commissioner.

Christine came to OGC from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she served as an Assistant District Attorney since 2002. In 2008, she was appointed to the District Attorney’s Homicide Unit and prosecuted capital and felony murder cases as both jury and bench trials. Christine also conducted complex grand jury investigations. Prior to that, Christine was a major trials prosecutor and handled numerous felony cases including attempted murder, drug distribution, robbery, and burglary cases. She has tried over fifty criminal jury trials to verdict on behalf of the Commonwealth. In 2011, Christine was appointed to serve as the legislative liaison to the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and became the Assistant Chief of the Legislation and Policy Unit. In this capacity she represented all of the statewide elected District Attorneys before the Pennsylvania General Assembly. 

Christine received her juris doctor in 2002 from Temple University Beasley School of Law where she served as President of the Moot Court Honor Society and received the Samuel Polsky Scholarship for outstanding oral advocacy in competition. She also served as intern to the Honorable James R. Melinson, Chief Magistrate for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Christine attended College of the Holy Cross, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Classics in 1999. She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Tim, and their four children. 

Christine Wechsler Rayer


Kara Scarboro
Deputy General Counsel

Kara Scarboro was appointed Deputy General Counsel in August 2013.  Kara returned to the main office of the Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) from the Governor’s Office where she served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and as Acting Deputy Chief of Staff.  In her role as an Acting Deputy Chief of Staff she was liaison to a number of Executive agencies, including the Department of Labor and Industry, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of Corrections, Department of State, and the Department of General Services.  Prior to working in the Governor’s Office, Kara worked in the main office for OGC as an Assistant Deputy General Counsel in the Legislative group.
 
Kara received her undergraduate degree from American University in 2004 and her law degree from Widener University School of Law in 2011, where she graduated cum laude.  While in law school, Kara served as internal editor of the Widener Law Journal, student extern for the Widener Civil Law Clinic, and research assistant for two Widener law professors.  During her third year of law school, Kara served as a judicial intern for the Honorable P. Kevin Brobson of the Commonwealth Court.
 

Kara Scarboro


Shawn E. Smith 
Deputy General Counsel

Shawn E. Smith was appointed Deputy General Counsel for Regulatory and Transactional Affairs in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Smith was an Assistant Counsel and Prosecuting Attorney for the Pennsylvania Department of State.  In that capacity, he handled professional licensure prosecutions, including cases before the State Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, Veterinary Medicine and Funeral Directors.  Mr. Smith worked in very close cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement in the prosecution of professional licensing matters and was appointed to the position of Special Assistant District Attorney with Cumberland County to assist in a criminal case.  His work with the Commonwealth has been featured in television news, the Wall Street Journal, and several national and Pennsylvania newspapers.  Mr. Smith has also received a commendation from the Governor and Secretary of the Commonwealth for his efforts in shutting down a series of funeral homes that were selling body parts to medical suppliers.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Mr. Smith was an associate with the law firm of Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP, engaging in defense litigation including professional liability defense, civil rights and construction.  He has practiced before administrative agencies, state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as panels of arbitration and mediation.  He is also the former judicial clerk to the Honorable Louis J. Farina of the Court of Common Pleas for Lancaster County, and has previously worked for the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Smith has also been published in several periodicals.  He recently co-authored an article for the Pennsylvania Bar Association newsletter on the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.  Additionally, Mr. Smith has had an article published on the Endangered Species Act and the administrative procedure associated with its implementation.  Mr. Smith has taught several continuing legal education courses on litigation, procedure and trial tactics.  He has also been asked to speak on several occasions, including trainings of investigators and educational classes for professionals and student-professionals on liability issues and pit-falls in their profession.  Mr. Smith has served as a visiting judge and lecturer for the Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law mock trial and advocacy programs.  Mr. Smith is admitted to practice before the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He is an honors graduate from the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in History and in Legal Studies and from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.  He lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife, Carole, and his daughter.

Shawn E. Smith


Christopher R. Sullivan 
Deputy General Counsel

Christopher R. Sullivan was appointed Deputy General Counsel in September 2013.  He currently practices in the litigation and transactional/regulatory groups, and serves as liaison counsel to the Office of the Receiver for the City of Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority.  He also currently serves as the Governor’s Office liaison to the Delaware River Port Authority, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. 

Chris began his career at the Commonwealth as an Assistant Counsel at the Department of Environmental Protection, and was then appointed Assistant Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel’s main office in March 2011.  Prior to working for the Commonwealth, Chris was an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Barbara Sumple-Sullivan in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.  There, he worked on a variety of matters, including estate planning and administration, business law, family law, and general litigation practice.

Chris received his JD in 2010 from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. He received his BA in English from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he graduated cum laude from the University Honors Program in 2007.  While in law school, Chris served as a legal intern with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's Healthcare Section. He also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Christopher C. Conner in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  He resides in Center City Philadelphia with his wife, Samantha. 

Christopher R. Sullivan