Agency Chief Counsel


Governor's Office of Administration

 Jullia A. Sheridan
 Chief Counsel 

Jullia A. Sheridan was appointed Chief Counsel to the Office of Administration in April 2011.  Prior to her appointment, Ms. Sheridan served as assistant counsel, and later, as deputy chief counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue,   representing that agency in a wide variety of areas, including employment, procurement and contract matters.  She also has significant experience in gaming issues, having served as counsel to the Pennsylvania Lottery and assisting with the Department’s implementation of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

Ms. Sheridan received her undergraduate degree with honors from Gannon College, in Erie, Pennsylvania, and her juris doctor from the Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jullia A. Sheridan 

Department of Aging
Neeka Jones 
Chief Counsel 

Neeka Jones was appointed Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging in April 2015.  Prior to her appointment, she served as Special Counsel and Assistant to the Chair of the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee.  During her tenure with the Office of State Senator Vincent Hughes, she served as Chief Minority Counsel/Executive Director to the Public Health & Welfare Committee and as Legislative Director and Counsel.  From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Jones was Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Pennsylvania Health Care Association where she played a key role in the development of regulations for governance of assisted living facilities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Early in her career, Ms. Jones worked with the largest utility company in Southern California and with two small law firms in Southern California, one of which subsequently merged with Pillsbury Winthrop, LLC.  Ms. Jones has federal experience gained working as a Legislative Analyst for US Representative Diane Watson (CA 33).  She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court, the Dauphin County Bar Association and the National Association of Professional Women.  Ms. Jones is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Harrisburg Area Community College and has lectured and been requested to speak on a range of legal topics including legal research and writing, women in the law and paralegal studies.  Ms. Jones received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Yale University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law where she was on Law Review.

 

Department of Agriculture

D. Holbrook Duer
Chief Counsel

Brook Duer was appointed Chief Counsel to the Department of Agriculture in March 2015.  This is his second term as Chief Counsel to the Department of Agriculture, having served in that capacity from June 2007 through March 2011.   From March 2011 to March 2015, Brook was an Assistant Counsel with the Department of Agriculture, as well as serving as Acting Director of Administrative Services for the Department of Agriculture from May 2011 through October 2012.  Prior to joining the Commonwealth in 2007, Brook was engaged in the private practice of law from 1989 through 2007 in Lancaster County, PA, as well as being elected Lancaster City Treasurer in 2005.  His private practice concentrated in trial work and civil litigation, including representation of individuals, insurance companies and construction companies in all manner of tort and construction claims, as well as general legal representation of agricultural producers and agri-businesses.  He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1985, his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and served a judicial clerkship for President Judge D. Richard Eckman of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas in 1989-1990.

D. Holbrook Duer 

Department of Banking and Securities

Leonidas Pandeladis
Chief Counsel

Leo Pandeladis was appointed Chief Counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities in March of 2015.  Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director of Enterprise Compliance for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. In that role, Leo was responsible for the management and oversight of PHEAA’s agency wide compliance management system. This oversight focused on insuring compliance with federal and state consumer protection statutes, regulations, sub-regulatory guidance, and other authority and applying these to agency operations primarily in the arena of student loan servicing for both the United States Department of Education and private financial service and banking entities.

Prior to his role at PHEAA, Leo was the Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Leo has also served as the Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and as Acting Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of State. Before his tenures as Chief Counsel, Leo served as a Deputy General Counsel with primary responsibilities as legislative counsel for the Governor’s Office and in litigation involving the Governor’s Office.  In 2002, Leo was appointed as Deputy Commissioner for Professional and Occupational affairs. In addition to these roles, Leo served as an attorney with the Department of State and Pennsylvania Office of inspector General.

Leo graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in microbiology/biochemistry and political and Magna Cum Laude with his juris doctor from the Duquesne University School of Law where he was a member of the Duquesne University Law Review senior staff.

Leonidas Pandeladis
 
Governor's Office of the Budget

Brian Zweiacher   
Chief Counsel 

Brian D. Zweiacher was appointed Chief Counsel to the Governor’s Office of the Budget in June of 2012.  Prior to his appointment, he served as the Acting Chief Counsel since March of 2012.  From 1993 to 2012, he served the Governor’s Office of the Budget Legal Office as an Assistant Counsel.

The Governor’s Office of the Budget is the Commonwealth’s fiscal manager with the responsibility for overseeing the Commonwealth’s financial operations and transactions of Pennsylvania’s $60+ billion total operating budget.  In its role as the Commonwealth’s fiscal manager, the Governor’s Office of the Budget:  oversees the creation of the Pennsylvania Governor’s annual Executive Budget plan and capital project spending plan; participates in the enactment of the Commonwealth’s annual budget plan and the budget-related legislation; oversees the implementation and execution of the enacted annual budgets and capital project itemization acts; processes the expenditure and payroll transactions for the Executive Branch agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction and several independent agencies; has the lead responsibility for issuing and managing the Commonwealth’s General Obligation bonds; and, conducts or oversees financial and performance audits of Commonwealth agencies, including the Commonwealth’s annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and its annual federal Single Audit.  The Governor’s Office of the Budget Legal Office advises the Governor’s Office of the Budget on all of these areas of Pennsylvania’s financial operations, and on the Governor’s Office of the Budget’s own employment, procurement, and contract matters, and represents the Governor’s Office of the Budget before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Brian received his B.A. with honors from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, and his juris doctor from the Widener University School of Law where he was a staff member of what is now known as The Widener Law Journal, the law journal of Widener’s Harrisburg campus.  He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

  Brian Zweiacher

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Carolyn A. DeLaurentis 
Acting Chief Counsel 

Carolyn DeLaurentis was appointed as Acting Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency in February of 2015.  Prior to her appointment, she served as Assistant Counsel with the Pennsylvania State Police.  Ms. DeLaurentis previously served as Deputy General Counsel for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) from July 2014 through January of 2015.  During her appointment with OGC, she served as liaison counsel to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Office of the Coordinator for the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority, and Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.

Ms. DeLaurentis came to OGC from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she served as an Assistant District Attorney since 2012.  She was a major trials prosecutor and handled numerous felony cases including: attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping, burglary, violations of the Uniform Firearms Act, and drug distribution cases.  Prior to working at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Ms. DeLaurentis worked at the Chester County District Attorney’s Office from 2009 to 2012.  At the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, she prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases and assisted in criminal investigations in conjunction with law enforcement.  She has tried twenty jury trials in the Chester County and Philadelphia County Courts of Common Pleas.

Ms. DeLaurentis received her Juris doctor in 2009 from Temple University Beasley School of Law where she was a Barrister Award Winner for Trial Advocacy and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.  She also served as an intern to the Honorable Jeffrey P. Minehart, Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County.  Ms. DeLaurentis obtained her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2005.

Carolyn A. DeLaurentis 

Department of Community and Economic Development

Arthur F. McNulty 
Chief Counsel 

Arthur F. McNulty was appointed as Chief Counsel to the Department of Community and Economic Development in April of 2015.  Prior to that appointment, Mr. McNulty served as the Deputy Insurance Commissioner for Market Regulation for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department from March 2014 through 2015.  During that time, the Office of Market Regulation recovered approximately $295 million in restitution for the insurance consumers of Pennsylvania, and assessed $4 million in penalties and fines.  The Office also resolved more than 13,000 consumer complaints.

From May 2011 through March 2014, Mr. McNulty was the Chief Counsel to the state Department of Labor & Industry.  Prior to that he was the Executive Director to the House Insurance Committee; where, in a 2-year session, he shepherded sixteen bills into law in the 2009-10 legislative session.  For five years, including most recently from January 2006 through February 2009, Art served as the Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.  Previously, he served as the Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss Fund from 1993-1999.  He has also served as the Executive Director/Counsel to the Finance Committee for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and as an Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, and the Department of Revenue. 

Mr. McNulty is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and the Middle and Eastern Districts.  He is a Fellow with the Jefferson School of Population Health, and in 2009 he was awarded the Pennsylvania Health Care Association's Better Life Award in recognition of his contributions to long term care.  Art received his Bachelor of Business Arts from Temple University and his Juris Doctorate from the Drake University of Law in Des Moines, Iowa.  He has co-authored an article entitled New Procedures in Handling Medical Malpractice Cases: The Impact of the 1996 Tort and CAT Fund Reform, which was published in the Spring of 1997 edition of the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly.
 

  Arthur F. McNulty

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Audrey F. Miner 
Chief Counsel    

Biography and portrait forthcoming.

 

Department of Corrections

Theron Perez  
Chief Counsel

Theron R. Perez was appointed as Chief Counsel for the Department of Corrections (DOC) in July 2013.  Prior to his appointment, he served as Acting Chief Counsel beginning in March of 2013. Theron previously served as Deputy Chief Counsel and headed the Employment Litigation section for the DOC since June of 2011.  He has been with the DOC since 2005 and has served in numerous capacities.  He has represented the DOC in both federal and state litigation in various matters.  He has been involved in the negotiation and review of contracts, developed and delivered legal training for DOC staff, and provided advice regarding the promulgation of policy, Right to Know Law matters, and employment and labor issues. 

Prior to serving at DOC, Theron served as the Deputy Director for the Central Region for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.  An active member of the community, Theron is a Youth Director for the Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Middletown, PA and has served as a volunteer attorney in the Dauphin County Pro Bono Program.  He is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and completed his undergraduate studies at Messiah College. 

  Theron R. Perez
 

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Tawny Mummah
Chief Counsel    

Tawny K. Mummah is Chief Counsel for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, having previously served as Deputy General Counsel since 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


Department of Education

Gregory G. Schwab 
Chief Counsel 

Gregory G. Schwab was appointed Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Education in April 2015.  In this role, Mr. Schwab oversees investigations, regulatory enforcement, litigation, contracting, legislation, and rulemaking, among other matters.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Schwab was in private practice with Saul Ewing LLP, Philadelphia, PA, where he was a member of that firm’s litigation department.  Mr. Schwab represented clients in federal and state courts and in various arbitration forums.  He focused his practice on representing higher education institutions and companies in litigation matters and in government investigations and enforcement proceedings.  He also devoted a significant time to pro bono matters. 

Mr. Schwab received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC, and his juris doctor with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, in Baltimore, MD.  Mr. Schwab served on the editorial staff of the Maryland Law Review.  Mr. Schwab also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Susan K. Gauvey (Ret.) in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Gregory Schwab


Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority

Kelly Hoover Thompson
Chief Counsel 

Kelly Hoover Thompson was appointed Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority in September 2014. Previously she served as the Executive Policy and Privacy Officer of the Authority. She oversees the alignment and implementation of laws and policies related to the use of electronic health information exchange (eHIE) in Pennsylvania. Her work includes the review, analysis, and development of legislation and healthcare regulations related to health information exchange, health information technology, and patient privacy.

Before returning to the commonwealth, Thompson was Senior Director of Regulatory Advocacy for The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). In that role, she played an integral role in the Authority’s stakeholder process and the Commonwealth’s health information exchange efforts since 2008. For nearly eight years she handled professional and general liability defense claims, including serving as Senior Attorney Examiner and Statewide Mediation Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s MCARE Fund. Thompson also has more than a decade of experience as an adjunct instructor of paralegal studies at Harrisburg-area professional/technical schools. She began her legal career as Assistant Counsel with the state Senate Majority legal staff.

Thompson holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Widener University School of Law, where she graduated with honors and was editor-in-chief of the law review. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh.

Thompson serves on the board of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg and resides in Dauphin County with her husband and four children.

Kelly Hoover Thompson

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Nicole M. Bordonaro
Chief Counsel

Nicole M. Bordonaro was appointed Chief Counsel with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in April of 2015.  Prior to her recent appointment, Nicole served as Deputy General Counsel for Legislative Affairs with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel from January 2015.  Previously, Nicole had been appointed as Executive Deputy General Counsel for Legislative Affairs beginning in August 2012.  In her role as Executive Deputy General Counsel, Ms. Bordonaro served 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 served as liaison counsel to the Department of General Services. Ms. Bordonaro also served 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 

Department of Environmental Protection

Richard S. Morrison 
Acting Chief Counsel

Richard S. Morrison was appointed as Acting Chief Counsel to the Department of Environmental Protection in March of 2015, having previously served as Acting Chief Counsel from September of 2013 to November of 2013.  Prior to his recent appointment, Mr. Morrison served as the Chief Counsel to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from November of 2013.

Previously, Mr. Morrison served as Executive Deputy Chief Counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Chief Counsel since May 2012.  He previously served as Assistant Director of PADEP’s Bureau of Regulatory Counsel.  He joined PADEP in January 2005 and has served as program counsel for the Department’s mining program, for the Bureau of Radiation Protection and the Bureau of Waste Management.  Prior to joining PADEP, Mr. Morrison was in private practice in the New Jersey office of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll where he practiced environmental litigation and franchise law.  From 2001-04, he was an assistant counsel to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.  He is a 1994 honors graduate of Rutgers School of Law, Camden.

  Richard S. Morrison

Department of General Services

Charles E. Anderson 
Chief Counsel 

Charles E. Anderson was appointed Chief Counsel to the Department of General Services (DGS) in April 2015.  Since July 2004, Chuck served as the Assistant Chief Counsel for Purchasing in DGS, overseeing a unit of four lawyers that provide the day-to-day legal support for DGS’ procurement operations.  As Chief Counsel, Chuck manages the legal operations supporting DGS in its role as the state agency responsible for the procurement of goods, services and non-highway construction projects, management of the vehicle fleet, the Capitol Police force, and state buildings and facilities.  DGS also serves as the state's real estate agent and insurance broker.  Additionally, Chuck provides advice, counsel and expertise on complex and sensitive procurement and related matters to senior executive officials and the Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC).  Chuck is co-chair of the OGC Transactions Practice Group.  He is also a member of the Contractor Responsibility Program (CRP) Oversight Committee.  From 2003 to 2004, Chuck was assigned to the Contract & Legal Services Section of the General Law Division at PennDOT.

He previously served as a Deputy General Counsel in OGC, appointed by General Counsel James M. Sheehan in 2000 and again by General Counsel Leslie Anne Miller in 2003.  Chuck was Assistant Counsel to the Department of Public Welfare from 1993 to 2000, and Assistant Counsel to the Department of General Services from 1988 to 1993.  He received his bachelor of arts in criminology from the University of Maryland and his juris doctor from The Dickinson School of Law.

Charles Anderson

Department of Health

Alison Taylor 
Chief Counsel

Alison Taylor was appointed Chief Counsel with the Department of Health in March of 2011. Prior to that appointment, she served as Deputy General Counsel beginning in January 2003. Previous to that, she had been an Assistant General Counsel since 1997. In her role as Deputy General Counsel, Alison served as the General Counsel's liaison with the Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Department of Corrections, the Office of Inspector General, and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). In addition, she was counsel to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons and the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission. In October 2009, Alison had also been named Acting Chief Counsel at PCCD, a position she previously held for most of 2007, and functioned in concurrently with her duties as Deputy General Counsel until her appointment as Chief Counsel in 2011.

Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Alison served as a senior law clerk to the Honorable J. Michael Eakin of the Pennsylvania Superior Court in 1996 and 1997. From 1991 to 1995, Alison was an Assistant District Attorney in Cumberland County where she prosecuted a variety of cases, including assisting in a capital case. In addition, she supervised the appellate division of the District Attorney’s office and wrote briefs for and argued cases before the state Superior and Supreme Courts.

Alison received her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1991. That same year, she was a member of the Robert F. Wagner Memorial Labor Law Moot Court Team and was elected to The Order of Barristers. She earned her B.A. cum laude in English and American studies from Dickinson College. Between college and law school, she worked in public relations in New York City, writing press releases, by-lined articles, and speeches for executives in a variety of business and consumer product corporations.

From 2002 to 2008, Alison served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Dauphin County Bar Association.

  Alison Taylor

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Tammi Snyder-Queen
Chief Counsel

Tammi Snyder-Queen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lived in various regions of the United States before settling in Harrisburg.  As a government lawyer, she has focused her career on transactional and litigation matters involving public health and emergency management law, art and cultural property law, and professional licensing law.  Appointed as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in May 2013, Tammi addresses all legal matters for the Commission.

Prior to her appointment, Tammi served as a Deputy General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel from 2007-2010.  During her tenure, she served as counsel to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, liaison counsel to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and addressed matters involving the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know-Law.  Following her role in the Office of General Counsel’s Main Office, she served as a prosecutor for the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs handling cases for the State Boards of Dentistry, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine.  In 2012, she joined the Pennsylvania Department of Health as an Assistant counsel advising the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness.

Tammi is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Florida.  She received her B.S. in Communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.  While in law school, Tammi was a member of the National Trial Competition Team, honored as Best Advocate, and elected to The Order of Barristers.  She served as an extern in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and interned for the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, 12th Judicial District under the auspices of the Honorable John F. Cherry.

Tammi Snyder-Queen


Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Rebecca L. Peace
Chief Counsel

Rebecca L. Peace is the Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. She was first appointed to this position in 1989 and reappointed in 1995 and 2003. In her position, she counsels the PHFA Board and is involved in the senior management and general administration as well as program administration and development for the agency’s single-family housing, multifamily housing, and financing programs.

Prior to becoming Chief Counsel, Rebecca was a member of the agency's legal staff. Earlier, she served as staff counsel in a rural legal services program. Rebecca received her bachelor of science from the University of Pittsburgh and her juris doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
 

Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST)

Jayne B. Blake
Chief Counsel

Jayne B. Blake is the Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (“PENNVEST”).  Jayne was initially appointed to that position in January 2005 and reappointed August 1, 2012.  In her position, Jayne counsels the PENNVEST Board and is involved in the senior management and general administration, as well as program administration and development of PENNVEST’s loans and grant programs for water, sewer and nonpoint source projects, the nutrient trading clearinghouse and the use of funds for investment in nutrient credits.

Prior to her appointment as Chief Counsel, Jayne served as Assistant Counsel to PENNVEST for ten years.  While in law school and briefly thereafter, Jayne served as a law clerk to the Chief Counsel at the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and to the administrative law judges at the Bureau of Workers Compensation.

Jayne received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts, a juris doctor from Widener University School of Law and a LL.M. in Taxation and certification in Employee Benefits from Georgetown University Law Center.  Jayne is an Executive Committee member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Government Lawyers Committee and the Chair of the Governor’s Office of General Counsel’s Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group.

  Jayne B. Blake

Office of Inspector General

Robert T. Datorre
Chief Counsel

Robert T. Datorre was appointed as Chief Counsel with the Office of Inspector General in April of 2015.  Prior to his recent appointment, he served with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as Assistant Counsel with the Pennsylvania Department of Education from January of 2012 and the Pennsylvania Department of Health from September of 2005.  Mr. Datorre’s practice has included investigations, regulatory enforcement, litigation, contracting, and research and preparation of legislation and regulations.

Prior to joining the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Mr. Datorre was an Assistant City Attorney and Police Legal Advisor with the City of Miami Beach, Florida. In that capacity, Mr. Datorre worked closely with the Mayor and City Commission, the City Manager’s Office, the various City departments, and the community in the areas of investigations, public safety, code compliance, and quality of life.

Mr. Datorre received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1998 and his J.D. from the University of Miami in 2001.  Mr. Datorre has served in various leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Bar Association including the Board of Governors (2012-2015), Chair of the Young Lawyers Division (2013-2014), the House of Delegates (2010-Present), and various sections and committees.  He is also a Life Fellow in the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.

Robert T. Datorre

Department of Insurance

Edward J. Zych
Chief Counsel

Biography and portrait forthcoming.

Department of Labor and Industry

Marsha A. Sajer 
Chief Counsel 

Marsha A. Sajer was appointed Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in March 2015.   Prior to her appointment, Ms. Sajer was a partner with K&L Gates LLP in its commercial disputes practice where she represented clients in business litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, product liability actions, interference with contracts, civil conspiracy, and actions involving dissolved corporations, often resolving cases before trial.  She managed litigation teams and handled complex, multi-party claims.  She also defended parties against government enforcement and natural resource damage claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (a/k/a the Superfund law) and prosecuted contribution actions against parties responsible for pollution.
     
Before joining K&L Gates, Ms. Sajer served in the United States Army, first as a communications officer and then, after  her graduation from law school, as a judge advocate.   Ms. Sajer served in the Pentagon as Assistant to the Army General Counsel, where she advised the General Counsel, Secretary of the Army, and senior Army officials on a broad range of administrative and criminal issues.  She provided legal support for internal investigations of alleged impropriety by Army general officers and of other allegations of wrongdoing by Army personnel.  She also advised on the use of military forces to mitigate the results of disasters or acts of terrorism in the United States and on criminal and corrections policy.
    
Prior to that assignment, Ms. Sajer supervised the Army’s military personnel law office, which advised senior Army officials on all administrative military personnel matters regarding active duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel, including promotions, investigations, regulations and legislation.  Preceding that duty assignment, Ms. Sajer served as chief of the criminal law division for the 2d Infantry Division in Korea, supervising all felony and misdemeanor prosecutions for units deployed just south of the demilitarized zone, and as a prosecutor at Fort Carson, Colorado.  Ms. Sajer retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel.

She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, a J.D. (with honors) from Duke Law School, Durham, North Carolina and her LL.M. from The Judge Advocate General’s School, Army, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Marsha Sajer

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Michael C. Barrett
Chief Counsel

Michael C. Barrett was appointed as Chief Counsel for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in April of 2014.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Barrett served as Senior Litigation Counsel with the Department of General Services, focusing on procurement and appellate litigation.

From July to October 2012, Mr. Barrett served as the Acting Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, advising the Commission and its Executive Director on legal, personnel, budget, contracting and other administrative matters on an interim basis during the search for a replacement Chief Counsel.  He supervised seven staff attorneys in three regional offices, reviewing their work and performance with regard to discrimination complaints against state, corporate and private employers, business owners and landlords, and advised the Commission during public meetings. He also served as the acting Executive Director, approving recommendations for summary dismissal of complaints as well as being responsible for general agency administration during the Executive Director’s temporary absence.

From 1998 through 2004 he was Deputy Chief Counsel for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  He advised the Adjutant General and staff on matters of employment and labor law, tort liability, contracts and procurement, health care and other legal issues.  He represented the agency in administrative hearings involving Workers Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, the State Civil Service Commission, the Human Relations Commission and the EEOC, as well as appellate representation in state courts, and was the legal advisor to the State Veterans Commission, the State Armory Board, the State Veterans Memorial Commission and the Scotland School for Veteran’s Children.

From 1993 through 1998, he served in the Pennsylvania State Police Office of Chief Counsel, where he defended the agency in the Pennsylvania Supreme and Commonwealth Courts, the United States District Court, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  He handled hundreds of administrative hearings and grievance arbitrations within the agency, as well as appeared before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the State Civil Service Commission, and the EEOC.

From 1986 through 1993 he was Chief Prosecutor for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in the Department of State, overseeing the prosecution of most of the professionals licensed in Pennsylvania before the 27 different licensing boards within the department, and managing a staff of 48 attorneys, paralegals and support personnel.

From 1981 through 1986 he served on active duty with the USAF where he prosecuted and defended courts martial, and represented the United States before the EEOC, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Texas PUC, and other administrative bodies, while assigned in Texas, Korea and at the Pentagon.  Mr. Barrett retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the USAF Reserve in 2005, where he represented military clients before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Barrett received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael Barrett

Board of Probation and Parole

Alan Robinson  
Acting Chief Counsel

Biography and Portrait forthcoming. 

Public School Employees' Retirement System / Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System

Michele Ferencz
Chief Counsel

Michele M. Ferencz was appointed Chief Counsel to the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System in February 2012.  Prior to joining the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, she served as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary with Armstrong World Industries, Inc.   In that role, she managed the corporate governance function and supported the Board of Directors.  She was primarily responsible for assuring company compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange regulations.  Ms. Ferencz also served as legal advisor to the executive compensation group and Armstrong’s finance and treasury departments.  Previously, Ms. Ferencz was with Harsco Corporation and last served as Senior Counsel and Corporate Director.  She provided counsel to the company’s tax and treasury departments and managed international and domestic real estate transactions for the corporate office and its operating divisions.

Ms. Ferencz is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctor from the Duquesne University School of Law.  She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Michele M. Ferencz 

Department of Human Services

Doris M. Leisch  
Chief Counsel  

Biography and Portrait forthcoming. 

Department of Revenue

Jeffery S. Snavely
Acting Chief Counsel

Biography and Portrait forthcoming. 

Department of State

Steven V. Turner
Chief Counsel

Steven V. Turner was appointed as Chief Counsel to the Department of State in February of 2015.  He previously served as the Chief Counsel at State from November of 2009 through January of 2014.  During his tenure with the Department of State, Mr. Turner advised the Secretary of the Commonwealth and Department staff on legal and administrative matters.  Prior to his appointment at State, he served as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency from January 2014 through February of 2015.  He had previously served as Chief Counsel at the Commission from August 2007 through October 2009.

Mr. Turner served as Chief Counsel to the Office of Inspector General from 2004 to 2007.  Additionally, he served as the General Counsel’s representative to the Board of Finance and Revenue.  Previously he was appointed Deputy General Counsel in January 2000 and was reappointed to that post in January 2003.  He served as the General Counsel’s liaison with the Chief Counsels to the Insurance Department and the Departments of Revenue and State.  In addition, Steve served as counsel to the Public Employee Retirement Commission.  From June 1999 to January 2000, Steve served as Chief Counsel to the Department of State.  Prior to that, he was a prosecuting attorney for the Department’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, where he prosecuted professional misconduct cases.  Steve also served as a Senior Deputy Inspector General for the Office of Inspector General.  Before joining the Commonwealth, he served as a Special Assistant in the United States Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh.  Steve received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California in 1979 and his Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law in 1984.

Steve has volunteered in programs serving children, both in the Philadelphia area and in Harrisburg.  He volunteered at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for many years, primarily working with children and families in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.  He received the 1992 Philadelphia Bar Association Craig M. Perry Community Service Award for his volunteer work performed at CHOP.  Steve was featured on the cover of the spring 1996 issue of Philadelphia Lawyer magazine and in a corresponding article entitled “The New Face of Pro Bono – Enhancing the Lawyers Image.”  Since moving to Harrisburg, he has volunteered at the Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and also the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.  He is a domestic violence advocate, trainer and pro bono PFA attorney for the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, a co-founder of YWCA’s Men Against Domestic Violence Program and a member of the Dauphin County Domestic Violence Task Force.  Steve has received the 1997 Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Young Lawyers Division Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award and the PBA Government Lawyer of the Year Award in 2006.

Stevem V. Turner 

State Employees' Retirement System

Christopher C. Houston 
Acting Chief Counsel

Christopher C. Houston was appointed as Acting Chief Counsel to the State Employees’ Retirement System in March of 2015.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Houston served as Chief Counsel to the Department of Community and Economic Development from March of 2012.  From 2010 until 2012, he served as the Executive Director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities of the County of Cumberland, where he oversaw the administration of various housing, community and economic development projects and programs in Perry and Cumberland Counties. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Chris served in a variety of positions with the Authorities, including Assistant Director, General Counsel and Director of Real Estate Development.

Chris brings to the Department a wealth of knowledge and experience in handling complex legal matters pertaining to economic and community development projects, as well as in the development and management of affordable housing. He has also provided guidance and advice in the drafting of legislation at the state and federal levels, pertaining to blight abatement and eminent domain. He is a frequent lecturer on housing and redevelopment topics and related legal affairs.

Chris was in private practice from 1982 to 1999, where he concentrated on transactional matters and municipal law. He has been active in the Cumberland County Bar Association, having served on the board of directors, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Bench/Bar Committee, and Judicial Evaluation Commission. He has also been active in serving on various other community boards and organizations, including spearheading the effort to create, fund and staff a community health center. He has received numerous awards including The Stuart Award from the Cumberland County Bar Association, Carlisle Area's Finest Professional from The Sentinel newspaper, and Person of the Year from the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies.

Chris received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 1979 and a Juris Doctor from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law in 1982. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Christopher Houston

Pennsylvania State Police

Scott R. Ford 
Chief Counsel

Scott Ford was appointed Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania State Police in July of 2012.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Ford served 13 years on active duty in the U.S. Army, first as an Infantry Officer and later as a Judge Advocate.  As a Judge Advocate, Mr. Ford’s duty assignments included:  Chief of Operational Law, Baghdad, Iraq; Administrative Law Attorney, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Trial Counsel, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Senior Trial Counsel and Capital Prosecutor, Fort Stewart, Georgia; and Chief of Military Justice, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  As an Infantry Officer, Mr. Ford’s duty assignments included:  Rifle Platoon Leader, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Support Platoon Leader, Kandahar, Afghanistan; and Assistant Operations Officer, Baghdad, Iraq.

A native of Mars, Pennsylvania, Scott Ford is a graduate of West Point and the University of Texas School of Law.  Mr. Ford is also a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, and Ranger Schools as well as both the Infantry and Judge Advocate Officer Basic Courses.  Mr. Ford has completed three combat deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.  In addition to serving as the Chief Counsel for the State Police, Mr. Ford will also serve as a Major in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Scott R. Ford 

State System of Higher Education

Andrew C. Lehman  
Chief Counsel

Andrew C. Lehman was appointed Chief Counsel at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in March 2014, after having served as Acting Chief Counsel at PASSHE since July 2013.

Representing PASSHE since 2004, Mr. Lehman’s prior responsibilities primarily included providing legal counsel to the human resources and labor relations divisions of PASSHE Universities as well as the Office of the Chancellor.  He also served as a management negotiator in collective bargaining.  Additionally, he handled grievance arbitrations and represented PASSHE before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board and Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
 
Before joining OGC, Mr. Lehman spent more than three years as a litigator with a small Harrisburg law firm.  His practice was primarily concentrated in the area of civil litigation.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Lehman was the Executive Deputy Prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Unit in the York County District Attorney's Office, where he was responsible for prosecuting felony and misdemeanor child physical and sexual abuse cases.

Mr. Lehman is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  He received his undergraduate degree, with highest distinction, from the Pennsylvania State University and graduated cum laude from the Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
A native of York County, Mr. Lehman now resides in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife, Jill, and their five sons.

Andrew Lehman

Department of Transportation

William J. Cressler 
Chief Counsel

William J. Cressler was appointed as Chief Counsel to the Department of Transportation in July of 2012.  Prior to that appointment Mr. Cressler served as Acting Chief Counsel for the Department of Transportation since May of 2012.  He was Assistant Chief Counsel of the Department of Transportation’s Real Property Division, beginning in that capacity in March of 1989.  From August 1987 through March 1989, Bill was the Assistant Counsel-in-Charge of the Department of Transportation’s Right of Way Section, having started as an Assistant Counsel for that Section in September 1980.  He had clerkships with the Honorable William P. Breene, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the 28th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, and the Honorable Keith B. Quigley, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the 41st Judicial District of Pennsylvania. 

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University in 1976, where he was captain of the wrestling team, and his juris doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law in 1979.  Bill is married and the father of a daughter and son in their twenties.

William Cressler