Cabinet and Executive Officials

Governor’s Executive Staff

Mary Isenhour – Chief of Staff
Mike Brunelle – Executive Deputy Chief of Staff
Mark Nicastre – Director of Communications
J.J. Abbott – Press Secretary
Obra S. Kernodle IV – Deputy Chief of Staff
Will Danowski – Secretary of Legislative Affairs
Sarah Galbally – Secretary of Policy and Planning
Denise Smyler – General Counsel
Randy Albright – Secretary of the Budget
Sharon Minnich – Secretary of Administration
Yesenia Bane – Special Assistant to the Governor
Elena Cross – Special Assistant to the Governor
Eric Hagarty – Special Assistant to the Governor
Mark Smith – Director, Government Affairs and Outreach
Mary Topper – Director, Office of Public Liaison
Eric Gutshall – Director of Constituent Services

Governor’s Cabinet Officials

The Governor’s Cabinet comprises the directors of various state agencies. These directors are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Each secretary is responsible for the oversight of his or her agency.

Dr. Rachel Levine – Physician General
Dennis M. Davin – Secretary of Community and Economic Development
Pedro Cortés – Secretary of Department of State
Eileen H. McNulty – Secretary of Revenue
Curt Topper – Secretary of General Services
Brigadier General Anthony J. Carrelli – Adjutant General of Military and Veterans Affairs
Ted Dallas – Secretary of Human Services
Dr. Karen Murphy – Secretary of Health
Gary Tennis – Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Tyrone A. Powell – Acting Inspector General
Teresa Osborne – Secretary of Aging
Colonel Tyree C. Blocker – Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner
Richard Flinn – Director of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
Timothy Solobay – Office of Fire Commissioner
Leslie Richards – Secretary of Transportation
Patrick McDonnell – Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection
Cindy Dunn – Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources
Russell Redding – Secretary of Agriculture
Robin Wiessmann – Secretary of Banking and Securities
John Wetzel – Secretary of Corrections
Teresa D. Miller – Insurance Commissioner
Pedro Rivera – Secretary of Education
Kathy Manderino – Secretary of Labor and Industry

 

J.J. Abbott – Press Secretary

Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, J.J. Abbott served as a spokesman for the Office of Attorney General, Director of Communications for the Allegheny County Controller, Campaign Manager of Chelsa Wagner for Controller, and as an aide to former Congressman Joe Sestak and former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a lifetime Pennsylvania resident.

Randy Albright – Secretary of the Budget

Randy Albright has nearly three decades of experience in Pennsylvania state government, and he brings a detailed knowledge of the state budget and finances. Albright has drafted numerous pieces of job creation legislation, including the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund. He has also played a key role in developing cost-savings and passing revenue generating policies over four administrations.

Randy Albright assumed duties as secretary of the budget in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015.

Yesenia Bane – Special Assistant to the Governor

Before joining the Wolf Administration, Yesenia Bane served as a Senior Transition Advisor to Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s Transition Committee. Before joining Wolf’s Transition Committee, Bane served as Chief of Staff for Senator Rob Teplitz of the 15th Senatorial District. Before that, she worked as a Program and Policy Coordinator for Education Voters PA. She also worked in the administration of former Governor Ed Rendell, including the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Albright College.

Yesenia Bane assumed duties as special assistant to the governor in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015.

Colonel Tyree C. Blocker – Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner

Tyree C. Blocker started his career with the Pennsylvania State Police in 1975 as a trooper, working in patrol, criminal investigation, staff services and organized crime with Troops J, T, K, and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Colonel Blocker worked his way up through the ranks over a 30 year career with the State Police, retiring in 2005 with the rank of major and was responsible for investigative, patrol and administrative operations of 3 Troops, comprised of 13 locations and 750 Troopers in 10 counties including Philadelphia. During his three decades with the State Police, Colonel Blocker supervised units related to identification records, automotive activities, procurement and supplies, communications, and community relations; worked in all facets of criminal investigation, and the gathering of intelligence, as well as the active participation in various multi-agency, multi-state task forces; supervised hundreds of troopers while running the administrative, financial and operational aspects of numerous counties as well as providing support for local law enforcement; and reorganized the Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement to address the sophistication and complexity of drug trafficking in the commonwealth. After retiring from the State Police, Colonel Blocker worked at George Mason University serving as a technical adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and then as an advisor to the minister of national security for the Trinidad and Tobago government. Colonel Blocker also served as president of Silver Seals Consulting and currently owns Future Gem Fitness Corporation. Colonel Blocker resides in New London Township in Chester County with his wife, Janice.

Mike Brunelle – Executive Deputy Chief of Staff

Mike Brunelle most recently served as Governor Tom Wolf’s Special Assistant.

Previous to joining the Wolf Administration, Mike Brunelle spent two years as the National Campaigns Director for the Service Employees International Union, where he led the organization’s programs in 26 states. Prior to working for SEIU in Washington, D.C., he spent nearly three years as the Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Pennsylvania State Council, where he directed the planning and execution of Council issue and legislative programs and served as staff-level leadership.

Before coming to Pennsylvania, Mike worked on various candidate and issue-based campaigns in the Northeast, including the elections of Governor John H Lynch. He served as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, was a state representative in the New Hampshire General Court, and also served as the Democratic Whip.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Lemoyne with his wife Erika, and their daughter, Ava.

Mike Brunelle assumed duties as executive deputy chief of staff in Pennsylvania on January 11, 2016.

Brigadier General Anthony J. Carrelli – Adjutant General of Military and Veterans Affairs

Brigadier General Anthony J. Carrelli assumed duties as the Deputy Adjutant General-Air, Pennsylvania National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters on January 22, 2013. He serves as the primary advisor to The Adjutant General on all matters pertaining to air operations and as commander of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He is responsible for overall operational readiness and ensuring that the 4,100 assigned members are trained and equipped to successfully accomplish their federal and state missions.

General Carrelli graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1985. He completed undergraduate pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, followed by several flying assignments as an A-10 pilot. He served in the active duty Air Force for several years as a T-37, AT-38 and A-10 pilot. Following his release from active duty, General Carrelli joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in 1999. He has deployed in numerous operations to include Desert Storm, Southern Watch, and most recently Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

General Carrelli has completed Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. His military decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two devices, Air Medal with five devices, Aerial Achievement Medal with five devices, Air Force Commendation Medal with three devices, Air Force Achievement Medal with one device, Gallant Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with seven devices and Valor, National Defense Service with one device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two devices, Southwest Asia Service Medal with one device, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two devices, Iraq Campaign Medal with one device, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon with one device, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with two devices and gold border, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with four devices, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with multiple devices, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one device, Air Force Training Ribbon, Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal, Pennsylvania State Service Medal, Pennsylvania Major General Thomas R. White, Jr. Medal, and Pennsylvania Thomas J. Stewart Medal. He is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours in the A-10, T-37, T-38, AT-38B and KC-135 aircraft.

General Carrelli has served as commander of the 111th Fighter Wing, Horsham, and commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pittsburgh International Airport.

Pedro Cortés – Secretary of Department of State

Pedro Cortés, a native of Puerto Rico, began his career in 1993 at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. From 2003 to 2010, Pedro served as secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Edward G. Rendell, making him the first confirmed Latino cabinet member and longest serving secretary of state in Pennsylvania history. Prior to being appointed secretary of the Commonwealth, Pedro served as executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs for three years beginning in March 2000. Pedro became a partner with the law firm of Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer and Kupersmith. He holds a J.D. from Penn State Dickinson School of Law, M.P.A. from Penn State Harrisburg and B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Pedro currently resides in Harrisburg with his wife, Lissette Lizardi-Cortés, and their daughter, Gabriela.

Pedro Cortés assumed duties as acting secretary of state in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on June 2, 2015.

Elena Cross – Special Assistant to the Governor

Before joining the Wolf Administration, Elena Cross served on Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s Transition Committee. Working with the Wolf campaign and other campaigns and stakeholders across the commonwealth, Cross was the Executive Director of Campaign for a Fresh Start in 2014. Previously, Cross was the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Before that, she held other roles at the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and the House Democratic Campaign Committee. Cross began her political career working on campaigns in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Cross is from State College and attended Penn State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Elena Cross assumed duties as special assistant to the governor in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015.

Ted Dallas – Secretary of Human Services

Under Secretary Ted Dallas’ leadership, the Maryland Department of Human Resources reduced poverty and set state records for job placement. The department was also recognized by the federal government as one of the most efficient and highest performing states at administering food assistance, which resulted in extra funds coming to the state. Secretary Dallas was recently chosen to receive a national award from Casey Family Programs for his contributions to the child welfare field and his efforts to improve the lives of children and families.

Ted Dallas assumed duties as acting secretary of human services in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on June 2, 2015.

Will Danowski – Secretary of Legislative Affairs

Will Danowski has over a decade of experience working to advance priority policy issues in Pennsylvania’s state capitol. Prior to his appointment with the Wolf Administration in January 2015, Will served as Legislative Liaison for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of legislative strategy and advised the Board on critical issues impacting the agency.

Prior to his Gaming Board service, Will served for six years in Governor Rendell’s Legislative Office, including as Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs. In this capacity, Will was responsible for working across party lines to advance budget and policy negotiations for major administration priorities, including education and community and economic development issues.

A northeast Pennsylvania native, Will has a B.A. in Political Science from King’s College, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Will Danowski assumed duties as secretary of legislative affairs on February 19, 2016.

Dennis M. Davin – Secretary of Community and Economic Development

Dennis Davin (DCED) served as the director of Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED). Dennis also served as the 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. Dennis is also an active board member of the Allegheny County Airport Authority. Before serving as director of ACED, Dennis was regional director of the Governor’s Action Team for Southwestern Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he worked at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for eight years before becoming the URA’s director of housing. Dennis also served as the Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation’s deputy executive director.

Dennis Davin assumed duties as acting secretary of community and economic development in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 12, 2015.

Cindy Dunn – Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources

Cindy Dunn is a former deputy secretary at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, where she led the department’s Conservation Landscape program and oversaw the community conservation partnerships grant program, which provides $30 to $60 million annually for conservation and recreation throughout the commonwealth. She also worked closely with local communities to revitalize local parks and trails. Cindy’s experience makes her well-suited to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s huge opportunity to continue to grow these sectors of the economy through a revitalized State Park and State Forest system.

Cindy Dunn assumed duties as acting secretary of conservation and natural resources in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on June 2, 2015.

Richard Flinn – Director of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

While at FEMA, Flinn has overseen the development and implementation of standard operating procedures, policies, and doctrine that has institutionalized watch procedures including trigger points for notifications and checklists for actions that watch officers take, when an incident occurs and who and when senior leaders are notified. While previously at the commonwealth, Flinn supervised the acquisition and development of Pennsylvania’s crisis management system and he led the development of a $250 million federal grant.

Sarah Galbally – Secretary of Policy and Planning

Prior to joining the Wolf Administration in January 2015 as deputy secretary for policy and planning, Sarah Galbally served as the policy director for the Wolf for Governor Campaign. Sarah has experience in both the government and nonprofit sectors. As a graduate student, she worked for the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority focusing on municipal financial policy and as a mayor’s Intern for the City of Philadelphia where she performed a functional audit of in-kind services provided between the School District of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia. Prior to that, Sarah ran the community volunteer programs, family initiatives, and special projects for a children’s literacy organization in Philadelphia. A Pennsylvania native, Sarah has a B.A. in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.A. from Villanova University.

Eric Gutshall – Director of Constituent Services

Before joining the Wolf Administration in February 2016, Eric Gutshall served as Legislative & Policy Director for Pennsylvania State Representative Patty Kim of the 103rd Legislative District. In that role, he was responsible for advancing ambitious constituent services goals and promoting the Representative’s legislative agenda. Prior to his work in the state legislature, Eric served in the office of United States Congressman Todd Platts of the 19th Congressional District. In addition, Eric has served as Chair of the Capital Region Stonewall Democrats.

A resident of Dauphin County, Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Pennsylvania College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Hagarty – Special Assistant to the Governor

Raised near Seattle, WA, Eric Hagarty studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Washington before moving to Pennsylvania in 2011 to work in politics and government.

Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, he served as Secretary Dennis M. Davin’s Chief of Staff at the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development and was Governor Tom Wolf’s Deputy Campaign Manager during the 2014 Gubernatorial Election. Previously, he successfully managed Bill Peduto’s campaign for Mayor of Pittsburgh in 2013 and served as Finance Director for Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald from 2011-2014.

Mary Isenhour – Chief of Staff

Mary Isenhour most recently served as Governor Tom Wolf’s Secretary of Legislative Affairs.

Mary Isenhour began her career as a staffer in the Kansas House of Representatives, where from 1991 to 1995, Mary was chief of staff to the Democratic Leader. It was here where Mary worked across party lines to advance legislation that improved the lives of the citizens of Kansas.

In this role, Mary worked with leadership and committee members to develop and implement committee and floor strategies, and she worked on developing legislative strategy and building coalitions that resulted in legislation in numerous areas. Mary also served as liaison between the Leader and other elected officials, agencies, and political entities.

From 1995 to 1999, Mary served as a national political director for the Washington, D.C. based Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, and from 1999 to 2003, Mary served as executive director of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC). Following her time at HDCC, Mary served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and as state director for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign.

Mary has also owned a consulting firm and served as senior strategist to Tom Wolf for Governor.

Mary Isenhour assumed duties as chief of staff in Pennsylvania on July 23, 2015.

Obra S. Kernodle IV – Deputy Chief of Staff

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Obra S. Kernodle IV is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2002.

Before serving in his current position as senior advisor for Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition team, Obra played a key role on the Wolf campaign as both deputy campaign manager and political director.

Before joining the Wolf for Governor campaign, Obra worked in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration as deputy of legislative affairs, helping to coordinate the city’s Actual Value Initiative. In 2012, Obra was part of President Obama’s reelection effort as the Pennsylvania southeast political director. Obra previously served as the political director for both Mayor Nutter’s 2011 reelection bid and District Attorney Seth Williams’ race in 2009.

Dr. Rachel Levine – Physician General

Dr. Levine is an expert in pediatrics and psychiatry. While at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Levine led the initiation of a Division of Adolescent Medicine for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. She also started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program, which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In her role as physician general, Dr. Levine advises the governor and secretary of the Department of Health on medical and public health-related issues.

Dr. Rachel Levine assumed duties as acting physician general in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on June 9, 2015.

Kathy Manderino – Secretary of Labor and Industry

Kathy Manderino is currently running a campaign to establish a fair funding formula for Pennsylvania’s public schools, and prior to that, she was the senior vice president of Intercommunity Action, Inc, a human services agency with more than 200 employees and annual revenue of $20 million. Prior to that, Manderino served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 18 years. As head of the Department of Labor & Industry, Manderino will play a lead role in helping unemployed individuals get back to work by providing resources for job seekers to get job training and promoting economic development across the commonwealth. Manderino will also work with the governor to strengthen the middle class by creating jobs that offer sustainable employment and living wages.

Kathy Manderino assumed duties as acting secretary of labor and industry in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 13, 2015.

Patrick McDonnell – Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection

Patrick McDonnell was most recently the director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), where he oversaw the agency’s regulation and policy development processes. In addition, Mr. McDonnell ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.

Prior to returning to DEP, Mr. McDonnell was executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.

Previously, Mr. McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles. As deputy secretary for administration, he managed the budget, human resources, information technology and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. He also previously served as policy director and as an assistant to the specialdeputy secretary. He began his career at DEP working in the State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building projects.

Mr. McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from DeSales University.

Eileen H. McNulty – Secretary of Revenue

Eileen McNulty served as the quality assurance director in the Office of Comptroller Operations, part of the Office of the Budget, for Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, she was the deputy accountability officer for the commonwealth’s Stimulus Accountability Office. Before becoming deputy accountability officer, McNulty was the chief financial officer with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. From 2003 to 2006, McNulty served as executive deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, and she served as revenue secretary under Governor Casey from January 1991 through January 1995. McNulty graduated cum laude from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Economics.

Eileen McNulty assumed duties as acting secretary of revenue in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on June 9, 2015.

Teresa D. Miller – Insurance Commissioner

Teresa Miller has extensive experience in the health sector at both the state and federal levels. She is the former administrator of the Oregon Insurance Division, where she received national recognition for her efforts to improve the rates review process. She also served as acting director of the State Exchanges Group, the Oversight Group, and the Insurance Programs Group at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Miller helped CMS roll out the regulations and guided the implementation of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Teresa Miller assumed duties as insurance commissioner in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015.

Sharon Minnich – Secretary of Administration

Sharon Minnich has extensive experience in state government in the areas of administration, information technology, budget, tax and revenue, and procurement. She has served as the assistant chief information officer for the Commonwealth; chief information officer for the Department of Revenue; deputy secretary for financial administration in the Governor’s Office of the Budget; and deputy secretary for procurement at the Department of General Services. In these roles, Minnich improved operations and managed significant process and system changes. She led the implementation of a new financial shared services model for Pennsylvania, the implementation of Pennsylvania’s tax amnesty project, and the state’s ERP implementation. In addition to her work in state government, Minnich, 45, has worked as a consultant in the private sector, specializing in procurement and technology. Her experience includes positions at Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Meridian Bank, SAP Business Consulting, Phoenix Consulting Services and Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Minnich has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Albright College and a Master’s Degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sharon Minnich assumed duties as secretary of administration in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015.

Dr. Karen Murphy – Secretary of Health

Dr. Karen Murphy was formerly the director of the State Innovation Models Initiative at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Dr. Murphy has an extensive career in healthcare administration and consulting. She was the former president and chief executive officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System. Prior to becoming CEO of Moses Taylor Health Care System, Dr. Murphy served in various roles in health care administration. As founding chief executive officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc. (PHA), Dr. Murphy also led an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor Health Care System. Dr. Murphy recently served as a clinical faculty member in the Medicine Department at The Commonwealth Medical College. Dr. Murphy earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, a Master of Business Administration from Marywood University, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton, and a diploma as a registered nurse from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing.

Dr. Karen Murphy assumed duties as acting secretary of health in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 13, 2015.

Mark Nicastre – Director of Communications

Prior to becoming Governor Wolf’s communications director, Mark Nicastre most recently served as Communications Director for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s Transition Committee. Nicastre previously directed communications and media efforts as Communications Director for Tom Wolf’s campaign. Nicastre served in senior roles with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in 2010 and 2012, managing communications and assisting candidates with media outreach. Earlier, Nicastre served as Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s reelection campaign in 2012. Before moving to Pennsylvania, Nicastre was the communications director for a member of the U.S. House from New Mexico, Ben Ray Lujan. Nicastre has also worked for strategic communications firms in Washington, DC – Spitfire Strategies and Mack/Crounse Group (now Mack/Sumner) – that developed candidate and issue campaigns including national public health and environmental campaigns. Nicastre earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Government with a focus in Political Communication from Johns Hopkins University.

Teresa Osborne – Secretary of Aging

Teresa Osborne was a catalyst in the effort to enact “Peggy’s Law,” which was designed to enhance Pennsylvania’s response to elder abuse and exploitation. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Lackawanna County Department of Human Services and the Administrator of the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. During that time, she helped to form the Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium (NBHCC), a four-county, non-profit, which implemented Pennsylvania’s managed care program serving over 90,000 members who receive Medical Assistance, and served on the Mayor of Scranton Task Force on Law Enforcement & Mental Health, which helped to create the Scranton Area Crisis Intervention Team.

Teresa Osborne assumed duties as acting secretary of aging in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 13, 2015.

Tyrone A. Powell – Acting Inspector General

Tyrone A. Powell was named Acting Inspector General on Aug. 30, 2016.

Powell had been appointed Chief Counsel for the Office of Inspector General in July of 2016. Prior to that appointment, he served with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as Deputy General Counsel. Powell’s practice included regulatory enforcement and investigations of fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct in executive agencies. He also established department legal policies related to government contracting, legislation and regulation.

Powell has more than 25 years of experience representing retailers, developers, public authorities and universities in complex real estate transactions and public-private partnerships. That experience includes the sale and acquisition of commercial real estate in more than 15 states; retail, warehouse and commercial office space leasing; and commercial development and demolition. Powell also has negotiated and prepared urban redevelopment agreements for a $1 billion automobile plant and a $1.1 billion engine plant. Both of these projects involved the acquisition of more than 250 acres of land, the removal of more than 1,000 unregistered underground storage tanks, the remediation of contaminated soils, and the relocation of businesses, streets and rail yards. He also participated in a $55 million marina, restaurant and housing development as well as a $500 million leverage lease transaction.

Powell formerly was a shareholder of Powell Law, a partner of Mahomes Bolden and an associate counsel for Rite Aid Corporation.

Powell is active in the work of state and county bar associations. He is the President of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, a former board member of the Dauphin County Bar and a past President of the Keystone Bar. Currently, he chairs the Keystone Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and serves on its Executive Committee. Powell also is a member of the Michigan and Texas Bars.

In 2015, Powell was honored to receive the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for Public Service. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Judge Clarence Morrison Award for dedication to promoting diversity within the profession. He serves as Secretary for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Stanford University and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law.

Russell Redding – Secretary of Agriculture

Russell Redding previously served as secretary of the Department of Agriculture from 2009 to 2011, where he helped establish a comprehensive economic development program that provided state funds that leveraged private capital to help agriculture expand, grow, and create jobs. Redding was also instrumental in preserving nearly 3,000 farms.

Russell Redding assumed duties as acting secretary of agriculture in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 13, 2015.

Leslie Richards – Secretary of Transportation

Leslie Richards has extensive leadership experience in the management of transportation projects from her work in local government, as well as her private sector work in the planning and engineering fields over the past two decades. Leslie Richards was formerly the vice chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, chair of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and a member of the SEPTA Board. Richards headed the planning, transportation, and economic development initiatives in the county. Having advocated and executed projects for municipal, county, state, and federal governments, and with her experience serving as Chair of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Richards has a detailed understanding of funding resources for all phases of transportation projects. She played an active role working with state legislators to educate them on the importance of passing Act 89 and provided official testimony to the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee. Before being elected commissioner, Richards served as the chair and vice chair of the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors. Richards served on the bi-partisan boards at the township and county level that voted unanimously on over 99% of all votes taken. In the private sector, Richards served as a senior project manager at a woman-owned civil engineering firm. She has led meetings with residents, business owners, and government officials regarding transportation issues in urban, rural, and suburban communities. As a consultant, she received special recognition for minimizing the negative impacts of construction, detours, and road closures on the local business community. Richards has built a reputation professionally and politically of finding common ground and moving forward. Her experience in both the public and private sector gives her a unique perspective on understanding stakeholder issues. Richards is a graduate of Brown University, where she concentrated in economics and urban studies. She received a master’s of regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Richards and her husband, Ira, have lived in Whitemarsh Township for 19 years. They have three children, Ben, Sophie, and Rebecca.

Leslie Richards assumed duties as acting secretary of transportation in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 12, 2015.

Pedro Rivera – Secretary of Education

Under Pedro Rivera’s leadership at The School District of Lancaster, which serves approximately 11,500 students, of which 17 percent are learning English, the district has made important strides. From rising graduation rates to steady gains in reading proficiency scores at all levels – with notable improvement in math, science, and writing – as well as high-performing student participation in programs aimed at college success, the district has greatly improved education at all levels. Rivera has also led the development and implementation of a new PreK-12 curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan, and innovative teacher observation tools. Since taking over the district, which has a $160 million budget, Rivera has increased its fund balance from $4 million to $9 million. Rivera worked his way up from a variety of positions before becoming superintendent of The School District of Lancaster. While working in the Philadelphia School District, Rivera worked as principal, assistant principal, classroom teacher, executive director, and human resources director. In September of last year, Rivera was honored by the White House as one of 10 Hispanic leaders around the country for his extraordinary work in education.

Pedro Rivera assumed duties as acting secretary of education in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on June 3, 2015.

Mark Smith – Director, Government Affairs and Outreach

Previous to joining the Wolf Administration, Mark Smith served nearly two terms as county commissioner in Bradford County. He became the youngest chair of the commission in 2008 at the age of 29.

Mark has offered his service on numerous community and government related boards and commissions which have included the Endless Mountain Visitors Bureau, Endless Mountain Heritage Region Board, Bradford/Sullivan American Red Cross, Partners and Family Community Development Board and the Bradford County Tourism Committee. Mark was also elected to serve as a board member to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) and the CCAP Natural Gas Task Force.

Prior to entering politics, Smith worked as an industrial designer in the automotive and plastics industries. Mark attended Athens Area High School, graduating in 1996. Mark went on to attend college in Pittsburgh and later The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, studying industrial design. In 2011 he was selected as one of twenty-two County Commissioners from across the nation to attend the National Association of Counties Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. provided by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Mark resides in Susquehanna Township with his wife Jane Clements-Smith.”

Denise Smyler – General Counsel

Denise Smyler (General Counsel) is the founding attorney and owner of the Smyler Firm, which united with Wadud Ahmad and Joseph Zaffarese to form Ahmad, Zaffarese & Smyler, LLC in September 2013. In 2011, Mayor Michael Nutter appointed Denise to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Board. Mayor Nutter also picked Smyler to serve on the nominating panel for the Board of Property Assessment Appeals. Previously, Denise worked as an assistant district attorney and as legal counsel to the Philadelphia Prison Commissioner before being appointed chief legal counsel to the Philadelphia Police Commissioner. While serving as counsel to the Prison System and Police Department, Denise also advised and represented the city in State and Federal Court proceedings relative to labor matters and worked on drafting and negotiating contracts on behalf of city agencies. Denise has a degree from New York University and earned her J.D. from Georgetown University.

Denise Smyler assumed duties as general counsel in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015.

Timothy Solobay – Office of Fire Commissioner

Timothy Solobay has over 38 years in fire service and is currently the assistant fire chief at the Canonsburg Volunteer Fire Company. Tim has served in fire service for more than three decades and he has received multiple awards and recognitions, and has dedicated himself to improving the atmosphere for fire service. Tim also spent his time in the General Assembly fighting for legislation to improve fire services and deliver more resources to fire and emergency service companies. Solobay was instrumental in providing millions annually for fire and emergency service across the commonwealth.

Gary Tennis – Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Secretary Gary Tennis is a nationally recognized expert in drugs and alcohol. Tennis is the former chairman of the National Alliance on Model State Drug Laws and he serves on the Board of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. In June last year, Tennis received the Exceptional Leadership and Support of Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment award from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

Gary Tennis assumed duties as acting secretary of drug and alcohol programs in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 13, 2015.

Curt Topper – Secretary of General Services

In his capacity at Georgetown University, Curt Topper renegotiated service and supply arrangements and introduced business process and system improvements to reduce the University’s operating costs by more than $1 million. While serving as deputy secretary of procurement for the commonwealth from 2005 to 2008, Topper led the department’s new shared services centers for procurement, warehousing, and print production. In this role, he was instrumental in modernizing and streamlining operations and played a key role in the implementation of new procurement activities. Topper also negotiated key contracts and reduced costs for the commonwealth by more than $200 million annually.

Curt Topper assumed duties as acting secretary of general services in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 12, 2015.

Mary Topper – Director, Office of Public Liaison

Mary Topper joined the Wolf Administration on January 20, 2015 as Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison. She previously served as a deputy on Governor-elect Wolf’s transition committee. Prior to that, she was deputy director in the political department of the Wolf for Governor campaign, where she also managed the campaign’s voter protection efforts. Mary has previously served as regional political director for President Obama’s re-election campaign where she coordinated efforts in 36 counties of Pennsylvania, and as Executive Director of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

A native of Montgomery County, Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

John Wetzel – Secretary of Corrections

John Wetzel has served as secretary of the Department of Corrections since 2011 and is responsible for the management and operations of the department, which houses more than 51,000 inmates, has approximately 15,000 employees, as well as a budget of over $2 billion. During his tenure, Wetzel has become known for his efforts on prison reform and recidivism reduction. Wetzel has led Pennsylvania to its two largest prison inmate reductions since 1971, with a reduction of over 400 inmates in 2012 and a reduction of over 700 inmates in 2014.

John Wetzel assumed duties as acting secretary of corrections in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on June 9, 2015.

Robin Wiessmann – Secretary of Banking and Securities

Robin Wiessmann previously served as the Pennsylvania state treasurer from 2007 to 2009, where she was the primary fiduciary and custodian of $120 billion and created a new strategic framework for the office. As a public finance professional, Wiessmann has worked throughout her career to fund projects related to infrastructure, schools, and hospitals, as well as serving in banking and regulatory positions. She has worked extensively on financing plans, credit analysis, securities, and regulatory practices.

Robin Wiessmann assumed duties as acting secretary of banking and securities in Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on June 2, 2015.