Meet Governor Shapiro’s Cabinet

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Jason Kavulich

Secretary of Aging

“To be nominated by Governor Shapiro to serve as Secretary of Aging is the honor of my life. I look forward to working with the General Assembly and all of our elected officials and stakeholders to effect meaningful change that empowers older adults to live in safety and dignity.” – Jason Kavulich 

Learn more about Secretary Kavulich

Secretary Jason Kavulich brings 24 years of experience within the human services field to the mission of serving and advocating for Pennsylvania’s 3.4 million older adults aged 60 and over.  He is committed to leading and advocating for an aging network of quality, sustainable programs that support Pennsylvania’s growing older adult population to stay healthy and active, age in their home settings of choice, thrive in their older years with safety and dignity, and contribute to the economic, social and cultural vibrancy of our communities across the commonwealth.

Jason’s hands-on experience at the local human services level provides a critical perspective to supporting a 52-agency aging network covering 67 counties where services are delivered locally across diverse populations and geographies. 

Progressing from a county caseworker through supervisor and administrator positions within the Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services, he was appointed Director of the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging in 2016. 

As a human services professional, he dedicated his efforts to ending food insecurity, homelessness and improving access to services and cultural opportunities to the residents of Lackawanna County. In his capacity as director, Jason worked tirelessly to promote the innovation and expansion of services for older adults and strongly advocated to guarantee their rights and independence.   

In 2021, his efforts to assist older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic were honored by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Later in 2021, he spearheaded a coalition of non-profit, business and education leaders to bring the new federal Elderly Cottage Housing Opportunity (ECHO) program to Lackawanna County – the first northeast Pennsylvania county to do so. In 2022, under Jason’s leadership, Lackawanna County became an early adopter of the Department of Aging’s Shared Housing and Resource Exchange (SHARE) program. 

He recently served as the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A), Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and serves on the boards of Lackawanna Pro Bono and Penn State Scranton. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton and a lifelong Scranton resident. 

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Russell Redding

Secretary of Agriculture

“I have dedicated my life to agriculture and public service, working to advance an industry that is at the center of some of the most important issues of our time, and shapes the quality of life for every Pennsylvanian.” – Russell Redding

Learn more about Secretary Redding

Russell Redding was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve as Pennsylvania’s 27th Secretary of Agriculture on May 10, 2023. Governor Josh Shapiro nominated Redding to continue serving as secretary, after he served from 2015 – 2022 under Governor Tom Wolf. He is the former dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley University. 

Redding has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent more than 30 years serving Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. He worked on Capitol Hill as Ag Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and served for nearly 25 years in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, serving as secretary from 2009-2011 under Governor Ed Rendell, and from 2015-2022 under Governor Tom Wolf. He currently serves on the Agriculture subcommittee of the USDA’s Equity Commission. 

He earned his B.S. in Agriculture Education and M.S. in Agriculture and Extension Education from Penn State University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Agribusiness Executive program. A native of Pennsylvania, Redding has an innate understanding of food and agriculture, stemming from his youth on his family’s dairy farm and his time as a dairy farm operator. He and his wife Nina have two adult sons and own and operate a farm in Gettysburg. 

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Wendy S. Spicher

Secretary of Banking and Securities

“I am truly honored to serve as Secretary Department of Banking and Securities where our mission of maintaining public confidence and stability in our state’s financial system is critical to the state’s economy. The financial services industry touches every Pennsylvanian’s life whether it’s a mortgage to purchase a home, an auto loan, or saving for retirement. The industry is the life blood of small and large businesses that help grow our economy and create new jobs.” – Wendy Spicher 

Learn more about Secretary Spicher

Wendy S. Spicher has served the Department of Banking and Securities as Interim Acting Secretary and Deputy Secretary for Depository Institutions, a role she has held since 2008. Her career in the banking industry spans over 25 years and includes senior level positions in both the public and private sector. As Deputy Secretary for Depository Institutions, Ms. Spicher’s responsibilities include the chartering, regulation, supervision and examination of all Pennsylvania state-chartered banks, credit unions and non-depository trust companies.  

Ms. Spicher began her banking career as a commissioned bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the New York region. She made the transition to private sector when she joined Dauphin Deposit Bank. Ms. Spicher has served as vice president of Allfirst Bank, a subsidiary of Allied Irish Banks (now M&T Bank) and was a member of the bank’s senior loan committee developing an extensive knowledge and expertise in corporate lending, credit administration, and general bank operations.  She has also served as vice president of private wealth management at PNC Bank and Mellon Bank (now Mellon BNY) acquiring expertise in asset management and trust operations.  In August 2006, Ms. Spicher joined the Department as Director of the Office of Economic Development. In this role, she assisted bankers in the utilization of state loan and loan guarantee programs to help businesses grow and create jobs in Pennsylvania. At the request of the Secretary, Ms. Spicher represented the Department as a voting member of Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), First Industries Fund, Second Stage Loan Program and Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA).  

Presently, Ms. Spicher serves on the Performance Standards Committee (PSC) for the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS). The PSC serves as the policy-making body of the NASCUS Accreditation Program where it sets the standards that must be met by credit union state supervisors to earn and maintain NASCUS Accreditation. She also serves on the Department’s Cybersecurity and RRREV-up taskforces.    
Ms. Spicher previously served on the Conference of State Bank Supervisors’ (CSBS) Performance Standards Committee which governs Bank and Mortgage accreditation programs of state regulators and she represented CSBS on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) Task Force on Examiner Education. She is a CSBS Certified Examinations Manager and was Series 7 and 63 licensed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).   

Ms. Spicher is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she earned a degree in business administration with a major in finance and an emphasis on economics. She also studied at the School of Business Administration (ESAN) in Lima, Peru, and graduated with highest honors from the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking. 

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Rick Siger

Secretary of Community & Economic Development

“I am thrilled to continue working hard in close collaboration with Pennsylvania’s businesses, communities, and my colleagues at DCED to move Governor Shapiro’s vision for our Commonwealth forward. Under his leadership, Pennsylvania is open for business.” – Rick Siger

Learn more about Secretary Siger

On May 3, 2023, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed Governor Josh Shapiro’s nomination of Rick Siger as the Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development. 

In his current role, Rick leads the commonwealth’s efforts to grow our economy and build a better future for Pennsylvanians. He is committed to helping small businesses thrive, spurring innovation, and increasing opportunities in communities to make Pennsylvania a national leader in growth and innovation. 

Prior to his current role, Rick served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh and led CMU’s growth strategy at Hazelwood Green, a former Pittsburgh industrial site re-envisioned as a new model for economic development and translational research. 

Rick served President Barack Obama for more than seven years in multiple roles, including as Chief of Staff at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Commerce. He also worked as former Governor Tim Kaine’s Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Rick was born and raised in Pittsburgh and currently lives there with his wife Kinsey Casey, daughter Margaret, and dog Amos. He holds a B.A. in political science from Columbia University. 

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Cindy Adams Dunn

Secretary of Conservation & Natural Resources

“I have spent my career in conservation and public service, working to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to the majesty of Penn’s Woods, and look forward to the opportunity to continue this work as Secretary of DCNR.” – Cindy Adams Dunn

Learn more about Secretary Dunn

Cindy Adams Dunn has served as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources since 2015. 

She has served multiple positions in the agency under three governors during the last three decades. During her tenure, Ms. Dunn has helped position Pennsylvania as a leader in land conservation, outdoor recreation, green practices, and public land management. Under her leadership, the department: Created the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps to connect youth and young adults with job opportunities relating to the outdoors and the environment, advanced water quality initiatives within the Chesapeake Bay and across the commonwealth through investments in conservation, buffer plantings, and restoration, advanced mitigation and adaption best practices related to climate change, managed the highest visitation at state parks and forests, received historical levels of funding to address the growing conservation and recreation needs of the commonwealth.

Ms. Dunn’s non-profit conservation and advocacy roles include serving as the president and chief executive officer of PennFuture, state director of Audubon Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania coordinator for Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and as an environmental educator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

Her past DCNR roles includes serving as Deputy Secretary of Conservation and Technical Services from 2007-2013, where she led Conservation Landscape program and oversaw the grant program, which provides $30-$60 million annually for conservation and recreation throughout the commonwealth.  

Her other leadership posts include Director of the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and Director of the Office of Education, Communications, and Partnerships.

Ms. Dunn first joined DCNR in the mid-1990s as Director of Community Relations and Environmental Education. Over the years, Ms. Dunn has been recognized with numerous awards for her leadership in conservation including:

  • Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Frances E. Flanigan Environmental Leadership Award
  • Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation Conservationist of the Year
  • Cumberland County Conservation District Conservationist of the Year
  • The Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society Local Government Award
  • Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals Karl Mason Award
  • The National Wildlife Federation Women in History Award
  • The Schuylkill River National Heritage Area Legacy Award

Ms. Dunn holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology from Shippensburg University. She and her husband, Craig, reside in Cumberland County.

When not championing the efforts of DCNR, Ms. Dunn enjoys the natural and recreation resources DCNR works hard to protect and promote through hobbies that include birding, canoeing, fishing, and hiking.

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Dr. Laurel R. Harry

Secretary of Corrections

“It is an honor to work alongside the more than 17,000 men and women of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. All Pennsylvanians deserve to be safe and feel safe in their communities, and I look forward to collaborating with the team Governor Shapiro has assembled to achieve that goal.” – Dr. Laurel Harry

Learn more about Secretary Harry

Dr. Laurel R. Harry was named Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) by Governor Josh Shapiro in January 2023. 

A 24-year veteran of the DOC, Dr. Harry began her career in 1999 as a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist II at SCI Waynesburg. She worked her way through the ranks as a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist Supervisor, Unit Manager, Corrections Classification and Program Manager, Staff Assistant to the Central Region Deputy Secretary, Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent of SCI Camp Hill for ten years. Most recently, she served as Acting Western Region Deputy Secretary. 

In addition to serving at six state correctional institutions across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dr. Harry was a member of the Western Region Hostage Negotiation Team for six years and graduated from the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program in 2008 and the Leadership Development Institute in 2010. She was also recognized by the PA Prison Wardens Association as the 2019 Warden of the Year. 

Dr. Harry earned her doctorate in criminal justice at California University of Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree in counseling and bachelor’s degree in psychology at West Virginia University. 

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Dr. Latika Davis-Jones

Secretary of Drug & Alcohol Programs

“I am excited to continue working in close collaboration with substance use disorder treatment and prevention providers, Single County Authorities, communities, people with lived experience, and advocates to move the Governor’s vision for our Commonwealth forward.”  – Dr. Latika Davis-Jones

Learn more about Secretary Davis-Jones

Dr. Latika D. Davis-Jones is the Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Over the past 25 years, Latika’s work has focused on the physical and behavioral health needs of vulnerable populations. In her current role, she is responsible for the administration of control, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery supports, rehabilitation, research, education, and training activities within the department as well as across state agencies. Her department serves a critical role in coordinating efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. In addition to programmatic efforts geared toward substance use, DDAP also implements a program to address compulsive and problem gambling.

Prior to working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she provided leadership and administrative oversight of Highmark Wholecare’s behavioral health program and oversaw program development including the development of operations within new markets/business initiatives and the implementation and evaluation of utilization management, case management, and disease/condition management programs impacting the health of its members. 

Latika also worked at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services where she was responsible for the organization, implementation, coordination and evaluation of drug and alcohol services (i.e., prevention, intervention, and treatment) for residents in Allegheny County. Latika’s work experience and education has afforded her the opportunity to excel in: program planning and development, program evaluation, operations, public policy, and data analysis/research design. 

Latika’s university work included teaching a course that focused on social work practice and issues of diversity, risk, oppression, resilience, and empowerment. It explored these issues within the context of developing students’ knowledge of and skills in using social work problem-solving methods with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Additionally, Latika was a key contributor to the content and the analysis of measures for Drs. Larry Davis and Rafael Engel book entitled, “Measuring Race and Ethnicity: Inside and Out.” Measuring Race and Ethnicity gathered psychological measures of common phenomena such as racial identity, acculturation, and intra and intergroup relations enabling researchers to compare concepts across groups and better evaluate differences and disparities. Her work also included being the co-principal investigator on the Strengthening Pittsburgh’s African American Nonprofits (SPAAN) Project at the University of Pittsburgh-School of Social Work. The purpose of the study was to learn more about the region’s African American nonprofits, and to better understand their strengths, needs and challenges. Additionally, she worked on several research projects focused on substance use, co-occurring disorders, and HIV risk behavior. Most recently, Latika served on the Center for Interventions to Enhance Community Health (CiTECH) Advisory Board which is a unique partnership between the University of Pittsburgh- School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry dedicated to community behavioral health services. CiTECH aims to bridge the science-to-service gap by integrating research and practice in the community. 

Latika has provided public testimony before the Pennsylvania House and Senate Policy Committees on the opioid epidemic and has presented at national and local conference on these issues. In collaboration with colleagues, she has helped to publish reports and journal articles on addressing the opioid epidemic in Allegheny County. 

Latika’s recent awards include being selected as a Professional Women’s Network Ladies Who Lead Honoree (2019), Women of Excellence Awardee (2018) by the New Pittsburgh Courier, Tree of Life Awardee (2016) by Message Carriers, and the Bernadette Turner Leadership Award recipient (2016) by the African American Leadership Association. Other recognition includes the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab 40 and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 awards. Past national/community involvement includes: 

  • Global Links (Current Board Member)
  • The Children’s Institute (Current Board Member)
  • The Advance Leadership Initiative (Current Advisory Board Member)
  • 100 Women Who Care Pittsburgh
  • US Attorney Hickton’s Working Group on Drug Overdose and Addiction (2016-2018)
  • Point Park University –Doctoral Student Mentor (2015-2018)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded Prevention Economic Impact Model (Stakeholder Advisory Committee)
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC) Special Emphasis Panel NCHHSTP) (2015)

Latika earned her undergraduate degree from Central State University and her graduate degrees (MSW, MPH, and PhD) from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to being a public health leader she is a wife, a mother of two, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  

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Dr. Khalid N. Mumin

Secretary of Education

“Our schools are more than buildings: they are conduits of hope. I will take the experiences I have gained through my life and career to carry out Governor Shapiro’s vision so that every Pennsylvania student has the freedom to chart their own course and the opportunity to succeed.” – Dr. Khalid Mumin

Learn more about Secretary Mumin

For over 25 years, Dr. Khalid N. Mumin has served in various capacities as a teacher, dean of students, principal and central administrator. Most recently, Dr. Mumin served as the Superintendent of Schools at Lower Merion School District. Prior to Lower Merion, Dr. Mumin was the Superintendent of Reading School District for seven years. Beginning as a Secondary English teacher in Scotland, Pennsylvania in 1997, Dr. Mumin rose through the leadership ranks of the education system in Pennsylvania. Dr. Mumin is committed to promoting and sustaining student achievement, equity and access to educational programming for all students, as well as creating plans that are fiscally responsible. He has been recognized nationally as a “School Board Savvy Superintendent,” and is the author of the book entitled Problem Child: Leading Students Living in Poverty Towards Infinite Possibilities of Success. 

Dr. Mumin earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education in Teaching & Curriculum from Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Shippensburg University, and an Associate of Arts in English from Northeastern Christian Junior College. 

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Randy Padfield

Director of Emergency Management

“When Pennsylvanians need us most, PEMA and the Shapiro Administration will be there to support them – and we will vigorously plan and prepare to ensure we are ready for future emergencies and disasters.” – Randy Padfield

Learn more about Director Padfield

Randy Padfield has more than 35 years of progressive leadership experience in public safety spanning various roles in the disciplines of fire/rescue services, special operations, Emergency Medical Services, and emergency management. He previously served as the deputy director for Response Operations at PEMA, before being appointed to director of the agency in 2019. 

Prior to his tenure at PEMA, he was director of the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Training Center at Harrisburg Area Community College, where he oversaw the development and delivery of training programs for fire, EMS, law enforcement and industry personnel. 

He previously worked as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic, has served on a regional Incident Management Team and the state’s All-Hazards Incident Management Team, and is a contract instructor for the Emergency Management Institute and the National Fire Academy at the National Emergency Training Center, where he teaches courses in special operations management and incident command/management. 

Padfield is an original member of Pennsylvania Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, where he serves as a Task Force Leader and member of the National Urban Search and Rescue Incident Support Team that responds to large, complex disasters. 

He has responded to multiple local, regional, state, and national disasters and emergencies in various capacities throughout his career, including the scene of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, hurricanes and floods, and most recently the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, in 2021, and Hurricane Ian in 2022. 

Jessica Shirley

Interim Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection

Learn more about Acting Secretary Shirley

Currently serving as the Interim Acting Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), Jessica Shirley plays a pivotal role in the guidance of the department in its mission to protect and preserve Pennsylvania’s environment while fostering sustainable and equitable practices. Jessica arrives to the role of Acting Secretary with extensive experience within the agency. Most recently, Jessica served as the Executive Deputy Secretary overseeing all programs.

As the first appointed Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator at the PA DEP, Jessica oversaw the influx of federal funding supported by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). She ensured that the Department used all available funds for the betterment of Pennsylvania’s environment, economy, residents, and communities. In this role, she also placed strong emphasis on consideration of the impact of programs in historically underinvested communities.

Jessica’s previous role as Policy Director from May 2016 to April 2022 was marked by her dedication to shaping the environmental and energy policy agenda. In this position, Jessica helped to develop groundbreaking executive orders related to PFAS, climate change, energy conservation and sustainability in Commonwealth operations, and environmental justice. These executive orders established the first greenhouse gas reduction goal for the Commonwealth, set performance goals for state agencies, established the PFAS Action Team to remove silos and address emerging contaminants, and memorialized various processes and opportunities to meaningfully engage and address underserved communities in Pennsylvania. She coordinated the DEP Policy Office’s efforts, while overseeing the finalization of numerous rulemakings and promoting meaningful dialogue with stakeholders. Jessica and her counterpart at PennDOT lead the effort to develop Pennsylvania’s first ever Litter Action Plan which received several awards and national recognition.  Jessica also served on the agency steering committee of DiversEP, the agency’s DEI committee with a mission of actively cultivating a culture of equity and inclusion and establishing a more diverse workforce representative of the population we serve. 

In her earlier role as Executive Policy Specialist, Jessica was a trusted advisor in various policy areas, including oil and gas development, air quality, climate change, energy, waste, clean water, and environmental cleanup. She also demonstrated leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and her representation of the Administration in discussions with key organizations showcased her influence and expertise. She built extensive relationships by serving as the Policy Office liaison to the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board, Air Quality Technical Advisory Board, Climate Change Advisory Committee, Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee, Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, Recycling Fund Advisory Committee, Radiation Protection Advisory Committee, Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Sewage Advisory Committee and Storage Tank Advisory Committee. 

Jessica’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Thomas Cook

State Fire Commissioner

“Fire departments across the Commonwealth are facing ongoing challenges such as recruitment, safety, and revenue shortfalls, and I look forward to working with Governor Shapiro and the General Assembly to find solutions to these challenges and continue to further public safety in Pennsylvania.” – Thomas Cook

Learn more about Commissioner Cook

Thomas Cook has more than 36 years of experience in emergency services, and an extensive background in public and nonprofit administration — having served at the municipal, county, and state levels, with a primary focus on public safety and emergency management. 

Most recently, Cook served as Assistant State Fire Commissioner. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.   

Prior to that, Cook was administrator of the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, with oversight of the firefighter training system for the Commonwealth. 

He retired from active firefighting as assistant fire chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a 700-person, metropolitan fire department. He has served as a career company officer in the Mount Lebanon Fire Department, and a staff instructor for Allegheny County Fire Academy. He has held every rank but Chief of Department in the Monroeville Volunteer Fire Department. 

Cook attended the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania State, and National fire academies. He is a Pennsylvania state fire instructor, and has taught extensively for local fire and emergency management training agencies. He is an associate professor for the Point Park University, teaching programs in public administration. 

Prior to pursuing a career in public safety, Cook was employed as a corporate controller for Consolidated Graphics, where he was a turn-around specialist. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. He has a second Bachelor of Science degree in fire administration from Columbia Southern University. 

Cook received his Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer designations from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. 

He has received awards as Fire Instructor of the Year, Fire Officer of the Year, and letters of commendation for his work managing various projects within the fire service. Cook has been decorated twice in his career for rescues, earning a unit citation for rescues made from an apartment fire in Mount Lebanon, and the Red Cross Hero Medal for the rescue of a civilian prior to the arrival of suppression units in Pittsburgh. 

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Reggie McNeil

Secretary of the Department of General Services

“I look forward to moving forward with Governor Shapiro’s goal to make us a ‘government that works for the people’ by cutting through the bureaucracy and red tape and delivering the services our citizens deserve.” – Reggie McNeil

Learn more about Secretary McNeil

Reggie McNeil was unanimously confirmed on June 7, 2023 by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve as Pennsylvania’s 11th Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS), making him the first African American to hold that cabinet position. Governor Josh Shapiro nominated McNeil on February 1, 2023. 

As secretary of the Department of General Services, McNeil oversees Pennsylvania’s state government operating agency responsible for the procurement of goods and services, the management of non-highway capital projects, the management of the commonwealth’s real estate portfolio, increasing and advancing contracting opportunities for small and small diverse businesses, the expansion of energy sustainability and conservation activities, and the maintenance and protection of state-owned buildings and facilities.  

McNeil is a proven leader with over 27 years of commitment and service to our nation and public schools. He also prides himself on a career advocating for inclusiveness and greater transparency in government operations. 

Most recently, he was the chief operating officer of The School District of Philadelphia – the largest urban school district in Pennsylvania and the eighth-largest school district in the nation. Highlights of his career in public education include the development of a comprehensive district-wide school facility improvement plan, reducing the backlog of maintenance work orders by over 20% in less than one year, and improvements to customer service and processes. 

McNeil’s long history of servant leadership began as a naval officer in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps where he gained executive-level experience in facilities management. His expertise and knowledge span the procurement of goods and services, capital improvements, design management, maintenance production control, real estate, and staff development through training and coaching. He served as the top executive assistant to the Navy Systems Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC), responsible for the Navy’s worldwide infrastructure and engineering services at the Navy Facilities Engineering Command. 

After a 22-year career in the Navy, McNeil transitioned into public education, serving as executive director of Capital Programs in the Charleston County School District in Charleston, South Carolina, before serving as the chief operating officer of the School District of Philadelphia. 

McNeil earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis, a Master of Science in construction engineering management from the University of Florida, and a technical project management certificate from The Citadel. He is currently enrolled in Yale University’s School of Management, pursuing a public education leadership certificate. 

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Dr. Debra L. Bogen

Acting Secretary of Health

“The health and wellbeing of Pennsylvanians is critical to our success as a Commonwealth, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with Governor Shapiro to serve the healthcare needs of people across Pennsylvania.” – Dr. Debra Bogen 

Learn more about Acting Secretary Bogen

Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Dr. Bogen was the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department, where she and her staff stayed on top of the pandemic and provided consistent, measured and common-sense information to the public while working closely with many stakeholders in the county.
Prior to that appointment, Dr. Bogen was a member of the Pittsburgh region medical and research community for more than two decades. She held a primary academic appointment as Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, and secondary appointments in psychiatry and clinical and translational science. Dr. Bogen also served as the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Pediatrics at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She dedicated her career as a pediatrician to caring for children and families impacted by social inequities. Her clinical research focused on the impact of mental health and substance use on families.

Dr. Bogen earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed both her pediatric residency and general academic pediatrics fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was one of the founders of the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank and served as the organization’s Volunteer Medical Director until assuming her role at the state.   

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Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH

Secretary of Human Services

“Having the privilege to serve our Commonwealth as Secretary of Human Services is an opportunity to draw upon my experiences at each stage of my career, and I am honored to lead an agency whose work I am so passionate about. I am incredibly grateful to Governor Shapiro for his trust, and I promise to use this work and opportunity to fight for and advance the health, wellbeing, economic self-sufficiency, and safety of all Pennsylvanians.” – Dr. Valerie Arkoosh 

Learn more about Secretary Arkoosh

Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH, was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services by Governor Josh Shapiro on January 17, 2023 and Dr. Arkoosh officially became Secretary on June 29, 2023. 

Prior to this role, Secretary Arkoosh served on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners since January 2015, when she was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Commission. Arkoosh won election to a full four-year term in November 2015 and served as Commission Vice Chair until her election as Commission Chair in November 2016. She was the first woman ever to serve in this role. Arkoosh was re-elected in November 2019 and unanimously chosen by her colleagues to again serve as Chair in January 2020. Montgomery County is the third most populous county in Pennsylvania with over 856,000 residents. The three-member Board of Commissioners oversees a budget of more than $500 million and directs more than 2,800 employees charged with administering and overseeing county functions, including human services.  

As Commission Chair, Secretary Arkoosh was committed to strengthening services for children, veterans, and seniors. She led the efforts to eliminate street homelessness of veterans and streamline delivery of human services. Recognizing the need for a strong, supported workforce in executing these goals, she instituted a $15 minimum wage and gender-neutral paid parental leave for Montgomery County employees. Drawing on her background as a physician, she oversaw a multi-pronged, integrated response to the opioid overdose epidemic, including issuing a standing order in 2015 to enable participating pharmacies in Montgomery County to dispense the overdose antidote naloxone at the request of any member of the public. 

As a physician and public health professional, Secretary Arkoosh was at the center of Montgomery County’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, leading a data- and science-driven approach to the unprecedented challenge. Arkoosh’s leadership was praised during the county’s response, especially her transparency and public communication throughout the pandemic. Secretary Arkoosh is also a staunch advocate for maternal health and reproductive rights, and she serves on the Pennsylvania Maternal Mortality Review Committee. 

Upon obtaining her Master of Public Health in 2007, Arkoosh became deeply engaged in the national effort to achieve comprehensive health care reform. She led the National Physicians Alliance, a national non-profit organization of physicians, who, putting their patients before profits, joined a broad-based nation-wide coalition for reform. During this time, she developed policy and legislative strategy, and promoted public engagement in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and throughout the country. Dr. Arkoosh maintains comprehensive knowledge of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its impact on individuals and the health care system. 

Prior to stepping into public service, Secretary Arkoosh was Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Arkoosh is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and received a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She performed her residency at Jefferson Medical College in Anesthesiology with a special focus in Obstetrics. She has an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University. 

Secretary Arkoosh lives in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, with her husband and their three children. 

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Michael Humphreys

Insurance Commissioner

“Governor Shapiro is leading the charge on holding insurers accountable and ensuring that insurance is affordable and effective for all, and I look forward to carrying out his vision of an industry that works for every Pennsylvanian.” – Michael Humphreys

Learn more about Commissioner Humphreys

Michael Humphreys was named Acting Insurance Commissioner on February 28, 2022 and confirmed unanimously on June 27, 2023. As commissioner, Humphreys is charged with the responsibility of regulating the Commonwealth’s insurance marketplace, overseeing licensed agents and insurance professionals, monitoring the financial landscape of companies doing business in Pennsylvania, educating consumers, and ensuring residents are treated fairly.  

In his role, under the direction of Governor Shapiro, Humphreys has taken immediate steps to make mental health and substance use disorder parity a reality in the commonwealth. Under Humphreys’ leadership, the Insurance Department has strengthened its review of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in 2024 health plans and launched a new round of market conduct examinations targeting insurer compliance with parity laws. These actions are intended to hold insurers accountable so that benefits are covered fairly. 

Humphreys joined the Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) as the Department was working closely with Pennie, the state-based health insurance exchange created by Act 42, to ensure a successful roll-out of the new initiative that would become the home for high-quality, affordable health insurance plans in Pennsylvania. The launch of Pennie was a landmark step for health care in the Commonwealth as Pennie continues to be a key source of affordable coverage for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians. 

Humphreys also co-chaired the Behavioral Health Commission for Adult Mental Health that recommended to the legislature how to best spend $100 million on adult behavioral health needs. 

Prior to being appointed, Humphreys served as the Chief of Staff for the Insurance Department since September 2019, and before joining the PID, Humphreys served as Assistant Commissioner for Insurance at the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI). In Tennessee, he oversaw the Insurance Division as it was reaccredited by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. 

Humphreys has a Master’s in Public Administration from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University at Buffalo. 

Pennsylvania is the fifth largest insurance market in the United States, in terms of premium volume, and the 14th largest insurance market in the world.

The Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner administers the following:

  • Catastrophic Loss Benefits Continuation Fund
  • Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund (MCARE)
  • Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund (USTIF)
  • Workers’ Compensation Security Fund

The Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner is a member of:

  • Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
  • Children’s Health Insurance Advisory Board
  • Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund Board
  • Coal and Clay Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund
  • State Worker’s Insurance Fund
  • Pennsylvania Employees Benefits Trust Fund Board of Trustees
  • Assigned Risk Plan board member, ex-officio
  • PA Fair Plan board member, ex-officio
  • Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI)
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Nancy Walker

Secretary of Labor

“Pennsylvania workers drive our economy and power our Commonwealth – and I am honored that Governor Shapiro has entrusted me with this great responsibility to serve as Secretary of Labor and Industry.” – Nancy Walker 

Learn more about Secretary Walker

Nancy A. Walker was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 21, 2023 to serve as Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry under Governor Josh Shapiro. Since accepting the nomination in January 2023, Walker has remained committed to leading the department’s efforts to build a resilient Unemployment Compensation (UC) system, prioritizing the enforcement of Pennsylvania’s 13 labor laws, and strengthening Pennsylvania’s economy by empowering workers to pursue opportunities like apprenticeships that lead to family-sustaining jobs. 

Before serving as Labor & Industry Secretary, Walker served as the first Chief Deputy Attorney General of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s newly created Fair Labor Section in 2017. Under Walker’s leadership, the Fair Labor Section has worked on behalf of workers and law-abiding employers across Pennsylvania to ensure they are being treated fairly and lawfully and has served as lead counsel in matters of national importance, including lawsuits bringing Administrative Procedure Act challenges to amendments to the tip and joint employer rules, and has led a successful criminal wage and benefit theft investigation resulting in a $21 million dollar plea deal, the largest case of its kind in the country.

Prior to her appointment as Chief Deputy, Walker focused her private practice on labor and employment law throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, in federal and state courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings. She is licensed to practice before state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and was a long-time volunteer with the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Walker comes from a family of teachers and steelworkers. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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General Mark Schindler

Adjutant General of Pennsylvania

“We are Pennsylvanians serving together to protect our citizens, care for our veterans, and work with our youth. No matter the hour, no matter the circumstances- we are committed, compassionate, and dedicated to all Pennsylvanians. Together We Serve.” – Major General Schindler

Learn more about Adjutant General Schindler

Major General Mark J. Schindler was nominated to continue to serve as the 54th Adjutant General of Pennsylvania and was confirmed by the Senate of Pennsylvania on April 26, 2023. In this Cabinet-level position with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, headquartered at Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pennsylvania, General Schindler oversees a combined state and federal budget of over $966 million. He is responsible for the command and control of over 18,000 Army and Air National Guard members (3rd largest National Guard in the nation); a complement of 2,500 commonwealth employees; care of residential Cadets at the Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy; and six state-owned Veterans homes and programs for Pennsylvania’s more than 700,000 Veterans. 

Prior to his appointment, he served as Assistant Adjutant General, PA Army National Guard; Chief of Staff, PA National Guard; and served in a variety of command and staff positions within the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. General Schindler deployed as commander of the 55th Military Engagement Team in Jordan during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012-2013. 

General Schindler was born in Buffalo, New York. He received a two-year ROTC scholarship from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and was commissioned in 1987, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. He attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania earning a master’s degree in communications in 1989, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2011. 

His military education includes: Signal Corps Officer Basic and Advanced Course; U.S. Army War College; Harvard University – Leadership in Homeland Security Course; Dual-Status Commander Course; and the Senior Leadership Course, Baltic Defense College. 

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2nd Award); Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award); Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award); Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award); Air Force Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3rd Award); National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3rd Award); Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M-Device;  Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (5th Award) 

General Schindler and his wife, Colette, have two adult children, David and Beth Rose. 

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Pat Browne

Secretary of Revenue

“We strive to administer the Commonwealth’s tax laws and revenue programs as fairly and efficiently as possible. We recognize the importance of this work and the key role that we play in the Governor’s vision of offering freedom and opportunity for the people of Pennsylvania.” – Pat Browne

Learn more about Secretary Browne

On January 12, 2023, Governor Josh Shapiro nominated Patrick M. Browne as the Acting Secretary of Revenue, and Browne officially became Secretary on June 29, 2023. Browne has had a long career in public service, including nearly three decades as an elected official in the Pennsylvania legislature, representing Lehigh and Northampton counties. 

Browne, an Allentown native, served as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 16th District from 2005 to 2022. He was first elected to the Senate following a special election in April of 2005 and served for 18 years until November 2022. Prior to joining the Senate, Browne represented the 131st District for 10 years as a member of the state House of Representatives. During his service in the Senate, he was elected by his colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus to serve as Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman for four consecutive legislative sessions from 2014-22. The committee, the most powerful of the Senate’s standing committees, reviews all legislation for its fiscal impact and plays a crucial role in developing the state budget. 

Browne was the author of dozens of initiatives ranging from job creation to education to reforming state government. He wrote several laws which fundamentally reformed Pennsylvania’s public pension systems and created an independent fiscal office to monitor state spending and the budget process. He led in rewriting both the Pennsylvania Basic Education and Special Education funding formulas. Browne also was the Founding Chairman of the Early Childhood Education Caucus and the Arts and Culture Caucus. He has received national recognition for his Early Childhood advocacy and was widely acknowledged to be Pennsylvania’s leading proponent. 

In 2009, Browne crafted legislation that created the one-of-a-kind, 130-acre Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) to help revitalize and expand the tax base of the then financially struggling city of Allentown. There has already been more than $1 billion of new development investment in Allentown and more than $13 million in annual school property tax revenues for Allentown School District generated through the zone. The NIZ has served as a model for economic development in other distressed areas – cities, boroughs and townships – throughout the Commonwealth with the creation of the City Revitalization and Improvement Zones (CRIZ) which afford a similar tax financing program to smaller cities in Pennsylvania. 

Prior to being elected to public office, Browne worked as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and attorney. He was a tax manager for Coopers and Lybrand from 1990 to 1994 and a tax supervisor for Price Waterhouse from 1986 to 1990. 

Browne graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1982. He received his Bachelor of Arts in business administration/accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and a juris doctorate from Temple University School of Law. 

Browne resides in Allentown with his wife, Heather, and their son, Alex. 

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Al Schmidt

Secretary of the Commonwealth

“Elections are the foundation of our democracy – and we at the Pennsylvania Department of State work hard to ensure every eligible voter can make their voice heard.” – Al Schmidt 

Learn more about Secretary Schmidt

 Gov. Josh Shapiro appointed Al Schmidt as Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth on Jan. 17, 2023 , and Schmidt officially became Secretary on June 29, 2023. Prior to his appointment, Schmidt was president and chief executive officer at the Committee of Seventy, a nonprofit and nonpartisan good-government organization focused on strengthening democracy and combatting political corruption. 

Before joining the Committee of Seventy, Schmidt served for 10 years as a Philadelphia City Commissioner. As a commissioner, Schmidt was one of three members on the bipartisan Board of Elections, where he was vice chairman. Since first being elected as city commissioner in November 2011, Schmidt worked to modernize election operations, improve efficiency, and bring greater integrity to the election process.   

Secretary Schmidt is a former senior analyst at the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and served as a policy analyst for the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States. Originally from Pittsburgh, he holds a doctorate in history from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Allegheny College. 

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Colonel Christopher Paris

State Police Commissioner

“I am grateful for the trust that Governor Shapiro has placed in me to lead my fellow law enforcement officers, and I look forward to working with him to hire more police officers in our communities, hold criminals accountable, and make our communities safer. I’m humbled at the opportunity.” – Colonel Christopher Paris

Learn more about Commissioner Paris

Colonel Christopher L. Paris, a native of Lackawanna County, was nominated by Governor Shapiro to lead the Pennsylvania State Police. Colonel Paris enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in 1999, beginning his career as a Trooper assigned to Troop K, Skippack. As he progressed through the ranks, he served in Troop K, Philadelphia; the Bureau of Training and Education; Troop R, Dunmore; the Department Discipline Office; the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards; the Executive Office as the Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Professional Responsibility. Most recently, he served as the Commander of Area III. 

Commissioner Paris is a 1998 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Scranton, a 2004 graduate of Temple University Law School, and a graduate of the 267th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He has passed the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams and is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Colonel Paris exercises command, administrative, and fiscal authority over the Pennsylvania State Police, which is the tenth largest police agency in the United States, serving a population of more than 3.3 million residents over a 36,000 square-mile area. He oversees a budget of more than 1.5 billion dollars and commands a statewide complement of approximately 6,500 enlisted and civilian employees, which includes an authorized complement of 4,740 State Police Troopers. 

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Michael Carroll

Secretary of Transportation

“Transportation is central to every aspect of our daily lives, and the PennDOT team is hard at work keeping people across the Commonwealth connected to opportunity and each other.” – Michael Carroll

Learn more about Secretary Carroll

Mike Carroll was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006 and subsequently re-elected for seven additional terms, and he worked on transportation throughout his time in public office. Mike was Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee from 2018 through 2022. 

In 2010, Mike was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council Distinguished Citizen Award for his work to rehabilitate the Stillwater Dam in Tobyhanna Township. In 2014, he was awarded the Jean Yates Award from the Pittston Memorial Library Board of Trustees based on his dedication and service to the library and the Joseph Battisto Award for his legislative service to the citizens of Monroe County. In 2015, he received the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries (PCBL) State Elected Official Award. In May 2016, he received the BAYADA Home Health Care Champion award, and in June 2016 he was presented with the Silver Bayonet Award by AMVETS in grateful appreciation of services rendered to the community, state, and nation.  

Mike formerly worked as the chief of staff for then-state Rep. John Yudichak, served as legislative liaison for PennDOT under Gov. Robert Casey and served as district office director for Congressman Paul Kanjorski. A graduate of Pittston Area High School, Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from the University of Scranton. A lifelong resident of Avoca, he is a member of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in Pittston, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Avoca Division. Mike is father of three adult children, Matt, Mackenzie, and Ali.