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Shawn A. Brokos

Veteran FBI Agent
Director of Community Security, Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh

Shawn served as a Special Agent for the FBI for 24 years. After graduating from Quantico, she worked Public Corruption, Gangs and Violent Crimes, and focused on RICO-based investigations in the Newark, NJ Division for 18 years. She transferred to the Pittsburgh Division, supervised the Complex Financial Crime Program, established a Health Care Fraud Task Force, and launched a new Opioid Squad. In 2019, SSA Brokos became the supervisor for the Civil Rights, Public Corruption, and Complex Financial Crime Squad. The priority of this Squad was the prosecution of Hate Crimes, and SSA Brokos oversaw the Tree of Life Synagogue investigation in Pittsburgh. She was also a Bureau-certified Crisis Negotiator and served as the FBI Pittsburgh’s Crisis Management Coordinator. Her team received the 2016 FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Training and Professional Development. In 2019, after 24 years in federal law enforcement, she retired and took a position as Director of Community Security for the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh where she is currently employed.

Mike Goldstein

Director of Public Safety, City of Plymouth, MN

Mike started his formal career as a police officer with the City of Plymouth in 1990. After ascending through the ranks, he became Chief of Police and Emergency Management Director. In 2015, he was appointed to Director of Public Safety for the City where he leads both the police and fire departments. Mike is the past President for the MN Chiefs of Police Association, is a past President for the Hennepin Co. Police Chiefs Association, and participates in several other law enforcement-related committees. Mike has an MA Degree in Public Safety Education and Administration and a BA Degree in Criminal Justice, both from the University of St. Thomas where he is an adjunct faculty member. Mike is engaged in pioneering research to help police officers and other first responders to effectively build resilience to stress, to optimize their performance in the field during stress-induced encounters and to provide for better long-term health outcomes.

David J. MacMain, Esq.

Managing Partner, MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser LLC

During his legal career of over twenty-five years, David has been frequently retained as a consultant and/or lead trial counsel in high-profile §1983 and municipal liability cases throughout the country, trying over 150 cases to verdict in favor of his clients. Prior to beginning his legal career, he served as a Pennsylvania State Trooper where he engaged in all aspects of police work including patrol, accident investigation and criminal investigation. He attended law school at Temple University School of Law. David is a member of The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the Association of Defense Trial Lawyers. Both are invitation-only organizations that recognize excellence in the legal field throughout the world. David has been named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” each of the past 17 years in the field of Civil Rights. He is rated “AV” Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell, both as to his substantive legal abilities and his ethical standards.

Ron Goodrich

Motivational Speaker and Manager, Boiler Services, McClure Company

Managing the Boiler Department at McClure Company for the past 28 years, Ronald Goodrich has supervised the installation, repair and maintenance of large commercial/industrial boiler-burner systems. Ron’s career began 43 years ago as a field technician with Honeywell Inc. Since that time he has strove to give back to the community by teaching Boiler Services and Local #520 Union Apprenticeship classes including OSHA 10, OSHA 30 and Built Rite Safety. A devastating accident early in his career has inspired him to speak at a multitude of events and communicate the importance of safety. Ronald has been an honored keynote speaker for Merck, Turkey Hill/Kroger, TYCO Electronics, Play World Industries, AKZO Nobel, PPL Brunner Island, TALEN Energy, Lonza Chemical, NRG Energy, Anheuser-Bush, the 2013 Governors Health and Safety Conference, GE Global, and many others.

George Dalton

Director of Loss Control, Public Entity Partners

George Dalton was recently named Director of Loss Control for Public Entity Partners (Tennessee risk management trusts similar to PennPRIME) after serving as Assistant Director of Loss Control since 2006. In his previous role, George managed the training program, spearheaded the launch of the online training platform, developed the department’s cyber risk management checklist and training, and refined the risk control surveys conducted by the property conservation and casualty loss control consultant teams. George is a native of Nashville and a graduate of Tennessee State University. He received his Master’s Degree in City Management from East Tennessee State University. Prior to working for PEP, he served as the Assistant to the City Manager and Human Resources Director for the City of Alcoa, TN.

Chester Darden

Loss Control Consultant, Public Entity Partners

Chester began work for the Loss Control Department of Public Entity Partners (PEP) (Tennessee risk management trusts similar to PennPRIME) in November 2006. As a risk management resource to municipalities, schools, utilities, housing authorities, human resource agencies, and other governmental entities throughout middle Tennessee, he provides risk identification surveys and loss control recommendations to minimize loss exposures. Chester has a diverse public service background spanning 20 years. Before assuming his duties with PEP, he was employed with the TN State Department of Transportation, and later served as City Recorder for the City of Hohenwald, TN, where he grew up. While at the City, Chester was very active with the TN Association of Municipal Clerks and Recorders, serving on the Education Committee and as Treasurer. He is passionate about teaching leadership to cities and towns throughout the Volunteer State. He is a graduate of Bethel College.

John Ciesielski

Loss Control Consultant, Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC)

John joined the South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust and the South Carolina Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund (risk management trusts similar to PennPRIME) in 2019. As a Loss Control Consultant, he visits with insured towns and cities in South Carolina where he conducts training, audits, and program reviews. He then works closely with his municipal contacts to develop practical solutions to mitigate the hazards noted. Prior to joining MASC, John worked for South Carolina OSHA for over 24 years where he conducted over 6,000 visits to include accident, fatality, complaint, and general schedule inspections in both general industry and construction. He hopes to bring the best practices of his past experience to elevate worker safety in the municipal environment. John grew up in New Kensington, PA and reminisces about Ida’s place, a tiny local restaurant providing exceptional Italian food in an extremely no-frills, low-budget atmosphere and a one-of-a-kind "experience". He graduated from West Virginia University where he played baseball.

Jon Beers

Executive Director, City of Lebanon Authority

Jon has been the Executive Director of the City of Lebanon Authority (CoLA) since 2007, with oversight of 70 employees providing water and sewer services for 20,000 customers in Lebanon City and 10 surrounding municipalities. CoLA owns and operates a 10 MGD surface water filtration plant, 300-mile water distribution system, 8 MGD wastewater plant, and 100-mile sewerage collection system. John previously served as the Public Works Director & Engineer for the City of Lebanon. He was also the principal and owner of an engineering, surveying, and landscape architecture firm. Jon received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. He has served as an elected Supervisor for South Lebanon Township since 2015.

Patrick C. Patterson

Senior Claims Counsel, AXA XL

Pat joined the XL Group in January 2012. For the past eight years, he has managed professional claims, focusing on municipal and local, law enforcement, educators, and debt collectors liability. Prior to that, Pat was in the private practice of law for twenty-two years, with extensive experience in commercial and insurance defense litigation. For the past several years, Pat has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell for his legal abilities and ethical standards. Pat graduated summa cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University more years ago than he’d care to admit, and then attended Harvard Law School, earning his J.D. in 1990. Pat’s spare time is spent obeying his wife, indulging his children, and spoiling his pound-adopted dog, Hershey. He has lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1990 and in Plano, Texas for the past 22 years.

Pat Bonanni

Senior Executive General Adjuster, Sedgwick Claims Management Services

Pat has extensive experience in the insurance industry spanning 43 years. For the past 7 years, he has served as Senior Executive General Adjuster for Sedgwick Claims Management Services. Prior to that he worked for worked for GAB Robins/Cunningham Lindsey for 25 years. His specialties include International Layered Property Programs, Business Interruption, Municipal Water/Wastewater Processing Plants, Manufacturing, Retail, Restaurants/Food Service, Hotels, and Healthcare Facilities among many others. He is licensed in 49 states and has international experience in Mexico, South America, Japan, and South Korea. Pat maintains an Associate in Claims professional designation. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Shippensburg University.

Chuck Baker

Director, Safety Management Services, Inservco Insurance Services, Inc.

Over the past 20 years, Chuck has gathered extensive experience in developing, implementing, and managing employee safety programs. He has worked closely with trade associations, and federal, state and local government agencies, assisting in developing and conducting training on programs for use by public sector employees, including Chemical Right-to-Know, PA Certified Safety Committee, Confined Space Entry, Electrical Safety, Workplace Physical Safety, and Bureau of Workers Compensation Accident and Illness Prevention Programs (AIPP). His experiences, along with his degrees in Electrical Engineering and Environmental Sciences, give Chuck a depth of understanding of technically intricate processes, and the ability to understand and convey how safety topics can be effectively applied to real-world situations.

Greg Wilson

City Manager, City of Lock Haven, PA

Greg was appointed City Manager for the City of Lock Haven, PA in 2018 after having served as Assistant City Manager for three years. In this role, he has oversight of 74 employees serving a community with a population of just over 9,000 residents spanning 2.7 square miles. Prior to this and after receiving his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, he made his foray into local government as the City Intern for the City of Warren, PA. Greg received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as the Director of the Underground Railroad Convention and as an elected member of Council for Sugar Grove Borough. Greg currently serves on the PennPRIME Board of Trustees as the Chair of the Underwriting and Membership Committee.

 

Amy Sturges

Director of Governmental Affairs, Pennsylvania Municipal League

This year, Amy marked 23 years with the Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML). She currently holds the position of Director of Governmental Affairs. In this capacity, she represents the interests of municipal government before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Administration. Amy is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Widener University School of Law.

Angela Tennis

Director of Insurance Services, PennPRIME

Angela came to PennPRIME with rich experience, having been in the insurance industry for over 30 years. Prior to her role as the PennPRIME Claims Coordinator, she served as Chief of the Self-Insurance Division at the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She also held several industry positions as a claims adjuster, customer service representative in personal lines, account executive in commercial lines, and worked with other self-insurance groups. As PennPRIME's Insurance Services Director, Angela’s vision is to keep our commitment to the member as the Specialist in Your Corner. She believes in helping our members be the best they can be for their residents and employees by being a guide and extension of their team in keeping their communities safe.

K-9's of Police Services Inc.

Rajon Jernigan, President
Amanda Jernigan, Vice-President

K-9’s of Police Services Inc. was established in 2014 after Rajon, who had been working as the Quarter Master at the Lower Allen Police Department, saw the struggles the department underwent in obtaining and maintaining their K-9 Program. The funding for K-9 programs does not come from taxpayer dollars and all money had to be raised through donations to get the program off the ground and then to continue to maintain it. That was the beginning of K-9’s of Police Services Inc. Initially the nonprofit assisted local departments limited to the Cumberland, Dauphin, and York County, PA areas but within the last two years, the organization's reach has extended all across the United States.

Paul Cornell

Township Manager, East Hanover Township, Dauphin County, PA

Paul Cornell has served as the Township Manager for East Hanover Township in Dauphin County since 2017, with oversight of 13 employees serving approximately 5,800 residents in an expanse of almost 40 square miles. Before transitioning to East Hanover, Paul had a wealth of experience in municipal management including Swatara Township Administrator, City Manager for the City of Lock Haven, and Township Manager for Newtown Township. Paul has been active in PennPRIME since 1998, serving on various committees in addition to his current role as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also served as the APMM President and APMM Professional Development Committee Chair. Paul graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Recreation and Parks from The Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Recreation from Temple University, and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Antioch University.

 

Cheryl Lees

Cheryl Lees

Manager of Loss Control Services, PennPRIME

Cheryl has been championing employee safety through personalized service and engaging training for members of PennPRIME since 2001. She has worked closely with Trust members at all levels of their organization to assist them in minimizing risks unique to municipal entities. Prior to her position with PennPRIME, Cheryl worked for a manufacturing company, serving first as a Process Engineer, then as Environmental, Health and Safety Director.

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