Lowman S. Henry is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, Inc., a non-profit public affairs foundation based in Harrisburg, PA. He serves as host of American Radio Journal heard on over 200 radio stations nationwide, and is host of the Lincoln Radio Journal, a weekly public affairs radio program syndicated on over 90 Pennsylvania radio stations. He is also President of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, Inc., which produces the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference.
He began his career as a broadcast and print journalist, served as Political Director of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, Chief of Staff to State Senator Earl Baker, and as Executive Assistant to the Attorney General of Pennsylvania. He currently serves in elective office as Chairman of the Lower Paxton Township Board of Supervisors, and previously served as a Dauphin County Commissioner. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for Pennsylvania State Treasurer in 1992.
He is Chairman of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) and the PMA Foundation; Chairman of the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP); board member of the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education; board member at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy in Pittsburgh; board member of the Colonial Park Rotary Club Foundation; a member of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania; and is a Director Emeritus of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). Mr. Henry is a member of the New Hope Brethren in Christ church Lower Paxton Township and is a past president of the Colonial Park Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is married to Carol Lynn Henry, and they have three sons.
David N. Taylor is President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the statewide trade organization representing the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania’s public policy process. Now in his 21st year with PMA, Taylor is the association’s chief spokesman at the state Capitol in Harrisburg and in the media. He is editor of the PMA Bulletin and host of the statewide television program “PMA Perspective” on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.
A frequently-sought guest and commentator, David is regularly quoted by media outlets across the commonwealth and around the world, having been interviewed on television by NHK (Japan), ARD (Germany), and CBC News (Canada), as well as over the airwaves by BBC Radio 4 (UK) and CBC Radio Canada. He is also the host of “Capitol Watch”, a twice-monthly news and commentary program on “Lincoln Radio Journal”, which is heard on more than 90 radio stations across Pennsylvania.
David is a board member of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the Pennsylvania Steel Alliance, the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, and the Lincoln Institute for Public Opinion Research. David was a member of Governor Tom Corbett’s Manufacturing Advisory Council. He is school board president of Reach Cyber Charter School, an online public school providing a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment for students.
Prior to joining PMA, David worked in the United States Senate and the Senate of Pennsylvania.
A native of Huntingdon PA, David is a graduate of Dickinson College, where he majored in History and Dramatic Arts. He is a member of the Huntingdon Presbyterian Church and Central Pennsylvania MENSA. He lives near Hershey PA with his wife and daughter.
Rebecca K. Oyler is President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA), a statewide organization founded in 1928 to preserve, strengthen, and promote the interests of the trucking industry in Pennsylvania.
Before joining PMTA, Rebecca served as Pennsylvania Legislative Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), where she managed government relations, advocating on behalf of small businesses in the state. Prior to joining NFIB, she worked in policy development, legislative advocacy, and project management in many areas of state government for nearly 20 years. As Director of Policy for the Pennsylvania Department of State and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and as a policy specialist at the Department of Community and Economic Development, she advanced policy and legislative initiatives in areas related to: economic development, elections, voter registration, natural resources, corporations, professional licensing, and notaries. She also taught as adjunct faculty in Millersville University’s Department of Government and Political Affairs. Prior to returning to central Pennsylvania, Rebecca worked as a staff assistant at the American Enterprise Institute.
Rebecca serves her community through involvement with her church, Mechanicsburg’s St. James Presbyterian, and as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She is a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program, the commonwealth’s Leadership Development Institute, and is a member of Women in Pennsylvania Government Relations.
Rebecca received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. from Georgetown University in National Security Studies. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors, reading, and playing the trombone in the Encores Big Band. Rebecca lives in East Pennsboro Township with her husband Jason and two children.
Steve is Vice President of the Commonwealth Foundation.
He earned his Bachelor of Science from Penn State University in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and his Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law. He became shareholder in a law firm, later founded his own solo practice and is now Of Counsel with Irwin & McKnight, P.C., in Carlisle, Pa., where he resides. He was an instructor and lecturer at Messiah College, teaching courses in economics, business law and personal finance and has served as a faculty member for Pennsylvania Bar Institute continuing legal education programs.
In 2010, Steve was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he served four two-year terms. In 2018, he entered a competitive race for U.S. Congress, finishing a strong third among eight candidates in the Republican primary.
As a state representative, Steve’s mission was to cut the size and scope of government, reduce the burden of taxes and unnecessary regulation, defend constitutional liberties and, by doing those things, unleash the power of free enterprise to create jobs and prosperity. For his work advancing economic freedom in Pennsylvania, he was recognized as a Legislative Torch Bearer by Americans for Prosperity and as a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business. Steve was awarded a 90 percent lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union.
During his legislative service, Steve was appointed by the Speaker of the House as the chamber’s majority trustee of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System which manages over $50 billion in public assets. He was also appointed as a Deputy Whip and a Deputy Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee and, as a member of the House standing committees on Finance, Judiciary, Labor and Industry, Environmental Resources and Energy, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and Urban Affairs.
Steve is a frequent media guest and speaker. He is author of The Believer’s Guide to Legal Issues (Living Ink Books, 2008) and co-author of They’ve Crossed the Line: A Patriot’s Guide to Religious Freedom (God & Country Press, 2013).
Despite their youthful appearance, Steve and his wife have three grown children, one daughter-in-law and four grandsons. In 2017, City & State PA named Steve as one of its 50 Over 50 Most Distinguished Citizens of Pennsylvania.
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Joe Geiger, the President and CEO of First Nonprofit Foundation, brings more than 40 years of experience in the fields of education, human resources and nonprofit and association management. Joe recently served on the adjunct faculty at Duquesne University Graduate School where he taught Leadership and Organizational Business Ethics.
Prior to entering the nonprofit field, Joe served as a secondary education social studies teacher and as a consultant for Organizational Effectiveness Group in Princeton, NJ, and Campaign Associates in King of Prussia, PA. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Keystone State Head Injury Foundation, held various executive positions with the YMCA and was a consultant/researcher for the YMCA of the USA in Valley Forge, PA.
He became the executive director at PANO, the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, in January 1995, after which he became a consultant to the government of Japan to counsel on the value of the nonprofit sector and why government and business should act as valued partners. The consultation was funded by the Japanese Exchange Foundation, Center for Global Partnerships.
In addition to working in the non-profit sector, Joe also currently sits on the following Boards: The Lincoln Institute and the First Nonprofit Unemployment Benefits Board. He is also on the National Wrestling Coaches Association Board. He serves on the Service Academy Selection Committees for Senator Pat Toomey, as well as Congressmen Charlie Dent.
In the past, Joe served on the board for the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation, the Duquesne University Capital Region Advisory Board, National Standards for Excellence Board, Governor’s Rehabilitation Advisory Committee, the Civil Justice Coalition, the Bloomsburg University of PA Alumni Board and the Board of Directors for the National Head Injury Foundation, where he chaired the Ethics Committee for the National Head Injury Foundation State Associations. He has also served on the boards of C3 Publications, the American Trauma Society – PA Division, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – OVR Project, Penn State University – Rehabilitation Department, the Harrisburg Area YMCA and the Oakmont V Homeowner’s Association Board, as its President. Geiger is also a Past President for the Lower Paxton Township Lion’s Club and served on the DELTA Communities Board. Additionally, he has served on the FNICs boards for more than 20 years, acting as its Chair for the past 6 years.
Joe’s education includes a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate Business School for Not-for-Profit Management. Joe is certified by the American Society of Association Executives as a Certified Association Executive.
Additionally, Joe has been inducted in the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations Emeritus Society and the Lancaster Catholic High School Athletic Wall of Honor.
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Frank received his Ph.D. in economics from Clemson University and a B.S. in economics from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Experience includes teaching at the university level and as an operations research analyst for the federal government in Washington DC. His areas of expertise include economic development, merger analysis, the economics of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas industry, analysis of Pennsylvania’s casino industry, as well as analyzing the area’s labor market. Publications have been included in Government Union Review, the national ERIC database, and the Journal of Sports Economics.
Eric received his M.A. in public policy analysis as well as a B.A. in political science from Duquesne University. Eric’s research, media appearances, and testimony have covered such topics as economic development, property taxes, Pittsburgh’s finances and oversight, and municipal pensions. His work on tax increment financing has received national attention. In addition to coverage in Pittsburgh media, his work has been published in Economic Development Quarterly, Municipal Finance Journal, Reason Privatization Watch, and State Tax Notes.
From an early age, Emily had always had an interest in politics and government. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, she immediately jumped head-first into political campaigns. Pennsylvania’s political climate in 2016 provided her with an in-depth, hands-on experience in high-profile races, and she thrived in the fast-paced nature of the campaign lifestyle.
After several campaign cycles and a healthy mix of wins and losses under her belt, Emily joined the Americans for Prosperity Pennsylvania team in 2018 in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Five years later, Emily now serves as Deputy State Director where she works to build policy coalitions in Harrisburg and fights for policy that allows Pennsylvanians to realize economic prosperity.
Under the dome, Emily loves to take on policy fights that bring unique coalitions and unlikely partners to the table. Through broad-based partnerships, Emily fights for policy within the health care, regulatory reform, criminal justice, and better budgeting space. Emily is a 2019 graduate of the Anstine Series and an alumna of the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
Though she’ll always be a Steelers fan, Emily is a Philadelphia transplant, residing in Montgomery County.