Leadership

Ana Meyers, Executive Director

Ana Meyers is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS).  In this capacity, Ana is responsible for driving the PCPCS mission of achieving choice for parents, high quality for students, and fiscal accountability for taxpayers in Pennsylvania’s K-12 educational system.  Prior to joining PCPCS, Ana was the Director of Legislative Affairs as well as Director of Partnership Programs at LeadingAge PA, a statewide association that represents over 360 not-for-profit senior service facilities.  Ana has also served as the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue under Governor Corbett’s administration.

She started her career in the government affairs field as the Pennsylvania Field Director for FreedomWorks, where she spent years advocating for school choice and charter reform legislation. In all of those roles she developed a deep knowledge of the legislative process and a stellar reputation with legislators.  In addition, she has also managed numerous grassroots campaigns including federal and state campaigns, issue advocacy campaigns, and political races throughout the state.  She has been known to develop effective networks of thousands of grassroots activists and volunteers and also has hosted political training sessions all over Pennsylvania.

Ana is a native of Brazil, earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and International Business from Baylor University, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese as well as English.  Ana lives in Mechanicsburg with her husband Bob and their six children.

Brandie Karpew, Director of Operations and Data Analytics

Brandie Karpew, Director of Operations and Data Analytics, manages data extraction and manipulation including financial and quality benchmarking, as well as statistical and demographic studies. She analyzes data from various sources to create understandable and useable information to share with members and designs and prepares reports to interpret, authenticate, and analyze data relating to members.

Brandie has extensive experience as a budget and statistical analyst. Before joining PCPCS, she was a budget analyst at the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Budget where she was responsible for formulating and administering a budget that is more than $5.2 billion for the commonwealth’s Medicaid program. In addition, she conducted analysis of proposed legislation and regulation and determined the potential impact on the Commonwealth’s budget.

Originally, from a small town in Alabama, Brandie earned a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Columbus State University, in Columbus, Georgia. Brandie currently lives with her husband and their two children in Palmyra, PA.

Dennis Gorno, Lobbyist

Dennis Giorno has nearly two decades of government relations experience in various capacities. His diverse experience has resulted in key legislative victories for clients in many sectors including education, healthcare, professional licensure and energy. Recent legislative achievements include stopping several drastic proposed funding cuts to public charter schools, significantly expanding the scope of practice for pharmacists in Pennsylvania, enacting two major criminal justice reforms and executing a rare gubernatorial veto override.

Prior to joining Malady & Wooten in 2004, Dennis served for five years as the Executive Director of the REACH Alliance. During his tenure, REACH secured passage of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, which has been hailed as a national model for providing parents with choices in their children’s education and funding innovative programs in public schools.

Dennis began his career in public policy on the staff of Governor Ridge’s reinventing government IMPACCT Commission. He then went on to serve on the staff of State Representative Colleen A. Sheehan and in the public affairs office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Dennis was appointed to Governor Corbett’s Education Transition team in 2010 and is a former member of the state Charter School Appeal Board. In 2013, he was appointed to the Council of Trustees of Kutztown University, where he earned a degree in Public Administration as an undergraduate. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Bridge Educational Foundation and a member of the board of the REACH Alliance. A native of Northeast Philadelphia, Dennis, who is a long-time Eagles season ticket holder and Phillies fan, currently resides in the Harrisburg area with his wife Jill.

Kevin McKenna, Legal Counsel

Kevin M. McKenna is Managing Shareholder of the Exton office of Latsha Davis & McKenna P.C.  He is the Chairman of the firm’s education practice group.  Mr. McKenna primarily practices in the area of charter schools and education law representing numerous schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Under his guidance, Latsha Davis & McKenna’s clients have had continuing success in cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Commonwealth Court, Courts of Common Pleas, and the State Charter School Appeal Board (CAB). The firm has also represented charter schools in many cases of first impression. He also serves as General Counsel for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools. Mr. McKenna regularly speaks at educational forums across the country on topics such as ethics in law and the responsibilities of public school boards and has served as an adjunct college professor. Mr. McKenna is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Education Law Association, American Educational Research Association, iNACOL, and numerous bar associations. He received his B.A. from Villanova University and earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Mr. McKenna most recently served as an expert to the plaintiffs in Jake Corman, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association and Penn State University. (2014) and previously as an expert on behalf of the Plaintiff in Jerry Tarkanian, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al. (1998).

Steinhauser Strategies, Public Relations Team

Steinhauser Strategies is a full-service public relations company based in Austin, Texas. Their team assists PCPCS with all media relations, marketing and communications, as well as digital engagement. Led by Brendan and Randan Steinhauser, the firm works with national and state-based non-profits, corporations, and issue advocacy campaigns including several within the education reform space. To learn more about Steinhauser Strategies, visit their website.

Board of Directors

Officers:

  • President: Dr. Toni Rath, CEO, Collegium Charter School
  • Vice President: Larry Jones, CEO, Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School
  • Secretary: Vas Scoumis, CEO, Manchester Academic Charter School
  • Treasurer: Don Asplen, CEO, Achievement House Cyber Charter School

Members:

  • Steve Catanzarite, Managing Director, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
  • Guy Ciarrocchi, President and CEO, Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry
  • Dr. Reese Flurie, CEO, Commonwealth Charter Academy
  • Mike Gentile, CEO, Keystone Education Center Charter School
  • David Hardy, former CEO at Boys Latin Charter School
  • Beth Jones, COO, Collegium Charter School
  • Steve DeMaura, Executive Director, Philadelphia Schools Advocacy Partner
  • Ashley DeMauro Mullins, Northeast Regional Director, Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Jeff Piccola, former Pennsylvania State Senator, CCA Board Member
  • Anthony Pirrello, CEO, Hope for Hyndman Charter School

Leaders Council:

  • Doug Allen, CEO, Tidioute Charter School – Tidioute
  • Don Asplen, CEO, Achievement House Cyber Charter School – Exton
  • Gina Guarino Buli, CEO, Renaissance Academy Charter School – Phoenixville
  • Dr. Reese Flurie, CEO, Commonwealth Charter Academy – Harrisburg
  • Mike Gentile, CEO, Keystone Education Center Charter School – Greenville
  • Brian Hayden, CEO, PA Cyber – Midland
  • Beth Jones, COO, Collegium Charter School – Exton
  • Wayne Jones, COO, Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship – Pittsburgh
  • Larry Jones, CEO, Richard Allen Preparatory School – Philadelphia
  • Mark Mannella, CEO, KIPP Charter Schools – Philadelphia
  • Wendy Ormsby, Founder and Officer, Souderton Charter School Collaborative – Souderton
  • Anthony Pirrello, Erie
  • Stacey Prohaska, Director of Development & Community Relations, Circle of Seasons Charter School -Fogelsville
  • Patricia Rossetti, CEO, Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter School – Wexford
  • David Rossi, CEO, Esperanza Charter Schools – Philadelphia
  • Karen Schade, CEO, School Lane Charter School – Bensalem
  • Vas Scoumis, CEO, Manchester Academic Charter School – Pittsburgh
  • Jim Smith, CEO, Bear Creek Community Charter School – Wilkes-Barre
  • Ron Sofo, CEO, City Charter High School – Pittsburgh