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.

PCPCS Lobbyist

Dennis Giorno
Malady & Wooten
Email: dgiorno@malady-wooten.com
Harrisburg office: (717) 236-9600

PCPCS Legal Counsel

Kevin McKenna
Latsha Davis & McKenna
Email: KMcKenna@ldylaw.com
Exton office: (610)524-8454

PCPCS Public Relations Team

Steinhauser Strategies
Email: Randan@SteinhauserStrategies.com

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