General Session Presentations

Thursday 8:30-9:45

Join us for our Welcome Ceremony in the South Ballroom! Hear from our Executive Director, Board President and other dynamic charter leaders. This general session will feature a panel of experts who share their views on the importance of grassroots Advocacy.

From the Classroom to the Capitol
Panelist: Representative Mike Reese, PA House of Representatives; Neal Lesher, Chief of Staff for Representative Mike Turzai; Dennis Giorno, Labbyist, Malady and Wooten. Moderated by Ashley Demauro-Mullins, Northeast Regional Director, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Stakeholder voices are critical to any discussion about education and the needs of students. In Pennsylvania, we have seen educational clashes intensify at the school board and Statehouse level.  Learn from state government officials why it is important for charter schools to advocate.  In addition, this panel will include grassroots experts who can help you learn ways to galvanize educators, get students to turn out at meetings, create media presence, and engage elected officials.

Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm

Courtesy of Conrad O’brien, PCPCS honored to welcome Dr. Steve Perry as our Thursday Keynote Speaker!

Widely respected by grassroots community members and internationally renowned leaders, Dr. Steve Perry’s charismatic and compelling voice is an inspiration. He is he educator upon whom Oprah Winfrey, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Bishop T. D. Jakes, and Steve Harvey call to offer insight to parents and children. A diverse array of  politicians and groups, from the National Urban League to ALEC, have reached out to Dr. Perry to better understand what matters to parents.

His impact is profound and varied and displays no signs of slowing down. The word often used to describe Dr. Perry is “passionate”. His authenticity is a welcomed  addition to any discussion rooted in improving the lives of youths and the community. His skills are hard-fought and have been bestowed by his difficult childhood all the way through his Ivy League school graduation. There is a richness in his concepts that foster an intriguing point of view on the modern American family.

Friday 12:35pm-1:30pm

PNC Bank is the proud sponsor of Friday’s General Session! We will recap our time at the 2019 PCPCS Annual Conference and welcome our final Keynote Speaker!

Serving his seventh term in Pennsylvania General Assembly, Bryan Cutler represents the 100th Legislative District in Lancaster County. In November 2018, Cutler was elected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Leader for the 2019-20 Legislative Session, a position he assumed on Dec. 1, 2018.

Bryan’s emergence as one of Pennsylvania’s key leaders reflects his approach to life: Give back to the community that helped you. A lifelong resident of the Peach Bottom area, Bryan faced adversity as a high school student when both his parents were diagnosed with ALS (which eventually took both their lives) and he took on the responsibility of caring for them and his younger sister. The community helped out and embraced Bryan and his family, helping meet their every need.

At a time when most young adults headed off to college, Bryan worked and put himself through a trade school to become an X-ray technologist. Soon after, he married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and graduated summa cum laude, from Lebanon Valley College with a health care management degree. Following several years of working at the local hospital overseeing the budgets and daily operations of several sections in the radiology department, he pursued a law degree, focused on health care law, from Widener Law School and become a member of the Lancaster Bar Association and began practicing law with the firm of Nikolaus & Hohenadel.

The desire to give back to the community – which did so much for him and his family – drove Bryan to run for public office. He was elected in 2006.