PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Board of Directors

2022 PEDA Officers (Voting Members)

  • President
    Stephen McKnight
    President & CEO
    Altoona Blair County Development Corp
  • 1st Vice President
    Laura Goodrich Cairns
    Commerce Director
    Delaware County Commerce Center

  • 2nd Vice President
    Robert Swales
    Chief Executive Officer
    Clearly Ahead Development
  • Treasurer / Secretary
    Melissa Stone
    Vice President of Economic Development
    Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
  • Immediate Past President
    Michael Grigalonis
    COO & Executive VP
    Chester County Economic Development Council

2022 PEDA Directors (Voting Members)

  • Angela Annibale
    Deputy Executive Director
    Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County

  • John Biemiller
    Director, BRE
    Economic Development Company of Lancaster County
  • Michelle Bisbing
    Director of Marketing
    Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation

  • Jeffrey Box
    President & CEO
    Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
  • Phil Eastman
    Director of Economic Development
    PECO, an Exelon Company
  • Ryan Glenn
    Director of Statewide Initiatives
    Ben Franklin Technology Partners
  • Kenetha Hansen
    Director, Economic Development & Financing
    York County Economic Alliance

  • Lisa Nentwick
    Advisor, Economic Development
    FirstEnergy Corporation
  • Ernie Post
    State Director, Pennsylvania SBDC Network
    Kutztown University
  • Lisa Riggs
    President
    Economic Development Company of Lancaster County

  • Abby Smith
    President & CEO
    Team Pennsylvania Foundation
  • Ryan Unger
    President and CEO
    Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
  • Mary Beth Wood
    Executive Director
    Wayne Economic Development Corporation
  • David Zellers, Jr.
    Director of Commerce
    Montgomery County

2022 PEDA Committee Chairs (non voting members except where noted above)

  • Advocacy
    Laura Goodrich Cairns
    Acting Director of Commerce
    Delaware County Commerce Center

  • Advocacy
    Robert Swales
    Chief Executive Officer
    Clearly Ahead Development
  • Audit
    Melissa Stone
    Vice President of Economic Development
    Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
  • Awards
    Michael Grigalonis
    COO & Executive VP
    Chester County Economic Development Council

  • Conference
    Michelle Bisbing
    Director of Marketing
    Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation

  • Finance
    Melissa Stone
    Vice President of Economic Development
    Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
  • EDC
    Lisa Riggs
    President
    Economic Development Company of Lancaster County

  • EDC
    Vacant

  • Membership & Communications
    Angela Annibale
    Director of Business Development
    Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County


  • Nominating
    Laura Goodrich Cairns
    Acting Director of Commerce
    Delaware County Commerce Center

  • Young Professionals
    Vacant
  • Pennsylvania DCED
    Mandy Book
    Acting Deputy Secretary of Business Finance & Workforce Development
    Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)


PEDA Staff

  • Joshua Skopp
    Executive Director
    908 North Second Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17102
    717-441-6047
    717-236-2046 (fax)
    jskopp@wannerassoc.com
  • Alex Rahn
    Government Relations
    908 North Second Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17102
    717-441-6047
    717-236-2046 (fax)
    arahn@wannerassoc.com
  • Jason Tobias
    Membership & Registration Coordinator
    908 North Second Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17102
    717-441-6047
    717-236-2046 (fax)
    jtobias@wannerassoc.com
  • Marcy Robey
    Bookkeeper
    908 North Second Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17102
    717-441-6047
    717-236-2046 (fax)
    marcy@wannerassoc.com
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