2021 GPPA Leaders

 

Steering Committee

 

 

Co-Chair

Beth Scroggin (Chester) 

I grew up in Delaware County, PA, then went on to attend college at Boston University, where I earned my undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education. I began teaching math at a public school in 2007, where I've been teaching ever since. In 2009, I completed my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and became a mother. My experience with politics began with work on the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016, where I gained valuable skills in phone banking and canvassing. The experience left me disenchanted with the Democratic Party, so I wanted to join a party that better represented my values and would welcome my energy.

At the time, there was no local chapter of the Green Party, so in October 2016, I started the Chester County Green Party, for which I have served as Chair ever since. In 2017, I collected a great deal of signatures to get Jules Mermelstein on the ballot for PA Superior Court, and helped run a local campaign for Nate Craig for Mayor of Phoenixville. I was elected to the GPPA Steering Committee in November 2017 as an At-Large Member, and then as Secretary in January 2018. Organization and self-discipline are areas of strength for me, and my particular areas of interest are in removing corporate influence over our daily lives (particularly for children), and protecting our environment.

I have served as a GPUS National Delegate since 2017, and keep up-to-date on the conversations at the national level. I post regularly to the #national-committee Slack channel, helping to keep you all informed and seeking your thoughts so that I can best represent you.

CONTACT BETH AT: [email protected]

 

 

Co-Chair

Tina Olson (Northampton) 

I studied Fine Arts in Painting/Drawing at The Corcoran School of Arts and later, Psychology at both Ashford University and DeSales University. I am also a musical artist and writer. More practical pursuits include working as a cashier at a local gas station, organizer for Move On, canvasser for PennEnvironment, former board member of Lower Saucon/Hellertown Chamber of Commerce, former Vice President of the Mom's Club, and muckraker at her local school board and borough council meetings. I am self-taught in both PC and Mac platforms, basic web design, film editing, photoshop, music production, and Mom to four humans, plus one cat, JoJo.

I am a flexible and adventurous person, so I feel confident with any role I can take on in the GPPA. For me, getting involved with the Green Party has been a destination I have been missing in my overall life-long dedication to political action and activism. Having four children that are almost all adults sets a critical timeline and creates an inspiration to take the time to show up and do my part to rebuild our global community to reflect the necessity of eco harmony and peace starting at a local level. Coming into the GPPA, I headed into the Communications Team where I felt most comfortable with my background in art, writing, and performing music. After getting involved in other state teams, my interests have expanded to tap into other life experiences that I can bring like leadership, website design, social media management/marketing, and event planning. On a creative level, I am always brainstorming and this is important as there are always new fluctuations and directions to explore. I enjoy meeting like-minded people and learning about history, philosophy, and monetary systems. At a National level, in the Media Team, I hope to represent the GPPA as a liaison from the Communications Team to help build our presence and further gain exposure to our state and local Green Party efforts.

CONTACT TINA AT: [email protected]

 

 

Treasurer

Tim Runkle (Lancaster) 

Tim earned a B.S. in Geology from Millersville University. He has successfully managed environmental remediation projects in the PA, NJ, and NY area for the past 12 years. These projects involve complex environmental conditions which require a firm handle of regulatory, business, and stakeholder knowledge.

Tim has been involved with the Green Party since 2005 and is in his fifth year as Treasurer for the Green Party of Pennsylvania.  He also co-chairs the Lancaster County Green Party. Tim has pursued municipal offices including borough council and tax collector and is presently serving as an elected Judge of Elections. Tim is looking forward to bringing growth to the Green Party of Pennsylvania by supporting candidates and new counties with his experience from the local and state levels.  He encourages Pennsylvania Greens to connect with their locals and make sure to #BeSeenBeingGreen

CONTACT TIM AT: [email protected]

 

 

Secretary

Kelly Kuzemchak (Allegheny) 

Green / Campaign experience: GPOAC Treasurer, 2019-present; Young EcoSocialists (GPUS youth caucus) Treasurer, 2019-present; Jay Walker campaign treasurer, 2018; Jay Walker campaign manager & treasurer, 2020; Nick Prete campaign treasurer, 2019; Tara Yaney campaign treasurer, 2019. Skills: very proficient in MS Office, Google Apps, NationBuilder, VAN, databases, and general software. Formerly a software engineer/data scientist.

I am excited about the recent growth in GPPA and I'm eager to make sure we are able to sustain that growth and support our party's leaders and candidates. I have been involved In campaigns at many levels throughout my 2 years in the party, including managing Jay Walker's campaign for PA House in 2020, which raised $9,000 and increased Jay's vote count from the previous election by over 50%. I've served on the executive committee for GPOAC for 2 years now as the treasurer. I am well-versed in using software such as MS Office, Google Apps, NationBuilder, VAN, and databases. I like information to be organized and easy to read and distribute, and I am passionate about making beautiful spreadsheets.

CONTACT KELLY AT: [email protected]

 

 

At-Large Members

Noel Rivera (Berks) 

Born and raised in Lebanon, PA. After high school I served in the U.S. Air Force from 2007 – 2011, stationed at Minot AFB, ND. During that time, I volunteered to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. I was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for my volunteerism and excellence in service.

After the military I moved to Reading, PA to finish school. I completed my B.S. in Accounting in 2019 and my MBA - focused on community engagement and economic development - in 2020. Now I work in the accounting department of a pro A/V sales company in the Reading area.

 

 

Tre Schumacher (Philadelphia) 

I have worked on Olivia Faison's campaign for Philadelphia City Council, served as a GPPA steering committee member and communications team member, and served on the GPoP's city committee. I am currently studying philosophy and economics where skills such as writing, critical thinking, and mathematical reasoning are integral.

I am currently studying philosophy and economics where skills such as writing, critical thinking, and mathematical reasoning are integral. I have held positions in the Green Party of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and am currently applying for the city of Philadelphia's new participatory budgeting scheme where I will bring Green values to Philadelphia's government. Being an elected GPPA officer is how I grow my experience as a Green functionary.

 

 

Jay Walker (Allegheny) 

Jay Ting Walker is a Community Organizer at Pennsylvania environmental non-profit Clean Air Council. Jay is a member of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Bike Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh DSA. He's also the Chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County and the Secretary of the Allegheny County Transit Council. Jay studied Biology and Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was active in environmental activism. In his free time, Jay is passionate about ultimate frisbee, board games, Starcraft, and watching soccer.

I have experience as an alternate NC member for the national youth caucus. I also have relationships with Greens across the country.

 

 

Committee Team Leaders

 

Green Wave Team Leader

 

{SEE NOEL RIVERA} 

To join the Green Wave Team and get invited to future organizing calls, please sign up HERE

CONTACT NOEL AT: [email protected]

 

Core Team Leaders

{SEE KELLY KUZEMCHAK} 

If you are interested in helping The Core Team, sign up HERE.

CONTACT KELLY AT: [email protected]

 

Communications Team Leaders

Chris Robinson (Philadelphia) 

Co-Leader of ComTeam since January 2019. Green Party of PA member since 2002.

I really enjoy working with the other Communication Team members, and I also enjoy meeting new volunteers and introducing them to the ComTeam's mission of education, organization and agitation.

To join our team, please volunteer at https://www.gpofpa.org/, or to join online, sign up HERE.

CONTACT CHRIS AT: [email protected]

 

 

Finance Team Leader

{SEE TRE SCHUMACHER} 

If you are interested in getting involved with the Finance Team sign up HERE.

CONTACT TRE AT: [email protected]

 

 


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