GPPA Leaders 2019

 

Steering Committee

Co-Chair

Sheri Miller 

Sheri_Miller_for_web.jpgSheri is serving her second year as the party co-chair and also served as secretary in 2017 and the co-chair of the GreenWave Team in 2016-17.  She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing and currently works in healthcare informatics (computer applications and documentation in healthcare), serving as clinical project manager and liaison between the clinical staff and IT experts in a busy ER/trauma center. Sheri's years of leadership experience in healthcare have led to excellent skills in communication and team-building, as well as an understanding of how systems and processes drive motivation and success.  These skills are valuable assets for leading the party toward increased coordination and growth in 2019. 

Sheri is dedicated to the Green Party's Four Pillars and Ten Key Values and is an unapologetic optimist, believing that transformation to a world of sustainability, peace, and equality is totally possible.  One of her favorite quotes by Margaret Mead says to "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  The Green Party may be a small force up against a huge status quo of greed, corruption, power, and apathy, but the people who join are passionate and committed to change.  Sheri uses her leadership skills to facilitate and support their work. 

 

Co-Chair

Alan Smith 

profile_pic_-_Alan_Smith.jpgArtist, philosopher, educator, and peacemaker, Alan Smith has spent his life nurturing in himself and others a passion for peace and justice. Also a long distance runner, Alan knows the value of patience, perseverance, persistence and pacing and uses these tools in all endeavors. From tutoring young people in the poverty stricken south Bronx to running a summer aquatics camp for persons with disabilities, he treasures the work of empowering the marginalized.

Alan Smith's political experience reaches back to the Jesse Jackson campaign in 1988, even though he looks far too young for that to be the case. Alan has been an active member of the Chester County Green Party since its inception. Alan has canvassed for local Green Party candidates, and he has collected nomination signatures for both local and state-level Green Party candidates. As an adjunct professor of philosophy at both Arcadia University and the University of Delaware, Alan is articulate and thoughtful, and can express his views in a way that is both respectful and eloquent, which makes him an excellent spokesperson for the Green Party.

While his family has spent the last 40 years in Pennsylvania, Alan has traveled to 47 U.S. states and 23 countries on all seven continents. Holding a bachelor's degree, three master's degrees and currently finishing a doctorate, he is a passionate advocate for life-long learning. Having taught students from kindergarten to university, his philosophy of education begins with the idea that we are all teachers and learners. Thus cultivating horizontal relationships rather than hierarchical ones has been his lifelong pursuit. "We cannot see eye to eye until we see eye to eye," he says.

Drawn to the Green Party by its 4 Pillars and 10 Key Values, Alan is excited about facilitating the birth of a world where people, planet and peace replace profit as the driving force for human existence.   

 

Treasurer

Tim Runkle 

Tim RunkleTim 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 10 years. These projects involve complex environmental conditions which require a firm handle of regulatory, business, and stakeholder knowledge. Tim is in his second year as Treasurer for the Green Party of Pennsylvania and also chairs the Lancaster County Green Party. In 2017, he ran for Elizabethtown Borough Council and was successfully elected to 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.

 

Secretary

Beth Scroggin 

Beth_Scroggin_for_Web.jpgBeth graduated from Boston University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Math Education, and obtained her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State Great Valley in 2009. Beth has been teaching math for over 10 years, and has been an active member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state’s largest union. Recently, Beth became an Advocate for Children and Education (ACE) and has attended training on how to effectively organize within one’s local union, as well as lobby government officials. Beth was involved in the Bernie Sanders campaign in February 2016, making 3500 calls across the country and knocking on 1000 doors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She participated in honk-and-waves and other events hosted by Phoenixville Area Citizens for Bernie. After the election, the group became Phoenixville Area Progressives, and Beth became an officer in the group, giving a speech at the December 2016 meeting on the importance of continuing to fight for what you believe in even when all hope seems lost.

 

At-Large Members

Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick 

Jocolyn_Bowser-Bostick_for_the_web.jpgJocolyn was born in North Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.  She has held various positions and worked as a laboratory technician for 24 years. Jocolyn has strong skills in writing and research and puts those skills to work advancing the goals and values of the Green Party.  She is the Chair of the Green Party of Delaware County PA and is serving a second term as At-Large Delegate on the state Steering Committee. Jocolyn supports the goals and values of the Green Party as the most life affirming political party on the planet. "Our Green Party is not only one of the best tools or strategies for improving the peace of mind, health and safety for ourselves, our loved ones and the rest of the human race, but also for maintaining the beauty and diversity of the land, the seas and all other living species."  She is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of Green Party membership and promoting collaboration between the Green Party and other activist groups that have a progressive agenda.

 

Shane Rielly 

Shane_Reilly_for_web.jpgShane Rielly is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Scranton, Shane is an international adoption caseworker. Following the heated 2016 election, Shane helped reorganize the Lackawanna County Greens. He has served as Judge of Election in Scranton twice. Shane believes that Pennsylvania needs to enact statewide universal healthcare. He also supports removing the legal barriers for local and county governments to increase their minimum wages above Pennsylvania or federal levels. Shane is looking forward to seeing the end of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania.

 

Cheryl Rougeux 

Cheryl grew up in rural Crawford County.  She lived for a while in South Carolina and Georgia before coming back to Erie many years ago. Most of her working years were spent in Drafting and Computer Aided Drafting and Design, then as Chiropractic Office Manager.  
 
Cheryl has a BS in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State.  This was the first environmentally focused degree offered at PSU, and she was in the first class. Reading Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring' was one of the first assignments, and it was certainly an eye opener.  Watching things declining environmentally (and politically!) over the years has been difficult to see.  After college, Cheryl worked as Executive Assistant of a County Conservation District, but left disillusioned about the politics played even at the county level.  She subsequently dropped out of politics for many years, but ignoring politics didn't make it go away!  Around 2000, she found the Green Party, with its sane key values, and has participated as a Green since then.  Currently, she is serving as the secretary of the Erie County Green Party, as well as a first-term GPPA Steering Committee member at large.
 
Through her experience, Cheryl has come to believe that clean, healthy food is one of the most important things. She feels that the Green Party should support Organic Farming as much as possible.  This would eliminate a lot of disease provoking toxins in our bodies as well as in the environment, which would improve the health of people and Mother Earth.  Healthy people would make healthier choices about everything, including politics!

 

 

Committee Team Leaders

 

Green Wave Team Leader

Jenny Isaacs 

Jenny_Isaacs_for_web.jpgJenny is an energetic, action-oriented leader with a proven track record for results.  A registered Green since 2005, she has chaired the Bucks County Green Party since the fall of 2016 and was a founding member of Green Wave, our regional network of support for campaigns & county locals across the state.  Since Green Wave was formed, PA's total of elected local officials has climbed to 17 -- according to Green Party of US figures, the 2nd highest in the country behind California.  

In 2017 Jenny coordinated a team of 50 volunteers across the state in collecting 4,300 signatures from registered voters to successfully put Jules Mermelstein on the ballot for Superior Court.  In 2018 she oversaw 80 volunteers whose grassroots efforts resulted in more than 8,000 signatures, marking the first time since 2002 that a Green gubernatorial candidate qualified for the general election ballot and the first time in state Green Party history that we ran a candidate for U.S. Senate. 

 

Core Team Leaders

Jason Jackson 

Jason graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Computer Science and began his political career with voter registration efforts while still in school.  He then helped with petitioning, canvassing, and phone-banking for several campaigns including Bernie Sanders, Cheri Honkala, Nate Craig, and Jules Mermelstein. Jason was one of the founding members of the Chester County Green Party and has served as Secretary since 2016. He has helped his county party grow by networking with  surrounding Green Party county chapters as well as local political and activist groups to organize fundraising events, aid local campaigns and increase party visibility. Recognizing the large number of state Green Party members with computer science backgrounds, Jason hopes to organize and leverage these talents within the Operations Team to help give Green Party of Pennsylvania the digital tools and presence to continue to grow, while decreasing the party's operating costs.

 

Kristin Combs 

Kristin_Combs_for_web.jpgKristin's home is in Port Richmond, Philadelphia with a house full of chosen family.  Kristin is an educator and a trained organizer whose skill set is behind the scenes facilitation, leadership development, and strategic planning.  She has used those skills to grow our party over the past few years, serving as State Chair for two years of those years. In 2016, Kristin ran for office as a PA State Treasurer candidate, successfully gaining minor party status through her campaign.  In 2015 she secured over 11,000 votes as a Green Party candidate for City Council At-Large in Philadelphia. Kristin now continues to serve the Green Party as a Co-Chair of Core Team, a GPUS national delegate, and a member of the national accreditation committee.

Kristin believes the Green Party will win and grow by effectively organizing our base. She is a trained organizer. Her skills will be put to good use as a leader of the Core Team. 

 

Communications Team Leaders

Chris Robinson 

Chris_Robinson_Profile.PNGChris has a Bachelor's in Philosophy from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, and has been a writer and editor his entire life. He has had articles appearing in too many publications to list and published the RECON Newsletter ("keeping an eye on the Pentagon") from 1973 through 1991. He also published "How We Won the War" by General Vo Nguyen Giap in 1976 (11,000 copies sold).

Chris' neighborhood and political organizing history can be traced back to 1970, with the October 4th Organization in Kensington, Philadelphia. His experiences there are fully explained in "Plotting Directions: An Activists Guide," published in 1982.  Chris' involvement with the Green Party dates to 2000, when he learned of Ralph Nader's candidacy. He has volunteered for Green Party candidates ever since.  Chris was elected to the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) City Committee (similar to the state's steering committee) in 2011 and served in that role through 2017.

 

Shane Rielly 

See Shane's information under At-Large Member above. 

 

Finance Team Leader

Tim Runkle 

See Tim's information under Treasurer above. 


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