Board Members

As a Community Action Agency, Schuylkill Community Action is governed by its Board of Directors. SCA’s Board consists of 21 members split into 3 sectors:

  • Public Sector – Represented by elected public officials.
  • Low-Income Sector – Elected by low-income groups as representatives from designated organizations, groups or target areas.
  • Private Sector

This multi-sector participation allows those three groups to leverage distinct perspectives, understandings and strengths to the task of helping low-income people become more self-sufficient.


Alt = Alternate
Rep = Representative

Public Sector

Barron “Boots” Hetherington, Chairman
Commissioner; Schuylkill County
Rep: Paul Buber

Larry Padora
Commissioner; Schuylkill County
Rep: Ron Zimmerman

Gary J. Hess
Commissioner; Schuylkill County
Rep: Paul Straka

Dave Clews
Mayor; City of Pottsville
Rep: Mary Ann Dragna

Dan Lynch
Board Member; Mahanoy City School District
Rep: Karen Yedsena

Joseph G. Groody
Sheriff; Schuylkill County
Rep: Chief Deputy Shawn Butler

David G. Argall
State Senator; 29th District
Rep: Mary Beth Dougherty

Private Sector

Brian Geiger
M&T Bank

Sarah Donohue
Business & Professional Women’s Club

John F. Patton
John Patton, CPA

Norm Zwolenik
Crippled Children’s Society

John Consugar
Schuylkill County Transportation Authority

Trudy Umholtz
Tri-Valley Charities, Inc.

Low Income Sector

Jeanette Triano Sinn
Servants to All
Alt: Heather Boher

Maria Doyle
The ReDCo Group / Pathways
Alt: vacant

Amy Wahalec
Child Development, Inc.
Alt: Sean Haldeman

Shirley German
Schuylkill Haven Food Pantry Target Area
Alt: Verna Ebling

Deanna Mease
John O’Hara Housing Development
Alt: Jody Dunnigan

Lt. Betty Ellen Barrett
John O’Hara Housing Development
Alt: Mary Metzger

Joanne Negron
Shenandoah High Rise

2024 Board Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024 @ 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, June 27, 2024 @ 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, August 22, 2024 @ 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, October 14, 2024 @ 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, December 19, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

SCA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

We are firmly committed to the provision of assistance regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, military status, sexual orientation, or marital/family status.