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

George F. Halcovage, Jr.Chairman
Commissioner; Schuylkill County
Alt: Theresa Santai Gaffney

Frank J. Staudenmeier
Commissioner; Schuylkill County
Alt: Paul E. Buber

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

James T. Muldowney
Mayor; City of Pottsville
Rep: Mary Ann Dragna

Patricia A. Schnitzius
Mayor; Mahanoy City Borough
Rep: Dan Lynch

Joseph G. Groody
Sheriff; Schuylkill County
Rep: Brian Tobin

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

Low Income Sector

Rose Marteslo
Minersville Family Development Project 
Alt: Nathan Joppy

Jean A. Haberl
Shenandoah Food Pantry Target Area
Alt: Jennine Teter

Maria Doyle
Alt: Pete Keitsock

Sean Haldeman
Child Development, Inc.
Alt: Melissa Cress

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

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

Major Sharon Whispell
Salvation Army; Tamaqua
Alt: Melissa Latham

Private Sector

Daniel Osenbach
Walmart Distribution Center

Kenneth Stolarick
M&T Bank

Sarah Donohue
Business & Professional Women’s Club

John F. Patton
Standard Speaker

Norm Zwolenik
Crippled Children’s Society

Joan Breslin
Schuylkill Transportation System

Trudy Umholtz
Tri-Valley Charities, Inc.

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.