The functions of the committee might include building a business case for the project, planning, providing assistance and guidance, monitoring the progress, controlling the project scope and resolving conflicts. As with other committees, the specific duties and role of the steering committee vary among organizations. Please reference the below committees that North Central has to offer.

Audit & Finance
Loan Review Committee
Microloan Review

Governance Committee


Jack Matson,  Jefferson County Commissioner  - Chair

Matt Quesenberry,  Elk County Commissioner                      

Carol Duffy,  McKean County Commissioner

Matt Marusiak,  Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Deborah Pontzer,  Cong. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson’s Office

Jill Martin-Rend,  BC3@Brockway

Jim Chorney,  North Central

Audit & Finance

Audit & Finance Committee


Padraic McGrath,  Elk County - Chair

Kimberlea Whiting,  Cameron County

Dave Glass,  Clearfield County

Tom Kreiner,  McKean County

Doug Morley,  Potter County


Loan Review Committee

Loan Review Committee


Joe Haines,  CNB Bank  - Chair

Tina Kennemuth,  Jefferson Co. Development Council - Vice Chair

Sara Andrews,  City of Bradford, OECD

Courtney Cole,  Citizens and Northern Bank

Michael Haines,  Elk County Redevelopment Authority

Joe Kelly,  Clearfield Bank & Trust

Padraic McGrath,  CPA McGrath CPA, LLC

John Maliza,  Northwest Bank

Drew Nedzinski,  Farmers National Bank

Kimberlea Whiting, Citizens and National Bank

Jamie Straub,  First Commonwealth Bank

Norm Strotman,  Bradford Economic Development Corp.

Rob Swales,  Clearfield Co. Industrial Dev. Authority 

Paul McCloskey,  Clearfield Co. Industrial Dev. Authority - Alternate

Joseph Weible,  S & T Bank

Tom Beveridge,  Solicitor

Kimberlea Whiting,  Citizens and Northern Bank

Microloan Review

Microloan Review Committee


Darlene Buttery,  CNB Bank

Jodi Foster,  Elk County Planning Commission

John MacDonald,  Northwest Bank

Heather Serafini,  Elk County Redevelopment Authority

Rob Swales,   Clearfield Co. Industrial Dev. Authority

Val Weis,   St. Marys Economic Development Corp.


North Central Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee

Cameron County
Planning Representative:
- Cliff Clark, Cameron County IDA
Economic Development Representative:
- David Greene, Northern Tier Community Action Corporation
Industry Representative:
- Tina Johns-Solak, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce

Jefferson County
Planning Representative:
- Katie Donald, Punxsutawney Groundhog Club
Economic Development Representative:
- Jamie Lefever, Jefferson County Department of Development
Industry Representative:
- Jill Martin-Rend (Vice Chair), BC3@Brockway

Clearfield County
Planning Representative:
- Jodi Brennan, Clearfield County Planning
Economic Development Representative:
- Janie French, Headwaters Charitable Trust
Industry Representative:
- Paul McCloskey, Clearly Ahead Development

McKean County
Planning Representative:
- Jeremy Morey, McKean County Planning Commission
Economic Development Representative:
- Kate Kennedy, Kane Area Development Center
Industry Representative:
- Anita Dolan, Bradford OECD

Elk County
Planning Representative:
- Tracy Gerber, Elk County Planning
Economic Development Representative:
- Tina Gradizzi (Chair), City of St. Marys
Industry Representative:
- Tom Detsch, SGL Carbon

Potter County
Planning Representative:
- Will Hunt, Potter County Planning Commission
Economic Development Representative:
- Ellen Russell, Potter County Community Development
Industry Representative:
- C. Robert Wicker, Potter County Education Council


EX Officio Members
Department of Environmental Protection:
- Erin Wells, Local Government Liaison
Governor`s Action Team:
- Kim Thomas, Northwest Regional Director
Office of Congressman Glenn Thompson:
- Deborah Pontzer, Economic Development & Workforce Specialist
PA Department of Community & Economic Development:
- Kim Thomas, Northwest Regional Director
PA State Representatives:
- Office of the Honorable Mike Armanini (R- District 75)
- Rhonda Race, Jill Grosch, Office of the Honorable Martin Causer (R-District 67)
- Tracy Clark, Office of the Honorable Brian Smith (R- District 66)
PA State Senator:
- Zachary Ankeny, Office of the Honorable Cris Dush (R- District 25)
United States Department of Agriculture:
- Gary Reed, Area Director (Western Region)
Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania:
- Pamela Streich, Executive Director


At-Large Members
Lumber Heritage Region:
-Holly Komonczi, Executive Director
McKean County Economic Development:
-Robert Veilleux, Economic Development Liaison<strong
North Central PA Launchbox:
-Bradley Lashinsky, Program Director
PA Wilds Center:
-Hannah Brock, Branding and Licensing Partnerships Manager
Ridgway Borough:
-Michael Handley, Borough Manager
Ridgway Township:
-Michelle Bogacki, Secretary


RPO Transportation


Rick Viglione,    At-large PA Downtown Center  -  Chair

Will Hunt,   Potter County Planning  -  Vice Chair

Cliff Clark,    Cameron County IDA                              

Jodi Brennan,   Clearfield County Planning

Jodi Foster,   Elk County Planning                                            

Tracy Gerber,    Elk County Planning   -   Alternate

Jamie Lefever,   Jefferson County Dept. of Dev.              

Bill Setree,   Jefferson County Dept. of Dev.   -  Alternate

Jeremy Morey,   McKean County Planning

Vickie Rusnak,   PennDOT District 2-0

Tom Zurat,   PennDOT District 2-0  -   Alternate

Harold Swan,   PennDOT District 10-0

Doug Dupnock,   PennDOT District 10-0   -  Alternate

Frank Hampton,   PennDOT Central Office

Dean Roberts,   PennDOT Central Office  -   Alternate

Amy Kessler,   Trans, Comm., Econ. Dev.

Bert Lahrman,   Trans, Comm., Econ. Dev.  -  Alternate

Dessa Chittester,   Public Transit                                            

Bob Shaffer,   DuBois Regional Airport

Joe Barber,   Trucking

Tim Potts,   Railroad

Dick Castonguay,   At-large Municipal

Perry Bowser,   At-large Municipal  -  Alternate Clearfield

                             At-large Community & Econ. Dev.

Anita Dolan,  At-large Community & Econ. Dev. -  Alternate McKean

Candace S. Hillyard,   At-large PA Wilds/Tourism

Amy Auman,   At-large Housing & Redev.                     

Bob Mecca,   At-large Human Service/Access to Transp.