Abby Smith is Team Pennsylvania’s President & CEO. Abby has almost 20 years of experience working to improve education and workforce development systems to drive economic growth and opportunity. Prior to joining Team Pennsylvania in 2013, she worked as a policy specialist at the PA Department of Education; for Teach For America as a recruitment director; and as a 7th grade social studies teacher. Smith attended Yale University and has masters degrees in teaching from The Johns Hopkins University and in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Diane Belles joined Team PA in 2019 as the Finance Specialist for the organization. Prior to coming to Team PA, Diane had her own business where she provided accounting services to small organizations and specialized in the non-profit industry. She obtained her B.S. in Accounting from York College of PA.
Contact Diane about:
- Financial questions
- Billing and invoicing queries
Anita Chandy is Team Pennsylvania’s Director, People & Operations. Anita joined the team in May 2022 and oversees all HR initiatives. Prior to joining Team Pennsylvania, she spent over 10 years building and leading equity-centered people initiatives at nonprofit organizations including: recruiting, hiring, benefits, payroll, performance management, compliance, and coaching and training managers. Anita earned her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from New York University and Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.
Max Crumlich is Team Pennsylvania’s Partnerships & Development Coordinator. He joined the staff in June 2020 after interning for Team Pennsylvania in the summer of 2019. Max recently completed his undergraduate degree at Lycoming College in Business Administration & Corporate Communications where he was also a member of the lacrosse team. Max is the nexus for all of Team Pennsylvania’s work, from coordinating board meetings to tweets to development efforts. Born and raised here in Pennsylvania, Max is motivated by the organization’s vision to help our commonwealth achieve its best – as a place to live, learn and thrive.
Contact Max about:
- Becoming an investor
- Investor Exchange events
- Board of Directors inquiries
Deborah Guida is Team Pennsylvania’s Administrative Assistant, joining the staff in March 2022. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bloomsburg University with her bachelor’s degree in Technical Leadership. Deborah supports every Team Pennsylvania meeting – coordinating calendars and travel arrangements, preparing presentations, and making sure things run smoothly – all the while maintaining the day-to-day operations of our Harrisburg office.
Contact Deborah about:
- General inquiries
- Meeting scheduling
Kelly Kundratic is Team Pennsylvania’s Director of Agriculture Policy & Programs. She joined the staff at Team PA in 2018 through a partnership with the PA Department of Agriculture. Kelly’s role is to oversee strategic agriculture initiatives. She manages the operations of the Pennsylvania Agriculture Advisory Board and facilitates new opportunities for economic growth that address needs and challenges of the industry (driven by the strategic recommendations from the Economic Impact Analysis).
Prior to joining Team PA, Kelly worked at the Maryland Department of Agriculture and as a high school agriculture science teacher. Kelly graduated from The Friedman School at Tufts University with a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food, and Environment and has a Bachelor’s in Agricultural and Extension Education from West Virginia University.
Contact Kelly About:
- Pennsylvania Agriculture Advisory Board inquiries
- Agriculture initiatives
Gina Langley is Team Pennsylvania’s Event Manager. Gina has over 15 years of experience organizing statewide conferences, summits, trade shows, special events and projects across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Langley worked for 6 years with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission providing support and leadership during transitions of leadership and state administrations. As the Administrative Coordinator Gina coordinated statewide summits and meetings and provided support to the executive director and the 78 commission members on the board. Gina also worked for the commonwealth as the Procurement Liaison where she facilitated opportunities for small, minority, and women-owned businesses in securing or participating in Statewide contracts. Additionally, Ms. Langley spent six years with the Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on African American affairs where she held various positions including Deputy Director for two years before her departure.
Gina is involved in many volunteer projects which include teaching people about the bible and advocating on behalf of children with Autism. Gina resides in Harrisburg with her two children.
Jim Neuschwander is Team Pennsylvania’s Director of Information & Technology. Jim has been with the foundation for many years and keeps Team PA connected to the outside world. As our in-house IT guru, Jim manages the operations of various programs and systems utilized by Team PA and our partners. He is also our first go-to for any technology related questions. Jim has years of experience in system implementation and training on various programs Team PA has adopted over the years.
Contact Jim about:
- PA SiteSearch
- GAT Project Alert System
- Event Registration questions
- Technology inquiries
John W. Packer
John W. Packer, CPA, is Team Pennsylvania’s Chief Financial Officer. John joined the staff in 2011 and has over three decades of professional accounting experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. During his tenure at Team PA, John has overseen the development of customized financial reports and reporting systems that meet the unique needs of management and the board of directors. John is a Penn State University alumnus – he earned both a Bachelor of Science and his Masters in Business Administration from the university.
Meghan Wills is Team Pennsylvania’s Director of Education and Workforce Development. She joined Team Pennsylvania in January 2022. Meghan oversees Team Pennsylvania’s education and workforce development initiatives.
For more than 10 years Meghan has worked to strengthen and align state education and workforce development systems. Prior to joining Team Pennsylvania, Meghan worked as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Advance CTE, where she oversaw state policy and technical assistance efforts along with a multi-site effort to strengthen high-quality career pathways. Meghan also served in several roles at the National Governors Association, most recently leading workforce development initiatives with governors, state workforce agency leaders, and state workforce boards.
Meghan has a Master of Public Policy degree from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster in Ohio. Meghan lives just outside Washington, D.C.
Contact Meghan about:
- Education and Workforce Development initiatives
PA Early Learning Investment Commission: Andrea Heberlein is the Commission’s Executive Director. Before joining the Commission, Andrea served as the Vice President of Strategic Impact for United Way of Lancaster County, where she helped to lead and support community initiatives focused on improving the educational, health, and financial outcomes for children, youth, and adults.
Andrea has an extensive background and experience around community-building work, service coordination for adults with disabilities, community systems development for children with disabilities, and directing an employer-sponsored, NAEYC accredited, early childhood learning center for Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health and Franklin and Marshall College. She currently serves on the Governance Committee for the Lancaster County Homeless Coalition and the Advisory Council for Nurse-Family Partnership.
Andrea received her Master of Social Work degree from Millersville University, where she is also an adjunct professor for social work classes. She is a 2018 Policy Fellow alumni under the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning and a 2019 graduate of the United Way Worldwide Leadership Program.
PA Early Learning Investment Commission: Sara Lauver is the Commission’s Associate Director. In her role, Sara works on a wide variety of projects, including strategic communications, working with external stakeholders to share and deepen the work of the commission in communities across Pennsylvania, and cultivating and engaging business leaders and partners in regional strategies to increase access to high quality early learning programs.
Prior to joining the commission, Sara worked for seven years at Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way where she served as Director of Community Impact and Marketing. She also has over 15 years of experience in radio where she has worked as a morning show co-host, news anchor, and reporter. Sara is a graduate of Susquehanna University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Walden University earning a Master of Science in Leadership. She is a frequent guest performer of the national anthem at Major League Baseball games at Camden Yards in Baltimore.