B. Michael Schaul (Chair)
President of Economic Strategies Group., B. Michael Schaul oversees its three subsidiary companies: Spruce Creek Development Group - real estate development; WHM Group, consisting of WHM Solutions and WHM Consulting - environmental engineering including hydrology and hydraulics, water management, wetlands and wetland species, storm water conveyance systems, habitat, streams and special geological waste smanagement solutions; and Bald Eagle Trust, Ltd. - joint ventures in the United States and western Europe, robust network driven secure communications systems and solutions. Prior to these private sector activities, Schaul served three Pennsylvania governors, focusing on overseeing, developing and promoting domestic and international business investment.
As Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of Commerce he coordinated interagency economic development initiatives. He has also managed and directed offices in Tokyo, London, Brussels, and Frankfurt, and has traveled extensively in efforts to induce business investment and promote the sale of goods and services. He has been the Director of the Governor’s Response Team, Special Assistant to the Secretary and Director of Legislative Affairs, and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce.
Schaul earned both his Master of Arts in Public Administration (with an emphasis in public opinion, systems and procedures of management, inter-government relations, economics, and finance) and Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Social Science, and Finance from Shippensburg State University.
Schaul serves on the board of directors of several not-for-profit or government-related organizations, including the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, Pennsylvania Wetlands Protection Advisory Committee, Pennsylvania Learning Network, Shippensburg University, and the State System of Higher Education. He has been a member of the Council of Trustees since 1999.
Debra Gentzler (Vice Chair)
Debra Gentzler graduated in 1974 from Brandywine College with an associate’s degree and in 1985 from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Recently retired, she had been employed by the Pennsylvania State Senate for more than 32 years and worked as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Dominic Pileggi, Senate Majority Leader, and as Executive Director of the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee.
Gentzler lives in Thomasville, York County, with her husband, Dan, and two children, Rachel and AJ.
Charles Black is a 2012 graduate of Shippensburg University, where he earned
a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Sociology minor. In 2014, he graduated from Harrisburg
University of Science and Technology with a Master of Science in Project
Management. He is currently employed as
a teacher at Blessed Beginnings Child Care and Preschool in the Williamsport
area. Charles has previously worked for
the PA Department of Education, and held a summer internship in 2010 for United
States Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. in the Washington D.C. office.
During his time at Shippensburg University, Charles was involved in a
variety of campus organizations. He was
Lieutenant Governor and Club Vice President for Circle K. He also served on the New Student Orientation
Committee, and participated on Orientation Teams. Charles was the President of
Shippensburg College Democrats, and led the chapter to being named Pennsylvania
Chapter of the Year in 2012. He also
co-chaired the Stand for Ship campaign.
Currently, Charles is an active volunteer for Odyssey of the Mind where he
judges competitions at the local and state level and he is involved with the American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In
addition, he is an Advisor to the Youth and Government club at the Eastern
Lycoming YMCA. Charles resides in his
hometown of Williamsport.
As chairman of eLynxx Solutions, William Gindlesperger leads the firm that he established in 1975. Under Gindlesperger’s entrepreneurial vision, eLynxx Solutions has grown into a dynamic, technology-driven business offering project management software for the
marketing supply chain.
As board chair, Gindlesperger brought the historic Totem Pole Playhouse, one of the nation’s few remaining professional summer stock theatres, from the brink of closure to a position of self-sufficient stability during its 63rd season. Gindlesperger has been
featured as a guest lecturer at Shippensburg University and Penn State Mont Alto, and he regularly mentors students on achieving their full potential regardless of background or circumstance.
During the Base Realignment and Closure period, Gindlesperger was recognized for his role in saving 3,000 skilled jobs at the Letterkenny Army Depot and has been honored with the Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year and Innovator of the Year awards. He
has provided consultation to governors of a number of states, as well as the United States House of Representatives and Senate, where he has also testified on numerous occasions. He also provided the innovation and created the technology necessary to successfully develop efficient and mutually beneficial
relationships between the U.S. GPO and private sector vendors.
Gindlesperger’s writings have been published in more than 120 professional and trade journals. He has been awarded special recognition by the president and board of the Printing Industries of America, received the only endorsement ever granted by the PIA, and was
inducted into PIA’s exclusive Ben Franklin Honor Society. Gindlesperger has been recognized as one of Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s most influential leaders in supply chain management since 2010.
Gindlesperger invented the competitive method used in buying specification-defined goods and services which results in optimal cost reduction. As a result he has been awarded five patents and a continuing application by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
At home in his native Chambersburg, Gindlesperger is past president of the Board of Trustees of the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, is a life member of the Pennsylvania Society, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees. He is also a member of the General James Chambers Lodge 801
F&AM, Valley of Harrisburg Consistory of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Zembo Temple and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.
Gindlesperger graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in religion and philosophy. He is married to his best friend and business partner, Maxine. They have five children, a foster daughter, and mentor children to afford them opportunities on which to build successful lives.
L. Michael Ross
Mike Ross has been President of the Franklin County Area
PA) since its start-up in 1986. The Corporation is responsible for
initiating, implementing, and promoting a comprehensive economic development
strategy. The strategy is centered on
the retention/expansion of existing companies, the selective attraction of new
industries, and the start-up of new businesses.
Under Mike's direction, the FCADC
has facilitated more than 730 projects throughout the County. The projects have resulted in more than $1.9 Billion of new
investments. The FCADC
has been able to support the projects with more than $300 million of economic development resources.
Most importantly, the projects have impacted more than 46,000 employment positions. For its accomplishments, the
FCADC is a past recipient of Small Agency
of the Year and the 2012 Large Agency
of the Year awards by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association. (The FCADC is the only Agency to have
received the award in each category.)
Prior to the FCADC, Mike spent more
than eight years with the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce, where he held
several positions. The experience
provided him with a diversified background in many facets of economic
Mike has a BA degree
in Political Science from Slippery Rock University; is a graduate
of the Economic Development Institute, Oklahoma University; is a 2014 graduate
of Commandant’s National Security Program, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle; and
is a designated Economic Development Professional by the Northeastern Economic
Developers Association. He is married to
Donna and has three grown daughters, a son-in-law, and three
grandchildren. He enjoys reading,
traveling, kayaking, and spending time with his family.
Glen R. Grell
On May 1, 2015, Mr. Grell became the Executive Director of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS), a $51.9 billion public pension system headquartered in Harrisburg, PA and currently the 20th largest state-sponsored defined benefit public
pension fund in the nation with a membership of over 263,000 active school employees and nearly 214,000 retirees.
Prior to being named Executive Director, Mr. Grell served as the elected State Representative for the 87th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which includes several communities in Eastern Cumberland County. He was first
elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2004.
During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Mr. Grell was the prime sponsor or House floor leader on legislation addressing many important matters, including: the 2010 public pension reform; eminent domain; the 2012 Justice Reinvestment Initiative for corrections reform; revisions to
the Uniform Commercial Code on secured transactions; a recodification of the Notary Public Law; and tort reform.
He also served as the House Republican Caucus’ representative as a member of the PSERS Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2015 and was Chairman of the 25 member South Central (GOP) Caucus.
Prior to his election, Mr. Grell was an attorney in private practice in Central Pennsylvania. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Solicitor of Hampden Township, the largest municipality in Cumberland County. He also served as Deputy General Counsel to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge from
1995 to 2000.
Mr. Grell has been a member of the Shippensburg University Council of Trustees since 1995. He serves on the Board of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation and is chairman of its foundation. Mr. Grell is also active in several pension industry associations including, the National
Association of State Retirement Administrators and the National Council on Teacher Retirement.
Mr. Grell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1978, as well as his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in 1981.
S. Eugene Herritt
S. Eugene Herritt is employed as a sales executive for Fortney Packages Inc. and is an adjunct professor of marketing at Shippensburg University. Prior to his current employment, he was a public school teacher, a sales representative for the 3M Company, and a sales executive for The Beistle Company.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Adams Electric Cooperative; the current chairman of The Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association; the District Deputy Grand Master for the Third Masonic District Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania; and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Services. Additionally, Herritt has served on several community boards including positions as the president of the Shippensburg University Alumni Association; on the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Valley School of Music; the Board of Trustees of the Shippensburg Public Library; and the Executive Board of the Chambersburg Community Theatre.
Herritt is a graduate of Montoursville High School, Clarion University and Shippensburg University. He and his wife, Sally, live in Shippensburg.
Stephanie Madara is the current Student Representative on the Council of Trustees. Stephanie began serving on the Council in 2014 during her sophomore year at Shippensburg University. Along with this position, she also serves on the Student Senate as the Ex-Officio
member of the Executive Rules Committee.
In addition to serving on the Council of Trustees, Stephanie is also involved with Residence Life at Ship as a Resident Assistant.
Stephanie plans on receiving her B.S.B.A in Marketing and Management in the Spring of 2017. Before attending Shippensburg University, Stephanie graduated from Nazareth Area High School in 2013.
Andrew M. Paris
Andrew Paris is the founder and principal of Four Lights Research Solutions,LLC a consulting company based in Harrisburg, PA. Prior to founding Four Lights, Andrew served as Executive Deputy Director of Policy and Planning in the Office of the Governor. In this capacity Andrew
specialized in statewide policy matters including correctional reform, law enforcement, emergency management, gaming, liquor control, and transportation.
Between 2005 and 2009, Andrew served as Legislative Liaison for the PA Office of Attorney General, managing projects such as a legislative outreach effort to ensure the successful expansion of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit. To advance the Attorney General’s legislative
agenda, Andrew authored and advocated for legislation involving sexual and environmental offenses, firearms, drug offenses, animal welfare and other statewide policy concerns.
Andrew received his B.S. in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 2002.
Kenneth R. Shoemaker
Kenneth R. Shoemaker, a lifelong resident of the Cumberland Valley area, attended Shippensburg University majoring in Business Administration. His 40-year-plus banking career started in 1967 at Peoples National Bank of Shippensburg and continued with its successor, Dauphin Deposit Bank and Trust Company. In 1986 Shoemaker joined Orrstown Bank, and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in June 1987―a position he held for 22 years.
Shoemaker is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) of Philadelphia, and Chairman of the FRB’s Audit Committee. He has also held leadership positions with the American Bankers Association and Pennsylvania Bankers Association.
Shoemaker continues to be involved in leadership roles in numerous civic organizations throughout south-central Pennsylvania and has a long history of meaningful community service. He has received numerous awards, including the Keystone Area Boy Scout Council’s Distinguished Citizen Award and was selected as a finalist by the Central Penn Business Journal as “Executive of the Year in 2007.”
Shoemaker has served on the Council of Trustees for the past 20 years, acting as Chair from 1998 until 2007. He and his wife, Lori, reside in Carlisle.