Working to ensure a safe tomorrow for the children of Pennsylvania.

Public Board Members: (Governor Appointed) 
 

Mr. Bruce Clash, Chair of the Board
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania
 
Ms. Angela Liddle, Vice Chair of the Board
Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, Harrisburg
 

Ms. Diana Bucco
The Buhl Foundation

 
Mr. Harry Hamilton, Esq.
Attorney at Law

Harry Hamilton, is an attorney from Luzerne County who served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army. Prior to his service in the armed forces, He played in the National Football League following a stellar collegiate career at Penn State University, where he was a pivotal part of the National Championship Team in 1982.

 

Harry Hamilton joins the PACTF Board having been a champion for children throughout much of his life. Growing up in a community oriented family, his commitment to children and families has been lifelong. During a stint in Bosnia, he had the opportunity to interact with the children of that war-torn region and he realized, despite living in fear, “children are children everywhere.”  During his NFL career, Harry founded Project H, a group geared towards providing baskets of food to families during the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas.  While at Penn State, he devoted countless hours to the early growth and program development of his coach's Second Mile program. 

 

Prior to going to college, Hamilton volunteered to go into inner city schools to serve as a role model for younger children. These programs continue to bring hope, light and laughter to children.  In addition to serving on the board of the Children's Trust Fund, Hamilton continues to volunteer his time to help children and families through a number of organizations and agencies in his home town.  He has championed causes that benefit children and protect their interests in several areas, especially those children who are underserved and underrepresented.  He participates in a variety of programs with an emphasis on education and wellness to ensure that our future leaders have sound minds and bodies as well as caring support networks.

Harry Hamilton has received numerous awards for his advocacy and community service, however, his greatest fulfillment and reward comes from furthering efforts and proactive programs that are focused on children as this is a very personal endeavor and continues to be a life-long commitment.

 

 

Maria McColgan, M.D.

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia

 

Abbie Newman
Montgomery County Child Advocacy Center

 

Mr. Rodney Wagner
York County Youth Development Center 

 

Mr. Shawn Wagner
County of Adams District Attorney

 

 Legislative Board Members: 

Honorable Louise Bishop
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

192nd District

She was first elected to serve in the state House of Representatives in 1988 and has been overwhelmingly re-elected to office nine times by her constituents of the 192nd Legislative District. Located in West Philadelphia, her District is a diverse area that encompasses some of Philadelphia's most affluent and poorest residents. It is also home to many Philadelphia institutions including St. Joseph's University, Overbrook High School and Pinn Memorial Baptist Church.

As part of her legislative duties, Representative Bishop is the Majority Chair of the Children and Youth Committee. She also serves on a number of committees, including Aging and Older Adult Services; Health and Human Services and Democratic Policy. She is the most senior African-American woman serving in the General Assembly, is a former officer of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the Philadelphia Delegation.

Representative Bishop has sponsored legislation to address a number of critical issues, including domestic violence, day care, mandatory drug treatment, education, health care and Sarcoidosis. She is most proud of the legislation which improves the quality of life for children and older people. In her district she sponsors an annual "Spring Fling" Fair for young people and the "Senior Expo" which brings services to older people. With a keen interest in community development, she convinced Mercy Wellness Center and the University of Pennsylvania to establish a presence in the district. She has worked with St. Joseph's University and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary to expand their services into the surrounding community. She has also worked tirelessly to secure resources from state, city and private sources to develop business along urban corridors, especially along Lancaster Avenue, between 52nd and 63rd Streets. She has also supported the renovation of the Overbrook Train Station and new housing development in the Carroll Park area.

 
Honorable Dan Moul
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
91st District

A strong advocate for government reform, Moul is fighting for meaningful tax reform, a reduction in the size of the state legislature, lobbying and welfare reform and measures to protect the safety and welfare of children.  Moul serves as vice chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee on which he championed legislation that strengthened Pennsylvania’s child support laws.  Act 104 of 2008 gives Pennsylvania the ability to extradite so-called deadbeat parents, who move out of state to avoid paying child support, back to Pennsylvania for prosecution.  Moul’s legislation also increased the penalties for willful non-payment of court-ordered support.  Other House committees on which Moul serves include Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Game and Fisheries, and Tourism and Recreation Development where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Travel Promotion, History and Heritage.  Moul also serves on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. 

Prior to being elected to the House, Moul spent 20 years as owner operator of his own real estate management and renovation business.  Before that he worked in the sales division of Hanover-based Utz Quality Foods. A lifelong resident of Adams County, Moul is a graduate of New Oxford High School and he studied finance at York College.   He is an active member of “People Who Care Inc.,” a non-profit charitable organization in Adams County dedicated to helping people in their time of need.  Moul and his wife Lori live in Conewago Township, Adams County.  They have two daughters, Alexis and Emily.

 

PA State Rep. Tarah Toohil

Honorable Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
116th District

Representative Tarah Toohil is serving her second term as representative of the 116th Legislative District in Luzerne County seeking to help bring about the restoration of government integrity and accountability and eager to strengthen Pennsylvania’s jobs climate. Tarah is a strong proponent of providing property tax relief for area taxpayers and furthering the growth and stability of small businesses to create jobs and stimulate the local economy. She favors improving the business climate in Pennsylvania by removing burdensome taxes for local entrepreneurs.

Tarah is a member of the Lower Luzerne Bar Association, Hazleton Area Lady Lawyers, Young Lawyers and the Wilkes Barre Law Library Association. She is also a member of the Elks Lodge, Rotary Club, Circle 200 Women of Northeastern PA, AAUW Breaking Through Barriers for Women and Girls and she is a Leadership Wilkes Barre alumnus. Tarah serves on the board for Helping Hands in Hazleton and a member of Hazleton POWER. In addition, Tarah serves on the advisory board at Lackawanna College in Hazleton and the nominating committee for the American Heart Association's HeartChase program.

Tarah is a local attorney. Raised in Drums, she is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School. Tarah dual majored in political science and sociology with a concentration in law and legal services at Northeastern University. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA.

 

Honorable Kim Ward
Pennsylvania Senate
39th District

Kim Ward is a native southwestern Pennsylvania resident who grew up in Meadowlands, Washington County. Her father, Roger, was a machinist and union member. Her mother, Joanna, has worked in social services for 35 years.

Prior to her election in 2007 as a Westmoreland County Commissioner, Kim served as a Hempfield Township supervisor from 2002 to 2007, and served as chairwoman the last three years of her term. She was the first Republican to be elected to that board in over 20 years. She is a member of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, Women's Leadership Council, Women's Professional Business Association of Latrobe and the NRA.  She was the first woman elected to the 39th Senatorial District seat.

Kim graduated from Chartiers-Houston High School and attended Allegheny County Community College, the University of Pittsburgh and Middle Tennessee State University. She is a board certified respiratory therapist.

In addition to her public service, Kim is an active member of Our Lady Grace Catholic Church in Hempfield Township and has previously served on the fundraising event committees for numerous charities. Kim served as the Director of Governor Mark Schweiker's Southwest Regional Office, was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to serve on the Post Secondary Education Commission, and presently serves on the leadership committee of the Pennsylvania Republican Party.