PA Gov. Ridge Appoints Three to His Senior Staff

Appoints Baker as Deputy Chief of Staff; Labecki as Policy Director; And

McNulty as Deputy Chief of Staff for Technology



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge
 today appointed three Administration officials to his Senior Staff:  Lisa
 Baker, of Luzerne County, as Deputy Chief of Staff; Lee Ann Labecki, of
 Cumberland County, as Policy Director; and Timothy McNulty, of Cumberland
 County, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Technology Initiatives.
     "As diligent public servants for Pennsylvania and as trusted advisers to
 me -- Lisa, Lee Ann and Tim have earned these key positions on my Senior
 Staff," Gov. Ridge said.  "I am truly blessed to have such talented,
 experienced and committed people, ready and willing to step up and serve
 Pennsylvania in important roles."
     Baker replaces Duncan Campbell as a Deputy Chief of Staff.
     "As Director of my Northeastern Pennsylvania Office, Lisa has offered me
 invaluable advice on the wide range of issues facing Pennsylvanians in the
 17 counties in the Northeast and the Lehigh Valley," Gov. Ridge said.  "Now,
 she will be an invaluable asset to all Pennsylvanians."
     Baker has served as the Director of the Governor's Northeast Regional
 Office since 1995.  Based in Wilkes-Barre, she has been responsible for
 Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe,
 Montour, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne
 and Wyoming counties.
     She previously served as Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff to Sen.
 Charles D. Lemmond Jr. (R-Luzerne); Research Assistant to Senate President Pro
 Tempore Robert C. Jubelirer (R-Blair); and Public Information/Alumni
 Coordinator for Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke.
     She serves as a member of the Council of Trustees, Shippensburg
 University, Cumberland County; the Public Policy Committee of the United Way
 of Wyoming Valley; the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus Advisory Board; the
 Board of Directors of Leadership Wilkes-Barre; and the Board of Directors of
 the Great Valley Technology Alliance.
     She was the Northeastern Pennsylvania Coordinator for the Tom Ridge for
 Governor Campaign in 1994.
     She received her bachelor's degree in government administration from
 Shippensburg University.
     Baker, 39, lives in Lehman Township with her husband, Gary, and their son,
 Carson.
     Gov. Ridge appointed Labecki as Policy Director -- replacing Charles B.
 Zogby, who the Governor nominated to be Education Secretary.  Labecki was
 Zogby's top deputy.
     "Charles would be the first to say that our Policy Office could not have
 succeeded as it has without the talents of Lee Ann Labecki," Gov. Ridge said.
 "I am confident she will continue to generate the innovative ideas, policies
 and initiatives that have been the hallmark of this Administration and the
 `New Pennsylvania.'"
     Labecki has served as Deputy Director of Policy since 1999.  She has been
 the day-to-day manager and supervisor of the Governor's Policy Office, and
 coordinates policy development, implementation and evaluation activities
 across the 18 agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction.  Her substantive
 area of expertise is public-safety policy with particular emphasis on
 social-science research, decision support systems, and the application of
 technology solutions.  She serves on several senior policy committees
 overseeing major Administration technology initiatives such as the JNET
 justice network, "Pennsylvania Open-4-Business," the PA PowerPort, and the
 Pennsylvania State Police's Integrated Information Management System.
     Labecki previously was Executive Policy Specialist in the Governor's
 Criminal Justice Policy Office; Director of the Bureau of Management
 Information Systems and Director of the Office of Planning, Research, and
 Statistics for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections; a research analyst
 in the Pennsylvania Insurance Department's Policy and Research Development
 Office of Policy Research, Enforcement and Consumer Education; and a
 Pennsylvania Management Intern in the Governor's Office of Administration.
     Concurrent to her state employment, Labecki has been a consultant to the
 National Institute of Corrections' Training Academy in Longmont, Colorado.
     Labecki received her bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College, Adams
 County, and her master's degree in psychology from the Pennsylvania State
 University.
     Labecki, 37, lives in New Cumberland with her husband, George, and their
 son, Nicholas.
     McNulty moves into the new position of Deputy Chief of Staff for
 Technology Initiatives.
     McNulty previously served as Executive Deputy Secretary of the Department
 of Community and Economic Development (DCED); and Policy Director for DCED
 since 1995, where he has served on the team implementing Gov. Ridge's strategy
 to create jobs and strengthen communities.
     "As Pennsylvania's technology community already knows, Tim McNulty has
 played a special role in this Administration," Gov. Ridge said.  "He is one of
 the brightest technology minds this state has seen, and he has earned my
 confidence and trust.
     "The new position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Technology Initiatives is a
 tribute both to Tim's place in my Administration and to the place of
 technology on my agenda."
     Before joining the Administration, McNulty was Executive Director of the
 Center for Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University, where he
 directed the Pittsburgh Regional Revitalization Initiative for the Allegheny
 Conference on Community Development; and Executive Director of the Council for
 Great Lakes Governors.
     He received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University, Indiana, and
 his master's degree in public policy from the University of Illinois in
 Chicago.
     McNulty, 42, lives in New Cumberland, with his wife, Sally, and their two
 children, Katie and Sam.
 
     CONTACT:  Tim Reeves, Press Secretary of Pennsylvania Office of the
 Governor, 717-783-1116.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge
 today appointed three Administration officials to his Senior Staff:  Lisa
 Baker, of Luzerne County, as Deputy Chief of Staff; Lee Ann Labecki, of
 Cumberland County, as Policy Director; and Timothy McNulty, of Cumberland
 County, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Technology Initiatives.
     "As diligent public servants for Pennsylvania and as trusted advisers to
 me -- Lisa, Lee Ann and Tim have earned these key positions on my Senior
 Staff," Gov. Ridge said.  "I am truly blessed to have such talented,
 experienced and committed people, ready and willing to step up and serve
 Pennsylvania in important roles."
     Baker replaces Duncan Campbell as a Deputy Chief of Staff.
     "As Director of my Northeastern Pennsylvania Office, Lisa has offered me
 invaluable advice on the wide range of issues facing Pennsylvanians in the
 17 counties in the Northeast and the Lehigh Valley," Gov. Ridge said.  "Now,
 she will be an invaluable asset to all Pennsylvanians."
     Baker has served as the Director of the Governor's Northeast Regional
 Office since 1995.  Based in Wilkes-Barre, she has been responsible for
 Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe,
 Montour, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne
 and Wyoming counties.
     She previously served as Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff to Sen.
 Charles D. Lemmond Jr. (R-Luzerne); Research Assistant to Senate President Pro
 Tempore Robert C. Jubelirer (R-Blair); and Public Information/Alumni
 Coordinator for Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke.
     She serves as a member of the Council of Trustees, Shippensburg
 University, Cumberland County; the Public Policy Committee of the United Way
 of Wyoming Valley; the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus Advisory Board; the
 Board of Directors of Leadership Wilkes-Barre; and the Board of Directors of
 the Great Valley Technology Alliance.
     She was the Northeastern Pennsylvania Coordinator for the Tom Ridge for
 Governor Campaign in 1994.
     She received her bachelor's degree in government administration from
 Shippensburg University.
     Baker, 39, lives in Lehman Township with her husband, Gary, and their son,
 Carson.
     Gov. Ridge appointed Labecki as Policy Director -- replacing Charles B.
 Zogby, who the Governor nominated to be Education Secretary.  Labecki was
 Zogby's top deputy.
     "Charles would be the first to say that our Policy Office could not have
 succeeded as it has without the talents of Lee Ann Labecki," Gov. Ridge said.
 "I am confident she will continue to generate the innovative ideas, policies
 and initiatives that have been the hallmark of this Administration and the
 `New Pennsylvania.'"
     Labecki has served as Deputy Director of Policy since 1999.  She has been
 the day-to-day manager and supervisor of the Governor's Policy Office, and
 coordinates policy development, implementation and evaluation activities
 across the 18 agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction.  Her substantive
 area of expertise is public-safety policy with particular emphasis on
 social-science research, decision support systems, and the application of
 technology solutions.  She serves on several senior policy committees
 overseeing major Administration technology initiatives such as the JNET
 justice network, "Pennsylvania Open-4-Business," the PA PowerPort, and the
 Pennsylvania State Police's Integrated Information Management System.
     Labecki previously was Executive Policy Specialist in the Governor's
 Criminal Justice Policy Office; Director of the Bureau of Management
 Information Systems and Director of the Office of Planning, Research, and
 Statistics for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections; a research analyst
 in the Pennsylvania Insurance Department's Policy and Research Development
 Office of Policy Research, Enforcement and Consumer Education; and a
 Pennsylvania Management Intern in the Governor's Office of Administration.
     Concurrent to her state employment, Labecki has been a consultant to the
 National Institute of Corrections' Training Academy in Longmont, Colorado.
     Labecki received her bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College, Adams
 County, and her master's degree in psychology from the Pennsylvania State
 University.
     Labecki, 37, lives in New Cumberland with her husband, George, and their
 son, Nicholas.
     McNulty moves into the new position of Deputy Chief of Staff for
 Technology Initiatives.
     McNulty previously served as Executive Deputy Secretary of the Department
 of Community and Economic Development (DCED); and Policy Director for DCED
 since 1995, where he has served on the team implementing Gov. Ridge's strategy
 to create jobs and strengthen communities.
     "As Pennsylvania's technology community already knows, Tim McNulty has
 played a special role in this Administration," Gov. Ridge said.  "He is one of
 the brightest technology minds this state has seen, and he has earned my
 confidence and trust.
     "The new position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Technology Initiatives is a
 tribute both to Tim's place in my Administration and to the place of
 technology on my agenda."
     Before joining the Administration, McNulty was Executive Director of the
 Center for Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University, where he
 directed the Pittsburgh Regional Revitalization Initiative for the Allegheny
 Conference on Community Development; and Executive Director of the Council for
 Great Lakes Governors.
     He received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University, Indiana, and
 his master's degree in public policy from the University of Illinois in
 Chicago.
     McNulty, 42, lives in New Cumberland, with his wife, Sally, and their two
 children, Katie and Sam.
 
     CONTACT:  Tim Reeves, Press Secretary of Pennsylvania Office of the
 Governor, 717-783-1116.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the Governor