2013 is going to be an exciting year for the Republican Party. If you or someone you know is running for office and is not listed here, please contact John Shelp with a brief description and a photo. If you would like to get involved in helping out for any of these campaigns, please contact Tom Geffers for more information.
Monroe County Coroner
Robert M. Allen
A resident of Monroe County for over 40 years, I am the current Coroner of Monroe County. I am also a former Coroner, a position I held for over 20 years from 1978 to 1998. After 1998, I remained a Deputy until being appointed Coroner by Governor Tom Corbett in 2011. I have also been a licensed funeral director in the State of Pennsylvania since 1967. I was co-owner of Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home before retiring from the funeral home several years ago. I belong to a long list of clubs and organizations and I am very active within Monroe County. My family includes my wife, Traci; three daughters, Kim Lladoc, Lisa Tirjan and her husband Tim, and Amanda Dennard and four beautiful grandchildren. My family is the reason for my continued inspiration.
During my current appointment, I have grown the Coroner’s Office staff to 12 well-trained investigative Deputies in order to ensure 24/7 coverage. Currently, the Coroner’s Office handles over 1,000 cases per year to meet the needs of the County. I have effectively managed taxpayer dollars, cutting waste and bringing in $62,000 of new revenue since 2011. I have developed a close working relationship with law enforcement agencies, emergency responders, the District Attorney’s Office, consulting medical examiners and experts, private physicians, nursing homes, hospice care organizations, other County Coroners and funeral directors to ensure that the highest quality of service is rendered.
I have had many accomplishments since being appointed to Coroner in 2011, but I understand more work needs to be done. When re-elected I will bring more awareness to the community, raise the bar with current technology, invest in more hands-on training and find more efficient ways to manage the Coroner’s Office budget.
The Coroner’s Office needs to be managed with experience and consistency, and because of my analytical nature and long history with the Office, I am the person for this position.
Magisterial District Judge 43-4-02
Barrett, Paradise, and Price Townships
Pocono Township Police Chief Phillip Riley is running for the Magisterial District Judge position covering Barrett, Paradise and Price Townships. The seat is being vacated by District Judge John Whitesell who is retiring.
Riley, 50, of Cresco, son of John and Phyllis Riley of Scotrun, is a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He and his wife, Jeanne O’Boyle Riley have lived in Paradise Valley for almost 30 years, raising three children, Monica Hermes, Rachel and Miles Riley.
“I have been an active member of this community for almost 30 years, 29 years in local law enforcement, and 18 years as the D.A.R.E. officer for the Pocono Mountain School District. I feel I have the background and the maturity to apply the law fairly”.
After graduating from Pocono Central Catholic High School, Riley served four years in the United States Air Force as a military police officer. He returned to Monroe County and after a short time in corrections, was hired as a police officer in Pocono Township as a Patrolman. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1994 and to Chief of Police in 2011.
Riley is a former board member and coach of the Pocono Mountain East Youth Association, former Athletic Director and coach at Msgr. McHugh School, current member and past President of the Tannersville Lions Club. He currently serves as the President of the Paradise Zoning Hearing Board and is a member of the Barrett Youth Intermural Basketball League. He and his family are active members of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Mt. Pocono.
Riley has received multiple awards and acknowledgements throughout his career including Citizen of the Year awards from the Tannersville Lions Club in 2002 and Paradise Township in 2010.
East Stroudsburg School Board
3174 PINE VALLEY WAY
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA 18302
CANDIDATE FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR – EAST STROUDSBURG AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
7 year resident of
Middle Smithfield Township
Married to Judy for 46 years
HOA board member positions as President and Finance Chair
Member of Middle Smithfield Township Planning Commission
Member of Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church
B.S. Industrial Marketing – Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan
MBA - Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan
Management responsibilities over 35 years with AT&T and Lucent Technologies in the areas of finance, sales, marketing, human resources, college & university relations and operations
5 years as controller for a small business in the international spice brokerage field
WHAT I WILL BRING TO THE SCHOOL BOARD IF ELECTED
Application of extensive financial experience to the business of management of district finances
Encourage the board to increase focus on curriculum and educational improvement efforts
Honesty, integrity and the desire to help all students reach their potential
East Stroudsburg School Board
A resident of East Stroudsburg for over ten years, Ryan Stevens is currently a junior full-time student at East Stroudsburg University, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with academic minors in both German and Economics. He is a 2010 graduate of East Stroudsburg High School South and currently serves as a member of the Monroe County Republican Committee, representing Middle Smithfield Township. He also presently serves as the American Student Director for Euro-Sim 2013, which is a program that gathers both undergraduate and graduate students from across Europe and the United States to participate in a simulation of the European Union.
During Ryan’s time at East Stroudsburg University he has been active on campus and in the community, being involved in the ESU Honors Program, the German Club and re-introducing the ESU College Republicans in an effort to reach out to the youth and encourage political engagement. In addition, he was recently selected to attend an academic seminar in Washington, D.C. to study the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
As a full-time student who also works thirty hours a week, he has not let his busy schedule impact his desire to help serve the community at large. Ryan prescribes to the belief that “all politics is local” and as a result feels that this is a very important election. He believes that the East Stroudsburg School Board needs to be filled with members who understand how to better the educational value that children are receiving within the district and ensuring that tax dollars are not wasted in the process. As a recent graduate of the district, Ryan is able to offer first-hand experience with issues the district faces and must address.
It will only serve as a plus that the district will finally have someone who can relate to the students and be able to offer a completely new viewpoint which has evaded the board up until this point. It is time for a new voice; one that will be spoken by Ryan Stevens.
East Stroudsburg School Board
I am a recently retired resident of Monroe County, living in Middle Smithfield Township for the last 23 years and I would like to take a more active role in my community. I believe that the East Stroudsburg School District would benefit from new directors. My goal is to balance the educational needs of our children with the concerns of the staff and the taxpayers.
My work experience has been in educational settings, working at Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA and Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD. For the last 17 years I worked for Penn State Cooperative Extension. Duties included assisting educators, managing funds, making purchases, researching information and assisting clients.
I am the mother of three grown sons who have each graduated from East Stroudsburg High School. I am married to The Reverend Dr. Donald R. Billeck, an intentional interim minster for the NE Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
I believe that as a lifelong learner, my work and life experience, along with common sense will allow me to assess the challenges in the school district. I look forward to an opportunity to help our school district improve and progress and consider the burdens of the taxpayers
Stroudsburg School Board
DeAna Visaggi Susinskas combines the passion of a Stroudsburg School District graduate and parent and the fiscal know how of a career in accountancy. She is a passionate member of the Stroudsburg community and believes in the importance of education to that community.
After growing up in Hamilton Township, Susinskas is currently a resident of Stroudsburg Borough, married to her husband Joseph, a police officer for Stroud Area Police Department, and a proud parent of two sons, Rocco, 10 and Jack 7. For the past two years, she has been an active volunteer and PTA president at Ramsey Elementary. At the same time, she has built a successful career. Suskinskas earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Cedar Crest College and began a career in banking. After working in commercial and business lending, she is presently working as a Commercial Relationship Manager in Stroudsburg for National Penn Bank.
DeAna Susinskas is a dedicated member of this community. In addition to her career and volunteer work at Ramsey, Susinskas is active in the Pocono Chamber of Commerce, is on the funds distribution committee of the United Way, volunteers with Meals on Wheels and is a member of the Optimist Club.
Stroudsburg School Board
Kelli Mercurio believes that schools are the foundation of a strong community, a community that she is deeply committed to serving.
Employed by Colonial Intermediate Unit #20, Kelli works with children and families in the home, school, and community settings as a part time Mobile Therapist and Behavioral Specialist Consultant. As a breast cancer survivor, she is the Co-director of Breast Friends of PA, a non-profit organization serving women and families impacted by breast and ovarian cancers. Kelli volunteers time to co-facilitate a monthly Caregivers Support group through the Alzheimer's Association. She served as a PTA president at Morey Elementary for 2 years and continues to volunteer time in the school district.
Kelli lives in Stroud Township with her husband, John and two sons, Jonathan, 12 and Daniel, 10. She earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from Marywood University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Lycoming College. Kelli is an active member of East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, and serves on the Youth Advisory Team. With both sons playing baseball, Kelli volunteers time with Little League, as well as basketball and wrestling.