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Several Middletown business leaders part of Dauphin County COVID-19 recovery task force


Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick III are launching the Reopen and Restore Dauphin County Task Force to help craft a recovery and resiliency plan as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they announced Friday.

Several leaders with local ties will serve in some capacity, including Robin Pellegrini, owner of Alfred's Victorian restaurant and part of the Middletown Business Association; and Matt Tunnell, co-owner, Lift Development LLC. He formerly chaired the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority. He is a 1988 graduate of Middletown Area High School and served on borough council before being appointed to the authority. He lives in Derry Township, and is a partner in the company that developed and owns Nittany Place, home to up to hundreds of Penn State Harrisburg students during the academic year.

“Our focus has always been what’s best for the people of Dauphin County,” Haste said. “This task force will help support businesses and communities and provide best practices for the short- and long-term, understanding that circumstances and needs may change over time.”

As of May 29, Dauphin County has been in the yellow phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan. On June 19, the county will move into the green phase and have fewer restrictions.

“We appreciate these volunteers stepping up to serve on the task force and lay the groundwork for safely getting people back to work and rebuilding the economy,” said Pries, who oversees the county’s Department of Community and Economic Development. “Hearing from health experts, industry leaders and community members is a critical part of the recovery process and helps us address unmet needs.”

The Reopen and Restore Dauphin County Task Force consists of three advisory teams: 

• The Business Advisory Team. 

The Public Health and Safety Advisory Team.  

The Social Services Advisory Team. 

Each of these teams will focus on their key areas to gather information and make recommendations to the board; provide avenues of input for citizens and community groups to share and receive information with the county; and assist the board in creating an economic recovery plan.  

“In addition to safely opening businesses and communities, the task force will tackle mental health, hunger, unemployment, addiction and other issues that were compounded by the coronavirus crisis,” said Hartwick, who oversees the county human services agencies. “Our goal is to put Dauphin County in the best position to recover economically and socially, prepare for a possible resurgence of the virus and protect vulnerable populations.”

Information on the task force is available on the county’s website at

General comments and questions can be sent to

The Business Advisory Team

David Black, CEO/president, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

Mary Smith, executive director, Visit Harrisburg Hershey.

Frank Lynch, chairman, Susquehanna Township.

Jennifer Blom, programs and operations director, The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region.

Gary Lenker, executive director, Tri-County Housing Corp.

Leah Eppinger, executive director, Dauphin County Housing Authority.

Matt Steck, owner/partner, Greenlee Partners LLC.

Meron Yemane, financial adviser, Morgan Stanley & Smith Barney.

Jeannine Peterson, executive director, Hamilton Health Center.

Ralph Vartan, owner, Vartan Group.

Joe Massaro, general manager, Hilton Hotel/Hoteliers.

Casey Khuri, vice president, NAI CIR.

Amanda Sattazahn, vice president and senior real estate lender, Mid Penn Bank.

Matt Tunnell, co-owner, Lift Development LLC.

David Dix, government relations consultant and contractor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Kindler, president and CEO, National Fitness Partners, doing business as Planet Fitness.

Dr. John J. Sygielski, president, Harrisburg Area Community College.

Dr. Christine Cassel, chief dermatologist, Brownstone Dermatology Associates.

Margaret Parsons, director of government affairs, Greater Harrisburg Association.

Zak Tyminshki, banker, BB&T.

Brent Boyer, borough council vice president, Millersburg Borough.

Robin Pellegrini, owner, Alfred's Victorian, Middletown Business Association.

Joe Gusler, president, Central PA Building & Construction Trades.

The Rev. Arthur L. Brown, senior pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Wanda Williams, president, Harrisburg City Council.

Gloria Merrick, executive director, LHACC.

Shariah Brown, president, African American Chamber of Commerce.

The Rev. Duane Coleman, president, Interdenominational Ministers Conference.

The Public Health and Safety Advisory Team

Barry Albertson, director, Life Team EMS.

Jason Campbell, CEO, South Central EMS.

Scott Buchle, chief, Life Lion, Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Lisa Potteiger, chief deputy Dauphin County coroner.

Robert Burns, director, Area Agency on Aging.

Martyn Nevil, program manager, South Central Task Force.

Thomas Carter, police commissioner, Harrisburg Bureau of Police.

Adam Kosheba, public safety director, Lower Paxton Township Police Department.

Robert Martin, public safety director, Susquehanna Township Police Department.

Darrell Reider, public safety director, Swatara Township Police Department.

William Payne, chief, Linglestown Fire, Company 35.

Timothy Neiter, chief, Halifax Fire, Company 29.

The Social Services Advisory Team

Darrell Reinford, executive director, Christian Churches United.

Jim Gainer, executive director, Farm of Hope Inc., Hope Springs Farm.

Richard Curl, president and CEO, Harrisburg Area YMCA.

Otto Banks, HUD expert consultant, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

Dr. Oralia Dominic, PA Cancer Advisory Board Member, Hershey Medical

Mauricio Conde, vice president of business development and operations, TLR Business Solutions/Salvation Army.

Dr. Carrie DeLone, medical director, Geisinger Holy Spirit Medical Group.

Mary Quinn, executive director, YWCA.

Kelly Gollick, executive director, Contact Helpline.

Cynthia H. Chuang, chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Steve Catanese , president, SEIU 668, Social Services Union.

Dr. Baba Limann, ICU and pulmonary medicine, Penn State Hershey.

Dr. Jesus Vargas, associate site director, UPMC Pinnacle.

Dr. Herman Lawson, Geisinger Holy Spirit.

Pastor Franklynn Allen, president, NAACP.

Danny Albert, owner, Hero in the Fight.

Jennifer Wintermeyer, executive director, Tri-County Community Action.

Jamien Harvey, executive director, Camp Curtain YMCA.

Eric Waters, owner, SMART Preschool and day care.

Brenda Alton, pastor, Kingdom Embassy.

Joe Arthur, executive director, Central PA Food Bank.