Val DiGiorgio
Chairman

Val DiGiorgio was born and raised in South Philadelphia and has been involved in Republican politics since he was 17 years old. Val was an active member of the Temple University College Republicans and upon graduating, he worked with the Philadelphia Young Republicans while also serving as a Republican committeeman.

When Val moved to Chester County he volunteered on numerous campaigns and committees. He showed leadership potential serving on a number of local and statewide campaigns and quickly climbed the ranks of the party serving as:

  • GOP Committeeman 1989-1993
  • Attorney, Governor Ridge Administration, 1995-1997
  • Chief of Staff to State Senator Melissa Hart, 1997-1999
  • Executive Committee, Finance Chairman and Treasurer, Chester County GOP, 2000-2005
  • Southeast Political Director, Mike Fisher for Governor, 2002
  • Chester County Bush for President Chairman 2004
  • Chester County Tom Corbett for Governor Chairman, 2010
  • Governor-Elect Tom Corbett Transition Team Attorney, 2011
  • Chester County Republican Party Chairman, 2011-Present

In 2005, Val was elected as the Chester County Controller, where he spent two terms working to make government operate more efficiently. He was elected Chairman of the Republican Committee of Chester County in 2011 and has served proudly since then. The Chester County YR’s recognized Val with their prestigious ‘Honorary Young Republican Award’ in 2012 for his years of dedicated service to the party. His vision and passion is for leveraging Republican principles to revitalize urban neighborhoods.

Val DiGiorgio is currently a partner with Stradley Ronon in Malvern. He handles all legal aspects of financial services, including commercial lending and tax-exempt financing for 501(c)(3) entities, governmental units and other entities. He regularly advises banks and financial institution clients on state and federal regulatory issues, including consumer compliance and broader financial issues.

Val served as an attorney for the Pennsylvania Department of Banking from April 1995 to February 1997. He then served as Chief of Staff for Senator Melissa A. Hart from February 1997 to February 1999. Val served as the Chester County Controller from 2005-2011. In this role he was responsible for maintaining, for Chester County, proper accounting records and processes, paying County bills, managing payroll and retirement benefits on behalf of County employees, performing internal audits for County departments, and preparing the County’s annual comprehensive annual financial reports. Previously he served as an attorney for former Gov. Tom Ridge and as an auditor for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. DiGiorgio was recognized as “an up and coming star in Pennsylvania politics,” by The Legal Intelligencer’s “50 on the Fast Track.” Val currently serves on the Independence Blue Cross Board.

Val and his wife Carolina reside in West Whiteland Township with their five children.

Bernie Comfort
Vice Chairwoman

Bernadette “Bernie” Comfort was elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party on February 4, 2017. Bernie has nearly two decades of experience working to promote and elect Republican candidates throughout Pennsylvania. Bernie is an experienced coalition leader and has served in leadership positions on statewide campaigns in Pennsylvania over the last two decades.

For sixteen years Bernie has promoted the advancement of women in all walks of life through her work as the Executive Director of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series and the Dodie Londen Series in Arizona. As the manager for these executive leadership programs Bernie has developed a network that includes leaders in business, non-profit and politics and has increased her networking, fundraising and training skills while training hundreds of public leaders. She served as a Commissioner for the PA Commission for Women, serves as a state committee member from Lehigh County and also serves as a local committeewoman for the Lehigh County Republican Committee. Bernie often volunteers regularly on various campaigns.

Bernie’s passion is to connect people and solve problems. Bernie previously served in various management positions at Chatham University including work as the Executive Director of the Center for Women in Politics in Pennsylvania and the Associate Dean of Students.

Having been born in Philadelphia, raised in the Lehigh Valley and lived in Western, PA for over a decade, Bernie has a great appreciation for the Commonwealth and all it has to offer. Most importantly, Bernie is busy raising a future public leader in her seven year old daughter, Luci.

Christine Toretti
National Committeewoman

A pioneer in many walks of life, Christine Toretti is the former Chairman and CEO of the S. W. Jack Drilling Co., the largest privately-held land-based drilling company in the United States. She serves as Vice Chairman of S&T Bancorp and is a former director of the Pittsburgh Federal Reserve Bank. Her astute business acumen, her ability to transcend gender-biases in the workplace, and her reputation as a business turn-around expert, make her a much sought-after advisor.

In addition, Christine serves on many non-profit boards including the International Medical Corps, an NGO that has been lauded as the most fiscally efficient in the world while serving those distressed with distinction. That passion for supporting the not for profit arena, transcends many areas. She has served as Chair of The Andy Warhol Museum, founding director of the Gettysburg Foundation and numerous higher education institutions and systems. Christine is the Founder and Chair of both the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series in Pennsylvania and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series in Arizona, training programs designed to educate, empower and advance Republican women.

Governor Tom Ridge so respected her leadership that he appointed her to Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and subsequently adopted a plan crafted by her to fund investments in higher education in new and innovative ways. In 2002, Indiana University of Pennsylvania conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Governor Mark Schweiker appointed her as his representative on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. President George W. Bush appointed her to the Rural Telephone Bank where she served as Vice Chair. In 2007, she was elected Chair of the Committee of 200, an organization of the most influential female CEOs in the world. She is also a founding member of the Belizean Grove. Recently, she was elected to the Board of Directors of CEO.

With a family tradition of political activism, Christine has been recognized as an extraordinary fundraiser for candidates and party organizations in the local, state, and national arena and serves as National Committeewoman of Pennsylvania to the Republican National Committee. She served as Co-Chair of the RNC Finance Committee in the 2011-12 election cycle and held the position of Secretary of the 2012 RNC Convention. A force within her industry, the Bush administration sought her input by placing her on the National Petroleum Council and the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. In 2014, Toretti was elected to the board of the Republican State Leadership Committee where she is leading the effort to significantly increase the number of women in elected office across the nation. Named a trustee of the Sarah Scaife Foundation, Christine is an active funder of conservative causes.

If you would ask Christine what is her prime motivation, she would say it is two-fold. First, her commitment to her three sons is paramount and she is compelled to political activism because of her concern for their future. Second, she has a deep commitment to women in great part to the experiences she encountered in the totally male-dominated oil and gas industry. She crosses the nation constantly to promote Republican candidates and had created an annual retreat for female corporate leaders from all over the world. She is the founder of Women Lead PAC, a Super PAC that supports women running in federal elections.

A recipient of numerous awards, she insists that her greatest gifts are her sons: Joe (29), Max (26), and Matthew (24). When available, she has coached their baseball teams and also challenged them on the ice in hockey.

Outside interests include the architecture of Andrea Palladio, the art of the Renaissance, and hiking anywhere in the world.

National Committeeman

A Business Person

Board of Directors’ Co-Chairman, Asher’s Chocolates (4th generation family candy business of C.A. Asher), major candy-making and national distribution center at Souderton, PA, with operations also in Historic Germantown area of Philadelphia and Lewistown, PA.

Asher’s annually produces more than 6 million pounds of confectioneries for national and international distribution.

An Involved Citizen

  • Pennsylvania member of Republican National Committee, appointed 1998
  • Chairman, Development Committee, Nature Conservancy of Pennsylvania
  • Board of Directors, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Advisory Board; and Salvation Army, Philadelphia Region
  • Member, Pennsylvania Society
  • Philadelphia Zoological Society
  • Session of Oreland (PA) Presbyterian Church
  • Union League of Philadelphia
  • Academy Club of Germantown Academy
  • Leadership Council, Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania
  • Avalon (NJ) Yacht Club
  • Old York Road Country Club, Gwynedd, PA
  • Chairman, Republican Party of Pennsylvania, 1983-1986
  • Chairman, Montgomery State County (PA) Republican Committee, 1978-1986
  • State Chairman, PA Governor Dick Thornburgh’s successful re-election campaign committee, 1982
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention, Detroit 1980 and Dallas 1984
  • Commissioner, Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA 1968-1971
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention, 2000-2012

Civic Recognition

  • Humanitarian Award, Montgomery County (PA) Association for Retarded Citizens
  • Special Award/Recognition, Valley Forge (PA) Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Good Citizenship Award, Union League of Philadelphia

Educational Attainments

  • Graduate, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and Commerce, Philadelphia, B.S. in Economics (Class of 1960)
  • Graduate, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA (Class of 1955)

Military Service

  • U.S. Army veteran, active duty and reserve status

Personal Data

  • Married to former Joyce Webb, with three children, son Jeff, daughters Jill and Jodi, all married and with three grandchildren.
  • Montgomery County, PA resident more than 35 years.
Deputy Chairman

Renee is a long time advocate of clinically appropriate and cost effective alternatives to more expensive care. Trained as a Registered Nurse, with a Masters degree in Counseling and Administration, Ms. Amoore has earned an enviable reputation for innovative treatment approaches for persons with mental illness, addictive disorders, mental retardation and others.

In 1992, she was elected to and currently serves as a member of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. In 1996, she was elevated to the position of Deputy Chair of this group and is increasingly recognized nationally for the work she is doing to bring more people of color into the Republican Party. In 1996, she was appointed to serve as an alternate delegate to the Pennsylvania Delegation at the Republican National Convention in San Diego. Currently she chairs the Pennsylvania New Majority Council. In 1999 she was named Montgomery County Republican of the Year and was placed on the Movers and Shakers List by the NAUW. Also in 1999 she was awarded the Eveyln McPhail award for political activism by the Republican National Committee.

Ms. Amoore is founder and president of The Amoore Group, which includes Amoore Health Systems, Inc., 521 Management Group, Inc., and Ramsey Educational and Development Institute, Inc. These companies provide economic development and job creation opportunities, government liaison, marketing, and public relations services at both corporate and educational training programs.

Her activities are expanding to international levels as she coordinates progressive programs in South Africa in conjunction with its newly formed government. Ms. Amoore also serves as Chairman of Gov. Tom Ridge’s Advisory Committee on African American Affairs, and in 1998 was named as a member of the newly formed Human Resources Investment Council.

Ms. Amoore’s interest in the community is an extension of her commitment to service. Toward that end, in 1991 she was elected as an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the Upper Merion School District — the first African-American ever elected to the office — and she served as Board Vice President for four years. An energetic leader, she has been active in many professional and community organizations. They include the NAACP, the American Legion Auxiliary, Negro Business and Professional Women, Martin Luther King, Jr. Association, both Philadelphia and King of Prussia Chambers of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, African American Museum Board of Directors, Drexel University Board of Trustees and Elkins Park Hospital Board of Trustees. She hosts a community service oriented talk radio show on WHAT-FM.

Ms. Amoore has received many awards, including Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, National Registry of Who’s Who, Black Achievers Award, Pennsylvania’s Honor Roll for Women, NAACP Award for Community Service in Education and the “Class of ’98” from Main Line Today magazine. Ms. Amoore was honored by Elizabeth Dole as an Outstanding Entrepreneur for her achievements in the business community.

Treasurer

Roles:

  • Co-Founder & Chairman of Computer Enterprises Inc (since 1993)
  • Board of Directors for Port Authority of Allegheny County (2013-Present)
  • Host of Radio Show “The Raja Show” on KDKA (1020AM) (2013-2016)
  • Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) (2013-2016)
  • Past President of Mt. Lebanon Commission (2010; elected to Commission 2008-2012)
  • Past President of TiE Pittsburgh (elected in 2008 for 2008 -2009) and Board Member (2008-2012)
  • Founding Chair of the University of Pittsburgh Computer Science Industry Board (2003 to 2008)
  • Venture Capitalist with Pittsburgh Equity Partners (2010 – Present)
  • Judge for Carnegie Science Awards for Entrepreneur Categories (2010 – Present)
  • Judge for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (2013)

Education:

  • MBA (honors) from Carnegie Mellon University (2001)
  • MS Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh (1989)

Awards:

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Waynesburg University (2016)
  • Carnegie Science Center Entrepreneur of the Year for established business (2009)
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2008)
  • Diamond Award for Regions Leading CEOs and Presidents for large business (2008)
  • Smart Business Pacesetters Award for CEO excellence (2007)

Accomplishments:

  • CEI is a leading national firm providing cutting edge IT solutions to over 60% of the Fortune 50 and other businesses in the United States. Raja started CEI in spare bedroom of his townhouse in 1993 and has since successfully grown the company to several hundred employees with offices throughout the United States.
  • As Commissioner in Mt. Lebanon, lead the initiative to address budget issues not only to tackle severe shortfalls but also to the pass the first planned tax cut in 2009 in the history of Mt. Lebanon. Again lead the initiative to reduce the taxes in 2011 to offset a new storm water fee.
  • Initiated and Chaired the University of Pittsburgh’s Computer Science Industry Board to better align the curriculum with industry and to enhance entrepreneurship among students within the Department. The Industry Board is now an established organization within the University with representation from our region’s leading firms such as Alcoa, Bank of New York Mellon, FedEx, Google, PNC Bank, U.S. Steel and Westinghouse.
  • Initiated the “Business Mentoring Roundtable” (BMR) which is now a core component of TiE Pittsburgh (an organization with the region’s leading entrepreneurs and CEOs as its leadership). The BMR focuses on providing mentoring to startup businesses with the objective of these businesses staying / growing in our region.
  • Led the economic development initiatives of CONNECT (with official representation from Pittsburgh and 38 municipalities) to target our region becoming the leader in terms of economic and job growth with innovation.

Personal:

  • Lives in Mt. Lebanon PA with wife, Neeta (Doctor, Internal Medicine), and their two daughters, Isana (14 years) and Omisa (12 years).
Andy Reilly
Secretary

As Secretary of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and Chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party, Andy Reilly has played a critical role in electing Republicans at both the county and state levels.

Chairman Reilly was elected twice to serve four (4) year terms as a member of the Delaware County Council, the governing body for the County of Delaware. During his tenure on the five-member Council, Andy led the effort to revitalize older industrial areas of Delaware County while at the same time preserve the quickly diminishing open spaces. These efforts led to two major redevelopment projects along the Delaware River (Harris Casino and PPL Park Soccer Stadium), the preservation of hundreds of acres of open space across Delaware County.

Chairman Reilly is a member of the board and volunteer solicitor to the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum and also serves on the Board of the Delaware River Port Authority and Delaware County Solid Waste Authority. The former Chairman of the Delaware County Young Republicans, Reilly, is also a past recipient of the Man of the Year Award from the Delaware County Sons of St. Patrick.

A managing partner with the law firm Swartz Campbell LLC, Chairman Reilly’s law practice focuses on areas of civil litigation and municipal law, and he has represented numerous businesses, authorities and individuals regarding litigation, transactions, and employment issues. He is a member of both the Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice before Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts, the U.S. District Court of Appeals in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Chairman Reilly is a graduate of Susquehanna University, where he majored in Finance and Marketing, and the Delaware School of Law. He currently resides in his hometown of Middletown Township with his wife, Denise and three children.

Assistant Secretary

Employment

  • Nazareth Area Middle School, 1978-present
    Member of the Red Team: Seventh and Eighth grade English teacher. Served on numerous committees including the district-wide Portfolio Project and the School-to-Work Program. Assisted in the organization of field trips and interdisciplinary units. Coordinated assemblies, including the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Bob Durough of School House Rock fame and Lieutenant Governor Mark Schweiker.
  • Northampton County Government 1989-1997
    The first Republican woman to be elected to county-wide office. Served two terms on Northampton County Council-at-Large position. Worked conscientiously to limit government waste while providing such essential services such as the 911 emergency system.
  • Upper Nazareth Township, 1985-1986
    Served as township Supervisor and treasurer. Responsible for entire township budget, including record keeping, disbursements and auditing.

Political Affiliations

  • Northampton County Republican Committee, Chairman and Committee Member, 1998-present
  • Republican Party of Pennsylvania, 1984-present
  • Unanimously elected on Governor Tom Ridge’s endorsed slate to Assistant Secretary in 1996. Re-elected in 2009.
  • Registration Chairman, 1998
    For the first time in recent Northampton County history, the Republicans out-registered the Democrats.
  • Committeeperson, 1965-present.
  • Currently represents Bushkill Township, Cherry Hill district.

Community Activities

  • Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, 1982-present
    Board member. Assisted in planning direction and scope of activities for the Chamber Orchestra, specifically educational endeavors.
  • Friends of Nazareth Memorial Library
  • Nazareth Women’s Club
  • Jacobsburg Historical Society
  • Nazareth Heritage Committee
  • League of Women Voters

Family

  • Children: Michael Ferraro, Mary Alice Einfalt and Mark Ferraro
  • Eight Grandchildren
General Counsel

Managing Partner of Lamb McErlane PC based in West Chester, PA — has joined our team as General Counsel. Aside from being an experienced election law attorney, Joel has served our Party as the long-time Solicitor for the Republican Committee of Chester County. He has been involved in numerous local, state and national campaigns over the years. Outside of politics, Joel commits his time to serving as Chair of the Board for the national non-profit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation whose mission is to fight and find a cure for pediatric cancer. He is also a Commissioner on the State Athletic Commission, having been nominated by Governor Corbett.

 

Executive Director

Rob Brooks is the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. Since 2013, Rob served as a consultant for campaigns at all levels of government, specializing in campaign strategy, grassroots, and advertising. Prior to that, Rob served as the Chester County Republican Party’s Executive Director for six years. Rob is a graduate of Widener University.

Finance Director

Laura Wagoner is currently the Finance Director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. Prior to this role, Laura served as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Chester County where she oversaw and implemented strong fundraising efforts and managed a base of over 1,500 grassroots volunteers. She is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and working toward a Masters of Public Administration from West Chester University. Laura is also the National committeewoman for the Pennsylvania Young Republicans.

Communications Director

Greg Manz serves as the Communications Director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society, Greg most recently served as President Trump’s Pennsylvania Communications Director. Greg is a seasoned Pennsylvania campaign operative with a keen sense of politics and interpersonal skills. Specifically, Greg specializes in creative message development, strategic communications, and media relations.

Political Director

Tim Lagerman serves as the Political Director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Misericordia University, he most recently served as a site coordinator for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee. Tim has a strong background in grassroots campaigning, having worked as a GOP Regional Field Director in 2016 and as Northeast PA Field Director in 2014.  Tim’s experience stretches beyond Pennsylvania having helped win a runoff election in Louisiana with the RNC and he ran a successful campaign on behalf of the NRA in Richmond, Virginia.

Director of Operations

Stuart Keckler serves as the Director of Operations for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. He previously worked as Deputy Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Department of State during the Corbett administration, and as a Field Representative for the PA GOP during the 2010 election. Stuart is a native of Cumberland County, and a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College.

Deputy Political Director

Derrick Backer currently serves as the Deputy Political Director. After graduating from Bloomsburg University, Derrick took a job within Governor Corbett’s Administration. He then served as the Chief Aide to an Elected Official in New Jersey on the Budget Committee. He is the current Pennsylvania Young Republicans Treasurer.

Digital Coordinator

Mitchell Snyder serves as the Digital Coordinator for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. He is a student at Dickinson College where he is dual majoring in Economics and Law & Policy. Mitchell is also the Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans, the Digital Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Young Republicans, and Treasurer of the Cumberland County Young Republicans.