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Staff and Consultants

STAFF  
   
Dr. Mark DiRocco- Executive Director
Mark began his tenure as PASA's Executive Director in January 2017.  Previously, he served as Superintendent of the Lewisburg Area School District and was the 2016 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year.

Contact for:  association positions and advocacy, general education issues, sponsorship and association matters, member services​

   

Virginia Montgomery - General Counsel
Virginia began her service as PASA’s General Counsel in October 2011. She oversees PASA's Legal Services Program and provides direct legal advice and representation to chief school administrators regarding public education employment issues in accordance with PASA's Legal Services Program. Prior to joining PASA, Virginia served Pennsylvania state government in both legal and policy positions, including as Senior Counsel and DIrector of Teacher Preparation and Certification in the Pennsylvania Department of Education; legal counsel and Acting Director of Equal Employment Opportunity int he Governor's Office of Administration; and Assistant General Counsel in the Governor's Office of General Counsel. Virginia also worked as a staff attorney for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Virginia graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, American Government and received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Temple University School of Law.
Contact for: contracts, legal advice & employment-related assistance
   
Dr. Sherri Smith - Director of Professional Development
Sherri joined the staff in May 2022, having most recently served as Deputy Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Prior to that, she served as the  superintendent of the Lower Dauphin SD for 14 years. In addition, Sherri served as PASA President in 2014-15 and as a member of the Board of Governors. Sherri was the recipient of the Leadership in Public Education Award in 2017, one of the PASA Awards of Achievement.

Contact for: PIL Act 45/
Act 48, professional development programs
   
Adam Kulikowski - Director of Communications
Adam joined the PASA team in June 2022 after a 13-year tenure as Communications Director at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. He’s an experienced communications strategist with a strong background content creation and design. He also founded and operates 4thdownmagazine.com, a website dedicated to high school football coverage in the Central PA area.  Adam is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University (’07) where he studied Communications/Journalism and served as Editor-in-Chief of the student-run newspaper, The Slate. When he’s not working, he enjoys teaching his Goldendoodle Roosevelt new tricks to bamboozle his loving wife, sim racing, lamenting the ups-and-downs of the Phillies and Eagles and spending time with family and friends. 
Contact for:  Legislative Committee minutes, website updates, newsletter and publication information, PASA Awards program details, E-Updates, and communications strategy questions
   
Anna Maria Stankoczi - Administrative Assistant
Anna Maria joined the staff in September 2021 in a full-time position, assisting the Executive Director, Legal Counsel, and PASA staff with office operations. Among her duties are general office support, processing membership, providing assistance in meeting/event planning, processing program and workshop registrations, and assisting the Executive Director with meeting planning for and communications with PASA committees and the Board of Governors. Anna Maria, a certified paralegal, earned a BA in English Literature & a Certificate of Teaching from Montclair State University, NJ.
Contact for: program/workshop registration and membership questions
   

Linda McKay - Deputy General Counsel
Linda began her service as PASA's Deputy General Counsel in January 2013. She provides direct legal advice and representation to chief school administrators regarding public education employment issues in accordance with PASA's Legal Services Program, under the direction of the PASA General Counsel. Prior to joining PASA, Linda served as the Director of Mediation for the Office of Dispute Resolution; as Assistant Counsel in the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and Linda also worked in private practice. Linda graduated, cum laude, from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts, and she received her Juris Doctor form Dickinson School of Law.
   
Deborah Banks - Financial Assistant
Deb joined the staff in September 2017 as a part-time administrative assistant and in 2021 became a part-time financial assistant.