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Staff and Consultants

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 Adminsitration; 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
Barbara Jewett Assistant to the Executive Director

Barbara joined the staff in November 1997.  Her responsibilities include assisting with governance and operations, managing communications, including the monthly newsletter, website and legislative information & updates, and coordinating association services and programs. Prior to joining PASA, Barbara worked as a legislative assistant for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, legislative assistant for the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association and as a high school English/Communications teacher.

Contact for: Legislative and Resolutions Committees, website, newsletter and publications, PASA Awards program, E-Update
Jolene Zelinski - Administrative/Financial Officer

Jolene joined the staff in December 1999. Jolene's responsibilities include overseeing the financial affairs and membership operations of the association, office management, communicating with the Board of Governors, and coordinating the activities of the Women's Caucus.

Contact for: program/workshop registration, Women's Caucus, Board of Governors, membership questions, sponsorship

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 - Administrative Support

Deb joined the staff in September 2017 as a part-time administrative assistant. In her role, she answers phones, prepares meeting materials, makes meeting/program arrangements and provides general office support. 
Connie R. Kindler - PASA Consultant for Professional Development

Connie works as a consultant with the PASA Professional Development Committee and PASA staff to design the association's program of professional development. Connie previously served as the superintendent in the Camp Hill School District and also worked in the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Contact for: Act 48/PIL, professional development programs