Board & Staff
Board of Directors
George M. Book, Jr.
President & CEO - West Shore Chamber of Commerce
George grew up in South Central PA just outside of Chambersburg. He attended Messiah College and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Following graduation, he went to work for a financial institution and was there for 15 years before becoming the President and CEO for the West Shore Chamber of Commerce in 2012. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from Messiah College.
George currently serves on the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation Board as a Community Liaison; as a member of the Community Advisory Board of Harrisburg Academy; as a member of the HSEMS Central Advisory Committee; on the Board of Directors for Leadership Cumberland; as a member of the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors; and as a member of the Alumni Council of Messiah College.
He has been married for 20 years to his wife Abby. They live in Boiling Springs and have a daughter and 2 sons, age 15.
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Orrstown Bank
Barb has worked at Orrstown Bank for the past 17 years, with prior roles at Mellon Bank, CoreStates Bank and Financial Trust Company. She has served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Franklin County, as well as WIN Victim Services, United Way of Franklin County and the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
Scott E. Coburn
PA Association of Township Supervisors
Scott is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Cumberland. He is the General Counsel and Chief Information Officer for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, which represents about 1,450 townships around the state. Scott is a board member at UCP of Central Pennsylvania and is actively involved with the CV Softball Association and CV Youth Basketball Association. Scott lives in Hampden Township with his wife, Stacie, and their three daughters, Madison, Evelyn and Chelsea.
Barbara B. Cross
Barb is retired with 25 years service from the United States Marine Corps and is also a former Cumberland County Commissioner. It was through Barb's service with the County that she learned of the great program Leadership Cumberland has to offer. Barb's participation has been as a panelist for the Leadership Day of Government. She was honored to receive the 2012 Distinguished Service Award. Barb's community service includes the Bio-Medical Ethics committee of Carlisle Regional Hospital, Chatham University Alumni Board and Lay Ministry at St John's Episcopal Church, Carlisle.
President & CEO - Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce
Michelle has been the President and CEO of the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, since 1998. Prior to that, she spent five years with the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce as their Vice President of Marketing. While in Johnstown, she helped to develop their Leadership program. In addition to the Leadership Cumberland Board, she currently serves as a Board member of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation, the Downtown Carlisle Association and numerous other community organizations.
Interim CEO, Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation & the Cuberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Real Estate Collaborative LLC
As Interim Chief Executive Officer and COO for CAEDC, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership and support for Cumberland County’s designated economic development agency, real estate subsidiaries and destination marketing organization. Shireen is proud to lead a strong and passionate team of talented professionals that support a collaborative and partner-centric approach to good community development that supports the Commonwealth’s fastest growing County. Visitor growth and economic health are at the foundation of all actions. Shireen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Assistant Fire Chief, Carlisle Barracks
Taylor is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Public Administration. He is currently attending classes at Millersville University working towards a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness. Taylor holds numerous professional certifications with the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications. He has been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 1999. He has also completed the Federal Emergency Management Agency Professional Development Series and is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Taylor currently is a member of the Cumberland County Special Hazards Operations Team (SHOT), Dauphin County Hazmat Team, and the Colonial Park Fire Company. He also sits on the boards for the SHOT Team Executive Committee and on the Cumberland County Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) as the Government Liaison for Carlisle Barracks. Taylor has graduated as a fellow with the 2015-16 Leadership Cumberland class and has been actively involved with the program since August of 2015.
Sherry Hoover – Chairperson
Director of Medical Staff Services & Physician Recruitment Carlisle Regional Medical Center
Sherry has over 30 years experience in the healthcare field in the areas of regulatory compliance, credentialing and physician recruitment. She is currently a member of the Board & Community Investment Committee of the Carlisle Area Health & Wellness Foundation and a member of the Carlisle Area Healthcare Auxiliary Scholarship Committee. Sherry is a past Board member of United Way of Carlisle, First Night Carlisle, Susquehanna Ski Club and her church. Sherry holds national certifications as a Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist and Certified Professional in Medical Staff Management.
Director of Information Technology, Geisinger Holy Spirit
John Knapp is the Director of Information Technology at Geisinger Holy Spirit in Camp Hill. He is also Faculty and Guest Lecturer at Harrisburg University, in the Computer Engineering Department. In addition, John is a 2016 Leadership Cumberland graduate. John holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Engineering and Management, his undergraduate in Business Administration was completed at Central Penn. He is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer as well as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Systems. When John is not working, he can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife, two young daughters and his trusty Doberman.
Supervisor, Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC
Karen has worked for Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State University and served as a board member for the Government Finance Officers Association in the Central Pennsylvania Region.
Editor, Press And Journal in Middletown
Jason Maddux is a longtime journalist who has been the editor of award-winning newspapers in Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. After stints at The Sentinel in Carlisle and PennLive/The Patriot-News, he now is the editor of the Press And Journal in Middletown. He has served on newspaper association boards in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. As a Fellow in the Leadership Cumberland class of 2015 he served his internship on the Leadership Cumberland board. Being part of the class helped Jason learn about Cumberland County quickly, having just moved here. The program connected him to key people in the community, understand the challenges the area faces, learn about nonprofits and make friendships that he will value for years to come. A graduate of Boston University, he lives in South Middleton Township with his wife and two children.
John R. Martin – Secretary
John Martin, a founding member of the Harrisburg-based law firm, Pillar+Aught, is an experienced litigator who represents a variety of public and private clients in all aspects of employment law. John has successfully litigated cases before the state and federal court in Pennsylvania and across the United States. He advises clients on a myriad of employment law matters including gender, age, disability, and race discrimination, as well as claims alleging harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. Well-versed in a wide variety of employment practices, John counsels and train his clients on best practices to address their workplace challenges including: how to properly discipline employees, comply with wage and hour, EEO, and FMLA requirements, develop and implement effective workplace policies, and enforce employee non-compete agreements. He also writes and lectures frequently on a variety of topics including social media, wage and hour issues, and sexual harassment.
John was a fellow in the Leadership Cumberland class of 2013. John has stayed active with LC over years by participating as a board member and also as a guest panelist during the ethics class. Entirely unironically. John lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Jack and Sarah, in Herhsey, PA.
David K. Metz
First Vice President & Portfolio Manager-Morgan Stanley
David is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley where he is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has served on several boards and is currently serving as a board member for the Todd Bair Lindsey Foundation and campaign co-chair for the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County. He lives in Boiling Springs with his wife, Jennifer and their two children, Owen and Kathryn.
Dennette Moul, M.S. HRD
Associate Director for Human Resource Development at Dickinson College
Dennette has over 20 years of experience in human resource management, she has previously worked in healthcare, county government and has run her own consulting business. Dennette now works with Dickson College where she is responsible for the oversite of organizational development, training, wellness and performance management. Dennette received her Bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University. She is an alumna of LC, former guest faculty and currently serves as the committee chair for the Curriculum Committee. In addition to her work with Leadership Cumberland, she has served as past board co-chair of the Capital Region Partnership for Career Development and board member for the YWCA of Carlisle.
Financial Advisor, Orrstown Bank
Kyle has worked at Orrstown Bank since 2011 and joined the team at Orrstown Financial Advisors in 2015. He holds his Series 7 and 66 licenses. Kyle earned his BS in International Business and Business Administration from Grace College, Ind. in 2010. He is a 2017-18 graduate of Leadership Cumberland and also serves as a board member of the Carlisle Kiwanis Club. Kyle is also a collegiate soccer official. He, his wife, and two children live in Dillsburg.
Business Banking Assistant Vice President, M&T Bank
Joseph J. Vancosky
Executive Officer- Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, Carlisle Barracks
Joseph Vancosky currently serves as the Chief of the Business Office for the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Dunham U.S Army Health Clinic is comprised of four health clinics located throughout South Central Pennsylvania, an Army Wellness Center and a Senior Leader Sustainment Program which are both located on Carlisle Barracks.
Prior to moving to Carlisle in 2008 to work at Carlisle Barracks, Joe served in the United States Army for over 20 years as a commissioned officer in the Medical Service Corps. His military assignments spanned across the United States, South America, Europe and Southwest Asia.
Joe serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in Cumberland County, to include Leadership Cumberland and The Partnership for Better Health located. He is a decorated combat veteran and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Joe graduated Cum Laude from Kutztown University, was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Lehigh University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University.
Joe currently resides in Carlisle Pennsylvania with his wife Meredith who is a 1st grade teacher at Silver Spring Elementary School in the Cumberland Valley School District. The have three children: Bradley, a Registered Nurse employed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Bailey, a Senior business/marketing major at Westchester University of Pennsylvania; and Brandon, a Freshman ROTC Cadet attending Norwich University in Vermont.
Vice President, S&T Bank
Justin Witmer, Vice President and Commercial Lender of Integrity Bank, a division of S&T Bank, has been in banking for over 13 years. He graduated from Messiah College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems and lives in Mechanicsburg along with his wife Jaime and their five children. Justin is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Cumberland serving on their Marketing Committee, serves on the board of directors for Carlisle Arts Learning Center, and is an active Rotary Member serving on the membership committee.
Executive Director, Leadership Cumberland
Nicole Deary became the Executive Director of Leadership Cumberland in February of 2017, while she was a fellow in leadership program. She considers her current role to be her greatest achievement because she gets to inspire people to become the best versions of themselves.
She previously held positions with the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce as their Marketing Director and Events Coordinator. Her passion for the non-profit sector came from a prior position at Project SHARE as their media and business development manager.
Nicole holds two degrees from Shippensburg University; a Bachelor’s in Communications/Public Relations and a Master’s in Communication. She has over 17 years of experience in events, marketing, fundraising, and development.
Nicole and her husband, Mark, live in Carlisle with their two children, Hayley and Mason, and their two dogs, Boston and Otis.