A corporate and political body organized under the Municipal Authorities Act of 1945 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, LCSWMA manages the design, financing, construction and operation of Lancaster County’s Integrated System.
Lancaster County’s commissioners appoint LCSWMA’s nine-member board of directors. LCSWMA’s Executive Team oversee the operations, finance, technical services, energy administration, capital projects and business development for the organization. The organization holds no taxing powers and receives no government backing of its debt. Its primary source of revenue is waste disposal (“tipping”) fees, as well as revenue from the generation of renewable energy and related products.
Michael W. Brubaker was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2015. Mr. Brubaker is Chief Executive Officer of Blackford Ventures, LLC. He has extensive international business experience in addition to meaningful relationships at the local, state and federal government levels. Mike is a former State Senator (2006-2014); and during his tenure, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee, as well as chaired the International Relations committee within the Council of State Governments organization, and served on the transition team for three governors. Mr. Brubaker holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from West Virginia University. He is also a graduate of the Program for Emerging Political Leaders from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Brubaker has numerous professional affiliations including the Lancaster County Hunger Coalition Initiative, Lancaster Career and Technology Foundation, Lancaster Angel Investment Network, Discover Lancaster, LGH Mission & Community Benefits Committee, Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy Board, and more.
Joseph R. Deerin was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2012. Joe began his career in 1990 as a sales associate for LMS Commercial Real Estate, a company started by his father. In 1991 Joe went to work for JMB Retail Properties Co. as the General Manager/Property Manager of shopping malls and mixed-use developments. He returned to Lancaster in July 1996 and became an Owner, President, Broker of Record and Senior Property Manager for Property Management Alternatives, Inc. dba LMS Commercial Real Estate. In January 2015, Joe and his sister, Donna, sold Property Management Alternatives, Inc. and founded Deerin Companies. Joe is actively engaged in asset management of the Deerin portfolio of properties. Joe has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Denison University and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Johns Hopkins University. He holds a Real Estate Brokers License in PA, MD, DE and WV.
Steve A. Dzurik was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2012. Mr. Dzurik is a Vice President for Construction Risk Solutions, LLC. He is primarily responsible for the acquisition, growth, and service of construction and real estate clients. Mr. Dzurik focuses on protecting the assets of his clients and works to build customized solutions to assist them in achieving their risk management objectives. Mr. Dzurik has experience with all sizes and types of general construction, specialty construction, and real estate development firms in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Dzurik is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a BS in Chemistry, and a graduate of Regent University with a Juris Doctor (Law Degree). He is currently a licensed Pennsylvania Attorney. Mr. Dzurik serves on the board for the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, and is a member of both the Delaware Contractors Association and Washington Building Congress.
Lester O. Houck was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2001. He has been a member of LCSWMA’s Citizens Advisory Committee and Waste-to-Energy Location Committee. He has also served as a member of the Lancaster County Planning Commission, Lancaster County Housing, and Redevelopment Authorities. Additionally, Mr. Houck has served on the Board of Directors for the Lancaster County Safety Training Center for Emergency Responders and chaired the Lancaster County Digital Radio System Committee for Emergency Responders. For local government, Mr. Houck has been a Supervisor in Salisbury Township for 46 years, served as President of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, and Chairman for their Board of Trustees. Additionally, he has served as President of the Lancaster County Association of Township Supervisors. Privately, Mr. Houck was Owner and President of the Agri Broadcasting Radio Network of Pa, and served as Trustee, Deacon, and Elder in his church.
R. Edward Gordon was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2003. A Certified Public Accountant, he joined Wohlsen Construction Company in 1992 and serves as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Gordon has been involved in the community by serving on the boards of EDC Finance Corporation of Lancaster County, Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center and Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Financial Executives Institute, Central PA Chapter; and the Construction Financial Management Association of Central PA. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. degree and the Leadership Lancaster program, and is a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional.
John K. Musser was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1996. Mr. Musser is President of Musser Supply Inc. and lives in West Hempfield Township. He has served the community on the boards of Lancaster General Hospital-Susquehanna Division, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Oil Heat Council of Lancaster and First Union Bank. He is a member of Mountville Church of the Brethren and enjoys boating, skiing and soccer with his family.
George W. Rettew, Jr. was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2017. Chairman of Rettew Associates, Inc., Mr. Rettew is a proponent of business excellence and possesses extensive hands-on experience implementing business excellence principles. He has spoken on this topic at various engineering industry events, including the Roads and Streets Total Quality Management Conference held in Arizona by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Mr. Rettew has served as chairman of the board of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a former board member of the South Central Assembly for Effective Governance and the Smart Growth Coalition of Lancaster County, for which he was a founding member. He was also a former member of the board of the Lancaster County Conservancy, the Lancaster County Home Builders Association, and the Pennsylvania Builders Association. He served as chapter president and board member of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania and maintains membership in a number of state and national professional engineering associations.
J. Scott Ulrich was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2011. Mr. Ulrich is a Certified General Appraiser in the state of Pennsylvania and has over 33 years of appraisal experience specializing in commercial, industrial and complex residential real estate appraisals. He is a graduate of the Master Planners Course and has served on the Growth Management Update Task Force. Mr. Ulrich holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University with a major in Real Estate. He has taught Real Estate and Appraisal courses for the Lancaster County Association of Realtors, Real Estate School and Penn State University. He has taken numerous appraisal education classes throughout his career and holds the General Accredited Appraiser (GAA) certification through the National Association of Realtors. Mr. Ulrich has been an active member in a number of local organizations and committees including: Lancaster County Association of Realtors (past President), American Business Club (past President), Building Industry Association of Lancaster County (past Board Member), Lancaster County Planning Commission and Manor Township Zoning Hearing Board.
Karen M. Weibel was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2009, and has served in several leadership positions. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Weibel was a member of LCSWMA’s Citizens Advisory Committee.
Ms. Weibel has served in both elected and appointed positions in the Borough of Lititz for more than 25 years, most recently completing her third term on Borough Council. Previously, Ms. Weibel served for ten years on the Lititz Planning Commission. She has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Lititz-Warwick Joint Strategic Comprehensive Plan since its 1998 inception. She has served on numerous Lancaster County Planning Commission committees.
An advocate for adult literacy, Ms. Weibel has been active with The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon for over two decades, serving as tutor, Board member and advisor. She has served on the Board of the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership since 2000, and is a member of its Coalition for Sustainable Housing.
A graduate of the Lancaster County Master Planner course and Leadership Lancaster, Karen earned a BFA from the University of Rhode Island.
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LCSWMA schedules monthly Board of Director’s meetings at the beginning of each year. Meetings may be cancelled when management has minimal business to come before the Board.
At a minimum, the Board will meet every other month. Cancellations are less frequent from August through December, due to a traditionally heavy business schedule. Meetings are normally held at our main office on the 3rd Friday of the month, starting at 7:30am. However, exceptions may occur at times.
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Chief Executive Officer
Robert (“Bob”) has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since January 2019. From August 2018 until December 2018, Bob served alongside Jim Warner as Co-CEO until Jim’s retirement in December. Previously, Bob held the position of Chief Operating Officer for eight years. He planned and managed all operational activities for LCSWMA, including safety, compliance and waste screening programs, in order to ensure the organization can offer long-term stability and fair value services to the community through its financial strength. Bob also directed all facilities management, capital projects and technical services activities. Bob served in various management positions for LCSWMA since his start in 1990. He holds a B.S. in Geo-Environmental Science from Shippensburg University, as well as operational certifications from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).
Chief Operating Officer
Thomas (“Tom”) oversees all operational activities including facilities management and upgrades, and system-wide transportation. He also leads the business and service strategy of LCSWMA by managing the organization’s revenue profile and planning for long-term capacity needs, so LCSWMA can optimize its assets and contribute to the economic growth of the community. Prior to this role, Tom served in various leadership positions for LCSWMA since his start in 2005, including Chief Business Development Officer. He holds a B.A. in Geo-Environmental Studies from Millersville University and an MBA from Elizabethtown College.
Chief Business Development Officer
Michelle provides strategic direction for identifying and pursuing necessary resources to support the varied projects, initiatives and business endeavors established by LCSWMA, including securing grant opportunities to fund new corporate ventures. She is responsible for oversight of LCSWMA’s renewable energy portfolio, real estate strategy, and environmental compliance and technical services. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Muhlenberg College and is currently working towards an M.S. in Strategic Leadership from Elizabethtown College. Prior to this role, Michelle held various business development positions, including Chief Business Solutions Officer, since her start in 2007.
Chief Commercial Officer
Kathryn (“Katie”) Sandoe is responsible for brand strategy, communications/PR, capital deployment, and innovation at LCSWMA. In this role, she directs the successful implementation of LCSWMA’s capital projects and strategic initiatives, as well as cultivating a strong community focus and proactive public engagement philosophy within the organization. She also leads all marketing, public education, and outreach activities in support of LCSWMA’s community-focused philosophy. Katie holds a B.S. in Speech Communications/Public Relations from Millersville University, as well as M.A. in Communications and Ed.D. in Adult Education, both from Penn State University. Prior to this role, she served as Deputy Chief of Community Relations and before that Communications Manager for LCSWMA since her start in 2011.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Leslie has served in this position since 2017. She is responsible for building current and future organization, leadership and workforce capabilities by ensuring LCSWMA attracts and retains the right quality of talent. She develops employee capabilities, creates career paths for employees and institutes superior internal safety and HR processes, so that LCSWMA has the right resources to fulfill its mission and purpose. She holds a B.S. in Business Management and an MBA, both from Millersville University. Prior to this role, Leslie served as Deputy Chief of Human Resources and before that HR/Insurance Manager for LCSWMA since her start in 2006.
Chief Financial Officer
Daniel (Dan) is accountable for preserving and growing LCSWMA’s assets by directing all the financial and information technology activities of the organization. As CFO, Dan oversees reporting, the fiscal planning and accounting cycles, treasury and risk management as well as LCSWMA’s technology infrastructure. Dan also contributes to the development of organization strategy, focusing on the highest value opportunities for our assets. Prior to joining LCSWMA, Dan was a Controller for White Oak Mills, Inc. and held financial and operations positions in other companies including a large mechanical contractor. He holds a B.S. in Accounting with second major in Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College and an MBA from Lebanon Valley College.
Alexander (“Alex”) has served as the Authority’s General Counsel since January 2017. Prior to this role, Alex was partner in a private law firm serving as the Authority’s independent legal counsel. Alex has been involved in the legal aspects of the significant projects and activities of the Authority over the last three decades. Beginning in 2006, he served as the lead attorney for the Authority. As General Counsel, Alex represents, or supervises the representation of, the Authority in all legal matters. Alex is responsible to plan, organize, manage, budget for, direct, staff and control the legal work of the Authority, reporting to the Board of Directors and the CEO on the legal matters of the Authority. Alex holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law before the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.