Staff

Andrea Verobish

Andrea Verobish

Andrea Verobish is a Legislative Aide to Senator Eichelberger in his Hollidaysburg Office. A native of Hollidaysburg, Andrea served as Main Street Manager of the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership. Most recently, Andrea was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. She is an active member of both the Hollidaysburg Women’s Club and St. Catherine of Siena Parish. Andrea graduated from Gannon University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. She continued her studies at Gannon and was awarded a Master of Public Administration Degree in 2011. Andrea and her husband Don live in Duncansville.

Lee Derr

Lee Derr

Lee Derr is Director of the Education Committee and Counsel in Senator Eichelberger’s Harrisburg Office. A Penn State graduate, Lee also holds a law degree from Pepperdine University. He joined the Pennsylvania Senate after nine years of private practice in several legal areas, including civil litigation and real estate. Lee and his wife Jane live near Carlisle in an 1880’s farmhouse they restored.

Kathleen Gunnell

Kathleen Gunnell

Kathleen Gunnell is a Legislative Aide to Senator Eichelberger in his McConnellsburg Office. She comes from a small business and legal background. She and her late husband, Fred Gunnell, started Antietam Iron Works, LLC, in McConnellsburg, PA, which is now owned by their son. Prior to starting their business, Kathleen was Administrative Assistant to Judge David L. Cahoon, in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD. She handled administrative duties for the Court and floated as secretary to twelve Circuit Court Judges and two Appellate Judges. She earned a Legal Secretarial Certificate from Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Kathleen and her husband raised four children. She lives in Fulton County.

Jennifer Holmberg

Jennifer Holmberg

Jennifer Holmberg is the Administrative Assistant in Senator Eichelberger’s District Office in Hollidaysburg. Previously, Jen worked as a Welfare Case Manager for Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission’s EARN Program. Jen graduated from Penn State Altoona in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

Jen and her husband Matt reside in Altoona with their two children Jacob and Trenton.

Michele Ivory

Michele Ivory

Michele Ivory is the Economic Development Director for Senator Eichelberger working throughout the 30th District on economic development and transportation projects. She has a diverse background, including over 20 years of experience in the education, defense contracting, public non-profit, and private consulting sectors. Most recently, she served for 10 years as the Director of Planning & Community Development with a regional development organization.

Michele graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a Bachelor of Science Degree and is a native of Cambria County.

Beth Krick

Beth Krick

Beth Krick is the Administrative Assistant/Scheduler in Senator Eichelberger’s Harrisburg Office. She has an extensive background as an administrative assistant having started her career at Hershey Entertainment & Resort Company, spending 13 years there in numerous positions. Beth then worked as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the President & CEO of Hershey Trust Company, one of the largest, privately held trust companies in the world, for over 20 years. More recently she worked for Brasfield & Gorrie, a construction company located in Birmingham, Alabama, who built the Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital. Once the building was completed, she worked at the Rehabilitation Hospital for two years before becoming Senator Eichelberger’s assistant.

Beth and her husband reside in Palmyra and have a daughter.

Patrick Schurr

Patrick Schurr

Patrick Schurr is Senator Eichelberger’s Executive Assistant, based in the Hollidaysburg office. His primary duties include policy development and legislative issues, constituent work, and communications.

Prior to joining Senator Eichelberger’s staff, Patrick spent 14 years as a reporter and anchor at WTAJ-TV in Altoona. He’s been involved with numerous charities and organizations, including United Way, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, Children’s Miracle Network, his church, and youth soccer.

Patrick graduated cum laude from Ohio University in 1998, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in Political Science and History. He and his wife Andrea have three young sons. They live in Hollidaysburg.

Dr. Andrew Armagost

Dr. Andrew Armagost

Dr. Andrew Armagost is Assistant Executive Director of the Education Committee in Senator Eichelberger’s Harrisburg Office. A three-time Penn State University Park graduate, Andrew earned a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and a B.S. in Education and Public Policy. He joined the Pennsylvania Senate while completing his doctorate and continues to be active in numerous professional and research organizations in the fields of education finance, law and policy. Andrew is engaged to Alyssa Kelly of Albrightsville and splits his time outside of work between Harrisburg and the Poconos. Having lived with his family in Erie for several years, Andrew takes joy in having explored so much that Pennsylvania has to offer.

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