Our Team

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The Ridge Policy Group is the result of a nearly 30-year friendship and professional association between Governor Tom Ridge, Mark Holman, and Mark Campbell. Together, the three partners of Ridge Policy Group have developed unmatched experience at the local, state, and federal levels, overseeing every aspect of government programs, policies, and budgets. The Ridge Policy Group team offers a unique bipartisan understanding of how government works at every level and is personally committed to their clients. With the Ridge Policy Group, you get the whole team working on your issues and priorities.
HARRISBURG
Laura_Kuller

Laura Jan Kuller

Government Affairs Counsel

Beverly Mackereth

Beverly Mackereth

Sr. Government Affairs Specialist

Britte Earp

Britte Earp

Government Relations Specialist

Jodi Firestone

Jodi Ford Firestone

Executive Assistant

WASHINGTON D.C.
Pam_Curtis

Pamela Curtis

Chief Administrative Officer

Wolfkiel

Rebeccah Wolfkiel

Sr. Government Relations Specialist

Zaida Ricker

Zaida Ricker

Government Relations Specialist

Fran_Nelms

Rebekah Corby

Government Relations Specialist

Born August 26, 1945, in Pittsburgh’s Steel Valley and raised in Erie, Governor Tom Ridge is well known as one of our nation’s most respected public servants. From his decorated service in Vietnam, to Congress, from the Governor’s Office to serving as our nation’s first Homeland Security Secretary, he is well respected across the nation and overseas. A strong and visionary leader he has gained a deserved reputation as an innovator, not an ideologue.Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania. Before the events of September 11th, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Known for his commitment to high standards and results, Governor Ridge delivered on his promise to make Pennsylvania “a leader among states and a competitor among nations.” Governor Ridge’s aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment. Tom Ridge was elected to Congress in 1982. He was one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and was overwhelmingly re-elected by Pennsylvania voters five times. Governor Ridge serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and other private and public entities, and since 2005, has served as chairman of the National Organization on Disability. Secretary Ridge continues to contribute to matters concerning our nation’s veterans and, along with Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.), serves as national co-chairman of the Flight 93 Memorial Fundraising Campaign.
For over 35 years, Mark Holman has served as a senior manager and advisor within the State and Federal governments. His comprehensive experience, which includes positions within both the Federal legislative and executive branches, State executive branch and senior positions in eight political campaigns, provides Mark with a comprehensive understanding of government and a unique perspective that few of his peers enjoy. Mark uses these experiences to provide strategic insight and consultation to his clients at the Ridge Policy Group.

Immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mark served President George W. Bush and Governor Ridge as Deputy Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Homeland Security. Working in the White House during a time of war greatly enhanced Mark’s understanding of the importance of executive action. During his tenure in the White House, Mark assisted with policymaking that ultimately led to the historic creation of the nation’s first Department of Homeland Security.

Within the State government, Mark served as Governor Ridge’s Chief of Staff from 1995-2000. As a chief architect to the one of Pennsylvania’s most successful Administrations in recent history, Mark led efforts to significantly enhance the State’s transportation infrastructure. He also assisted with negotiations that ultimately revitalized the Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia and brought four new major sports stadiums to Pennsylvania.

Mark has also worked in both branches of Congress. Beginning his public career with the late Senator John Heinz, Mark gained first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing legislators and the competing priorities between the House and the Senate. These lessons served him well during his nine year tenure as Chief of Staff to then- Congressman Tom Ridge.

Understanding the intersection of policy and politics is essential to a successful public advocacy strategy. Over the course of his career, Mark has developed extensive campaign experience. Mark managed Governor Ridge’s first campaign for Congress in 1982 and later managed his first gubernatorial campaign. He served on President George H.W. Bush’s campaign committee in 1980 and 1988, as well as President Reagan’s 1980 campaign. In total, Mark has worked on eight full time campaign efforts at all levels. At the national level, Mark has served on the Republican Governors Association Finance Committee for over a decade, providing insight and access to State executive branches across the country.

Prior to helping found the Ridge Policy Group, Mark served as Practice Group Leader for eight years at a national law firm where he became a full equity principal. Mark matched his experience in government and politics with a broad-based Federal and State client base. His approach to client matters has always been on a bipartisan basis.

Mark is active in the community, serving on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), the Board of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle, and the Advisory Board for the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation. Mark is also a member of the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum National Advisory Council.

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Since 1982, Mark Campbell has developed extensive experience for how politics and public policy merge into government decision making. As a Chief of Staff for two Pennsylvania governors, Mark has overseen every aspect of state government programs, policies and budgets.Mark has served in Washington and Harrisburg. All along the way, he learned the importance of bipartisan perspective and open-minded collaboration. He served as a congressional chief of staff (1992-1994), a gubernatorial deputy chief of staff (1995-2001) and chief of staff to Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker (2001-2002). Since leaving the Governor’s Office, Mark successfully served as a senior-level lobbyist with Harrisburg-based Greenlee Partners as well with The Swarthmore Group, a Philadelphia-based institutional asset management firm. Both opportunities provided Mark with an appreciation for the importance of first-rate client service and success. Mark serves as a trustee at his alma mater, Allegheny College as well as on the board of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle. Download the vCard for Mark Campbell here and add to your contacts.
Prior to joining Ridge Policy Group, Pam spent five years at Blank Rome Government Relations, LLC, assisting the Managing Partner and Practice Group Leader, and managing the day-to-day operations of the bipartisan lobbying practice. She worked closely with top democratic and republican lobbyists in the areas of transportation, state and local government, healthcare, education, the private sector and the DC representatives for the Governor of Pennsylvania. Client service is her top priority, and she delivers first-rate service to all clients.Pam also worked on Capitol Hill where she served as Executive Assistant of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship serving under Ranking Member Christopher S. “Kit” Bond and former Chairwoman Olympia J. Snowe. Her time on the Hill proved to be valuable for the hands on experience in government and politics, as she continued her journey for the rights of main street Americans. Before going to the Hill, Pam managed the DC office of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). A non-profit, nonpartisan small business advocacy organization with over 600,000 members. During her tenure at NFIB, Pam assisted in the planning and management of their National Small-Business Summit in Washington, D.C., one of the largest lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. Her time at NFIB gave her an understanding of small business America and their need to affect public policy at the state and federal level. Prior to joining NFIB, Pam spent fifteen years working at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts, where she served many years as the College’s campus events coordinator. Download the vCard for Pam Curtis here and add to your contacts.
Prior to joining Ridge Policy Group, Rebeccah worked on Capitol Hill for over six years where she served as Legislative Director to Congressman Todd R. Platts. Managing the Congressman’s legislative agenda, she learned how to effectively navigate the lawmaking process and develop successful strategies.Rebeccah has experience working in all policy areas and has worked most extensively in the health care, education, energy, and national security fields. During her tenure on the Hill, Rebeccah became keenly aware of the importance of bipartisanship and developed strong Congressional relationships with Republicans and Democrats alike. She often bridged partisan gaps and facilitated communication between contrasting view points. In addition to her extensive policy experience, Rebeccah has actively participated in several campaigns at varying levels. As Finance Chair of the Arlington County Republican Committee, she organized a number of fundraisers for state-wide candidates in Virginia. Additionally, she is well-versed in grassroots campaign strategies. Rebeccah received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Download the vCard for Reccak Wolfkiel here and add to your contacts.
Working with traditional industry, non-profits, and in partnership with government agencies, Ned Rauch-Mannino’s experience includes extensive advocacy in community and economic development and urban renewal, higher education, tax policy, transportation, land use, and sustainability issues. Prior to joining the Ridge Policy Group, Ned represented Philadelphia’s industrial constituency as the Director of Policy and Research with the City of Philadelphia’ Urban Industry Initiative and provided government relations and strategic consulting for companies, aligned trade associations, and development authorities. Leading community and economic development initiatives, Ned collaborated with democratic and republican leadership in Philadelphia and Harrisburg to achieve solutions in policy-making and development. His role as a connector has served clients by facilitating a working dialogue among stakeholders and bridging the relationship between best practice policy and tangible results.

Ned is also a Senior Advisor to Econsult Solutions and a faculty member at Temple University, and presently serves on the board of the National Museum of Industrial History and the Boy Scouts of America: Minsi Trails Council, and also serves as the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Natural Gas Use Committee Vice Chair. Other experience includes private consulting, non-profit roles, and committee assignments with SEPTA, Next Great City, Society and Nature International, and Philadelphia’s Green Economy Task Force. Ned earned a graduate degree in Economics from Pennsylvania State University; he also earned Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Journalism with Temple University.
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Rebekah is a Government Affairs Specialist for the Ridge Policy Group, joining the firm in September 2015 first as a research analyst. In her role, Rebekah advocates on behalf of client policy issues and assists with legislative monitoring and outreach. Specializing in identifying federal funding opportunities, she investigates and directs clients to federal grants, contracting solicitations, and other programs. Prior to joining the Ridge Policy Group, she served in the Washington office for Congressman Keith Rothfus, and in the office of West Chester, PA Mayor Carolyn Comitta. With both experiences, Rebekah assisted with constituent correspondence, social media outreach, and legislative research. Rebekah received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Urban Studies from West Chester University.
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Laura Jan Kuller was the Chief of Staff to the Pennsylvania House Majority Leader throughout the 2009/2010 legislative session ending November 30, 2010. In this capacity she managed the House floor, including running the calendar and overseeing the legislative process, for the Leader. Her responsibilities also included overseeing more than 900 caucus staffers whose responsibilities included legal, legislative, policy, political appointments, human resources, information technology, administrative, press, publications and district work. She worked closely with legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, on key legislation, including budget, gaming, jobs and economic development, health care, environment and education. She also worked closely with the Senate and Governor’s office to devise strategies for enacting bills and on other policy and administrative matters. During a previous stint with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Laura was the Director and Chief Policy Counsel for the House Democratic Leader and assisted in the management of the House impeachment of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice.Prior to returning to the House, Laura was a shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney where she represented Fortune 500 clients, statewide trade associations, non-profits and small businesses on legislative, administrative and regulatory matters with an emphasis on legislative solutions to complex client matters. During her eight years with the firm, she also conducted Continuing Legal Education seminars on the Lobby Disclosure Act and Managing Trade Associations. As well, she served on the Pennsylvania Tuition Account Program Advisory Board, the Harrisburg area’s Jewish Home Board and a United Way committee. Laura’s legal career in Harrisburg began as an Assistant Consumer Advocate in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office where she worked on utility matters before the PUC. Laura was honored by Harrisburg Magazine as one of the ‘Top Lawyers in Central PA’ in 2006. In 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Laura was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Laura also has experience in the political arena. She served on the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign Legal Steering Committee for Pennsylvania and served as the Central Pennsylvania Legal Counsel to the 2004 Kerry Presidential Campaign. She also served as the Central Pennsylvania Lawyers Coordinator for the Rendell Gubernatorial Campaign’s Election Day efforts in 2002 and 2006 and was a member of Governor Ed Rendell’s Management and Productivity Transition Committee and its IT Subcommittee. Laura worked for the Democratic National Committee, for a New York City Comptroller, on a Congressional race in Westchester, New York and on then Senator Al Gore’s first presidential campaign. Laura also has a Tennessee connection from her service as a legislative staffer to former Congressman Bart Gordon. In 2008, Laura was identified as one of Pennsylvania’s 50 most politically influential personalities by PolitickerPA.com’s Power List. During law school, Laura clerked for the Honorable Gerard L. Goettel, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. She also was a legal intern for the Federal Election Commission. Download the vCard for Laura Kuller here and add to your contacts.
Britte Earp rejoins Ridge Policy Group after a five year hiatus. She has fifteen years of experience working in various roles in Pennsylvania state government. She most recently worked as the Deputy Director for the Center for Strategic Partnerships at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). In this role, she worked closely with grant applicants, economic development partners and federal partners to address community and business needs across the Commonwealth. She also served as grant-writer and assisted DCED in receiving nearly $1.5 million in federal grant funds for new program development. Britte has also worked as Special Assistant to the Auditor General; research and legislative assistant roles for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Caucus; and executive secretary in the Secretary’s Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Britte received her bachelor’s from Penn State
University and her master’s from Capella University. Download the vCard for Britte Earp here and add to your contacts.
Jodi Ford Firestone brings close to 25 years of state government and public relations experience to Ridge Policy Group.  She previously served as Legislative Analyst with the Pennsylvania State Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance, developing policy strategies for comprehensive insurance reform and for the regulation of responsible banking practices.  Jodi began her career in state government as Executive Assistant to the Senate Floor Leader and Chief of Staff.   Prior to joining Ridge Policy Group, Jodi spent fourteen years in the leadership role of successful fundraising development efforts and event planning for a leading academic hospital, as well as various non-profit organizations supporting quality education and the arts.  She has a proven history of identifying and maintaining major client/donor relationships and communication strategies, and surpassing considerable philanthropic and financial goals in a challenging economy.  As Executive Assistant with Ridge Policy Group, Jodi is responsible for managing the firm’s client relationships.Download the vCard for Jodi Ford Firestone here and add to your contacts.
Public service has been the hallmark of Bev Mackereth’s professional career. She began her service with the York County Blind Center in 1979. Next, she became a caseworker and then supervisor at York County Children and Youth Services overseeing intake investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect from 1980 to 1987.
Her experience in helping York County children led to her service with the York County District Attorney’s Office beginning with her position of victim witness coordinator. As the victim witness coordinator, she developed and implemented a local effort to coordinate services for crime victims. Mackereth also created a number of important programs within the District Attorney’s Office including the Child Abuse Unit, the “Stop Violence Against Women” program, and a Juvenile Prosecution Unit. Mackereth has also served as a statewide consultant for Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General.
In 1997, Mackereth was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge as deputy director of the Governor’s Community Partnership for Safe Children. The partnership was established to assist communities in setting up effective programs to reduce childhood violence.
Prior to her election to the state House, Mackereth served as Executive Director of the Healthy York County Coalition at Wellspan Health.
Mackereth was previously elected as Mayor of Spring Grove in 1996 until 2000, and served on the Spring Grove Borough Council and Planning Commission.
Mackereth was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2000 to serve the 196th Legislative District, and served four terms in office. During her tenure in the legislature, Mackereth served on the Education, Children & Youth, Aging & Older Adult Services, Judiciary, and Health & Human Services Committees. She was also appointed deputy whip and chairperson of the House Basic Education Subcommittee.
In 2008, Mackereth took the position of Executive Director of the York County Human Services Department. As Executive Director, Mackereth oversaw the York County offices of Aging; Mental Health; Mental Retardation; Early Intervention; Drug & Alcohol; Veterans Affairs; HealthChoices; Children, Youth & Families; and the Youth Development Center. In addition to departmental oversight, Mackereth was responsible for the administration of the Homeless Assistance Program, Human Services Development Fund, Medical Assistance Transportation, Child and Adolescent Service System Program, Family Group Decision Making, and Homeless Management Information System.
In November 2011 Mackereth was appointed by Governor Corbett as the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Children, Youth and Families in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. As Deputy Secretary, Mackereth promoted increased collaboration between counties, the state, and providers; pushed for family and youth engagement; and successfully negotiated a Title IV-E Waiver with the federal government to improve child welfare practice and outcomes for children, youth and families.
In February 2013 Mackereth was named Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Mackereth graduated Frostburg State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology.
Bev Mackereth is the mother of four and lives in Spring Grove with her husband, Michael.
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As a Government Relations Specialist for the Ridge Policy Group, Kendra works proactively to identify and analyze public policy issues with potential interest to our clients. She designs strategies addressing advantageous policy changes and negative policy trends, working side-by-side with our clients to develop focused messaging that turns high-level concepts into palpable solutions for decision makers in Harrisburg. Kendra also focuses on resource acquisition for our clients through grant, contractual, and procurement opportunities with the Commonwealth and its agencies. Prior to joining the Ridge Policy Group, Kendra served as Chief of Staff within the House of Representatives. As Chief of Staff Kendra implemented several new policies to streamline productivity. As the chief Harrisburg manager she researched state legislative and policy issues working closely with legislators and administrative officials to understand how they would affect the constituents that she served. Download the vCard for Kendra Snuffer here and add to your contacts.
Zaida joins Ridge Policy Group as a Government Relations Specialist after working for Congressman Brad Schneider of Illinois. In that position, she
managed the Congressman’s portfolio as the Ranking Member of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade, as well as a wide range of other issues. Before joining Rep. Schneider’s office, Zaida worked for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, where she handled a diverse domestic policy portfolio. During her time in both the Senate and the House, Zaida developed an understanding of congressional procedure, shaped and passed policy, and built relationships with key staffers of both parties. Zaida graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in political science and is expected to receive her Master’s degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University in May 2018. Download the vCard for Zaida Ricker here and add to your contacts.