Redding Named to Head Wolf Transition Team for Ag
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
HARRISBURG - The transition from the Corbett Administration to the Wolf Administration is proceeding with full transition teams appointed by Governor-elect Wolf for each executive agency.
Of interest to PLNA is the appointment of Russell Redding as the head of the transition team for the Department of Agriculture (PDA).
Redding, now the dean of agriculture for Delaware Valley College, had served as secretary of agriculture in the Rendell Administration and served as a deputy secretary in the department under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Redding is a competent administrator, very accessible and has a good grasp of issues facing the green industry.
Also appointed by Governor-elect Wolf as co-chair of the Department of Transportation transition team is Kathy Dahlkemper, formerly of Dahlkemper Landscape Architects and Contractors in Erie. Dahlkemper is currently the Erie County executive and had been the Congresswoman from the Erie area. Her husband, Dan Dahlkemper is on the PLNA Government Relations Committee.
The job of the transition teams is to prepare a comprehensive outline of the issues facing the administrative agency to which they are assigned. They play a key role in allowing the new governor to hit the first months of his new administration at full speed.
The transition teams will present their conclusions and recommendations to the Governor-elect Wolf before he is sworn in on January 20, 2015.
Others appointed to the Agriculture transition team are listed below:
Chair Russell Redding, Dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Delaware Valley College
MeeCee Baker, President & Owner, Versant Strategies
Keith Bierly, Former Centre County Public Official
Russell Biggica, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association
Mike Fleck, Former Legislator
Robert Maiden, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts
Robert Mikesell, Program Coordinator/Animal Sciences Major Senior Instructor, Pennsylvania State University
Bill Roberts, President, IBS Development
Hannah Smith-Brubaker Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania Farmers Union
Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania State Director, Humane Society of the United States
Salvatore DeBunda, Attorney, Archer & Greiner
For more on the Wolf transition process, click here.