PMEA Advocacy Leadership

PMEA Director of Public and Government Affairs

Mark Despotakis

Advocacy Council Chair


Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) Chair

Chuck Neidhardt – Retired

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Chair

David Dietz – Pennsylvania Department of Eduation Consultant


District Advocacy Representatives

District 1


District 2

Will Steadman, Cathedral Prep

District 3

Deanna Bricker, Armstrong SD

District 4

Jacob Mandell, Curwensville High School

District 5

Lori Luurtsema, Retired

District 6

Scott Sheehan, Hollidaysburg Area School District

District 7

Isaac Hawkins, Dover School District

District 8

Tom Hiravi, Danville Area School District

Emily Brumbaugh, Loyalsock Township School District

District 9

Josh Gibson, Hazleton Area School District

District 10

Rob Arnold, Catasuqua Area School District

District 11

Debbie Lynn Wolf, Cairn University

District 12

George Weaver, Chichester School District


Industry Representatives

Cindy McAllister – C.F. Martin & Co., Inc.

Joel Menchey – Menchey Music Service

Peter Sides – Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers

Beth Schiemer – Brighton Music Center