As of tomorrow, Eugene DePasquale will be Pa. Auditor General and a former state Rep. After he takes the oath of office, here are the men and women who will help him become the state’s fiscal watchdog.
He’s bringing along some familiar names from the campaign world and more.
“This team’s diverse background will ensure we will be ready on day-one to make sure tax dollars are spent wisely and state programs are operating efficiently and effectively,” DePasquale said in a statement.
Here are the names, title and bios from the DePasquale press release.
Suzanne Itzko, Chief of Staff
Itzko has more than 15 years experience guiding public policy and working on economic development projects in the public and private sectors.
As deputy secretary of administration at PennDOT, Itzko developed and implemented management policies for 12,000 employees and helped oversee the agency’s $7 billion budget.
Before joining PennDOT, Itzko was a special assistant to Gov. Ed Rendell where she oversaw the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), managed the Public Improvement Program for commonwealth-owned facilities, and worked closely with the governor’s budget office and other state agencies to develop a five-year capital budget plan.
Previously, Itzko was policy director for Gov. Ed Rendell’s gubernatorial campaign in 2002 and served as special assistant focused on economic development implementation during Rendell’s tenure as mayor of Philadelphia.
Itzko earned a degree in business administration – business economics and public policy from The George Washington University (B.A. 1994) and a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 1997). She is a native of Philadelphia, but has lived in Harrisburg for more than 10 years.
Kathy Boockvar, Chief Counsel
Boockvar spent the past two decades as an attorney and a mediator in both the non-profit and private sectors, helping Pennsylvanians protect their jobs, Social Security, pensions, and families. Additionally, she was senior attorney with Advancement Project, founding partner of the law firm Boockvar and Yeager, and a staff attorney with North Penn Legal Services.
She serves on the board of directors of A Woman’s Place, a domestic violence organization that provides support for victims of abuse, their families, and the community.
Boockvar is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1990) and the American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1993). She lives in Bucks County with her husband, their 14-year-old daughter, and their dog.
Liz Gerloff Wagenseller, Deputy Auditor General for External Affairs
Wagenseller has 12 years experience designing and implementing political and communications strategy. Most recently, she served as campaign manager for Eugene DePasquale’s campaign for auditor general. She previously worked at two of the premier public opinion research firms in Washington, DC — Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Peter D. Hart Research Associates.
Wagenseller conducted public opinion research and devised strategies to help non-profit organizations, unions, political campaigns, corporations, and advocacy groups achieve their mission. Wagenseller earned a degree in economics from the College of William and Mary (B.A. 2000). Originally from South Dakota, she grew up in Mount Vernon, VA, and currently lives in Lancaster County.
John Lori, Deputy Auditor General for Audits
Lori has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, auditing and taxes serving as controller, CFO, and COO to private companies. Most recently, he co-founded WFG Capital Advisors, a regional merger and acquisitions firm and was the COO/CFO during the start-up of The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
In the public sector, Lori served as deputy secretary of business assistance at the Department of Community and Economic Development under Secretary Dennis Yablonsky where he helped with financing issues related to economic development.
He is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College with a degree in business (A.S. 1971) and Elizabethtown College with a degree in accounting (B.S. 1973).
Barry Ciccocioppo, Communications Director/Press Secretary
Ciccocioppo has more than 20 years of communications experience in the public and private sectors including serving as a journalist in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and for the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Most recently he was communications director for the Democratic House Appropriations Committee. He previously served as deputy director of communications for Gov. Ed Rendell and as press secretary for the Department of Labor & Industry. Prior to joining state government, Ciccocioppo managed communications for the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and a Harrisburg-based public relations, marketing and advertising firm.
Ciccocioppo graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College (A.A. 1989), earned a degree in journalism from Shippensburg University (B.A. 1991), and completed training at the Defense Information School (1988). He is a lifelong resident of central Pennsylvania.