Meet the staffers who are working to re-elect Governor Tom Corbett and Lt. Governor Jim Cawley.
Mike Barley, Campaign Manager
Mike Barley has been running the Corbett-Cawley re-elect effort since April and has a deep history of ties with the state Republican Party. Prior to joining the Corbett campaign, Barley had been Executive Director of the PA GOP for two years. Before that he served as Communications Director and head of the Technology Department for the state party. Mike is a Hummelstown native and graduated from Millersville University. He currently lives in Palmyra.
Nan McLaughlin, Finance Director
Nan McLaughlin and Tom Corbett go back a long way. She worked on the Governor’s 2004 campaign for Attorney General in 2004 as a senior advisor and returned in the same role for his 2008 re-election. McLaughlin then went on to become the Finance Director for Corbett’s initial 2010 campaign for Governor. She will be back again in that position for the Governor’s re-election effort. McLaughlin served as a Deputy Chief of Staff back in the Ridge Administration.
Mike Downing, Political Director
Mike Downing is a long-time Corbett staffer who is making the jump from Harrisburg to the campaign staff. Downing was most recently a Deputy Director in the Governor’s Public Liaison office. In 2011, Downing served as the Governor’s Director of Correspondence. Prior to that, he was deputy political director for the state Republican Party.
Chris Pack, Communications Director
Chris Pack joined the Corbett-Cawley campaign as communications director in March 2014. He previously served as a communications director and press secretary in Washington, D.C. He is a native of Buffalo, NY and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the State University of New York at Albany.
Bob Salera, Research Director
Bob Salera is an attorney and former Director of Correspondence for Governor Corbett. He previously worked for the state Republican Party as Western Regional Manager in 2012 and as a field staffer in Washington County in 2010. Bob is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Ashley Jordan, Deputy Finance Director
Ashley Jordan has been Deputy Finance Director to the Corbett-Cawley re-elect team since the 2010 campaign ended. She started working for the Governor back during his first gubernatorial race in 2010 as a public policy intern. Additionally, she served on Corbett’s Inaugural Committee in 2011.
Doug Rickards, Comptroller
Rickards is another long-time Corbett aide. He worked for then-Attorney General Corbett during his first bid for Governor in 2010.
Billy Pitman, Press Secretary
Pitman was promoted to the position of campaign press secretary last month. He was previously a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party and worked in 2012 for the RNC in their unsuccessful effort to carry the Keystone State for Mitt Romney. Pitman is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University. In the immortal feud between Duke and UNC, Pitman supports the Blue Devils.
Jess Valen, Press Assistant
Jess Valen started as an intern for the Republican Party of PA in 2010. After college, she started working for the Corbett administration before joining the Corbett-Cawley Campaign in May. Valen graduated from Penn State University in 2012 and is originally from San Diego, California.
Darin Bartholomew, Travel Assistant
Darin Bartholomew joined the Corbett-Cawley team after his graduation from Temple University. Last year Darin was the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans and in 2010 he was a volunteer on the Governor’s campaign.
Jake Felker, Staffer
Felker got his start as an intern for Tom Corbett’s first campaign for governor in 2010. He also worked for Corbett’s Inaugural Committee. In 2011, he became the state Republican Party South Central Regional Field Director. He graduated from Penn State University in 2012 and is a native of Middletown.
Vince Paese, Staff Assistant
Paese is a relative newcomer to the staff. He began interning with the campaign over the summer after graduating from American University last spring. As of the fall, Paese is joining the campaign full-time as a staff assistant. He is from the Harrisburg area.