Antonio Pineda was elected Lehigh County Commissioner in 2021, representing District 1. He is a lifelong resident of Lehigh County and a graduate of Whitehall High School. Antonio attended Columbia University, where he earned his degree in Earth and Environmental Engineering, and currently works locally in the cement industry for Buzzi Unicem USA.
As a Lehigh County Commissioner, Antonio serves on the Administrative and Human Resources, Finance, Governance, and Human Services committees. He is the board liaison to the Wildlands Conservancy and the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society.
Antonio has a passion for volunteering and giving back to his community in any way he can. He is the Vice President of the Whitehall Active Community Center, which provides services to the local senior citizen community. Also, Antonio serves on the Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council and is a member of the Rotary Club of Slatington. In addition, Antonio has volunteered his time with the Whitehall-Coplay Middle School Science Olympiad team and previously served as a football coach at Louis E. Dieruff High School.
Antonio married his wife, Carrie, in 2019, and they reside in Whitehall Township
Ron W. Beitler was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in 2021 after serving as a Lower Macungie Commissioner for 8-years, the last 4 as board President. He is a lifelong resident of the area, graduate of Emmaus High School and proud State System of Higher Education Alumni earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Slippery Rock University in 2005.
Ron's focus in local government for nearly a decade has been land use planning, farmland & open space preservation, environmental stewardship, keeping taxes sustainably low and government transparency. During Ron's time in Lower Macungie the Board of Commissioners undertook and implemented a historic open space preservation program, won multiple Lehigh Valley Planning Commission awards, participated in a multi municipal comprehensive plan update and dramatically re-envisioned its zoning code to encourage economic growth within a smart growth framework. Ron served as a municipal member of the Lehigh County Farmland Preservation Board for 4 years.
In his professional life, Ron is co-owner of two local small businesses. His second and most recent venture was opening Rising River Brewing Co. a brewery in a refurbished 120 year old barn in 2021. He's a past Lehigh Valley Business 40 under 40 honoree and has served on non-profit boards.
Ron resides in the Village of East Texas neighborhood of Lower Mac with his 5 year old daughter Cecilia. When he has free time he travels, plays basketball, drums and goes to concerts. Ron is very proud to represent Lehigh County District 2 which includes Alburtis Borough, Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie and South Whitehall Townships.
Lehigh County Commissioner Geoff Brace was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners representing District 4 in 2013 and took office in January, 2014. He is married to Sara Jane, a Northern Lehigh graduate. Together they are raising their son, Isaac, in Center City Allentown as active members of the community.
Commissioner Brace’s legislative efforts have included a focus on a strong regional economy with jobs that pay a living wage. This includes strengthening the safety net that provides for seniors at Cedarbrook nursing home, human services for children and youth, mental health, intellectual disabilities and the homeless. He has worked with other Commissioners to eliminate pay-to-play politics and supports campaign finance reform which ends the influence of big campaign dollars and special interests. Geoff also fights for a safe environment, raising concerns about lead poisoning in homes, protecting our natural resources, safeguarding our water supplies from run off through the Lehigh Conservation District and through strong support of expanded farmland preservation.
As an Allentown and Lehigh County native, Geoff has always called Lehigh County home. As a teenager, his first job was mowing lawns by renting his Dad’s lawnmower. Commissioner Brace also worked on a farm, mentored inner-city youth and has given a great deal of his time to the community as a volunteer.
He has served the Allentown Zoning Hearing Board, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (Upside Allentown) and the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce (Hamilton District Main Street Program). He is an ordained Deacon at Zion Liberty Bell UCC in Allentown, serves on the United Church of Christ Board of Directors and was the first moderator to be re-elected to a second term for the Penn Northeast Conference of the UCC.
Commissioner Brace is currently Legislative Assistant to State Representative Mike Schlossberg, where he oversees legislation, policy and communication for the 132ndlegislative district. Geoff has developed extensive experience in community and economic development, having worked for the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, Kutztown Community Partnership, Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and the West Chester Business Improvement District. He uses these experiences to benefit Lehigh County and promote vibrant communities.
In 2016, Geoff was named to the Inaugural Class of Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity’s Emerging Leaders and was recognized by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission for Excellence in Community Planning in 2015. He was recipient of Ursinus College’s 2013 “Rising Star Award” and was recognized as “20 under 40” by the East Penn Business Journal in 2011.
Bob earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. When he returned to the Lehigh Valley in 1974, he took an assignment with Air Products and Chemicals to work in the manufacturing engineering group developing methods and procedures to improve operations. When Air Products ended inhouse manufacturing of some of their major equipment, Bob transitioned to become the Chief Operating Officer of Acme Cryogenics, applying his experience to help grow Acme into a major supplier of cryogenic equipment providing many manufacturing jobs in Lehigh County while contributing to earning a Vendor of the Year award for work on the space shuttle program.
In 1991 Bob joined forces with two partners to establish Pure Fit, Inc. in Lehigh County where, starting with a staff of one, he guided the company to become a premier supplier of high purity equipment to the food and pharmaceutical industries and in the process, created a significant number of local manufacturing jobs. Successful growth led to the acquisition of Pure Fit by a major corporation.
In 2000 Bob again joined forces with two former employees to form Exigo Manufacturing created to again supply high purity equipment to the food and pharmaceutical industries. Starting with a paid staff of one, this team of three continued to grow the company in the Lehigh Valley, creating high quality, local manufacturing jobs.
During these years of growing local manufacturing companies, Bob has his name on at least four design patents and has served on ASME technical standards committees writing regulations to protect the purity of pharmaceutical products. Until 2015, Bob was one of only seventeen 3-A Sanitary Standards certified equipment evaluators authorized to evaluate the sanitary quality of food processing equipment throughout the world.
Locally he has served for over 18 years without compensation on the Weisenberg Township Zoning Hearing Board and has served on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission for two years. In his community he has served as an active firefighter for New Tripoli Volunteer Fire Company and Weisenberg Township Fire Company as well as being a certified Emergency Medical Responder.
He is the proud grandfather of 12 beautiful children.
Dave Harrington was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in 2019 to represent Lehigh County At-Large.
Growing up in the Lehigh Valley, Commissioner Harrington was a Boy Scout in Troop 362, an Eagle Scout and graduated from Freedom High School in 2009. He then went on to attend Penn State for his undergraduate where he participated in student government, Greek life, and an amphibian lab. He also interned with a professor at Penn Law School, where he assisted in regulatory law research. He graduated Penn State in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science.
Following his undergraduate studies, Dave attended Penn State Dickinson School of Law where he worked in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. While attending law school, he clerked with the Honorable Judge William Platt.
In 2016, Dave returned to the Lehigh Valley where he started a grass-roots community organization, Lehigh Valley For All. Soon after passing his bar exam, Dave began practicing immigration law, helping families reunite and pursue the American Dream. He currently works at law firm of Albarelli & Stirba, in Allentown, as an immigration attorney and has helped people from over 25 countries.
Commissioner Harrington ran his campaign on the platform of Community, Transparency, and Justice. He currently acts as the Chair of Courts and Corrections Committee and as the Board’s representative on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. He is dedicated to improving the lives of those who live in Lehigh County through justice reform, living wages, and community action.
In 2019, Commissioner Harrington became engaged to his fiancé, Clarisse, a nurse. The two reside together in Lower Milford.
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Lehigh County Commissioner, Jeffrey Dutt, was appointed to the board in November 2020 to represent District 5 in the county. He is a lifelong citizen of Lehigh County, graduating from Whitehall High School in 1986. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Mansfield University in 1990. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Lehigh University in 1993.
Commissioner Dutt has dedicated his professional life to serving his community. He has been a Special Education and History teacher in the Allentown School District, at both William Allen and Louis E. Dieruff High Schools. He has been a teacher in the district for the past 18 years. He has also served his hometown of Whitehall by being elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2015. While serving his community, he helped start a senior center in the township in 2016 and served on many different committees, including secretary for the Veterans Memorial Committee, the MacArthur 75 Committee, as well as the Heritage Day Committee.
Commissioner Dutt will continue to work for farmland and historic preservation, fiscal responsibility, and develop solutions to the unique issues faced in our county today.
He has lived in Emmaus since 2019. He met his wife, Nancy, in 1990, and they have been married for the past 27 years.