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Dr. Percy H. Dougherty was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in 1993 and took office in January, 1994. He has been elected chairman of the board, an unprecedented six times. Dr. Dougherty represents Lehigh’s District # 2.
Commissioner Dougherty is a past President and current Board member of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania where he has served on a variety of committees, concentrating his efforts on land use and planning initiatives that stimulate the economy while protecting valuable natural resources. He has served on CCAP’s Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Committee.
A recently retired professor, Dr. Dougherty was on the staff at Kutztown University since 1990. He holds a Ph.D. in physical geography and geology from Boston University, a Master of Education Degree in physical geography and a Bachelor’s degree in geography and biology from West Chester University. He holds numerous professional memberships, is widely published in the field of geography/geology and has received numerous awards for his efforts in analysis and education. He has been a featured speaker in both professional and government arenas. His areas of expertise include groundwater diffusion, caves and sinkholes, remote sensing and the geography of wine.
Dr. Dougherty’s numerous civic commitments reflect his dedication to planning, environmental and cultural issues. He is a member and a former chair of the Lehigh Valley Regional Planning Commission, and a former member of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission, the Route 222 Study Commission and the Lehigh Valley GIS Steering Committee. He serves on the boards of the Allentown Symphony Association, the Allentown Art Museum, the Wildlands Conservancy and was the chair of the Allentown ArtsWalk Wine Auction.
Amy Zanelli was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in 2017 to represent District 3 and took office in January 2018. Commissioner Zanelli is a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams, and she lives with her wife and three children in West Bethlehem.
Commissioner Zanelli’s decade-long professional career in community service and advocacy includes in-home family counseling, substance abuse, parent education and mental illness. She is a graduate of Rutgers University where she earned degrees in sociology, forensic anthropology and criminology. As a child abuse investigator for the state of N.J. she worked with children and families and served as a safe space liaison for LGBTQ youth. Her leadership resonated as a CWA shop steward, and she currently uses these skills as a mentor for troubled youth in Allentown for Tabor Mentor Services and as a volunteer at Calypso Elementary in Bethlehem.
Commissioner Zanelli will use her experience in community service and advocacy to address opioid addiction by developing a plan to use grant funds and existing non-profit services to create a clubhouse to support addicts in recovery. She will also back programs that assist senior citizens, protect the county’s parks and environment and will work to develop the county’s economy with jobs that pay a living wage. Commissioner Zanelli was also instrumental in bringing equal rights legislation and job protection for the LGBTQ community to Lehigh County in February of 2018.
Commissioner Zanelli is a member of the Allentown Art Museum Auxiliary, an event coordinator for Lehigh Valley for All, Chair of the LC Courts and Corrections Committee, Chair of the Calypso Elementary ‘Someone Special and Me’ dance, Vice Chair of LC Human Services Committee, and also sits on the Administrative and HR Committee as well as the Finance Committee.
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
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.