Commissioner Profiles

Marc J Grammes

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Percy Dougherty, Ph D.

Commissioner DoughertyDr. 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.

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Amy Zanelli

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. 

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Geoff Brace

Commissioner Brace

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.  


 

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Dan Hartzell

Commissioner Hazell

Democrat Dan Hartzell is a commissioner at-large who took office in January 2016.

He retired in September 2014 after more than 38 years as a reporter and columnist for The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown. Dan wrote the 'Road Warrior' question-and-answer column on traffic and transportation issues during his last 12 years at the paper.

A lifelong Lehigh Valley resident, Dan is a Whitehall High School alumnus and a 1973 Kutztown University graduate with a B.A. in English.

 

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Bob Elbich

Commissioner Elbich

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Dave Harrington

Dave Harrington

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Zakiya Smalls

Zakiya Smalls

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Nathan Brown

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