HARRISBURG REGIONAL CHAMBER AND CAPITAL REGION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (CREDC) ANNOUNCE 2021 BOARD OFFICERS, NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber Board of Directors and the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) Board of Directors announced the organization’s 2021 Board Chairs and new board members. Meron Yemane of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management will serve as the Harrisburg Regional Chamber Board of Directors Chair and Mike Funck of Wohlsen Construction will serve as the CREDC Board of Directors Chair.

“We are fortunate to have bold leaders that step up to serve our organization and push it forward in the face of new challenges,” said David Black, President and CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC. “We know Meron and Mike share our visionary mission of building a better region, and they will help us move toward that goal in 2021.”

A first-generation Eritrean American, Meron Yemane’s parents emigrated from the beautiful city of Asmara, Eritrea in the early 1980s. Their vision for a better world, coupled with Meron’s innate desire to help others and connect people, inspired him to seek a profession that would empower individuals and families to be confident in their financial decisions. Through ongoing communication and understanding, Meron helps clients achieve financial freedom to pursue their hopes and dreams and grow wealth in meaningful ways. Today, he is honored to work with an exceptional group of clients, connecting people of all backgrounds to the world of finance.

Meron graduated from Penn State University and joined Morgan Stanley, where he continues to advance his skills and is currently a Vice President and Family Wealth Advisor. He has been a Guest National Training Officer at the firm’s headquarters and is often invited to speak at Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) events. Meron is a co-founder of Morgan Stanley’s Central and Eastern PA Complex Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and co-chair of the Great Lakes Region Diversity and Inclusion Council. For his ongoing commitment to clients and community, he was named a recipient of Central Penn Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award in 2012.

“The Chamber & CREDC’s bold leadership and visionary members matched with its foundation of compassion and equity will be the backbone that leads our business community forward,” shares Meron. “I am proud to be involved in the Chamber and its advocacy of our community’s people and businesses, which is the true fabric of our region. The Chamber remains steadfast in its commitment to be a catalyst for a more equitable community, enhance quality of life, create business opportunities and provide necessary and innovative resources to its businesses and individuals throughout the region.”

Mike Funck serves as Senior Vice President for Wohlsen Construction Company, a $400 million plus Construction Management and General Construction firm with offices in Lancaster, Harrisburg and Suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.  Mike’s responsibilities include leading Wohlsen’s Lancaster and Harrisburg offices which work with clients throughout Pennsylvania.

Joining Wohlsen Construction Company in 1994, he has advanced through a career path which included Project Engineer, Project Manager, Estimator, and Preconstruction Manager, Vice President and Senior Vice President.  A member of Wohlsen Construction Company’s Leadership Team, he also serves on the company’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Mike’s experience includes many high-profile clients in the senior living, healthcare, and education markets including Lycoming College, Messiah University, Pleasant View Retirement Community, UPMC, Penn State Health, WellSpan Health and Diakon Lutheran Social Services.  Projects have ranged from complicated, multi-phased additions and renovations to construction of new facilities on occupied campuses.

“As we know the past year has been challenging, CREDC has done a fantastic job in supporting businesses as they navigated unprecedented challenges,” says Mike. “I’m humbled and excited to help lead an incredible organization such as CREDC.  We look forward to 2021 with optimism as our world and economy begin to reopen.  We are excited to see how CREDC can help our region build on the resilience forged in the pandemic to achieve resurgent growth.”

The additional slate of 2021 Harrisburg Regional Chamber officers is as follows: 

  • 1st Vice Chair – Greg Gunn, Gunn-Mowery
    • 2nd Vice Chair – Karen Gunnison, Capital Blue Cross
    • Treasurer – Zachary Khuri, Orrstown Bank
    • Secretary – Kara Beem, Greenlee Partners
    • At-Large Member – Alisa Harris, UGI

The additional slate of 2021 CREDC officers is as follows: 

  • 1st Vice Chair – Casey Khuri, NAI CIR
    • 2nd Vice Chair –  Wade Becker, RKL LLP
    • Treasurer – Katie Clarke, LeTort Trust
    • Secretary – Shawn Leppo, McNees, Wallace & Nurick, LLC
    • At-Large Member – Beth Peiffer, Ralph E. Jones

The Chamber & CREDC also added new business leaders to their boards. The new board members elected for 2021 include the following. 

Chamber Board of Directors:

  • Rich Beaty, S&T Bank
  • Scott Cantor, PNC Bank
  • Jason Kirsch, PRworks, Inc.
  • Mike McHenry, Enginuity, LLC
  • Sarah Yerger, Barley Snyder

CREDC Board of Directors:

  • T.J. Andrisano, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
  • Cheryl Howard, LinkBank
  • Jeff Smith, Alexander Building Construction
  • Scott Zeevaart, Gannett Fleming

The Chamber Board of Directors is comprised of 43 voting members. The CREDC Board of Directors is comprised of 25 voting members. A complete list of board members may be found at www.harrisburgregionalchamber.org.

ABOUT HARRISBURG REGIONAL CHAMBER & CREDC

Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC serves as a catalyst for promoting growth and quality of life in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties through bold leadership, visionary members and powerful results. The organization provides a unique blend of business, community/economic development and advocacy services under one roof to boost the economic vitality and livability across our region. The Chamber & CREDC has been accredited with five stars from the United States Chamber of Commerce—a distinction achieved by less than 2 percent of chambers across the nation.