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  • Welcome to Northern Lancaster County



    Welcome to Northern Lancaster County,
    the Ephrata area and surrounding communities are nestled in the rich farmlands that are home to our Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish neighbors.

    It is a tourist destination that is conveniently located minutes away from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
    With a wealth of restaurants, bed and breakfasts, hotels, cultural attractions and shopping, visitors will find a hidden jewel in Lancaster County.


    Our Chamber of Commerce represents over 280 businesses of varying sizes from diverse industries and professions.
    We provide our valued members with opportunities for
    marketing, education, growth and community involvement thereby allowing them to enhance their businesses success.



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    2016 Board of Directors (Front, left to right): Erin Treese, President; Cindy Mellinger, Vice President; Pam Armitage, Treasurer; Jennifer Deck, Secretary; (Back, left to right): Penny Talbert, Kurt Gardner, Jim Summers, Mark Thompson, David Boland, Greg LoPiccolo, Chief William Harvey. David Lloyd (absent) Photo courtesy of Don Reese, The Shopping News.



  • Board of Directors and Staff


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    Erin Treese - Members 1st Federal Credit Union

       Erin Treese is the Branch Manager for Members 1st Federal Credit Union’s Ephrata location. Erin has worked in banking for nine years; spending the last four with Members 1st.  Members 1st is the third largest credit union in Pennsylvania, with over 60 locations in south central Pennsylvania. In her role as Branch Manager, Erin focuses on business development, membership growth, and community involvement.

       Erin resides in Ephrata with her husband Jon, their dog Sheppi, and two cats Felton and Jamison. Erin was a Warwick High School graduate and a Lebanon Valley College Alumni, where she holds a B.S. in Business Administration. In addition to serving as Vice-President for the Ephrata Chamber, Erin is also currently Co-Chair of the Special Events Committee. Erin also serves as a board member for Downtown Ephrata, Inc. 

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    Vice President

    Cindy Mellinger -
    Blue Ridge Communications

       Cindy Mellinger is the Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications, working for the company for over twenty-six years.  Blue Ridge Communications, the nation’s 23rd largest cable company, is a full service communications provider serving northeastern and southeastern Pennsylvania. Blue Ridge Communications, a subsidiary of Pencor Services, Inc., offers advanced services including Digital Cable with On Demand, DVR, HDTV, High Speed Internet, Digital Phone and Home Security.

       Cindy is involved in many community and non-profit organizations including Hospice of Lancaster County (volunteer and also on PR/Marketing Strategy Committee with Hospice Staff), Women’s Giving Circle (Philanthropic Group-Hospice of Lancaster County) which allows women to effectively invest in projects that will build and strengthen hospice-related programs through the power of joint contributions, ACS Relay for Life (volunteer and also publicity committee co-chair for the NORLANCO Relay for Life), Ephrata Merchants Association (Co-President), Iron Chef Committee Member (fundraising venue for the Cocalico School District Education Foundation), United Disabilities Services and the Collection Coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child for the past 14 years. Cindy is the 2012 American Cancer Society Voices of Hope Speaker



    Pam Armitage - Weinhold Nickel & Company, LLP

       Pam Armitage joined Weinhold, Nickel & Company, LLP in December 2002 as a staff accountant. She graduated from York College of PA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Management. Pam worked for a public accounting firm while attending college. About one year after graduation from college, she decided to leave public accounting to gain private sector experience. Pam re-entered public accounting when she joined Weinhold, Nickel & Company, LLP in 2002.


     Pam has experience in corporate, not-for-profit and personal income tax preparation; financial statement preparation; compilation and review services, as well as governmental and not-  for-profit auditing. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Pam currently resides in Lititz, PA. 








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    Jennifer Deck -
    WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital

       Jennifer Deck is the Physician and Community Marketing Coordinator for Ephrata Community Hospital. With over 10 years of marketing & advertising experience, she joined Ephrata Community Hospital in December of 2012.  Her primary responsibilities include providing marketing & advertising services to the Northern Lancaster County Medical Group practices, specialty practices, and managing their website.  She is also responsible for providing maintenance and daily updates for the Ephrata Community Hospital’s social media sites. 

       Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002. Originally from Bucks County, Jennifer relocated to Denver, PA, upon marrying her husband, Nathan, in 2011. They Currently reside in Mohnton, PA. Jennifer also enjoys serving as a member of the hospital’s Annual Starlight Gala committee.  In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband, daughter, Paisley and cat, Figaro. 

  • Directors

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    Kurt Gardner Gardner & Stevens, P.C.

       A life-long resident of Lancaster County, Mr. Gardner graduated cum laude from The Dickinson School of Law in 1987, Franklin and Marshall College in 1984 and Warwick High School in 1980. He has since concentrated in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and various types of civil litigation.
       Mr. Gardner has been actively involved in the community, including the Lions Club, Teens Responding to Adult Care and Kindness, and the Ephrata High School Mock Trial Team. He has chaired numerous parent organizations at Warwick High School, and is a leader of several groups at Salem United Methodist Church in Rothsville. Presently Mr. Gardner also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce, is President of The Brickerville Volunteer Fire Company and serves as Lieutenant in the Brickerville Fire Police.

       Mr. Gardner has received awards for excellence in providing legal service to the underprivileged, and he frequently lectures on the practice of law to local groups and organizations. He is a certified member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates' Forum for his handling of multi-million dollar wrongful death and personal injury cases. Mr. Gardner has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell with the highest rating a lawyer can receive for legal ability and ethical standards.

       Mr. Gardner resides in Brickerville with his wife, Heidi, and their children, Lyndsay and Adam.


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    Chief William Harvey - Ephrata Police Department

       Chief William L. “Bill” Harvey is native Virginian from the County of Appomattox. He has served as the Chief of Police for the Ephrata Police Department since Feb 2009. Prior to this he served as the Chief of Police with the Lebanon City Police Dept (PA) from April 2002 to February 2009. Harvey served for over twenty-two years with the Savannah (GA) Police Department. Rising through the ranks to Lieutenant with assignments in Field Operations, Investigations and Support Services, and completed his career as the Director of Training. He was also the Law Enforcement Emergency Operations Commander for the Chatham County/Savannah Emergency Management Administration.

       Currently he serves as the Chair of the Criminal Justice committee member of the South Central (PA) Joint Terrorism Task Force with additional assignment to the

    Agra-Terrorism subcommittee.

       Harvey is an Army veteran, a Sgt in the US Army Military Police Corps. He has a BA in Criminology from St Leo University and a graduate of the Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville (103rd AOC). He is on the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ileeta.org) and POLICE magazine. Has published numerous articles in professional related periodicals, lectured nationwide and is a regular contributor and free-lance writer.

       He is married to Rita Harvey, they have two sons. One serving in the USAF as T/Sgt and the second is employed by the Virginia State Police. The Chief and his wife enjoy antiques, knife collecting and shooting.








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    Dave Lloyd - Ephrata Area Rehabilitation Services

       David B. Lloyd has over 33 years of experience in the administration and development of not-for-profit/municipal leisure services.  Extensive experience has been in the responsibility and accountability for the management, administration and operation of community/recreation centers; public/private collaborations; and park systems, which included the strategic planning, public relations, boards and commissions, membership promotion and marketing programs, human resources, facilities, maintenance and fiscal planning.  

       Presently Mr. Lloyd serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer of the Ephrata Area Rehabilitation Services. He also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Cocalico Senior Association.

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    Greg LoPiccolo - Ephrata Senior High School

       Greg LoPiccolo is a business educator at Ephrata High School.  He enjoys teaching practical business classes like Law, Money Management, Marketing, Information Technology, and Job Shadow.  Greg also works at many different sporting events throughout the school year, sells on eBay, and volunteers his time in many school related functions.  Greg holds a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University in Information Technology for Business Education and a master’s degree from Wilkes University in Technology in the Classroom.  In Greg’s free time he enjoys rooting for Philadelphia Sports Teams, watching movies, and spending time with his wife.  

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    Jim Summers - Ephrata Recreation Center

       Jim Summers is the Executive Director of the Ephrata Recreation Center and has over 40 years of experience in community recreation.   After working part-time for the Rec through high school and college, Jim joined the Ephrata Recreation Center's full-time staff as its Racquetball Director in 1980.   He was promoted to Program Coordinator in 1993 and Executive Director in 2012.   A 1976 graduate of Ephrata High School, he earned a degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg State College in 1980.
       In addition to his roles at the Rec Center, Jim is President of the Red Rose Midget Football League, Chair of the Ephrata Chamber Golf Tournament, a member of the Denver-Ephrata Area Rotary Club and is a PIAA football official.  He has been a member of the Mayor's Advisory Council for Youth, the Warwick to Ephrata Rails to Trails Feasibility Committee, Ephrata War Memorial Association and has served on the Ephrata High School Football Coach Search and Turf Field committees.

       Jim lives in Clay Township with his wife Wanda. They are the parents of two children, Eric Minnich and Annette Minnich.


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    Penny Talbert - Ephrata Community Library

       Penny Talbert has worked at the Ephrata Public Library for 12 years. She has held positions as Community Relations and Outreach Coordinator, Youth Services Manager, Acquisitions Manager, Young Adult Librarian and, finally, was appointed Executive Director in 2010. The Ephrata Public Library is the highest circulating library in Lancaster County and is known for it’s unconventional approach to providing public programs to the community. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland and her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Before becoming a librarian, she owned a commercial printing company and, later, a public relations firm specializing in artist and musician development.


       Penny serves on the Board of Directors for the Robesonia Public Library and the Health Sciences Library Consortium, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that provides information sharing among libraries in Pennsylvania. She also chairs the Concerts by the Creek Committee, an organization founded by the Ephrata Borough to bring live music to Grater Park. She also is the Co-Chair of the Chamber’s Professional Development and Community Connections Committee. She has developed a Community Librarianship program for Rutger’s University and was an Adjunct Instructor at Reading Area Community College. In 2005, her teen program at the library was named MVP (Most Valuable Program) of the Year by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocated) magazine.


       Penny is passionate about making the library a destination in the community. She has developed the concept of “Guerrilla Librarianship,” which follows the philosophy of fearless innovation and public librarians embedding themselves in community organizations. She specializes in transliteracy, “big picture” management and . She lives in Wernersvile with her husband, Jason, and has way too many cats. She sees her membership in the Chamber as both a way to connect local businesses with the wealth of resources provided by the library and as a way to serve the community.

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    David Boland is the Administrator of The Groves Retirement Home and President of Safe & Sound Inc., the owner of The Groves. The Groves is a licensed personal care home that focus on serving seniors in a non-institutional setting. The focus of the Groves is Community, Independence and peace of mind.  He has been involved with The Groves since its development and implementation 26 years ago.  He is also co-owner of Safe and Sound Properties, a real estate management and renovation company.      

    David is a Pennsylvania State University graduate where he holds a B.S. degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Intuitional Management and a minor in Real Estate Management.  He is a licensed Personal care home administrator and has held a Real Estate License for over 20 years. David has held positions in Restaurant and Hotel Management; Design and Construction Management; and Operations Manager for the Lancaster Country Club.  He has extensive knowledge in residential total home renovations and construction.

    David serves as Treasurer of the Ephrata Merchants Association, Co-Chair for the Ephrata Downtown Tree lighting and Santa arrival and coordinates the Christmas town lights and wreaths.

    David was a prior resident of Ephrata but currently lives in West Lampeter Township with his 3 dogs that accompany him daily to The Groves.

  • Staff



    Andrea Glass, Executive Director

    Amanda Merk, Administrative & Event Coordinator

    Cassie Vaitl, Intern