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  • Officers & Staff Info
    President

    Art Martynuska

    Art Martynuska retired in 2010 as a fire fighter/paramedic for the City of Johnstown and President of the Johnstown Fire Fighters Union. Art was elected to the position of President of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association at the 41th annual convention of that association held in Philadelphia. The association represents over 10,000 active and retired fire fighters, EMT's and paramedics throughout the Commonwealth. Mr. Martynuska has been active for many years in the local labor movement. He held the position of President for the Johnstown local fire fighters union for the 14 years. Currently, Mr Martynuska is a Vice President of the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor/Council of Industrial Organizations. Mr. Martynuska has a Bachelors Degree in Fire Science and Safety Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and Masters Degree in Public Safety from St. Josephs’ University in Philadelphia. In 2003 he was selected by the International Association of Fire Fighters as one of two fire fighters from across the country to attend the prestigious Trade Union Program at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts. He has also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Brother Martynuska holds a Fire Officer IV certification as well as certifications in 15 other disciplines in the fire and emergency service field, Currently, he sits on the NFPA 1201 and 1250 committees. Art also is a graduate of the IAFF Political Training Academy.  Mr. Martynuska is also an adjunct instructor for the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy in Lewistown, PA and for Bucks County Community College In addition, Mr. Martynuska sits on the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Fire Service Accreditation Advisory Committee, the Pennsylvania Municipal Employees Retirement Committee, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioners' Fire Safety Advisory Board, Pennsylvania 911 Advisory Board. Prior to his election as President Mr. Martynuska served as a Recording Secretary for the State Fire Fighters Association, having first been elected to the that office in 2004. Contact: 717-221-8800, ext 203, Office, 814-525-0536 Mobile, amartynuska@ppffa.org email.




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    717 221 8800
    Secretary Treasurer

    David Schmidt
    David was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association in 2004 at the Association’s Convention in Erie. Before being elected to Secretary/Treasurer David served 14 years as Eastern Vice President of the PPFFA. During his tenure as Vice President he served on the Municipal Employees Pension Advisory Committee, alternate to the Governor’s Committee to investigate Fire Fighter Deaths in Pennsylvania, and co-chaired along with Vice President Matta the Fund Raising activities of the PPFFA. In 1999 David started the PPFFA Children’s Burn Camp for children who have survived burn injuries. David began his fire service career in 1978, with the Allentown Fire Department. There he served Allentown Local 302 for seventeen (17) years, ten of those as President. Prior to entering the Fire Service he worked for General Electric Portable Appliance Division in Allentown serving as a shop steward for three years. David has attended many labor study classes and seminars over the years both sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters, and the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association.


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    7172218800
    Recording Secretary

    Dave Chiaramonte
    Dave was elected to this position during the 41st bienniel convention held in Philadelphia. He has served the City of Erie as a Firefighter and EMT since 1991. Dave was elected to the position of Director for Local 293 in 1994. In 2000 he was elected to Treasurer. From 2006 through 2016, Dave served as President of the Local. Previously, he held the postion of Trustee for the PPFFA. He resides in Erie with his wife Barb, and has sons Matt and Pete who both reside in Erie.


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    Phone:
    814-873-3299
    Eastern District Vice President

    Pete Huf

    Peter Huf was first elected Eastern District Vice President of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire fighters Association in 2004 at the Association’s Convention in Erie. The Association represents 10,000 active and retired fire fighters, EMT’s and paramedics throughout the Commonwealth. Mr. Huf has been active for many years in the local labor movement. He held the position of President for the Upper Darby local fire fighters union for 12 years and served a total of 24 years on Upper Darby’s Executive Board. Currently he serves as a pension trustee on the fire department pension board where he has served since 1990.

    Mr. Huf has a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Med Biology from Villanova University and a Mortuary Degree from Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. He also holds a Fire Officer IV certification as well as many other certifications in the fire service. Hired in 1987, Mr. Huf currently holds the rank of Deputy Chief in the Upper Darby Fire Department. He serves on the Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner’s Fire Safety Advisory Board and has been appointed again the IAFF State Field Service Representative. Pete and his wife Christine reside in Drexel Hill. They have three sons, Myles, Michael and Matthew.




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    610-639-4833
    Western District Vice President

    JT Pennington
    J.T. Pennington is an active Captain with the Aliquippa Bureau of Fire with over 12 years of union experience. He currently serves as the President of Aliquippa Local 802 and has concurrently risen through the ranks of the PA Professional Fire Fighters Association, being elected to the position of Trustee at the 42nd Convention and now currently serving as the Western District Vice President. Prior to joining the fire service, J.T. served honorably for 10 years in the United States Army and is a disabled veteran.


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    Phone:
    (724) 777-6644
    Eastern District Representative

    Ken Barton

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    717-471-1651
    Western District Representative
    Dale Hightree

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    (724) 813-6788
    Eastern District Representative

    Stacey Landrum

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    (610) 308-3743
    Western District Representative

    Eric Miller

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    814 242-6441
    Eastern District Representative
    Dave Gervasi

    David Gervasi retired in 2015 as the Administrative Captain for the City of Scranton, Bureau of Fire after 29 years of service.

    Mr. Gervasi served in various positions in IAFF Local 60 representing Scranton Fire Fighters for over 16 years including the elected positions of Seniority Chairman, Grievance Chairman, Union Spokesperson, Vice President and President. He also served in Local 60’s Honor Guard. 

    Mr. Gervasi was elected to the position of District Service Representative of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association at their 43rd annual convention held in Bethlehem. 

    Mr. Gervasi has been active for many years in the local labor movement. The grandson of a United Miner Workers Organizer and son of a former President of IBEW Local 2244, he began is union involvement as a Steward with SEIU Local 668 representing the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office.

    He currently holds the position of Vice President for the Northeast Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation, Vice President of the Greater Scranton Central Labor Council, President of the Northeast Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association and is a member of the Scranton Fire Fighters Retiree Association.  

    Mr. Gervasi also is a graduate of the IAFF Political Training Academy, Pennsylvania Deputy Sheriff’s Training Academy and attended Penn Foster College.  Prior to his election as District Service Representative, Mr. Gervasi served as an Act 47 Strike Team member and Convention Committee member for the State Fire Fighters Association.

    Mr. Gervasi resides in Scranton with his wife Karen and sons David and Michael. His oldest child, Alyssa lives with her husband Sgt. Christopher Bell (US Army) currently stationed at West Point NY.




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    570 466-5137
    Legislative Director

    Clark Bornais

    Clark was born into a Pennsylvania union family, his mother a school teacher and father an aircraft and industrial machinery mechanic. Many in his extended family work as auto workers, nurses, school teachers and steelworkers. He began his working life wanting to serve his community and country. As a teenager he was a lifeguard and canoeing instructor. At 18 he enlisted in the United States Army-Pennsylvania National Guard. Clark is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School, Maneuver Center of Excellence-Fort Benning, Georgia. He served honorably in the oldest regiment in Pennsylvania-the 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division-Benjamin Franklin’s “Associators” as a 4.2” Heavy Mortar Gunner, Fire Direction Specialist, Forward Observer and Infantry Scout. He was awarded the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

    Prior to being appointed to the City of Johnstown Fire Department, Clark worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for West End Ambulance Inc. Upon joining the Johnstown Fire Fighters Association, I.A.F.F. Local Union No. 463 he immersed himself in union activities. He was elected to the executive board as a Grievanceman in his second year on the job and went on to serve as Head Grievanceman, delegate to the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, member of the political action committee, representative to the Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally committee and delegate to the Johnstown Regional Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

    Clark is certified as a Firefighter II, EMT, Vehicle Rescue Technician, Driver/Operator Aerial & Pumper and Hazardous Materials Technician & Incident Commander. He obtained his labor education at the PPFFA George C. Meany Center for Labor Studies Training and has lobbied in both Harrisburg and Washington D.C. Although he has “hung up his coat” for the last time, Clark is proud to continue serving Pennsylvania’s Professional Firefighters, Paramedics and EMT’s as their advocate at the State Capitol!

    Clark enjoys salt-water fishing and hunting deer, turkey and pheasant. He competes in Texas Hold’em poker tournaments and is an avid motorcyclist, who along with his lovely wife Amanda Joe are active members of the Harrisburg Chapter, Harley Owners Group and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the IAFF-Motorcycle Group. They reside in Palmyra with their boxador Shadow.




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    717-221-8800
    Legislative Assistant
    Pat Miller

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    Political Director
    Mike Stender
    PPFFA Political Director is a veteran member of IAFF Local 428.  Mike brings a unique vitality and work experience to the PPFFA having formerly served as a staffer in the PA House and for a regional EMS Council in Pennsylvania. 


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    Phone:
    717-221-8800
    Legislative Assitant
    Kevin Ressler

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    Legislative Liaison
    Jack Gaffney

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    570 499-0587
    Legislative Liaison
    Chuck McQuilkin

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    Legislative Assistant
    Vince Sardo

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    Administrative Assistant

    Sally Kohr

    Sally joined the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association staff part-time as the Office Administrator in May, 2015.   Sally retired from the Senate of PA after a 36 year career at the Capitol.   During her long legislative career, she worked as a legislative staffer in the House of Representatives and served as a Chief of Staff during her Senate years.    Sally resides in the Harrisburg area and has two grown daughters. 




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    Phone:
    717-221-8800

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