Press Club Luncheon, Monday, October 31

Guest Speaker
Leigh Chapman
Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of State

Leigh M. Chapman was appointed Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth in January 2022. In this role, Chapman leads the Pennsylvania Department of State.

The mission of the Department is to promote the integrity of the electoral process, to support economic development through corporate filings and transactions, to protect the health and safety of the public through professional licensure, to maintain registration and financial information for thousands of charities, and to sanction professional boxing, kick-boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts events in the commonwealth. The department upholds the highest standards of ethics and competence in the areas of elections, campaign finance, notarization, professional and occupational licensure, and charitable solicitation.

Previously, Chapman served as executive director of Deliver My Vote. She also held senior leadership positions at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other non-partisan, non-profit election reform and advocacy organizations. From 2015 to 2017, Chapman served as policy director at the Department of State, advancing key agenda items including the implementation of electronic voter registration.

Chapman earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies and history from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the Howard University School of Law.


Press Club Luncheon Monday, September 26

Guest Speaker
Shamaine Daniels
Democratic Candidate for Congress
10th Congressional District

Shamaine Daniels is an at-large member of the Harrisburg City Council. She assumed office in 2014. Her current term ends on January 5, 2026.

She is the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 10th District, opposing incumbent Rep. Scott Perry.

Born in Venezuela, she came to the United States with her family at the age of 13. She earned a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2000, a graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2004, and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2004.

Press Club Luncheon, Monday, August 22

Guest Speaker
Rep. Seth Grove  (R-York)

Seth Grove has represented the 196th District in York County since 2008.

He earned his B.A. in Public Administration from York College in 2002. He then attended Graduate Work in Political Management at George Washington University. His professional experience includes working as a legislative assistant for both State Representative Todd Platts and State Representative Stan Saylor and as Chief of Staff for State Representative Keith Gillespie

During his time in the State House, Rep. Grove has served on 13 of the 26 standing committees. In addition to his legislative duties, he has served as an APPRISE counselor for the York County Area Agency on Aging. He is a member of the HACC York Campus Advisory Committee, Dover Lions Club, the Dover Fish and Game Association, Life Member of the National Rifle Association, and the Dover/York YMCA.

He resides in Dover with his wife, Dr. Kacey Grove, and their children, Andrew, Connor, and Raegan.

Press Club Luncheon Monday, July 25

Guest Speaker
US Rep. Madeleine Dean

Born and raised in Glenside, PA, to Bob and Mary Dean, Madeleine Dean got her start in politics around the dinner table with her five older brothers and one older sister. She graduated from Abington High School, and at age 18 won election to serve as a local committee-person.

Rep. Dean completed her undergraduate studies at La Salle University in Philadelphia, and earned her law degree at Delaware Law School of Widener University. She returned home, practicing law in a small Philadelphia firm and with the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and eventually serving as executive director. She then opened a small, three-woman law practice in Glenside.

From 2001 until 2011 she was a member of the English Department at LaSalle University, teaching composition, persuasive writing and rhetoric, business writing, legal writing, and ethics. She also contributed to The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News, The Patriot-News, and other publications.

In 2011, she ran for and served as Abington Township commissioner, before winning a special election to the Pennsylvania State House in 2012.

In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf appointed her to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, advising the Governor on policies and legislation to improve the lives of women and their families.

She decided to run for congress in 2018, when Pennsylvania had 18 Congressional seats — and 0 women. She ran for the Fourth Congressional District seat and won.

Rep. Dean is a lifelong parishioner of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Glenside, and has served as a board member for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She and her husband PJ Cunnane have three grown sons – Patrick, Harry and Alex; two daughters-in-law – Stephanie and Juliet; and two granddaughters and one grandson – Aubrey, Ella, and Sawyer.