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John F. Mizner, Esq.
Title:Chairman
Residence:Erie, PA
Education:St. Vincent College (BA), University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD)
Appointed:Appointed in 1995 by the Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, Governor, in June 2005 by the Honorable John M. Perzel, Speaker of the House, in February 2009 by the Honorable Joseph B. Scarnati III, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and reappointed in April 2014.
Biography:John Mizner is an Attorney in Erie, PA.
George D. Bedwick
Title:Vice Chairman
Residence:Harrisburg, PA
Education:Kings College (BA), Dickinson School of Law (JD)
Appointed:January 2009 by the Honorable Keith R. McCall, Speaker of the House, in January 2012 by the Honorable Frank Dermody, Democratic Leader.
Biography:George D. Bedwick retired from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2007 serving in positions that included Legislative Director for the Majority Leader and Legislative Counsel to the Minority and Majority Whip. He is also a former board member of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
W. Russell Faber
Title:Commissioner
Residence:Harrisburg, PA
Education:Penn State University, BBA with high honors
Appointed:February 2014 by the Honorable Samuel H. Smith, Speaker of the House
Biography:W. Russell Faber retired from the Pennsylvania Senate in December 2013 after serving as the Chief Clerk for 25 years. Mr. Faber also served as Executive Director of the House Bipartisan Management Committee for four years. He is a CPA and a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.
Lawrence J. Tabas, Esq.
Title:Commissioner
Residence:Philadelphia, PA
Education:University of Pennsylvania (BA, MA), Georgetown University Law Center (JD)
Appointed:February 2011 by the Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor
Biography:Lawrence J. Tabas is a partner in the firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell and Hippel LLP and is Chairman of both the Firm’s Health Care Practice Group and Election Law Practice Group. His health care practice includes the representation of physicians, health care providers and health care entities in the legal aspects of health care, compliance matters, and business transactions. He also has long term experience representing counties and their behavioral health programs, including the development of risk management models and contracting for such programs. His election law practice encompasses both federal and state legal issues and litigation affecting candidates, committees, and political party committees.
Dennis A. Watson, Esq.
Title:Commissioner
Residence:Pittsburgh, PA
Education:University of Pennsylvania (BA), University of Pittsburgh (JD)
Appointed:July 2012 by the Honorable Jay Costa, Senate Democratic Leader
Biography:Dennis A. Watson currently serves as President of Grogan Graffam PC. He is a proctor in the Maritime Law Association and a member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. He also serves as a trustee of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, chairman of the Borough of West View Zoning Hearing Board and Chairman of the Municipal Authority of the Borough of West View. He is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County.

Members & Staff
Name Title Email Address Phone
Corinne Brandt Regulatory Analyst cbrandt@irrc.state.pa.us 717-783-6834
David Sumner Executive Director dsumner@irrc.state.pa.us 717-783-5506
Leslie A. Lewis Johnson, Esq. Chief Counsel ljohnson@irrc.state.pa.us 717-783-5417
Fiona E. Wilmarth Director of Regulatory Review fwilmarth@irrc.state.pa.us 717-783-5417
Cheryl A. Yohn Director of Administration/Comptroller cyohn@irrc.state.pa.us 717-772-3455
Kathy A. Cooper Administrative Assistant kcooper@irrc.state.pa.us 717-783-5417
Stephen F. Hoffman Research Technician shoffman@irrc.state.pa.us 717-783-6772
Michelle L. Elliott Regulatory Analyst melliott@irrc.state.pa.us 717-787-8491
Scott R. Schalles Regulatory Analyst sschalles@irrc.state.pa.us 717-214-8955
James M. Smith Regulatory Analyst jsmith@irrc.state.pa.us 717-783-5439