Working for Christian unity
for the sake of the world
Interim Executive Director/Director of Finance & Facilities
Since 1992, Jan Gulick has served as Director of Finance and Facilities for the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. In that role, she tends the Council’s financial and business functions, manages the Pennsylvania United Church Center (a 40,000 SF office building in Lower Paxton Township), and supervises the Council’s clerical and maintenance staff.
Previous experience includes employment with The Farmers Bank and Trust Company as a loan officer and branch manager, as office manager for Lantz Manufacturing Company, and in the accounting department of Priority Systems, Inc.
Volunteer work and memberships include former member of the Business Woman’s Associations of both Lower Paxton Township and York County; serving as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia Society of Central PA; and local involvement with ladies auxiliaries and youth groups. Jan currently is a certified USA Junior Olympic Bowling Instructor coach of the youth in the Young American Bowling Alliance, serves on the Board of Directors of the Harrisburg District Bowling Association, and is a member of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association.
Rev. Sandra L.Strauss
Director of Advocacy & Ecumenical Outreach
Sand) joined the staff of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches in April 2004. As Director of Advocacy and Ecumenical Outreach for the Council, Sandy’s responsibilities are to inform, educate, and empower people of faith on significant public issues, facilitate the work of common ministry and ecumenical relationships, manage external communications, and organize and manage Council events.
Sandy received her Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She also holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Music from the Lindenwood Colleges (St. Charles, MO). She lives in Harrisburg with her husband, David Arnold, a handyman and clockmaker who does many things, but especially miraculous things with wood. Together they have reclaimed a city property on the block behind them for Dave’s clock and watch repair shop, a woodshop, a prolific garden, and a home for tens of thousands of bees.
Service Department Manager
Tommy has been employed with the Council as the service department manager since December of 2002. Since then, Tommy has tried to build relationships with current center tenants as well as local area non-profit agencies to better the productivity of the printing department.
Tommy has had on the job training for many print production and finishing pieces of equipment ranging from high speed copiers and offset printing machines to folding and collating equipment. The service department has grown its capabilities with the addition of items such as an offset plate maker and tabbing and binding equipment, to be able to add the services needed for the tenants and other non-profit agencies printing needs.
The service department strives hard to provide the printed tools needed for the agencies, so that they can properly convey their mission and purpose, printing materials that truly represent their individual identities and goals of outreach to the local community.
Tommy also enjoys bowling. He has been bowling since the age of 5, and uses his Saturday mornings to volunteer at the bowling center, coaching in the youth program from which he once competed.
Administrative Assistant to the Finance Office
Linda Shenck joined the staff of the Council in June 2014 as Administrative Assistant to the Finance Office.
Previously, Linda was employed by the Farmers Bank & Trust Co., Lantz Manufacturing Co., and Nationwide Insurance.
Linda lives in Harrisburg with her husband, Michael and her kittie Snickie. She enjoys gardening, photography, and bird watching. Linda loves all animals, has organized a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Harrisburg, and supports organizations that support the welfare of animals.
Advocacy Programs Coordinator
John-Michael assists the Director of Advocacy and Ecumenical Outreach with advocacy efforts around criminal justice, immigration, and gun violence.
Campground Ministry Coordinator
Deb Koretzky recently retired as a Local Pastor from the Susquehanna Conference UMC. She served 5 churches during her 16 years in the ministry. Upon retirement, she said, “I don’t think God is finished with me yet!” She became the Campground Ministry Coordinator for the Council starting in October 2017. Deb is married to Ralph for 33 years and they have 5 children and 7 grandchildren; 2 dogs and a cat and reside in Mechanicsburg. Deb is especially mission- oriented and has been on several mission trips to Africa and 12 to the Czech Republic where she does light construction work, Vacation Bible School with children and teaches English as a second language. Deb has been camping since she was 10 and loves the outdoors of PA. For her, the combination of Camping, Ministry and Administration, are an ideal place to spend her retirement days- still working for God. As Coordinator for the Campground Ministry, she will oversee the recruitment of Chaplains in the Parks, maintain communication with Local Committees and Funding Partners; handle the budgeting and expense reports for the chaplains and maintain open communication with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Parks, Committees and Chaplains.