Joseph R. Kovel - PSTA President
Joseph R. Kovel enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police on 2/24/92. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Troop "J" Embreeville Patrol Unit. In 1995 he transferred to the patrol unit in Troop "T" Bowmansville and then Troop "T" Everett. In 1996 he transferred to the patrol unit in Troop "G" Bedford. In 2002 he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit Troop "G" McConnellsburg and that same year he transferred to the Criminal Investigation Unit Troop "G" Bedford. In 2010 Kovel was promoted to Corporal and assigned to Troop "C" Tionesta. In 2011 Kovel transferred to Troop "T" Highspire.
Joseph was a member of Lodge 66 from 1992 to 1995. A member of Lodge 57 from 1995 to present. While in Lodge 57 he has held the offices of Conductor and Secretary and is currently serving as Lodge President. He has served on the PSTA Negotiation Committee and currently serves on the Discipline/EIP Committee and as Chairman of the Office Issues Committee. Elected PSTA Secretary in January of 2008. Kovel was elected as PSTA President in January of 2012.
Resides in Bedford County with his wife Michelle and their son, Mitchell and their daughter, Ashley.
Todd Rudy - PSTA Vice President
Todd J. Rudy enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police February 24, 1992. Upon graduation from the State Police Academy, he was assigned to Troop T Pocono and Newville. In March of 1995 he transferred to Troop H where he was assigned to the patrol units in Chambersburg and Carlisle. In January of 1998 he transferred to the Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement – Financial Investigations/Asset Forfeiture Unit. In 2002 he was assigned to the Intelligence Unit within the Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement. In July 2003 the Central Interdiction Narcotics Unit was created and he was assigned to that unit. He was a member of the Departments Clandestine Lab Response Team from 2003 thru 2010.
Todd is an instructor for the Department in the Areas of Narcotics Identification, Narcotics Interdiction, First Aid and CPR. He was an eight year member of the Central Pennsylvania College Criminal Justice Review Board. He was a Top Gun Instructor for the Department for three years at the Northeast Counter Drug Training Center at Indiantown Gap. Todd also has been an Operator of the Departments Mobile Command Post since August of 2000. In July 2011 Todd was promoted to corporal and is assigned as a Patrol Supervisor at Troop H Carlisle Station.
Todd was President of F.O.P. Keystone Lodge #41 from 2002 to 2009. He has been a member of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association Board of Directors for over ten years. He was elected to the office of PSTA Treasurer in 2008 and in January of 2012 was elected as Vice President. Todd resides in Cumberland County with his wife and daughter.
Richard A. Neiswonger - PSTA Secretary
Richard A. Neiswonger enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police on August 5th, 1991. Upon graduation from the State Police Academy he was assigned to the patrol unit at Troop H, York. In 1994 he transferred to Troop E, Corry patrol unit until February of 2001 when he transferred into the Crime Unit at Troop E, Corry. In February, 2012 he will transfer to the new assignment of Troop CIA at Troop E Headquarters in Erie. Rich became a Lodge 41 member upon graduation from the academy until transferring to Lodge 48 in 1994. He has been an active member of Lodge 48 having served as trustee and lodge 48 fundraising committee for many years. He is the current Lodge 48 President and has acted in that capacity for 3 years. Rich has served on the Labor Relations Committee with the PSTA. Rich was elected as PSTA Secretary in January of 2012.
He resides in Corry, Erie County with his wife Ronda and 2 children
H. Roy Dannehower - PSTA Treasurer
Harry R. Dannehower III enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police on January 26th, 1987. Upon graduation from the State Police Academy he was assigned to the Patrol Unit at Troop M, Dublin. In 1995 he was assigned to the Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement-Strike Force and served in that position for one year. After that assignment he returned to Troop M, Dublin. In April 2001 he was promoted to Corporal and assigned to the Patrol Unit at Troop M, Fogelsville. In September 2009 he returned to the Patrol Unit at Troop M, Dublin where he currently serves.
Harry has been a member of FOP Lodge 40 his entire career. Within Lodge 40 he has served as Guard, Vice-President and as President for the past six years. Harry serves as the PSTA Chairman of the Political Endorsement Committee. He also serves on the Monetary Assistance Request Committee. He has served three terms on the Negotiation/Arbitration Committee and is the liaison to the National Troopers Coalition. Harry was elected as PSTA Treasurer in January of 2012
He resides in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., with his wife Jennifer.