Staff

RACHEL GLEASON

Executive Director

Rachel is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, the legislative and regulatory advocacy arm of the third largest coal producing state in the nation.

With over 200 member companies, Rachel works closely with elected officials and regulators at on the state and federal level to advance the interests of the bituminous coal mining industry and educate policymakers, elected leaders, and the public on the economic and social benefit of a stable coal industry in Pennsylvania. In this capacity, she works closely with the PA Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement under the U.S. Department of Interior, and other state and federal agencies with regulatory and enforcement responsibility for coal production and utilization. Rachel also interacts with state legislative leaders and committee chairs to promote the legislative interests of the PCA and its members, and serves as an alternate on the state's Mining and Reclamation Advisory Board.

Rachel came to the PCA after serving as Executive Director for the House Majority Policy Committee, as well as positions with a legislative reporting company and a public affairs consulting firm. During her eight years with the House of Representatives, she addressed policy initiatives and navigated the intricate details of the managed and advised state legislators on a myriad of highly technical and most complex issues. In the private sector, she advocated for clients at both the local and state levels, and demonstrated an ability to quickly build expertise in new areas and develop relationships with individuals and groups with diverse interests.

Rachel is a graduate of Shippensburg University. She lives in Hershey, PA with her husband, Pete and loyal Golden Retriever, Buckley.

 

WILL DANDO

Director

Government Affairs

Will Dando serves as Director of Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance.  In his role, Will works closely with elected leaders and regulators to promote the responsible mining of Pennsylvania bituminous coal with the intent of minimizing environmental impacts and enhancing the economic and social benefit to the employees, businesses, communities, and energy consumers who rely on this natural resource.  Will also specifically focuses on mine safety issues for and serves as the staff liaison to the PCA-appointed members of the Pennsylvania Board of Coal Mine Safety.


Prior to joining PCA, Will served in multiple positions in the Pennsylvania State Senate over a span of 12 years.  In his most recent role, Will served as Chief of Staff to the Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman and was integrally involved in the development and passage of significant legislation.  Prior to that, Will also served as Executive Director of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and Executive Director of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee.  


Will is a graduate of Penn State University.  He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife, Gwenn. They have two children.

 

BETSY FRANCES LEIBFRIED

Manager

Member Relations & Administrative Functions

Betsy came to the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance shortly after the PA Coal Association and FORCE merged in 2012. Prior to joining the PCA she spent 15 years in the Pennsylvania House and Senate serving as a District Director in constituent service offices. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and Notary Public. Her primary job with the PCA is to manage all of the administrative tasks that the organization requires, along with being a resource for members, and spearheading the annual fundraising efforts. 


Betsy lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Glenn, and is the proud mom of two grown sons and a little dog named Chase.