So the PIEA did a thing . . .
The PIEA announced it's inaugural Board of Directors -- which includes members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
As someone who spent his entire career working within and around government and specifically state legislatures, I know just how HUGE this announcement is for the legitimacy and impact of the organization.
Joining the PIEA Board are Senator Scott Martin of Lancaster County. Sen. Martin is the Majority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, which as you can imagine is a powerful role relating to the state's education policies. And with Lancaster's emergence as a hub of high school esports programming, having Sen. Martin as part of our efforts will provide an advocate for esports and our regulatory structure at the highest of levels.
We also have Senator Lisa Boscola of the Lehigh Valley joining our Board. Sen. Boscola is the Democratic Chair of the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee, another influential role that looks at emerging industries and the state's regulatory approach to industry in general, especially regarding internet and broadband accessibility. And with the Lehigh Valley becoming an emerging esports region in Pennsylvania, this relationship will be key to our success.
Philadelphia state Rep. Donna Bullock is also joining the PIEA Board. Rep. Bullock is the Chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLCB) and a leader within the House Democrats. It is vital for esports to continue to look at ways to expand diversity and inclusion efforts and to ensure that programs are growing in all areas of the state. Also, having a voice on our Board that represents the largest city in the state is key to our growth and outreach. Plus Rep. Bullock's own children are engaged in the STEM side of video gaming and she knows first hand their positive impacts.
And last, but certainly not least, Rep. Mike Puskaric, who represent communities in Allegheny and Washington counties our near Pittsburgh, has joined the PIEA Board. Rep. Puskaric has been an early advocate for our regulatory approach with high school esports, and is focused on bringing more programs to southwestern and western Pennsylvania. He is a member of the House Education Committee and will be a key advocate for our organization as we look to bridge the gap and bring more programs to schools throughout the Commonwealth.
Beyond the influential legislators that have agreed to be members of the PIEA Board, we also named key partners representing high schools and communities from across the state. The PIEA Board will have folks representing high school athletics, educators and school boards. And it includes folks knowledgeable in regulatory affairs and the esports ecosystem.
In addition to the state legislators mentioned above, the inaugural PIEA Board of Directors includes:
Josh Bound, teacher with the Chambersburg Area School District and President of Video Game Clubs of America
Matthew Fox, Assistant Principal of Garden Spot Middle School
Kammas Kersch, Educational Innovation Specialist with the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the head of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Esports League
Langdon Ramsberg, attorney with McNees Wallace & Nurick and Chair of the firm’s Esports Practice Group
Jesse Robinson, Director of the Glimcher Tech & Design Hub at Shady Side Academy
Brienna Simons, Athletic Director of Lakeview School District and member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District 10 committee
Bill Thomas, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Esports Coalition
Justin Warren, Vice President of the Central Dauphin School Board
Click the image below to read the official PIEA announcement: