Sheryl Cohen

Sheryl Cohen

 

Sheryl brings extensive customer service, problem resolution and administrative management skills to the office. Her passion to give back to the community has driven her to volunteer in numerous capacities, from Girl Scout Leader to Council PTA President. She is interested in policies that protect and support the growth and enrichment of our youth. 

Sheryl is a graduate of Penn State University and has two grown daughters.

Stephanie Hardman

Stephanie Hardman

 

Steph has worked for the caucus for 15 years, and for 7 different (5 former) members; Rep. Miller being the 8th. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.  She played lacrosse and basketball for the Saints. A point of emphasis in the body of work she performs for the Caucus lies within Labor policy and issues that affect the working class. 

Steph is a native Pennsylvanian from Harrisburg, and has a husband, Matt, and daughter, Zoe, age 17. She coaches girls’ lacrosse for Central Dauphin High School (her alma mater) and at the club/travel level for Fusion Lacrosse Club of Central PA

Jennifer Rick

Jenn is a former scientist who spent her career working at start-up companies in the biotechnology industry. She grew up in the beautiful Laurel Highlands and earned undergraduate degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University. After many years in the DC metro area, she returned to Pittsburgh and joined the Pittsburgh Technology Council assisting regional life sciences companies. 

Jenn currently lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband and two teenage children. She is a Board Member of the Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Sustainability Board, a PTA volunteer, a Girl Scout leader and a member of Women in Bio.  Jenn is passionate in serving her community and devoted to sustainability and environmental justice.

Louise Larkin

Louise spent much of her professional life working in education, first as a teacher in inner-city Miami, then later as a special educator and college instructor here in Pittsburgh, before joining the office staff in September 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami in Coral Gables and completed her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests include policies that will promote equity for all Americans, as well as those which will improve the lives of children today and in the future. 

Louise is a product of the Mt. Lebanon School District and is married to Brennen, a fellow Mt. Lebanon High School grad. They have two children. 

Ian Dimm

Ian joined the House Democratic Caucus in 2017 as part of the Legislative Policy and Research Office. There, he drafted legislation and conducted research for members with a focus on issues surrounding Pennsylvania’s judicial system and the Liquor Control Board, and ultimately managed two teams of analysts covering the policy areas of transportation, state government, local government, as well as the judiciary and liquor. As part of Chairman Miller’s team within the Office of the Democratic Caucus Chair, Ian assists in the management of caucus business and any other issue that may arise. 

Ian graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Political Science. He is a lifelong resident of the Harrisburg area and currently resides in Carlisle, PA with his partner Majda, Riki the dog, and Rosie the cat. 

John O'Donnell

John O’Donnell started with the House Democratic Caucus during the COVID-19 pandemic in September 2020, focusing on research and legislation in the fields of education and finance policy as well as his personal interest in clean and transparent government.

John graduated with a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of International Politics from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. John worked abroad for several years in American and Irish companies as well as in international non-profits. A keen gardener and frequent hiker on the Appalachian Trail, John lives just off the trail north of Harrisburg.

Elizabeth Vinette

Legislative Assistant

Elizabeth has been working for the caucus since May of 2021 with Representative Miller being the first member she has had the opportunity to work for. She has earned her bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University in Communication/ Journalism with a minor in Fine Arts. During her time there she played on the rugby team and held the titles of Vice President, President, and captain. Elizabeth focuses her political interests in the rights of women, and criminal justice.

She resides in the beautiful Carlisle, Pennsylvania sharing her home with her adorable cat, Skylar. She gets the most enjoyment out of spending time with her family and especially her two young nephews