Alex Baloga became PFMA President and CEO on July 1, 2017. After joining PFMA in 2013 as director of government relations, he was promoted to director of government and public relations in 2014 and to vice president of external relations in 2015. He leads PFMA’s government relations efforts at the local, state and federal level. He also manages our federal, state and Philadelphia Food PACs along with PFMA’s Legislative, Pharmacy and WIC Stakeholder’s Committees.
He serves on the Classification and Ratings Committee for the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau, and as a board member on the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund. In addition, he represents PFMA members on the newly created Pennsylvania Lottery Sales Advisory Council.
Baloga previously served as deputy finance director for Robert P. Casey’s re-election campaign for U.S. Senator, where he directed the fund raising activities in central Pennsylvania. He has extensive contacts from his experience as an associate lobbyist for Greenlee Partners, LLC, a premier government relations firm with offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
In addition, he worked in U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s Government office as a regional field manager, serving as the senator’s liaison to government, community and constituent groups in central Pennsylvania; monitoring local issues and developments, and representing Senator Casey at civic meetings and community events.
Baloga earned his bachelor’s degree in History with a specialty in Political Science from West Virginia University.
President Emeritus — David L. McCorkle
David L. McCorkle served as PFMA's executive director, government and public relations director from 1982-1986. He was appointed president and CEO in 1987. After more than 30 years, he announced plans to step down and become PFMA President Emeritus in 2017.
He has actively served on the board of trustees for the Food Marketing Institute, the National Grocers Association and as chair of Food Industry Association Executives. He served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, a statewide citizen's environmental organization, from 1996-1998 and continues to serve as a director. He also served as a board member and chair of the Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders from 1998-2006, and co-chaired the United Negro College Fund in Central Pennsylvania. He has served the United Way of the Capital Region in various capacities since 1980 and served on the board of Goodwill Industries of Central Pennsylvania from 1996-2006. In addition, he currently serves as Vice President of the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful board of directors.
Prior to joining PFMA, he worked in Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh's administration.
He received a master's degree from John Carroll University and holds a B.S. degree from Bucknell University.
Director of Communications & Media Relations — Elizabeth Peroni
Elizabeth Peroni joined the PFMA staff in 1994 as a communications specialist. Promoted to director of communications and media relations in 2000, she is responsible for the association’s overall communications efforts, including its print, digital and online communications. She produces the association’s monthly newsletter — The Spectrum.
Peroni attends industry events and store openings and writes about them in the newsletter. In addition, she supports the association’s business subsidiaries by producing their print and online marketing materials and she serves on the conference and educational planning committees.
She formerly served on board of directors for the Mid-Atlantic Food Trades Organization (MAFTO) and the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from West Virginia University.
Association Services Manager — Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas joined PFMA in 2018 as association services manager. He assists PFMA members with questions on legislative and regulatory issues; serves as a liaison to communicate emergency planning issues; manages the association’s committees, and provide government relations coverage in the monthly newsletter and weekly e-newsletter communications. In addition, he assists with the planning and educational programming for the PFMA Annual Conference, Fall Legislative Conference and webinars.
Originally from Luzerne County in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite region, Michael Thomas was introduced to the food industry at a young age through his uncle’s produce business. After earning a B.A. in English from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Michael served for more than 13 years as a staffer in both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, including as a Senate legislative director and as executive director of the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee.
Prior to his public service, Michael worked as a VA laborer, a literary researcher, and as a mascot for a professional baseball team and two radio stations.
Michael serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and as the local membership officer for the central Pennsylvania Chapter of American Mensa.
Executive Assistant — Jennifer Hamelin
Jennifer Hamelin joined the association in 1992 as a data entry clerk for MEMO. She held several positions in MEMO including Administrative Assistant to Tanya Butler, president of MEMO Financial Services, Inc., before becoming a compliance analyst where she monitored money order clearings and filed Suspicious Activity Reports with the IRS. She left the association in January 2010 to focus on her growing family and returned to PFMA as an Administrative Assistant in 2011.
Jennifer has an excellent customer service background and handles multiple tasks delegated by different associates in the Government Relations department as well as accounting. She handles PFMA membership inquiries and transactions as well as the administration of the Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholarship program.
Jennifer is a notary and has been a member of PAN since 2000.