Dr. Kyle C. Kopko
Executive Director

Dr. Kyle C. Kopko was appointed director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania in July 2020. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Kopko served as Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning, and Associate Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University in 2010, with a concentration in public law and judicial politics. Dr. Kopko has authored or co-authored more than 30 scholarly publications, including two university press books, and he regularly speaks on a wide range of policy and political topics. His research has also received national and international media attention in numerous outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Fox News Channel.
Jonathan Johnson
Senior Policy Analyst

Jonathan is the Center’s Senior Policy Analyst. He joined the Center in 1990, and has developed, and continues to maintain, the state's first rural database on socioeconomic and demographic factors. Jonathan analyzes and evaluates rural policies and programs, helps organize workshops on rural community development issues, conducts and analyzes the results of numerous statewide surveys of municipal officials, fire chiefs and other officials, reviews grant proposals for the Center and for state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations, and writes articles for the Center’s bi-monthly newsletter and other statewide publications. Jonathan also represents the Center on various boards and commissions. Jonathan has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Political Science, and a master’s degree in Policy Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.
Pam Frontino
Program Manager for Grants

Pam administers the Center’s research grants program and sponsored initiatives, and assists with internal research projects and reports. Pam joined the Center in December 2020. Previously, she served in civic engagement roles at West Chester University and Susquehanna University, leading projects in sustainable community development, food security and access, and academic service-learning. She has also worked for community-based organizations in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and internationally. Pam holds a master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University.
Christine Caldara Piatos
Communications Manager

Christine manages all of the Center’s written and digital communication platforms, including its bi-monthly newsletter, research reports, website, and social media. She also works with media, supervises the Center’s participation in trade shows and conferences, organizes special events, reviews grant proposals, and represents the Center on several boards and commissions.Christine joined the Center in 1998. Previously, she worked in corporate public relations, specializing in employee communications; as a private communications consultant; and as a writer and graphic designer for a monthly statewide magazine.She has a master’s degree in Organizational Communications from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Broadcasting from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
Linda Hinson
Office Manager

Linda primarily attends to the fiscal needs of the Center, including payroll, expense processing, and employee benefits. She also handles board meeting logistics, assists with conferences and special events planning, and manages the distribution of the Center’s bi-monthly newsletter and research reports. Linda joined the Center in December 2020. Before she joined the Center, Linda worked in higher education as a Program Assistant in several programs, including the Honors Program at Elizabethtown College. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College.
David W. Martin
Public Policy Data Analyst

David is the Center's Public Policy Data Analyst. He joined the Center in September 2021 and assists in the development and analysis of the Center's database on socioeconomic and demographic factors.Before he joined the Center, David worked as a data analyst for Baltimore City's Department of General Services, and as a senior research assistant for the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors. David has a master's degree in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Applied Economics from Ursinus College.