Board of Commissioners

2014 Board of Commissioners
Standing (Left to Right): Kenneth E. Fetrow, President Al Bienstock, John P. Gaspich, Jr., Vice President John V. Thomas, and Nathan P. Silcox


Albert Bienstock Al Bienstock
Term Expires 1/2020

Police Liaison
Local Emergency Preparedness Committee
Delegate to Cumberland County Tax Collection Committee/Tax Bureau (Chairman)
Delegate to Cumberland York Area Local Defense Group (Co-Chairman)
Delegate to Department of Defense Joint Land Use Study (Management Committee)
Delegate to Municipal Advisory Board

In office consecutively since 1/2002

After 17 years in administration and management positions in corporate finance and credit departments of major corporations, Al Bienstock changed careers. For the next 30 years he was an insurance broker, primarily providing employee benefits programs for large and small employer groups, until his recent retirement from self-employment. He also held active ownership interests in several security-related businesses. Prior to his election as a Hampden Township Commissioner, taking office in 2002, Al served for a combined 13 years on Hampden's Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commission. His involvement in our community encompasses a wide range of activities including Governor-Elect Tom Ridge's Transition Team, Governor Ridge's IMPACCT Commission Task Force on Banking and Insurance, and the Governor's Advisory Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Al was a Cumberland County Delegate to the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. He also served on the Boards of the Tri-County and Pennsylvania Mental Health Associations, Pennsylvanians for Right to Work, and AHEDD (training and job placement for individuals with developmental disabilities), as well as several other state, county, and charitable boards and commissions. He currently serves on the Boards of Citizens Against Higher Taxes, the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, and Bethany Development Corp. (Bethany Towers), as well as the Business Advisory Board of Central Penn College. For several years, he has been teaching entrepreneurship as a Junior Achievement volunteer. He was a soccer coach and Board Member of the Hampden Township Youth Soccer Association, and a co-founder of the Hampden Memorial Day Weekend Girls Soccer Tournament. Al has chaired training seminars at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, wrote an on-line political commentary newsletter for 13 years, and is an avid (amateur) magician. After enlisting and serving as an Army Security Agency cryptographer in the Far East, Al started his business career while attending Rutgers University at night. He and Elyse, married in 1968, have lived in Hampden Township since 1975, and their two daughters were raised here.

John V. Thomas John V. Thomas
Vice President
Term Expires 1/2020

Sewer/Stormwater Authority Member
Stormwater Authority Liaison
Industrial Development Authority
Solid Waste
Alternate Delegate to Central PA Association of Township Commissioners
Delegate to Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners
Governor's Delegate to Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Committee
County Delegate to Cumberland County Transportation Planning Task Force

In office consecutively since 07/2007

John V. Thomas graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School (1963) and from Villanova University (1967), with a BS in Economics (Finance Major). He was a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He is Vice President of the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners, Chairman of the Hampden Township Sewer Authority, Treasurer of the Cumberland County Recycling and Waste Authority, member of the Cumberland County Transportation Task Force, Vice Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Board, member of the PA State Association of Township Commissioners Executive Committee, member of the Board of the Friends of Historic Peace Chruch and a Eucharistic Minister at Good Shepherd Church. He has previously served as President of the following organizations: PA State Association of Township Commissioners, PA State Association of Councils of Government, Central Association of Township Commissioners, West Shore Wage Tax Bureau, West Shore Council of Governments, South Central League of Municipalities, the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners, the Mechanicsburg North Rotary Club and the Good Shepherd Capital Campaign. He served as VP of the PA Local Government Investment Trust. He is also a past member of Governor Thornburgh's Task Force for Housing and the United Way Allocations Committee. John was selected as Harrisburg Magazine's "Readers Choice" Stockbroker in 2004 and 2006 and "Simply the Best" Stockbroker in 2005. He served in the 28th Infantry Division of the PA National Guard. John is married to Judy Thomas. They have one daughter, Kathleen (married to Edward Savage), and three grandsons, Michael, Ethan and Kyle. John and Judy have lived in Hampden Township since 1973.

Commissioner Nate Silcox Nathan P. Silcox
Assistant Secretary
Term Expires 1/2022

Fire Company Liaison (Member of Strategic Planning & Marketing Committees)
Golf Advisory Board Liaison
Planning Commission Liaison
Veterans Recognition Committee Liaison (Founder & Past Chair)
Delegate to Capital Region Council of Governments (Past President, Chair of Public Safety Committee & Delegate to Cumberland County Radio Advisory Board)
Alternate Delegate to Cumberland County Municipal Advisory Board
Delegate to Central PA Association of Township Commissioners (Past President)
Alternate Delegate to PA State Association of Township Commissioners (2nd Vice President, Member of the Executive Board, and Member of 1st Class Township Code Rewrite Committee
Governor's Appointee to the Pennsylvania 9-1-1 Advisory Board
Governor's Appointee to the Pennsylvania Local Government Records Committee
Senate appointee to the National Guard Youth Challenge Advisory Board

In office consecutively since 1/25/2010

Nate Silcox has nearly 25 years of experience in public policy at the state and local levels. He currently serves as Executive Director of the PA Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee for Senator Mike Regan. During his time in the Senate, Nate has served as the Executive Director of the Aging & Youth, Communications & Technology, and the Local Government Committees. He has also served in Senate Leadership Offices, assisting the Senate Majority Whip in the performance of floor duties and working for the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary as Legislative Director. In these capacities, Nate has had a major role in passage of the following laws: allowing municipalities to establish tax credits for first responders, strengthening the National Guard Educational Assistance Program, permitting counties to establish Regional Booking Centers, expanding the Local Government Capital Project Loan Fund, permitting students with severe allergies to carry EpiPens to schools, authorizing Respite Care programs for senior citizens, and Chloe's Law - protecting children with Down Syndrome. Nate started his career as a member of Governor Tom Ridge's team in the Department of Education helping to establish academic standards, ensure school safety, and provide for additional educational opportunities.

As a Hampden Township Commissioner, Nate founded and chaired the Veterans Recognition Committee, which hosts the Township's Memorial Day Service, holds an annual Golf Outing, an annual "Wing Madness" fundraiser and is leading the efforts to complete the Veterans Park & Memorial. Nate also established an annual Hampden Commissioners Breakfast with Business Leaders and the Hampden Township Community Shred Day. During his tenure as liaison to the Golf Advisory Board, Armitage Golf Course was voted Simply the Best 4 out of 5 years; the Capital Region COG won the Harrisburg Chamber's 2013 Government Leader of the Year Award; and the Planning Commission - which is completing its first Comprehensive Plans since 1994 - has been lauded by Cumberland County as one of the area's best. Meanwhile, the Volunteer Fire Company - which responds to the second highest number of calls in the county each year - is involved in the establishment of a new partnership between Cumberland Valley High School and HACC teaching a Fire 101 Course. Nate is also involved with the update of the First Class Township Code, which Hampden Township operates under. In 2018, Nate received the COG's "Perry Albert Distinguished Service Award" for his dedicated service to the community. Nate will serve as President of the State Association of Township Commissioners in 2020.

Nate was born and raised in Silver Spring Township, graduated from Cumberland Valley School District, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Minor in History from Lock Haven University and received a Masters in Public Administration from Penn State Harrisburg. He is a member and Deacon at New Covenant Fellowship Presbyterian Church. He has volunteered for Hampden Youth Baseball, the Central PA Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Model Legislature Committee, Junior Achievement, helped found the one-time Central PA Fish Tank Scholarship Program ("Shark Tank" for high school students) and is a member of the West Shore Elks Club. He is married to Magisterial District Judge Kathryn Silcox, and has two children.

Kenneth E. Fetrow Kenneth E. Fetrow
Term Expires 1/2022

Public Works Department Liaison
Civil Service Commission
Recreation and Park Department Liaison

In office consecutively since 1/2006

Ken Fetrow was born and raised in Hampden Township. He is a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey. Commissioner Fetrow served 43 years in Police Service, 35 years as the Police Chief for Hampden Township.

John P. Gaspich, Jr. John P. Gaspich, Jr.
Term Expires 1/2022

Sewer/Stormwater Authority Member
Sewer Authority Liaison
Emergency Medical Services
Alternate Delegate to Capital Region Council of Governments

John P. Gaspich, Jr., is the Senior Vice President and Chief Audit Executive for Penn State Health, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and is Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Master of Law and the Master of Public Administration degree programs, and previously graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Professional Accountancy.  He previously practiced at international public accounting firms providing financial, assurance, compliance, and performance improvement consulting services to businesses, non-profits, colleges and universities, and governments, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and many of its agencies and departments, and numerous Pennsylvania counties. He possesses over 30 years of extensive experience in the intricacies of business, government, and health care operations.  John serves on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Health Care Expert Panel where he is a contributor to numerous professional publications for the health care industry, including the annual Health Care Entities Audit and Accounting Guide and the annual Health Care Industry Developments Audit Risk Alert. He also serves on the AICPA Risk Management and Internal Control Strategic Advisory Group, and on the AICPA Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Working Group which assists CPAs in reporting on the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of information controls relevant to the security, availability, and processing integrity of the systems entities use to process electronic data.  John was appointed by his professional CPA peers to the AICPA Joint Trial Board which ensures uniform enforcement of professional and ethical standards by adjudicating disciplinary charges against AICPA and state CPA society members. He served as a contributor and the overall executive reviewer of two additional professional publications, The AICPA Audit Committee Toolkit, for both the governmental and not-for-profit sectors.  John is a member of InfraGard, a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and private sector persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, and state and local law enforcement agencies dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States. He has continually served on the Hampden Township Sewer Authority since 1996 and previously served as a member of the Hampden Township Golf Advisory Board. He and his wife, Anne, have lived in Hampden Township for over 25 years raising their four children.

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