Mike is the co-founder of Long, Nyquist & Associates and is one of “Pennsylvania’s Ten Most Influential People” according to the January 2010 issue of Politics magazine, a national publication. He has been universally recognized as the architect of the Republican dominance of the Pennsylvania State Senate. In addition to the Politics Magazine article, Mr. Long is consistently rated by various news sources as one of the most influential figures in the Pennsylvania political process. In 2017, he was named to the “City & State PA Power 100” list of the 100 most powerful people in Pennsylvania, as well as PennLive’s “17 in ’17” list of the most influential people in PA politics.
After helping the current President Pro Tempore, Joseph B. Scarnati to organize his office, Long founded a government relations firm on January 1, 2007. In November 2009, he partnered with Todd Nyquist to form Long, Nyquist & Associates.
Mr. Long graduated from Millersville University with a B.A. in Political Science and received a Master’s of Science degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.
If there is a major issue facing Pennsylvania politically or legislatively, Todd is involved. A force to be reckoned with in Pennsylvania, Todd co-founded Long, Nyquist & Associates with Mike Long in 2009. Politics magazine named him one of the top influencers in the “opinion of people who matter” in Pennsylvania.
Prior to co-founding LN&A, Todd served as the long-time chief-of-staff and political advisor to President Pro Tempore & Lieutenant Governor Joe Scarnati. Instrumental in the election of 30 Republican Members of the Senate, Todd forges relationships by winning in “the arena.”
Todd was actively engaged in all legislative, budgetary and personnel matters for the Senate Republican Caucus as the Majority Staff Administrator – the most senior staff position in the Senate. His knowledge of the political landscape and understanding of the relationship between policy and politics has led to numerous client victories and is considered by his peers to be unparalleled.
Todd graduated from Clarion University with a B. S. in Finance.
Noel got her start as a legislative assistant to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and quickly gained a world of experience into the matters surrounding state government as an economic development and state grants specialist. She joined the staff of Senator Don White, where she was promoted to Executive Director of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
In 2007, Ms. Nyquist became engaged in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, assisting in the development of key legislation pertaining to the oversight of the proposed merger between Highmark, Inc. and Independence Blue Cross, as well as legislation to extend the MCARE program which provides a financial safety net to help Pennsylvania’s healthcare providers cover their medical malpractice insurance costs.
In Senator White’s absence, Nyquist was the designee on the PENNVEST Board, which provides grants and low-interest loans to fund sewer, stormwater and drinking water projects through the Commonwealth.
Ms. Nyquist is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a B.S. in Public Administration.
Amy joined Long, Nyquist & Associates in April of 2011 after working in key positions in the General Assembly for 26 years. Amy brings with her a wealth of experience and close relationships built in the House of Representatives and Senate. She has been critical in helping our clients understand the complexities and inner workings of the House and Senate.
Amy began her career in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1985 where she remained for 19 years, having worked for Samuel E. Hayes, Jr., the Republican Whip for seven of those years. Following his retirement, Amy began as an Executive Assistant to Representative Patricia Vance and went with her to the Senate in 2004.
During her time in the Senate, Amy worked for the Public Health and Welfare Committee, which Senator Vance Chairs, assisting with committee meetings, hearings, etc. Amy also gained tremendous experience as she worked with Senator Vance to solve problems that many municipalities, groups, and individuals had with state government.
Mark Phenicie leaves almost 27 years of service to the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association to join Long Nyquist & Associates. As Legislative Counsel, he was the chief lobbyist and was responsible for instituting and implementing legislative strategy and was also the political strategist for the 2,400 members practicing in all four corners of the Commonwealth. He previously served as Deputy Counsel and Special Assistant to State Treasurer, R. Budd Dwyer, from 1980-1987, where he coordinated legislative and political activities.
He has been regularly rated and is widely regarded as one of the top lobbyists in the State Capitol, with very extensive relationships and friendships with members in every caucus. In 2005, he was named byThe Pennsylvania Report as one of the most influential people in Pennsylvania politics.
He graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania cum laude, with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Economics and Political Science. He served as Student Body President in 1976. He graduated from Duquesne University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. He is currently licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. Mark also served as Mifflin County Republican Chairman, and as Treasurer of the Republican State Committee.
Mike is regarded as one of the top political strategists in the Commonwealth and has been involved in countless races at the statewide, congressional, legislative and county level over the past decade. In 2017, Mike was named to City & State PA’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars list.
Prior to joining Long, Nyquist & Associates, Barley served as Campaign Manager and key political strategist to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Lt. Governor Jim Cawley.
Prior to that role, Barley served as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania from 2011-2013. In that role, Barley was instrumental in helping the GOP expand their Congressional majority, maintain their state legislative majorities, pick-up statewide judicial seats and gain control of 53 out of the 67 county courthouses. Before serving as Executive Director, Barley served as Communications and Technology Director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and helped draft and execute strategies that helped elect six out of seven statewide judges in 2009 and to deliver historic Republican victories in 2010.
Mr. Barley graduated from Millersville University with a B.A. in English.
Athan has earned a reputation for getting things done and earning wins. His work in high-pressure, high-stakes situations has yielded him deep, meaningful relationships across the public, private and nonprofit fields.
As Chief of Staff to United States Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, he was the lead strategist behind one of the most prolific “swing-seat” members of the United States House of Representatives. He played a key role in advancing Financial Services Committee reforms aimed at curbing terror financing, strengthening the Federal reverse mortgage program and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens on growing businesses.
Ranging from the rehabilitation of the 30th Street Post Office to protecting key reforms aimed at preserving open space, Athan was instrumental to the many successes of United States Senator Rick Santorum’s as his Director of Community and Economic Development.
In the private sector, Athan has advised the Pennsylvania Hybrid Learning Initiative which recognized as one of the most successful models of transformative, technology-integrated education in the country. Additionally, he launched a coalition-based initiative that made Pennsylvania schools a national leader in broadband connectivity.
He sits on the Board of the Matthew J. Ryan Center at Villanova University, is a member of the National Hellenic Society, and is member of the Quakertown Area Planning Commission.
Athan is a graduate of Villanova University, earning a B.A. in Honors, B.A. in Political Science and a certification in Russian Studies. He, his wife Sara and their sons Andrew and Alexander live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Tim spent over 15 years in the Pennsylvania State Senate where he attained a wide array of experience in various capacities within state government. Much of his time in the Senate, he worked under Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. There, Tim worked his way up to the position of Director of Policy and Communications, which placed him in a leadership role among staff in the State Senate. In addition, he spent several years working as the Senator’s district director, where he worked on several economic development projects, assorted pieces of legislation, and oversaw the operations of the district staff.
In addition to working with Senator Scarnati, Tim also spent time as Chief of Staff to Senate Appropriations Chairman, Jake Corman. During his time with both Senator Scarnati and Senator Corman, he regularly attended Senate Republican Caucus meetings, a duty only assigned to the most senior of staff.
Tim is a graduate of Clarion University.
Casey Long joins Long, Nyquist and Associates after 14 years serving in various staff positions in the Pennsylvania Senate. Most recently, he served as Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs for Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. Casey was named one of “Harrisburg’s Smartest Staffers” by PoliticsPA, which referred to him as “the conservative pulse of the Senate GOP Caucus.”
While in the Senate, Casey was instrumental in the passage of legislation including historic transportation funding contained in Act89 of 2013 and the state’s first ever grant program to provide funding for schools to hire school resource officers and school police officers in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.
Casey is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College.
John Gower joined Long Nyquist and Associates as an associate in July of 2019. John joins us after being Deputy District Director to United States Congressman Dan Meuser. Prior to that John served as Campaign Coordinator to Congressman Meuser’s successful congressional run.
In the summer of 2017, John interned for Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. John formed relationships with many members as well as staffers throughout the Caucus. He worked alongside leadership staff learning the ins and outs of the budget process.
John is a native of White Haven, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Lock Haven University in 2018 with a degree in Political Science. During that time he served as Executive Director to the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans overseeing the organization’s political, communications, and finance operations across the Commonwealth. In the position, John worked with various statewide and local races bringing grassroots and volunteer support from the College Republicans.
Ben Wren joined Long Nyquist and Associates as an associate in April of 2021.
Ben has been a force in Pennsylvania politics for the last 15 years and developed a reputation for effective grassroots campaigning, a keen eye for candidate recruitment and effective messaging. In 2014 and 2010 Politics PA named him as a “Rising Star: 30 under 30”
He served as Western Regional Director for the PAGOP from 2009-2012 and throughout his career has worked on races from Town council to President of the United States. Ben helped elect now Majority Leader Kim Ward in 2008 and managed Senator Pat Stefano’s successful 2014 campaign and served as his chief of staff for 5 years. During his time in the Senate, he served as the Executive Director for the Senate Law & Justice and Game & Fisheries Committees developing the reputation for quickly becoming a subject matter expert on an issue in short order
Ben is a native of Oil City Pennsylvania and an alumni of Gannon University in Erie. Ben currently resides in Westmoreland County where he is very involved in local Theatre. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for Split Stage Productions, a company committed to providing cutting edge theatre in Western Pennsylvania, and previously served as Chairman for the Lamp Theatre in Irwin PA where he led efforts to finish a renovation of the theatre from a movie theatre to a performing arts center.