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.
For 23 years, Long served as Majority Staff Administrator to the President Pro Tempore – the most senior staff position in the Senate. In this capacity, he directed all staff and administration functions, as well as being actively involved in the legislative process.
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.
In January of 2010, Politics magazine named him one of the top influencers in the “opinion of people who matter” in Pennsylvania. A force to be reckoned with in Pennsylvania’s legislative and political arenas, Todd co-founded Long, Nyquist & Associates with Mike Long in 2009.
Prior to co-founding LN&A, Mr. Nyquist previously served as the long-time chief-of-staff, political advisor, and alter ego 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.
Mr. Nyquist graduated from Clarion University with a B. S. in Finance.
While in the Senate, Megan aided in the enactment of numerous bills including: prohibiting texting while driving; authorizing table games and slot machines at casinos and racetracks in Pennsylvania; establishing the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act; requiring insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening and expanding the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program.
Prior to her Senate employment, Megan worked for the Ridge/Schweiker administration in the Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs and later served as the Legislative Liaison for the Board of Probation and Parole and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
Megan is a graduate of Penn State University.
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, storm water 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.
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 which 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.
With an extensive and well-traveled background in public affairs and politics, Brock McCleary brings a unique set of skills to our firm. Brock began his career here in Pennsylvania with Governor Tom Ridge before heading to Washington, D.C., where he gained national success and notoriety as a top campaign strategist. Upon returning home to Pennsylvania, Brock joined Long Nyquist & Associates where his reputation and relationships on both Capitol Hill and Harrisburg translate into success for clients.
From 2009 to 2012, Brock served in senior roles at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the political arm of House Republicans. In 2010, Republicans picked up 63 seats in the House of Representatives, the largest gain since 1948. That year, Brock served as the Northeast Political Director, overseeing a total of 14 pickup seats featuring five each in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
In 2012, the NRCC secured the second largest majority for Republicans in the House since World War II. As the Deputy Political Director, McCleary oversaw the congressional campaigns challenging incumbent Democrats. While President Obama was being re-elected at the top of the ticket, House Republican challengers knocked off 10 sitting Democrats to secure the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
In describing the historic success of the leadership team at the NRCC, famed political handicapper Charlie Cook said, “Chairman Pete Session’s NRCC, led by Executive Director Guy Harrison, Communications Director Paul Lindsay, Political Director Mike Shields, and Polling Director Brock McCleary, correctly calculated early on in the cycle that offense was the best defense. Their early attacks to encourage Democratic retirements helped create a GOP open-seat advantage and eventually forced Democrats to spend millions of dollars defending seats in places like Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern Illinois.”
Brock’s relationships run deep throughout the House Republican Conference and Leadership. Throughout his time at the committee, Brock worked closely with the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, which during his tenure flipped to a 13-5 Republican advantage from a 7-12 deficit.
Brock previously served as Communications Director for Congressman and current Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry of North Carolina. His work alongside Congressman McHenry, then Chairman of the Census Oversight Subcommittee, is credited with resisting Obama Administration efforts to replace the process of counting with statistical sampling.
As Vice President of Revolution Agency, a Washington-based public affairs firm, Brock managed legislative advocacy campaigns including an award-winning telecommunications effort. Successes include: Repealing a Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) fee in Texas; Defeating a wireless tax increase in New York State, a sales and use tax on mobile consumers in Prince Georges County, Maryland, a phone tax increase in Michigan, and a tax on telecomm services in Cook County, Illinois; Executing the wireless industry’s advocacy campaign to pass the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 2007 (H.R. 3678), which extended a seven-year moratorium on taxing online purchases.
Brock began his career in 1998 as the Deputy Coalitions Director for Pennsylvania Tom Ridge’s reelection campaign. He would later serve as Political Director of the New Jersey Republican Party and as a consultant on congressional and state legislative races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Brock’s perspective on national and state politics is covered by media outlets such as the Washington Post, POLITICO, National Journal, and Roll Call. In 2010, he was presented with the “Rising Star” in American politics award by Campaigns & Elections magazine.
McCleary is a native of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1998. In 1997, he was elected State Chairman of the Pennsylvania College Republicans. Brock, his wife Nicole and daughter Harper live in York, Pennsylvania.
John Burch joined Long Nyquist & Associates following a successful fourteen year career with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group where he worked in public relations. John’s experience implementing marketing initiatives, sales strategies and his expertise in business development make him an important asset to Long Nyquist & Associates.
In his role as a Government Relations Associate, John works with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as well as the Senate and House of Representatives. He develops and coordinates legislative and regulatory priorities for our clients.
John graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 1995 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration.
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.
Victoria Waddail is a public affairs professional at Long, Nyquist and Associates. She conducts research and policy analysis for clients on a wide variety of issues, including life sciences and agriculture, and has gained experience in coalitions and public relations.
Victoria has an extensive background in politics and public policy. As an intern at the DC-based public opinion research firm Public Opinion Strategies, she participated in various local, state and Congressional campaigns during the 2012 cycle. Victoria also studied the principles and methods of public policy analysis from prominent policymakers as a Summer Institute Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
Victoria lives in Central PA. She is an active member of the Cumberland County Council of Republican Women and Harrisburg Young Professionals, and is a 2016 graduate of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mathematics.
Doug Rickards is an associate at Long, Nyquist and Associates, where he specializes in regulatory issues and business affairs. Doug started his career working on the reelection campaign for Governor Tom Ridge. After Governor Ridge was reelected, Doug served in two positions within the administration, in the Office of Scheduling and Advance and as the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Southeast Regional Office.
After working in the Ridge administration, Doug became Executive Director of a tort reform organization in Pennsylvania, where he worked closely with members of the legislature and Governor Schweiker to pass several major pieces of legislation to improve the business climate in PA.
Doug has also worked throughout the years on various political campaigns at the state and federal level, including as political director for a Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidate, and on get-out-the-vote efforts for President George W. Bush’s successful reelection campaign. He has worked for both the Pennsylvania Republican Party and Republican National Committee.
Doug graduated from Ursinus College, double Majoring in both Politics and International Relations and lives in Midtown Harrisburg.
Carson Baker became an associate at Long Nyquist and Associates in December 2016. He specializes in coordinating and assisting grassroots efforts, issue campaigns, conducting client research and analysis, and assisting on numerous political campaigns.
Carson joins us after being the Political Director for the John Rafferty for Attorney General Campaign in 2016. Prior to that campaign Carson was the intern to the Finance Director for Tom Corbett for Governor in 2014.
Carson is from Northeastern Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Kutztown University with a B.S. in Political Science and Lackawanna College with an A.A. in Education.