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​Sharon Altland, Executive Director

​Sharon S. Altland has more than 20 years of experience with tourism, travel and hospitality while working for national and state companies. She most recently served as the vice president of operations at the Hershey-Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau and oversaw marketing and partnership, public relations, and sales for the organization. Prior to her role as vice president of operations, she served as the director of sales and exposition sales manager. Altland graduated in the top of her class from Southeastern Academy of Travel and Tourism in Kissimmee, Florida. As executive director, Altland will manage the day-to-day operations of the region's largest exposition and convention facility, with three arenas, eight major exhibition halls and additional meeting rooms, banquet facilities and other offices. Altland resides in East Berlin, York County.

Heidi Svonavec, Assistant Executive Director

​An employee of the Department of Agriculture since 2003, Heidi serves as the Assistant Executive Director. She has held numerous roles at the Department including Executive Assistant to the Secretary and Commercial Events Manager. Heidi grew up on a farm in Somerset County where she and her family raised sheep, cattle and hogs through the 4-H and FFA programs. She regularly visits her family farm, The Hayloft, which is now an event facility, to assist with planning and wedding coordination. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Heidi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Extension Education and resides in New Cumberland.

Harrison Frantz, Livestock Show Manager

​A Franklin County native, J. Harrison Frantz serves as the Livestock Show Manager. Prior to joining the Department of Agriculture and the Farm Show Complex, Harrison held various positions within the oil and gas industry including Associate Landman, Landman, and District Landman for multiple companies throughout the United States. Frantz is a member of the Centre County Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Draft Horse and Mule Association, Pennsylvania Percheron Association and Penn State Stockmen's Club. Frantz has a true passion for the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and its three main livestock and dairy shows, which include the All-American Dairy Show, the Keystone International Livestock Exposition, and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Frantz is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. While attending Penn State, he was an active member of the Penn State Blue Band, the Block and Bridle Club, and the Equine Judging Team. Frantz also worked at the Penn State Equine barn as a student barn hand.


Doug Cleckner, Special Events Coordinator & Maintenance Division Timekeeper

​A Harrisburg Native, Doug joined the Show Management Division in May of 2006. He is the Special Events Coordinator and Timekeeper for the Maintenance Division. Doug also works with accounts receivables. Doug lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife of five years and three children.

Jason Morgenstern, Building Maintenance Supervisor

​Jason, Building Maintenance Supervisor, has been with the Farm Show Complex since 2008. He manages the trade shops, all shows and meetings and all construction projects. He is responsible for up to 90 personnel depending on the season. Jason also serves as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. He lives in Camp Hill with his wife Beth and daughter Sadie.

Morgan Firestine, Commercial Events Manager

​Morgan has been the Commercial Events Manager at the Complex since 2013. She assists in managing the diverse events held throughout the year. Morgan is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness Management and from Delaware Valley College with a Masters of Business Administration. Previously, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretaries at the Department of Agriculture and for Penn State Extension as a multi-county Extension Educator. Morgan is a farm girl at heart, growing up on a cattle, sheep and pumpkin farm in Berks County. She still enjoys helping out on her family's farm.

John “JD” Kohr, Electrical Foreman

​JD is a native of Georgia and moved to Pennsylvania in 1978. He is a United State Navy veteran that currently resides in Cumberland County. JD joined the Farm Show team in 2017 as the electrical foreman. He holds a Masters in Electrical and an Electrical Inspector License with the Department of Labor and Industry. In his spare time, he is an active adjunct instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College teaching electrical. JD is a third generation family electrician. At the Farm Show Complex, he oversees electrical and sound need for all events.


Ted Laverty, Refrigeration Plant Supervisor

​Ted, a native of Downingtown, currently resides in Perry county with his wife and family. Ted is a graduate from Downingtown High School and Central Chester County Vo-Tech. He has been in the HVAC/R field for 35+ years and uses that experience to control the climate and air quality in the Farm Show Complex. Keeping the vast array of equipment operating is a huge challenge that he enjoys.

Shiree Hunter, Chief of Security

​Shiree Hunter, a city of Harrisburg native, has been an employee of the Department of Agriculture since 1996. She is currently Chief of Security at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Shiree is responsible for the safety, security, and parking at the Farm Show Complex and Farm Show Auxiliary parking lot. Shiree attended Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA and currently lives in Harrisburg, PA with her daughter, Chavonte and grandson, Chaise.

Clara Roy, Procurement and Employment Specialist

​Clara has been an employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1988 and with the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center since July 2009. As procurement and employment specialist, she handles the purchase of all supplies and services for the building and coordinates the hiring process for temporary Farm Show week workers. She enjoys meeting the needs of both the Complex and its guests. Clara lives in Middletown with her husband Frederick and daughter Kyra.

Deb Trump, Farm Show Coordinator

​Deb has been an employee of the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center since July 1991. She assists approximately 300 Farm Show Commercial Exhibitors through the contract process each year. Additionally, she serves as the recording secretary for the State Farm Products Show Commission, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Committee and the Friends of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation, Inc. Deb and her husband Ed live in Harrisburg with their children.