Thomas D. Longenecker joined CCA in 2012 as chief operations officer and was appointed as president and chief executive officer effective July 1, 2020.
Mr. Longenecker leads a team of more than 600 professionals, who serve more than 11,000 students in grades K-12 across Pennsylvania.
His background comprises 22 years of school operations leadership, with previous experience working at Carlisle Area, Conrad Weiser Area and Susquenita school districts. He also served as an adjunct professor at Shippensburg and Wilkes universities.
Mr. Longenecker holds a Pennsylvania superintendent letter of eligibility, and received a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wilkes University, a bachelor’s degree in economics from Shippensburg University and an associate degree from Harrisburg Area Community College.
He also was a two-time recipient of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and received the 2011 PASBO Award of Achievement.
In his spare time, Mr. Longenecker enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities and taking his boys for ice cream on his scooter with a sidecar.
Adam Fraser, Vice President and Provost
Mr. Fraser has been with CCA since 2008, and currently serves as vice president and provost. With more than a decade of teaching experience, Adam brings knowledge of many types of school experiences, including a traditional brick-and-mortar school, cyber school and home-school setting.
At CCA, he directs teachers and staff who dedicate countless hours to personalizing education for more than 2,500 elementary school learners.
Mr. Fraser earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and received a master’s degree from the University of Delaware.
Andrea Azzalina, Elementary School Principal
Christopher Yerkes, Middle School Principal
With more than 17 years in education, Mr. Yerkes has a strong foundation of experience that helps him serve as not only CCA’s middle school principal, but also an instructional leader. He joined CCA in 2007 as a teacher and has held several leadership positions before becoming an administrator in 2011.
Mr. Yerkes is passionate about supporting and guiding CCA teachers so they can provide the most effective and comprehensive instruction possible.
Mr. Yerkes earned a master’s degree at California University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree at Shippensburg University. He has a certification in school administration, as well as teaching certification for the elementary level, middle school math and middle school science.
In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and other outdoor activities.
Anthony Rusnak, High School Principal
Before becoming a CCA administrator, Mr. Rusnak served as a middle and high school science teacher and coach for 10 years. Now a seasoned administrator with 18 years of leadership experience, Mr. Rusnak still draws upon those years as a teacher in his role as principal.
Mr. Rusnak holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colgate University. He earned a principal certificate and superintendent letter from the University of Scranton.
Mr. Rusnak also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Scranton and St. Joseph’s University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
Natasha Shane, Vice President of Family Services
Ms. Shane joined Commonwealth Charter Academy in 2011 as parent involvement coordinator before being named family involvement manager. She brings her prior leadership and organizational development experience to her current role as the director of family services. She leads a team that ensures federal program compliance, provides statewide training programs, facilitates curriculum-based educational field trips and social events, and provides mentor support to CCA learners and families statewide.
Before Ms. Shane joined CCA, she worked as an office manager for Dataware Inc. in York.
She attended Penn State University and American Public University for business. She’s been a United Way Capital Club and Bridges Society member since 2010. She is a certified Love and Logic facilitator, and Student Assistance Program certified. She previously served a term as president of a local chapter of the International MOMS Club.
In her free time, she enjoys gardening and traveling with her family.
Paulie Zozos, Director of Special Education
Ms. Zozos joined CCA in 2017 as the director of special education. With experience as an assistant director, teacher and elementary school principal, Ms. Zozos brings professional and practical knowledge to her position.
She began her career as the director of admissions for Harrisburg Academy. From there, she worked her way up to become a special education teacher and supervisor for teachers in special education. She also worked as assistant director of special education at Chambersburg Area School District. Most recently, she worked as the director of pupil services and special education for Susquehanna Township School District.
Ms. Zozos earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Hood College in Frederick, Md., and a master’s degree in education at Shippensburg University, where she returned as a graduate adjunct professor and taught courses in special education for several years.
Brian Comegna, Manager of Pupil Services
Mr. Comegna brought his extensive experience mentoring young adults and children in a variety of disciplines to CCA in 2010. As Manager of Pupil Services, he acts as School Counselor for high school students, coordinates the counseling program and provides a variety of lessons and small groups for students in grades K-12 here at CCA. When he first began here at CCA, he was a key member involved in overseeing and growing the College in High School Program, before handing that over to our College and Career counselor.
His career began as a Child Life Counselor at Catholic Charities, where he counseled abused and neglected children ages 4-13. From there, Mr. Comegna moved to Hanover Senior High School for a school counseling internship. There he learned, through observation and assisting the school counseling process. He guided students on career development and college planning, and he led individual and group counseling sessions for students in grades 9-12.
Mr. Comegna holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling education and school guidance counseling from McDaniel College. He is a member of the American School Counselor Association. He currently serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster in his local Boy Scout Troop and previously served as a leader of a church young adult education group.