With partners in all parts of the Commonwealth, and with varied experiences, our deep bench and experience allow us to help with whatever you may need.
David W. Kratzer, Jr., is the Managing Consultant for Keystone Municipal Solutions. He is an accomplished local government professional with a demonstrated history of working cooperatively with elected and appointed officials throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has experience in virtually all functional areas of local government including, but not limited to, public finance, land use and planning, labor and employment, community engagement/branding, and strategic planning.
As a seasoned municipal professional, David belongs to the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management, Erie County Municipal Officials, and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. David has experience in multi-level government services, including administrative management, oversight of sewer and water operations, public works and improvements, as well as providing guidance to elected officials. He has managed multimillion-dollar improvements to critical infrastructure that required attention to detail and a “get it done attitude.” David has hands-on experience in grant writing, municipal compliance reports, financial oversight, emergency planning, and heavy equipment operations. He also provides leadership in accounts payable/receivable, zoning, planning and code enforcement. As a highly visible public servant, David has maintained an extraordinary level of integrity and transparency in his work.
In March 2021, David retired from public service, with more than a quarter century of experience. He now leverages the lessons he learned on the job to assist other municipalities in creating a high quality of life for the residents they serve.
Dan Connelly has twenty years of financial and management consulting experience, including 15 years of local government consulting experience. Mr. Connelly has worked in virtually every aspect of public finance including multi-year financial planning, capital improvement planning, budgeting, cash flow analysis, debt structuring, workforce and labor cost analysis, pension review, strategic planning, financial feasibility evaluation, tax policy analysis, privatization analysis, management review and audit, and credit rating evaluation, among other areas. He has provided expert testimony in labor arbitration hearings and various court proceedings and also developed written expert testimony for municipal asset sales. Mr. Connelly has extensive experience developing multi-year financial plans for Pennsylvania municipalities participating in the Commonwealth’s Strategic Management Planning Program.
Brooke Queenan has diverse experience advising both public and private entities in a multitude of areas including public policy and finance, community and economic development, and issues related to urban economics. Ms. Queenan has particular interest and expertise in assisting local governments. She was an integral member of two Financial Recovery Teams appointed through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Act 47 program. The Recovery Teams were tasked with advising Pennsylvania municipalities experiencing severe financial difficulty. She has also developed various multi-year financial plans through the DCED Strategic Management Planning Program. In addition, Ms. Queenan has successfully helped public and private clients secure grant funding through various programs including the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Prior to her work in consulting, Ms. Queenan was an accomplished collegiate and professional basketball player. After completing her degree at Boston College, she was selected 23rd in the 2006 WNBA draft, and subsequently played nine years as a professional domestic and international basketball player.
M. Elizabeth ("Betsy") McBride has over 40 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Her background is in Finance and Accounting. In the public sector, Betsy has served as Deputy Treasurer at the County level and as Finance Director and Township Manager for both First and Second Class Townships. She has experience in human resources, union contract negotiation, grant writing, financial budgeting and planning, zoning, planning, and code enforcement, parks & recreation, and public works. In addition, Betsy has worked with both Municipal Authorities and County Advisory Boards. Her undergraduate degree is from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and her masters degree is from Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, now known as Thomas Jefferson University. Betsy is particularly skilled in repairing and/or creating an environment, which fosters teamwork and establishes a rapport between employees and management.
Mr. Wheeler has over 39 years of experience in the law enforcement profession and as a professional investigator. He began his career in 1981 as a municipal police officer in northeastern Pennsylvania before joining the Office of Attorney General (OAG) as a narcotics agent in 1984. From 1984 until 2005, Mr. Wheeler served as a narcotics agent, supervisory narcotics agent, and regional director for the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) at posts in Reading, Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia, Erie, and Allentown, PA. In 2005, he was named Deputy Chief and assigned as Director of BNI statewide, and in 2011, he was promoted to Chief of Criminal Investigations for the OAG.
Glenn is currently the Vice Chairman of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA). An authority with over a 36 million-dollar annual operating budget and hundreds of millions of dollars in on-going capital projects. He also serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee for the LNAA.
An active local government leader, Glenn has an in depth understanding of the workings of municipal operations. He has served as an elected member of the Northampton County Council where his colleagues selected him to serve as Vice-President. For the county, Glenn has served as chairman of the finance committee, chaired the budget committee, directed the 40 million-dollar bridge rehabilitation P3 project, and has served as a member on the capital projects committee, parks and recreation committee, personnel committee, farmland preservation committee, and Hugh Moore Trust.
Glenn has also worked directly as a board member of the Lehigh-Northampton Area Transit Authority (LANTA) and helped guide and direct its operations and fiscal oversight.
He has in-depth experience in working with multiple municipal authorities and departments as well as extensive experience in the financial sectors.