Liz Gerloff Wagenseller, Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Liz Gerloff Wagenseller provides direct input to the Auditor General on all issues related to the Department. She oversees daily operations, directs strategy for all Department communications and legislative initiatives, and collaborates with citizens, legislators, and other stakeholders on various issues.  

Liz has more than 16 years of experience in the public and private sector designing and implementing political and communications strategy. She served as campaign manager for Eugene DePasquale’s first campaign for auditor general. She previously worked at two public opinion research firms in Washington, DC — Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Peter D. Hart Research Associates, where she conducted public opinion research and devised strategies to help non-profit organizations, unions, political campaigns, corporations, and advocacy groups achieve their mission.

Liz earned a degree in economics from the College of William and Mary (B.A. 2000). Originally from South Dakota, Liz grew up in Mount Vernon, Virginia and currently lives in Lancaster County.

Janet B. Ciccocioppo, CPA, Acting Deputy Auditor General for Audits

Janet Ciccocioppo has been with the Department of the Auditor General for 29 years; serving as Acting Deputy Auditor General for Audits since July 2018. She manages and leads eight audit bureaus which conduct over 4,000 audits annually.

Prior to this position, she was the Director of the Bureau of Performance Audits for three years where she directed the completion of over 30 performance audits. She also was the Director of the Bureau of State and Federal Audits for three years where she directed, along with an independent CPA firm, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Combined Annual Financial Report and Single Audit of all state and federal funding flowing through state agencies. Prior to that time she participated primarily in performance and financial audits for the Department.

Prior to joining the Department, she spent approximately four years doing accounting work for a national company.

Janet earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, from the Pennsylvania State University. She earned her CPA in 1991. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and now lives in Dauphin County.

F. Stephenson Matthes, Chief Counsel

Chief Counsel Steve Matthes previously served as Deputy Chief Counsel with the Department of the Auditor General from 2005 through 2017 where he arrived after 13 years in the private practice of law. In addition to his duties as Chief Counsel, Steve provides counsel to the Bureau of Human Resources as well as to the bureaus of Municipal Pensions and Volunteer Firefighter Relief Association Audits. Steve handles internal and external litigation matters, conducts various department training sessions and is the Open Records Officer for the Department.

Before his tenure with the Department, Steve worked for Tucker Arensberg, PC; McNees, Wallace and Nurick; and at Wolfson & Kahan, PC.

Steve earned his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA in 1992 and is a 1988 graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

Martin Rowan, Deputy Auditor General for Administration & Director of Human Resources

Marty has more than 25 years of experience within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

He started his career in the Department of the Auditor General in 1990. He served as Public Assistance Investigator-I, II, Audit Manager and Public Assistance Manager from 1990 through 1996. After leaving the Department in 1997, he went to work for the PA Treasury Department where he served as Assistant Director of the INVEST program, Regional Director and Senior Staff member. He returned to the Department of the Auditor General in 2005 as the Department's Director of Human Resources, a positon he currently holds in addition to his role as Deputy Auditor General for Administration.

Marty earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from The Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College.

Barry Ciccocioppo, Communications Director

Barry Ciccocioppo has more than 20 years of communications experience in the public and private sectors including serving as a journalist in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and for the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Prior to joining the Department, he was communications director for the Democratic House Appropriations Committee. He previously served as deputy director of communications for Governor Edward G. Rendell and as press secretary for the Department of Labor & Industry.

Prior to joining state government, Barry managed communications for the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and a Harrisburg-based public relations, marketing and advertising firm.

Barry graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College (A.A. 1989), earned a degree in journalism from Shippensburg University (B.A. 1991), and completed training at the Defense Information School (1988). He is a lifelong resident of central Pennsylvania.