Advocacy Committee

The PAR Advocacy Committee includes professional government relations staff who are registered lobbyists and contract lobbyists of PAR provider members. The council meets to discuss legislative activities and coordinate lobbying efforts to effectively communicate PAR’s advocacy message on behalf of providers.

Charlie Hooker, Co-Chair

President and Chief Executive Officer
Keystone Human Services, Inc.
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Charles J. Hooker, III is the President and CEO of Keystone Human Services, a global provider of services and supports for intellectual disability, autism, and mental health services in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, the Republic of Moldova and India. In the Republic of Moldova, Keystone Moldova, has been providing support for individuals leaving institutions, working with the government and local public authorities to develop sustainable community-based services for people with disability. In India, Keystone Institute India, is working to develop young leaders and new directions of support for people with disability living in regions throughout India. Keystone has also worked in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Romania. Mr. Hooker is a PAR Board member and the Chair of ANCOR's International Council.

 

Nick Kratz, Co-Chair

Senior Associate
Capital Associates, LLC.
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Nick Kratz joined Capital Associates, LLC. in April 2014 after leaving his position as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Pennsylvania Retailers' Association, the premier trade association in the state. Nick managed the legislative issues for the Pennsylvania Retailers’, serving as a lobbyist on behalf of over 60 retail outlets located in Pennsylvania. During his tenure at the Retailers’, Nick primarily focused on issues such as liquor privatization, minimum wage, sales and use taxes, business taxes, and other industry related issues. Prior to working with the Pennsylvania Retailers’ Association, Nick served Governor Tom Corbett’s Office of Legislative Affairs, where he assisted in all aspects of the Governor’s legislative agenda. Nick was an essential staff member in the office, where he served a year and a half as a legislative assistant to the Deputy Secretaries and the Secretary of Legislative Affairs. On a daily basis, Nick was trusted with the organization and development of multiple legislative tracking systems that allowed for an effective implementation of legislative strategies. Originally from Quakertown Pennsylvania, Nick moved to Harrisburg following graduation from Messiah College in 2012, with a degree in political science. He has quickly gained a reputation for his loyalty, hard-work, and organizational skills. In his free time Nick enjoys being an active member of the community, and plays in multiple recreational sports leagues.