Lawyers’ Trust Accounts Board Helping to Secure Equal Access to Justice
Stephanie Libhart holds a Master’s Degree in the Study of Law (M.S.L.), with magna cum laude distinction, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Her course work focused on intellectual property and technology law. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Women’s Studies and a concentration in Legal Studies, from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Libhart served as Assistant Executive Director for four years before she was promoted in 2013 when IOLTA’s first and long-time Executive Director retired. Prior to her employment with the IOLTA Board, she worked for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Office of Judicial Automation, Aristotle International, Inc. in Washington, D.C. and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Stephanie served on the Board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania from 2001-2004. She currently serves on the Board of the National Association of IOLTA Programs (NAIP) and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services to the Public Committee. Ms. Libhart is a volunteer with the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Isabelle Wozniak earned her degree in Business Administration at the State University of New York-Buffalo. She began working for the PA IOLTA Board in 2009 and was promoted to Director of Finance and Administration in 2013. Prior to that, she worked as a sole proprietor, providing accounting services to several non-profit organizations, including the American Lung Association of Central Pennsylvania, and has over 30 years of accounting experience. Ms. Wozniak, together with her husband, served in the US Peace Corps-Kenya as a Small Business Adviser. Currently, she volunteers her time with the HMMS Youth Soccer Association, the Good Hope Farms Civic Association and serves as the Treasurer of the Cumberland Valley High School Boys Volleyball Booster Club. Ms. Wozniak and her husband are the proud parents of three boys.
Jim Swoyer joined the IOLTA Board in September of 2013. Immediately prior, he served as Chief of the Charity Registration and Compliance Section of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations. Mr. Swoyer is an attorney with extensive experience working on behalf of the client constituencies served by the Board’s grantees. Mr. Swoyer was both an attorney and investigator for the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, in New York City. He worked as an advocate with the Urban Justice Center, where he provided civil legal services to homeless clients. Mr. Swoyer also represented defendants at ARD hearings for the Berks County Public Defender. Mr. Swoyer graduated from New York University and Penn Law. While in law school, Mr. Swoyer worked as an investigator for Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein, Messing & Rau on criminal and civil rights matters, served as an advocate with the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, and worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
James Blythe joined the IOLTA Board in August of 2015. James earned his law degree from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in 2011, graduating cum laude. During law school James attended classes at night while working for Keystone Human Services supporting adults with disabilities, and also completed internships with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel and the Honorable Deborah E. Curcillo of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. James holds a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from Gannon University, graduating magna cum laude in 2007. Prior to joining the IOLTA Board James held several positions with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency involving compliance with various laws and regulations covering federal consumer protection, student loan servicing, as well as information security and privacy. James has previously volunteered with the YWCA Legal Center of Harrisburg and currently serves as a pro bono guardianship monitor with the Dauphin County Orphans’ Court.
Heather McCleaf-Royle attended Harrisburg Area Community College and Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts. She began her professional career in Special Education at West Shore School District as a paraprofessional before accepting a position with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, where she provided administrative and classroom support to teachers, students and families. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania IOLTA staff in 2014, Heather worked for the Special Education Department of Northeastern School District as Administrative Assistant for nine years. Ms. McCleaf-Royle’s passion for helping individuals and families access services they need earned her the Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
Tiffaney M. Smith is a graduate of Harrisburg High School, John Harris Campus, and has received several certificates from the Academy of Medical Arts and Business (now Keystone Technical Institute) and the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the IOLTA Board staff in 2007, Ms. Smith was employed as an Associate Teacher with Harrisburg Area Head Start Program, Assistant to the Principal for Cornell ABRAXAS (Harrisburg School District), and Administrative Assistant to the Director of Prazon Contemporary School of Dance. Ms. Smith currently serves as the Harrisburg High School Marching Band-front Director and has held that position over fifteen years. She also volunteers and offers vocal instruction to youth who participate in various showcases throughout the Harrisburg area.