The Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT), under the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania, is a statewide coalition that educates the public and elected officials about clean indoor air, tobacco taxes, and other critical tobacco control issues. PACT is primarily funded by a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Members of PACT include tobacco control advocates, healthcare professionals, government agencies, community leaders, business owners, and the general public.
PACT was founded in 2001 by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association. For over 15 years, PACT has worked with local coalitions, regional contractors, and national health organizations to strengthen tobacco control laws across Pennsylvania that can prevent youth from initiating tobacco use, help people who use tobacco quit, and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. PACT develops educational materials to share with legislators and community members, provides training for members on advocacy strategies and tobacco control issues, and supports the Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU), Pennsylvania’s youth-led tobacco control movement.
Joy Blankley Meyer
Joy Blankley Meyer is the Vice President of Community Impact for the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. Joy started her career at the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT). Since 2004, Joy has advocated to strengthen tobacco control legislation in Pennsylvania. She works in collaboration with the American Lung Association and other national agencies in an effort to change policy. Some of her responsibilities include managing the statewide education, media, and advocacy strategy for tobacco control campaigns. Before joining PACT, Joy was employed in the human services field at the county level. She continues to be involved with human services in her own community by volunteering for Lebanon Family Health Services and as a board member for the Lebanon County Children and Youth Services.
Jennifer Hobbs Folkenroth
Jennifer Hobbs Folkenroth is the Tobacco Control Team Director for the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. In 2004, Jen started her career as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and received her certification from the Mayo Clinic in December 2006. In her current role Jen leads a team of tobacco control professionals in coordinating prevention, cessation and advocacy efforts charterwide. Jen also serves as the Freedom From Smoking® Master Trainer for the Mid-Atlantic assisting with organizing facilitator training workshops for the evidence-based nationwide signature cessation program. Before joining the American Lung Association, Jen was employed in a healthcare system providing nicotine addiction and tobacco treatment counseling in clinical and community-based settings. She is very passionate in helping professionals to develop and enhance their skill set in the delivery of programs that will ultimately support healthier tobacco free lifestyles throughout the communities served.
Sarah Lawver is the Program Manager – PA Advocacy with American Lung Association for the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT). Sarah leads the program development, implementation and continual management of all advocacy projects. Her key focus areas include Tobacco 21, PA Tobacco Control Strategic Plan, Clean Indoor Air Campaign, and Multi-Unit Housing Policy Initiatives. Prior to joining PACT, Sarah excelled in chronic disease integration efforts and served as the Tobacco Control Program Manager for the North Central Region of Pennsylvania. Her interests include public health policy, health equity, maternal and child health, and social determinants of health. Sarah is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Shippensburg University.
Erica Saylor is a Program Specialist with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Penn State University in 2017. Currently Erica assists with the administration and management of various PACT projects including Master Settlement Agreement funding sustainability efforts, Point of Sale advertising and promotion, youth advocacy and other special initiatives. Prior to beginning her current position, Erica interned with the Tobacco Control Team at the American Lung Association and led the new Point of Sale Pilot Study in Scranton, Pa.