Dr. Karen Pflugh – Administrative Director

Dr. Pflugh joined the DCTS administration team in October 2019 as an accomplished leader with strong skills and experience in defining educational mission and vision, teacher development, and budget and strategic planning to drive school improvement. Her focus is to ensure students receive a rigorous and relevant career technical and academic education to prepare them for high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.

Spanning more than 20 years in education, Dr. Pflugh’s experience runs the gamut from instructor to administrator in the field of career and technical education. In the state of Pennsylvania she has served as the Director/Principal for Greene County Career Technical Center, the Director of Connellsville Career Technology Center, and as the Director of Career Technical Education for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, supervising programs in multiple career centers. She also served as a Career Technical Supervisor in the state of Georgia prior to relocating to Pennsylvania and as a business education teacher in Florida.

Dr. Pflugh received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education, a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction/Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh. She has earned her Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility, Vocational Director, and Principal certifications.


Mr. Jason Civitello – Assistant to the Director for Student and Facilities Management

Mr. Civitello became a part of the DCTS family in August 2013 where he began teaching Masonry. While teaching he became the lead advisor for the DCTS Chapter of SkillsUSA. He joined the DCTS administration team in December 2020, as the Assistant to the Director for Student and Facilities Management and is pursuing an Administrative Director Certification.

Previous to DCTS, Mr. Civitello spent time as a Regional Coordinator for New Construction and Acquisitions for two large corporations. He has successfully owned and operated a masonry business since 2003. Mr. Civitello began his educational experience in 2012 at Lancaster County CTC in Masonry. After a short time, he moved into the Dean of Students, preparing him well for his current role. During his free time, he is an avid baseball fan and coach.


Miss Maria J. Zaharick – Business Administrator

Miss Maria J. Zaharick joined the staff at Dauphin County Technical School as Business Administrator in January 2002. She started her career at the Harrisburg office KPMG, LLP in October 1997 as an Assistant Accountant and also served as a Supervising Senior Accountant for the firm. Miss Zaharick received her Master’s Degree in School Business Leadership from Wilkes University in 2009, her Bachelor’s Degree from Shippensburg University in 1997, and her Certified Public Accountant license in October 2000.


Mr. Jason Geissler – Principal



Dr. Gwen Mosteller – Assistant Principal

Dr. Gwen Mosteller is a graduate of Clarion University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/General Science. Gwen received her Masters of Education degree in Educational Administration and Principal Certificate from Shippensburg University. She also obtained her Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Temple University. Dr. Mosteller previously served as an Assistant Principal at Williams Valley High School.


Mr. Dwain Messersmith – Assistant Principal

Mr. Dwain Messersmith joined the DCTS administration team as an Assistant Principal in the fall of 2017. Dwain is a graduate of Millersburg Area High School. He also graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Education. He taught Technology Education at Big Spring High School for 17 years. During that time, he earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a K-12 Principal Certification from Wilkes University.


Mr. Adam Dawson – Technology Director

Adam Dawson is the Technology Director at Dauphin County Technical School. He previously was the Web Development & Design instructor for 4 years. Before becoming a teacher he was a SharePoint Consultant at Collective Intelligence, Inc. Mr. Dawson graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with a Bachelors in Information Sciences and Technology. He was employed by Dauphin County Technical School from 2009 to 2012 as the Desktop Technician, where he became the administrative advisor of the school’s robotics team, Normality Zero. Mr. Dawson continues to work with Normality Zero as the Head Mentor.


Dr. Jan L. Zeager – Special Education Director

Dr. Jan Zeager joined DCTS as Special Education Director in February 2013. She graduated from Lower Dauphin High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bob Jones University. She taught Spanish and English for 7 years at Harrisburg Christian School in Linglestown and then worked as a residential counselor at Wellspan Philhaven Behavioral Healthcare while earning her special education teaching certificate from Millersville University. She taught emotional support for 9 years at Middletown Area High School. Dr. Zeager obtained her master’s degree in Special Education in 2005, Special Education supervisory certification in 2012, Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility in 2018, and her doctorate in educational leadership in 2019, all through Millersville University.


Mrs. Stephanie Hanford – Adult Education Director

Ms. Stephanie Hanford joined the DCTS administration team in July 2020, as the Adult and Continuing Education Director. Her background in marketing with the Frederick Automotive Group for 14 years gives her the perfect skill set to manage, market, and administer Adult Education courses. She also holds certificates in Business Development, Customer Experience, Digital Marketing, and General Management. Before her time as a Marketing Manager, she concentrated on Food Science, working at both Hershey Foods and M&M/Mars over a 13 year period where she focused on ingredient research and developed new products. She holds a Master of Science, in Food Sciences, from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.


Mrs. Denise Green – Food Service Director

Mrs. Denise Green joined Dauphin County Technical School as the Food Service Director in 2010. She is a graduate of Central Dauphin High School. Mrs. Green began her career in Dietary at Villa Theresa Nursing Home at the age of 16. She has been in food service for over 30 years and in school foodservice since 1998. With the ever-changing Government Regulations and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, she continually strives to meet the challenges and opportunities to serve our students a healthy, tasty, and enjoyable Breakfast and Lunch every day.


Mrs. Andrea Bennett – Assistant Business Manager

Mrs. Andrea Bennett joined Dauphin County Technical School in July 2000 as the Accounts Payable Bookkeeper. She was promoted to Assistant Business Manager in July 2012. Mrs. Bennett previously worked in the Banking Industry prior to DCTS.