People Above Politics

Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz speaks to voters- Duration- 78 seconds


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Invest in my campaign for commissioner.  As a TEAM, we can overcome Big Money, and make this a People's Campaign.  Are you with me?

Each of us is at a different place in our life.  Some people can volunteer time.  Other people can provide financial support--$5, $50, or $500 a month.  Whatever your situation, your contribution of time and or money is gratefully appreciated.   

Your early and/or monthly donation will help Jo Ellen to get elected by printing literature, reserving media buys, ordering signs….  

Thank you for your help and support during this campaign.  Your unwavering commitment is the wind beneath my wings.

On election day, every vote matters.  You matter!  And I can't win this race without you.


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Thank you for your support and for all that you do.

Sincerely, Jo Ellen

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Team Litz:  Treasurer, Cathy Garrison

Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

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LOCATION:  25 Metro Drive., Lebanon.  Call 274-0493

Mission Statement

To help individuals develop to their fullest potential, enhance their quality of life, and ensure their individual rights, in a caring, home-like atmosphere.


In 1974, the Lebanon County Commissioners and a committee of concerned citizens recognized the need to unite and preserve families with mentally retarded and physically handicapped children.  At that time, families needing assistance and medical care for disabled children were forced to travel great distances across the State to obtain necessary care and services.  This made visitation and maintenance of family relationships very difficult.  Therefore, Renova Center (formerly Life Support Facility) was constructed so family members of Lebanon County residents could return to or stay in their home community.  On September 2, 1975, Life Support opened as a pilot Community Living Arrangement program for the state of Pennsylvania and a few years later was turned into an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded.  During the 20th anniversary celebration on October 1, 1996, the facility's name was changed to Renova Center, which stands for renewed life.  The logo is "The Tree of Life," protected By the Rainbow of Hope, Concern, and Promise.  Today, adult residents live at the facility.

Roman Shahay is the Renova Center Director.  The facility which provides twenty-four hour care for severely retarded clients is located to the rear of Cedar Haven.  

bulletThe nine member Board of Renova functions in an advisory capacity to the Director in matters affecting the planning, support, advocacy and significant program and personnel staffing decisions.  Representatives can include a County Commissioner, an MHMR advisory board member, a relative of a resident of the Facility, and representatives from the professional fields of medicine, psychology, social work, nursing education or religion; or anyone who expresses an interest in the Facility and a willingness to promote its well being.  Terms are three years with one-third of the authorized Board appointed each year.  Board members recommend responsible individuals for appointment; promote community education regarding the Facility and its residents; advise and assist the Director in developing new or revising old policies; perform responsibilities as directed by the County Commissioners; and periodically evaluate the Facility's programs and services provided to residents.
bulletRegular meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month except July and August.
bulletThe governing body for the Facility is the Lebanon County Commissioners.
bulletBoard Members: 
Margaret Hatt John McCaffrey Gerta Balthaser
Richard Fields Rita Groy Carmelle Hernley
Richard Bowers Teresa Cordaro Larry Stohler