National Committeewoman For PA
A pioneer in many walks of life, Christine Toretti is the former Chairman and CEO of the S. W. Jack Drilling Co., the largest privately-held land-based drilling company in the United States. She also serves on various corporate boards around the nation. Her astute business acumen, her ability to transcend gender-biases in the workplace, and her reputation as a business turn-around expert, make her a much sought-after advisor.
In addition, Christine serves on many non-profit boards including the International Medical Corps, and the Gettysburg Foundation. Christine is the Founder and Chair of both the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series in Pennsylvania and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series in Arizona, training programs designed to educate, empower and advance Republican women.
Governor Tom Ridge so respected her leadership that fifteen years ago, he appointed her to Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and subsequently adopted a plan she crafted to fund investments in higher education in new and innovative ways. Governor Mark Schweiker appointed her as his representative on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. President George W. Bush appointed her to the Rural Telephone Bank where she served as Vice Chair. In 2007, she was elected Chair of the Committee of 200, an organization of the most influential female CEOs in the world. She is also a founding member of the Belizean Grove.
With a family tradition of political activism, Christine has been recognized as an extraordinary fundraiser for candidates and party organizations in the local, state, and national arena and serves as National Committeewoman of Pennsylvania to the Republican National Committee. A force within her industry, the Bush administration sought her input by placing her on the National Petroleum Council and the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.
If you would ask Christine what is her prime motivation, she would say it is two-fold. First, her commitment to her three sons is paramount and she is compelled to political activism because of her concern for their future. Second, she has a deep commitment to women in great part to the experiences she encountered in the totally male-dominated oil and gas industry. She crosses the nation constantly to promote Republican candidates and had created an annual retreat for female corporate leaders from all over the world.
A recipient of numerous awards, she insists that her greatest gifts are her sons: Joe (25), Max (22), and Matthew (20). When available, she has coached their baseball teams and also challenged them on the ice in hockey.
President of Political Capital
Jess Yescalis is President of Political Capital, LLC, a public affairs and fundraising firm
in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jess has worked on hundreds of political campaigns and advocacy projects throughout the
United States, personally raising over $200 million to support conservative candidates,
public policy organizations, and independent expenditure committees.
In addition to his work in the United States, Jess has been involved in dozens of
international democracy projects, working to advance freedom, democracy and human
rights around the world. Highlights of this work include training hundreds of candidates
for Parliament in Egypt, Thailand and Iraq, consulting with political party leaders in
Burma, advising members of the State Great Khural in Mongolia, coaching young
political leaders from Kyrgyzstan and Bhutan, advising new Members of Parliament in
Fiji, and monitoring presidential elections in Tunisia.
Jess grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and began his career as a political aide to PA
Governor Tom Ridge.
An avid explorer and adventure traveler, Jess has visited 175 countries, well on the way
to his goal of doing something meaningful or fun in every country of the world.