Meet the Staff

  1. Pam Gay, Coroner

    Pam Gay

    Coroner
    Phone: 717-840-7617 ext. 6600

    Pam Gay was sworn into office in January 2014. A registered nurse for 33 years and certified in Forensic Nursing, Pam's focus is on reaching out to survivors of loss and educating the community regarding health trends in York County and the preventative measures that can be taken to reduce deaths due to suicide and substance abuse. Pam is also certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Pam has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 32 years. They have 2 grown, married children and 2 grandchildren. Pam enjoys spending time with her family, reading, teaching and getting out on the York County Heritage Rail Trail.


  2. Tania Zech, Deputy Coroner

    Tania Zech

    Chief Deputy Coroner
    Phone: 717-840-7617 ext. 6604

    Tania Zech joined the York County Coroner’s office in 2016. She has been a licensed practical nurse since 2010 and has volunteered for 10 years as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at Jacobus Ambulance. She also has an emergency department background. She has been married to her husband, Toby, for 14 years. They have 2 sons: Wyatt, 10, and Colton, 4. She enjoys Sunday night family dinners and traveling with her family.


  3. Jake Clevenger, Supervisor Deputy Coroner

    Jake Clevenger

    Supervisor Deputy Coroner
    Phone: 717-840-7617 ext. 6603

    Jake Clevenger has been with the York County Coroner’s office since January 2016. After completing his degree in Business Administration, Jake served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, participating in Desert Storm. Upon returning home from Desert Storm, Jake joined the Spring Garden Township Police Department in 1991, where he is still serving the community.  In 2008, Jake went back to school at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  He obtained his PA Funeral Director’s license and works part-time for Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors in York. He has been employed with them for 10 years. Jake and his wife, Laurie, enjoy spending time together in the Mountains of Clinton County. With a passion for the outdoors, hunting is a favorite pastime for Jake.


  4. Michele Kirchner, Supervisor Deputy Coroner

    Michele Kirchner

    Supervisor Deputy Coroner
    Phone: 717-840-7617 ext. 6628

    Michele has been a deputy coroner since June 2016. She has 10 years of experience as an autopsy technician and morgue diener as well as 2 years of forensic autopsy training. Michele specializes in forensic blood draws. When she is not on duty, Michele enjoys spending time with her grown children: Lacy, Adam, Colton and Courtney. She enjoys fishing with her husband, Brian; traveling the country with her girlfriends; and relaxing on the water in her kayak.


  5. Onalee Gilbert, Deputy Coroner

    Onalee Gilbert

    Deputy Coroner
    Phone: 717-840-7617

    Onalee Gilbert began working as a York County deputy coroner in 1997. She was born in York County, attended Eastern York High School and graduated from York County Area Vocational-Technical School. She completed the PA Coroner’s Education Board training and is also certified as a Diplomate with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. She has also been employed for more than 20 years in the Pathology Department at Wellspan York Hospital. Onalee enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband, John, and son, Johnny.


  6. Michelle Rau, Deputy Coroner

    Michelle Rau

    Deputy Coroner
    Phone: 717-840-7617

    Michelle joined the York County Coroner's Office as a part-time Deputy Coroner in 2014. After graduating high school she earned her certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic in 2000 from Harrisburg Area Community College. From that time, she has been providing care to York County in a variety of positions including pre-hospital emergency medicine, corrections medicine, in-hospital emergency medicine and psychiatry. In 2011, she received her Bachelor's of Science in criminal justice from York College. She is passionate about giving a voice to the deceased that no longer have the ability to tell their own story as well as providing closure to their loved ones.


  7. Kayla Starner, Deputy Coroner

    Kayla Starner

    Deputy Coroner
    Phone: 717-840-7617

    Kayla Starner began working as a part-time deputy coroner in 2017.  She was born in York County and graduated from Central York High School in 2005. Kayla began providing care in York and surrounding counties in a variety of positions and services, including geriatric medicine, care for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and behavioral/psychiatric health. In 2013, she graduated from Wellspan Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy with a certification as an emergency medical technician, then began providing pre-hospital emergency medicine and became a volunteer firefighter. In 2016, she became a certified ordained minister. Kayla enjoys spending time with her son, hockey, football, fishing and being in the outdoors. "The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never explained, as I plan to help families have their answers and closure," she said.


  8. Karen Frank, Deputy Coroner

    Karen Frank

    Deputy Coroner
    Phone: 717-840-7617

    Karen is a graduate of Dallastown Area High School. She has 2 sons - Eric, 33 and Cody, 31 - and a grandson, Greyson, 4, who is the love of her life. Karen retired from York County in 2006 having worked at York County Children and Youth Services for 23 years. She then went to work for Wellspan as a Patient Representative for 14 ½ years until they eliminated that position July 7, 2018, when she joined the Coroner's Office. Karen loves sports (Eagles, Orioles and Penn State) and also traveling, and goes on several cruises a year.


  9. Carissa McLyman, Deputy Coroner

    Carissa McLyman

    Deputy Coroner
    Phone: 717-840-7617

    Carissa joined the Coroner’s Office in June of 2019 as a part-time Deputy Coroner. Originally from just outside Washington D.C., where she was raised, Carissa moved to York County in 2005, where she met her husband. After many years in healthcare, Carissa went on to become a Registered Nurse, something she had always aspired to become. After working years in acute care, she transitioned into the specialty of surgical intensive care, where she takes care of surgical and trauma patients. Carissa is passionate about her connection to families and advocating for patients. She takes a special interest in areas of education and forensics, both of which she continues to pursue further. Hoping to provide comfort to grieving families of lost loved ones and respect and care to those that have passed away, she was honored to join the York County Coroner’s Office. Carissa is happily married to her husband Greg. She has 2 beautiful step-daughters and 3 amazing sons. When not working in the ICU or at the Coroner’s Office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, vacationing with them and shopping. 


  10. Molly York


  11. Vivian Howell

    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 717-840-7617 ext. 6602

    Vivian has been employed by the County of York since 1997, starting in the District Attorney's office and transferring to the Coroner's office in 1998. She was born in Adams County and is a Bermudian Springs graduate. She previously worked in the insurance industry and as a real estate agent before her county employment. She enjoys cooking, baking, reading and spending time with her daughter and son-in-law. She also likes relaxing with her 2 Maltese puppies.  


  12. Darryll Michael

    Confidential Secretary / Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 717-840-7617 ext. 6601