Meet the Staff

                                                             Meet the Staff

Coroner
Pam Gay 50-1

Phone: 717-840-7617 Ext. 6600

Pam-Gay

Pam Gay was sworn in to 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 two grown, married children and two grandchildren. Pam enjoys spending time with her family, reading, teaching and getting out on the York County Heritage Rail Trail.

Chief Deputy Coroner
Claude Stabley 50-2

Phone: 717-840-7617 Ext. 6603

ClaudeStabley

Claude Stabley was born in York County and was a York City police officer for more than 23 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant. While in law enforcement, he also graduated from York College with a degree in nursing and has been a Registered Nurse since 1994. He began working in the Coroner’s office part-time in 1998 and joined the staff full-time in 2001.  He completed the initial training provided by the Pennsylvania Coroner’s Education Board and has become certified as a Diplomat with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. He has been married to his wife, Deborah, for 38 years.  They have two children and four grandchildren. In his spare time, Claude likes to read, travel and do volunteer work with his church.
Supervisor Deputy Coroner
Matthew Groft 50-4

Phone: 717-840-7617 Ext. 6605

Deputy Coroner Matthew Groft

Matt was born and raised in McSherrystown. Before graduating New Oxford High School in 2010, Matt completed his Emergency Medical Technician at the age of 16 and worked in the Hanover area as an emergency medical provider and volunteered as a firefighter. Matt was hired as a part-time Deputy Coroner in York County in 2016 and was promoted to full-time in February 2017. Prior to being full-time with York County, Matt was a 911 dispatcher for Adams County and continues to work part- time for the Adams County Coroner’s Office, where he started in 2014. While Matt comes to the office with an EMS and 911 background, he has also completed multiple Crisis Intervention Trainings. While being a death investigator is extremely stressful, Matt is proud to be able to assist families in their worst times of their lives and to provide a detailed investigation.
Supervisor Deputy Coroner
Tania Zech  50-5

Phone: 717-840-7617 Ext. 6604

Deputy Coroner Tania Zech

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 EMT at Jacobus Ambulance. She also has an emergency department background. She has been married to her husband, Toby, for 14 years. They have two sons, Wyatt, 10, and Colton, 4. She enjoys Sunday night family dinners and traveling with her family.
Supervisor Deputy Coroner
Michele Kirchner 50-6

Phone: 717-840-7617 Ext. 6628

Deputy Coroner Kirchner

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 two 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.
Deputy Coroner
Onalee Gilbert 50-11

Phone: 717-840-7617

Onalee Gilbert

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.
Deputy Coroner
Michelle Rau 50-12

Phone: 717-840-7617

Rau

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.
Deputy Coroner
Jake Clevenger 50-14

Phone: 717-840-7617

Deputy Coroner Jake Clevenger

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 US Marine Corps Reserves, participating in Desert Storm. Upon returning home from Desert Storm, Jake joined the Spring Garden Twp Police Department in 1991, where he is still serving the community.  In 2008, Jake went back to school at Pittsburg 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 past time for Jake.
Deputy Coroner
Sallie Sload-Diehl 50-17

Phone: 717-840-7617

Deputy Coroner Sload Diehl

Sallie joined the Coroner’s office January 2017 as a P/T deputy and has completed the PA Education Board Training. She serviced York County in the early 1990’s as an EMT, then as a Registered Nurse since 1994. With a Masters in Healthcare Education, she enjoys working with nursing students on the clinical settings. Married to her husband, Scott, they share the joys of their children: two daughters, two sons, and their four grandchildren. Sallie enjoys time spent with family, gardening, and the beach.
Deputy Coroner
Kayla Starner 50-18

Phone: 717-840-7617

Deputy Coroner KStarner

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 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.
Deputy Coroner
Dave Sterner 50-19

Phone: 717-840-7617 

 
Deputy Coroner
Nick Laughman 50-20

Phone: 717-840-7617

 
Deputy Coroner
Laurie Yeakel 50-21

Phone: 717-840-7617

Deputy Coroner Yeakel

Laurie joined the Coroner’s office in March 2018.  Currently lives in Red Lion and a graduate from Red Lion High School.  A volunteered for many years with Red Lion Area Ambulance. Has been a Registered Nurse since 1988. Lauie has 3 children; Zachary, Alyssa and Kacie.  She enjoy spending time at the beach and going on cruises with my family.  

Deputy Coroner
April Pavoncello 50-22

 
Deputy Coroner
Karen Frank 50-23

Phone: 717-840-7617

Deputy Coroner Frank

Karen is a graduate of Dallastown Area High School.  She has two 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. 
Administrative Assistant
Vivian Howell

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 two Maltese puppies.  

Confidential Secretary/
Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Wilt

Phone: 717-840-7617 Ext. 6601

Stephanie Wilt

Stephanie Wilt has grown up in York County and graduated from York Suburban Senior High. She has an Associate’s Degree in Specialized Business with a major in Accounting from Yorktowne Business Institute. She still lives in York and loves to spend her time with her three cats, traveling with family to the national parks, museums and living history, sewing/crafting, being a Disney nerd, and serving the community in theatre arts.