Hourglass Organization

We are Hourglass - Dedicated to protecting Lancaster County’s unique character for generations to come.

We exist to provide information, encourage collaboration, and inspire innovative ways of thinking and, in doing so, protect the County’s unique character and enviable Quality of Life.

Our Influence

Observation and Research

We pay attention to trends happening in our community, throughout the state, and beyond that might affect Lancaster’s future. This information is gathered through research, observation, and conversation with our partners.

Consulting Leaders and Informing the Public

Through our forums and publications, we inform the public in key Quality of Life areas. We also work with leaders in Lancaster County to empower them to make informed decisions.

Encouraging Collaboration and Innovative Thinking

Complex legacy issues require coalitions of people and organizations to tackle them. We connect stakeholders and decision makers and create the space for innovative problem solving to take place.

Preserving
Our
Legacy

As our County grows, we are committed to protecting what makes Lancaster special: its farms, rich culture, and historic cities, towns, and boroughs.

Supporting
Future
Growth

Lancaster County is growing. We are focused on making sure that growth continues in a socially, economically, and environmentally responsible way.

Our Vision

To protect the County’s unique character and enviable Quality of Life.

Our Mission

Hourglass provides local reliable information to Lancaster County leaders, ensuring informed decisions, and making Lancaster a better place to live and work.

“Hourglass is a source of fresh ideas and discussion. They provide great services to the City of Lancaster, both as a source of information and best practices.”

J. Richard Gray, Mayor

City of Lancaster, PA

Our Story

We believe that doing things right and making the right decisions require thorough examination, in-depth research, objective analysis, and independent thinking.

Hourglass was founded in 1997 to inform, enlighten, and encourage decision-makers so that Lancaster County can have growth and economic prosperity without losing its unique character and enviable quality of life.

Hourglass focuses on a wide range of complex, legacy issues that impact Lancaster County both now and for years to come. We function as an independent entity, providing objective information and fresh ideas, conducting research and analysis, and encouraging collaboration among local governments and organizations to help them better meet the challenges of a changing world.

The Legacy Model

Some decisions are so important that the wrong solutions can leave a lasting negative effect on Lancaster County. Hourglass has created a model to help identify critical issues, provide information and perspective to stimulate discussion, and create an environment for informed decision making and collaboration.

Board Members and Staff

Officers

Arthur (Art) K. Mann, Sr.

Founder & Chairman

Art is the chairman of DONSCO Corporation, a foundry operation located in Wrightsville, PA employing over 800 people. He was a School Board Member of the School District of Lancaster from 1989-1996 and is the President of the Mann Family Foundation. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Civil Engineering from Yale University. Art is a founding board member of the Hourglass and has remained active since the organization’s inception in 1997.

Charles (Monty) F. Milner, Jr.

President

Charles “Monty” Milner obtained his B.A. from Guilford College and was a trustee of the college for 15 years, eight as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Milner also earned an MBA from Harvard University. He served for nine years on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board with two of those as Worldwide President. He worked 17 years for several large companies. The last was as Vice President of Genesco, then a fortune five hundred company. For the last 37 years before his recent retirement, he was the owner and CEO of Hope Hosiery. Monty was a Board Member of the National Hosiery Association for 36 years and was Chairman, spending 18 years on the Executive Committee. He was also a Trustee of Friends Academy, Locust Valley, NY for five years. He was a first lieutenant in the Army and an Eagle Scout. Monty has been Hourglass President since 2010.

Dr. Carol Y. Phillips

Vice-President

Carol retired from Millersville University after serving as a member of the faculty and staff for over twenty years, as professor and chair of the Department of Nursing and subsequently as Associate Provost, and Executive Assistant to the President. She currently serves as President of the Manheim Borough Council and is a member of the Planning Department’s Community Team. She has served for 17 years on the Manheim School District School Board with 12 of those years as chair.

A registered nurse, Carol received her diploma in nursing from St. Thomas School of Nursing and her baccalaureate degree from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. She has a master’s degree in education from Temple University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Delaware, and her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Maryland.

Michael J. Rowen

Secretary / Treasurer

Michael is the owner of Michael’s Motor Cars located on North Queen Street in Lancaster. He also serves as the President of IDEALL Foundation. He served as the Vice President of the School Board for the School District of Lancaster from 1999-2003. He also served as the Vice President of the Susquehanna Glass Company, his family business, in Columbia.

Michael has served as the President of the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce; President of the Lancaster County Career and Technical School General Operating Committee; Chairman, Sole Source Funding Committee for Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; and a member of the General Advisory Committee, Lancaster County Career, and Technical School.

Directors

Ronald T. Bailey

Ronald Bailey served as the Executive Director of the Lancaster County Planning Commission from 1988 to 2004. He co-wrote a major update of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code that provided for multi-municipal planning, was a member of the Pennsylvania State Planning Board and was a Senior Research Fellow at Franklin & Marshall College where he authored a report on the permitting process in Pennsylvania. From 2007 to 2015 he served as Executive Director of the Chester County Planning Commission. He authored Frozen in Silver, The Life and Frontier Photography of P. E. Larson, published by Swallow Press/Ohio University Press. Now retired, Ronald lives in Oregon where he continues to write for a variety of publications.

Brian P. Davison

Brian Davison is a graduate of Cedar Crest High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Millersville University and a master’s degree from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland. He was a high school educator in the Baltimore area for 7 years, where he taught special education to emotionally disturbed, and Social Studies to mainstream and honor students. While teaching, he served as a varsity football and wrestling coach. After leaving the education field, he worked in the new home industry as a Sales Representative and Regional Sales Manager. In January 2012, Brian began his career as a Commercial Realtor with High Associates. He has earned his Pennsylvania Associate Real Estate Broker License, his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and his Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) designations. He has served as a board member of the Lancaster County Association of Realtors, President of the Commercial and Industrial Realtor’s Council, and was the 2019 Commercial Realtor of the Year. He currently serves on the board of the Lancaster Early Education Center.

William K. Ebel, Jr. (Bill)

Bill has had a long career in the agricultural field. After serving in the United States Air Force from 1953-1957, he began work at New Holland Farm Equipment where he worked until his retirement in 1990 (except for a brief time from 1960 to 1964 when he worked for Proctor & Gamble Marketing) Mr. Ebel is a passionate environmentalist and has served on the Board of the Lancaster Conservancy and the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority. He currently serves on the Board of the Coalition for Smart Growth. Bill graduated from Cornell University where he studied Animal Husbandry and attended the Business School.

Susan C. Eckert

Susan is the Principal of the Eckert Group which provides technical assistance, project management, board development, and interim management to nonprofits. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of WITF. She is also a member of the Board of HDC MidAtlantic, the Foundation of Lancaster General Health, and the Partnership for Public Health. She has served in numerous leadership roles including President of the United Way of Lancaster County (1987-2012), Executive Director of the Lancaster YWCA (1979-1987), and Associate Director of Admissions at Vassar College (1974-1979). She obtained her B.A. in History from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a M.Ed. from Boston College.

Timothy C. Lapp

Tim is Co-owner/CEO of Lapp Electrical Service, Inc, Partner at East End Enterprises, and author of the book “Shunning To Shining”. He graduated from Conestoga Valley High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from West Chester University. Tim is and always will be a family man, enjoying life with his wife and three grown children. He and his two brothers also steward the family businesses their father, mother, and Heavenly Father entrusted to them. As an earnest advocate for active engagement in community and leadership in business ethics, Tim has served on several nonprofit boards and committees plus coached youth girls soccer and basketball for many years helping to encourage next-generation leaders to grow and succeed in life.

Sidney P. Marland, III (Sid)

Sid’s corporate career spanned 34 years with R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company. He moved from Chicago to Lancaster in 1972 to manage a start-up mapping enterprise. Donnelley Cartographic Services grew to be the largest custom mapmaker in America and in the mid-1990s changed its name to MapQuest and was later sold to AOL. He was the founder and Executive Director of the IDEALL Foundation for the School District of Lancaster and sat on multiple advisory boards including Young Life, DONSCO Corporation, Lancaster County Career, and Technology Center GAC. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sid is a founding board member of the Hourglass and has remained active since the organization’s inception in 1997.

George B. Mann

George was born in Lancaster County and raised in Philadelphia and Europe. After college and one year of grad school, he returned to Lancaster and invested in what was left of the Mann family farming operation in Manor Township. He has lived in Lancaster for 27 years and is the owner of the Mann farms, a 350-acre crop and poultry business in Manor Township. He is a past board member of Lancaster History.org. He serves as a Manor Township Supervisor and is currently the Chairman of the Board. He is on the Board of Directors for Lancaster County Motors family of dealerships and has served as Secretary/ Treasurer in that capacity. George has been married to Leslie Richardson Mann for ten years and has one son Isaac who attends Central Manor Elementary School.

Donald K. Roseman, Jr. (Don)

Don is retired from his long career as the Owner of Acorn Press, Inc. which he founded in 1956. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the Lancaster community including as a board member for the United Way of Lancaster County, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Lancaster County Health, and Welfare Foundation, and as board president of the Lancaster YWCA. He attended Franklin and Marshall College and studied Business Administration. He is an honorary alumnus of Millersville University and is the recipient of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 2005 Exemplar Award.

Carol S. Simpson

Carol is retired after a long career in healthcare informatics. She worked for CHI, the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in the US, and was responsible for IT non-clinical departments at eight CHI hospitals in the Philadelphia group. She also served for 8 years as Township Commissioner in Manheim Township and was President of the Township Commissioners for four of those years. She continues to serve on numerous county boards and commissions, including the Coalition for Smart Growth, and is the former Board Chair of the Lancaster Conservancy. She earned her B.S. in Institutional Management from Michigan State University.

Staff

Jonathan B. Russell

Executive Director

Jonathan currently serves as the Executive Director of the Hourglass, a position he has held since 2019. He was raised in Lancaster County and graduated from Conestoga Valley High School. He received a degree in History from West Chester University and a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. After his schooling, he working at Urban Design Ventures, a planning firm in Homestead, PA, and then as a Government Grants Manager at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh before moving back to Lancaster for this job. He lives in Lancaster City with his fiancée, Amy, and rescue dog, Raffi.

Jennifer P. Mundy

Administrator

Jennifer is semi-retired from the Hourglass. She served as the Administrator of the Hourglass Foundation from 2000 to 2019. She continues to provide administration/accounting support to the organization. Before joining the Hourglass, Jennifer served as Practice Manager for the Lancaster Psychiatric Group from 1986 to 1999. Prior to moving to Lancaster in 1986, she served as Accounting Manager of the J. E. Baker Company in York, PA from 1974 to 1986. She attended York College of Pennsylvania as an Accounting major and Management minor.

Our Community Partners

ASSETS Lancaster

100 S Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 393-6089

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City of Lancaster, PA

120 North Duke St. P.O. Box 1599, Lancaster, PA 17608

(717) 291-4711

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Coalition for Smart Growth

1383 Arcadia Rd # 1, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 509-4711

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Discover Lancaster

501 Greenfield Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

(800) 723-8824

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Economic Development Company of Lancaster County

115 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 397-4046

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Franklin and Marshall College

637 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 358-3911

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Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

123 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-5861

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Lancaster City Alliance

115 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 394-0783

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Lancaster Clean Water Partners

1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 299-5361

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Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and Industry

115 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 397-3531

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Lancaster Conservancy

117 S West End Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 392-7891

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Lancaster County Community Foundation

24 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 397-1629

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Lancaster County Planning Commission

150 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 299-8333

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Lancaster Farmland Trust

125 Lancaster Ave, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-8484

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Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership

123 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 291-9945

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Lancaster-Lebanon IU-13

1020 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 606-1600

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LOOP - City of Lancaster Office of Promotion

Lancaster City Visitor Center, 3rd Floor, 38 Penn Sq, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-4758

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Millersville University

40 Dilworth Rd, Millersville, PA 17551

(717) 871-4636

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Pennsylvania Economy League

88 N Franklin St # 2, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

(570) 824-3559

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United Way of Lancaster County

1910 Harrington Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 394-0731

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