Awards and Promotions



Erie Insurance recently, announced the promotion of Karen Skarupski to senior vice president, Human Resources.

Skarupski succeeds Sean Dugan, who was promoted to executive vice president, Human Resources & Corporate Services in January 2023.

During her 32 years with ERIE, Skarupski has held several leadership roles in law, human resources, compliance and privacy, and has served as vice president, corporate privacy officer, since 2018.

Skarupski began her ERIE career in 1991 when she left private law practice to join ERIE’s Law Division working primarily on employment-re- lated legal matters. For nearly 20 years, she provided counsel to company HR leaders on employee benefits, diversity and inclusion, compensation, leave and disability issues, compliance and training, and workplace safety and health. She also served as interim division officer for Human Resources in 2008.

Skarupski holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Allegheny College and a juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Manager and a Certified Information Privacy Professional. She is a member of the Erie and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and serves as a trustee of the Erie County Bar Foundation.


Asbury Woods, a 200-plus acre nature preserve in Millcreek Township, recently announced its new Board members, including George Dusckas Jr., Aaron O’Toole, T.J Richter, Steve Ropski and Bridget C. Shames.

George Dusckas Jr. is senior vice president of RBC Wealth Management. He is a seasoned financial adviser who has been assisting clients with building and preserving wealth since 1982. He joined RBC Wealth Management in 2005.

Prior to joining the Board, Dusckas has been serving on Asbury Woods’ finance committee since 2018. During that time, he played an instrumental role in many major decisions affecting Asbury Woods’ future including the expansion of program staff, fiscal and investment planning and the funding of acquisition of 52 acres of property.

Aaron O’Toole is chief financial officer of the Millcreek Township School District. He was appointed as the Millcreek Township School District representative on the board as of June 2023. O’Toole has been employed by Millcreek Township School District since 2014 and currently serves as chief financial officer.

T.J. Richter is a partner at Loesel-Schaaf Insurance Agency, which he joined in August 2018. As vice president and treasurer at the agency, he is part of all aspects of its operations. As part of the Asbury Woods Board, he looks forward to working with everyone to preserve the work that’s been done and do his part in enhancing the experience that people have when they visit Asbury Woods.

Steve Ropski is a biology professor at Gannon University. Ropski has been serving on Asbury Woods’ facilities and grounds committee since September 2022 and has led several programs at Asbury Woods over the years as well.

Bridget C. Shames is vice president and director of Marketing & Development for Glowacki Management. Prior to joining the Board at Asbury Woods, Bridget served on the Erie Catholic School System Board of Directors and was past Chair on the Board of Directors for Erie DAWN. She is a Member of the Hamot Health Foundation Board of Corporators, a licensed PA Real Estate Salesperson, member of the Greater Erie Board of Realtors (GEBOR) and member of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR).