Trish is a Berks County native who grew up in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. From childhood, her parents instilled in her the importance of family, community and hard work. Both were blue-collar workers who devoted decades to their employers; her father was a PennDOT mechanic for more than 30 years, and her mother spent more than 25 years at the Hamburg Center, first as an aide and then as a secretary.
Trish graduated from Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1996. She also has a master’s degree in education, and certifications in elementary and special education. Her teaching career began at Quakertown Middle School where she taught history and English. Afterward she taught special education students for Reading School District and Wilson School District. She made the difficult decision to leave teaching to raise her two sons after the tragic death of her husband in 2006. Though she does not regret the time she spent with her children, Trish loved teaching and still hears from many of her former students.
One of Trish’s priorities is supporting her community. In this vein she volunteers with several organizations. She is vice president of Law Enforcement United, a non-profit organization that raises money for the families of fallen officers. She is a trustee of Concerns of Police Survivors, a similar non-profit organization that supports families of slain law enforcement officers. Trish is also on the board of directors for the Kyle Pagerly Memorial Fund. She continues to organize events to honor her late husband, Reading Police Officer Scott Wertz.
Trish currently resides in Sinking Spring with her three children and her partner, Bryan.