President

Current Council

Edward J. Sheehan, Jr.

Edward J. Sheehan, Jr. is the 46th President of The Pennsylvania Society. He serves as President & CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC). CTC is an independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sheehan has over thirty-seven years of corporate, management, and programmatic experience associated with a variety of assignments for large and small businesses located throughout the United States. Mr. Sheehan serves as a member of the Board of Directors for a number of Pennsylvania-based economic development, public service, and charitable organizations in a volunteer capacity. He serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Board of Directors of Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. He is a member of the Western Region Advisory Board of Highmark, Inc. and is a University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board Member. He is former Chair of the United Way of Pennsylvania and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Aloysius College. Mr. Sheehan also serves on the Board of Directors of 1stSummit Bank and holding company.  Mr. Sheehan earned his degree from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Julie, have four daughters, one son-in-law, and one grandson.

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Officers

Elizabeth Preate Havey

Elizabeth Preate Havey is the Vice President of The Pennsylvania Society and Partner at Dilworth Paxson, LLP. She works transactional attorney specializing in public and project finance matters involving tax-exempt and taxable bond issues for issuers ranging from counties, townships, governmental authorities, school districts, private universities, and hospitals and other health care facilities. Liz also represents corporations and non-profit organizations in corporate governance matters, employment agreements and general corporate and securities transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and reorganizations and service agreements. In addition to her transactional practice, Liz assists clients with their government relations needs, utilizing her long-standing professional relationships with key political players at the state, local, and federal levels. 

John D. Moran, Jr.

John Daniel Moran, Jr. is the Secretary of the Society. He is an American businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist. Moran currently serves as president & CEO of Moran Industries, Inc., a premier warehousing, logistics and transportation company based in Pennsylvania that was founded in 1975. Moran Industries holds over 5 million square feet of warehousing space and is the only logistics company in central Pennsylvania to control thirteen railheads. The company maintains relationships with many Fortune 500 and household, name brand companies. 

Moran currently serves on the board of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, he has served alongside Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett as the private sector co-chair of the Team PA Foundation, a nonpartisan & nonprofit organization established in 1997 to connect private and public sector leaders to propel economic progress for Pennsylvania.Moran is a graduate of Kings College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

David L. Cohen

David L. Cohen is the Treasurer of the Society. He is Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and the Company's Chief Diversity Officer; he also serves as senior counselor to the CEO. Before joining Comcast, Mr. Cohen served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. Mr. Cohen graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 with a B.A. and with a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude) in 1981. From January 1992 to April 1997, Mr. Cohen served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, where he played a critical coordinating role in significant budgetary and financial issues, in economic development activities, in collective bargaining negotiations, and in a wide variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city. Mr. Cohen serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee; he also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine. He serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and associate boards. Mr. Cohen also serves on the national board of the National Urban League and is Chair of its Audit Committee; he is Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Council of La Raza. Mr. Cohen has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1993), the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award (1999), the National Cable Television Association Vanguard Award for Leadership and Impact in the Cable Industry (2005), the President’s Volunteer Service Award (2007), the MS Society Hope Award (2007), the Drexel University Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the National Urban League of Philadelphia Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (2012), the Spirit of Asian American Award (2012) and the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award (2012). He was awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Drexel University and from Rider University. Mr. Cohen resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Rhonda and their two sons.

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Members of Council

Gregory S. Bentley

Gregory S. Bentley is CEO of Bentley Systems, the second largest software company headquartered in Pennsylvania. Mr. Bentley earned a bachelor’s degree in Decision Sciences in 1976 and an M.B.A. in Finance in 1977 from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for Penn’s School of Design. In 2003, Mr. Bentley was recognized as CEO of the Year by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce. He was chairman of Campaign 2000 for the United Way of Chester County, and has served on the boards of organizations for the developmentally disabled.  In July 2002, Mr. Bentley participated in President Bush’s Crawford Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, and in January, 2010 he performed a similar role at the White House Jobs Summit. He frequently contributes to governmental policy determinations by representing the Business Software Alliance and the American Business Conference. In 2009, Mr. Bentley was inducted into the Chester County Hall of Fame. In May 2012, Mr. Bentley became a trustee of Drexel University, where he also serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Pennoni Honors College. Mr. Bentley and his wife Caroline reside in Unionville, Pennsylvania.  He enjoys tennis, church choir, and steeplechase horseracing. 

Robert J. Ciaruffoli, Jr.

Robert J. Ciaruffoli, Jr. was the 45th President of The Pennsylvania Society. He serves as an advisor, board member and provides funding to start-up and early stage companies. Bob previously served as Chairman and CEO of ParenteBeard, a CPA and Business Advisory firm, from 2000 until 2014. During 2014, Bob and his team completed a merger of Parente Beard with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause to form the 12th largest US CPA firm. Bob believes in social responsibility and has consistently offered his passion, time and expertise to many religious, civic and charitable organizations throughout the years. One such organization was the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 where Mr. Ciaruffoli served as the chairman and president of the organization which brought Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September, 2015. He is a graduate of King’s College and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Nicholas DeBenedictis

Nicholas DeBenedictis was the 43rd President of the Society. He is the non-executive chairman of the board of Aqua American. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Aqua American 1993-2015. Prior, Mr. DeBenedictis served as Senior Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs for PECO Energy. From 1986 to 1989, he was President of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He served in two cabinet positions in Pennsylvania Government: Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources (1983-1986) and Director of the Office of Economic Development (1981-1983). Mr. DeBenedictis was elected Chairman of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in 2004 and currently serves on the policy committee of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Business Council. He also serves on the boards of many regional businesses and organization and has received numerous awards for public service and civic leadership. Mr. DeBendictis received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Drexel University.

Louis DeNaples, Jr.

Louis DeNaples, Jr. serves as the President of Emergency Service, P.C. responsible for the management of a regional Hospital Emergency Department/Level II Trauma Center and 10 Emergency Medicine Physicians. Dr. DeNaples is the Director for Department of Emergency Medicine Community Medical Center/Geisinger Community Medical Center. Since 2013 he has been a partner with Pennsylvania Ambulance and in 2015 he became a partner with Trans Med Ambulance where he is responsible for business development and client relationships. In 2015 he also became a Franchise Owner for NAHL Tier II, Jr. Hockey. Dr. DeNaples is a Board Member of First National Community Bancorp, Inc., First National Community Bank of Dunmore, and Goodwill Industries of North Eastern Pennsylvania. In 1989, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Scranton, then went on to the University of Michigan School of Medicine where he graduated in 1993. Dr. DeNaples did his Emergency Medicine Residency at Henry Ford Hospital from 1993 to 1996. He resides in Moscow, Pennsylvania with his wife, Pamela and their 5 children. 

Daniel J. Hilferty

Daniel J. Hilferty is president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross, a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Hilferty has more than 25 years of experience in health care, government affairs, communication and education. Before Mr. Hilferty joined Independence Blue Cross, he served as president and chief executive officer of AmeriHealth Mercy. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, the Franklin Institute, and is vice chair of the board of trustees of Saint Joseph’s University. Nationally, he serves on the board of directors for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans. Actively committed to his community, Mr. Hilferty has received numerous awards. Mr. Hilferty received a bachelor of science degree from Saint Joseph’s University and a master’s degree in public administration from American University.

Wendell F. Holland

Wendell F. Holland, a partner in the National Utility Banking Syndicate firm, CFSD Group, LLP, was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from 2004 to 2008. He has served as Treasurer of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners as well as its Executive Committee, its Board of Directors, and as Chairman of its Audit and Investment committees. Mr. Holland’s areas of practice include Project and Resource Development, International Business and Trade, Business and Finance, and Energy and Utilities. Mr. Holland received his Bachelor of Science from Fordham University and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. He is also currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Main Line Health Inc., the Board of Directors of Aqua America, Inc. and was President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commission from 2005 to 2006. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumnus of Lower Merion High School and a Distinguished Alumnus of Rutgers University Law School.

Maria Sordoni Hudacek

Maria Sordoni Hudacek is a senior client associate with the Erickson Hudacek & Leibman Group at Merrill Lynch in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She works with an array of clients including businesses, high net-worth individuals and families, and foundations and endowments.  Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2011, Maria spent five years as an analyst and financial advisor with an institutional consulting team at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Philadelphia. Maria is a member of the Advisory Board of the Andrew J. Sordoni Foundation, as well as a member of the Board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the All One Charities Board. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and currently resides in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania with her husband Stephen and their daughter, Reese. 

Charles D. Hummer, III

Charles D. Hummer, III is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon with a special interest in joint replacement surgery. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1989 and completed his residency in 1994 from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He also participated in a one year fellowship at The Christ Hospital at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Hummer was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. He is currently the Director of Sports Medicine and Team Physician for Swarthmore College. Dr. Hummer is currently affiliated with Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Springfield Hospital, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, and Riddle Memorial Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedics Surgeons as well as of the American College of Surgeons, Board Member and Past President of the Delaware County Medical Society, Board Member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, President of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society and Member of the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Michael A. Innocenzo

Michael A. Innocenzo is president and CEO of PECO. Based in Philadelphia, PECO is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. He is responsible for leadership of PECO’s overall performance associated with service reliability, customer satisfaction, financial management, and regulatory and external affairs. Innocenzo previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer, where he was responsible for leadership of PECO’s overall performance associated with operations, safety, service reliability, customer satisfaction and financial management.  Innocenzo serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Free Library, the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, the Southeastern Electric Exchange, the American Gas Association, the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, the Franklin Institute, the Satell Institute, and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.  Innocenzo also led special projects with the Edison Electric Institute and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Innocenzo holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Widener University and a MBA from Villanova University.

Dusty Elias Kirk

Dusty Elias Kirk is a partner at Reed Smith LLP where she concentrates her practice on all aspects of real estate development, acquisitions and economic incentives, with an emphasis on real estate litigation, including real estate tax-assessment appeals, land-use and zoning appeals, and eminent domain proceedings. She represents real estate developers, property owners and nonprofit institutions in real estate assessment appeals of industrial, commercial, office, retail and exempt properties in issues regarding valuation of real estate, tax-exempt status, taxation of mineral rights, and tax abatements for newly constructed and reconstructed properties. Dusty litigates matters throughout Pennsylvania before administrative hearing boards, as well as in trial and appellate proceedings. She is the ​recipient of numerous award and honors including the 2014 Honorable Sylvia A. Rambo Award and the Pittsburgh Business Times 2013 Business Women First Award.

Robert M. Krasne

Robert M. Krasne is chairman and publisher of Steinman Communications’ flagship company, LNP Media Group, Inc., and serves as chairman of Delmarva Broadcasting Company, Lancaster Farming, Lancaster County Weeklies and various other affiliated companies. He is also co-chair of The Steinman Foundation, a charitable foundation established by the former publishers and owners of Lancaster Newspapers.  Before assuming leadership of the Steinman Communications companies in 2012, Mr. Krasne spent ten years as principal in The Krasne Group, Inc., a strategic business-consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Previously, Mr. Krasne was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly, L.L.P., where he represented clients in complex legal matters. He joined the firm from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Mr. Krasne actively participates in community improvement efforts with a particular emphasis on education. He serves as a director and vice chair of the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County, a member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Board on Education & Workforce Development, a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, a director of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, and has created The Lancaster County STEM Alliance, an initiative involving business, education, government, economic development and the nonprofit community focused on workforce development. The Lancaster County STEM Alliance is a member of the national STEM Ecosystem. Mr. Krasne is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Mike Molewski

Mike Molewski is a Principal and financial advisor with CAPTRUST, an investment advisory and financial services firm.  Mr. Molewski is responsible for leading the Strategic Advisor Group, a division within the firm that provides multigenerational business and estate preservation, wealth planning, and investment advisory services. Prior to becoming a Principal at CAPTRUST, he served as founder and CEO for MFP Strategies, Chairman of the firm’s investment, management, and compliance committees.  He also leads the M Financial Group relationship for CAPTRUST, where he has been a member firm principal and shareholder for over 25 years. Mr. Molewski graduated from King’s College with a double major in economics and psychology and completed graduate work in taxation at the McGowan School of Business. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant™ (ChFC®). He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of American Bank since 2005 and currently serves as Chairman of the Asset Liability, Audit Committee, Technology Committee, Nominating Committee, Loan Committee, and Compensation Committee and serves on the Technology Committee for the M Financial Group. Mr. Molewski resides in the Lehigh Valley with his wife Diane. 

Timothy G. NeCastro

Timothy G. NeCastro is president and chief executive officer of Erie Insurance.

NeCastro joined ERIE in 1996, starting a career that has spanned finance, services and sales.  He managed ERIE’s Internal Auditing Department and was then promoted to senior vice president of the Controller Division in 1997. He moved into operations in 2008 as senior vice president of the Product and Policy Services Division. He expanded his experience to field sales operations in 2010, when he was promoted to senior vice president and regional officer. His territorial oversight included Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2014, NeCastro led the entry into ERIE’s 12th state, Kentucky.

Prior to joining ERIE, NeCastro worked for The Plastek Group in Erie, Pa., as director of finance. He previously worked for 10 years progressing through senior manager at Ernst & Young, one of the then "Big Five" public accounting firms, in its Cleveland and Erie offices.

An Erie native, NeCastro is a graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Gannon University. He serves on the boards of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, Insurance Information Institute, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership and UPMC Hamot, as well as the Gannon University board of trustees. He is a founding board member and president of the Erie Downtown Development Corporation’s board of directors.

Brian Nester

Brian Nester, DO, was named president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) on November 5, 2014, after serving as the acting president and CEO of LVHN since July 1, 2014.  LVHN is a comprehensive, integrated health network that includes five full-service licensed hospitals with eight campuses, a Children’s Hospital, an employed physician group with nearly 1,600 providers, and 23 outpatient health centers. LVHN is its region’s largest employer with more than 18,000 employees.  Dr. Nester came to LVHN in 1998 from an academic post in emergency medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. In addition to CSO, he has served at LVHN as associate vice chair, department of emergency medicine as both the research director and the director of the Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Muhlenberg emergency department; and as senior vice president for physician hospital network development. Dr. Nester is a member of the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program Advisory Board at Columbia University. He speaks nationally and is published on issues related to physician integration and business development, and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and Mailman School of Public Health on issues related to health care reform and strategy for more than a decade.

Sandra Schultz Newman

Sandra Schultz Newman is a nationally recognized jurist, prolific writer and highly sought after public speaker. From 1995 – 2006 she served as the very first elected female justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In that position, she was the high court’s Liaison to the First Judicial District (Philadelphia) as well as a member of the Court’s Judicial Council. Prior to her term on the Supreme Court, Justice Newman was a judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and an attorney in private practice. She was also the first female Assistant District Attorney in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. The recipient of numerous honors and awards from within and without her profession, Justice Newman is a graduate of Drexel University and received a master of arts from Temple University. She earned her law degree from Villanova University School of Law.  

Jean Craige Pepper

Jean Craige Pepper is First Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch, Erie, Pennsylvania. As a registered investment adviser, she has worked with public pension funds for 16 years, and is a registered representative with six major stock exchanges. Committed to and active in community service and historic preservation, Ms. Pepper is a trustee of the Goodwise Scholarship Fund for minority students, and has served as co-chair of the Junior League Historical Preservation Committee. Jean Craige Pepper is a graduate of Hollins University.

Velma A. Redmond

Velma A. Redmond is the retired Divisional General Counsel of American Water and served as Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Secretary of Pennsylvania American Water. She was formerly Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of State, Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission and Assistant Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Department of Justice. Ms. Redmond was Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Milton Hershey School and the Board of Directors of Hershey Trust Company. She is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Harrisburg Area Community College. Ms. Redmond graduated from Princeton University and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law.

Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves is a Principal of Allen & Gerritsen, one of the nation’s leading independent advertising agencies, with offices in Philadelphia and Boston. A former journalist, Mr. Reeves was press secretary for former Gov. Tom Ridge and remains the longest serving gubernatorial spokesman in Pennsylvania history. At the conclusion of the Ridge Administration in 2001, Mr. Reeves joined Neiman Group. He became CEO in 2008, and majority owner in 2010. In 2013, he sold the agency to Allen & Gerritsen, becoming one of A&G’s three owners and leader of the agency’s public relations practice. Mr. Reeves is a 1983 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Allegheny College, where he is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, and one of the founders of the College’s nationally acclaimed Prize for Civility in Public Life. Mr. Reeves also serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Independence Historical Trust.

Joe Reschini

Joe Reschini is President of The Reschini Group and CEO of Evergreen Insurance, both independent insurance agencies with locations throughout Western PA.  Joe joined The Reschini Group in November 2006 as Chief Operating Officer and became President in April 2012 after the passing of his father, Roger Reschini. Joe represents the third generation of Reschinis at the firm that his grandmother, Rose Reschini, founded in 1938.  In January 2018, Joe became CEO of Evergreen Insurance after purchasing controlling interest in S&T-Evergreen from S&T Bank.  Prior to joining The Reschini Group, Joe spent the previous 12 years as a Property/Casualty actuary at various insurance companies.  Joe graduated from Bucknell University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

 

Joe is active in the community. He is chairman of the Indiana Healthcare Foundation, chair of the Indiana Regional Medical Center Centennial Capital Campaign, vice chair of the Indiana Healthcare Corporation, immediate past chair of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, board member of The Friendship Circle, and board member of the Indiana County Development Corporation.  Joe is a past member of the Indiana County American Red Cross board of directors, the Indiana County American Heart Association board of directors, and the Indiana County United Way board of directors.

 

Joe lives in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife Ree and daughter Lola.

James D. Schultz

James D. Schultz serves as Chair of the Government and Regulatory Practice Group at Cozen O’Connor. Immediately prior to rejoining the firm, Jim served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel to the President in the Office of White House Counsel. In addition to having provided legal counsel to the President of the United States and his senior staff, Jim has provided legal counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania and his senior staff and cabinet, a number of federal and state elected officials and has handled high profile matters for private sector clients. 

Jim is active in politics and in the community. He has served as a campaign adviser and legal counsel to candidates running for federal, state and local office. In 2004, he served as the regional field director for Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. Dedicated to his community, Jim has served as chairman of the executive committee for the Steward’s Alliance of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to the Archdiocese’s schools for special needs students. He also served as a founding member of the Athletic Advantage Fund and on the executive committee of the Christian Street YMCA. Jim is a member of the board of directors of Rosemont College. He is a past member of the board of the directors of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, the President's Leadership Council for Drexel University and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. 

Karen Winner Sed

Karen Winner Sed is Chief Executive Officer of Winner International, headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania.  She started in the family business over 25 years ago.  Winner International is a consumer products company that specializes in safety and security items.  Its best known product, The Club steering wheel lock, can be seen on millions of steering wheels across the globe.  In addition to Winner International, Karen is Chief Executive Officer of Winner Water Services, a company that today focuses on water supply.  She is also Chief Executive Officer of Allegiant Security Cameras. Her experience includes hospitality and lodging, retail, tourism, marketing and advertising, and manufacturing across a wide variety of family owned businesses. She served as a board member of Team Pennsylvania Foundation from 2004-2015 where she spent 3 years as Co-Chair representing the private sector.   She is active in numerous community based efforts, including the revitalization efforts of the downtown area in which she both resides and works. A native of Pennsylvania, Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Thiel College and earned her MBA in management from Youngstown State University. Ms. Sed resides in Sharon with her husband Thomas. 

Christine Toretti

Christine Toretti is heralded as a change agent, a reputation she has earned through building successful relationships and businesses.  She has effected change as Chairman and CEO of the largest privately-held land-based natural gas drilling company in the United States, and was named one of the most influential Republicans by helping to support and advance women in numerous ways:  by creating the Women Lead PAC and the Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series programs, engaging women in all facets of the political process and encouraging their increased involvement in leadership roles. Ms. Toretti received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia, a PPL from Harvard Business School, and is a graduate of the Leadership Program at Oxford University.  She is Chairman and CEO of Palladio, LLC, and serves as President of The Jack Company.  She serves on the boards of EQT Corporation and S&T Bank.  Her volunteer board service includes:  Women Lead PAC, Founder; Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series (Founder and Chair); Sarah M. Scaife Foundation; International Medical Corps; Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, she is the Republican National Committeewoman from Pennsylvania.  Ms. Toretti is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2002; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Ridge and the Commerce Department Award; Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, 1996; Top 50 Influences of 2014, “Campaigns & Elections;” and the RNC Mary Louise Smith Trailblazer Award, 2014.  She resides in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Patricia Wellenbach

Patricia D. Wellenbach was named Strategy Advisory to the CEO of Please Touch Museum in November of 2015 as part of a planned leadership succession, and in March 2016, she assumed the helm of the Museum as its President and CEO. Founded in 1976, Please Touch Museum is an internationally recognized leader in integrating play and early childhood learning. She was selected as the incoming CEO based on her demonstrated experience in managing complex organizations undergoing transformational change and creating business models that assures long-term sustainability for those businesses.  A cum laude graduate of Boston College School of Nursing, Wellenbach also holds a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Healthcare Executive Program. She is frequently invited to speak on topics including leadership, organizational change, and governance. 

F. John White

F. John White serves as Chief Executive Officer of Public Financial Management and member of its Board of Directors. Mr. White has coordinated PFM's growth in personnel, technology advances, and business practice expansion, expanding from a single office with five employees in 1980 to over 427 employees in 31 offices nationwide in America's largest cities. Prior to joining PFM in 1980, Mr. White held policy-making positions in various aspects of local, state and federal governments. A graduate of Muhlenberg College, Mr. White is active in the community. Among numerous activities, he is a Board Member of the Kimmel Center; and he is Treasurer of the Board of Overseers of the William Penn Charter School which honored him with the Alumni Award of Achievement.

LeRoy S. Zimmerman

LeRoy S. Zimmerman is a former President of the Society, serving from 2008 to 2010. He was Pennsylvania’s first elected Attorney General, a position he held for eight years, beginning in 1981. Immediately preceding that, he served as Dauphin County District Attorney for 15 years. Currently, Mr. Zimmerman is Senior Counsel for the firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC and a member of the Board of Overseers of The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University and a Trustee of The Hall Foundation. He is former Chairman of the Milton Hershey School Board of Managers, the Hershey Trust Company Board of Directors and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company. He served on the corporate boards of The Hershey Company and Select Medical Corporation. Active in numerous professional and civic organizations, he is the recipient of many honors and awards for public service and leadership. LeRoy S. Zimmerman is a graduate of Villanova University and the Dickinson School of Law.

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Executive Director

Julien Scranton

Julien Scranton serves as the sixth executive director of The Pennsylvania Society. She comes to the Society with experience in non-profit membership organizations, most recently at the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and prior to that, at the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Julien is a fourth generation member of the Society, the granddaughter of the 1968 Gold Medalist, and has lived across the Commonwealth in Scranton, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Smith College and lives with her husband and two sons in Pittsburgh. 

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