Board Members

Executive Committee & Officers

Joseph Brooks

Joseph Brooks

Board Position: President & CEO
Member Since: 2009

USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey
President & CEO

For seventy five years, the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Inc. (Liberty USO) has served the needs of the military families throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey.

In his seven years with Liberty USO, Mr. Brooks has maintained a focus on the financial stability and transparency of the organization. The result has been the creation and expansion of innovative programing and expanded services provided to military families including the addition of financial planning and career transition workshops. Most recently Mr. Brooks led the effort to secure the geographic expansion of Liberty USO. The change, which was approved in July 2016 by the USO’s Board of Governors, enables Liberty USO to assist military families from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean. The immediate impact includes the opening of the newest USO center in the United States of America. The USO Fort Indiantown Gap Center will open in the Fall 2016. Currently he is serving on the board sub-committee crafting a strategic plan which will guide the Liberty USO’s direction through 2020.

Prior to his time with Liberty USO, Joe spent nearly twenty years with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (formerly Penn’s Landing Corporation). From 2004-2009 he served as the Acting President of the company. In his capacity as acting President of the DRWC, Joe led a team of approximately 100 employees covering the executive, administrative and union maintenance departments for the waterfront development agency.

Joe is a graduate of Temple University where he is now an instructor for the School of Hospitality and Tourism. A native of Philadelphia, Joe resides in Northeast Philadelphia with his four children.

Ryan Peters

Ryan Peters

Board Position: Acting Board Chairman
Member Since: 2013

Pepper Hamilton LLP
Associate Attorney

Ryan concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on arbitration, breach of contract litigation, international matters and class action litigation. I am also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering specialist with experience in Anti-Money Laundering compliance and internal investigations.

Representative engagements in which he has been involved include:

  • Arbitration proceedings in India concerning international disputes in a real estate joint venture
  • Conducted internal investigations for companies regarding alleged fraudulent billings, embezzlements and AML compliance
  • Representation of a major hospital and related entities in a putative class action in which the class action complaint alleged inappropriate behaviour and boundary violations by a prominent physician.

Prior to joining Pepper, Ryan served in the U.S. military as a Navy SEAL with multiple combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Central America. Ryan is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve, assigned to SEAL Team Eighteen. He received my J.D., cum laude, from Rutgers School of Law in Camden in 2012. He also served as an editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, President of the Student Bar Association, and a Legislative Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Ryan received a B.S. in Political Science, cum laude, from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 where was the captain of the Division I varsity soccer team and a Fellow at the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference. Ryan was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey.

Gloria J. Sinclair Miller

Gloria J. Sinclair Miller

Board Position: Immediate Past Chairman
Member Since: 2013

Sinclair Management Group, LLC
President

Gloria is a senior human resources advisor to C-suite leaders in the life sciences, banking and retail industries. She was most recently the Senior Director, Diversity and Talent/HR Business Partner for AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical’s North America Commercial Business Unit. Gloria also has substantial not-for-profit Board experience.

With over 20 years of leadership experience, Gloria advises and shares insights on human resource strategy, HR/business transformation, mergers and acquisitions, talent management, leadership development and diversity and inclusion.

Gloria has held key positions, including: Senior Director of Human Resources, Diversity and Talent with AstraZeneca., Director of Human Resources, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Regional HR Manager, Borders Group, Inc. Gloria leads a consulting practice, Sinclair Management Group, LLC, focused in the areas of global business management and organizational development.

As a member of the senior leadership teams, Gloria participated in the development of global IT transformations including managing the HR process for a large global outsourcing transformation which impacted over 900 employees in 26 countries. She led the HR work streams integrating the Amylin Pharmaceuticals commercial organization into Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and served in a newly created role of the Head of Human Resources for the Diabetes Alliance with AstraZeneca (AZ). At BMY, and through her own transition to AZ, she managed the HR transition/integration of 2,000 BMY commercial employees through the $3.4B sale to AstraZeneca.

Gloria has assumed multiple leadership roles within the national and local chapters of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) including serving as the Immediate Past President, of the Philadelphia Chapter of SHRM. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for USO for Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO), following several years of service as a Board Member, Gala Chair and Volunteer.

Gloria’s professional credentials include Global and Senior Professional in Human Resources Certifications (GPHR and SPHR), the SHRM-SCP certification, as well as both a Masters and Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Widener University and Wilmington Universities respectively.

General Wesley E. Craig

General Wesley E. Craig

Board Position: Chairman Emeritus
Member Since: 2007 - 2012 / 2015-Present
Subcommittee: Programs

Adjutant General PA National Guard (Retired)
Major General, U S Army (Retired)

Major General Wesley Craig was recalled from retirement to serve as Adjutant General of Pennsylvania from February 2011 to January 2015. In this cabinet level position, he was the Commander of the PA Army and Air Guard and supervised all of Pennsylvania’s programs for its 940,000 veterans. MG Craig is a native of Philadelphia, PA and a Honor Graduate from the Temple University Army ROTC program. He had previously served as the Commanding General of the 28th Mechanized Infantry Division from 2003 to 2006 prior to his retirement.

He also served as Commander of the 56th Mechanized Infantry Brigade for four years. While he was in command, this unit was rated as the best in the entire Army National Guard and designated to transform into the Guard’s first Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Prior to that, he commanded the First Squadron, 104th Armored Cavalry for four years. He served in various other assignments with the 104th Cavalry for twenty of his first twenty-two years in the PA National Guard. He served two years on active duty prior to joining the Guard. He managed a fulltime civilian career in the retail industry in Philadelphia during his first thirty-one years in the National Guard. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he left his civilian career for his active command assignments as Division Commander and then Adjutant General.

MG Craig has commanded at every level from platoon through Division and then again at the Joint level as Adjutant General. He has visited his troops forward deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Kosovo and Bosnia. He commanded the ground maneuver part of the international training exercise in Egypt known as “Bright Star” in 2005 involving 15,000 troops from eight nations. He has visited Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania six times as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. He pioneered the use of National Guard airlift to deploy Army National Guard combat units from the 56th SBCT, 28th Division to take part in NATO training exercises known as “Saber Strike” in the Baltics.

MG Craig is a 1993 Graduate of the US Army War College. His major Federal awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal and five awards of the Overseas Deployment Training ribbon. He is a member of the US Army National ROTC Hall of Fame, inducted in the inaugural class in 2016. His major National Guard awards include PA:  Distinguished Service Medal, the NC Distinguished Service Medal, two PA Meritorious Service Medals, nine awards of the Pennsylvania Service Ribbon (for state emergency service duty) and two awards of the Governor’s Meritorious Unit Citation.

After his retirements in 2006 and then again in 2015, MG Craig continued to support the US military by serving on the Board of Directors of the US Army War College Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Liberty USO (three years as Chairman), and as the chairman of the PA Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. He has received the Mary G Roebling Distinguished Service Award from the First Region of AUSA and the Secretary of Defence award for Exceptional Public Service for his activities after retirement.

David “Doc” Dougherty

David “Doc” Dougherty

Board Position: Vice Chairman, Development
Member Since: 2009
Subcommittee: Development Committee Lead

AT&T
Sales Vice President

Doc leads the team of sales and technical support professionals who provide ATT’s global portfolio of mobile and fixed networking solutions to the world’s largest companies headquartered in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He is responsible for revenue growth and client satisfaction across a portfolio of over $750 million dollars.

Doc is a veteran of more than three decades in the telecommunications industry. He joined AT&T in 1981 and has developed a record of sustained success in Sales Leadership, Sales Performance, Account Management and Customer Satisfaction. Prior to his current role which he assumed in 2005, Doc served as the AT&T Global Account Director for MBNA America. Other positions within AT&T have included Area Sales Director for Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Global Services Sales Manager for Southeastern Pennsylvania, and several other sales and account management positions.

Doc is also a Board Member for Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore where he serves as Board Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA.

Doc and his wife Marilyn live in Plymouth Meeting, PA. They have one daughter, Colleen, who is married

Philip J. Dunn

Philip J. Dunn

Board Position: Vice Chairman – Governance & HR
Member Since: 2013
Subcommittee: Governance and HR

Aon Risk Solutions Philadelphia
Vice President & Strategic Relationship Manager

Phil coordinates Aon’s services and capabilities to prospective and existing clients with the ultimate goal of providing solutions for complex, enterprise-wide risk management/insurance related issues. Phil is a strategic relationship manager for both property/casualty and health and benefits clients. Phil has extensive experience in providing risk management consulting and insurance broking services for Middle-Market, Domestic, and Multi-National organizations.

Phil began his insurance career with Liberty Mutual, a leading global insurance company, working as a Sr. Account Representative in their Middle Market Group. Prior to his tenure in Risk Management, Phil was a Staff Assistant and Legislative Aide to Congressman Jim Saxton of the United States House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s third district.

Phil is a graduate of Monmouth University, with a BA in Political Science and a BA in Music with a Concentration in Business. He holds the designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI), and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS).

Phil is the Vice Chairman/Governance Director of the Liberty USO. He is a Host/Event Committee Member for the Melanoma Research Alliance. Phil is also a member of The Union League of Philadelphia, Monmouth University Business Advisory Council, and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

Colleen Crowley

Colleen Crowley

Board Position: Vice Chairman, Finance and Budget
Member Since: 2011
Subcommittee: Finance & Budget, Audit Committee

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Senior Manager, Assurance – Asset Management

Senior Manager in PwC’s National Professional Services Group based in Florham Park, NJ. Colleen joined the National office in 2014 and is part of the financial instruments team within the National office, and focus on topics related to the asset management industry.

Her primary responsibilities include following significant standard setting projects that impact the asset management industry and assisting with the development of our firm’s technical guidance, including involvement with publications such as our accounting and financial reporting guides. She also consults on U.S. GAAP accounting technical topics.

Prior to the National office, Colleen was a senior manager in the asset management practice in the Philadelphia office where she served a diverse client base and provided services related to the audits of regulated and unregulated investment companies.

Colleen has been involved in strategic client and firm assignments within the asset management industry, where  she spent time in Australia, Ireland, Argentina and Japan.

Colleen received her B.S. degree in Accountancy from The University of Scranton. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and am a licensed certified public account in the state of Pennsylvania.

Richard Israel, Esq.

Richard Israel, Esq.

Board Position: Secretary
Member Since: 2013
Subcommittee: Development

Earp Cohn, PC
Counsel

Rich has been practicing at Earp Cohn since 2008. Earp Cohn is a full service law firm with eighteen full time attorneys and offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rich was admitted in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and my practice focuses primarily on commercial and residential real estate, including acquisitions, land use approvals and commercial leasing, as well as general business and corporate matters. Before he joined Earp Cohn, Rich was the Division Corporate Counsel at Beazer Homes and practiced as in-house counsel at other companies. This combination of private practice and in-house experience has helped me develop a real “problem solver” approach.

Rich obtained my J.D., with honors, from Rutgers University School of Law in 1984 and my B.A., with high honors, in Political Science from Rutgers University in Camden in 1981.

Rich has been recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell and hold the highest AV rated in Martindale Hubbell.

In addition to serving on the Board of Liberty USO, Rich is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and a Past President of the Haddon Heights Rotary Club and a volunteer for Junior Achievement of New Jersey and for Interfaith Caregivers out of Haddonfield, New Jersey.

A lifelong resident of the Delaware Valley, Rich lives with my wife and daughter in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Donald J. DeGrazia

Donald J. DeGrazia

Board Position: Treasurer
Member Since: 2010
Subcommittee: Finance & Budget, Development

Gold Gerstein Group LLC
CPA

Don is a graduate of LaSalle University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  He is a senior shareholder in Gold Gerstein Group LLC, an accounting and business valuation firm (www.g3cpa.com) with offices in Moorestown and Voorhees, N.J. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New Jersey Society of CPAs, Expert Resource Connection, LLC and is a past chairman of the Forensic, Valuation and Litigation Services Committee of the New Jersey Society of CPAs.  Don has provided business valuation testimony for a variety of matters as well as in minority stockholder, matrimonial taxation and economic damages litigation and has been qualified as an expert witness by the federal and state courts. He also specializes in income tax planning and compliance services for closely-held and family businesses for federal and state, multi-state and tax nexus issues.

Don has chaired and been a frequent speaker and panelist at various national and international conferences and webinars as well as state and local seminars conducted by the AICPA, the NJSCPA, the PICPA, the Florida Institute of CPAs, the American Bar Association, Integra International, Inc., the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education covering business and professional practice valuation, forensic accounting and federal taxation.  He has authored numerous articles and contributed chapters to professional books on those subjects.

He is a past Global Chairman of Integra International, Inc., a worldwide association of independent accounting and consulting firms.  He is also a past president and remains a member of Integra’s Americas, Asia & Australia and Global Boards.  He is a former vice chairman and currently serves as Treasurer of Liberty USO of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Board of Directors

Martyn S. Babitz

Martyn S. Babitz

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Budget and Finance

BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Wealth Strategist

Marty is a Wealth Strategist for BNY Mellon Wealth Management. He advises clients on all aspects of family wealth transfer,  business succession, philanthropy, and income tax, estate tax, gift tax, and generation skipping tax mitigation strategies.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Marty was a Senior Vice President and National Director of Estate Planning for Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth.

Marty previously was a Senior Wealth Planner for Brown Brothers Harriman and PNC Wealth Management.  Marty has over twenty-nine years experience in wealth management and estate planning, previously as an attorney in private practice with New Jersey based firms McCarter & English and Archer & Greiner focusing on estate planning, tax planning, charitable planning and business succession planning.

Marty has been widely published in national and regional legal periodicals such as Estate Planning Magazine, Journal of Practical Estate Planning, and the New Jersey Law Journal. Marty is a regular speaker for groups of attorneys and other professionals.  He is a course planner and faculty member for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Marty is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars as well as the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council.  Marty serves on the Board of Liberty USO and on the Professional Advisors Council of the Barnes Foundation.

Marty earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

John Brazer

John Brazer

Board Position: Board Member
Subcommittee: Development

Philadelphia Phillies
Director of Publicity

John joined the Philadelphia Phillies Marketing Department in 1994. From 1994- 1996, John served as the team’s Promotions Director. His responsibilities included generating publicity with the local and national media, creating and organizing promotional events on an annual basis, as well as negotiating barter deals for advertising and sponsorship purposes.

In 1996, John became the Phillies Publicist, acting as the marketing spokesperson for the media. He can be heard on virtually every major radio station in the Philadelphia market and can be seen regularly on many local, regional and national television programs. He is known throughout the region as the “Director of Fun & Games”. John is also the co-host of a radio show on 1490 WBCB called “The Baseball Insiders” with former Phillies all-star closer Ricky Bottalico. The show can be heard every Sunday following the Phillies post-game show.

John currently serves on several Boards including the Liberty USO, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the Darren Daulton Foundation.

Before working for the Phillies, John spent five years in the Employee Benefits industry in sales and as a consultant. John also spent a year in Manchester, England playing and coaching lacrosse.

John grew up in St. Davids, Pa. and graduated from the Haverford School in 1983. He has a BA degree from the University of Virginia, Class of 1987.

John currently resides in Gwynedd Valley, Pa with his wife Jill and daughter Charlotte.

Edward F. Clemons

Edward F. Clemons

Member Since: 2009
Subcommittee: Programs

Senior Human Resources Leader
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (Retired)

Ed Clemons has held many senior level human resources roles such as Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Ethics Officer, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, and Director. Ed also managed functions outside of human resources such as, marketing, communications, facilities, customer service. Ed has a proven and effective change management skills, a mastery of critical HR functions. He builds/maintains relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organization. His unique blend of strategic skills, hands-on abilities were honed through successes in diverse industry settings, including, the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

A graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point, Ed received his MBA from Temple University, and is also a graduate of the University of Michigan, Human Resources Executive Program. In addition, he has earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute.  Ed retired from the military at the rank of lieutenant colonel after 22 years of service. Ed’s Military Awards include Army Parachutist Award (Airborne), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Overseas Ribbon, Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran.

Ed was honored with The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chapter’s Trailblazer Award in 2009. Recipients are selected from nominations made by NAAAHRA’s Greater New York Chapter’s (NAAAHRA GNY) Review Board to receive this prestigious award that recognizes an HR professional who has had an immense impact in the field of human resources, not only as an exemplary leader, but also as a senior professional who has paved the way for others to follow. In 2010, Ed was named to Savoy Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.” Ed serves as the Past  Chairman of the Board for the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO).

Ed and his wife Denise has celebrated 35 years of marriage. He and his family has resided for 18 years in Audubon, Pennsylvania.

Joseph Crandall

Joseph Crandall

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Governance and HR

Greencastle Consulting
Partner

Joe is a senior leader responsible for the growth and business development at Greencastle, leveraging his 20 years of managing projects to success. Prior to Greencastle, Joe worked within the healthcare industry in sales and client services.

Joe enlisted in the US Navy in 1989 as an Electronics Technician. In 1991 he received an appointment to the US Naval Academy. After graduation, he served as a Naval Special Warfare Officer (US Navy SEAL) at SEAL Team FIVE and deployed twice to the Pacific.

Right now, he volunteers his spare time to the youth organizations in his community. Additionally, he serves on the boards of Health Leaders of the Delaware Valley (HLNDV) and Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network (GPVN). In 1996 he earned his BS in General Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Villanova University.

John DiNapoli

John DiNapoli

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Programs

Spencer Ryan, LLC
President

John DiNapoli is the President of Spencer Ryan, LLC, a consulting firm focused on leadership development and training.  He has over 30 years of leadership experience that spans both the military and corporate sectors.  John has commanded units of various sizes including companies, battalions, and brigades.  He recently retired as a Brigadier General (BG) from the NJ Army National Guard.  His civilian experience is primarily in healthcare, with 25 years in positions of increased responsibility to include Sales Representative, Manager, Account Director and Vice President for Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply companies. These companies include: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Marion Merrill Dow, SmithKline Beecham, MEDecision, Blistech and Medical Action Industries.  John is also an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers and Monmouth Universities.

John has developed his skills as a leader through formal training as well as real world challenges.  His experience has allowed him to assist with leader development in companies such as Honeywell, Novartis, Omnicable, Pfizer, Thomas Edison State College, Plymouth Rock Assurance, Ocean County College and Sunhillo.  He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers University, a Masters in Strategic Studies from The US Army War College, and BAs in Mathematics and Philosophy from Gettysburg College.

Brigadier General (Ret) DiNapoli offers a unique blend of direct leadership experience from both the military and healthcare sectors with the added benefit of classic training.  His background has enabled him to teach, coach and mentor executives at various levels in diverse environments.  As a helicopter pilot, John recognizes the importance of teamwork and strategic leadership to insure that the mission is accomplished safely and effectively.  As importantly, he has observed the results of poor leadership which can negatively impact an organization by effecting morale, destroying unit cohesion and ultimately compromising success.  Within the healthcare industry, John has been able to apply his leadership expertise to develop the talents of subordinates, peers and many of his superiors, helping companies reach new heights.

John’s multi-dimensional experience as a leader differentiates him from individuals who may seem to understand leadership from a distance, but are limited by a one dimensional perspective.  As a result, John is effective in developing programs and keynote speeches that specifically enhance the leadership abilities of individuals and help them realize their potential.

Deborah Harmon-Pugh

Deborah Harmon-Pugh

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Governance and HR

The Healthy Caregiver Foundation
President & Editor-In-Chief

Deborah Harmon-Pugh has served as the President and Editor-In-Chief of The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation since year 2000. In 2009, Ms. Harmon-Pugh was appointed to serve as National Campaign Chair of The “Women Veterans ROCK” Advocacy Campaign. The campaign is dedicated to serving America’s Transitioning Women Veterans and Military Families in the areas of: Housing; Employment; Education; Financial Stability; Health and Wellness.

Under her leadership, Women Veterans ROCK has launched five signatures Workforce and Leadership Development Programs for Women Veterans. The campaign is serving and/or referring for service over 1,550 Women Veterans and Military Families for community-based supportive services each year. The Women Veterans ROCK community has grown to over 12,000 supporters and partnering organizations through its National Affiliate Network since 2010.

Ms. Harmon-Pugh is Past President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Presently she serves on the Board of The Emergency Fund Coalition for Older Philadelphians and positively improving the quality of life for over 600,000 older Philadelphians in partnership with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

Professor Deborah Harmon-Pugh is a Constitutional Law Professor at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also teachers Senior Seminar for Graduating Business Majors; Psychology of Leadership; and is a member of the College’s Curriculum Review Committee and the Veterans Committee.

Deborah Harmon-Pugh is the recipient on many business and service awards including: Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business; Business Philadelphia Magazine 100 People To Watch; SBA Minority Business Advocate of the Year; Small Business News Public Policy Advocate of the Year; The Washington, DC Veterans “Vetty” Award; and the Susan G. Komen Women’s Champion of Change Award.

Suzanne Keenan

Suzanne Keenan

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2012
Subcommittee: Development

Wawa
CIO & Sr. VP Information, Technology, and Process Solutions

Suzanne L. Keenan serves as the Chief Information Officer at Wawa, Inc. Suzanne is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction, including selection, design, implementation and support, of all technology solutions for over 28,000 associates with annual sales of over $10 billion. Suzanne is also responsible for Wawa’s Program Management Office, and process teams and the customer facing and associate Contact Center. Prior to joining Wawa, Suzanne served as Senior Vice President of Cable Human Resources, Talent Management and Comcast University and previously held the role of Senior Vice President Customer Service – Comcast Cable Communications Inc. Before joining Comcast in 1999, Suzanne served in various management roles for PECO Energy’s distribution company, including Vice President of Customer and Marketing Services, General Manager Customer Service and Director of Field Services.

She was named Penn State’s Nuclear Engineering Outstanding Alumni Lecturer for 1999 and Penn State’s Outstanding Engineering Alumna. She was the Cable & Telecommunications 2004 Woman to Watch and a 2005 Multi-Channel News Wonder Woman. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Suzanne holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering and an MA from the University of Pittsburgh in Health Physics. She has also participated in executive development programs at Harvard, Wharton and MIT. Suzanne and her husband Jeff have two sons, one at a startup in California and one finishing his senior year at Penn State.

Eli Kumekpor

Eli Kumekpor

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Budget and Finance Committee

AstraZeneca
Head of Finance, CV & Metabolics

Eli is an international finance executive and has gained extensive experience across industries through a variety of key financial, business operations and strategic leadership roles at global Fortune 100 companies.

He is currently Head of Finance for AstraZeneca’s US Cardiovascular & Respiratory businesses where he is responsible for leading the day to day financial management of the businesses. Prior to this he served as CFO, US Surgical at Alcon where he helped business deliver superior financial results. Additionally, Eli held roles as CFO, Australia New Zealand and Global Head of BD&L, Pharmaceuticals. Eli’s career has also included periods at Deloitte Consulting, HP, CIGNA Healthcare and Reliant Energy.

Eli is a dynamic leader and holds an MBA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and has completed the Executive Education at the Wharton School of Business and The Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Eli is a veteran of the US Armed Forces, and in his spare time is an avid patron of the arts, philanthropist and foodie.

Michael Middleman

Michael Middleman

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Development

Corporate Oversight, Freedom Mortgage
Senior Vice President

Michael Middleman is Senior Vice President of Freedom Mortgage’s Corporate Oversight Group and is specifically responsible for the oversight of Call Center Sales, Call Center Fulfillment, Marketing, and Analytics. Additionally, Michael sits on several committees including the Executive Management Committee, Compensation Committee, and Office of the President.  Michael joined Freedom Mortgage as a Vice President in January 2013.

Prior to joining Freedom, Michael gained six years of experience in Public Accounting, three of which were at Ernst & Young where Michael managed a team within the Structured Finance Group focused on Valuation and Transaction Services of securitized products.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, majoring in both Finance and Accounting, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and was recently recognized in National Mortgage Professional’s Top 40 under 40 publication for being part of the 40 most influential mortgage professionals under 40. Michael sits on the Board of Directors for Cloudvirga, a technology based start-up focused on digitizing the mortgage lending process and sits on the Liberty USO Board of Directors for the Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania local chapter.

Barbara Mihatov

Barbara Mihatov

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2009
Subcommittee: Programs

Barbara is a senior health care executive with more than thirty years of experience leading physician practice groups in industry leading academic and community health systems and the private sector in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Her experience includes such positions as Associate Vice President, Physician Services at Einstein Healthcare Network; Executive Director, Physician Practices at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury; Chief Operating Officer of Drexel University Physicians; and Regional Director at Barnabas Health Medical Group.  As Executive Director of Alliance for Better Care, P.C., she operationalized and directed a successful primary care start up corporation.  Barbara began her career at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where she spent seventeen years in various administrative roles at the School of Medicine and Hospital.

Barbara is skilled in both strategic and operational planning and execution, with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, finance and budgeting, program development, clinical and business operations, and human resources. Her experience includes start ups, turnarounds, integration, and management of physician group practices.

Barbara holds three degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, including a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School.

In addition to serving on the Board of the Liberty USO, Barbara has served on the Leadership Committee of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the Advisory Board of PhillyHealthInfo.org.  She also worked with the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania while serving as a project leader for Compass, a pro bono consulting group comprised of graduates of top business schools.

Barbara is a mentor to business and health care students of local graduate schools and has been a panelist on multiple career advisory panels.

She resides in southern New Jersey where she is known as an accomplished amateur gardener and landscaper.

Jack Pinter

Jack Pinter

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2015
Subcommittee: Development

Bristol-Myers Squibb
Vice President, Information Technology

Jack Pinter currently serves as the Divisional Information Officer for Global Manufacturing & Supply and Biologics Development. He has global responsibilities for Information Technology and Process Automation enabling product development, manufacturing and supply chain operations. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of IT and Automation strategy, associated programs, and ongoing operations, across 18 sites in 9 countries.

Prior to this assignment, Jack has held various IT roles across all facets of the company, spanning a 30 year career.

Jack has been active in various veteran programs at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and currently serves as a tri-chair of their Veterans Community Network. He is an active mentor in the America Corporate Partners (ACP) military mentoring program, and a member of the Rutgers University Business School Military and Veterans Advisory Board.  

Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Jack held various technical and leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson.

Jack served in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to starting his career in Life Sciences. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Rider University and a Masters in Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Jack and his wife Linda live in Montgomery NJ, and are the proud parents of two daughters

Thomas M. Rodgers

Thomas M. Rodgers

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2013
Subcommittee: Programs

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training
Vice President and Chief Engineer, Ship & Aviation Systems

Tom Rodgers is vice president and chief engineer for Lockheed Martin’s MST Ship & Aviation Systems (SAS) Technical Operations. In this role, Mr. Rodgers is responsible for providing best-value, world-class technology, designs and product support while ensuring commitments are met on current and future work. Tom is also responsible for integrating capabilities across MST and the development of people, processes, tools and technology to meet the changing needs of the SAS line of business.

Mr. Rodgers joined Lockheed Martin in 1983 and has held various positions within program management and technical operations throughout his career. During this time, Mr. Rodgers gained experience in high-technology program management, systems and software engineering and business development for major defense programs.

Mr. Rodgers obtained his B.S. degree in mathematics from Villanova University, his masters of engineering degree in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Monmouth University.

Dana Spain

Dana Spain

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2014
Subcommittee: Development

McSpain Properties LLC
Managing Partner

Dana is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist who gets her drive, passion and dedication to her community from her parents. Dana was Director of Training and Communications at her family company, Spain’s Gifts/Dollar Express, until its sale in 2000. In 2001, Dana became the COO and owner of Philadelphia Style Magazine, a brand she expanded to Washington, DC and into three award-winning Websites. Dana sold Style in 2008 and began DLG Communications, a branding and marketing consultancy specializing in digital strategy and new media marketing.   Dana is currently the managing partner of McSpain Properties, a real estate development company committed to revitalizing Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.  Dana is the visionary behind the Fairmount @ Brewerytown.  The transformation of the historic Acme Warehouse Distribution Center, into 237,000 square feet of commercial mixed use space, including 161 urban loft style apartments, Flying Fish Crafthouse and Fit Academy.  The Fairmount @ Brewerytown will feature the city’s only rooftop dog park and a pool with a skyline view. Concurrent to the Fairmount @ Brewerytown, Dana is developing 12 triplex buildings which will feature a mural dedicated to the history of Brewing in Philadelphia.

In 2006, Dana founded Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). PAWS operates three clinics and adoption facilities, and is Philadelphia’s largest No-Kill rescue. In addition to serving as President Emeritus of PAWS, Dana serves on the boards of the Liberty USO and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; consults for the Veterans Multi-Service Center and the Veterans Group; sits in the “shark tank” at Temple’s Fox School of Business and lectures on entrepreneurship at Holy Family University.

Her expertise about what it takes to succeed in business has been tapped by: The New York Times, Washington Post, PINK magazine, Folio: magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal,  Washington Business Journal, Region’s Business, Entrepreneur magazine, and the books Passing It On: Life Lessons of 130 Great American Leaders and Women Empowerment at Work, among other respected outlets. Dana has been honored as one of the 50 Best Businesswomen in Pennsylvania by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, 40 Under 40 by The Philadelphia Business Journal, Women Making a Difference by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, the 2012 Top Angel award recipient by the Angel for Animals Foundation, the Next Generation Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Brava! Award by SmartCEO magazine, and C-Level Visionary by Folio: magazine.

Dana resides in Washington Square with her fiancé and four rescued cats.

Chris Stigall

Chris Stigall

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2015
Subcommittee: Development

Talk Radio
Morning Host

Chris Stigall brings a contemporary brand of opinionated talk and humor to mornings on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT. He is consistently ranked as one of the ‘Top 100 most important talk radio hosts in America’ by Talkers Magazine. Prior to his arrival in Philadelphia, Chris’s radio career began in Kansas City where he worked on-air in various music formats before transitioning to talk radio. Chris’s diverse background includes an internship with the Late Show with David Letterman in New York and serving as a representative and press assistant to United States Congressman Sam Graves (MO-6).

Chris regularly addresses various Philadelphia civic clubs and political action committees. He occasionally appears as a guest on CNN and Fox News. His radio interviews regularly make national news on prominent websites like the Drudge Report. He also contributes as a guest columnist for publications such as Breitbart’s Big Hollywood, American Spectator, Human Events and Philadelphia Magazine.

As of 2015, Chris was thrilled to join the board of the Liberty U.S.O. after featuring many of their good works on his radio show over the years. Other philanthropies Chris regularly partners with include the Ronald McDonald House, Philadelphia’s Police Athletic League, and mission work both within and outside his home church, Hopewell United Methodist Church in Chester County.

Chris is a 1999 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting. He and his wife Christine have three children and are residents of Chester County, PA.

Lee Stetson

Lee Stetson

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2014
Subcommittee: Programs

Stetson College Advisory
President

Lee is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stetson College Advisory, a firm providing consulting to colleges, universities and secondary schools on marketing and admissions programs. In addition, Lee counsels high school students on preparing for the college admissions process.  Most recently, Lee was the Vice President of Admissions and Chairman of the Admissions Advisory Board for Global Education Opportunities (GEO).  GEO provided a broad range of services to countries, companies and individuals to enable to maximize their educational opportunities. Previously, he served as the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions for the University of Pennsylvania for close to thirty years, managing a $4 million budget and staff of 50.  While at Penn, he worked closely with the President, Provost, Deans and faculty across the University and successfully developed and implemented a strategic plan to enhance and diversify the applicant pool.  When joining the University in 1978, a member of the Ivy League, Penn received 6500 applications annually and in 2007 reviewed over 22,000 applications with a significant increase from national and international students.  Lee has also led an effort to successfully increase the number of applications from students with multi-cultural backgrounds. Upon his departure, the admissions rate was the lowest in Penn’s history at 16 percent.

Lee has served as the Director of Admissions for the University of Delaware, being promoted numerous times before holding the senior leadership position.  During his tenure at Delaware, he broadened and enhanced the applicant pool, developed a new student orientation program as well as helped create the academic honors program.

Lee has expertise in consulting with students and families on the admissions process including application preparation, the college search and the college admissions selection process for highly selective colleges and universities.  In addition, he has advised secondary school and university administrators regarding the development of effective college counseling, admissions and marketing programs.

During Lee’s admissions career, he has traveled extensively across Europe, Asia, Latin America and throughout the United States.  He served as a consultant to international secondary schools in Latin America through the U.S. State Department and the College Board.

Lee has a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology and Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelors of Science from the University of Delaware.  He also served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army in Vietnam.  Lee currently serves on the Selection Committee of the Lenfest College Scholarship Program and is a Board Member of JGB Bank of Miami, Florida.  Lee had an extended tenure on the Board of Directors of the Custodial Trust Company, a subsidiary of Bear Stearns Companies and was previously on the Board of Trustees of the College Entrance Examination Board. He was a former President of the Potomac and Chesapeake Chapter of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and has served as a member of the National Merit Scholarship Selection Committee.

Joe Witte

Joe Witte

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Programs

Bunker Labs
Program Manager

Joe Witte is the current Program Director for Bunker Labs PHL, an accelerator for veteran entrepreneurs. Joe is a former Captain in the US Army, Transportation Corps. He served for nine years as a reservist in logistics and completed a tour in Baghdad for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his outstanding service. He is also a volunteer for the Liberty USO serving on the Marketing and Communications committee. Joe is an Internet entrepreneur with a marketing and business development background in the digital and media industries. Joe is currently the VP of Global Business Development for ISEBOX, a cloud based communications content distribution platform.  Joe is a proud husband and father of 5 kids. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Marketing.

Leland A. Wright

Leland A. Wright

Board Position: Board Member
Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Programs

The Boeing Company
Senior Executive, H-47 Chinook International Programs Manager

Leland A. Wight serves as the H-47 International Programs Director at The Boeing Company in Ridley Park. Leland is responsible for the oversight of the Chinook H-47 heavy lift helicopter for its customers in eight countries.  The responsibility includes oversight of the development, design, production, delivery and support of products for each country, at a total portfolio value of $5 billion.

Leland has more than 35 years of aerospace experience that includes a number of engineering and leadership positions. He joined Boeing in 1981 as a material and processes engineer responsible for developing new composite materials.  He most recently was the Program Manager for the $2.1 billion P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft Program for five years, where Boeing exported eight multi-mission aircraft to India.

Leland enjoys hiking, fishing, woodcraft, and photography as primary hobbies.

In addition to Oceanography and Zoology Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Washington, Leland Wight also holds a Master’s in Engineering Management from Washington State University.

Kenneth Wong

Kenneth Wong

Board Position: Board Member
Subcommittee: Development

President, CIG Asia, Ltd. / President, Covenant Group of China

The multi-dimensional Kenneth Wong represents the promise, as well as the reality of one of America’s founding principles as he opens new avenues for business opportunity and active civic engagement.

For over 30 years, Mr. Wong can be credited with combining his business acumen, cross-cultural facility and focused management tactics to establish CIG Asia, Ltd., a successful Philadelphia, PA-based national property and casualty insurance brokerage firm.  Under his direction as president, the company provides its diverse client base with the coverage and advice required to weather the vagaries of a complex business environment.

In 2009-2013, Mr. Wong with the assistance of some Wall Street colleagues, founded Covenant Group of China, a US based publicly traded holding company that is partnering with China based SME’s that are successfully operating in the booming China domestic economy. Mr. Wong served as the president of Covenant Group of China. In addition to knowledge of the China domestic market trends, Mr. Wong has a very strong working relationship with the People’s Republic of China government both in the United States and in China.

Mr. Wong’s commitment to full inclusion of Asian Americans and new Americans living, working and doing business in the United States in general, and the Delaware Valley, in particular, has landed him in numerous leadership positions.  As example, Mr. Wong, from 2004-2007, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a commissioner on the President’s Advisory Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders where he focused on economic strategies and community development. Through Mr. Wong’s efforts, both in Washington, DC and across the Nation many doors of opportunity have been opened for Asian American economic development for large and small businesses.

Locally, his civic participation includes service on the boards of Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and serving on the Diversity & Inclusion sub-committee 2005-2015, with the distinction of being the first Asian-American appointed to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Board; Liberty USO- Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey; the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network; the Philadelphia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau; Board of Managers of the Central High School of Philadelphia, American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Wills Eye Hospital’s Glaucoma Service Foundation and member of the American Legion Benjamin Franklin Post 405 and the Association of the US Army.

In May of 2012, Governor Tom Corbett of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Wong to the Chairmanship of his Advisory Commission for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Mr. Wong’s agenda includes both Economic and Leadership Development for the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities.

Mr. Wong is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and participates on the Armed Services Council

Mr. Wong lives in Philadelphia and is the father of two daughters.