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11th Annual Early Learning Economic Summit

Every year, the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission holds a Summit that brings together business leaders, policy makers and community leaders to examine the latest research and policy developments in early learning. Participants learn, network, and collaborate for smart policy investments to impact today’s children and tomorrow’s economy. This year’s event promises to be another great one and will include a celebration of more than a decade of work to increase early learning investments. It will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Harrisburg Hilton. You are also invited to the networking reception on the eve of the Summit on Monday, April 29th. Click here to Register

Our Approach

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission is a partnership of business leaders dedicated to making the success of every child in Pennsylvania a top priority. We work to improve tomorrow’s economy through smart policy and investment in today’s young children by fostering public and private sector investment in educationally, economically, and scientifically sound early learning programs. These investments are essential to assure the best possible return - Pennsylvania’s edge in the national and global marketplace.


Our Focus

The Commission’s work raising awareness, supporting policy and budget investments, and working in local communities to expand access to high quality early learning is based on four pillars:

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The Future of Our Commonwealth

Investing in early learning is critical to the future. By age five, 85 percent of the brain is wired for learning. Quality early learning programs ensure that today’s children can reach their full potential and become the next generation of entrepreneurs, scientists and business leaders.

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Our Policy Goals

We work with the Executive and Legislative branches to provide advice and support for policies and investments that are educationally, economically and scientifically sound and that serve an increased number of at-risk children. We have outlined an ambitious set of policy goals that can be found here.

Families and Children

Families & Children

When families thrive, children do too. The Commission is focused on ensuring a high-quality start for all children. We are committed to making Pennsylvania a great place to raise kids, regardless of family income or zip code.

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The Economy

Early learning has a lasting positive effect on kids and our economy. Investment in early learning generates an estimated return of 13 percent a year for the economy. Children in quality early learning programs need fewer supports in school, are more likely to complete high school, earn higher wages, and avoid unhealthy behaviors.

Our Commissioners

Tom Wolf i s a different kind of leader, and he will be a different kind of governor. As governor, Tom is focused on three simple goals: jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works.

Tom is not a product of the political system. He grew up in a small south central Pennsylvania town in York County and still lives in the house he was brought home to from the hospital.

Tom left York County to attend college at Dartmouth, but he interrupted his studies to join the Peace Corps and served two years in a small village in India before returning to finish his undergraduate degree. He later earned graduate degrees from the University of London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

While finishing his PhD, Tom worked as a forklift operator and warehouse worker in the family business, the Wolf Organization, a distributor of lumber and other building products based in York, Pennsylvania. After graduating, his first full time job was running a Tru-Value hardware store in Manchester, Pennsylvania.

Later, with two cousins, Tom took a risk by securing a loan to buy the family business. Over the course of 25 years, Tom and his cousins grew the Wolf Organization — eventually more than doubling the business in size — before selling the company in 2006.

Then in 2007, Tom took the job of secretary of revenue in Governor Ed Rendell’s cabinet, where he instituted reforms that grew and strengthened the state lottery and laid the foundation for millions of dollars in additional benefits for Pennsylvania’s seniors.

In early 2009, in the depths of the recession, Tom returned to The Wolf Organization — the family company he had spent more than two decades building and growing — when it was on the brink of bankruptcy. Tom immediately ended his campaign, bought back the business, and got to work reinventing the company.

Through innovation and smart investments, Tom was able to turn the company around. He changed the Wolf Organization’s business model, transforming it from solely a supplier of other businesses’ products into a company that sources its own American-made cabinets and competes directly with overseas manufacturers. Tom also decided to invest in his employees because he knew that it was their work that truly made the Wolf Organization successful. So at a time when many businesses were cutting benefits, Tom provided his employees comprehensive health and retirement benefits and returned 20 to 30 percent of the company's profits back to workers.

Tom’s leadership philosophy is an extension of his lifelong investment in community development. In addition to serving on and leading the boards of numerous organizations dedicated to education, health, welfare, economic development, culture, and the arts, Tom has rolled up his sleeves to help build a Little League baseball field in his community, volunteered in soup kitchens, and paint a local school.

On January 20, 2015, Tom was sworn in as Pennsylvania's 47th governor.

Tom and Frances, his wife of 39 years, still live in York County and have two grown daughters, Sarah and Katie.

Janet Haas, M.D. is Chair and a past president of the William Penn Foundation, a regional foundation that protects and improves the Delaware River Watershed; fosters development and education of low-income children particularly from birth to age 8; develops accessible, vibrant public spaces; and supports arts and culture. With assets in excess of $2.4 billion, William Penn Foundation makes grants totaling $112 million annually. Janet serves as trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, Morris Arboretum and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

In addition to her work with the Foundation, Dr. Haas practices palliative medicine at the Abramson Cancer Center of Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She is board-certified in Rehabilitation Medicine and has cared for brain-injured patients at Temple University and Moss Rehabilitation Hospital. She trained at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Stanford University Hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, and graduated from Wesleyan University.

Gene Barr is the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the state’s largest broad‐based business advocacy association. He oversees all operations of the PA Chamber and its for‐profit subsidiary, PA Chamber Insurance.

Barr joined the PA Chamber in February 2003. He served for more than eight years as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs prior to being elected president in October 2011. During his tenure, Barr has worked on a large number of significant legislative and regulatory efforts critical to Pennsylvania’s business climate.

Barr has more than 35 years of experience in various facets of government and public affairs activity, as well as business operations. He worked for BP America (the U.S. subsidiary of British Petroleum) for more than 12 years. His career included assignments in refining at the company’s Marcus Hook, PA refinery, retail marketing at the U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, OH, and in state government affairs in BP’s Atlanta, GA regional office, where he had responsibility for all legislative activities in six states.

In 1992, he joined the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, the state office of the American Petroleum Institute, as Associate Director. This office is responsible for all legislative, regulatory and media activity affecting the major oil companies. In 1997, he was named Executive Director of APIP.

In 2000, he joined the law firm of McNees Wallace Nurick, the largest Harrisburg‐based law firm, to start a government relations practice.

He previously served as a local elected official in the Philadelphia area for almost 10 years. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Barr is chairman of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. He is also a member of the Council of State Chambers, U. S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, and the U.S. Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee. Mr. Barr was appointed to the PA Early Learning Investment Commission in 2008. He is also a board member of Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, the Pennsylvania Heritage Society, the Bridge Foundation, campaign cabinet member of the United Way of the Capital Region and board member and former chairman of the National Civil War Museum. In addition, Gene has been a guest lecturer at the annual Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and is a member of a number of historic preservation organizations.

Barr most recently served as a member of Gov. Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, and has served as a board member and chairman of the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board and as a board member of Preservation Pennsylvania.

Bruce Bartels is past president of WellSpan Health; a health services organization consisting of a home health agency, a primary care based medical group with more than 500 providers, three hospitals, a health plan, two medical malls, and several other health related activities.

From 1988 to 1998, Mr. Bartels was President of York Health System and York Hospital. Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, he was Chief Operating Officer of the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont for eight years. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics.

Mr. Bartels is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, is past Chairman of the Hospital and Health Systems Association of Pennsylvania Board of Directors, and serves on the boards of several local and regional not-for-profit organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He has been a member of the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2008.

He is currently involved in several community-based organizations related to his areas of interest.

Donald M. Bernhard is the Executive Director of the Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative; supporting neighborhood revitalization initiatives. From 1995 to 2014, Mr. Bernhard was the Director of Community Affairs for PPL where he managed Economic Development, Community Development, and Corporate Citizenship initiatives. Prior to joining PPL in 1995, Don spent 15 years as the City of Allentown’s Community Development Director.

Don holds an M.A. in political science from Brown University and a B.A. in history and political science from the University of Pittsburgh.

He is Immediate Past Chairman of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and Secretary and 34‐ year board member of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation. He serves on the Boards of Community Services for Children/Head Start, Allentown Public Library, the Governor’s Early Learning Investment Commission, and Pennsylvania Economic Development Association.

Don has been an active member of the International Economic Development Council where he has obtained the status of Certified Economic Developer.

Don has helped to lead the coordination of a consortium of companies and private foundations seeking to extend the economic prosperity occurring in Allentown’s NIZ area to surrounding residential neighborhoods by funding and leading comprehensive approaches to improvement, including education initiatives.

John J. Brennan is Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor of The Vanguard Group, Inc. Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment companies. Headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Vanguard comprises more than 170 separate domestic investment portfolios, with current U.S. fund assets of more than $2 trillion. Mr. Brennan joined Vanguard in July 1982. He was elected president in 1989, served as chief executive officer from 1996 to 2008, and chairman of the board from 1998 to 2009.

Mr. Brennan is chairman of the Financial Accounting Foundation; a director of General Electric Company; a director of LPL Financial; a director of The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.; a director of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America; a governor and lead director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); a director of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania; a trustee of the University of Notre Dame; a trustee of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); chairman of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program; a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission; a past chairman of the Investment Company Institute; and a past governor of United Way of America.

Mr. Brennan graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has received honorary degrees from Curry College and Drexel University.

Milton Brice is Vice President, Finance, for the Chocolate and the Sweets & Refreshment (“S&R”) Strategic Business Units of The Hershey Company. In this position, Brice is responsible for the global financial and strategic planning of the company’s Chocolate and S&R businesses around the world, including delivery of short‐ and long‐term profit objectives, business development and expansion strategies, and development of profitable innovation pipelines. He is also responsible for leading the Company’s annual strategic planning process.

Prior to this position, Brice was Vice President, Finance, Hershey International. In this role, he was responsible for providing overall financial leadership and direction for the international operations of The Hershey Company, including delivery of profit objectives, strategic planning and business insight, financial analysis, and the establishment of a strong internal controls environment.

Prior to joining Hershey in January 2008, Brice was Chief Financial Officer, North America, for Tenaris, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of tubular products and services used in the drilling, completion and production of oil and gas. During his tenure at Tenaris, Brice also held the positions of Director of Global Reporting and CFO for Argentina, the company’s largest operation.

Prior to this, Brice was Treasurer and Controller for America Online, Latin America (AOLA), a publicly listed joint venture of AOL‐Time Warner. Brice also held a number of financial leadership positions during his 16‐year tenure at Procter and Gamble, including Director, Latin America Regional Treasurer (Venezuela), Argentina Country Finance Manager, and Financial Analysis Group Manager (Puerto Rico). He has lived abroad for more than 15 years and is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission.

Brice holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. Brice resides in Harrisburg, PA, with his family.

Peter Brubaker is President of Hammer Creek Enterprises, a company he founded in 2005. Hammer Creek provides capital and financial advisory services to growth‐oriented middle market companies in the mid‐Atlantic region. In addition, he serves as a Director of Snyder’s‐Lance, Inc., and Alcoil USA, LLC.

From 1995 until 2005, Mr. Brubaker was president and CEO of Susquehanna Media Co. He retired as a full‐time employee in February 2005 but continued as a consultant to the company until it was sold in May 2006. At the time of his retirement, Susquehanna was the nation’s 11th largest radio broadcaster and the 17th largest cable television operator. Prior to 1995, Mr. Brubaker was Vice President of Finance and CFO of Susquehanna Media’s parent, the Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co.

Mr. Brubaker has been an active advocate for improving the school readiness of Pennsylvania’s children as a founding Director of “Focus on Our Future”; as Chairman of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children; and as a member of the Pennsylvania Business Community’s Early Care and Education Task Force, the Advisory Council for Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Pre‐K Counts Executive Leadership Council. In 2008 he was appointed to serve on Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Investment Commission.

Mr. Brubaker serves as the Vice Chair of the York County Economic Development Alliance, is a board member and committee chair of the Strand‐Capital Performing Arts Center. He also serves on the board for WellSpan Specialty Services, and is a finance committee member of the York Day Nursery. Brubaker previously served on the following boards; National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Cable Television Laboratories, and The Pennsylvania Cable Network. He was the board chair for Martin Library and the past president of Historic York Inc.

Mr. Brubaker holds a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Tony Campisi is the President and CEO of Glatfelter Insurance Group, a regional and national insurance agency specializing in the design of insurance programs to meet the unique needs of specific industries, businesses, and organizations. Through its retail agency operations and its specialty program operations doing business through a network of over 4,000 independent agents and brokers, Glatfelter writes in excess of $400 million in premium and serves over 25,000 insureds in 50 states from its corporate headquarters in York.

Mr. Campisi has been at the helm of Glatfelter Insurance Group since 2000. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Operations and CFO for five years, and was Vice President of Finance for a ten‐year period.

Mr. Campisi has long been engaged in civic and community activities. He has served on the board of the York County Community Foundation, York‐Adams Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, York Health Foundation, United Way of York County (where he was also Board President), and the Martin Library. He currently serves on the boards of Better York, York County Economic Development Corporation, and Junior Achievement of South Central PA, and is the past Chair of the board of the YMCA of York County and the Strand‐Capitol Performing Arts Center. Mr. Campisi also sits on the Tocqueville giving committee of United Way of York County, the advisory board of the York‐Adams Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a member of the York College of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees. His professional affiliations include serving on the board of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers and holding memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters, and Insurance Agents & Brokers of Pennsylvania. Mr. Campisi joined the Early Learning Investment Commission in 2009.

Tony Campisi earned a B.S. in Accounting from York College of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Insurance Agency management program at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

Joshua M. Carney, P.E., is President and Owner of Carney Engineering Group (CEG), a multi-discipline engineering firm headquartered in York, PA. Josh founded CEG in 2009 and supervises the firm’s structural and forensic engineering work. He also oversees firm management, business development, and top-level project management. He has more than 20 years’ experience in structural engineering, specializing in historic renovation and preservation, forensic engineering and analysis, long-span steel structures, design/build, and Integrated Project Delivery.

He is actively involved in the York community, with a particular focus on education initiatives. He currently serves as board chair for Working Class makerspace, on Crispus Attucks Association’s Real Estate Portfolio Management Committee, and as committee chair for York Suburban School District’s Impact Foundation. He founded the ACE Mentoring Program’s Central PA affiliate and served as chair, and has served on the boards of directors for the United Way of York County, Childcare Consultants, York Suburban Education Foundation, and Leadership York. Other involvement has included serving on Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania’s Regional Council, the United Way of York County’s Focus On Our Future early childhood education initiative, and various trade organizations, including past president of the Lincoln Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers and vice chair of the York County Board of Construction Appeals.

He is a graduate of Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program and Mentorship York program and a recipient of the American Society of Professional Engineers Young Engineer of the Year award.

Peter J. Danchak is the Regional President of the Northeast PA region of PNC Bank.

Danchak joined PNC Bank in 1984 and has held various positions of responsibility in corporate banking. He was named regional president of the Northeast PA market of PNC Bank in January 2001.

Active in the community, Danchak currently serves as Co‐Chair of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, to which he was appointed in 2008, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council of Pre‐K Counts in Pennsylvania. He sits on the board of trustees at Marywood University and Scranton Prep. He is a member of the board of directors of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the ARC of Northeastern Pennsylvania Foundation, the Luzerne Foundation, the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, the Regional Chamber Partnership and Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company. He also serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Keystone College and the Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton.

Danchak previously served as a member of the board of directors of the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, King’s College, Keystone College, Johnson College, Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Wilkes‐Barre Chamber of Business and Industry.

Danchak received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton.

Philip Devorris is the CEO of Blair Companies Image Group, which includes Architectural Imaging, Sign, Fixtures & Millwork, and Lighting & Logistics operations. Phil led Blair’s growth from a $6m in sign manufacturer in 1992 to a full service image provider with over $65m in sales. Philip’s current focus of enabling seamless international sourcing has led to a global alliance with the top signage firms operating in Europe/Africa and Asia/Australia. Blair Asia Ltd, the company’s latest venture, employs sourcing and engineering professionals in Asia to create a seamless global supply chain for Blair’s own needs and as a service to others. Blair has been recently recognized by INC Magazine as one of the fastest growing US companies.

Mr. Devorris is also a director in his family enterprise, a twenty‐company venture group that employs nearly 2000 people and encompasses real estate, equipment manufacturing, construction, paper production, and software development operations. Phil’s background includes Sony Music & Entertainment, where he led their Risk Management group in New York, and Senn‐Delaney Management Consultants in Los Angeles.

Mr. Devorris is an active community leader, he is Vice Chairman and Trustee for Mount Aloysius College; Founder and Director of Operation Our Town; Executive Committee and Director of Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board; Founder and Chairman of Blair County Presidents’ Forum; Fellow for Leadership Blair County and Director of Agudath Achim. Philip is also involved with Altoona Area School District, B.A.S.I.C.S., Blair County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission.

Mr. Devorris has degrees in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University. Philip resides in Altoona, PA, with his wife Colleen and three children, Max, Claudia and Felicia.

Stephanie Doliveira is Vice President of Human Resources for Sheetz, Inc. A family‐owned convenience retailer based in Altoona, Sheetz employs over 14,000 people throughout the company’s six‐state operating area. Previously, she was responsible for brand strategy at Sheetz, which included public relations, employee communications, and consumer research.

Prior to joining Sheetz, Attorney Doliveira practiced labor and employment law with the firm of Andrews, Wagner and Beard in Altoona. She serves on the board of Sheetz Family Charities and previously served as a board member of Penn State University’s Alumni Affiliates in the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. She has been a member of the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2008.

Stephanie Doliveira received a B.S. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Penn State University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law. She and her husband Brad live in Duncansville with their two sons, Gabe and Carter.

Tim Fallon is the CEO of PBS39, the public media station located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tim is also the Executive Director of the PBS39 Foundation.

Prior to being named to his current role, Tim was the Project Director for PBS39 at SteelStacks, the $17 million state of the art, public media and education center built on the grounds of the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Tim was responsible for the financing, construction and philanthropic support for this legacy-creating endeavor.

Previously, Tim had been a Board member (and former Chair) of PBS39, from 1996 to 2009. Tim is a founding director of Revere Bank of Laurel MD, Managing Member of the Conserere Family of Funds, director for ESSA Bank and Trust (NASDAQ: ESSA) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. Previously, Tim was a founding director of Team Capital Bank (PA and NJ) prior to its sale to Provident Bank of NJ in 2014, a director of Lafayette Ambassador Bank, as well as the CEO of Wine Gadgets, LLC.

In a former professional life, Tim was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Holiday Hair, a family-owned chain of 200 hair salons.

Tim was educated at the Johns Hopkins University, earning both a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Administrative Science with a Management Concentration.

Tim lives in Center Valley with his wife, Lesley, while their daughter, Michaela, attends Duke University.

Ms. Fernandez joined the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC) in March 2006. During her tenure, Ms. Fernandez has helped the GPHCC achieve record levels of membership, revenues and member‐driven activities through the implementation of new strategies and programs. She contributed to the successful delivery of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 27th annual convention, which brought over 4,000 people to the Philadelphia region with an overall economic impact of $4.5 million in hospitality and tourism.

Ms. Fernandez launched the GPHCC’s Professional Mentoring Network and Scholarship Fund, a workforce development and diversity initiative to help Hispanic professionals connect with executives and with Hispanic youth in efforts to help increase Latino participation in corporate management, Latino high school graduation rates and corporate diversity. Ms. Fernandez has made a priority of minority business education in the Greater Philadelphia business community and has worked to increase minority business contracts and certifications among Hispanic businesses in the region. Through a partnership with an established micro lender, she instituted a character‐based micro lending fund for small businesses helping secure SBA and corporate funding to support it. Ms. Fernandez has been a proponent of Latin American trade and has co‐hosted three trade missions to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama and Peru, in partnership with the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia. Most importantly, under Ms. Fernandez’s leadership the GPHCC has created a voice for Hispanic business in the region by developing a programmatic strategy that helps build on the small business, professional and corporate Hispanic markets. Under her leadership, the GPHCC received the 2011 U. S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Medium Chamber of the Year.

Prior to the GPHCC, Ms. Fernandez worked with Congreso de Latinos Unidos as Vice President of External Affairs from 2003 to 2006. While at Congreso, she succeeded in maximizing government and corporate relations as an advocate for the Latino community. Ms. Fernandez established strong relationships with legislators and their staff across government agencies, and worked with national and state organizations to introduce Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), domestic violence, and immigration legislation to Capitol Hill, and domestic violence and utility protection legislation within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She was also instrumental in helping to pass the minimum wage increase legislation in Pennsylvania. A co‐founder of the first bilingual job seeking center in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she supported Congreso's annual budget. Today, Ms. Fernandez continues to maximize these relationships by targeting legislative issues that affect businesses, minority contracting and economic development, and founded Latino Business on the Hill in support of Latino businesses across Pennsylvania.

A strategic thinker, Ms. Fernandez is an executive with over fifteen years of senior management expertise across industries including not‐for‐profit, information technology, venture capital, commercial lending and eCommerce. She sits on numerous boards including the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, she possesses excellent networking and communication skills and functional experience specific to these industries including management of human resources, accounting, finance, sales, marketing, and relationship management.

Nick Gianaris is presently Director of Aerospace Global/Americas for Air Liquide. Air Liquide is a worldwide leader in gas technologies for aerospace, healthcare, and other industries. A key enabler to Air Liquide’s present and future successes is the materials technology for airborne systems including life support, fuel tank protection, and future fire suppression.

Gianaris received his BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. After 4 years at Westinghouse’s Echoram Technology and Northrop Aircraft, he co-founded an entrepreneurial nondestructive evaluation company in 1989. He joined Boeing's materials and processes quality engineering in 1992 to manage the polymer composites and metals labs, and subsequently formed the lightweight advanced chassis technology group at Ford Motor Co. / Visteon Corp. in 1998. Gianaris joined General Dynamics Land Systems in 2004, and then became Executive Director of the Composite Vehicle Research Center (CVRC) at Michigan State U. in 2011. He became VP/GM of Thermacore Materials Technology in 2014, and with ExOne’s additive manufacturing R&D group in early 2018. He was also on faculty at Wayne State U., Schoolcraft College, Widener U., and Delaware County Community College.

Gianaris served as advisory committee member at Wayne State University, Schoolcraft College, and Johns Hopkins University. He is credited with 11 issued US and German Patents for pioneering work in various areas of materials design, characterization, and processing. His awards include Fellow of ASM, US Senate Congressional Recognition Award (Sen. Stabenow), Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Alpha Sigma Mu Metallurgical Honors Society, GWC Whiting Fellowship, and Who’s Who recognitions. Gianaris has over 25 publications to his credit, served as SAMPE President-North America, served as technical and symposium chairs for national conferences, and an avid volunteer on professional societies, non-profit, and technical boards including National Research Council; Michigan 21st Century Job Fund High Technology; and DOE ARPA-E Review Panels. He is a Professional Engineer and holds ASNT certifications. Nick is a proud Pittsburgh gumbander and serves as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Early Learning Investment Commission, member of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Rotary Club International Service Director, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Board, and a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXII.

Bradley R. Gosser is Executive Director and Vice President of Greenville‐Reynolds Development Corporation, where he is responsible not only for operations of Greenville‐Reynolds Development Corporation, but also for Reynolds Water Company and Reynolds Disposal Company.

A certified public accountant, Bradley earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from West Virginia University in 1986. Bradley first started with Greenville‐Reynolds in 1992, when he began as Assistant Treasurer and Controller. He has since overseen multi‐million dollar projects funded through private, state, and federal agencies and has guided the corporation in meeting various state regulatory standards.

Bradley has served on many community boards which strive for the betterment of Mercer County, including as current Chairman of the Board for the Mercer County United Way. He also serves on the Shenango Valley Enterprise Zone Board, Penn Northwest Development Corporation Site and New Business Committees, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army Board, St. John’s Lutheran Church Council, Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and as a member of the Greenville Kiwanis Club.

Judge Chester Harhut served as President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Lackawanna County from October 2000 through December 2010. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law in 1972. The Judge received a Master’s degree from the University of Nevada Judicial College in 1995. Judge Harhut was first appointed to the bench in April 1987 and became Administrative Judge of Family Court in 1996. At that time, he also integrated human services into the legal system to alleviate conflict while helping families achieve a permanent solution to family issues.

Judge Harhut has also instituted major reforms in family practice in Lackawanna County, including establishing Kids First, Co‐Operative Parenting, Mediation, and programs to help parents understand the implications of separation and divorce on their children. Since the introduction of this interplay between the court and social services, recidivism has dropped considerably. Judge Harhut is a strong proponent of resolving conflict through support services and alternative dispute resolution and a strong advocate of mediation as an alternative to litigation. He also spearheaded an anti‐truancy program which focuses on reducing criminal activity while strengthening the importance of education. Since its inception, it has been expanded countywide.

Judge Chester Harhut currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; President of the Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network; Pennsylvania Bar Association Youth Court Advisory Board and Past‐President of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. He is also a member of the National Judicial‐Child Support Task Force, the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and Chair of the Pennsylvania Dependency Bench Book Committee.

Mary Ann Hood, Senior Vice President and EEO officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia oversees the bank's human resources department, which includes the medical unit, food services, and the electronic Professional Education Program (ePEP) for Federal Reserve System employees. In 2011, Ms. Hood was named Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion for the Philadelphia Reserve Bank. This office has primary responsibility for workforce and supplier diversity as well as financial education and outreach. Mary Ann has been with the Federal Reserve System since 1982 when she started working in bank operations for the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and then for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch. She joined the Philadelphia Fed in 1990 and assumed responsibility for Human Resources and EEO in 2004.

Mary Ann Hood is a graduate of Hood College, Frederick, MD, and holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University. She is a member of the Federal Reserve System's Subcommittee on Human Resources. She co‐chairs the Philadelphia Fed’s volunteerism initiative, PhillyFedCares, and was appointed to the Early Learning Investment Commission in 2010. She is married with three children and lives in Wayne.

Dan Hoover has been President & CEO of Roaring Spring Blank Book Co. since 1991. Roaring Spring was founded in 1887 and has grown from a 20‐person operation in a small two‐story brick building to over 330 employees in a 400,000‐square foot facility that manufactures a variety of school and office paper products and serves thousands of accounts nationwide.

Mr. Hoover is board chair of Child Advocates of Blair County, a grantee for the Blair County Head Start program since 1983, and has been a member of the board and executive committee of the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation since 1991. He has served on the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2008.

Dan Hoover holds a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from Juniata College. He is married and has two sons and six grandchildren.

Bill Isler, President Emeritus, The Fred Rogers Company, is a longtime professional educator and advocate for children. He began his career as a teacher and administrator, and later joined the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where he served as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Education, Commissioner of Basic Education and Senior Program Advisor for Early Childhood Education before joining The Fred Rogers Company in 1984.

In addition to his leadership role at The Fred Rogers Company, Mr. Isler is a member of the board of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He is a board member of a number of organizations in the region, including the Grable Foundation, The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, an honorary fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is Treasurer of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. He received The Pittsburgh Foundation's Isabel P. Kennedy Award for child advocacy and was named Person of the Year in 2007 by the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He has served on the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2008.

Bill Isler holds a B.A. in English from Saint Vincent College and completed post‐graduate study in child development at the University of Pittsburgh. He is married and has a son and granddaughter.

Dr. James W. Kinneer is the Vice President, People and Organizational Development at Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) in Indiana, Pennsylvania. In this role, he has responsibility for all human resource functions. IRMC is a 164‐bed community hospital with approximately 1,300 employees and the second largest employer in Indiana County. Dr. Kinneer has been employed at IRMC since 1989 and has served in various human resource roles prior to being appointed to his current position in 2008.

Dr. Kinneer is a board member of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the executive committee as treasurer. His is the past chairman of the Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence and has served on the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. He also holds numerous certifications in the human resources field including SHRM‐Senior Certified Professional, Senior Professional in Human Resources, Certified Compensation Professional, Certified Benefits Professional and Strategic Workforce Planner.

Dr. Kinneer is an alumnus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned his bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and his doctorate.

Julia Klein is a Chief Executive, Board Director, and leader in the building materials distribution industry. Her strategic vision, business, and financial acumen have been the foundation for building and managing profitable organizations and high‐performing teams. As President, C.E.O. and currently Chairwoman of C. H. Briggs Company, she transformed a local business into a super‐regional, professionally managed platform company.

With expertise in strategy, governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology and supply chain solutions, and the residential and commercial construction industries, Ms. Klein has led C. H. Briggs Company for over 20 years. The Company is one of the nation’s largest independently owned distributors of specialty building materials with over 10,000 customers, 240 global suppliers, and 5 distribution centers. Customers include manufacturers, architects and designers of specialty interior products. Her track record for growth is based on customer intimacy, industry relationships, assembling a strong management team, and investing in both staff and technology. Ms. Klein has successfully integrated 6 acquisitions expanding the C. H. Briggs Company footprint throughout the Middle Atlantic and Southeast.

Ms. Klein is a member of the Boards of Directors of Hedwin Corporation in Baltimore, Reading Physician Partners, the Reading Health System, Springboard Enterprises, Arzu Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of Modern Distribution Management, and is Co‐Chair of the Committee of 200 Northeast Region. Most recently, Ms. Klein was elected to The College of Wooster’s board of trustees. She is a former member of the Advisory Boards of Quaker Maid Meats, Inc. in Reading, Arbill Safety Supply Company in Philadelphia, and the Regional Advisory Board of Wachovia Bank.

Julia is a former member of the Board of Directors of the NAW (National Association of Wholesaler‐Distributors) Institute for Distribution Excellence, the Board of Directors of the North American Building Materials Distribution Association, and the Cabinet Industry Distribution Association, which she helped establish. She is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and a former member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO); she is also a member of the Committee of 200, an international organization of women entrepreneurs, executives, and board members and she serves on the Early Learning Investment Commission.

Ms. Klein earned a Master Degree in Public Policy as an Urban Scholars Fellow at the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Ms. Klein and her husband have a son and live in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Robert M. Krasne is chairman and publisher of Steinman Communications’ flagship company, LNP Media Group, Inc., and serves as chairman of Intelligencer Printing Company, Delmarva Broadcasting Company, Lancaster Farming, Lancaster County Weeklies, and various other affiliated companies.

He is also vice chairman 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 was 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. Mr. Krasne spent the bulk of his professional career as a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly, L.L.P., where he represented clients around the globe in complex criminal, civil and administrative matters. He joined the firm from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Mr. Krasne is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Lloyd Lamm is a retired Regional Banking Executive for the Capital Region of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, a position he held from 2006‐2015. He was responsible for retail sales and service for the 36 branches which comprise the Capital Region of First National Bank in the Commonwealth, and was charged with advancing the name of First National Bank and representing it through numerous charitable and service organizations.

Mr. Lamm served as Senior Vice President of Bank Operations from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Operations with Metropolitan National Bank in Ohio. Previous to that, he was Senior Vice President of Dollar Savings Association at the conclusion of his nearly 22‐year service to the New Castle‐based savings & loan organization, which was ultimately purchased by First National Bank Corporation in 1994.

Mr. Lamm has been engaged in a number of community endeavors, including serving as Chairman of the board of directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Capital Region. He serves as co‐chair of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and continues to speak statewide on the merits of early childhood education. He currently serves on the EconomicsPennsylvania State Board of Directors, the single largest not‐for‐profit economic and financial literacy organization in the state. Mr. Lamm has also served on the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association of Central PA, and has held a number of senior positions with the Lawrence County United Way, including Campaign Chair. He served on the board of directors of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and as trustee of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Lloyd Lamm attended Youngstown State University in Ohio, where he majored in Accounting, and also attended and taught at the Institute of Financial Education based in Chicago.

After more than 42 years in banking, Lloyd retired in 2015 and now lives in New Castle, PA, with his wife, Donna.

Hugh J. Lavery is the Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Lavery represents the Hospital in Washington, DC, Harrisburg, PA, and Trenton, NJ, providing input to important policy discussions impacting health care reform, payment policy and care delivery. Additionally, he is responsible for facilitating partnership and affiliation opportunities for Jefferson.

Throughout his career at Jefferson, Mr. Lavery served in management roles in Transplant, Dialysis and Vascular, Administrator of the Ford Road Campus, Regional Director of Jefferson Healthcare and VP of Government and External Affairs. Mr. Lavery completed his Administrative Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

He earned his MHA at Duke University and his B.A. in Biology and English at Rutgers College of Rutgers University. Mr. Lavery serves as a leader and member of numerous professional organizations including the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission; Economy League of Greater Philadelphia (Leadership Engagement Committee Co‐Chair); United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Campaign Cabinet, Hospitals and Healthcare Co‐Chair); Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) GRR; Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Public Payor Policy Committee and the American Hospital Association (AHA) Systems Government Relations Officers Network.

William Lehr, Jr., is Chairman of the Board of Capital BlueCross, a position he has held since 2004. He has also served as CEO from 2008‐2012 and as president from 2008‐2010. Mr. Lehr has been a member of the Board of Directors of Capital BlueCross for 20 years. During his tenure as Chairman, Capital BlueCross has grown to be the region’s leading full‐service health insurer.

Mr. Lehr previously served as Senior Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of Hershey Foods Corporation. During his 28‐year career with Hershey Foods, Mr. Lehr had a range of significant responsibilities including senior management, corporate governance, law, finance, human resources, and public affairs. Mr. Lehr also served as the Lead Director of Hersha Hospitality Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust.

Mr. Lehr is a respected leader in the central Pennsylvania community and has worked with and supported many of the region’s leading nonprofit organizations. Currently, he is a Trustee Emeritus of Lebanon Valley College where previously he served as Chairman of the Board for six years. He is a director, Vice Chairman, and former three‐year Chairman of Americans for the Arts, where he chairs the Investment Committee and its Foundation. He is Chairman of the Board of the Harrisburg Symphony Association and a board member of WITF, the Capital Campaign Review Board of the Capital Region, and the Advisory Board of The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, a member of the Management Committee of the Susquehanna Art Museum, and a member of the Arts and Education Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Education Policy and Leadership Center. He provides advice and assistance to a range of other area boards and non‐profit organizations.

Previously, Mr. Lehr has served as Chairman of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities for nine years; Chairman of MetroArts of the Capital Region; Chairman and President of the Capital Division of the Pennsylvania Economy League; President of the Board of the Susquehanna Art Museum; founding director of The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts; founding director of the Cultural Enrichment Fund; director of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council; and as a board member of numerous other non‐profit organizations in the region.

Mr. Lehr’s service to the community also extends to other areas of the public sector. He has served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania MILRITE Council; Chairman of the Pennsylvania HealthCare Cost Containment Council; as a member of Gov. Ed Rendell’s Arts and Culture Transition Team; as a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; as Chairman of the Task Force on the Department of Labor and Industry for the Pennsylvania IMPACCT Commission, and as a member of Senator Wofford’s Selection Committee on Federal Judges.

In 2009, Mr. Lehr received the Catalyst Award from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation for his community work, and in 2010 was the honoree at the Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner of the New Birth of Freedom Boy Scout Council. Also in 2010, he was the corporate chair of the Capital Region Step Out to Fight Diabetes Walk. In 2011, he received the “Others” Award from the Salvation Army, as an individual exemplifying an extraordinary spirit of service to “others.” In 2012, Mr. Lehr was chosen as the Inaugural Recipient of the Champion of Philanthropy Award of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities for his personal leadership and financial support of non‐profit organizations at the federal, state and regional levels.

Mr. Lehr holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated cum laude, and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and has completed The Governing for Nonprofit Excellence course at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Lehr lives in Palmyra, PA with his wife, Beverlee, an accomplished ceramicist

Alice Lindenauer leads Hamilton Lane's Global Human Resource function where she is responsible for the strategic workforce and employee life cycle functions. She began her career in the financial analysis and management areas for two asset management firms. She shifted careers and transitioned into the human resources discipline when she created the workforce development function for SEI Investments.

Previous to joining SEI in 1994, she was Director of Financial Analysis for Liberty Financial Services and Liberty Securities of Boston, a position she assumed in 1989 after holding the title of First Line Financial Manager for the Materials Management and Product Marketing Divisions of Bell Atlantic in Washington, DC.

Ms. Lindenauer actively promotes and advocates for quality early care and learning as a current board member of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVACCC), and past board member of the Delaware Valley Child Care Council, as well as a participant in Child Care Matters. She established the SEI Family Center, an award‐winning childcare center subsidized by SEI, and her efforts contributed to the company being named to FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work list 5 years in a row, Computer World’s Best Place to Work, Best Mid‐Sized Company to Work for in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Magazine), Best Employer for Working Parents (DVACCC), Best Employer (Maternity Care Coalition), and Corporate Champion for Child Care (TLLCCF). She has been recognized as a “Hardest Working Mom” (PA Partnerships for Children) and serves on the Early Learning Investment Commission.

Alice Lindenauer is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received her M.B.A. from The George Washington University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she resides in Lafayette Hill with her husband of 23 years, two daughters, and a pair of Brittany Spaniels.

Jerry Maginnis was the Office Managing Partner (OMP) for KPMG’s Philadelphia office. His responsibilities included helping lead the growth and success of the firm’s audit, tax, and advisory practices in Philadelphia. He also ensured that clients receive exceptional service from the firm, and that the office’s Partners and employees view KPMG as a great place to work and build their career.

In his OMP role, Mr. Maginnis coordinated KPMG’s community involvement activities and ensures their professionals are giving back to their communities. He also championed the firm’s diversity initiatives in Philadelphia and plays a key client relationship role in the office’s largest accounts. He has nearly 34 years of experience and has served as the Audit Engagement Partner on public and privately held companies in a variety of industries. Previously, he served as the Partner in charge of KPMG’s Audit Practice in PA, responsible for the audit operations of the Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh offices.

Mr. Maginnis is a member of the CEO Council for Growth, the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Gwynedd‐Mercy College, as well as the board of trustees for St. Joseph's Preparatory School. He also serves as a campaign cabinet member for the United Way of Southeastern PA and has been a member of the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2009.

Jerry Maginnis holds a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and is currently serving as the President Elect of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the PA Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Phyllis Mundy is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives most recently serving as minority Chairman of the House Finance Committee. She is a graduate of Kingston High School and Bloomsburg University. Prior to her election to the State House, she managed a multi‐million dollar manufacturing facility.

A resident of Kingston, Pennsylvania, Mundy represented the 120th Legislative District from 1991 to 2014. Throughout her 24‐year service as a member of the General Assembly, Mundy was a vehement supporter of state programs to boost early childhood care and education. She co‐chaired the Early Childhood Education Caucus, a bicameral, bipartisan caucus working with private sector partners to provide information and promote support for high quality early childhood care and education.

Mundy's signature policy achievements included leading successful efforts to pass bills that improved the rights of foster children, provided stronger home visitation services for low‐income expectant mothers, boosted pre‐K education, expanded care for senior citizens and expanded prescription drug coverage for seniors. In December 2, 2013, Mundy announced she would not run for reelection to a 13th term and would retire at the end of her term on November 30, 2014.

In retirement Mundy serves on the Boards of Maternal and Family Health Services, Luzerne County Head Start, CASA of Luzerne County, Area Agency on Aging, and the Vestry of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.

Alan J. Ottinger is co-founder and President of QIC Inc. QIC Inc. was founded in 1981 as a manufacturer of precision castings. Producing stainless steel and other corrosion and heat resistant alloys for the pump, valve and related industries QIC established a strong reputation for quality and responsiveness. In 2004, after growing to a 3-shift, $6MM annual revenue operation QIC was acquired by PPCP in Lebanon, PA. After a successful transition of the customer base Mr. Ottinger transitioned into business coaching with ActionCOACH. He continues to work with numerous small and medium-size business leaders enabling continued growth and professional development for all involved.

Mr. Ottinger has served in leadership roles in many community organizations including Fleetwood School Board, H2 Jamaica, Fleetwood Rotary Club, Engineers Without Borders Lehigh Valley Professional Chapter, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fleetwood.

Mr. Ottinger graduated with honors from Lehigh University with a BS in Metallurgy and Materials Science.

Kathleen Pavelko became President and CEO of WITF in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in October 1999.

WITF is a public media center serving 2 million citizens in south central Pennsylvania. WITF’s media services include public television (WITF-TV), two public radio services (WITF 89.5 and WYPM 93.3 Chambersburg), a regional magazine (Central PA) in partnership with the Patriot- News, websites (including and, statewide radio networks for public and commercial stations (Pennsylvania Public Radio and Radio PA), an advertising agency (Top Flight Media), and a production services division (Media Solutions).

Since her arrival at WITF, Pavelko led and completed a $39 million capital project, securing $21 million in capital campaign contributions and Pennsylvania’s largest-ever state contribution to a public media. The project financed the construction of the Public Media Center, which opened in April 2007. Under Ms. Pavelko’s leadership, WITF’s total assets have quintupled.

Ms. Pavelko’s service achievements include the capital region’s only weekly prime-time public affairs program (Smart Talk on WITF-TV), a statewide public radio network and creating Pennsylvania’s “heritage hub” for history and tourism called WITF 89.5’s first daily news interview program (Radio Smart Talk) premiered in October 2008. Facing Cancer Together, a region-wide convening initiative, launched April 2011 and was followed by Transforming Health, launched November 2012. Two other statewide partnerships followed: StateImpact PA on the state’s energy economy (2013) and Keystone Crossroads on the challenges and opportunities facing Pennsylvania’s cities(2014).

WITF’s journalism has been recognized with many of the most prestigious state and national awards, including ten national Edward R. Murrow Awards and the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton (known as the broadcast “Pulitzer”) for Multimedia Excellence.

From 1996 to 1999, Ms. Pavelko served as president of Prairie Public Broadcasting, a regional public telecommunications center serving North Dakota, western Minnesota, eastern Montana and Manitoba. During her leadership of PPB, Ms. Pavelko restored the organization’s finances and created North Dakota Public Radio, the state’s first statewide public radio network.

Kathleen Pavelko began her career in television production at Penn State Public Broadcasting, where she served in production, promotion and management roles, including as chief operating officer. She was also executive producer for public affairs for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and a freelance print and broadcast journalist working in Athens and London.

Ms. Pavelko taught courses in production, broadcast/cable history and broadcast management as an assistant professor of communications at Penn State.

Ms. Pavelko earned a B.A. with distinction in ancient history and an M.A. in Journalism from Penn State University as well as certificates in Advanced Strategic Management and Non-Profit Management from the University of California/Berkeley and the Harvard Business School.

Her personal awards include a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award, the APTS National Advocacy Award, the Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award from the Central Penn Business Journal, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Communications Alumni Society, and the Penn State Vice President's Award.

She was a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (2003-2011). She is member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a former trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America, the nation’s largest and oldest archaeology organization. She previously served on the boards of the Station Resource Group, America’s Public Television Stations, and Greater Public. She currently serves on the boards of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Capital Area Corps of the Salvation Army.

Ms. Pavelko is married to Dr. Eugene N. Borza, emeritus professor of ancient history at Penn State and former president of the Association of Ancient Historians. They make their home in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.

Philip A. Peterson specializes in early childhood and homelessness Pay for Success (PFS) strategies using social impact financing. He assists states and local jurisdictions with advisory services in developing PFS projects in the areas of early childhood education, parental/family education for young children, pre/post-natal home visiting, and housing and treatment programs for homeless individuals and families. He brings experience in strategic planning, team building, financial economics and risk management to his work.

Phil had a 38-year career in human resource and employee benefit consulting where he managed various practices and offices for Aon Hewitt and specialized in global retirement strategies, stock option valuation and human capital metrics. Most recently, he was a Deputy Director with ReadyNation providing PFS advisory services to jurisdictions.

Phil helped co-create with Child Care Matters, the Aon/United Way of Southeastern PA Hand-in-Hand Award for quality childcare in the business community. He has testified before the House Education Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on the importance of childcare to the business community. He served as member and board chair for a regional Pennsylvania homeless shelter for over 14 years. Phil has served on the board of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, and on the state board of the Pennsylvania Economy League. Phil joined and co-chaired the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission in 2008, and was the co-chair of the Advisory Board of ReadyNation.

He serves as Senior Advisor to Econsult Solutions, Inc. on social impact issues, specifically the use of Pay for Success by state and local communities. Phil’s experience in consulting and the early childhood arena over the past 20 years has given him expertise in early childhood systems and outcomes, homelessness recovery, and pay for success models for health and education. Phil earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Dickinson College. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

P. Timothy Phelps is a versatile business professional who has been responsible for the organizational management, advocacy and marketing of several business organizations. Phelps is the current Executive Director for the Transportation Management Association of Chester County headquartered in Great Valley. He has worked for the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce in Pottstown, as well as the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester and the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. Through these unique organizations and the business issues they addressed, Phelps has established a diverse a range of networks and many personal relationships with association, corporation and legislative leaders throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, Harrisburg and the Commonwealth. Through his networking, he is able to create opportunities for member resources that help solve their business issues.

Phelps is a graduate of the William Penn Charter School, Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, and the US Chamber’s program for Institution Organization Management. An advocate for early childhood learning, he was appointed to the Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Investment Commission in 2008.

He resides in Malvern with his wife, Melinda, and their daughter; Anna.

David Rice is President of Rice Fruit Company, the largest facility for packing and marketing fresh apples in the eastern United States. David succeeded his father in 1991. He has run the business along with three brothers. The four brothers have been recognized numerous times for their contributions to the industry including being named growers of the year both by the Good Fruit Grower and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The Rice family has been growing apples for seven generations in Adams County.

David has a son and a daughter who have joined the management of Rice Fruit Company. David received an A.B. in economics from Princeton University. He is a lifelong resident of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He has served on numerous boards in his community including the Gettysburg Area School Board, Adams County Head Start and the PA Early Learning Investment Commission. His personal interests include travel, tennis, gardening, and reading, mostly in the area of science.

Norman Rich is the former President & CEO of Weis Markets, Inc. At the time of his retirement in 2008, Weis Markets had sales of $2.5 billion, 165 supermarkets in PA, MD, NJ, NY, and WV, and 30 SuperPetz pet supply stores in 10 states, as well as a host of dairy, ice cream, and meat manufacturing facilities.

Mr. Rich held a variety of positions at Weis before being named President and CEO in 1994, including Director of In‐Store Bakeries and Deli Merchandising, Director and Vice President of Store Operations, Executive Vice President, and member of the Board of Directors. He continues to serve as an advisor and consultant to companies in the areas of food safety and strategic planning.

Mr. Rich is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists and was a member of the Board of Governors at St. Joseph’s University Academy of Food Marketing and Vice Chair of the Food Marketing Institute. He was past Chair and current board member of the Central Susquehanna Valley United Way, a member of the board of trustees at Evangelical Community Hospital, and a member of the board of the Union County Foundation. He has been a member of the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2009, and is also Chair of the Early Learning Investment Committee of the Susquehanna River Valley.

Norman Rich holds degrees in Food Science and Food Technology from the State University of New York and the University of Georgia, and has completed graduate work at Syracuse University.

Ms. Audrey Russo has served the technology business sector for southwestern PA as President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Tech Council since 2007. Pittsburgh Tech Council is the oldest and largest technology trade association in North America.

Ms. Russo has facilitated strong interaction across all business sectors of the regional economy, which she believes will only succeed and grow through technology innovation and commercialization. With a background in information technology, operations and finance, Audrey previously worked for large multi‐national Fortune 500 companies (Alcoa, Reynolds Metals), as well as at MAYA Design, and in an adjunct faculty and project role at Virginia Commonwealth University. Audrey Chairs the World Affairs Council and serves on numerous community boards including: Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh; RIDC; CityLab; Power of 32; Highmark Business Advisory Board, and has been a member of the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2011.

Ms. Russo earned her Bachelor of Science degree in social work from Ohio State University and she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University.

Kevin Schreiber began his tenure as President & CEO of the York County Economic Alliance on December 1, 2016. Prior to his position at the alliance, Kevin served two terms as state representative for the 95th Legislative District, in York County. He and his wife are residents of the city of York along with their cavalier spaniel, Lucy.

Kevin earned his Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations from York College and his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Penn State University.

As State Representative, his legislative priorities included advocating for the best educational opportunities for all children in the commonwealth to include Pre-K and early learning education through collegiate and higher education, improving public safety, government reform, equal rights and the environment.

Prior to serving as State Representative, Kevin worked for the City of York. While serving as Community and Economic Development Director for the city, Kevin oversaw an annual budget of over $6 million, and assisted in over $150 million in economic and community development advances.

With the City of York, Kevin’s focus was on job creation in York County by working hand-in-hand with start-up businesses, innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders, to improve the local economy and local neighborhoods.

With having roots in Economic Development, Kevin’s appointment as President & CEO of the alliance was a natural career change. His priorities as President & CEO of the York County Economic Alliance include leading the organization to become the Chief Advocate across York County for economic growth and development, to create a prosperous York County.

Kevin has worked with Habitat for Humanity, the YWCA, the YMCA, Crispus Attucks Organization, York Housing Authority, private rehabbers, homeowners and many others to bring vacant buildings to better use in neighborhoods in need of change. He serves or has served on the Board of Directors for Downtown Inc., Team PA, York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Partnership for Economic Development in York County, and YorkArts.

Kevin looks forward to playing an active role in securing a bright future for both the York Community and the York County Economic Alliance.

Jarrod Shaw is a Partner at McGuire Woods LLC where he represents clients in complex commercial and class action litigation in numerous state and federal courts across the country as well as numerous mediations and arbitrations. He has significant experience counseling clients in the financial services industry, particularly lines of businesses like wealth management, corporate and personal trust, banking, credit card and life insurance. He also represents financial services companies and other clients in consumer class and individual actions asserting privacy, credit reporting, debt collection and unfair business practices claims, as well as Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases. Jarrod also maintains a broad complex commercial litigation practice representing a wide range of industries. Through this practice, Jarrod has handled complex business disputes, including both the defense and prosecution of high-stakes restrictive covenant matters relating to the theft of trade secrets and proprietary information, breach of fiduciary duty claims, unfair trade practices, RICO claims and class action litigation. He also routinely advises clients with respect to e-discovery issues.

In 2013, Jarrod was selected as a “Lawyers on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer and is a member of the PA Early Learning Investment Commission. Jarrod holds a BS from Penn State University and received his law degree from Villanova University. Jarrod is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIII. He resides in Pittsburgh’s South Hills with his wife Jodie and their two young children.

Nick Scott, along with his brother Chris and his father Nick Sr., is in charge of operations and development at their third‐generation family‐owned business, Scott Enterprises. The company was founded by his grandfather, Chris Scott, who was sent to America at age 13 to seek a better life for his family.

Under Mr. Scott’s leadership in strategic planning, the company has successfully expanded into 20 locations, with five additional properties under development equaling $50 million in investments and many more in the pipeline.

Mr. Scott helps to lead a team of 130 managers and 1,500 associates in the company’s daily operations. His leadership role extends to the community as well. He serves on several boards, including Hamot Health Foundation Board of Trustees, Hamot Medical Center, Penn State Behrend’s Council of Fellows Executive Board, and the board of Visit Erie. In addition, he is a graduate of Leadership Erie and a Young Erie Professionals 2007 Generation‐E Leadership Award winner. He has served on the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2009.

Mr. Scott is known throughout the community and his company for his philanthropy and passion for giving back. He spearheaded the company’s We Promise To Care initiative, which emphasizes giving back to the community and caring for his employees and guests. He has donated thousands of complimentary Splash Lagoon passes to charities within the region, and he is a frequent volunteer at the City Mission and Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Scott has a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Penn State University. There, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and played four years as a walk‐on for the Penn State varsity soccer team. His winning goal in the 1993 Big Ten Soccer Championship game gave Penn State its first ever Big Ten Championship in any sport.

Nick Scott is most proud of his family including his wife Karen and their four children.

Born in York, PA, Mr. Smeltzer has spent much of his career in the manufacturing industry and/or providing services to support manufacturing. General management has been the focus of his career, with specific interest in production management, product development, marketing, and sales. In 2012, Smeltzer launched Advancement Solutions, LLC, to address the shortage of quality customer service and sales professionals in America and to provide assistance to entrepreneurs and business development activities. Mike joined several business executives in 2013 to form York Innovators Group to focus on the development and advancement of intellectual property and economic development.

His business experience includes owning and operating small and medium‐sized manufacturing companies, directing the activities of a non‐profit business organization, lobbying state and federal policy interests, Department of Defense civilian employee, and ownership of insurance operations.

Mr. Smeltzer is a frequent contributor to magazines, newspapers, radio, and television reports on business in America. He is recognized at Federal and State levels for his interests and opinions on workforce development, education, and economic development.

Mike has received the National Leadership Award from the Republican Party, recognized by the Central Penn Business Journal as a “Mover and Shaker,” and was appointed Honorary Chairman of the Business Advisory Council by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Mike is a former candidate for U.S. Congress expressing his views for economic strategy, strong national defense, and social program reform.

Mr. Smeltzer is President of the Employers’ Education Foundation and Red Lion Area Education Foundation. He is a board member of numerous non‐profit and for‐profit organizations, including the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission.

Mike attended Penn State University studying Computer Science, Business, and Public Speaking.

Matt Smith became President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, in June 2015. The Chamber advocates at the local, state and federal levels to improve the economy and the quality of life for all who live, work and do business in the 10-county Pittsburgh region. Prior to joining the Chamber, Smith represented the 37th Senatorial District serving in the Pennsylvania State Senate. While in the Senate, Smith served as the minority chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee and of the State Government Committee. He also served on the Aging and Youth Committee, Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Committee and Transportation Committee. During his Senate term, Smith was also appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Basic Education Funding Commission, and the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee.

Before being elected to the Senate, Smith served three terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He sat on the Appropriations Committee during his entire tenure and spent his final House term as the minority Subcommittee Chair on Economic Impact and Infrastructure. He also served on the House Finance Committee as the minority Vice Chair as well as the Insurance, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committees. He worked in a bipartisan manner on reform efforts such as reducing the size of the legislature and championed student health and safety initiatives. Born and raised in Bethel Park, Smith is a graduate of Bethel Park High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and holds a law degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was a member of the Duquesne Law Review. Prior to serving in elected office, Smith worked as an attorney for the law firm of Babst Calland in Pittsburgh where he specialized in employment law.

Smith is a recipient of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Chamber and Community Champion Award and of the Airport Corridor Transportation Association 2014 Community Partner Award; both awards recognized Smith and fellow legislators for their bipartisan achievements. Smith has also received the 2013 ACHIEVA Award of Excellence in Legislation in recognition of advocacy and policy efforts to serve individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. In 2011, he received the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Government Award for his leadership in promoting sustainable development. In 2007, he was named State Elected Official of the Year by the Allegheny County Library Association. Smith’s service to the region was recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) as a 2010 Pittsburgh ‘40 Under 40’ award winner.

Smith currently serves on the boards of: the Allegheny County Airport Authority, Jeremiah’s Place, The Senator John Heinz History Center, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the PA Early Learning investment Commission. He lives in Mount Lebanon with his wife Eileen, their daughters Delaney and Emerson and son Jameson.

Mr. Steele serves as Chairman, President and CEO of The Northumberland National Bank and Board of Directors. He directs the overall functions of the bank and specifically deals with strategic planning, budgeting, financial reporting, asset/liability management, investments, advertising and community relations. Don is also a Certified Public Accountant and holds numerous professional affiliations with 21 years of bank experience.

A graduate of Susquehanna University, Don has a B.S . in Business Administration. He is very involved with the community in Northumberland County and Central PA. Don sits on the Sunbury Area Community Foundation, Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation and Economics PA’s Boards. He is also one of the Trustees for the Sunbury Community hospital and on the Finance Committee & Audit for St. John’s Lutheran Church, is a current member and Former Chairman of the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way and sits on the Early Learning Investment Commission.

Vinnie Taylor is President of Waveline Direct, LLC, a full‐service communications company offering design and printing Services for customers across the U.S.

Both Ms. Taylor and her husband Stewart donate their time and expertise to many non‐profit and civic organizations in the region. She has represented The Junior League of Harrisburg at the National Conference for Children's Advocacy and has volunteered time to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. She is a past board member and officer of the Dauphin County Medical Auxiliary, Harrisburg Hospital Auxiliary, a 10‐year board member and past President of the Big 33 Football Classic, an advisor to the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation Academic Scholarship Endowment Fund, and an advisor to Vickie's Angel Walk. She also serves on the development board of Trinity High School in Shiremanstown, and has been a member of the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2008.

Vinnie Taylor attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Jim Waddington serves as Director of Strategic Marketing Solutions, a $4B operating company within Lockheed Martin (LM). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Strategic Marketing Solutions, formerly IS&GS‐Defense, has over 11,500 employees in 200 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Mr. Waddington is a strategic advisor to the President of Strategic Marketing Solutions, including executive messaging, speechwriting, customer meetings, and events. He also provides strategic leadership of marketing and branding initiatives for the business. He has led and created marketing campaigns that positioned LM to win new business, sustain funding, and grow existing programs. He also creates internal and external campaigns to establish a brand image for the business and its Presidents. In addition, Mr. Waddington facilitates, coordinates, and prioritizes key day‐to‐day activities, communications, and policy issues. These include customer, political, community, employee, and investor, internal, and external executive messaging.

Before joining M&CSS in 2007, Mr. Waddington had the same responsibilities serving as Director of Operational Strategies, to Stan Sloane, the leader of LM’s Integrated Systems and Solutions (IS&S), a $5B business area within LM. Prior to this position, he was Director of Marketing Strategy (IS&S). Having a successful track record of implementing integrated marketing and communications approaches, he provided strategic direction of marketing initiatives. He led and created executive messaging and marketing campaigns that enhanced LM’s image and positioned LM to win new multi‐billion business while sustaining and growing existing programs. He joined LM in 2000 as Director of Communications and Public Affairs, where he was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s employee communications, public relations, advertising, corporate philanthropy, and marketing efforts.

Mr. Waddington began his career with PECO Energy Co. in the customer service department. After holding several positions in customer service, he became Director of the PE Cares program in 1988, where he managed and implemented diversified public affairs and community relations programs. In 1993 and 1994, he co‐managed the company’s corporate identity and brand initiative to change the company image in preparation for deregulation. Additionally, he managed and reorganized PECO’s emergency response organization, which included the planning, design, and implementation of a state‐of‐the‐art $4.5 million emergency news center. With increasing roles of leadership within PECO Energy, Mr. Waddington implemented several PR campaigns to support the company’s post‐deregulation business plan. He remained with PECO until 1998, when he left to lead the communications effort for Amtrak’s high‐speed rail program. There, he managed all communications related to the rollout and launch of America’s first high‐speed train service, ACELA.

For 16 years, Mr. Waddington had been an Adjunct Professor at Ursinus College and Saint Joseph University, where he taught courses in marketing, management, advertising, and leadership. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Saint Joseph University Marketing Department. He serves as the Board Chair for the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and is a member of the Graduate Philadelphia Board of Advisors. He previously served on the boards for the King of Prussia Chamber of Commerce and Boyertown YMCA. He is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, Philadelphia Public Relations Association, and the Early Learning Investment Commission.

A Pennsylvania native, Jim Waddington is a graduate of La Salle University with a B.S. in Marketing and a Master’s in Organization and Management. He and his wife Valerie reside in Gilbertsville and have four children.

Marilou Watson is a Partner in the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP, with her office located in Blue Bell. She focuses her practice on intellectual property law, which includes patent, trademark and copyright matters.

Prior to joining Fox, Attorney Watson was a Partner at Synnestvedt and Lechner LLP, where she was Chair of the Pharmaceutical Practice Group. She was also previously Assistant Intellectual Property Counsel at Elan Drug Delivery, Inc. located in King of Prussia, PA.

In her legal practice, Attorney Watson is a registered United States patent attorney with a specific focus on the pharmaceutical patent practice area. Before practicing law, she has been a Registered Pharmacist since 1991, and focused on advanced pharmaceutical technology. She has a wide variety of technical experience within the pharmaceutical industry that includes bio‐pharmaceutical research and development, as well as pharmaceutical product analysis and technical support.

In addition to her legal practice, Attorney Watson is Co‐Chair of the Fox Rothschild Diversity Committee. In the community, she serves as an advisory member of Explore STEM Philly, which is a project originating from the PA STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Initiative and administered by the Philadelphia Math & Science Coalition to promote STEM education to students in the Philadelphia public school system. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey where she also serves as a member of the Community Impact team. She is also a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association where she serves as a member of the House of Delegates representing Montgomery County In the past, she has been a member of the Villanova Law School Minority Alumni Society, where she served as an advisory board member and President. She has also previously served as Vice Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Diversity Committee and as Chair of Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association’s Diversity Committee.

In 2010, Marilou Watson was selected by the Temple University School of Pharmacy as the 2010 recipient of its Gallery of Success Award. In 2011, she received a Life Sciences Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal recognizing the region’s leaders in advancing human health. She has served on the Early Learning Investment Commission since 2009.

Marilou Watson holds a B.A. in Biology and a B.S. in Pharmacy from Temple University, and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Andy Williford is Vice President of Human Resources for Volvo Construction Equipment Operations Americas. His human resources experience includes international human resource consultation on a number of expansion/integration projects in heavy industry, in addition to significant experience as a human resource generalist.

Mr. Williford is a graduate of Leadership Asheville and was previously a board member with Kids Voting in Buncombe County, the Western NC Industrial HR Association, Girl Scouts of Western NC, Haywood County Schools Foundation, and the NC Teaching Fellows. He is a member of the South Central Workforce Investment Board and also serves on the Early Learning Investment Commission.

Andy Williford earned a Bachelor’s from Auburn University and a Master's in Public and Private Management from Birmingham‐Southern College. He holds an SPHR certification, a certificate in Strategic Human Capital Management from Cornell University, a certificate in HR strategy from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a certificate in HR leadership from UNC Chapel Hill ‐ Keenan Flagler Business School. He also has a Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma "black belt," having completed the program with the University of Tennessee.

Jake Witherell is Chief Operating Officer of Schell Games, where he oversees the operations and business development efforts of the company. Finance, marketing, legal, human resources, IT, and facilities management are among the departments he manages in this position.

Jake has over 20 years of experience in founding, managing, advising, and investing in companies within the technology, telecommunications, retail, and business services industries. He was previously a co‐founder and Managing Partner of M Park Capital, a private investment firm focused on acquiring and operating lower middle market companies.

Prior to M Park Capital, Jake served as Chief Operating Officer of a division of PGi (NYSE:PGI), a leading global provider of collaboration software and solutions. Prior to PGi, Jake held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Netspoke, Inc., an integrated web and audio conferencing service provider. Netspoke was twice named to the prestigious INC 500, a list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States.

Before Netspoke, Jake was co‐founder and President of iMeet, Inc., an internet communications service provider. There he grew it into a $10MM company and oversaw its successful merger with audio conferencing provider Netspoke, Inc. Jake also was the VP of Marketing and Business Development at internet start‐up SneakerLabs, Inc.

Currently Jake serves on the board of the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, HeartPrints Center for Early Education, and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. In the past, he has been a Director of iMeet, Netspoke, and M Park Capital. Jake holds a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He also earned a certification from the Entrepreneurial Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Kate Woods is Chief Compliance Officer and Executive team member with Schweiger Dermatology Group, a multi-state practice serving patients in NY, NJ, and PA. Formerly she was Counsel in the Philadelphia office of White and Williams, a global multi-practice law firm. In that role, Kate advised healthcare providers, health plans, and pharmacies on regulatory issues related to their industry and business model needs as well as providing strategic guidance to senior healthcare executives regarding patient privacy and safety issues and cybersecurity needs.

Kate previously served as Corporate and ACA Compliance Officer for Capital BlueCross, where she was responsible for the oversight and management of regulatory compliance and the corporate compliance program. Previous roles included Chief Compliance Officer for Enclara Pharmacia, LLC and Senior Vice President and General Counsel for excelleRx, Inc., where she led the company’s Joint Commission accreditation program.

Kate serves on several community and healthcare related boards including the Health Care Improvement Foundation and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Early Learning Investment Commission.

A graduate of Rosemont College, Kate completed her Juris Doctorate at Temple University Beasley School of Law and received a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.

Mr. Wray leads projects focused on regional economic competitiveness and civic strategy and policy. He brings to ESI’s clients extensive experience connecting the public, private and non-profit sectors with analysis and strategy development of economic growth, talent development, infrastructure and governance issues.

From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Wray was the Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, a regional civic catalyst that works at the intersection of the private, public and non-profit sectors in the tristate Greater Philadelphia region. Mr. Wray was the deputy director and director of research from 1995 to 2006 for the Economy League in Philadelphia, where he was the lead developer, project manager and researcher for the League’s policy and research initiatives. Mr. Wray served as policy director and Pittsburgh representative for Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor from 1992 to 1995. He also worked as a real estate investment research consultant with the international partnership of Jones Lang Wootton from 1989 to 1991, where he led regional economic and asset diversification analysis for the firm’s global clientele.

Mr. Wray earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Master of Science in Public Management and Policy, with a concentration in Urban Planning and Economic Development from Carnegie Mellon University. He also attended the Executive Program in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at the Harvard University Business School.

Mr. Wray lives in Newtown, PA with his wife and 2 daughters. He is also an active civic leader, and is the Board Chair of the Health Care Improvement Foundation; a member of the Board of Trustees for the Bucks County Historical Society overseeing Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle; a member of the Governor’s Early Learning Investment Commission; an executive committee member of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau; and an Executive Fellow of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Economic Development at Heinz College.

Our Impact

While a young child experiences a safe, colorful place to go where learning is fun and friends are all around, the Commission knows that high quality early learning is serious business. We advocate for smart early learning policies and public investments, while tracking key metrics to gauge our progress, identify gaps, and maintain momentum to meet our goal of ensuring that young, at-risk children get early learning opportunities vital to their long-term development.


Percent of Children Live in Economically At-risk Families


Billion Dollar State Investment in Pennsylvania's Early Learning Programs


Percent of Children Participate in Publicly Funded, High Quality Early Learning Programs


Message from The Governor

I am thankful for the dedication of the members of the Early Learning Investment Commission. Our work has increased the number of children able to attend pre-K by 48 percent and secured $117 million in new funding for early childhood education to serve more than 3,300 additional children and their families.

Together with these accomplished business leaders, we are dedicated to continuing our efforts to ensure that every child in the commonwealth has access to quality early childhood care and education. Tom Wolf – Governor of Pennsylvania

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