LVEDC Board Members:

View the 2018 LVEDC Board of Directors, or click on each board member below for more information.

  • Jane P. Long is Chair of the Corporate, Business and Banking Group and is also a Shareholder at Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. She has a law degree and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. Her area of practice includes commercial real estate, financing, leasing, business entity formation and organization, business acquisitions and sales, and contracts. She also serves as the Chair of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.

  • Dan McCarthy serves as secretary of the Lehigh Valley Partnership, a public private organization made up of Lehigh Valley’s largest employers. Dan previously served as vice president of corporate communications and community affairs with the PPL Corporation. With more than 35 years of experience in public relations and journalism, McCarthy’s responsibilities at PPL include public relations, community affairs, corporate philanthropy, financial communications and employee communications. A political science graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, McCarthy also has experience as a consultant for a leading East Coast media relations firm, and serves on the executive committee of the Lehigh Valley Partnership. 

  • Edward Dougherty is Chief Business Development Officer with Lehigh Valley Health Network. Before that, he was Marketing Director for a strategic consulting and primary research firm serving hospitals, media companies and the NASDAQ stock market. Dougherty also serves on the Board of Secure Healthcare Information Management.

  • Patricia Johnson is the vice president for finance and administration at Lehigh University. She previously spent 19 years at Cornell University, where she served as associate vice president of finance and treasurer. Johnson has an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of Virginia, and served as investment officer for the University of Dayton before joining Cornell. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ben Franklin Technology Center, Manufacturers Resource Center and Centennial School.

  • Don Cunningham is President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. A 22-year public servant, Cunningham served as Lehigh County Executive and for two terms as Bethlehem Mayor. He also served as Cabinet Secretary in Pennsylvania and as the director of media and marketing operations at Moravian College and Corporate Communications at PPL. Read Don Cunningham’s full bio.

  • Paul Anthony is the Business Manager/Financial Secretary responsible for the management and administration of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union #375. In addition to representing electrical workers employed by signatory contractors, Mr. Anthony is accountable for cooperative labor relations and strengthening relationships with our customers and our communities.

    Paul first joined the IBEW Local Union #375 in 1988 as a Journeyman wireman.

  • Anne Baum is Lehigh Valley Executive and VP, Distribution Channels & Labor Relations for Capital BlueCross, the leading health insurer in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In this capacity, she is the senior leader in the Capital BlueCross Lehigh Valley office. She has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, health insurance, consulting and leadership/culture development.

  • Donald M. Bernhard is secretary of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation as well as Executive Director at Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative. Before that, he served as Director of Community Affairs with PPL Corp for 19 years. He is the former chairman of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and serves as secretary and a 32-year board member of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation and is Chair of the Allentown Public Library Board.

  • Luke R. Cunningham is President of West Side Hammer Electric. He also serves as President of NECA Penn-Del Jersey Chapter and is a member of the Bethlehem Area School District Authority, Lehigh Valley Work Force Investment Board, Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Skills USA, Bethlehem Rotary, City of Bethlehem Electrical Board, Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School, and City of Bethlehem Service Board of Engineers and Electricians.

  • Mayor Robert “Bob” Donchez is the mayor of the City of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a retired educator who taught American Government for 35 years at William Allen High School in the Allentown School District. He most recently served as Chief of Staff to Representative Daniel T. McNeill and Chief of Staff to Representative Joseph Brennan.

  • Gregory N. Dudkin is president of PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, the subsidiary that provides electric delivery services to 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania. PPL Electric Utilities operates and maintains a vast electric delivery system that spans 10,000 square miles and serves a population of more than 3 million. Dudkin oversees the largest capital program in the utility’s history with investments of about $5 billion over the next five years, including major transmission expansion, local reliability improvements and increased deployment of advanced technology.

  • Dr. Mark Erickson became the fourth president of Northampton Community College on July 1, 2012. He has a doctorate in educational leadership from Lehigh University where was dean of students from 1990-1999; associate vice president and executive assistant to the president from 1999-2001; and vice president for administrative and government affairs from 2001-2005. He previously served as Secretary on the Executive Committee of LVEDC’s Board of Directors.

  • Cindy Feinberg is the co-founder of Feinberg Real Estate Advisors, a real estate brokerage firm specializing in commercial and industrial brokerage, investment sales, development counseling, government relations, real estate law, closings and title insurance. She previously served as the Lehigh County Director of Community and Economic Development, where she was responsible for regional partnerships, government relations, urban revitalization, job creation and grants. She is a founding member of Crew Network Lehigh Valley and chairs the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority.

  • Lauren Goff is the executive director of corporate social responsibility for the Olympus Corporation of the Americas. She has been with Olympus since 2008, previously working as a staff attorney and director of the compliance department. A graduate of Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, Goff previously spent four years at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office before becoming an associate with Lehigh Valley law firms Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C., and White and Williams LLP.

  • Dr. Grigsby was recently named the 16th President of Moravian College. A 1990 graduate of Moravian College, Grigsby formerly served as senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Virginia’s Shenandoah University.

  • Kassie Hilgert is President and CEO of ArtsQuest, one of the largest nonprofit arts organizations in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1984, ArtsOuest is dedicated to providing unparalleled access to the arts, as well as us·1ng arts and culture as key tools for economic development in the region. Each year, it presents over 2,200 concerts, art and educational programs, with 65 percent of this programming available to the community for free.

  • Silvia Hoffman is a Pennsylvania Registered architect, President and a founding partner of MKSD architects. She is also a LEED accredited professional with 20 years of experience designing buildings throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. Silvia’s progressive leadership skills and her ability to design innovative projects that embody the missions of her clients are critical to the success of MKSD architects. Not one willing to accept status quo, she is constantly looking for innovative ways to move the practice forward in the profession of architecture and to better meet the needs of the clients.

  • Tony Iannelli is President of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce – an organization with nearly 5,000 members. Iannelli currently serves on the board of directors of the American Chambers of Commerce Executives and is Chairman of the Board for the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority.

  • Mark P. Jobes is Senior Vice President, Commercial Loans for Lafayette Ambassador Bank. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking field and is also the bank’s International liaison. Jobes serves on the board of directors of ArtsQuest, Northampton County New Jobs Corporation, Bethlehem Historic District Association and the Bethlehem Authority.

  • Stephen C. Kalamar III is a Senior Vice President at Univest Bank and Trust. He entered into the banking field in 1987 and his professional interests lay in manufacturing, higher education, municipal and not-for-profits. He currently serves as immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

  • Gary Kinsey has held various positions within the Air Products organization with increasing levels of responsibility over the past 35 years. Kinsey is currently responsible for managing the real estate and property management activities associated with Air Products’ industrial gas production facilities and product transportation pipelines.

  • Ms. Kuplen joined St. Luke’s University Health Network in 1987 as Patient Care Manager; 2000 – 2002 Director, Cancer Network; 2002 – 2008 Vice President, Senior Nurse Executive; 2008 – 2011 Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer; 2011 – 2015 Chief Operating Officer, St. Luke’s University Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer, St. Luke’s University Health Network and 2015 – present President, St. Luke’s University Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer, St. Luke’s University Health Network.

    Ms. Kuplen has a MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSN from Georgetown University, Washington DC.  She has over thirty years’ experience in hospital operations, fiscal performance, quality outcomes and strategic initiatives for the hospital and network services.

  • Eric Luftig serves as the Vice President of Marketing Corporate Communications, Training & Construction Piping for Victaulic, the global leader in mechanical pipe-joining and fluid management system solutions for the commercial and industrial construction markets based in Easton, PA. In this capacity, Eric is responsible for leading an international team that develops and delivers customer-centric marketing solutions, supporting Victaulic’s growth worldwide. Prior to joining Victaulic, Eric worked for Nordson Corporation and General Electric in operations and commercial leadership roles, allowing him the opportunity to live and work in China in addition to a variety of other locations.

  • John L. Nespoli is President and CEO of Sacred Heart HealthCare System. He has more than 25 years experience as a senior leader in the health care field. Nespoli is committed to the revitalization of downtown Allentown. Through the Heart of the City initiative, Nespoli has ensured the hospital remains an economic engine committed Allentown’s sustainable growth.

  • Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr. has led a more than $400 million economic development program in the City of Easton. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Municipal League and is also a member of the National League of Cities Environmental Steering Committee, the US Conference of Mayors and the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System Board of Directors. Additionally, he and his father operated Sal’s Meat Market for 28 years.

  • JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) hired Philip Schenkel as a vice president early in 2014 and he was promoted to Executive Vice President – Associate Director in 2018. Based in the firm’s King of Prussia office, Schenkel was tasked with tenant representation and agency leasing. Before the move, Schenkel spent six years with CBRE where he was responsible for marketing office properties in the Lehigh Valley and Central and Northeast Pennsylvania.

  • Stu is the Chief Actuary for Guardian’s Group & Worksite Markets business unit.  He has been with Guardian since 1992 and has been involved in a wide range of activities in the Group Insurance business, including strategic planning, market intelligence, liability valuations, product pricing, product development, dental network management, worksite marketing, regulatory compliance, sales compensation and business development.  Stu has nearly 30 years of insurance industry experience, and holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Rochester.

  • Michael Stershic is the President of Discover Lehigh Valley. Stershic serves as vice-chairman for Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, and is a member of the board of directors for Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. He is also a member of the executive committees of PA Association for Travel and Tourism, PA Restaurant and Lodging Association, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Valley Chapter of PA Restaurant Association, and the Renew Lehigh Valley Leadership Council.

  • Scott Unger has been the Executive Director of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation since 2008 and is a registered Landscape Architect. Unger is also a member of the Allentown Zoning Hearing Board. He previously was president of the Old Allentown Preservation Association and the Alliance for Building Communities Board of Directors.

  • Barry Wentzel currently serves as Director, East Region for UGI Utilities, Inc. He has been with UGI Utilities in various capacities for the past 27 years. Wentzel’s office at UGI Utilities oversees growth for new residential, commercial, and industrial conversion and new construction customers added to the UGI distribution system.

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9.1% of Labor Force
Employed in Professional, Technical, Financial & Business Services
Q2 2017

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$39.1 Billion

Gross Domestic Product
2016

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10.5% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing
Q2 2017

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$3.44 Billion

Exports
2015

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Air Products
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$59,989

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
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24,246

New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

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National Penn
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659,312

Population

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Olympus
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344,623

Labor Force

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33% of Labor Force
Employed in Health Care, Social Assistance & Education

By the Numbers
4,399

Technology Patents from 2000-2015

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10.7% of Labor Force
Employed in Accomodation, Food Services, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

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UGI
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15% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA
2015-2016 academic year

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$6.9 Billion

Manufactuing Contribution to GDP
2016

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68th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by population

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$7.98 Billion

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Contribution to GDP
2016

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9,747 degrees awarded by colleges and universities
2014-2015 academic year

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$5.3 Billion

Professional & Business Services
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2016

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80,000 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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21.7%

Population between ages 18 and 34

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