LVEDC Board Members:

Members of the 2020 LVEDC Board of Directors. Click on each board member below for more information.

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  • Jane P. Long is an attorney in Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.’s Corporate, Business and Banking Group. 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.

  • Edward Dougherty is Senior Vice President and 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. Mr. Dougherty also serves on the Board of Health Network Laboratories.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • County Executive Phillips Armstrong graduated from Kutztown University in 1971 with a B.S in Secondary Education and a minor in social studies and obtained his Master’s Degree in education in 1975. During his more than 40-year-career Phil taught social studies and served as the girls’ basketball coach in the Whitehall School District.  He is a member of the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame and the Whitehall High School Hall of Fame. During his time in the Whitehall School District, he rose to be chair of the Social Studies Department. He was also selected to serve as the Secondary Education Chairperson for the Middle States Council on Social Studies, where he worked to develop a standardized exam for social studies. Following his retirement from education, Phil was appointed to the Whitehall Board of Commissioners where he was elected to the position of board president.  His leadership produced a reduction in the local garbage tax and held the line on all other forms of taxation in Whitehall. Phil remains an active member of his community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Whitehall Lion’s Club.


  • 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 Chair 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 board chairman and a 32-year board member of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation and is Chair of the Allentown Public Library Board.

  • Dr. Ann D. Bieber was appointed the fifth president of Lehigh Carbon Community College on July 10, 2014. She has served at the college for nearly 40 years and has held the following positions: Senior Vice President of Administrative Services, Vice President of Administrative Services and Workforce/Community Development and Dean of Continuing Education.  Dr. Bieber is committed to enhancing, improving and fostering the college’s standing as one of the region’s premier educational institutions resulting in LCCC’s recognition with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Chamber for its commitment to educate Hispanic students; recognition as one of the best community colleges, ranking third overall in the state; and as a “top 10 community college for instructional technology” by the National Center for Digital Education. LCCC also received recognition as number three in the Top Places to Work in the Lehigh Valley for large employers and continued recognition as a Military Friendly Institution. At LCCC Dr. Bieber works to increase scholarship opportunities and campus safety and to strengthen the college’s partnerships with military, businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions as well as spearheading the development of LCCC’s Strategic Plan: Many Voices, One Vision, which is highly learner-centric and focused on student success. Dr. Bieber has created high-value partnerships with business and industry leaders, community organizations and economic development authorities, and led groundbreaking initiatives to help area businesses maintain a skilled workforce.  She serves as a member of the Lehigh Valley Partnership Board, the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, the Manufacturers Resource Center Board of Directors, the DaVinci Science Center Board and Futuros Empresarios Foundation Board. Dr. Bieber has earned several recent awards for her leadership, including the Girls Scouts 2015 Take the Lead Award, Lehigh Valley Business’s 2015 Women of Influence Award, Nike’s 2015 Women’s Leadership Award and the 2015 Number One Leader of large Lehigh Valley employers. Dr. Bieber earned her bachelor of science degree from Cedar Crest College, her master of public administration from Kutztown University and her doctorate of educational leadership and management from Capella University. 

  • Chris Brown has more than 32 years of banking industry experience in the Lehigh Valley. Currently, he leads and manages Commercial Banking across all segments within the Lehigh Valley for Fulton Bank and joined Fulton Bank in 2016 as a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader. Prior to joining Fulton Bank, Chris spent twenty-one years with PNC Bank and nine years with Meridian Bank.

    Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MBA in Finance from Lehigh University.  Chris is a Lifetime Member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society (Lehigh University) and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Chris is a Board Member and Vice President for Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corp. and as a Board Member for the Northampton Community College Foundation.  He is a past Treasurer and former member of the Board of Directors for Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project, Inc.; a former member of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Lehigh County; past Secretary and member of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Allentown YMCA; past Co-Chairman and Executive Committee Member for the Annual Minsi Trails Council – Boy Scouts of America Lehigh Valley Leadership Dinner and a past Donor Solicitor for the United Way.

  • Luke R. Cunningham is Chair and Managing Partner 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.

  • 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.

  • George Figueroa joined Olympus in 2013 supporting the Imaging Business Group. His areas of responsibility have extended to other areas of Olympus’ business including, Scientific Solutions, Latin America, and our Corporate Headquarters. George currently serves as the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources of all business groups in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Prior to joining Olympus, George served as the Regional Human Resources Director, responsible for the Allentown and Baltimore, MD areas for the Tribune Company. A native to the Lehigh Valley, George resides in the Bethlehem area with his family. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Administration from Muhlenberg College and his MBA with a concentration in Finance from DeSales University.

  • Democrat Dan Hartzell is a commissioner at-large who took office in January 2016.
    He retired in September 2014 after more than 38 years as a reporter and columnist for The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown. Dan wrote the ‘Road Warrior’ question-and-answer column on traffic and transportation issues during his last 12 years at the paper.
    A lifelong Lehigh Valley resident, Dan is a Whitehall High School alumnus and a 1973 Kutztown University graduate with a B.A. in English.

  • 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 using arts and culture as key tools for economic development in the region. Each year, it presents over 4,000 concerts, art and educational programs, with 40 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 and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, which is the sixth-largest Chamber in the United States. He hosts the popular television show “Business Matters,” he is a columnist for The Morning Call, and is a guest contributor on iHeart Radio.


  • 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.

  • Neal Koplin has been an Executive Vice President at Peoples Financial Services Corp. since August 2014 and serves as its Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer. Neal served as Lehigh Valley Division Head at Peoples Financial Services Corp. since August 2014 until June 23, 2017. He served as Senior Vice President and Northern Region Manager of National Penn Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Group from 2004 until joining Peoples Security Bank. He was with National Penn Bank in various executive positions from 1982 until 2004. Neal has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Moravian College. He also served as board president for New Bethany Ministries and as secretary for Northampton County General Purpose Authority. He currently serves on the board of the Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust.

  • 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.

  • Michael J. Landsburg is Chief Development Officer for NFI Industries and has been with the company since 2005. Prior to NFI, Michael was an acquisitions and development associate for a mid-Atlantic commercial real estate company for 4 years. Before that, he worked at a boutique investment bank where he was an analyst for an international fixed income portfolio and was a member of a consulting team to Citigroup analyzing their real estate portfolio in Mexico, both positions located in New York, NY.  Michael is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in New Jersey. He is active in the industry organizations National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), Corporate Real Estate Network (CoreNet), and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) along with being a Committee Chair for the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) and is currently pursuing his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. He also serves on the Board of The Kellman Brown Academy and is an active volunteer for Serve Philadelphia and the Boys and Girls Club.

  • Susan Larkin is Vice President of Allied Personnel Services, the largest staffing service in the Lehigh Valley.  Allied has been partnering with leading businesses since 1984 and focuses on building strong relationships with clients while providing an unparalleled knowledge of the local labor market.  A graduate of Penn State, Susan has led the growth of Allied for the past 24 years.  She holds multiple industry certifications, including SPHR, the SHRM Senior Certified Professional designation, and Certified Staffing Professional from the American Staffing Association, and she is very active in the community.  She serves on numerous boards, including the Women in Leadership task force for the American Staffing Association, and locally as an executive board member for Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley.  Her commitment to the community led her to be named a Lehigh Valley Business Woman of Influence in 2015.

  • Prior to becoming CEO of VFD Technologies, Inc., Mr. Larson was President & CEO of Lehigh Valley Plastics, Inc., during which time LVP’s earnings performance grew more than 3 fold on their way to becoming one of the industries “best in class” suppliers for quality products, on-time-delivery and manufacturing efficiency.  Rick also worked over 15 years with H.C.Starck GmbH, then a subsidiary of Bayer AG headquartered in Germany, with corporate responsibilities in Sales & Marketing, Production, Applications R&D, and International Operations.  As Executive VP & Director of Bayer’s worldwide $100 million Fabrications Business, his P&L responsibilities included several global operations where products were manufactured from some of today’s most advanced materials, using highly innovative process technology.  Earlier in his career, Rick held several core engineering positions and was instrumental in the IPO of Ceramic Process Systems, Inc. in 1987. Rick received his BS in Engineering from Alfred University, an MBA from Northeastern University and a Bayer sponsored executive business management degree from Notre Dame University.

  • Kevin Lott is a Northampton County Councilman. Mr. Lott held several positions in his 31-year career with the United Brothers of Carpenters Union Local 167 and retired as its Business Agent.  Mr. Lott was also a Trustee for the Philadelphia Apprenticeship which has a $5 million annual budget and trains over 1,000 apprentices and journeymen in Eastern Pa. In that position, he opened a training facility in Allentown.  Mr. Lott has served on the Board of the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Carbon County Technical School Advisory Board, Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, Hellertown Council, and served as a Boy Scout Leader for several years. Councilman Lott is currently serving on Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and was appointed by the Governor to the Labor and Industry Code Review Board.

  • Eric Luftig is an experienced business executive and Lehigh Valley community leader. He has worked for several major manufacturers, most recently as Vice President and Corporate Officer at Victaulic, the global leader in mechanical pipe-joining and fluid management systems, based in Easton, PA. Mr. Luftig also held operational and commercial leadership positions with Nordson Corporation and General Electric. A dedicated volunteer, Mr. Luftig serves on the boards for three other community not-for-profit organizations in addition to LVEDC. He is Chairman of the Board of Valley Youth House, a shelter for vulnerable, abused, and homeless young people with more than 300 residential sites in Pennsylvania. He also supports various STEM-related youth programs as a means to develop the next generation of technology leaders. In 2018, he received the Spirit of Volunteerism Award for his dedication to the betterment of Lehigh Valley.

  • County Executive Lamont McClure took office on January 2, 2018. Before that, he served on the Northampton County Council from 2006 – 2013. While serving on Council, Lamont won funding for an additional detective in the DA’s office, dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults on children and he advocated aggressively for the county to collect fees, fines and restitution for victims of crime. He also authored an Ordinance known as the “Code of Civility” – rules for appropriate conduct during Council meetings. A lawyer by training, Lamont attended Wilkes University, majoring in History and International Studies and, in 1995, earned his Juris Doctorate from The Duquesne University School of Law. In his early career, he focused on worker’s compensation cases and fighting for victims of asbestos. 

  • Mr. Michaels is President and CEO of Discover Lehigh Valley. He has more than 25 years of executive sales and management experience within the hospitality and tourism, and sports council industries. Most recently, he served as vice president of sales and services for Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge and as chief operating officer for Virginia’s Blue Ridge Sports Council. Prior to that, he held positions as director of national accounts and director of sales at Visit Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau and he also held the role of senior sales manager at Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additionally, Mr. Michaels served in the United States Navy.

  • Mayor Ray O’Connell is the mayor of the City of Allentown. He became mayor in 2018, and is a former two-term member of city council who served three years as council president. He is a retired teacher and administrator for the Allentown School District. He served for six years as Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Allentown School District. He is a member of the Allentown Recreation Committee, the Allentown Human Relations Commission, and the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Tina Q. Richardson joined Penn State Lehigh Valley as Chancellor in 2015. Before that, she was associate dean of academic affairs at Drexel University’s School of Education. Dr. Richardson also was a faculty member in Lehigh University’s College of Education for 20 years and served as director of the counseling psychology program and a special assistant to the provost for a National Science Foundation-funded leadership initiative for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    She has extensive leadership experience in education includes a fellowship with the American Council on Education, serving as director of the University Assisted School an effort to improve K-12 public education in West Philadelphia’s Promise Zone; directing the Higher Education Resource Services Summer Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College; leading various study abroad and global citizenship programs; serving as fellow of the State University of New York Global Center for Collaborative Online International Learning initiative; serving as a Fulbright Hayes Scholar in Ghana, West Africa; and leading short programs abroad for K-16 educators. Tina earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and master’s and a doctorate degree in counseling psychology, all from the University of Maryland.

    She has been awarded the 2017 Take the Lead Award from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and the 2016 Education Excellence Award for her lifetime commitment to educational leadership by Lehigh County and Lehigh Valley My Brother’s Keeper. In addition, she has been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program.

    Dr. Richardson also serves on the following boards: Building 21 Allentown Advisory Council; Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce – Executive Committee, Board of  Governors, and African American Business Leadership Council; Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation – Education and Talent Supply Council; Lehigh Valley Partnership, Executive Committee; and United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley – Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet, and the Lehigh Valley Reads Steering Committee.

  • Ms. Speziale has a passion for helping clients build successful businesses. Recognized for her strong leadership and business mind, she was appointed Deputy Managing Partner of Gross McGinley in 2018 and elevated to Equity Partner in 2019. Ms. Speziale was nominated as one of  Lehigh Valley Business’s 2018 Women of Influence. In 2017, she was recognized by Lehigh Valley Magazine as a “Local Legal Leader” and was selected for Lehigh Valley Style’s “Lehigh Valley Select Lawyers” issue. In 2014, Lehigh Valley Business recognized her on its list of “Forty Under 40.” After receiving this recognition, she was asked to serve as a judge for 2015.  Ms. Speziale also is a speaker on various topics impacting businesses. She is a former member of the District XA Attorney Ethics Committee, which she was appointed to by the New Jersey Supreme Court. She was selected for inclusion in 2013, 2014, and 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a distinction reserved for no more than 2.5% of young attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2010 and 2011, she was recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers on their Rising Stars list as well. She maintains an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

  • Scott Unger, Chair of the Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative, 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 31 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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