LVEDC Board Members:

View the 2019 LVEDC Board of Directors, or click on each board member below for more information.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 Lafayette Ambassador Bank and joined Lafayette Ambassador Bank in 2016 as a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader.  Prior to joining Lafayette Ambassador 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 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.

  • Caryn Dashukewich has nearly 20 years experience in human resources. She joined Olympus in 2006 as the Director of HR for its Medical Systems Group and currently serves as the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for all of its businesses within the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to joining Olympus, Caryn was the HR Director for North America at Agere Systems Inc., a spin-off of Lucent Technologies now known as Broadcom, in Allentown, where she focused on compensation and leadership development for employees worldwide, and spent six months in Japan managing the business’ human resources in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, she held positions with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Stateside Associates in Washington, D.C., where she handled recruiting, compensation and project management. Caryn is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in applied behavioral science from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her current role at Olympus, Caryn serves as Board Member for the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

  • 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.

  • 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 & Chief Banking Officer for Merchants Bank of Bangor. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking field. Jobes serves on the board of directors of ArtsQuest, Northampton County New Jobs Corporation, Bethlehem Historic District Association and the Bethlehem Authority.

  • 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 Lehigh Valley Region President. 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 Vice President of Real Estate 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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. Tina 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, 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 in psychology, and master’s and doctorate in counseling psychology, all from the University of Maryland.

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

  • Stu is the Vice President, Core Market and Dental Leader for Guardian.  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.

  • 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 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.

Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

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$40.1 Billion

Gross Domestic Product

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City Center Lehigh Valley
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11% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing

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$3.65 Billion

Exports

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Air Products
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$62,489

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
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26,000

New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

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669,899

Population

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Olympus
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345,260

Labor Force

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26.1% of Labor Force
Employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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5,073

Technology Patents

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Mack Trucks
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UGI
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NFI
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14% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA

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$7.4 Billion

Manufacturing Contribution to GDP

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69th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by population

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10,328 degrees awarded by colleges and universities

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81,000 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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26.97%

Population between ages 18 and 34

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