LVEDC Board Members:

Members of the 2021 LVEDC Board of Directors.

Click on each Board member below for biographical information.

  • Edward Dougherty is Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer at Lehigh Valley Health Network. His responsibilities include strategic planning, marketing, public affairs, and consumer insights. His career includes leadership roles in strategic consulting and broadcasting. He also serves on the Board of Health Network Laboratories.

  • Neal Koplin has been an executive at Peoples Financial Services Corp. since August 2014 and serves as its Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer. Neal previously served as Lehigh Valley Division Head at Peoples Financial Services Corp. Before joining Peoples Financial Services Corp., he served as Senior Vice President and Northern Region Manager of National Penn Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Group. 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 is a Board member of Lehigh Valley Industrial Park Inc. and President of the Board of Touchstone Theatre. He currently serves on the Easton and Bethlehem Affordable Housing Task Forces.

  • 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 served two terms as the Chair of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.

  • 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 the region’s largest employers. He is President of McCarthy Communications Strategies, and has 45 years of public relations and community affairs experience. Before forming his consulting firm, Dan served as a Vice President for PPL Corporation, leading the Corporate Communications and Community Affairs Department for 16 years. In various roles over 35 years at PPL, Dan designed and implemented dozens of integrated, comprehensive campaigns in support of high-stakes projects in the United States, United Kingdom, and Latin America. He also was the founding President of the PPL Foundation, the corporation’s major philanthropic arm. A political science graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, he also has completed courses at the University of Virginia, Harvard University, and Dartmouth College. He is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Partnership, and past President of the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley Board of Directors. 

  • 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.

  • Lehigh 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, the Board of Trustees of Kutztown University, the Board of Directors of Penn State Lehigh Valley, and is a member of the Whitehall Lion’s Club.

     

  • Anne Baum is Lehigh Valley Market President 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, CEcD, 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 Corporation for 19 years. He is the former Chairman of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, serves as Chairman and a 40-year Board member of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation, and is a Trustee of the Trexler Trust.

  • Dr. Ann D. Bieber was appointed the fifth president of Lehigh Carbon Community College on July 10, 2014. She began her career at the college in 1981 and has held numerous positions including Senior Vice President of Administrative Services, and Dean of Continuing Education.  LCCC serves nearly 10,000 students in credit programs and 4,000 in workforce training programs each year.

    Dr. Bieber is committed to enhancing, improving and fostering the college’s standing as one of the region’s premier educational institutions. LCCC was chosen by Amazon as one of four training providers in the country for advanced manufacturing, was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for its commitment to educating Hispanic students. LCCC also was named a “top 10 community college for instructional technology” by the National Center for Digital Education and has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

    Dr. Bieber works to expand scholarship opportunities for students; LCCC awards more than $1 million in scholarships annually. She serves on the boards of the Lehigh Valley Partnership, Workforce Board Lehigh Valley, KidsPeace, Manufacturers Resource Center, DaVinci Science Center, and Futuros Empresarios Foundation. 

  • Chris Brown has more than 34 years of banking industry experience in the Lehigh Valley. He leads and manages Commercial Banking across all segments within the Lehigh Valley Region for Fulton Bank. He joined Fulton Bank in 2016 as a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader. Prior to joining Fulton Bank, Chris worked for PNC Bank and Meridian Bank.

    Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an 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 President for Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corp., and 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 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 Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PPL Corporation, one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector. PPL is the parent company of PPL Electric Utilities, which 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 PPL’s regulated utility operations in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, as well as the process to secure regulatory approval of PPL’s planned acquisition of an electric and gas delivery business in Rhode Island. In his previous position as President of PPL Electric Utilities, the company developed one of the county’s most advanced electricity network, consistently delivered award-winning customer satisfaction, and established itself among the industry leaders in reliability.

  • 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.

  • Steve Hoff is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Crayola. Prior to joining Crayola, Steve held various positions at McKinsey & Company, Mitsubishi International, and Tosco Corporation. Steve has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University.

  • 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. Gary is currently responsible for managing the real estate management and asset recovery activities associated with Air Products’ industrial gas production facilities and product transportation pipelines.

  • Michael J. Landsburg is Chief Development Officer, Real Estate for NFI Industries and has been with the company since 2005. He is responsible for managing NFI’s owned and leased real estate investment portfolio, which consists of about 50 million square feet in the North America Region. He also manages NFI’s asset management activities.

    Prior to joining NFI, Michael was an acquisitions and development associate for a Mid-Atlantic commercial real estate company, where he was responsible for leasing transactions, sourcing, and performing financial analysis for new development and acquisition opportunities. He also worked at a boutique investment bank in New York City and as a member of a consulting team to Citibank. 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 a member of the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), and the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), where he serves as a committee chair for the Distribution Industry Group. Michael also serves on the Board of the Greene Street Friends School.

  • Susan Larkin is Chief Operating Officer of Allied Personnel Services, the largest staffing service in the Lehigh Valley.  Allied has partnered 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 University, Susan has led the growth of Allied for more than two decades.  She holds multiple industry certifications, including SPHR, the SHRM Senior Certified Professional designation, and Certified Staffing Professional from the American Staffing Association.  She serves on numerous boards, including the Women in Leadership task force for the American Staffing Association, and as an Executive Board member for Communities in Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania.  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., Rick Larson was President & CEO of Lehigh Valley Plastics, Inc., during which time LVP’s earnings performance grew more than threefold on its way to becoming one of the industry’s “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.

  • Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure took office in January 2018. Previously, he served on the Northampton County Council from 2006 to 2013, where he prevented Gracedale Nursing Home from being turned into a for-profit corporation. As county executive, Lamont moved to protect open space and farmland, and expand the county’s parks system. He spearheaded construction of the county’s first Forensic Center, which includes rooftop solar panels.

    In 2020, Lamont oversaw the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including drive-through testing sites and distributing PPE. With the help of County Council, more than $10 million in grants were distributed to 767 small businesses.

    Under Lamont’s leadership, all caseworker positions at the Department of Human Services are being filled, a Suicide Prevention Taskforce has been formed, and new recovery centers have been added to help residents struggling with addiction. He also has put Gracedale back under county control and opened additional senior centers to serve older residents. 

    A lawyer by training, Lamont attended Wilkes University, majoring in History and International Studies with a minor in East European and Russian Studies, and in 1995 earned his Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law. Early in his career, he fought for victims of asbestos by focusing on product liability cases. 

  • 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.

  • Ray Midlam is Network Vice President Business Development & Strategy for St. Luke’s University Health Network. He joined St. Luke’s in 2012. Before then, he worked in business development, planning, and operational roles in the Financial Services and Medical Devices industries. At St. Luke’s, he coordinates and oversees the development of strategy in support of expansion, and identifies and evaluates new business opportunities. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Finance, and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Lehigh University. He serves on the Board of Miller-Keystone Blood Center.

  • Ray O’Connell has served as the mayor of the City of Allentown since March 2018. He was elected to the position by City Council and subsequently elected by city voters in November 2019 to serve a term that expires in January 2022. He is a former two-term member of city council who served three years as council president. He is a retired Allentown School District teacher and administrator. From 1972 to 1978 he taught at Mosser Elementary School. From 1978 to 1982 he was assistant principal at Raub Middle School. From 1982 t0 2001 he was principal at Trexler Middle School. From 2001 to 2007 he was Executive Director of Secondary Education, supervising four middle schools and two high schools. He has been a member of the Allentown Recreation Committee for 20 years, a member of the Allentown Human Relations Commission for two years, and has served on the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters for several years.

  • Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr. has led a more than $800 million economic development program in the City of Easton. He is a Past President of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Municipal League and is on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities’ Environmental Steering Committee, the U.S. 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 and is a long-term resident of the Lehigh Valley. Her work has been focused on three campus priorities: Academic Excellence, Campus Visibility, and Enrollment.

    Dr. Richardson was a faculty member in Lehigh University’s College of Education for 20 years. During her time at Lehigh, she was 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 more recently was as associate dean at Drexel University, where she provided leadership related to academic program development and evaluation, faculty professional development, and the promotion and tenure process.

    Dr. Richardson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and master’s and a doctorate in counseling psychology, all from the University of Maryland. She has received numerous awards, including a 2020 Circle of Excellence Award. She serves on several boards in the Lehigh Valley. She recently graduated from the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship program.

  • Julien Sauvagnargues, originally from Albertville, France, is President and Regional Representative Officer for Olympus Corporation of the Americas, overseeing the company’s activities throughout North America and South America from the company’s headquarters in Center Valley, PA. He also is a member of the company’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Formerly, he was President of the Scientific Solutions Group and Consumer Products Group.

    Julien joined Olympus France in 2006 as a Division Manager for Microscopy and Industrial Endoscopy Products, later becoming Division Manager of France and Belgium in 2008 for Consumer Products. In 2012, he and his family relocated to the United States as Vice President of Sales of North America for Olympus Imaging America, Inc. The following year, he was promoted to Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Before joining Olympus, he worked as Sales and Marketing Director at Arjowiggins in France.

  • 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. Scott 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.

Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

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$43.3 Billion

2020 Gross Domestic Product

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10.6% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing

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Lehigh Valley Health Network
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$3.8 Billion

Exports in 2019

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Air Products
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Lehigh Valley Electricians
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$66,865

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
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676,700

Population

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Olympus
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347,612

Labor Force

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26.6% of Labor Force
Employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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5,073

Technology Patents

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14% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA

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$7.1 Billion

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

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10,754 degrees awarded by Lehigh Valley colleges (2017-18 academic year)

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82,270 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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149,000

Population between ages 18 and 34

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