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LVEDC Welcomes Six New Board Members at 2019 Annual Meeting

By Colin McEvoy on March 25, 2019

LVEDC welcomed seven new members to its Board of Directors, including (respectively) Chris Brown, Caryn Dashukewich, Neal Koplin, Michael Landsburg, Susan Larkin, and Dr. Tina Richardson.

LVEDC welcomed seven new members to its Board of Directors, including (respectively) Chris Brown, Caryn Dashukewich, Neal Koplin, Michael Landsburg, Susan Larkin, and Dr. Tina Richardson.

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) welcomed six new investor members to its Board of Directors and re-elected three incumbent board members during the organization’s 2019 Annual Meeting on March 19.

“It’s an amazing group,” said Jane Long, Chair of the LVEDC Board of Directors, “and their fresh perspective and contributions will help us continue to the region’s economic successes while adding expertise in critical areas.”

These board members, each of which represent private sector investors with LVEDC, include:

Chris Brown, Senior Vice President & Commercial Market Executive with Lafayette Ambassador Bank. Brown has more than 32 years of banking industry experience in the Lehigh Valley, currently leading and managing commercial banking across all segments within the region for Lafayette Ambassador Bank.

Caryn Dashukewich, Vice President, Human Resources with Olympus Corporation of the Americas. She has nearly 20 years experience in human resources, and first joined Olympus in 2006 as the Director of HR for its Medical Systems Group.

Neal Koplin, Executive Vice President & Lehigh Valley Region and Greater Delaware Valley Region President with People’s Security Bank & Trust. Koplin has held this position since 2014, and previously served as Lehigh Valley Division Head at Peoples Financial Services Corp.

Michael Landsburg, Vice President of Real Estate with NFI Industries. He 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 four years.

Susan Larkin, Vice President with Allied Personnel Services, the largest staffing service in the Lehigh Valley.  A graduate of Penn State, Larkin 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.

Dr. Tina Richardson, Chancellor of Penn State Lehigh Valley. Richardson has been Chancellor since 2015. Before that, she was associate dean of academic affairs at Drexel University’s School of Education, was a faculty member in Lehigh University’s College of Education for 20 years, and served as director of the counseling psychology program.

“This was the most competitive year for investor board seats since I’ve been here,” said Don Cunningham, LVEDC President & CEO. “This group continues the broad-based and diverse evolution of the LVEDC board to represent expertise in critical areas of economic growth.”

Three incumbent board members were re-elected to second terms during the 2019 Annual Meeting. They include:

Long, Chair of the Corporate, Business and Banking Group of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, was re-elected board chair. Ed Dougherty, Chief Business Development Officer with Lehigh Valley Health Network, was elected the board’s new Vice Chair, while Dan McCarthy, Secretary of Lehigh Valley Partnership, was elected the new board secretary. Patricia Johnson, Vice President, Finance and Administration of Lehigh University was re-elected as board treasurer.

Additionally, the annual meeting marked the departure of six prior LVEDC board members whose terms came to an end. They include:

“It’s truly been an honor to work with each of you,” Long said of the outgoing members. “The board has benefited greatly from your expertise, your insight, and your passion.”

LVEDC investor board members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit.

The LVEDC Board also includes public members including the county executive and one member of the legislative body in both Lehigh and Northampton counties, the mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, the executives of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and Discover Lehigh Valley, and several seats by reciprocal agreement with economic development organizations.

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