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On the Boards

By Mike Zebe
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Philabundance, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency food and services to area residents throughout the Philadelphia region, has named Michelle Hong chair. She is an attorney and director of wealth planning at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

New board members include: Bassam Awadalla, a consumer market executive at Bank of America; Dianne Elderkin, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.; Joseph A. Tedesco, senior vice president and regional sales manager at First Niagara Bank; and D. Michael Wilson, president of FMC Corp.; and Aaron R. Krauss, a partner at Cozen O’Connor.

The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization, has named Heather Carmody and Chris Dietze to its board. Carmody is a partner at Duane Morris L.L.P. Dietze is president of Clear Sound Inc.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a state-funded nonprofit agency that has invested in technology firms for more than 25 years, elected Anthony Santomero, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, as chair and Stephen T. Zarrilli, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Safeguard Scientifics Inc., as vice chair.

Peter S. Linder, chairman of the MAG Fund, was elected treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee; Alan J. Cohn, president of Sage Financial Group, is finance committee vice chair; and Michael J. Heller, chair of the Business Law Department at Cozen O’Connor, is corporate secretary.

Charles P. Pizzi and Matthew Rieke were elected to the board. Pizzi is chairman of the Allegheny West Foundation, the former chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and former president and CEO of Tasty Baking Co. Inc. Rieke is a founding principle of Quaker Partners and was principle at PA Early Stage, and Novitas Capital.

The Board also reappointed: Joseph Bordogna, professor of engineering at the University of Pennsylvania; Michael J. Heller, chair of the Business Law Department, Cozen O’Connor; Osagie O. Imasogie, senior managing partner at Phoenix IP Ventures; Kef Kasdin, general partner at Battelle Ventures and Innovation Valley Partners; Anil Kothari, senior vice president of ICG Commerce; Ashley A. McEvoy, worldwide president at Ethicon Inc.; RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, president and CEO of Ben Franklin; and Stephen Spinelli Jr., president of Philadelphia University.

Saul Ewing L.L.P., Philadelphia, elected Deborah L. Spranger and Gary B. Eidelman to its executive committee, a seven-attorney committee that is the firm’s managing body. Spranger is partner and vice chair of the Business and Finance Practice in Chesterbrook. Eidelman holds the same positions in the Baltimore office and is marketing partner and vice office managing partner.

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, has elected the following members to its executive committee: Olivia Brown, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia; Marc Bruno, president of Aramark Sports & Entertainment; Gregory J. Fox, an attorney with Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, L.L.P.; John Grady, president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.; Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.; Jack Pierce, an attorney at Saul Ewing L.L.P.; and Nick Sakiewicz, CEO & operating partner of the Philadelphia Union.
In addition, new board members are: Keith Leaphart, founder of the Leaphart Group and Robert C. Nagle, an attorney with Saul Ewing.

Vincent Donohue, a partner at Lamb McErlane P.C., West Chester, has been elected chairman of the Chester County Historical Society.

The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit human services agency founded in 1951, has appointed three new board members: Barbara Beck, cofounding partner of Sage Communications Partners; Michelle L. Bragg, assistant professor at University of the Sciences; and Kahiga Tiagha, a member of Gonzales & Tiagha L.L.C. Attorneys at Law.

The Building Industry Association of Philadelphia, a nonprofit trade association established in 1937, has elected Jim Sherman, senior construction official for Ironstone Real Estate, University City, as president and Anne Fadullon, director of development for the Dale Corp., Glenside, as vice president.

New board members include: John M. Farina, president of U.S. Construction Inc., Philadelphia; Kevin C. Gillen, vice president of Econsult Corp., Philadelphia; and Mary Hall, executive account manager for Tozour Energy Systems, King of Prussia.

CADEKids, a behavior-development organization, has named Dan McClave to its board. He is vice president, global engineering and new product development at Cardone Industries.
ParenteBeard, a Philadelphia accounting and business advisory firm, has elected chief executive officer Bob Ciaruffoli as chairman of the firm’s board. Ciaruffoli’s succeeds Lamar Stoltzfus, who retired as an active partner in December 2010 and remained as chairman throughout 2011.

The Financial Planning Association of the Philadelphia Tri-State Area, a professional association, has named Catherine M. Seeber president. She is a principal and senior financial adviser with Wescott Financial Advisory Group L.L.C., a Philadelphia fee-only investment advisory and wealth management firm.

Byron D. Hewett, executive chairman of BioBehavioral Diagnostics, Haverford, has been named chair of the board of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Haverford, a national nonprofit education and support organization for women and families.

Additionally, the following board members were selected: Andrea M. Barsevick, director of nursing research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center; Beth L. Haas, assistant teaching professor at The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University; Kathleen Kovach, senior organizational development business partner at Independence Blue Cross; Kimberly Anne Kubek, director of imaging at Diagnostic Breast Center; and Amy Lessack, director of ABC University at AmerisourceBergen.

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