CEO and Founder, Saxbys
Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, he never really considered it to be a coffee company — instead, it’s a hospitality company fueled by great coffee. Saxbys has since grown from one corner café to a 30-unit, Philadelphia-based hospitality business with a mission: Make Life Better.
Driven by deep-seated core values and O.D.D. (outgoing, detail-oriented, and disciplined) team members, Saxbys is headquartered in Center City Philadelphia with cafés in six states and on many college campuses — and growing fast (30% a year fast). In April 2015, Saxbys opened its first experiential learning café. The product of a partnership between Saxbys and Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship, it’s the nation’s first entirely student-run café where students earn full academic credit through a university cooperative education (co-op) program.
Mr. Bayer is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and an adjunct professor at Drexel University, where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial franchising. As a frequent guest lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, Nick loves supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and encouraging everyone he meets to believe in the Saxbys mission and core values.
He serves on the Board of The Franklin Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, Drexel University Steinbright Career Development Center and is a Corporate Council Member for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2017, he was named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as well as EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He resides in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and son.
Lorraine H. Brown, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO, The Temple Group, Inc.
In her role as chairman and CEO, Dr. Brown oversees the financial planning, development, implementation and management of major multimillion dollar construction projects for the firm she organized in 1985. In the 1980s, she served as deputy city managing director for the City of Philadelphia in Mayor William F. Green's administration, where she was responsible for policy, management and coordination of a third of all city services. Dr. Brown joined the Foundation Board in 2006.
Dr. Brown has served on the board of trustees for numerous organizations in the Philadelphia area, including Peirce College, WHYY public radio and television stations, Philadelphia Urban League, Walnut Street Theater, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital and Medical School, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and the African-American Museum in Philadelphia.
Dr. Brown earned a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and completed the Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program, an executive business program for chief executive officers.
George R. Burrell, Jr., Esq.
Sr. Executive Vice President/COO, Universal Companies
George Burrell is Chief Operating Officer for Universal Companies, where he works with executive leadership to improve education and the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities in Philadelphia and urban America. Mr. Burrell also is Of Council to Kleinbard LLC, where he provides strategic advice to clients on government related issues. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and Law School at the University of Pennsylvania, a co-founder of the Penn Black Alumni Society (President) and former member of the Penn Board of Trustees.
As a young lawyer, Mr. Burrell was an associate in the Philadelphia firm Wolf, Block, where he was mentored by Ragan Henry, an African American pioneer in the broadcast industry. He has also been a partner at Obermayer, Rebmann; Fox Rothschild and Burrell, Waxman, Donaghy and Lee, a firm he founded with his friend, Rotan Lee. Mr. Burrell served in the cabinet of Mayor William Green and was elected to the Philadelphia City Council in 1987. In Council he worked to appoint the first Chief Investment Officer for the city's Pension Fund, and passed legislation that licensed vendors to operate officially on the streets of Philadelphia. As a member of the cabinet of Mayor John Street, Mr. Burrell helped implement the Mayor's vision of improving housing, education, economic opportunity and the quality of life in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. Mr. Burrell was a candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1991.
As a business executive, Mr. Burrell was President of Sturdivant & Co., an African American-owned business that managed $1.4 billion in pension funds for national and international clients, and was General Counsel for PRWT Services, Inc., ranked among the top 100 African American owned businesses in America. Mr. Burrell co-founded Operation Understanding with former Congressman Bill Gray in 1985 to bring together African American and Jewish students to learn the historical alliance between the two communities and mold future leaders. Mr. Burrell mentors students, newly elected officials and young professionals, and hosts a quarterly breakfast for more than 100 African Americans to facilitate cross generational networking.
Mr. Burrell is a former member of the Board of the Urban League of Philadelphia (Chairman), National Bar Association (Vice President), Pennsylvania Convention Center, Kimmel Center for the Regional Performing Arts and Center City District. Mr. Burrell currently is a member of the Boards of the Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau (Executive Committee), the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
In 1969, Mr. Burrell was a starting defensive back for the Denver Broncos. He is a regular participant on Inside Story, a popular local television program; is married to the former Janis L. Kennedy and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
David H. Dix
Chairman and CEO, Luminous Strategies
David Dix is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Luminous Strategies. For the past two decades, David has built synergies on both sides of the aisle by working closely with Republicans and Democrats enabling him to forge broad and meaningful national relationships that lead to successful outcomes. Where there are challenges and discord, David has applied his fine-tuned skill in building consensus and buy-in from divergent groups.
As Managing Director of Luminous Strategies, David leads and directs the day to day operations of the firm’s government relations division. At both the state and federal level David manages client needs by advising corporate, nonprofit, educational and governmental stakeholders how to navigate the political and legislative process.
David’s extraordinary track record prior to forming Luminous, included serving in various key roles for Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. David performed, supported and promoted the successful outcomes of PA House Majority Leader Dave Reed and current Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. In 2005, he directed the national effort to organize and elevate the political voice of minorities with the Republican Party by leading the Republican Diversity Committee.
By 2007 David Dix made a profound political transition by supporting then Senator Barack Obama's candidacy for President. He steered the fundraising efforts in Pennsylvania by serving as a finance director for Obama for America (OFA).
Of his many accomplishments during of that historic campaign, David is most proud of hosting the unprecedented and groundbreaking “High Volume, Low Dollar” fundraiser for the first time in Philadelphia that became the staple of President Obama’s fundraising strategy.
After President Obama’s successful election David collaborated with the White House and advocacy organizations such as Green for All, 1Sky, and the League of Young Voters to design a national environmental policy agenda. His efforts led to the development of federal policy that culminated in the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES); moving through the House and the Kerry-Boxer Climate bill getting out of Committee.
David continued to support President Obama by serving on the OFA National Finance Committee and Co-founding Generation FortyFour or Gen44 for short, a council that empowered a rising generation of leadership for individuals under 40 years old in support of President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.
By 2010, David was motivated to unite his career experience, his passion of politics and public policy to launch Luminous Strategies.
As the managing director and CEO of Luminous Strategies, David strives daily to develop innovative approaches to civic engagement, advocacy and government relations. Since its inception, his firm has risen to prominence, now holding the distinction as the largest African American owned lobbying firm in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Not a stranger of controversy, David made recent headlines when he hosted then Candidate Donald Trump, in North Philadelphia, for a meeting to discuss issues affecting African Americans. It was that meeting that forged a relationship with President Trump that has continued to develop and is evidenced by his recent signing of an Executive Order in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania David studied political science and marketing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was the student representative on the Board of Trustees. More Recently, David was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf as the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (GACAAA) he also serves as Treasurer of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Board (CCP), Co-Convener for the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCoL) and holds life memberships in both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
He currently shares time between the birthplace of American Democracy, Philadelphia and the Sweetest Place on Earth, Hershey Pennsylvania.
Donald Generals, Ed.D.
President, Community College of Philadelphia
Dr. Donald Generals, a resourceful administrator and recognized advocate for community colleges providing an affordable means for students to achieve academic and career success, is the sixth President of Community College of Philadelphia. He began his tenure on July 1, 2014.
An educator and seasoned researcher, Dr. Generals is an expert on the roots of the progressive education movement in America. This concept is advanced by leading educators who believe schools must be effective agencies of a democratic society. In 2013, Dr. Generals authored a book titled, Booker T. Washington: The Architect of Progressive Education. As he is drawn to the democratic mission of community colleges, he said, “Our mission demands that we pursue strategies that enable our students to achieve their goals, with the understanding that their successes serve the best interest of our economy and our community.”
A native of Paterson, N.J., Dr. Generals previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, N.J. In that capacity, he led the development of new academic programs and the college's Education Master Plan, including an expanded mission for its Trenton campus. He also increased the programming and course offerings of the college's online instructional programs (MercerOnLine); developed its Study Abroad program; implemented an extensive redesign of its developmental education and ESL programs; and created a mini-grant program that enables faculty to design progressive educational initiatives. In New Jersey, he led the statewide effort to redesign the community college sector's General Education curriculum.
In partnership with Quad Learning, Dr. Generals introduced and implemented the American Honors Program to provide honors courses and a national transfer network to highly motivated, exceptional Mercer students seeking to enroll in top four-year colleges and universities.
Previously, Dr. Generals served as Provost at the Katharine Gibbs School in New York City from 2003 to 2008, where he developed and supervised all associate degree and certificate programs. From 2000 to 2003, he was Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at SUNY Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y. He initiated and led the development and adoption of that college's Core Educational Values; led the development of two new degree programs; and served as Acting President whenever necessary. Between 1984 and 2000, Dr. Generals worked at Passaic County Community College, serving as the Dean of Student and Cultural Affairs beginning in 1995.
Dr. Generals has been active in numerous professional and service organizations, including: the New Jersey Academic Affairs Affinity Group, as chair; the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, as a Board member since 2010; the College Board, Middle States Regional Council; and the Paterson Board of Education as a former Commissioner.
A veteran teacher and student-centric administrator, he has been a featured speaker on behalf of community colleges for nearly 20 years, including a presentation to the College Board Middle States Forum titled, "Rising to the Challenge: Supporting Student Success and College Completion at Democracy's Colleges;" and earlier, another titled, "New Jersey's Developmental Education Initiative: Focusing on Student Success."
Dr. Generals earned his Ed.D. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Rutgers University after earning both his M.A. in Urban Education/Community Service and his B.A. in Political Science at William Paterson College. Additionally, he earned certificates in administrative leadership and educational management at Cornell and Harvard universities.
Safety, Philadelphia Eagles
As a true student of the game, a dynamic playmaker from the safety position, and a tireless philanthropist in the community, Malcolm Jenkins is a pillar in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room and in the communities in which he has lived, worked and played, including his home state of New Jersey, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Originally selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 14th-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Jenkins earned a Super Bowl ring with the Saints in 2010. Malcolm joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 and lauded Pro Bowl honors with the Eagles in 2015. In 2016, as a team Captain, his impact on the field garnered his fourth NFC Defensive Player of the Week award; and in his 100th career start, became the only player in Eagles' history to register three consecutive seasons with an INT-TD.
At Ohio State University, Jenkins was a team captain and consensus All-America selection as a senior in 2008, and was honored with the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive back.
In business, Jenkins has fully immersed himself in the world of fashion. In 2013, at the suggestion of his wife Morrisa, Jenkins launched his own line of neckwear and accessories called Rock Avenue Bow Ties. The line reflects Jenkins’s style and affinity for bow ties. In 2017, Jenkins launched Damari Saville, a new collection of custom clothing including ready-to-wear and made-to-measure men’s suits. Damari Saville has its storefront location in the heart of Philadelphia in Washington Square.
In February 2017, Jenkins was announced as the recipient of the NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award for his outstanding charitable efforts off the field. As the winner, Jenkins received $100,000 for The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. Byron “Whizzer” White led the NFL in rushing yards in 1938 and 1940 and later served as a Supreme Court Justice from 1962-93.
Jenkins earned the Jesse Owens Influential Athlete Award by the Ohio State Alumni Association in 2012. This award acknowledges “an African-American alumnus and former student-athlete who exemplifies great character and talent, demonstrates exceptional professional success and continues to reflect the highest qualities of a consummate athlete and humanitarian.”
In an effort to enhance the lives of youth in underserved communities, Jenkins launched The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in 2010, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity with a mission to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth by providing resources, innovative opportunities, and experiences that will help them succeed in life and become contributing members of their communities. The Foundation is currently serving in four different states: NJ, OH, LA, and PA
In 2016, Jenkins brought his commitment to making a positive and lasting impact in the lives of youth and communities in Philadelphia with the Foundation’s educational Summer S.T.E.A.M. program.
Jenkins is also very engaged in social issues and has continued his activism as he advocates for better relations between communities and law enforcement as well as criminal justice reform. His multiple trips to Capitol Hill, the numerous speeches he’s given, and his visits to police departments and correctional facilities are a true testament to Malcolm’s commitment and desire to use his platform to have a positive lasting effect on the communities that have supported him.
Treasurer, City of Philadelphia
Rasheia R. Johnson, City Treasurer was appointed as Treasurer to the City of Philadelphia on January 19, 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science from Albright College in Accounting. She is also an alumnus of Parkway High School (Northwest), class of 1994. With over 15 years of financial experience and accomplishments, Ms. Johnson decided to leave the private sector and serve the public with the appointment as City Treasurer by Mayor Jim Kenney.
Prior to being appointed Treasurer, Ms. Johnson worked at Siebert Brandford Shank L.L.C as Senior Vice President and head of its Philadelphia office. She also worked in the municipal finance department at Loop Capital Markets in Philadelphia and previously worked for Public Financial Management in Philadelphia. Throughout her career, Ms. Johnson managed over $7 billion in transactions and has provided complex technical and analytical expertise for a variety of municipal issuers.
As City Treasurer, Ms. Johnson overseas the cash management and investments of all City funds, all custodial and commercial banking relationships, and the disbursement of City funds. In addition to overseeing the issuance of all notes and bonds on behalf of the City’s General Fund and Enterprise Funds (Airport, Gas Works, Water and Wastewater) to finance capital projects and major equipment acquisition in adherence with the City’s debt management policy, she ensures that all principal and interest is paid in a timely and efficient manner.
In addition to her financial career, Ms. Johnson finds time to give back to her community by serving on the finance committee of her local church and serving as a mentor to young women who are interested in pursuing a career in finance.
President, Fairmount Ventures, Inc.
Mr. Kligerman's in-depth expertise in strategic planning and resource development for nonprofits enables Fairmount Ventures' clients to reposition themselves in times of significant change. He's also the resident authority on evaluating and brokering nonprofit mergers and affiliations. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Philadelphia region combined with his extensive mental rolodex make him a great connector of people and ideas in the nonprofit sector. He is a frequent facilitator and presenter at conferences and retreats for fundraising and nonprofit professionals as well as nonprofit boards of directors.
Prior to founding Fairmount, Mr. Kligerman was Philadelphia's Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, Deputy Managing Director and Manager of Housing Rehabilitation Programs. He is the past Board Chair of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, past President of Philadelphia Parks Alliance, and has served on innumerable boards to include Philadelphia's Zoning Board of Adjustment, The Reinvestment Fund, Women's Way, and the Lower Merion Conservancy, among others. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.
Mr. Kligerman earned a Master's degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Brandeis University. He also spent a year studying Urban Design from some of Great Britain's renowned planners at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
An avid cyclist, he is happier on a bicycle seat climbing a hill than behind a desk pounding a keyboard, but manages to balance the two.
Senior Social Scientist, RAND Corporation
Nelson Lim, Senior Social Scientist at RAND Corporation, has worked with federal and local government agencies to improve their human resource management (HRM) practices for close to two decades. His clients include Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Armed Forces, the United States Secret Service, National Security Agency, Department of Justice (DOJ), the City of Los Angeles, the City of San Diego, as well as several large corporations. He applied rigorous quantitative as well as qualitative methods to uncover root causes of HRM challenges of his clients ranging from outreach, recruiting, talent management, workforce development, and retention. In 2009, Nelson Lim led the Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC), a congressionally mandated commission to examine challenges to improve the diversity of top military leaders as the research director. The MLDC reviewed all stages of the military personnel lifecycle from outreach, recruiting, career development, promotion, and retention and provided 20 specific recommendations to the United States Congress and the President of the United States. The recommendations cover all aspects of DoD’s diversity and inclusion practices including its definition of diversity and the criteria for recruiting, assignments, and promotion decisions. The Congress has adopted the MLDC recommendations in a series of the National Defense Authorization Acts since 2011 and DoD accepted and had implemented the MLDC recommendations. Nelson Lim also assists his clients to comply with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requirements and regulations. For instance, he has assisted DoD to comply with Management Directive 715 (MD-715) requirements including conducting barrier analyses for underrepresentations of Hispanics and disability in its workforce.
In addition to working with federal agencies and large corporations, Nelson Lim has worked with cities specifically to assist with police and fire departments with their recruiting. For example, he assisted the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) to improve the recruiting and diversity of their recruits. He and his RAND colleagues examined all the stages of LAPD and SDPD recruiting practices to identify potential barriers for minorities and women to complete the recruiting process. For example, the written tests and the background investigation can have an adverse impact on minorities, while the physical tests can disproportionately screen out women. The rigorous barrier analyses can lead to innovative approaches to improve not only recruiting but also the diversity of the recruits. These studies identify high potential places to recruit within their local areas as well as out of town locations using predictive analytics based on data from the departments’ historical recruiting efforts. For LAPD, the study team identifies a prioritization algorithm to improve the performance of its recruiting process and diversity of its recruits.
Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, MGA, FAAN
President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Lorina Marshall-Blake serves as the president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s strategic, programmatic, and operational efforts to fulfill its mission of leading sustainable solutions to improving the health and wellness of our neighborhoods that can be replicated on a national scale. This includes overseeing grantmaking work for the $65 million Foundation.
Outside of work, Marshall-Blake is devoted to her church and community. She serves as an associate minister at the Vine Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia. In addition, she is affiliated with more than 30 professional and civic organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the United Negro College Fund, and is the past president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She also serves on 25 non-profit boards and committees of local, state, and national organizations including Albright College, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association -- Corporate Responsibility Committee, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Urban League of Philadelphia.
In 2016, Marshall-Blake was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as an honorary fellow and received an appointment to the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Marshall-Blake graduated from Antioch College with a B.A. in Human Services and holds an M.A. in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Albright College. She is pursuing her master of divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.
Jill M. Michal
Vice President of Business Transformation, Independence Blue Cross
Jill M. Michal currently serves as the Vice President of Business Transformation at Independence Blue Cross, Inc. where she oversees a set of multi-year business initiatives that serve as a basis for achieving the organization’s strategic financial plan. Prior to joining Independence in 2015, Ms. Michal was the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (United Way). During her 13-year tenure, Ms. Michal led United Way through an economic recession and spearheaded the merger of seven United Ways in the Philadelphia and South Jersey regions in 2012. Prior to joining United Way, Ms. Michal spent eight years as a CPA at accounting firm Arthur Andersen in several management positions. At Andersen, she specialized in healthcare and not-for-profit clients, and performed financial statement audits, due-diligence work, bond offerings, and feasibility studies.
Ms. Michal is the parent of two young children, ages 11 and 12, and is actively involved in her community, serving as Chairman of the Board and as Chair of the Development Committee of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, and on the Board of Directors of Child’s World America, the Healthcare Executives Group, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and the Campaign for Working Families.
President and CEO, DiverseForce
Sulaiman W. Rahman is the President and CEO of DiverseForce, a data driven recruitment and retention solutions firm that specializes in diversity, inclusion, and impact. DiverseForce works across all sectors and has collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania to develop DiverseForce on Boards, an innovative leadership development program that trains professionals of color on board leadership, governance, and matches them with nonprofit boards in the region.
Prior to DiverseForce he founded a professional network, UPPN, and quickly made it one of the Greater Philadelphia area's most respected professional networks with 18,000+ local subscribers and 5,000+ active members. In 2015, UPPN was named the Philadelphia Business Journal's #1 networking organization. UPPN is now a DiverseForce subsidiary talent community. Rahman currently serves on the Board of Directors at Community College of Philadelphia Foundation (Board Vice President), Mastery Charter Schools, Lendistry, and TeenSHARP. Also serves as an advisory board member for YearUP Greater Philadelphia and others.
In the past, Rahman has served in various business and civic leadership roles. He served as Chairman of the Board for the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE (2010-2012), was appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to serve on the Board of Directors for PIDC (Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation), served as Chairman of University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Black Alumni Gala, was appointed by the DNCC (Democratic National Convention Committee) in 2016 to serve as Co-Chair of the DNC Volunteer Committee, and was awarded in 2016 the President's Gold Volunteer Service Award during the Obama Administration for his commitment to service.
Rahman is the recipient of many honors and awards over the years. A few include OIC Game Changer Award (2019), YearUP’s Urban Empowerment Award (2018), Philadelphia Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award (2017); Philadelphia Tribune’s Most Influential African American Leaders (2009, 2011, and annually from 2015-2018); Philadelphia NAACP Business Leader Award (2015); BMe’s Community Leadership Award & Grant (2015); Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 under 40”; VisitPhilly 360 Creative Ambassadors (2010); Urban League of Philadelphia “Urban Young Leader” Award (2009); Leadership Philadelphia’s “101 Next Generation Connectors” (2009); Philadelphia Tribune’s “10 People under 40 to Watch” (2008).
Associate, Ballard Spahr LLP
Ms. Roy is an associate in the White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations and Commercial Litigation practice groups at Ballard Spahr LLP. As a member of these practice groups, she conducts internal investigations and advises and defends companies and individuals facing criminal and civil investigation, and has participated in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice and federal regulatory authorities. Ms. Roy's practice includes counseling clients in Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act matters, as well as matters involving allegations of tax fraud, violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute, violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, securities violations, and other fraud and regulatory offenses. She is a frequent contributor to Money Laundering Watch, Ballard Spahr's blog focused exclusively on money laundering issues and has been named by Super Lawyers as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" for business litigation for 2016-2017.
Ms. Roy is a 2006 graduate of Emory University and a 2011 graduate of University of Virginia Law School. After law school, she clerked for Judges Robert S. Ballou and Michael F. Urbanski of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Before entering law school, Ms. Roy was an elementary school teacher in Atlanta Public Schools with Teach for America.
Michael D. Soileau
Vice President Planning and Strategy, Comcast
Michael Soileau brings more than 20 years of cable and telecommunications experience to his position as Vice President of Planning and Strategy for Communications, Data, and WiFi products at Comcast. In this role, he is responsible for the planning and design of initiatives for deploying Comcast technology to deliver innovative solutions in Comcast markets. He is also responsible for understanding the company’s competitive market pressures and developing strategic plans to navigate this landscape. Michael manages industry research, developments and needs from new and emerging providers and for future products that are yet to be publicly available.
Previously, Michael served as the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience at Innovative Communications, a multi-service provider (MSP) of phone, data, video and wireless for the United States Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. Prior to his assignment in the Virgin Islands, Michael spent 10 years with Comcast, serving in various leadership roles throughout the company’s footprint. Additionally, Michael held several leadership positions at OpTel, a MSP in the multi-housing segment.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin. This is his eighth year sitting on the board of the National Adoption Center and is also on the Steering and Advisory committee for Philadelphia Fight. He is a Trustee of Community College of Philadelphia, is on the board of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and is a member of Lambda Legal’s National Leadership Council. Michael resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Tierney
Tim Spreitzer is Senior Vice President of Public Relations at Tierney advertising agency where he started in 2008. Among his accounts are Independence Blue Cross, Corporation Service Company and Dow. Mr. Spreitzer leads Tierney's crisis and issues management practice, where he provides communications strategies for clients facing a variety of situations including mergers and acquisitions, abrupt management changes, labor disputes, and major litigation. Spreitzer currently serves on the Board of New Leash on Life USA, a non-profit prison dog-training program.
Mr. Spreitzer's past positions include Communications and Policy Director for Dwight Evans' Philadelphia mayoral campaign and Deputy Chief of Staff at the School District of Philadelphia. Originally from Chicago, Mr. Spreitzer formerly served as an Education and Workforce Policy Advisor for the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois. He served on The Center for Autism's Board of Directors (2010) and has volunteered for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Mr. Spreitzer earned his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University and his M.B.A. from St. Joseph's University. He and wife Cheryl reside in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia with their daughters Lucy and Amelia.
Mr. Spreitzer has made charitable gifts to The Center for Autism, St. Joseph's University, The Philadelphia Foundation, and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.
Craig Stock is a retired principal of The Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where he worked from February 1995 through December 2015. From September 1981 through January 1995, he worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer in various roles, including financial columnist, business editor and financial reporter. From May 1975 through August 1981, he worked for The Wichita Eagle (Kansas) as a reporter and editor.
He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1975 with a B.S. degree in Journalism. During the 1979-1980 academic year, he attended Princeton University as a Sloan Fellow in Economics Journalism, a fellowship program overseen by Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.
Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D.
First Lady of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Ellyn Jo is a native of Queens, New York and the partner in marriage and ministry of our Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller. They are the proud parents of two beautiful and accomplished adult daughters, Elynn Morgan and Eryka Lynn.
Ellyn Jo is engaged in civic and humanitarian efforts. She has devoted herself to education, women’s empowerment and champions the fight against human trafficking, domestically and internationally.
Ellyn Jo served as a Special Education teacher in Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Locally, she taught Life Skills in the Southeast Delco (PA) School District and served as a Special Education Specialist for the Upper Merion (PA) School District. During her doctoral program in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education with a focus in Literacy Education and following, Dr. Waller was privileged to teach Literary Methods courses in the College of Education at Temple University.
Ellyn Jo’s continued commitment to education is witnessed by her service as a Board Member of The City School and the Marian Anderson Award, as well as an Advisory Chair of the United Negro College Fund's Delaware Valley Women of Faith for Education Afternoon Tea.
She currently serves as the President of Community College of Philadelphia’s Foundation.
Arlene M. Yocum
Managing Executive of Client Sales and Service and Executive Vice President, PNC Asset Management, retired.
Arlene M. Yocum retired as Executive Vice President and Managing Executive for Sales and Service for the PNC Asset Management Group in January, 2017. In that role she was responsible for the delivery of fully integrated wealth management solutions including fiduciary, estate, trust, financial planning, investment management and private banking services to individuals and their families, as well as fiduciary and investment management services to institutional and ultra high net worth clients throughout the Asset Management Group. Ms. Yocum joined PNC in 1990 where she served as Managing Executive of PNC Institutional Investment Group, Manager of PNC's Private Banking Group (Philadelphia / Southern New Jersey), Manager of PNC's Corporate Trust Division and Senior Legal Counsel for the Investment Management and Trust Division.
Bruce Caswell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Rowan University, retired.
Stanley S. Cohen, Esq.
Senior Counsel, Fox Rothschild LLP, retired.
Richard S. Downs
Vice Chairman, American Foodservice Corporation, retired.
W. Scott Magargee, III, Esq.
Of Counsel, Dechert LLP, retired.
President and CEO, Glenmede Trust Company, retired.
Vice President, Community Care and Development Corporation