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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors

Rob BowmanRob Bowman

President
Charter Homes & Neighborhoods

Biographical Information

Rob Bowman is the President of Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, the leading privately held homebuilder in Pennsylvania. 

Since starting the company in 1990, Rob has guided it in delivering more than 4,500 homes while creating The Great American Neighborhood, a new way to design, develop, and build places that are reimagining what the suburbs can look and live like. As a result, these Great American Neighborhoods are consistently recognized as special places within the industry and by the communities they are a part of, most notably earning the Best Neighborhood in the Nation Award by the National Association of Homebuilders, Community of the Year by Professional Builder, and three Best Neighborhood in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Awards by 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.

In addition, the company has earned the Gold National Housing Quality Award, the top award for homebuilding in the nation for its business results and operational excellence, Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work, and the National 100 Best Builders to Work for Award.

Rob has served in a variety of community service roles, having been a Director on the Boards of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Lancaster Country Day School, the James Street Improvement District, the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, and the United Way, and served in several roles at First Presbyterian Church.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Young President’s Organization, where he served in the roles of Chairman, Membership Officer, and Education Officer. Rob was also awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Rob graduated from Arizona State University and attended the Colorado School of Mines, and completed The President’s Program in Leadership at the Harvard Business School.

He lives in Lancaster with his wife Deb, and has two children, Alex and Kristen.

Education

  • Harvard Business School
  • Arizona State University

Dennis P. BrenckleDennis P. Brenckle

President – Retired
PNC Bank, Central Pennsylvania Region

Biographical Information

Mr. Brenckle is chair of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors. 

Mr. Brenckle is a graduate of Duquesne University and the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University. He enjoyed a 40-year career with PNC Bank, where he rose through the ranks from a management trainee hired in 1970 to his retirement in 2011 as president of the bank's Central PA region, a role he held for 13 years.

Mr. Brenckle is well known for his community leadership. At Penn State Hershey, he chaired the highly successful "For The Future" philanthropic campaign that raised nearly $307 million to support the health system's patient care, education, research and community outreach missions, and has held leadership positions with the Four Diamonds Advisory Board and Cancer Institute Advisory Board. 

He was a founding board member of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg as well as founding member and chair for 13 years of the PA Partnership for Culture, Health and Education, also known as Très Bonne Année, which has raised more than $4 million for the Whitaker Center.

He serves as a board member and a member of the executive committee of the Harrisburg Area YMCA, and also served on the boards and executive committees of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Regional Economic Development Corporation. He is also a member of the Highmark Health System Board of Directors.

He and his wife, Patricia, are parents to two adult children, Lara and Philip.

Education

  • Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University
  • Duquesne University

Timothy P. BrownTimothy P. Brown

President and CEO
Sageworth

Biographical Information

Tim Brown is founder, President and CEO of Sageworth, and serves on the board of directors of Sageworth Trust Company and Sageworth Holdings, LLC.  Mr. Brown is also the President and CEO of Sageworth Trust Company of South Dakota and serves on the board of directors. Prior to founding Sageworth, Mr. Brown was a partner with the law firm of Barley Snyder LLC.

At Barley Snyder, Mr. Brown advised closely-held businesses and their owners on corporate transactions, general business matters, tax issues, and estate planning. He served as chair of both the firm’s tax group and its family business group.

Mr. Brown received a BS in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University, graduating with highest distinction. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. After graduating from Penn State, Mr. Brown joined Arthur Andersen & Co. in Washington, D.C. as a certified public accountant in its tax division. Following Arthur Andersen, Mr. Brown was an associate attorney with the law firm of Dunnells, Duvall, Bennett & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he concentrated his legal practice in the areas of tax, partnerships, real estate development, and estate planning.

In 1990, he returned to Pennsylvania and joined the Barley firm.

Mr. Brown is active in numerous community and business organizations. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and has served as Chairman Emeritus, Chair, Education Officer and Finance Officer of the Pennsylvania Chapter. He is also a member of Chief Executives Organization (CEO). He helped found the S. Dale High Family Business Center at Elizabethtown College. He is a founding director of Music for Everyone, former trustee of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, past general counsel and secretary of The Lancaster Alliance, past president of the Lancaster Museum of Art, past director of Harb-Adult (a homeless shelter) and a co-founder and manager of The Churchill Society. He is also a director of Utz Quality Foods, Inc., based in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University
  • BS, Penn State University

Jeanne Donlevy Arnold, Board of DirectorJeanne Donlevy Arnold

Nurse and Philanthropist
Retired Senior Vice President for Patient-Care Services
Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, PA

Biographical Information

Mrs. Arnold is a nurse who held leadership positions at various hospitals in central Pennsylvania before retiring as vice president of patient care at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon. Her husband is Ed Arnold, retired CEO of Arnold Industries, a transportation and logistics company. The Arnolds are well known for their philanthropy, and at Penn State Hershey, Jeanne and Ed have been strong supporters of many departments and initiatives, including nursing, dermatology, cancer genetics research, Children’s Miracle Network, Four Diamonds, and the Children’s Hospital Building Campaign, just to name a few. 

In 2007, they helped to establish the Hummingbird Program, a special palliative care program that provides comprehensive support for children with complex, life-limiting medical conditions and their families. In 2009, Jeanne and Ed were named Penn State Philanthropists of the Year, and they were later recognized as honorary alumni in 2013.

Jeanne has also been active in the community and at Lebanon Valley College where she has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2013. She serves as the vice chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and is a member of the Marketing and Enrollment Committee. In 2013, Jeanne received the Silver Buffalo Award, a distinctive honor awarded to more than a dozen U.S. presidents. Jeanne is the first woman to be named to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

A native of Rhode Island, she is a graduate of the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing. She earned a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College in Maine where she was also a master's candidate in health services administration.

During the course of her career, Jeanne held various administrative positions in healthcare, including assistant director of nursing at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster; director of nursing and chief operating officer at Ephrata Community Hospital; and chief operating officer at Community General Hospital, Reading. She retired from her medical career as senior vice president for patient-care services at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.

Jeanne is a tireless advocate for children, education, and healthcare issues. In 2005, she was named Citizen of the Year by the Lebanon Daily News, and in 2007, she received the Lebanon Valley College Founders Day Award in honor of her many years of community service to the residents of central Pennsylvania.

She has served or serves in leadership positions on numerous charitable and educational boards, including Lebanon Family Health Services, The Alliance Project, Cornwall Manor (chair, Development Committee), Penn State Children's Hospital at the Hershey Medical Center, United Way of Lebanon County, Lebanon Community Library, WITF, Lebanon Community Health Council, and is joining the board of Penn State Hershey Medical Center, among many others. Additionally, Jeanne is receiving an honorary doctorate in humanities from Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Education

  • MHA, St. Joseph’s College in Maine
  • BS, St. Joseph’s College in Maine

 Tony G. Farah, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Board of Director, Penn State Health Tony G. Farah, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer
Highmark Health

Biographical Information

Tony G. Farah, MD, FACC, FSCAI, is executive vice president, chief medical and clinical transformation officer for Highmark Health.

Appointed to this newly created position in 2017, Dr. Farah is Highmark Health’s senior-most medical officer and is responsible for the continued transformation of clinical care within the organization to achieve the best value for patients and members as it relates to overall patient experience, access, quality, safety and affordability. He will guide the fundamental redesign of care delivery in every setting, advancing innovative new models that optimize health care delivery.

A nationally recognized and highly respected physician-leader who is passionate about putting patients first, Dr. Farah played a key role in the formation of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), an eight-hospital integrated health care system anchored by a quaternary academic medical center that serves the greater western Pennsylvania region as the provider arm of Highmark Health. AHN includes more than 2,400 employed and affiliated physicians.

Dr. Farah’s roles within AHN have included chief medical officer; president of Allegheny Clinic, AHN’s employed physician organization; chief medical officer of Allegheny General Hospital; and medical director of Allegheny General Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories. He has played a prominent role in many innovations that have improved the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease—from new, disease-fighting medications to interventional coronary plaque clearing technologies.

Dr. Farah’s profound commitment to expanding and improving access to advanced heart care in western Pennsylvania has included both program development and oversight of cardiac catheterization laboratories at numerous community hospitals. He has been instrumental in the cultivation of the next generation of cardiovascular specialists, mentoring several hundred residents, fellows and medical students over the last two decades.

Dr. Farah has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of well over 100 clinical trials, and his work has been featured in many of the industry’s premier, peer-reviewed scientific journals. He previously served as a Trustee of one of the medical field’s most prestigious scientific organizations, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Dr. Farah has been recognized since 1998 as one of the nation’s “Best Doctors in America” in the field of cardiology by Pittsburgh Magazine. He has also been recognized with the Healthcare Hero Award in the healthcare executive category by the Pittsburgh Business Times. In 2016, he was selected as one of the nation’s top 100 CMOs to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Dr. Farah earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and his MD from the American University of Beirut, after which he served his internship, residency and fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital.

Education

  • Internship, residency and fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital
  • MD, The American University of Beirut
  • BS, The American University of Beirut

Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, Dean, Penn State College of Medicine, Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Health Senior Vice President for Health SystemsDr. A. Craig Hillemeier

Dean, Penn State College of Medicine Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Health Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Penn State

Biographical Information

Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier was appointed dean of the Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, and senior vice president for health affairs for Penn State in July 2014.

Dr. Hillemeier joined Penn State Hershey in 2001 as chair of pediatrics and medical director of Penn State Children's Hospital. He served as interim executive director of the Medical Center for nine months during 2006 and subsequently became vice dean for clinical affairs at Penn State Hershey. He also served as director and chief operating officer of Penn State Hershey Medical Group since its inception in 2008

Dr. Hillemeier oversaw the development and opening of the Children's Hospital in spring 2013. Under his leadership, the Children's Hospital has regularly scored greater than the 90th percentile on inpatient patient satisfaction surveys and has been named among the nation's best since 2010.

During Dr. Hillemeier's tenure as chair of pediatrics, faculty grew from 63 to 143 in 14 divisions. The newest division, Child Abuse Pediatrics, was formed in 2012 to support the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children.  

As vice dean for clinical affairs, Dr. Hillemeier oversaw the growth of Penn State Hershey Medical Group to include nearly 900 physicians and 300 advanced practice clinicians, 64 specialty practices located at 24 clinics  across central Pennsylvania, and more than one million outpatient visits each year.

Dr. Hillemeier holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and earned his MD from Loyola University Medical School, where he then completed a residency in pediatrics.

Dr. Hillemeier is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and is immediate past chair of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Education

  • Residency in Pediatrics, Loyola University Medical School
  • MD, Loyola University Medical School
  • BS, University of Iowa

Tom Lenkevich, Board of DirectorTom Lenkevich

Former – President/CEO
Giant Foods, LLC

Biographical Information

Tom recently retired as President, GIANT LLC., where he oversaw the sales and operations of 197 GIANT/MARTIN’S stores and over 30,000 associates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

 Tom joined GIANT Foods in March 2014 with vast retail experience. Most recently he was with Save-A-Lot Food Stores as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. While at Save-A-Lot, Tom was responsible for all aspects of retail operations, merchandising, marketing and procurement for this international chain of corporate and licensed stores. Tom has held a number of leadership positions of progressive responsibility with other large retailers including: Market Director for Meijer, Inc.; President of Operations and Vice President of Merchandising and Sales for Farmer Jack; as well as several other positions of leadership across the national retail industry. He began his retail career working his way through college as a clerk at Pantry Pride in Central Pennsylvania, and later held the position of Store Manager, as well as other progressively higher positions. 

Tom has served on many industry boards of directors, including International Mass Retail Association (IMRA) and Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association, both as an executive board member; in addition he was a member of the Executive Board of Ahold Delhaize USA. 

He has also been involved in many local, civic and volunteer organizations in the community. Tom was raised in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania and has strong family ties to the area. He has a BA from The Pennsylvania State University, as well as continuing education at Harvard Business School.

He currently resides with his wife in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Education

  • Penn State University
  • Continuing Education at Harvard Business School

Keith Masser, Board of DirectorKeith E. Masser

President
Sterman Masser, Inc.

Biographical Information

Keith E. Masser is President of Sterman Masser, Inc. in Sacramento, PA, a family farm that produces potatoes, cash grain and hay, and processes dehydrated and fresh cut potato products.

Mr. Masser is a graduate of Penn State with a BS in agricultural engineering, and is actively involved with the university as a member of the Mount Nittany Society, the Penn State Alumni Association, the Alpha Epsilon Ag Engineering Honor Society, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

He has been honored with the following awards:  the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni in 2008, the Red Book Produce Directory Business Character Award in 2007, the Vance Publishing Potato Man of the Year in 2005, the American Vegetable Grower Achievement Award national finalist in 2003, the Top Producer of the Year finalist in 2002, the EPA Environmental Stewardship Award and the Master Farmer in 1998, and the Vance Publishing Man for All Seasons in 1990.

He was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees in 2008 and currently is Chairman Emeritus.

Mr. Masser and his wife, Helen, contributed to the Penn State Children's Hospital Building Campaign, and they have joined in the fight to conquer childhood cancer with gifts to Four Diamonds.

Education

  • BS, Pennsylvania State University

J. Bruce McKinney, Board of DirectorJ. Bruce McKinney

Retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company

Biographical Information

J. Bruce McKinney retired as CEO and Chairman of the Board for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.  He has been affiliated with the Hershey community for most of his life, having graduated from the Milton Hershey School in 1955. 

After earning a degree from Dickinson College and attending Dickinson Law School, he worked for Hershey Foods, Hersheypark and eventually rose through the ranks at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company until his retirement in 2000.

Mr. McKinney is active in his community and has served on the boards of the Milton Hershey School, Hershey Trust Company, M.S. Hershey Foundation, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Travel Council, to name a few.

He's been the recipient of numerous community service awards, including the 2013 Hershey Bears Hockey Hall of Fame Award, Milton Hershey School's Alumnus of the Year, Dickinson College's Benjamin Rush Award, and in 2011, Honorary Alumnus of Penn State.

Mr. McKinney and his wife, Sally, have supported the Children's Miracle Network and Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital over the years. They also made a leadership commitment to help build the new Children's Hospital. The couple has contributed to the cardiac rehabilitation program at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute and the Graham H. Jeffries Professorship at Penn State College of Medicine. 

Education

  • Penn State Executive Management Program
  • Dickinson School of Law
  • BA, Dickinson College

Kathy Pape, Board of DirectorKathy L. Pape

Attorney, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC

Biographical Information

Kathy L. Pape is an attorney at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, in the Financial Services and Public Finance practice groups, with additional emphasis in the Public Sector Group and the Government Relations group.

Pape served as president of Pennsylvania American Water from 2007 until February 2017, when she was promoted to a position with the utility business's parent company, American Water.

She worked for another utility company, Aqua America, Inc., from 1999 to 2007 and served an earlier stint with American Water as regional counsel and manager of finance from 1994 to 1999.

A nationally recognized leader in the utility industry, Pape has also been involved in several state initiatives, including Gov. Tom Wolf's task force to address Pennsylvania aging water infrastructure.

Pape holds a BA in political science from Edinboro University, a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law and a LLM in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law.  

Education 

  • LLM, Villanova University Law School
  • JD, Dickinson School of Law
  • BA, Edinboro University

David Quillen, MDDavid A. Quillen, MD

Biographical Information

David A. Quillen, MD is the George and Barbara Blankenship Professor at the Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He serves as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Penn State Eye Center.

Dr. Quillen graduated from the Penn State College of Medicine in 1990. Following his ophthalmology residency training at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, he completed a medical retina fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. He has served as a faculty member in the Penn State Department of Ophthalmology since 1995, specializing in the care of patients with retinal conditions including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He is a clinician-educator at heart and has worked locally and nationally to enhance ophthalmology education for medical students and ophthalmology residents.

Dr. Quillen has received numerous awards including the Heed Foundation Fellow award in Ophthalmology, the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Department of Ophthalmology Teacher of the Year award four times, and the Penn State College of Medicine Distinguished Educator Award. In 2012, Dr. Quillen was named Alumni Fellow, the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. He has been included on the “Best Doctor’s in America” list since 2008.

Dr. Quillen currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO), the leading organization representing academic departments of ophthalmology in the U.S. and Canada. He recently was named to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Ophthalmology which provides oversight of the nation’s ophthalmology residency programs. Dr. Quillen and his wife, Betsy, reside in Hershey, Pennsylvania with their five children.

Education 

  • Retina Medical Fellowship, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami
  • Residency in Ophthalmology, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • MD, Penn State College of Medicine

Barry Robinson, Board of DirectorBarry K. Robinson

Chief Counsel for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce

Biographical Information

Barry Robinson, a practicing attorney, currently serves as Chief Counsel for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce. He has previously served as Senior Counsel for Corporate Affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc., the nonprofit trade association representing the United States sound recording industry, and as Senior Counsel for International Investment and Trade in the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. In 1987 he received the Department of Commerce's Silver Medal Award in recognition of his work on the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement.

A 1967 graduate of Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, Mr. Robinson received his law degree from New York University in 1970.

Mr. Robinson served as a captain in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps and as a member of the Defense Department Task Force to Investigate Discrimination in the Administration of Military Justice in 1974. He is a director of the Washington Foreign Law Society and a member of the Legal Section Committee of the American Society of Association Executives.

He was the recipient of the College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society's Service to Penn State Award in 1996 and the Outstanding Political Science Alumni Award in 2004.

He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees.

Mr. Robinson and his wife, Francine, have supported the Pediatric Research and Discovery Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital.

Education

  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • BA, Penn State University

Peter Tombros, Board of DirectorPeter G. Tombros

Professor and Distinguished Executive in Residence in the Eberly College of Science BS/MBA Program at the Pennsylvania State University

Biographical Information

Mr. Tombros currently serves on the Boards of Cambrex, Inc. (NYSE) where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee, Investigative Management Group, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors. Mr. Tombros was recently appointed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania CURE Program, Health Research Advisory Committee.

In addition, Mr. Tombros has served as a director of other public companies. Some of the more notable include Alpharma which Mr. Tombros joined in 1994. He was elected non-executive Chairman of the Board in 2007.  Alpharma was acquired by King Pharmaceuticals in December 2008. Mr. Tombros joined the Board of Pharmanet Development Group Inc. in 2006 where he was elected non-executive Chairman of the Board in 2007 and served in that capacity until the sale of the company to JLL Partners in 2009.  Mr. Tombros was elected to the Board of Dendrite International in 2005 where he served as a director until Dendrite was acquired in 2007. Most recently Mr. Tombros was Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NASD) until its sale to Shire in 2015. 

During his tenure on these Boards Mr. Tombros has chaired all of the different standing Board Committees including a special committee and has been involved in a wide variety of board matters including CEO succession, corporate restructuring, all manner of financings, regulatory (i.e. FDA, SEC) dealings and corporate governance issues.

Mr. Tombros and his wife, Ann, created the Tombros Foundation in 2001 from which to pursue their philanthropic interests. They have both been very active in supporting a number of educational and cultural institutions. For example, Mr. Tombros was Chairman of the seven and one-half year Pennsylvania State University $2.2 Billion Capital Campaign. 

Mr. Tombros’s professional career includes eight years as President and CEO of Enzon Pharma, where under his leadership, Enzon was able to grow from a market capitalization of $44 million to over $3 billion, making Enzon one of the top 20 biotech firms in the United States at that time. Prior to that Mr. Tombros spent 25 years at Pfizer Inc. where he helped to build the pharmaceutical  business in a variety of positions including Vice President of Marketing, Senior Vice President and General Manager, and Executive Vice President, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.  In 1990 he was appointed Corporate Vice President for Strategic Planning. In that role Tombros helped Pfizer narrow its focus on healthcare and oversaw the divestiture of non-healthcare businesses. He also had oversight for the venture capital firms Pfizer funded to look for new technologies. Mr. Tombros also has private company experience serving as CEO and Director of VivoQuest from 2002 to 2005. The Financial Times selected Mr. Tombros to receive their 2015 Outstanding Director Award.

Education

  • MBA, University of Pennsylvania Wharton Graduate School
  • MS, Penn State University 
  • BA, Penn State University

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Eric Barron, President, Penn State University

Eric J. Barron

Biographical Information

Mr. Barron, former dean at Penn State and former president of Florida State University, began his presidency at Penn State on May 12, 2014. Succeeding former President Rodney Erickson, who had served since 2011, Dr. Barron was named the 18th President of Penn State by the University's Board of Trustees February 17, 2014.

The President has nearly 35 years of leadership experience in academic administration, education, research, and public service.

Dr. Barron returned to Penn State from the helm at Florida State, bringing with him nearly 35 years of leadership experience in academic administration, education, research, and public service, and a track record as a talented manager of fiscal policy within large and complex institutions. Dr. Barron led Florida State to two consecutive U.S. News and World Report rankings as the nation's "most efficiently operated" institution of higher education.

Dr. Barron served as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and founding director of the Earth System Science Center during his previous years at Penn State.

Dr. Barron earned a bachelor of science degree in geology at Florida State in 1973 before moving on to the University of Miami, where he earned master's and doctoral degrees in oceanography, in 1976 and 1980, respectively. Dr. Barron spent 20 years of his career at Penn State, serving as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 2002 to 2006, and as founding director of the Earth System Science Center, one of the first major initiatives focused on the total study of Earth as a system, from 1986 to 2002. He also had a simultaneous appointment as director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Environment Institute from 1998 to 2002. In 1999, he was named Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Penn State, and during his tenure as director, Industry Week magazine ranked him among "50 R&D Stars to Watch."

An accomplished scientist with a long background in atmospheric research, Dr. Barron served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) from 2008 to 2010 and as dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin from 2006 to 2008. Early in his career he was a postdoctoral research fellow and scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, a federal research center focusing on atmospheric and related science issues. Dr. Barron originally worked at NCAR as a postdoctoral fellow (1981–85), and served for one year on the faculty at the University of Miami before joining Penn State.

Dr. Barron has lent his scientific expertise to many national committees and federal organizations.

Over the decades, Dr. Barron has lent his significant expertise in the areas of atmospheric science and the geosciences to many national committees and federal organizations, including contributions as chair of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) science advisory board and nearly 20 years of service as the chair of multiple National Research Council committees and boards. Throughout his career he has earned numerous accolades and awards, including Penn State's Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999); the National Aeronautic and Space Administration's (NASA) Distinguished Public Service Medal (2003); and the Bridge Builders Leadership Award from the Martin Luther King Foundation of Florida (2012).

Dr. Barron is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the Geological Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has authored more than 125 peer-reviewed papers in geology, oceanography, and climate issues.

Education

  • PhD, University of Miami
  • MS, University of Miami
  • BS, Florida State University

Cliff Benson, Chief Development Officer – Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres

Clifford G. Benson, Jr.

Biographical Information

Cliff Benson is a former member of the Penn State Board of Trustees having been appointed by Governor Corbett in 2014 and serving until 2016. He graduated from Penn State in 1971 with a B.S. in Accounting from the Smeal College of Business and earned a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a Master of Law in Taxation from New York University School of Law. A CPA and attorney, he retired from a career at Deloitte Tax LLP and recently retired from his role as chief development officer for the NHL Buffalo Sabres.  Benson was instrumental in Terry and Kim Pegula’s purchase of the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans in February 2011. He immediately joined the organization as a senior advisor before being named chief development officer. Benson was also instrumental in facilitating the Pegulas’ $88 million donation to help launch a Division-I men’s ice hockey program at Penn State in 2011.

In 2012, Benson led a team that secured yet another piece of the Pegula hockey footprint by developing HARBORCENTER, a $200 million multipurpose hockey and entertainment facility that sits directly across from First Niagara Center in the city’s Canalside District. Benson also led negotiations to partner HARBORCENTER with Marriott International, to develop a 205-room full-service hotel at the complex, and with Canisius College, which uses HARBORCENTER’s two NHL-size ice rinks as its home arena.

Benson, a CPA and attorney, served the Deloitte Tax LLP organization for 37 years, including 10 years as lead client service partner in the market place function. He became partner in 1981 and served in the New York and South Florida offices before transferring to Pittsburgh and eventually retiring in May 2010.

In 2000, Benson, along with members of the Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni, formed Hockey in the Hood. Founded with a grant from the National Hockey League's Diversity Task Force and assistance from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hockey in the Hood (now called Pittsburgh ICE) was one of 40 major diversity ice hockey programs throughout the United States and Canada with the goal of reaching underprivileged inner-city children by teaching them skating and ice hockey lessons.

Benson served as the lead client service partner for the worldwide services provided to the United States Steel Corporation and H.J. Heinz. Other clients served over his long career at Deloitte include Armco, Bayer Corporation, Marathon Oil, PPG Industries, Rockwell International, the Pittsburgh Penguins and East Resources.

Benson is passionate about serving the community and has been actively involved in charitable organizations for most of his career – primarily those that benefit inner-city children with limited opportunities. He is affiliated with Hasek’s Heroes, SABAH, Imani Christian Academy (Board Chair), the Buffalo Outer Harbor Development Committee and was named to the Penn State Board of Trustees in February 2014. Benson was privileged to make three trips to Haiti, bringing medical relief, following the 2010 earthquake.

Education 

  • LLM, New York University School of Law
  • JD, Brooklyn Law School
  • BS, Penn State

Peter Carlino, Board of Director, Penn State HealthPeter M. Carlino

Chairman
Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Biographical Information

Peter M. Carlino is Chairman of Penn National Gaming, Inc., a public company trading on the NASDAQ, as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc., also a public company found on the NASDAQ. 

For 20 years prior to the Penn National IPO in 1994, he served as Chairman and President of Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing, the predecessor of Penn National Gaming, Inc. From 1982 to present, his real estate businesses have developed commercial and residential projects in eastern Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

Mr. Carlino, 68, is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.  He serves on the board of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  He resides in Reading, PA with his wife, Marshia. They have four children and nine grandchildren.  He enjoys boating, traveling on Harley Davidsons, and collecting/racing vintage cars.

Mr. Carlino and his wife, Marshia, have been instrumental in developing Penn State Hershey's Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center, with gifts to endow the chair position and three early career professorships. The Carlino's have also provided significant support to further the professional careers of Penn State Hershey's nurses through the Elizabeth Powers Carlino Nursing Excellence Award. The award is named in memory of Peter's mother, who was a registered nurse. Through Penn National Gaming, Inc., Peter has provided leadership for an annual golf tournament that supports the IBD Center. The company also made a leadership commitment to the Penn State Children's Hospital Building Campaign.

Education

  • BA, Penn State University

Kathleen Casey, Board of Director, Penn State HealthKathleen L. Casey

Senior Advisor, Patomak Global Partners, LLC
KLC Consulting Group, LLC

Biographical Information

Kathleen Casey is Chair of the Penn State Health Board of Directors. 

Kathleen Casey was appointed to the Penn State University Board of Trustees effective June 2013 by Governor Corbett and elected as an at-large trustee effective July 2015. She graduated from Penn State in 1988 with a BA in Political Science from the College of the Liberal Arts and earned a JD from George Mason University School of Law. She is a senior advisor with Patomak Global Partners, LLC and has career experience in government regulatory and policymaking roles, including serving as a Commissioner with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She was selected as the 2006 Outstanding Young Alumni from Penn State’s Department of Political Science.

Education

  • JD, George Mason University
  • BA, Penn State University

Mark Dambly, Board of Director, Penn State HealthMark H. Dambly

President, Pennrose Properties, LLC

Biographical Information

Mark H. Dambly began his career at Pennrose Properties in 1992, as a Vice President and partner. He became President of the firm in 2004. Mr. Dambly directs the firm's business development efforts - seeking opportunities for future business, establishing and maintaining relationships with municipalities, agencies, and lenders. Under his leadership, Pennrose's portfolio of real-estate developments has grown to nearly 10,000 units.

Prior to joining Pennrose, Mr. Dambly owned and operated a successful home-building business.

Among his civic activities, Mr. Dambly serves on the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees and on the Board of Directors of Penn State Health. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors for the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County, Regional Housing Legal Services, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Apartment Association – East.

Mr. Dambly is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate and Insurance. Mr. Dambly resides in Media with his wife Lauren and children Christian and Julia.

Mr. Dambly has partnered with Penn State Children's Hospital to help conquer childhood cancer through his support for Four Diamonds.

Education

  • BS, Penn State University

David Gray, Board of Director, Penn State HealthDavid J. Gray

Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer
Pennsylvania State University

Biographical Information

David J. Gray is senior vice president for Finance and Business at Pennsylvania State University, where he oversees the offices of Physical Plant, Human Resources, University Police, Investment Management, Auxiliary and Business Services, Corporate Controller, Legal Services and Commonwealth Campus Business Operations. He also leads financial, endowment, business and administrative activities at all Penn State campuses.

Mr. Gray previously served as chief financial and administrative officer at the University of Massachusetts.

Mr. Gray also previously served on the House Education Committee Republican Research Staff for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and he was a member of the Governor's Office of Budget and Management for the New Jersey Department of the Treasury.

Mr. Gray earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Penn State in 1977, and a master of public administration degree from Penn State in 1979.

He has partnered with Penn State Children's Hospital to help conquer childhood cancer through his support for Four Diamonds. 

Education

  • MPA, Penn State University
  • BS, Penn State University

Karen L. Hanlon, Board of Director, Penn State HealthKaren Hanlon

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer 
Highmark Health

Biographical Information

Karen Hanlon is the executive vice president, chief operating officer, chief financial officer and treasurer at Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh-based national health and wellness organization and the second largest integrated delivery and financing system in America. Ms. Hanlon is responsible for overseeing the long-term operations of Highmark Health as the organization focuses on bringing transformational value-based care to its customers and growing beyond traditional health care models and core markets. Ms. Hanlon oversees the operations of Gateway Health, the Highmark Health-Penn State Health partnership, HM Health Solutions, and Highmark Health Analytics and Informatics. 

Additionally, Ms. Hanlon is responsible for all of the corporation’s financial and administrative activities as Highmark Health continues to grow its health care payer and provider businesses and its national network of subsidiaries and diversified businesses. Her oversight includes financial accounting and reporting, treasury, tax planning and compliance, financial planning and analysis, actuarial services, enterprise risk management, and corporate real estate and administrative services. 

A certified public accountant with more than 20 years of finance experience,    Ms. Hanlon began her career in public accounting at KPMG Peat Marwick prior to joining Highmark in 1997. In her career at Highmark, she held several positions within the finance division before becoming the chief financial officer and treasurer of Highmark Health in 2014, and the chief operating officer of Highmark Health in 2018 reporting directly to CEO David Holmberg.  As CFO, Ms. Hanlon has played a significant role in strengthening the overall financial performance of the enterprise, including oversight of the financial turnaround of Allegheny Health Network.    

Ms. Hanlon sits on the board of several Highmark Health subsidiaries and affiliates. She has also previously served as a board member and treasurer of Leadership Pittsburgh and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Ms. Hanlon is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania and has been a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants for over 15 years.

Ms. Hanlon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Grove City College.

Education

• BA, Grove City College


Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, Dean, Penn State College of Medicine, Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Health Senior Vice President for Health SystemsDr. A. Craig Hillemeier

Dean, Penn State College of Medicine Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Health Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Penn State

Biographical Information

Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier was appointed dean of the Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, and senior vice president for health affairs for Penn State in July 2014.

Dr. Hillemeier joined Penn State Hershey in 2001 as chair of pediatrics and medical director of Penn State Children's Hospital. He served as interim executive director of the Medical Center for nine months during 2006 and subsequently became vice dean for clinical affairs at Penn State Hershey. He also served as director and chief operating officer of Penn State Hershey Medical Group since its inception in 2008

Dr. Hillemeier oversaw the development and opening of the Children's Hospital in spring 2013. Under his leadership, the Children's Hospital has regularly scored greater than the 90th percentile on inpatient patient satisfaction surveys and has been named among the nation's best since 2010.

During Dr. Hillemeier's tenure as chair of pediatrics, faculty grew from 63 to 143 in 14 divisions. The newest division, Child Abuse Pediatrics, was formed in 2012 to support the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children.  

As vice dean for clinical affairs, Dr. Hillemeier oversaw the growth of Penn State Hershey Medical Group to include nearly 900 physicians and 300 advanced practice clinicians, 64 specialty practices located at 24 clinics  across central Pennsylvania, and more than one million outpatient visits each year.

Dr. Hillemeier holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and earned his MD from Loyola University Medical School, where he then completed a residency in pediatrics.

Dr. Hillemeier is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and is immediate past chair of the American Board of Pediatrics. 

Education

  • Residency in Pediatrics, Loyola University Medical School
  • MD, Loyola University Medical School
  • BS, University of Iowa 

Keith Masser, Board of DirectorKeith E. Masser

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Sterman Masser, Inc.

Biographical Information

Keith E. Masser is President of Sterman Masser, Inc. in Sacramento, PA, a family farm that produces potatoes, cash grain and hay, and processes dehydrated and fresh cut potato products.

Mr. Masser is a graduate of Penn State with a B.S. in agricultural engineering, and is actively involved with the university as a member of the Mount Nittany Society, the Penn State Alumni Association, the Alpha Epsilon Ag Engineering Honor Society, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

He has been honored with the following awards:  the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni in 2008, the Red Book Produce Directory Business Character Award in 2007, the Vance Publishing Potato Man of the Year in 2005, the American Vegetable Grower Achievement Award national finalist in 2003, the Top Producer of the Year finalist in 2002, the EPA Environmental Stewardship Award and the Master Farmer in 1998, and the Vance Publishing Man for All Seasons in 1990.

He was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees in 2008 and currently is Chairman Emeritus.

Mr. Masser and his wife, Helen, contributed to the Penn State Children's Hospital Building Campaign, and they have joined in the fight to conquer childhood cancer with gifts to Four Diamonds.

Education

  • BS, Penn State University

Deborah L. Rice-Johnson, Penn State Health Board of DirectorsDeborah L. Rice-Johnson

President, Highmark Health Plan and Diversified Businesses

Biographical Information

Deborah L. Rice-Johnson is president of Highmark Health Plan and Diversified Businesses for Highmark Inc.

In this role, Ms. Rice-Johnson is responsible for providing senior leadership and strategic direction for Highmark’s core health insurance business, serving 5.3 million customers and managing more than $15 billion in revenue. Additionally, she has responsibility for product development, provider networks and reimbursement, clinical services, sales and operations. Ms. Rice-Johnson is also responsible for Highmark’s insurance-based subsidiaries: United Concordia Dental (UCD) and HM Insurance Group (HMIG).

Ms. Rice-Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in the health insurance industry. She has held a variety of management positions at Highmark and its predecessor company. Throughout her career, Ms. Rice-Johnson has developed a passion for improving the health care experience, particularly as it relates to oncology services. Additionally, she is committed to positively impacting the employment situation of our nation’s military veterans through championing private-sector hiring efforts. 

In addition to her position at Highmark, Ms. Rice-Johnson serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Carlow University, the Duquesne Club, Blue Health Intelligence and the Whitaker Center. Additionally, she serves as board chair of the Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania and as board president for Variety the Children’s Charity. She is also on the board of trustees for the Civic Light Opera of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Rice-Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Carlow University.  In 2014 she was named a Carlow Laureate, the University’s most prestigious alumni award recognizing those whose work, thought and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership. 
 

Education

  • BS, Carlow University

Peter Tombros, Board of DirectorPeter G. Tombros

Professor and Distinguished Executive in Residence in the Eberly College of Science BS/MBA Program at the Pennsylvania State University

Biographical Information

Mr. Tombros currently serves on the Boards of Cambrex, Inc. (NYSE) where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee, Investigative Management Group, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors. Mr. Tombros was recently appointed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania CURE Program, Health Research Advisory Committee.

In addition, Mr. Tombros has served as a director of other public companies. Some of the more notable include Alpharma which Mr. Tombros joined in 1994. He was elected non-executive Chairman of the Board in 2007.  Alpharma was acquired by King Pharmaceuticals in December 2008. Mr. Tombros joined the Board of Pharmanet Development Group Inc. in 2006 where he was elected non-executive Chairman of the Board in 2007 and served in that capacity until the sale of the company to JLL Partners in 2009.  Mr. Tombros was elected to the Board of Dendrite International in 2005 where he served as a director until Dendrite was acquired in 2007. Most recently Mr. Tombros was Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NASD) until its sale to Shire in 2015. 

During his tenure on these Boards Mr. Tombros has chaired all of the different standing Board Committees including a special committee and has been involved in a wide variety of board matters including CEO succession, corporate restructuring, all manner of financings, regulatory (i.e. FDA, SEC) dealings and corporate governance issues.

Mr. Tombros and his wife, Ann, created the Tombros Foundation in 2001 from which to pursue their philanthropic interests. They have both been very active in supporting a number of educational and cultural institutions. For example, Mr. Tombros was Chairman of the seven and one-half year Pennsylvania State University $2.2 Billion Capital Campaign. 

Mr. Tombros’s professional career includes eight years as President and CEO of Enzon Pharma, where under his leadership, Enzon was able to grow from a market capitalization of $44 million to over $3 billion, making Enzon one of the top 20 biotech firms in the United States at that time. Prior to that Mr. Tombros spent 25 years at Pfizer Inc. where he helped to build the pharmaceutical  business in a variety of positions including Vice President of Marketing, Senior Vice President and General Manager, and Executive Vice President, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.  In 1990 he was appointed Corporate Vice President for Strategic Planning. In that role Tombros helped Pfizer narrow its focus on healthcare and oversaw the divestiture of non-healthcare businesses. He also had oversight for the venture capital firms Pfizer funded to look for new technologies. Mr. Tombros also has private company experience serving as CEO and Director of VivoQuest from 2002 to 2005. The Financial Times selected Mr. Tombros to receive their 2015 Outstanding Director Award.

Education

  • MBA, University of Pennsylvania Wharton Graduate School
  • MS, Penn State University 
  • BA, Penn State University

Thomas L. VanKirk, Penn State Health Board of DirectorsThomas L. VanKirk

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Highmark Health

Biographical Information

Thomas L. VanKirk is executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary for Highmark Health. 

Previously, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of the law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, where he provided visionary strategic leadership, including client relationship development and the recruiting of attorneys and groups of attorneys to the firm. He served as chief executive officer from 2003 until 2009, and he was chief operating officer for more than 18 years. 

While at Buchanan, Mr. Van Kirk was a practicing litigator and served as a corporate adviser to many Fortune 1,000 companies. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2006-2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®. 

At Highmark Health, Mr. VanKirk supervises the legal affairs of the company, manages the legal department and serves on the company’s leadership team. In addition, he is secretary of the board of directors of Highmark Health and Highmark Inc. and as such, participates in all board and board committee meetings.

Mr. VanKirk also serves in a variety of high-profile civic and community leadership roles. He serves on the executive committees of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Pennsylvania State Economy League and the Pennsylvania Business Council; on the boards of trustees for the University of Pittsburgh and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh; on the board of the United Way of Allegheny County; and on the board of visitors for the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.

Mr. VanKirk and his wife were co-chairs of the capital fundraising campaign for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, for which he is also a council member, and they also co-chair the capital fundraising committee for the Pittsburgh African American Cultural Center.

Mr. VanKirk is a graduate of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and he received his juris doctorate degree, cum laude, from Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.

Education

  • JD, Dickinson School of Law
  • Bucknell University

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