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Women's Law Project Board of Trustees 2014

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David F. Abernethy is a partner in the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia, practicing in areas that include commercial and insurance litigation, products liability litigation, and family law.  He is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and for a number of years served as its Pro Bono Partner, responsible for overall supervision of the firm’s pro bono practice. David previously served as a director and as President of the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (Philadelphia VIP), which recruits and trains volunteer attorneys to represent Philadelphians unable to afford legal counsel in a civil legal matters.  Before joining the Drinker firm in 1986, David served for four years on active duty as a judge advocate officer in the United States Army.  David is a graduate of Syracuse University and the Syracuse University College of Law.

Cathy Barbieri photo Catherine Barbieri is a partner in Fox Rothschild LLP who practices in the area of employment law.  A member of the Firm’s Partnership Advancement Committee and a senior trial lawyer, Catherine is an experienced litigator who represents corporations in high level, employment-related litigation in both state and federal courts nationwide. She regularly advises Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, universities and nonprofit organizations about practical strategies for navigating complex employment and discrimination issues.   Catherine also serves as Regional Practice Leader for the Pennsylvania and Delaware contingent of Fox Rothschild’s Labor and Employment Department, Co-Chair of the Connectivity Subcommittee of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, and a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She is a former Hiring Partner of the firm and a former Chair of its Recruitment Committee. Catherine is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Law Project, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s Way, and the Corporate Sponsors Board of The Mann Center.  She earned her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Comparative Labor Law Journal,  and her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware. 
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Suzanne Sheehan Becker has over 30 years of leadership in the nonprofit, cultural and higher education sectors.  Most recently she served as the executive director of the Expanding Possibilities Campaign at Community College of Philadelphia.  Sue has led fundraising programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia University, and, Women’s Way, where she served as President and CEO.   She served as Executive Director of the Children Achieving Challenge and the director of development at the Penn Museum.  Sue also serves on the boards of the Fairmount Park Art Association; First Hospital Foundation; Philadelphia Scholars and the Education Law Center.  Her deep knowledge and extensive expertise, ability to think strategically, and creative approach to problem solving have made her a sought-after speaker and consultant to nonprofit organizations.

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Sara M. Campbell is Vice President at Gallagher Consulting Group, providing consulting services to educational institutions. Previously, Sara was a Senior Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates, where she conducted searches for leadership, academic, and managerial positions for a wide variety of colleges and universities. Sara also has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education, having worked in Admissions, Development, and Operations. Her career in academia includes roles as Senior Vice President of Operations, Chief of Staff to the President, and Affirmative Action Officer at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; Director of Operations in the Office of the Executive Vice President at the University of Pennsylvania; Senior Major Gifts Officer at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania; and ten years in Admissions at Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, the Lawrenceville School, and Bryn Mawr College. Sara is a founding  member of the Board and has served as President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees for KIPP Philadelphia Schools, a network of charter schools serving children in disadvantaged communities of Philadelphia; served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Dean’s Advisory Council for Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice; was a member of the nominating committee for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania; and served on the Board of Women Organized Against Rape. Sara recently joined WLP’s Development Committee. A graduate of McDaniel College, Sara received her bachelor’s degree in communications.  She later received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.  In addition, she holds a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management (IEM).

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Lisa W. Clark is a partner at Duane Morris who practices in the area of healthcare law with a specific focus in health information technology (HIT) issues and mobile health (mHealth) for hospitals, physicians and other providers. She represents hospitals on enterprise-wide restructuring, including Medicare provider-based projects, and related payor requirements, and has long-term experience with the representation of hospitals and other providers with respect to government and private payor reimbursement, including managed care contracting. For over twenty years, she has provided legal support to The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. She also assists providers with across-the-board regulatory compliance and payor program participation (fraud and abuse (Stark and anti-kickback), licensure, accreditation, credentialing, EHR adoption and meaningful use, HIPAA, quality of care, pay-for-performance, ACO participation and EMTALA). Lisa is a frequent speaker and writes on healthcare regulatory matters including on the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act. She established and heads the firm's mHealth Interdisciplinary Group.  Lisa earned a JD at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and an undergraduate degree from Yale University.

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David S. Cohen is an associate professor of law at Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law.  An award winning teacher, his scholarship explores constitutional law and gender issues in the law that range from sex discrimination to interactions between gender identity and social policy.  He was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, the managing editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and the articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law.  After graduating from Law School he clerked for Justice Alan B. Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court and Judge Warren J. Ferguson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Before going to Drexel, he was a fellow and a staff attorney for the Women’s Law Project and handled a range of cases involving reproductive rights, sex discrimination under Title IX, health insurance coverage of contraceptives, healthcare for women prisoners, and family rights for gay and lesbian couples.  He also has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Long Island University. David earned his JD from Columbia University School of Law.  He currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Medical Fund in Philadelphia.  He contributes to the "Feminist Law Professors" blog and "The Good Phight," a blog on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Ellen Deringer Photo Ellen J. Deringer is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's Personal Law Practice. Ms. Deringer's practice focuses on estate planning and administration, family business succession planning, federal income, estate and gift taxation, charitable giving, and tax-exempt organizations. Ms. Deringer earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000 and her B.A. from Brown University in 1995. Ms. Deringer is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New
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Ellen M. Doyle is a partner in the Pittsburgh law firm of Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC and has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar since 1975.  She served as Director and Staff Counsel for the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and later as Chairperson of the Chapter and Vice-President of the Pennsylvania affiliate of the ACLU.  She worked for four years as Assistant General Counsel for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.  Since 1982 Ellen has litigated complex class actions for ERISA plan participants, insureds, borrowers, consumers and others adversely affected by corporate abuses and financial overreaching.   She was selected for membership in the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and serves on that organization's Board of Directors, has served as Chair of the Insurance Section of the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), and has served on both the Advisory Committee for the Rules of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and that Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure.  She currently serves as the Plaintiff co-chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities.  She has also served on the Board of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, the Pennsylvania chapter of NARAL, and the Three Rivers Community Foundation.  She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.

Picture Diane Coady Fisher Dianne Coady Fisher is a principal shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  She is co-chair of the firm’s National Public Finance Group and a liaison to the firm’s Women’s Initiative.  She concentrates her practice in the  financing multifamily housing for persons and families of low or moderate income. She has also served as borrower’s counsel, credit enhancer’s counsel, bond purchaser’s counsel, and swap provider’s counsel in multifamily housing transactions. Her practice also involves restructuring troubled financings, asset securitization involving tax-exempt bonds and other alternative financing structures.  Dianne also advises clients on the formation and management of public and private investment vehicles, including bond originations and secondary market bond and loan portfolio acquisitions. Dianne is a member of the American Bar Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers.  She is a frequent panelist on a variety of topics at NABL’s annual bond attorneys’ workshop and has also served as a panelist at ABA conferences. She has been listed in the 2008 - 2012 editions of Best Lawyers in America. She is a member of the Community Grant Fund Committee of Women’s Way.  Dianne volunteers for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and Bryn Mawr College, where she is a past member of the President’s Advisory Council.  She holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College and a JD from Villanova University, where she was a member of the editorial Board of Villanova Law Review and is also a member of the Order of the Coif.
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Margaret F. Goldfarb is Private Client Advisor for US Trust. In Peggy’s role as Private Client Advisor for US Trust, she advises clients on all manners of financial solutions including traditional banking, investment management, sophisticated credit transactions, and trust and wealth transfer. She leads a team of disciplined professionals including portfolio managers, trust officers, wealth strategists and administrative support.  Peggy joined Bank of America in 2003, having already twenty three years experience in the wealth management business. In 1996, Peggy was selected by Business Philadelphia as one of its "Women to Watch".  Peggy has been a Big Sister's volunteer, has served on their Board of Trustees, as well as the board of Women's Way.  Peggy holds various licenses and certifications appropriate for her responsibilities. She is a graduate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Carol Ann Kell established Kell & Associates in 1985. Carol Ann coaches business and other leaders to present to important audiences: investors, clients, new business prospects, reporters, editorial boards and colleagues in the international business and nonprofit world.  She helps her clients prepare for presentations: developing messages, editing their speeches and business presentations, and preparing them for tough question sessions. She also helps her clients handle interviews with reporters. She prepares people for crisis communications and "good news" interviews. She has helped foundations and global nonprofits and companies market their ideas and advocate their point of view.  Kell & Associates’ unique training method integrates Carol Ann’s long background as a reporter and coach. She brings to her clients over 20 years of media and presentation skills coaching experience. A pioneer in the media and presentation skills coaching field, before founding Kell & Associates, she spent 13 years in broadcasting as a reporter, TV and radio anchor, and talk show host – having worked for WIP radio news in Philadelphia, ABC News in New York, CNN (covering the East Coast), and Associated Press Radio in Washington DC. She is on the Board of the Population Connection, Washington, DC and is a Mentor for Philadelphia Futures. She graduated cum laude from Temple University with a degree in journalism.

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Sophia Lee is Chief Counsel in Litigation at Sunoco, Inc., where she manages a portfolio of nationwide litigation, including commercial, environmental, personal injury, products liability and toxic tort matters.  Sophia also works on developing best practices in litigation management and e-discovery.  She currently chairs the Steering Committee of Sunoco’s Multi-Cultural Employee Network, a business resource group committed to promoting an inclusive and productive workplace. Sophia is Secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association and an Executive Committee member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Vice Chair of Mayor Michael Nutter’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and serves on the boards of the Asian Arts Initiative, the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, the Philadelphia Education Fund, and Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program.  Sophia holds an adjunct faculty position at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.  She and her chef-husband, Michael O’Halloran, own and operate Bistro 7, a contemporary French bistro located in historic Old City Philadelphia. Sophia received her J.D. and LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a member of the Temple Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society.  She received her B.A. in English from Cornell University.

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Karen LoDico is a tax partner in the Private Company Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, based in Philadelphia.  Karen leads the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Law Firm Services tax practices, serving law firms in these markets, working closely with our National Law Firm Services Team.  Karen has over seventeen years of tax and accounting experience, including tax planning and compliance for multinational and inbound consolidated groups and partnerships.  Karen has advised clients with respect to their federal, state and local tax consulting and compliance needs across diverse industries, with a focus in the professional services industry.  Karen currently services a variety of multinational law firms with respect to domestic as well as international tax issues, and in coordinating with PricewaterhouseCoopers' global network in serving her law firm clients.  Additionally, Karen has served in a national role in developing and implementing the Firm’s tax technology platforms and related training materials.  Karen also has extensive experience in re-engineering tax outsourcing engagements as well as in advising clients on their internal tax processes and systems, and in assisting clients through IRS and state and local tax examinations and related consultation.  She received her B.S. in Commerce with a Concentration in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Joann Mitchell photo Joann Mitchell is Vice President for Institutional Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania.  Joann works closely with the President on strategic initiatives; oversees the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, the African American Resource Center, the Almanac, the Office of the Ombudsman, the University Archives and Records Center, the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, and Special Events for the President’s Center.  Previously she served as the Vice President and Chief of Staff at Penn and held a series of progressively responsible positions at Princeton University, the last being Vice Provost for Administration.  She is Secretary of the Board of Directors of Higher Education Resource Services, Inc. (HERS).  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Education Fund and is a former Trustee and former President of the Board of Trustees of the McCarter Theatre Center.  She served on the Board of Visitors and the Alumni Board of Davidson College and is Assistant Treasurer and a Trustee of the White Rock Baptist Church. She is an ex officio member of the Board of Overseers for the Annenberg Performing Arts Center at Penn.  Joann earned an A.B. in psychology from Davidson College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
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Yvonne Montgomery is a shareholder in the Tucker Law Group’s Philadelphia office. She concentrates her practice in complex civil litigation with an emphasis in employment discrimination litigation, general liability and insurance coverage disputes. Ms. Montgomery received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her law degree from West Virginia University College of Law. Ms. Montgomery is also a former assistant district attorney in Delaware County. Ms. Montgomery served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis J. Braithwaite of the Superior Court of New Jersey.  She earned a BA at the University of Pittsburgh and her JD at West Virginia University College of Law.

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Robin Neifield is the CEO and cofounder of Netplus, a leading interactive agency established in 1996. Netplus was recently named a Top 25 Agency to watch by industry publication iMedia and a Social Media Star by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Robin brings a depth and breadth of marketing experience to the agency's practice and management. As one of the digital marketing industry's pioneers, she is a driving force behind Netplus’ ongoing success with a diverse and discerning client base that includes Stanley Black & Decker, Airborne, Schiff Nutrition, Independence Blue Cross, AON, Amerisource Bergen, Merck, Phillip’s Seafood, Harriet Carter and many others. Robin is a frequent speaker at national industry events, including ClickZ, Internet.com, OMMA, Ad:Tech, Search Engine Strategies, Online Marketing Summit, and Thunder Lizard conferences and is a sought-after resource for industry and business publications for her insight and advice on such topics as digital strategy, social media marketing, and behavioral targeting. Robin authors a biweekly column on digital strategy on clickz.com. Robin is the immediate past Board Chair for the Pennsylvania/Jersey American Red Cross Blood Donor Services Chapter, has served on the Advisory Council of Interactive Media and Measurement for TBS Media Intelligence, was appointed to the Kilts Marketing Steering Committee at the University of Chicago, and was a former Board Member and Co-Chair of the Forum of Executive Women marketing committee. Robin was named a top 50 Women in Business for Pennsylvania in 2010. Robin holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

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Nancy Reese is a founder and co-owner of Akoya, a strategic communications firm serving federal (DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, NASA, HHS, VA), corporate (Heinz, DDI), and non-profit (Blackburn Center) clients. Akoya helps organizations engage the diverse constituents who are vital to their missions, including industry stakeholders, policymakers, customers, employees, and research communities. Nancy’s strengths include communications planning, message development, content marketing, creative direction, and “plain language” writing to convey technical subjects to business audiences. She previously acted as Chief Creative Officer for Brandegee, a Pittsburgh firm providing corporate communications and strategic planning. Nancy has served as the board president and chair for the Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (WYEP-FM) and as a board member for the Carnegie Mellon GSIA management game, and is a member of Women Impacting Public Policy. She is a founding member of the Sisterhood Project, which chronicles the women’s movement in Pittsburgh. Nancy received her BA in English from Cornell University as a National Merit Scholar.

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Judith A. Ruszkowski has built her career as a grant writer, community organizer and administrator in several Pittsburgh-based, non-profit advocacy organizations. She has advocated for utility reform, fought plant closings, and spurred community development and neighborhood empowerment. She served as the Executive Director of the South Pittsburgh Economic Revitalization Team, a neighborhood-based development organization. As a community organizer and grant writer for the Tri-State Conference on Steel, she worked with the Steel Valley Authority to retain manufacturing jobs in SW PA.  She served as treasurer of the Alliance for Progressive Action, whose Living Wage Campaign sought to secure legislation in Allegheny County. Judith is a founding board member of the Women and Girls Foundation of SW PA, a community foundation promoting social change by addressing fundamental inequalities. She is a board member of the American Association of Birth Centers Foundation and serves as the chair of the Giving Committee. Currently, she is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and exhibits her photographic work regularly in the area. She holds a B. A. in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, with a Certificate in Women's Studies.

Margaret Sadler photo Margaret Sadler is a global Human Resource executive with a history of active involvement in community and civic organizations. She serves on the Council and Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. She is active with Women for Social Innovation, a giving circle in Philadelphia and WIL of Philadelphia, a newly organized group concerned with women’s issues globally. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and past Board member. With the support of the Forum, she initiated Transitions, an affinity group interested in the transition out of a working executive life. She is on the Advisory Board of East Falls Village and is a past Board member of the Maxwell Mansion Museum. On the for-profit side, she serves on the Advisory Board of DNAConnect, a small private company providing DNA testing for immigration, paternity and estates.  Margaret spent 20 years with FMC Corporation, most recently heading world-wide human resources for Agricultural Products Group, a billion dollar business with 1600 employees in 30 countries. Prior to FMC, for 10 years she worked for ITT Corporation in Ohio and Minnesota where she served three terms as St. Paul Civil Service Commissioner.  She earned a BA, English from Youngstown State University in the city where she grew up.
Picture Robin Stuntebeck Robin Stuntebeck is Executive Vice President of Doctor’s Best Immediate Medical Care, Inc. a privately owned and operated urgent care facility.  In her role, Ms. Stuntebeck is responsible for most corporate functions, including Human Resources, Marketing and Business Development, Financial Management, Strategic Planning and Compliance. Prior to joining Doctor’s Best, Ms. Stuntebeck was Managing Director of the Philadelphia office of Resources Global Professionals, a consulting and staffing firm.  Ms. Stuntebeck was the practice leader for 6 years and led the practice in developing C-Suite relationships and providing services to Fortune 1000 and large companies in the region.  She also was Director, Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers (now “pwc”) for 11 years, after obtaining her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in Finance.  She has a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Ms. Stuntebeck serves as Trustee, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee for The Women’s Law Project
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Carol E. Tracy became the Executive Director of the WLP in 1990, and she has presided over major legal victories in the areas of reproductive rights, discrimination in employment, education, athletics, and welfare. Her recent work has involved several initiatives regarding Violence Against Women, including leading a major reform effort on the police handling of sex crimes in Philadelphia, and co-chairing a city-wide task force on domestic violence. Carol was appointed to the Child Welfare Review Panel in 2006 to review practices of the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Philadelphia. Once the Review Panel completed its report, Carol was subsequently appointed to the Community Oversight Board which was charged with monitoring the implementation of the recommendations to DHS. Carol is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and the Bryn Mawr School of Social Research. She has served on numerous boards of non-profit agencies in Philadelphia, is active in the public interest legal community, and is the recipient of many awards and honors. She is frequently featured in local and national media.  Carol is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received her law degree from Temple University School of Law.

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Wanda D. Whitted-Smith joined The Kendal Corporation in October 2013 as Director for Human Resources and Chief Learning Officer. Based in Kennett Square, PA, Kendal is a not-for-profit provider of communities, programs and services for older adults in eight states. Wanda is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Wanda began her career in human resources as manager of staff relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and biology. In 1993, Wanda was named Vice President for Human Resources and Development at Germantown Hospital & Medical Center, and from 1996 through 1999 she served as Vice President for Human Resources for Health Partners, a health maintenance organization. From 2000 to 2013, Wanda worked for Schnader Harrision Segal & Lewis, LLP, a Philadelphia-based law firm with seven offices nationwide. As Chief Human Resources Officer/National Director, she developed and implemented firm-wide human resources policies and procedures, assisted the firm with diversity initiatives and oversaw the conversion to a new human resources information system, payroll and attendance system, and a benefits enrollment system.

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Thomas E. Zemaitis is a partner in the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, where he specializes in commercial litigation, particularly intellectual property, antitrust and corporate disputes.  He joined Pepper as an associate after his graduation from law school, becoming a partner in 1984.  He has been actively involved in pro bono representation throughout his career, serving the legal needs of the economically disadvantaged.  He has also been involved in impact litigation in the field of reproductive rights, and he has twice appeared before the Supreme Court in cases successfully challenging legislation in Pennsylvania that restricted women’s access to safe and legal abortions. He has also held leadership positions on several other nonprofit boards, including Philadelphia VIP, the Support Center for Child Advocates, Moorestown Friends School and Medford Leas Continuing Care Retirement Community.  Tom received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.