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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.

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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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Jessica Beckett-McWalter serves as General Counsel & Vice President of Human Resources at ChemImage Corporation.  In this role, she directs human resources policy and procedures, and serves as counsel on all contract and intellectual property activities.  Prior to joining the company, Jessica was an associate in Pepper Hamilton, LLC's Commercial Litigation practice group, representing clients in matters relating to the misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of multi-million dollar contracts, constitutional civil rights issues, securities class actions, construction litigation and general employment issues. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. Jessica received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings School of Law and a B.A. in American Civilization and Education Studies from Brown University. She is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and California.

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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.

 

Robin Coward has served as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for the past fourteen years. As counsel, she represents the P.L.C.B. before state and local trial and appellate courts and also participates in various administrative capacities including meeting with community groups, civil leaders and local enforcement agencies in furtherance of the P.L.C.B.'s program to eliminate nuisance bars. Robin began her legal career as a staff attorney for the EEOC and later served as a staff attorney for the Women's Law Project. Robin has been involved in various fundraising efforts for the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division.  She also served as Chairwoman of the WLP annual fundraiser from 1998 to 2002 and was chair of its Board of Directors from 2001-2002. She is an active supporter of a variety of charitable organizations including Working Women's Career Wardrobe and the United Negro College Fund. Robin holds a BA from Hunter College at the City University of New York and a JD from Temple University.

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Ellen M. Doyle is a partner in the Pittsburgh law firm of Stember Feinstein Doyle & Payne, 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.

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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.

Carol Mager photo Carol A. Mager is an employment, ERISA and class action litigator. Her practice includes employment discrimination, civil rights and ERISA litigation on behalf of individual employees, as well as class and multi-plaintiff actions.  She also has an active practice as an arbitrator and mediator of employment and commercial disputes and as an advisor on matters of employment law. After serving as a partner, and practice group co-chair of two large Philadelphia defense firms, in 1992 Carol co-founded an all female owned litigation and labor law boutique firm devoted primarily to representing individual employees and investors in class actions.  She became of counsel to Console Law Offices in October 2008.  She is a long-standing member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial (and employment) Panel since 1983. Her present board positions include Committee of Seventy, University of the Arts Educational Policy, and Neumann University Strategic Planning Committee.  Carol is an elected Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (1997-) and served as Chair of its Third Circuit Admissions Committee (2009-2010).  She is a past Chair of American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Law Committee and the Philadelphia Bar Association Employment and Labor Law Committee.  She has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list (2004-2011), the TOP 50 Female Pennsylvania Lawyers list, and the TOP 100 Philadelphia Lawyer list by Philadelphia Magazine.
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. Currently, she is 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.
Robin Stuntebeck photo Robin Stuntebeck is managing director, Philadelphia, Resources Global Professionals, a professional services firm and public company serving 2,100 clients in 66 countries. From 1994 to 2005 Robin was director, Advisory Services, at PricewaterhouseCoopers and before that a manager at Coopers & Lybrand and a research associate at Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett.   She has a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA in finance from Wharton. She has also studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Carol Tracy

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 is the ‎Chief Human Resources Officer at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP. She has over 20 years of experience leading human resources functions in the higher education, healthcare and legal industries. In addition, Wanda is also very committed to her community, having served on the board of Pickett Middle School in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and the board of Germantown Settlement.  She also served as chair of the Board of Trustees for White Rock Baptist Church and chair of the board of Maternity Care Coalition.  Wanda also served on the board of the Family Planning Council and currently is on the human resources committee of the Council.  Over the years Wanda has shared her extensive knowledge of human resources and change management with various non-profit organizations. Wanda is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she studied biology and psychology.

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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 currently serves on the board of New Directions for Women.  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.