Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Women’s Law Project is an extraordinarily dynamic group of professionals and experts in their respective fields from all across Pennsylvania. They are united in their devoted to advancing the legal rights of women and girls by supporting the work of the Women’s Law Project, and we are grateful for their support.

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.

Jessica (Jessie) Beckett-McWalter is Senior Counsel at Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, a global leader in helping municipalities and industrial customers protect and improve water. As Senior Counsel, Jessie serves as lead counsel on corporate transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, strategic partnering relationships, and commercial contracts. Jessie also serves as lead counsel to the global human resources and supply chain management functions. Prior to joining Evoqua, Jessie served as General Counsel and VP of HR of a small Pittsburgh company, and prior to that, worked in Pepper Hamilton’s Pittsburgh office as a member of the litigation practice group.  Jessie received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Lisa Clark, Esq. is a partner at Duane Morris, LLP. She practices in the area of healthcare law with a specific focus in health information technology (HIT) issues and mobile health (mHealth) for hospitals, long-term care providers, physicians and other providers. She represents hospitals on enterprise-wide restructuring, including Medicare provider-based projects, and related pay or requirements, and has long-term experience with the representation of hospitals, long-term care providers, and other providers with respect to government and private pay or 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). Ms. Clark 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.

David S. Cohen, Esq. is a professor of law at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law.  An award-winning teacher, his scholarship explores the intersection of constitutional law and gender, emphasizing sex segregation, masculinity, and violence against abortion providers.  He is the co-author of the 2015 Oxford University Press book, Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism.  At Columbia Law School, 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. He currently serves on the board of directors for the

Ellen Deringer, Esq. is of counsel at Morgan Lewis. She advises high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of estate planning, including federal income, estate, and gift taxation. Her practice includes advising family business owners on creative and tax-efficient family business succession planning. Ellen also advises clients on charitable giving planning.

Ellen Doyle, Esq. 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. Ellen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Law Project.

Dianne Coady Fisher, Esq. 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.

Susanne M. Gollin, PhD, FFACMG is a Professor of Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Professor of Otolaryngology and Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cell Culture and Cytogenetics Facility; and Director of Research and Clinical Cytogenetics Consultant in the Pittsburgh Cytogenetics Laboratory. She is a researcher, teacher, and clinical cytogeneticist, board certified by the American College of Medical Genetics. Research Interests: Cytogenetic alterations as diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic biomarkers for cancers; mechanisms involved in chromosomal instability; defects in the DNA damage response in cancer cells. On a mission to cure cancer, or at least make it a chronic disease rather than a deadly one.

Pamela Goodwin, Esq. is a partner at Saul Ewing, LLP. She represents clients in the solid waste, energy, oil and gas, agriculture and many other industries in matters involving environmental permitting, counseling and litigation. Working out of the firm’s offices in Princeton, New Jersey as well as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she draws on more than 30 year of experience to assist them with the acquisition, development and siting of landfills, power plants, solar and wind projects.

Amanda Green Hawkins, Esq. is a wife and a mother, who somehow manages to work full-time for an international labor union as the Director of its Civil and Human Rights Department and Assistant General Counsel. She believes that everyone deserves dignity and respect in the workplace, and has even crawled around inside a gold mine to learn about working conditions for the miners.She served two terms as an elected Council member on Allegheny County Council where she represented 100,000 Pittsburgh residents. While there, she was unfazed by public pressure  when she sponsored Countywide legislation that now prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression.Amanda has served on a nationwide Labor, Employment and Workplace Committee for the Obama-Biden Campaign, and volunteers during general elections as a voter-protection attorney because everyone should vote and every vote should be counted.  She also served on the Board of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, a local transit agency, because viable and reliable public transportation is key to sustainable economic and job growth. Highlights of her political career have included introducing First Lady Michelle Obama as the guest speaker at an event, being on the Democratic National Committee, and serving as a member of the Electoral College for Pennsylvania after the 2012 Presidential election. She has received numerous awards for her leadership in local politics and in the community, and is an alumna of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law.

Tomás Leal is the Director of Inclusion and Diversity in the Equality and Inclusion Center of Excellence at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). He leads and consults across and within global businesses on the development and execution of Inclusion and Diversity strategies to support workforce planning initiatives and create inclusive, high performing work environments. Prior to this, for the past 17 years, Tomás has held Diversity & Inclusion roles in the U.S. and the UK with several companies including Amoco, Shell, British Petroleum, ITT Corporation and Microsoft. He has worked with business units in Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, as well as, in North America.

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. Karen currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Law Project.

Debra Loggia is a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young LLP’s Digital and Emerging Technology practice. She brings over 20  years of combined digital strategy, digital health, technology and marketing expertise. She is a leader in EY’s Digital Practice with a focus on Digital Health, Platforms and Innovation. Prior to joining EY, Debra was with NorthPoint Digital, a technology consulting firm that provided Enterprise Digital Platform Strategy, Implementation Services, Mobile App Design and Development, User Experience and Creative solutions to premier organizations in the US and Canada. Debra holds a B.A. from Albright College, a M.A. in International Affairs from NY University and a Masters in Health Policy from Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Forum of Executive Women.

Joann Mitchell, Esq. is 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. Joann currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Law Project.

Deborah Moretti is a partner in Moretti, Moretti, & Fritz, LLC, a notary public and automobile-titling agency in Carnegie, PA. She also has been a tax preparer for individuals and business owners for over 15 years. Deb previously served as a volunteer on the program committee at the ACLU where she helped develop and implement a “Civics for Grown-Ups” course. Deb earned her BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 and completed a BA in History from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. She resides in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband Ed and has one son, Matt, who resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Eleanor Myers, Esq. is the Associate Professor of Law Emerita at Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Professor Eleanor Myers joined the full-time faculty at Temple Law School as an Associate Professor of Law. She specializes in Professional Responsibility and also teaches in the Business curriculum, including Introduction to Business Organizations, Corporations, and Contracts. In addition, she assisted in the development of the award-winning Integrated Transactional Program and has primary responsibility for the Professional Responsibility component of that course. She also assisted in the development of the first year Introduction to Transactional Skills class. In 2001 she won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. She publishes in the area of Professional Responsibility and served as the Associate Reporter on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Task Force on the Selection of Class Counsel. Professor Myers regularly presents at Continuing Legal Education programs on Legal Ethics and is often consulted by the press on ethics related issues.

Robin Neifield is the CEO and co-founder 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.

Lisa K. Perriera, M.D. is a proud abortion provider, an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as a staff physician at the Philadelphia Women’s Center.  She is an outspoken advocate for reproductive justice and hopes to effect change in the reproductive health landscape by teaching the next generation of doctors, doing media and legislative work in opposition to state and federal government laws that infringe on the doctor-patient relationship, and publishing high quality clinical research on family planning-related topics.  She has been recognized for her efforts by being awarded the C. Lalor Burdick Award by the National Abortion Federation, and the George Tiller, MD abortion provider award by Physicians for Reproductive Health.  Lisa earned her BA at Colgate University, her MD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University. She went on to complete the fellowship in Family Planning and a Master of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.

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.

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.

Carol E. Tracy, Esq. (ex-officio) has been serving as the Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project since 1990, where she has 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.

Wanda D. Whitted-Smith joined The Kendal Corporation in January, 2014 as Director for Human Resources and Chief Learning Officer. Based in Kennett Square, PA, Kendal is a not-for-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities, outreach 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 at Schnader, 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.

Thomas E. Zemaitis, Esq. 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. Thomas currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Law Project.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of applying to the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Law Project, please contact Jennifer Nix at 215-928-5766 or jnix@womenslawproject.org.