Speakers

Upcoming Program Speakers

Sexual Harassment, May, 2018

Lori Armstrong Halber, Esq., Rick Grimaldi, Esq. – Fisher Phillips

Together, Rick and Lori host a podcast, the Employer Chronicles, which focuses on labor law. The pair cover topics that could affect businesses and the way they operate and give insights on how to deal with the rules, laws and regulations governing the business community. Together they have nearly 50 years in management, labor and employment law. Rick and Lori recently hosted a Fisher Phillips seminar on workplace violence prevention, featuring guest speakers from the… [ Read More ]

Dave Hackett, Esq. – Cozen O’Connor

David L. Hackett, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, focuses his practice on representing and counseling employers concerning the full spectrum of labor and employment-related issues. David has represented employers before federal and state courts, arbitration hearings and administrative agencies. He has defended claims of unlawful discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wage and hour violations, wrongful discharge, unfair labor practices, unemployment compensation, breach of contract and whistleblower complaints, as well as non-compete, non-solicitation… [ Read More ]

Alison Diflorio, Managing Partner, Human Capital Management, Exude, Inc.

Alison DiFlorio, PHR, is the Managing Partner of our Human Capital Consulting Division. She co-founded the division in 2006 after more than 20 years in HR and training/development roles in the corporate sector. Her group provides expertise in the areas of training and development/management coaching, HR compliance and process and on-site HR consulting/placement. Alison's work is based on the belief that an organization's greatest resource is its human resource. Exude's HR Consulting Division supports the… [ Read More ]

June 13 2018, Right to Know

Ed Rendell – Special Counsel, Ballard Spahr, LLP Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011); Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000)

SPECIAL COUNSEL, BALLARD SPAHR, LLP GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA (2003-2011); MAYOR OF PHILADELPHIA (1992-2000) After 34 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Governor Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving. His commitment to making America a cleaner, more efficient place and to fostering investment in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure is as strong as it has ever been. He has also remained heavily involved… [ Read More ]

Dominic F. Pileggi, Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania

DOMINIC F. PILEGGI, Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania Education Dominic was born and raised in the City of Chester in Delaware County. He graduated from Archmere Academy in 1975 and received a Presidential Scholarship to Saint Joseph’s University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics in 1979. He went on to earn a J.D. from the Villanova School of Law in 1982. Mayor of Chester Dominic served as Mayor of the… [ Read More ]

Erik Arneson, Executive Director of the Office of Open Records

  Erik Arneson is the Executive Director of the Office of Open Records, the agency which decides appeals filed under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. Previously, he was Communications & Policy Director for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, the author of the RTKL, and helped draft the law. [ Read More ]

Francis J. Catania

Francis J. Catania is a partner in the Media, Pa law firm of Catania & Parker, LLP and has been practicing law for over 30 years.   He represents Pennsylvania municipalities, municipal authorities and schools in responding to Right to Know Law requests and assists private clients who use the Right to Know Law to request documents from state and local government agencies.  His practice includes representing clients about Right to Know Law matters before the… [ Read More ]

Joe Conti, President Pennsylvania Broadcasters Association

Joe Conti offers strong leadership through an amalgam of experiences in business, serving in the public trust and in higher education. His diverse background as business executive, state official, lecturer and trustee affords innovation and implementation of complex initiatives in both public and private sector entities. He offers years of strategic vision and practical decision making with outstanding communication skills. Conti is president of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the nations oldest broadcaster trade association… [ Read More ]

Patricia Berger, Executive Director, PA Legislative Budget and Finance Committee

Patricia A. Berger, Esq., has spent her career with the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a bi-partisan, bi-cameral legislative service agency of the PA General Assembly responsible for performance evaluations and studies of state agencies and programs.  She has served as Counsel, Senior Counsel, and Senior Counsel/Project Manager.  She became Executive Director in 2018.  As Senior Counsel/Project Manager she oversaw studies as diverse as a performance audit of Access to Justice, a PA Department… [ Read More ]

Louis Day, Analyst, PA Legislative Budget and Finance Committee

Louis A. Day, MPA, is an Analyst with the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a bipartisan and bicameral legislative service agency consisting of 12 members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.   The Committee conducts studies and makes recommendations aimed at eliminating unnecessary expenditures; promoting economy in the government of the Commonwealth; and assuring that state funds are being expended in accordance with legislative intent and law.  Working in a team environment, Louis and his colleagues have… [ Read More ]

Phil Heron, Executive Editor, Delaware County Daily Times

Philip E. Heron, 61, was named executive editor of the Delaware County Daily Times in April 1989. Heron joined the Daily Times in 1982 as day city editor. He later worked on the night copy desk and also as Sunday editor. Prior to joining the Daily Times, Phil worked as a reporter and wire editor at The Record in Coatesville, Pa. He also worked on the copy desk of the Denver Post and as a freelance writer… [ Read More ]

New Models in Philanthropy - Dec. 6, 2017

Joshua Headley, Esq., Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, PC

 Joshua D. Headley, Esq. is an associate in the Washington, DC office of the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of tax, wealth and succession planning and non-profit organizations.  Josh also regularly works with fiduciaries on estate and trust administration matters.  On the nonprofit side, Josh works closely with donors and exempt organizations in structuring planned giving vehicles to achieve both charitable and tax planning objectives.… [ Read More ]

Richard L. Fox, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Richard L. Fox, Esq. is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of charitable giving, private foundations, tax-exempt organizations, estate planning, trusts and estates, and family planning.  Mr. Fox is the author of the treatise, Charitable Giving; Taxation, Planning and Strategies, a Warren, Gorham and Lamont publication, writes a national quarterly bulletin on charitable giving, and writes and speaks… [ Read More ]

Frances M. Sheehan, President Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation

Frances M. Sheehan is the first President of Delaware County’s largest philanthropy, the new Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation (CKCF), an independent public foundation formed from the sale of the Crozer-Keystone Health System on July 1, 2016. She came to the foundation in January, 2017, after serving as the founding President and CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation in Coatesville, Chester County for 15 years.  With 58 staff operating in four offices in Delaware County, CKCF runs… [ Read More ]

Patrick Morgan, Knight Foundation, Program Director

Patrick Morgan is the Philadelphia based Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  He leads Knight’s investment strategy in Philadelphia working with local leaders and other community members to find and invest in opportunities that build on the city’s vibrancy.  Currently, Morgan is collaborating with local and national partners to advance an initiative in Philadelphia called Reimagining the Civic Commons.  Reimagining the Civic Commons is a new approach for enhancing Philadelphia’s… [ Read More ]


Past Program Speakers

Communications Primer - Sept 20, 2017

Steve Butler, Director of News and Programming, KYW Newsradio

Steve Butler is the director of news and programming at KYW Newsradio, where he is proud to oversee the on-air and newsroom staff of 70 people who have helped keep KYW the #1 radio station in Philadelphia. Butler is also VP/Radio News for the CBS Radio station group, acting as corporate liaison for the eight all-news stations owned by the company. The Glenside, Pa. native calls himself a “KYW brat” whose connections with the station date back to 1974,… [ Read More ]

Steve McKenzie, Managing Editor, CBS3 Eyewitness News

Stephen McKenzie is the Managing Editor for CBS3 Eyewitness News. His daily responsibilities include breaking news, day to day coverage, future coverage planning, script approvals and content placement. Prior to Eyewitness News he worked for 10 years at 6abc as an Assignment Editor. McKenzie grew up in Aston PA, 5 minutes down the road from Neumann University.     [ Read More ]

Pete Peterson, Vice President, Bellevue Communications Group

Pete joined Bellevue Communications Group in 2000, bringing his extensive campaign, government, and public relations skills to the firm. He performs a wide range of duties for our clients, including strategic communications, development of comprehensive communications plans, media training, and crisis communications.  With his background in government and political campaigns, he offers clients valuable insight and experience on a range of public policy issues. Before joining Bellevue Communications Group, Pete served as a press secretary… [ Read More ]

Alex Styer, Account Executive, Bellevue Communications Group

Alex Styer joined Bellevue Communications Group as an Account Executive in January 2013. His client responsibilities include writing internal and external communications, pitching stories to media, event photography, graphic design services, website development, search engine optimization, social media strategy and providing research support to other Bellevue executives. In addition to his client account responsibilities, Alex oversees Bellevue’s digital media operations including website management and social media promotion, as well as the firm’s college internship program. Alex joined… [ Read More ]

Anzio Williams, NBC10 and Telemundo62, Vice President

Anzio Williams is Vice President of News for both NBC10 and Telemundo62.  He joined NBC10 in July of 2012 and has been news director since the duopoly was formed in 2012. Prior to coming to NBC10 and Telemundo62, Anzio worked with Hearst Television for 12 years in the News Director role at stations in Sacramento, California, and New Orleans, Louisiana.  He also served as Assistant News Director at NBC stations in Orlando, Florida, and Charlotte,… [ Read More ]

Phil Heron, Executive Editor, Delaware County Daily Times

Philip E. Heron, 61, was named executive editor of the Delaware County Daily Times in April 1989. Heron joined the Daily Times in 1982 as day city editor. He later worked on the night copy desk and also as Sunday editor. Prior to joining the Daily Times, Phil worked as a reporter and wire editor at The Record in Coatesville, Pa. He also worked on the copy desk of the Denver Post and as a freelance writer… [ Read More ]

Maryann Vaughn, Fox News

WTXF FOX - Philadelphia, 330 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Maryann Vaughn is currently the Assistant News Director at WTXF FOX 29.  In 1997, Maryann started at FOX 29 as a production assistant.  Soon after, she started writing the news.  Maryann was the producer of the morning show, Good Day Philadelphia from 2003 until 2006 when she became the Executive Producer.  Maryann was named Managing Editor in 2011 before becoming the Assistant News Director 3 years ago. … [ Read More ]

Eugene Sonn, WHYY Audio News Director

Since 2010, Eugene Sonn has been audio news director at WHYY. In his time here, he helped launch NewsWorks Tonight and The Pulse and grow the ranks of reporters in the WHYY newsroom. Under his direction, WHYY has won many honors, including from PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Inc) for coverage of the 2015 Amtrak crash. WHYY has also taken home the Joe Snyder Award for overall excellence from the Pennsylvania Associated Broadcasters Association four… [ Read More ]

Mike Neilon, Vice President of Media Relations, Bellevue Communications

Mike Neilon is a seasoned broadcast journalist and news decision-maker with decades of experience behind-the-scenes at “6ABC Action News” who joined Bellevue Communications as Vice President of Media Relations in January 2017. In this role, Mike is responsible for guiding the firm’s messaging efforts across all clients to produce newsworthy story placements throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Before joining Bellevue Communications, Neilon spent nearly 20 years with local ABC affiliate WPVI-TV, serving first as a… [ Read More ]

Kevin Feeley, President, Bellevue Communications

Kevin has more than 27 years of experience in journalism, law and government specializing in issue management, crisis communications, and press relations. From 1992 to 2000, Kevin served as Deputy Mayor for Communications for Mayor Edward G. Rendell. In that capacity, he helped to shape press coverage for the Rendell Administration, serving as the Mayor’s spokesman and developing working relationships with reporters and editors at every major media outlet in the Philadelphia region. In addition,… [ Read More ]

June 15, 2017 - Opioid Safety

John Whelan, Esquire – Delaware County District Attorney

John J. “Jack” Whelan was elected Delaware County District Attorney in November 2011 and took office in January 2012, for a four-year. District Attorney Whelan has been dedicated to criminal justice and law enforcement from the time he was in college, majoring in criminal justice at Temple University, to his term on Delaware County Council where he made public safety a priority. From 1986-1991, he was a Delaware County Assistant District Attorney, serving as a… [ Read More ]

David White, Delaware County Councilman

David J. White of Ridley Township was appointed to Delaware County Council on Jan. 3, 2012 to fill the unexpired term of John J. Whelan, who took office as the Delaware County District Attorney. Dave was elected to a four-year term as Delaware County Councilman in 2013 and sworn into office in January 2014. Dave is a lifelong resident of Delaware County, growing up in Springfield, and then moving to Ridley Township 33 years ago… [ Read More ]

Tom Killion, Pa. State Senator

Senator Killion brings significant private sector experience and demonstrated leadership ability at the state and county government levels. He has actively supported medical malpractice reform, property tax reform and efforts to privatize the state’s liquor system. An avid bicyclist and co-chairman of the bipartisan, bicameral Bicycle Caucus, Killion supports open space initiatives. He worked to secure funding for bike paths and hiking trails in the state’s transportation plan including the Valley Forge Trail along the… [ Read More ]

Sean Rodgers

Sean Rodgers is a person in long term recovery who has made it his mission to help his community through various organizations that promote hope and help those afflicted with substance use disorder/addiction to start their journey of recovery. He serves as the National Clinical Outreach Representative for The Ranch at Dove Tree in Lubbock, TX which is a premier treatment center in the country that is known for its evidence based approach and high… [ Read More ]

David Moran, CAC/CCDP-D/LCSW, TEP – Crozer Keystone Medical Center

Speaker: Dave Moran, CAC/CCDP-D/LCSW, TEP Dave Moran is a Clinical Director experienced in all aspects of Behavior Health Treatment, with special expertise in, Group and Community Interventions working with Trauma, Co-occurring disorders (COD), & court mandated clients. Curriculum Vitae First Steps Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center opened in 2017. First Steps Treatment Center provides both short-term and long-term inpatient services to those suffering from substance abuse disorders. Patients benefit from comprehensive, 24-hour medical services and access… [ Read More ]

June 1, 2017 - Linkedin and Employee Social Media Best Practice

Nancy Caramanico

Nancy Caramanico is an Educational Technology Specialist who has worked with organizations for 20 years to foster innovative technology and learning environments. An expert in digital technology and social media uses, Nancy most recently worked as the Digital Content Manager for World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. She motivates leaders and educators with insights into learning, digital communications engagement, and solutions for transforming organizations through innovative technology.… [ Read More ]

April 21, 2017 - Online Job Search and Pa. Job Gateway

Nancy Caramanico

Nancy Caramanico is an Educational Technology Specialist who has worked with organizations for 20 years to foster innovative technology and learning environments. An expert in digital technology and social media uses, Nancy most recently worked as the Digital Content Manager for World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. She motivates leaders and educators with insights into learning, digital communications engagement, and solutions for transforming organizations through innovative technology.… [ Read More ]

April 6, 2017 - Resume Creation and Interviewing

Nancy Caramanico

Nancy Caramanico is an Educational Technology Specialist who has worked with organizations for 20 years to foster innovative technology and learning environments. An expert in digital technology and social media uses, Nancy most recently worked as the Digital Content Manager for World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. She motivates leaders and educators with insights into learning, digital communications engagement, and solutions for transforming organizations through innovative technology.… [ Read More ]

Dec. 13, 2016 - Cyber-Safety and Social Media

Mike Galantino

Michael R. Galantino is a Deputy District Attorney and Chief of the Special Victims / Domestic Violence Division for the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office in Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in Social Work from West Chester University in 1983, and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1990. He began his career in the District Attorney’s Office in 1989 and was promoted to the criminal trial division in 1991, where he prosecuted… [ Read More ]