Deborah A. BeriniPresident, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Deborah Berini is president of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she leads the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on its mission of delivering leading-edge care locally and setting the standard for operational excellence across the system.
Prior to joining Hershey Medical Center in 2018, Berini was chief operating officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health System, where she provided leadership and strategic direction for the school’s academic health system. During her tenure, the health system rose in rank from No. 76 to No. 9 nationally in Vizient, an organization that analyzes quality and safety data for university health systems.
Berini led the operational transformation and growth of UTMB Health System from a single campus academic medical center to a regional health system. She championed patient- and family-centered care by engaging patients in the design of new facilities, operational processes and the education of future providers in partnership with the Department of Medicine.
Previously, Berini held a variety of leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
She earned her master’s in health administration from Washington University School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drury College.Biography
Rob BowmanPresident Charter Homes & Neighborhoods
Rob Bowman is the president of Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, the leading privately held homebuilder in Pennsylvania.
Since starting the company in 1990, Bowman has guided it in creating The Great American Neighborhood, a new way to design, develop and build places. As a result, these Great American Neighborhoods have earned the Best Neighborhood in the Nation Award by the National Association of Homebuilders, Community of the Year by Professional Builder, and three Best Neighborhood in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Awards by 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.
In addition, the company has earned the Gold National Housing Quality Award, the top award for homebuilding in the nation, for its business results and operational excellence; Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work; and the National 100 Best Builders to Work for Award.
Bowman has served in a variety of community service roles, including as a director on the boards of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Lancaster Country Day School, the James Street Improvement District, the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership and the United Way, and served in several roles at First Presbyterian Church.
He is a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization, where he served as chairman, membership officer and education officer. He was also awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Bowman graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., attended the Colorado School of Mines and completed The President’s Program in Leadership at the Harvard Business School.Biography
Dennis P. BrenckleRetired President PNC Bank, Central Pennsylvania Region
Dennis Brenckle is chair of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors.
Brenckle enjoyed a 40-year career with PNC Bank, where he rose from a management trainee hired in 1970 to his retirement in 2011 as president of the bank's Central Pennsylvania region, a position he held for 13 years.
Brenckle is well known for his community leadership. At Penn State Health, he chaired the highly successful "For The Future" philanthropic campaign that raised nearly $307 million to support the health system's patient care, education, research and community outreach missions, and has held leadership positions with the Four Diamonds and Cancer Institute advisory boards.
He was a founding board member of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, as well as founding member and chair for 13 years of the PA Partnership for Culture, Health and Education, also known as Très Bonne Année, which has raised more than $4 million for Whitaker Center.
He serves as a Harrisburg Area YMCA board and executive committee member, and also served on the boards and executive committees of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation. In addition, he is a member of the Highmark Health System board of directors.
Brenckle is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.Biography
Jeanne Donlevy ArnoldNurse and Philanthropist Retired Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa.
Jeanne Arnold is a nurse who retired as senior vice president of patient care services at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. She held various administrative positions in health care, including assistant director of nursing at St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster; director of nursing and chief operating officer at Ephrata Community Hospital; and chief operating officer at Community General Hospital, Reading.
She and her husband, Ed, are well known for their philanthropy and have been strong supporters of Penn State Health, including nursing, dermatology, cancer genetics research, Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital, Four Diamonds and the Children’s Hospital Building Campaign.
In 2007, they helped to establish the palliative care Hummingbird Program, which provides comprehensive support for children with complex, life-limiting medical conditions and their families. They were Penn State Philanthropists of the Year in 2009 and later recognized as honorary alumni.
Arnold has been a member of the Lebanon Valley College Board of Trustees since 2013, serves as vice chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, is a member of the Marketing and Enrollment Committee and received the Lebanon Valley College Founders Day Award. She received the Silver Buffalo Award, an honor awarded to more than a dozen U.S. presidents; was the first woman named to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and was named Citizen of the Year by the Lebanon Daily News.
Arnold has served or serves in leadership positions on numerous charitable and educational boards, including Lebanon Family Health Services, The Alliance Project, Cornwall Manor, Penn State Children's Hospital, United Way of Lebanon County, Lebanon Community Library, WITF and Lebanon Community Health Council.
Arnold is a graduate of the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing. She earned a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College in Maine where she was also a master's candidate in health services administration. She holds honorary doctorates from Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s College and Lebanon Valley College.Biography
Tony G. Farah, MD, FACC, FSCAIExecutive Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer Highmark Health
Dr. Tony Farah is executive vice president, chief medical and clinical transformation officer for Highmark Health.
Farah is Highmark Health’s most senior medical officer. He is responsible for the continued transformation of clinical care within the organization to achieve the best value for patients and members as it relates to overall patient experience, access, quality, safety and affordability.
A nationally recognized physician-leader, Farah played a key role in the formation of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), an eight-hospital integrated health care system that serves the greater western Pennsylvania region as the provider arm of Highmark Health. Farah’s roles within AHN have included chief medical officer, president of Allegheny Clinic, chief medical officer of Allegheny General Hospital and medical director of Allegheny General Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories. He has played a prominent role in many innovations that have improved the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease.
Farah’s commitment to expanding and improving access to advanced heart care in western Pennsylvania has included both program development and oversight of cardiac catheterization laboratories at numerous community hospitals. He has been instrumental in cultivating the next generation of cardiovascular specialists, mentoring several hundred residents, fellows and medical students over the last two decades.
Farah has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of more than 100 clinical trials, and his work has been featured in many of the industry’s premier, peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has been recognized since 1998 as one of the nation’s “Best Doctors in America” in the field of cardiology by Pittsburgh Magazine.
Farah earned his medical degree and Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the American University of Beirut, after which he served his internship, residency and fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital.Biography
Brian A. Hudson, Sr., CPAPennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Brian Hudson Sr. is the executive director and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), the Commonwealth’s leading provider of capital for affordable homes and apartments and one of the largest housing agencies in the U.S.
Hudson assumed leadership of the PHFA in 2003 after serving as its deputy executive director and chief financial officer. His major responsibilities involve developing and implementing program initiatives, as well as providing guidance to its board.
He chairs the Erie Indemnity Company audit committee and the Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. He is also past president of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, former chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh audit committee and a former member of the Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council.
After earning a bachelor's degree in business administration from Penn State, Mr. Hudson became a certified public accountant and a certified treasury professional.Biography
Tom LenkevichRetired President/CEO Giant Foods, LLC
Tom Lenkevich retired as president of Giant Foods, where he oversaw the sales and operations of 197 GIANT/MARTIN’S stores and more than 30,000 associates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
Lenkevich joined GIANT Foods in 2014 with vast retail experience, including chief operating officer and senior vice president of retail operations for Save-A-Lot Food Stores. There, he was responsible for retail operations, merchandising, marketing and procurement for this international chain of corporate and licensed stores. He has held a number of leadership positions of progressive responsibility with other large retailers, including market director for Meijer Inc., and president of operations and vice president of merchandising and sales for Farmer Jack, as well as several other national retail businesses.
Lenkevich began his retail career working his way through college as a clerk at Pantry Pride in central Pennsylvania, and later held the position of store manager, as well as other progressively higher positions.
Lenkevich has served on many industry boards of directors, including the International Mass Retail Association and Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association, both as an executive board member, and was a member of the executive board of Ahold Delhaize USA. He has also been involved in many local, civic and volunteer organizations in the community.
Lenkevich has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State, as well as continuing education credits at Harvard Business School.Biography
Kathy L. PapeAttorney McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
Kathy Pape is an attorney at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, in the Financial Services and Public Finance practice groups, with additional emphasis in the Public Sector and Government Relations groups.
Pape served as president of Pennsylvania American Water, as well as positions at Aqua America Inc., and American Water, where she was regional counsel and manager of finance.
A nationally recognized leader in the utility industry, Pape has also been involved in several state initiatives, including Gov. Tom Wolf's task force to address Pennsylvania’s aging water infrastructure.
Pape holds a JD from Dickinson School of Law and LLM in taxation from Villanova University School of Law, and earned her bachelor’s in political science from Edinboro University.Biography
Barry K. RobinsonRetired Chief Counsel for Economic Affairs U.S. Department of Commerce
Barry Robinson, a practicing attorney, retired as chief counsel for economic affairs with the U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously served as senior counsel for corporate affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America Inc., the nonprofit trade association representing the United States sound recording industry, and as senior counsel for international investment and trade in the U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
Robinson served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps and as a member of the Defense Department Task Force to Investigate Discrimination in the Administration of Military Justice. He served as president and director of the Washington Foreign Law Society and a member of the Legal Section Committee of the American Society of Association Executives.
Robinson was the recipient of the Penn State African American Alumni Organization’s 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award. Additional honors include the College of Liberal Arts' Outstanding Political Science Alumni Award, the Liberal Arts Alumni Society's Service to Penn State Award and the Department of Commerce's Gold Medal Award in recognition of his contribution to the development and timely implementation of the International Trade Data System.
He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees. Robinson and his wife, Francine, have also supported the Pediatric Research and Discovery Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital.
Robinson received his law degree from New York University and is a graduate of Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts.Biography
Erika Saunders, MDGerald B. Shively and Robert Y. Tan Professor and Department of Psychiatry Chair Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; Clinical Co-director Penn State Addiction Center for Translation
Dr. Erika Saunders is the Gerald B. Shively and Robert Y. Tan Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She also is the clinical co-director of the Penn State Addiction Center for Translation.
Saunders joined the Penn State faculty in 2008 and has led the Department of Psychiatry as chair since 2015. She specializes in the study and treatment of mood disorders, including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. Under her leadership, Penn State joined the National Network of Depression Centers in 2016.
Recognized nationally for her work, Saunders has been included on the Best Doctors in America list since 2013. She has spoken at meetings of the Society for Biological Psychiatry, the American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology and the American Psychiatric Association. Also active in medical student and residency education, she is the recipient of a Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Penn State Resident Teaching award.
A fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Saunders has served in leadership roles in the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry, the American College of Psychiatrists, the International Society for Affective Disorders and the American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology. She also is a section editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and is a graduate of The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program.
Saunders earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa. She completed a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School, residency training in psychiatry at the University of Michigan and earned a Heinz C. Prechter research fellowship. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan.Biography
Peter G. TombrosProfessor and Distinguished Executive-in-Residence Eberly College of Science BS/MBA Program at the Pennsylvania State University
Peter Tombros is professor and distinguished executive-in-residence at the Eberly College of Science, Penn State. He serves and has served on the boards of Cambrex Inc., Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors. Tombros was also appointed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania CURE Program, Health Research Advisory Committee, and served as a director of other public companies, including Alpharma, Pharmanet Development Group Inc., Dendrite International and NPS Pharmaceuticals.
Tombros and his wife, Ann, created the Tombros Foundation to pursue their philanthropic interests. He served as chair of the seven and one-half year Pennsylvania State University $2.2 billion Capital Campaign.
Tombros’ professional career includes president and CEO of Enzon Pharma, where under his leadership, Enzon was able to grow from a market capitalization of $44 million to more than $3 billion, making Enzon one of the top 20 biotech firms in the United States at that time. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at Pfizer Inc., where he helped build the pharmaceutical business in a variety of positions, including vice president of marketing, senior vice president and general manager and executive vice president of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He was also appointed corporate vice president for strategic planning. In that role, he helped Pfizer narrow its focus on health care and oversaw the divestiture of non-health care businesses. Tombros also had oversight for the venture capital firms Pfizer funded to look for new technologies.
Tombros’ private company experience included serving as CEO and director of VivoQuest. The Financial Times selected him to receive its 2015 Outstanding Director Award.
Tombros earned both Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Penn State, followed by a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.Biography