James W. Brown
Highlights: James W. Brown is former Chief of Staff to Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; former partner in SCP Private Equity Partner; a former managing director of CIP Capital, Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey, and was the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Served as Chairman of the Board of Airnet Communications Corporation, Chairman of TMG Health, Inc., and was a Trustee of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System. Brown has extensive experience in the education field as an adjunct professor at Villanova University, a Trustee for the Gesu School (a Catholic grade school in North Philadelphia), a Founding Trustee of the Young Scholars Charter School (a North Philadelphia school with an economically disadvantaged student body), and a Trustee for Immaculata University. Brown was a Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Excellence in Education, Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation and Chair for both the Pennsylvania Higher Education Facilities Authority and the Pennsylvania Public School Building Authority.
Robert C. Heist
Highlights: Milton Hershey School class of 1982, an attorney from Chicago and past president of the Milton Hershey School Alumni Association. Heist is the owner and sole shareholder in the law firm of R. Connor & Associates, P.C. and received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2008. He is involved with a nonprofit organization that helps provide opportunities to children in need.
M. Diane Koken
Highlights: Legal/Regulatory Consultant and Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Koken was appointed Insurance Commissioner in Pennsylvania in 2003, serving Republican and Democratic Governors. She also has managed the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Served as the longest President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Past Board member of the American College Advisory Board for the Center for Ethics in Financial Services and was Vice Chair of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. Currently a board member of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, NORCAL Mutual, and Capital Blue Cross.
James M. Mead
Highlights: Health Economics Consultant and Former President & CEO of Capital BlueCross; graduate of Penn State University, Vice-Chair of Capital BlueCross Board, member of VCS Financial, Inc., Past-Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and is currently on the boards of the Hershey Trust Company, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the Greater Harrisburg Foundation.
Velma A. Redmond
Appointed: 2003; Chairperson
Highlights: Retired corporate and regulatory attorney serves on several business and non-profit boards including the Board of Trustees of Elizabethtown College, and she is Chair Emerita of the Board of Trustees of Harrisburg Area Community College. Redmond has previously served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Colleges, the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, and she was Past Chair of the Education Committee Working Group of the Pennsylvania Business Roundtable.
Highlights: Current executive director for New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization – the Robin Hood Foundation; former special assistant to the president of the Board of Education of the City of New York; former AIDS educator in New York City; named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Innovators.