Jan Loeffler Bergen
Highlights: Jan Loeffler Bergen is a well-known and highly-regarded healthcare executive who is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine. A native of Pennsylvania, she has exceptional leadership and management experience in complex organizations operating in a highly regulated environment. She is also a trained social worker with a real understanding of the issues and challenges facing children in need and their families. Ms. Bergen has served on numerous community, philanthropic and healthcare related boards, giving her extensive experience in how boards work and how to effectively and efficiently guide a nonprofit institution. She is a graduate of Lafayette College and completed masters-level course work in business and social work at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.
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.
Melissa L. Peeples-Fullmore
Highlights: An alumna of the Milton Hershey School, Melissa L. Peeples-Fullmore is an education professional, who has worked as a teacher and administrator in public schools, and in residential environment facilities. Through her work in Title I schools and with AMIKids, she has extensive experience with children from low-income families, as well as children who attend residential educational programs. She is currently the Program Officer for the Aspiring Leaders Program at Teaching Trust in Dallas, TX which prepares principals to be transformational leaders in urban environments. Mrs. Peeples-Fullmore has an undergraduate degree from Lynn University in Florida, earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and elementary education at Florida A&M University, and recently received a second master’s of education specializing in leadership development and policy reform at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently studying for her doctorate in education policy and leadership at Southern Methodist University, where she also is an adjunct instructor, teaching select master's level courses in SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
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.
James C. Katzman
Highlights: James C. Katzman is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs, with extensive experience in investment banking. Born in Central Pennsylvania, Mr. Katzman brings sophisticated skills in the financial area and has a personal interest in education and childhood development. He is a Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, a Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet, a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Dartmouth College, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School. Mr. Katzman graduated with an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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.