Team Pennsylvania Foundation elected eight new board members at its June reorganizational meeting and voted John D. Moran Jr. of Moran Industries as its new private sector co-chair.
Moran replaces Karen Winner Sed, President & CEO, Winner International, who served in that capacity for the past three years along with governors Ed Rendell and Tom Corbett, the Foundation’s public sector co-chairs.
New board directors are: Anthony Bartolomeo of Pennoni Associates, Philadephia; the Honorable John Blake, Scranton; David Capitano, ParenteBeard LLC, Wilkes-Barre; Nicholas DeBenedictis, Aqua America Inc., Bryn Mawr; Tim Holt, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Allentown; Roger Richards, Bliley Technologies, Erie; Dr. Stephen Tang, University City Science Center, Philadelphia; and Nina Esposito-Visgitis, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Pittsburgh.
Moran is the President and CEO of Moran Industries, Inc., a premier warehousing and logistics company based in Watsontown. Moran Industries holds over 3 million square feet of warehousing space and is the only company in Central Pennsylvania to control 9 rail heads. The company maintains strong relationships with Norfolk Southern Railway and many other Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to his duties at Moran Industries, Moran is President of several other businesses in Central Pennsylvania. They are: Moran Logistics, Whatever It Takes Logistics, Moran Land Development, JDM Mountain Laurel, Mountain Laurel Grill, MFT Real Estate, JDM Consultants, Helicopter 1, North American Stone Cutters, Logistics Resources, Jet 1, Moran Oil & Gas Management, M3 Realty, J and M Charters and North Central Pennsylvania Investments. In total, the Moran family of companies currently provides employment to over 350 individuals.
Bartolomeo, PE, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennoni Associates. Bartolomeo joined Pennoni in 1986 and has more than 30 years experience in environmental engineering, coupled with broad experience in the relationship development among the federal, state and local government levels, all of which have a stake in the success of major civil infrastructure projects. He has integrated the engineering and financial aspects of major projects into the legal, regulatory and community objectives, to the benefit of Pennoni’s diverse client base. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states, and is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Sen. Blake earned a degree in Sociology from Villanova University and played defensive end for the Division I Villanova Wildcats. He continued his education by earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Marywood College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Scranton’s Kania School of Management. He also completed Executive Education in Public Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to be elected to the state Senate, Blake was a former Executive Deputy Secretary for the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, serving as DCED’s Chief Operating Officer and he also served as Acting Secretary for the department.
Capitano is the Northern PA Regional Managing Partner with ParenteBeard LLC. He has over 21 years of experience in auditing, accounting and consulting in various industries with a concentration in education and not‐for‐profit entities. He was with an international firm of certified public accountants prior to joining ParenteBeard in 1991. Currently, Capitano is the practice leader of the public sector group and regional managing partner for the Northern PA region.
DeBenedictis was elected Chairman of Aqua America, Inc. (formerly Philadelphia Suburban Corporation) in May 1993, 10 months after joining the corporation as its president and chief executive officer, and chairman of its principal subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania (formerly Philadelphia Suburban Water Company).
Holt, Director of Corporate Relations, President of Air Products Foundation joined the company in 1984 as Manager, State and Local Government Relations, and organized the company’s state relations program in its key investment states, after serving 7 years with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce a statewide business lobbying organization where he managed Transportation, Energy, and Environmental, Labor and Tort Liability issues.
Richards, President, Bliley Technologies, purchased the company and its subsidiary Sunburst Electronics in 1998. Since this acquisition, he has been actively involved in corporate governance and executive administration of both companies, in his capacity as Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Tang became President and CEO of the University City Science Center in February 2008 following an extensive nationwide search. The Science Center is the nation’s oldest and largest urban research park. Dr. Tang is the first president in the Science Center’s 49-year history to have not only led a company through venture funding and an initial public offering, but to also serve as a senior executive with a large life sciences company as it acquired and integrated smaller start-ups.
Esposito-Visgitis has been an active member of the Pittsburgh community for over 30 years. Her long record of community leadership led the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers to appoint her as their new president in September 2011. Nina has been instrumental in reshaping the Pittsburgh public school system, and was a central figure in the creation of RISE, the teacher evaluation system that has gained national recognition for its innovation and utility. She also led the effort to involve teachers more directly in the Empowering Effective Teachers initiative. Her other involvement with the Pittsburgh community includes: serving as a Building Representative, Executive Council Board Member, PFT Staff Vice President for Middle Schools and as co-chair of the Special Education Communication Council; connecting speech and language specialists with the PFT through her work with the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.
These officers will serve on the Foundation board from 2012-2014.