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December 3, 2018

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New Members Elected to PA Chamber Board of Directors at Annual Meeting

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC Chairman Emeritus David Kleppinger to serve as board chair


HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s Board of Directors has added new business leaders to the board and set in place its leadership team for 2019.  The elections took place at the PA Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting, which was held on Thursday, November 29 in Pittsburgh. 


“We’re pleased to welcome five new members to the PA Chamber’s Board of Directors,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr.  “These individuals bring unique regional and industry perspectives that will enrich our understanding of the benefits and challenges that Pennsylvania businesses face. Our board provides steadfast support in our mission to build a stronger economy here in the Commonwealth, and we look forward to working with them in the year ahead on behalf of the state’s broad-based business community.”


The following individuals were newly elected to serve on the PA Chamber board:

  • Allison Davenport, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania
  • John Lawn, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
  • Marc Lucca, Aqua Pennsylvania
  • Manuel Mar, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Matt Smith, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce


The Board of Directors also elected the following 2019 officers:  McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC Chairman Emeritus David Kleppinger will serve as PA Chamber Board Chair; Workers Compensation Associates, Inc. President and CEO Donald Liskay will serve as first vice chair; and Giant Food Stores, LLC President Nicholas Bertram will serve as vice chair.


Those who were re-elected to the board include:

  • Robert Beard, UGI Utilities, Inc.
  • David Breidinger, Breidinger & Associates LLC
  • Michael Dunleavy, Crown Holdings, Inc.
  • Geoffrey Eddowes, Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
  • Richard Ehst, Customers Bank
  • David Gray, Pennsylvania State University
  • Janis Herschkowitz, PRL, Inc.
  • Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, ASK Foods, Inc.
  • Mike Huwar, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Christine Martin, PPL Services Corp.
  • Christopher Masciantonio, United States Steel Corporation
  • Steve Mongiardo, Merck & Company, Inc.
  • Daniel Onorato, Highmark Health
  • Michael Postupak, PNC Bank, N.A.
  • Katie Smarilli, Smarilli Strategic Partners
  • Robert Sodini, Sodini and Company, Inc.
  • Philip Wenger, Fulton Financial Corporation


The PA Chamber also applauded and thanked the following board members for completing their service on the PA Chamber board:

  • Doris Carson Williams, African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA
  • Robert Mazza, Robert Mazza, Inc.
  • Edward Sheehan, Jr., Concurrent Technologies Corporation


The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.