Leadership Council

The Leadership Council complements the work of the Board of Trustees in enhancing The Wistar Institute’s ability to improve public health through biomedical research. Members support the Institute’s mission through personal philanthropy, community engagement, and resource development.

Edward J. Ryan
Chair
Executive Advisory Board, Wells Fargo Bank

Keith Gaspard
Vice Chair
Partner - Life Sciences, Odgers Berndtson

Mary E. Bak
Partner, Howson & Howson LLP

Max Berger 
President, MBA Equities

Eric Bernstein, M.D.
Main Line Center for Laser Surgery

Gerald E. Burns, Esq.
Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Marla Conley, Esq.
Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group Co-Chair, Schnader Attorneys at Law

Kenneth J. Davis, Esq.
Partner, Morgan Lewis

Elizabeth Gabor 
Senior Real Estate Manager, O'Neill Properties Group, LP

Bruce A. Gillespie 
Retired Commercial Banker

Merle Gilmore
Founder and Principal, Merle Gilmore & Associates

Scott H. Herbert, M.D.
Chief, Radiation Oncology, The Rosenfeld Cancer Center, Abington Memorial Hospital

Liza Herzog
Director of Research, Philadelphia Education Fund

Larry Hollin
Partner, Arch Street Advisors

Rick Horowitz
President, RAF Industries, Inc.

Carol G. Huff
President, Real Estate Investment Strategies, Inc.

Sharon Tobin Kestenbaum
President, Bala Properties Group, Inc.

Zachary Klehr
Executive Vice President, Franklin Square Capital Partners

James C. Li
Vice President, Commercial Lending, First Federal of Bucks County

Michelle Mayer
Account Manager, Managed Healthcare Services, Lilly USA

Kevin P. McDermott, CFP®, RFC
Founding Partner, The Philadelphia Group

Jennifer Mendel
Principal Partner, Blue Fox Advisors LLC

Patrick M. Oates, Ph.D.
Vice President, Science Education, Universal Companies

Elizabeth A. Pesce
CFO, Beco Kitchens and Bathrooms

Edward Piscopo
Regional Director of Economic Development, PECO, an Exelon Company

Ellen Riccobene, M.D.
Medical Director, Independence Blue Cross

Jim Schaeffer
President and Founder, Ruby’s of Pennsylvania

Evan Solomon
CEO, EFS Networks Inc.

Lynsie Solomon
Department of Public Property, City of Philadelphia

Alex Stanbach
Project Manager, UBC: An Express Scripts Company

Greg Stanbach
Senior Vice President, RBS Citizens

James D. Troyer, CFA
Principal and Portfolio Manager, The Vanguard Group

Paul N. Urick, R.Ph.
Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Operations, Cigna Corporation

Dr. Aubrey Watkins III
Director, Business Development & Licensing (Transactions Manager), Merck

Bryan Weingarten
Chief Executive Officer, WP Realty

Donna F. Weinraub, CPCU, ARM 
Vice-President, Atlantic Region, Willis Group

Jeremiah J. White, Jr.
President and CEO, Jeremiah J. White & Associates

James Wistar
Chairman, President and CEO, Everite Door Company

Craig F. Zappetti 
Partner, Saul Ewing LLP