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.


Max Berger
President, MBA Equities

Donna F. Weinraub, CPCU, ARM
Senior Vice President, Corporate Risk Solutions, Willis of Pennsylvania


Mary E. Bak
Partner, Howson & Howson LLP

Jennifer Bellis
Vice President, Citi Private Bank

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

Kenneth J. Davis, Esq.
Partner, Morgan Lewis

Michael DeThomas
President & CEO, Trigon Technology

Keith Gaspard
Partner - Life Sciences, Odgers Berndtson

Bruce A. Gillespie 
Retired Commercial Banker

Merle Gilmore
Founder and Principal, Merle Gilmore & Associates

Carrie Gish

Joseph F. Grusemeyer

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

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

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

Eric Rugart
Co-Founder, ZSX Medical

Jim Schaeffer
President and Founder, Ruby’s of Pennsylvania

David Shuey
President and CEO, Applied Risk Management, LLC

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

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