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Leadership Council & Ambassadors

The Leadership Council and Ambassadors are designed to engage supporters of Wistar to further our mission of advancing biomedical research discoveries and collaboration.

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is an advisory group of distinguished individuals who are dedicated to advancing the mission of The Wistar Institute—to solve some of the world’s most challenging and important problems in the fields of cancer, immunology and infectious diseases, and produce groundbreaking advances in world health. Through their philanthropic commitment and advocacy, Council members help provide the resources that enable Wistar to nurture innovative ideas, launch new initiatives and train the next generation of leading scientists.

Council membership is by invitation. For further information, please contact Anita Pepper at 215-495-6927 or


Kenneth J. Davis, Esq.
Partner, Morgan Lewis

Donna F. Weinraub, CPCU, ARM
Senior Vice President, Client Advocate, Willis Towers Watson

Vice Chair

James D. Troyer, CFA


Mary E. Bak
Partner, Howson & Howson LLP

Jennifer Bellis
Private Client Relationship Manager - Greater Philadelphia, TD Wealth

Max Berger
President, MBA Equities

John T. Boxer, Esq.
General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Wealth Management, LLC

Marc Duey
President, ProMetrics, Inc.

Lisa C. Dykstra, Esq.
Partner, Morgan Lewis

Keith Gaspard
Partner - Life Sciences, Odgers Berndtson

Bruce A. Gillespie 
Retired Commercial Banker

Merle Gilmore
Managing Member, L2C Partners

Carrie Gish

Joseph F. Grusemeyer

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

Liza Herzog
Director of Academic Research, Drexel University, School of Entrepreneurship

Larry Hollin
Partner, Arch Street Advisors

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

Sharon Tobin Kestenbaum
President, Bala Properties Group, Inc.

Keith Lampman-Perlman
Senior Vice President & Legacy & Major Gifts Officer, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2)

James C. Li
Vice President, Commercial Lending, Penn Community Bank

Michelle Mayer
Account Manager, Managed Healthcare Services, Lilly USA

Jennifer Mendel
Principal Partner, Blue Fox Advisors LLC

Patrick M. Oates, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, EMSCO Scientific, Inc.

Louis Padulo, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, University City Science Center

Elizabeth A. Pesce
CFO, Beco Kitchens and Bathrooms

Joseph F. Robinson, CPA & CPIA
President, Beneficial Insurance Services LLC

Eric Rugart
Co-Founder, ZSX Medical

Jim Schaeffer
Partner, Center Bridge Group

Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer
SAVVY Main Line

Evan Solomon
CEO, EFS Networks Inc.

Lynsie Solomon
Consultant, Lynsie Blair, LLC

Alex Stanbach
Stylist, Stella and Dot

Greg Stanbach
Executive Director, JPMorgan

Emily Turner, CFA
Advisor, Goldman Sachs

Jamie Leigh Wells, M.D.

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

James Wistar
Chairman, President and CEO, Everite Door Company

Craig F. Zappetti 
Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP

The Ambassadors of The Wistar Institute

The Ambassadors are bright young leaders and philanthropists (40 and under) who are garnering support and spreading Wistar’s message about bold advances in cancer, immunology and infectious disease research.

Ambassadors membership is by invitation. For further information, please contact Elyse Hoffmann at 215-898-3955 or


Chair: Lynsie Solomon
Vice Chair: Katie Pellecchia


Katie Adams
Stephanie Desjardins
Ken Greenberg
Charles Lentz
Michael Magnatta
Matthew Malinowski
Jenny Perkins
Eric Allen Smith