Leadership Council & Ambassadors
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.
Kenneth J. Davis, Esq.
Partner, Morgan Lewis
Donna F. Weinraub, CPCU, ARM
Senior Vice President, Client Advocate, Willis Towers Watson
James D. Troyer, CFA
Mary E. Bak
Partner, Howson & Howson LLP
Private Client Relationship Manager - Greater Philadelphia, TD Wealth
President, MBA Equities
President, ProMetrics, Inc.
Partner - Life Sciences, Odgers Berndtson
Bruce A. Gillespie
Retired Commercial Banker
Managing Member, L2C Partners
Joseph F. Grusemeyer
Scott H. Herbert, M.D.
Chief, Radiation Oncology, The Rosenfeld Cancer Center, Abington Memorial Hospital
Director of Academic Research, Drexel University, School of Entrepreneurship
Partner, Arch Street Advisors
Carol G. Huff
President, Real Estate Investment Strategies, Inc.
Sharon Tobin Kestenbaum
President, Bala Properties Group, Inc.
Senior Vice President & Legacy & Major Gifts Officer, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2)
James C. Li
Vice President, Commercial Lending, Penn Community Bank
Account Manager, Managed Healthcare Services, Lilly USA
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
Co-Founder, ZSX Medical
President and Founder, Ruby’s of Pennsylvania
Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer
CEO, EFS Networks Inc.
Consultant, Lynsie Blair, LLC
Stylist, Stella and Dot
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Jamie Leigh Wells, M.D.
Jeremiah J. White, Jr.
President and CEO, Jeremiah J. White & Associates
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.
Chair: Lynsie Solomon
Vice Chair: Katie Pellecchia
Eric Allen Smith