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Board of Directors

Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania recently elected three new members to serve on its board of directors. Joan Lewis, Claire Seda and Jennifer McDonough joined the board of directors in October 2018.

Joan Lewis is a resident of Sinking Spring and is a Professor of Social Work at Alvernia University. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development from Marywood University in Scranton, and has an extensive background in Social Work and Academics. She chaired Berks County Children and Youth Services, and the Board of Directors of Berks County Council on Chemical Abuse. She has substantial knowledge of Easterseals and its mission, since her father served as president of the Easter Seals Board, and she has referred clients to Easterseals’ programs and services when she was practicing Social Work.

Claire Seda of Reading is a Senior Financial Analyst for Penske Logistics. She has an MBA from Alvernia University in Reading, and graduated from United Way Berks’ Blueprint for Leadership Program. She brings to the board her insights as a Latina businesswoman, and a mother of a daughter with special needs. She volunteers with Penske United Way at Work, Penske Women’s Network, United Way’s ELU (Emerging Leaders United) and has taught English as a second language.

Jennifer McDonough of Allentown is Associate General Counsel at PPL Corporation. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. Having recently moved to the Lehigh Valley, she was looking for a volunteer opportunity that assisted differently abled people and was directed to Easterseals by PPL’s volunteer coordinator. She plans to be a strong advocate for Easterseals, to increase awareness and support in the local community.

Board of Directors 2018/2019
(updated November 2018)

Dolores Bertoti, Alvernia University
Chair of the Board

William Blumer, Leisawitz Heller
Vice Chair of the Board

Tony Deutsch, Concannon Miller
Treasurer

Nancy Knoebel, CEO, Easterseals Eastern PA
Secretary, Ex Officio 

Peter Cleff, PPL (retired)

Joan Lewis, Alvernia University

Jennifer McDonough, PPL Services Corporation

Matt Peters, Computer Aid, Inc.

Claire Seda, Penske Logistics, LLC

Elaine Stanko, Customers Bank

Julia Urich, FireRock Productions

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