Staff and Board in Motion – August 2023
Check out what our team members have been up to recently…
Laura Ducceschi appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic and Community Advisory Council
Congratulations to our President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi, who was appointed to serve on the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic and Community Advisory Council (ECAC) starting in 2024.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic and Community Advisory Council (ECAC) informs the Bank’s senior leadership of emerging trends, issues, and market conditions within the Third Federal Reserve District and across the country. The Council is comprised of members from both the private and public sectors and fosters greater integration to more broadly impact the Third Federal Reserve District and to encourage economic growth.
Laura was asked to serve on the Council because of her deep understanding of community revitalization, workforce development, transportation, and housing and her commitment to bringing together diverse groups and forging cross-sector partnerships to address regional challenges. Noted as of particular value to the Council is Laura’s focus on developing responsive programs and using resources in innovative ways to advance inclusive growth across Northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as the knowledge she will bring on emerging trends in philanthropic giving and on a community foundation’s role in being a community catalyst. Laura will serve a three-year team beginning in January 2024.
For additional information on the ECAC, visit https://www.philadelphiafed.org/our-people/advisory-councils/ecac.
Attorney Musheno elected as Chair of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Board
Congratulations to our Board member, Jerry Musheno, R.Ph., Esq., who was recently elected as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. He will serve a 2-year term.
Jerry Musheno, R.Ph., Esq., is a pharmacy law consultant, and in addition, teaches pharmacy law at Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and Jefferson University College of Pharmacy. In addition to his role as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, he is also a board member and past Chairman of the following organizations: St. Mary’s Villa, Skills in Scranton, Lackawanna Pro Bono, Outreach Center for Community Resources; and the Lackawanna Blind Association. He is also a past Chairman of the St. Joseph’s Center Foundation and a current member of the St. Joseph’s Center Board and serves as a board member at the Scranton Counseling Center.
Thank you for your dedication and service to our communities, Attorney Musheno! We are glad to have you on the Scranton Area Community Foundation board as well!
Attorney Marion Munley awarded the 2023 ‘Mel’ Award!
Marion Munley, Esq., is a partner at Munley Law where, for over 30 years, she has represented individuals and families in catastrophic and complex personal injury litigation with a special focus on cases involving commercial truck crashes. She is known for her compassionate and tireless devotion to her clients and their families. She has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list by Best Lawyers since 2012 and was named Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs in Northeastern Pennsylvania earlier this year. Attorney Munley has been selected to the list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers since 2004 and was named to the Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list in 2022. She has been consistently recognized as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers.
Congratulations, Attorney Munley! Thank you for all you do to serve our communities!
Vivian Williams promoted to Senior Community Initiatives Manager!
Please join us in congratulating Vivian Williams on our team, whose role has been elevated to Senior Community Initiatives Manager! In her role, she will continue to manage Foundation-led projects in the region including attainable housing; affordable, quality childcare; accessible, equitable transportation; and capacity building for nonprofit organizations.
Vivian will also work in collaboration with the Foundation team to facilitate NEPA Gives, the region’s largest 24-hour giving day; the NEPA Learning Conference; as well as overall efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across Foundation initiatives and the overall community. We are thrilled to have her on our team leading our community initiatives in partnership with our team!
Christopher DiMattio honored with Distinguished Community Service Award!\
Congratulations to our Board member, Christopher DiMattio, who was recently honored with the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Salvation Army Scranton Citadel Corps.
Additionally, Mr. DiMattio served as the General Chair for the 100th Annual UNICO National Convention last month in Ft. Myers, Florida where he was elected as Board Chair of the UNICO Foundation, Inc. He will also be serving as Chair of the annual La Festa Italiana in Downtown Scranton Labor Day weekend.
Thanks, Mr. DiMattio, for your service to Northeastern Pennsylvania and our communities! Congratulations on your recent—and well-deserved—award!
Bella Ceccoli accepted into Leadership Lackawanna’s Core Program
Congratulations to our Administrative Coordinator and NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Coordinator, Bella Ceccoli, who was accepted into Leadership Lackawanna‘s Core Program!
Through Leadership Lackawanna’s 10-month Core Program, Bella is looking forward to honing her leadership, interpersonal, and managerial skills, as well as gaining an enhanced understanding of the issues relevant to the Greater Scranton region. Areas of focus in the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program can include community development, economic development, or quality of life with sessions featuring widely recognized specialists. As a member of the class, she will also devote a large portion of her time to developing and implementing a community project, enhancing her leadership abilities, fostering teamwork, and benefiting local nonprofit organizations.
We look forward to Bella’s participation in Leadership Lackawanna’s Core Program in 2024!
Our team at Scranton Area Community Foundation is composed of dedicated professionals who are devoted to helping our generous donors connect to the causes that they care about most.
Our Board of Governors and staff works to make our region a better place to live and we are proud of the commitment our team has to learning and serving in the community.
You can learn more about our Foundation leadership here.
We are proud to be your community foundation, working together to create a stronger, kinder, and more livable region.