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Debra F. Fickler
Debra F. Fickler
Posted: April 30, 2013

Lisa M. McBride was hired as chief diversity officer at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She had been special assistant to the president for equity and diversity and ombudsperson at California University of Pennsylvania.

Modern Group, a Bristol distributor of materials-handling and other equipment, and power systems, named Paul Farrell as president and CEO. He has been president since 2012. Dave Griffith, who had been chairman and CEO will remain chairman.

CertainTeed Corp., Valley Forge, hired Minas Apelian as vice president of research and development. Apelian had been vice president and general manager at J.M. Huber Corp.

Villanova University promoted Debra F. Fickler to vice president and general counsel, from deputy general counsel. Fickler succeeds Dorothy A. Malloy, Villanova's first general counsel, who held the position for more than 24 years and will now serve in the role of counsel for the university.

TD Bank, Philadelphia, has promoted Heather S. McCormick to vice president, senior treasury management officer in Treasury Management Services in Philadelphia and South Jersey. She had been a sales officer.

Pennsylvania Game Commission has named Thomas P. Grohol director for the agency's Southeast regional office in Reading. He had been assistant director of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection, where he supervised the Special Operations Division.

AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, Philadelphia, hired Priscilla Sims Brown as senior vice president and chief marketing and development officer. She had been chief marketing and brand officer at Lincoln Financial Group.

David M. O'Malley has been promoted to chief operating officer, from executive vice president and CFO, at Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. Susan T. Deakins has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer, from vice president and chief actuary.

SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia, has hired Michael Sokoloski as executive chef, leading the Refinery restaurant and other eateries within the casino. He had been an executive sous chef at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City.


Subaru of America Inc., Cherry Hill, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan, promoted Thomas J. Doll to president from executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Kevin O'Leary was appointed vice president of strategic planning and business development for Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia. He had been assistant vice president, planning and strategic development, at Virtua Health.

BLT Architects, Philadelphia, hired David Monahan as controller. He held the same post as Brandywine Global Investment Management.

Michael L. Krancer, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, has rejoined Blank Rome L.L.P. as a partner in the firm's Philadelphia office. He will chair the firm's energy, petrochemical, and natural-resources practice. A partner at the firm from 1992 to 1999, Krancer left to become a judge and chief judge of the state's Environmental Hearing Board. He returned to the EHB in 2009 after a run for justice of the state Supreme Court and a stint as associate general counsel of Exelon Corp.

Wells Fargo & Co., Philadelphia, said Michael Ormonde and Anthony Rosado have been promoted to area presidents in the Greater Philadelphia-Delaware region. Ormonde is responsible for the retail network in Bucks County and Rosado for the retail network in Montgomery County. Previously, Ormonde was the Greater McLean district manager in the Greater Washington, D.C., market, and Rosado was the Greater Philadelphia/Delaware regional sales and marketing manager. Kayla McCause has been promoted to regional sales and marketing manager from regional marketing consultant in Wells Fargo's merchant services division.

Radian Guaranty Inc. hired Phillip Bracken as chief policy officer, government and industry relations. He will represent Radian on Capitol Hill, promoting a more traditional balance between private and public capital in the mortgage finance market. Most recently, Bracken served as an executive consultant in the housing, financial-services, and consumer sectors and spent 15 years as an executive at Wells Fargo.

Former Cozen O'Connor family-law practices group cochair David L. Ladov and attorneys Stephanie H. Winegrad and Scott Matison have joined Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel L.L.P.'s family-law department. Ladov will serve as cochair of the department. They will work in the firm's new Conshohocken office.

Terry Travis has been named associate vice president of development at St. Joseph's University. She had been assistant vice president of development at La Salle University.

John Lewis Laskey has joined Stark & Stark's Marlton office as a shareholder and member of the firm's bankruptcy and creditors'-rights practice. Laskey had been a partner in the Cherry Hill office of Dilworth Paxson L.L.P.

Sun Home Loans, the residential mortgage division of Sun National Bank, Vineland, named Annette M. Voellinger senior vice president and chief operating officer. Voellinger had been vice president, operational support, at Chase Home Finance.


Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, L.L.P., a Doylestown law firm, named Michael W. Mills as a partner in the firm, joining its Tax, Business & Finance and Estates & Trusts Practice Groups.

Henry A. Pitt was appointed chief quality officer for the Temple University Health System and associate vice dean for clinical affairs, and adjunct professor of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. He had been chief quality officer at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis.

David Azotea was named a partner of the Atlantic City law firm of Levine, Staller, Sklar, Chan, Brown & Donnelly PA. He joined the firm as an associate in 2006 and, prior to that, as an assistant public defender in Jacksonville, Fla.

  Comcast Corp., Philadelphia, has named Jennifer L. Daley and James P. McCue as vice presidents and assistant treasurers of the corporation, from executive directors and assistant treasurers.

                              - Mike Zebe

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