PPL Electric president leaves, interim named

Allentown-based PPL Corp. named 20-year PPL veteran Christine M. Martin as interim PPL Electric Utilities president, succeeding Stephanie R. Raymond, who left her post-Sept. 1.

A release said Raymond departed the company by mutual consent. Before assuming this new post, Martin was vice president of public affairs and chief sustainability officer.

“We thank Stephanie for her service and contributions to PPL Electric Utilities over the past decade,” said Fran Sullivan, PPL executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We wish her well in her future endeavors and are fortunate to have someone of Christine’s caliber ready to step into this role as we create the utilities of the future.”

A native of Pennsylvania, Martin joined PPL in 2003. She brings extensive experience in public affairs and stakeholder engagement to her new role, including as vice president of public affairs and vice president of state government relations earlier in her PPL career.

Before coming to PPL, Martin was deputy secretary for water management in the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, where she was responsible for statewide water resources management and policy. She also served as senior policy manager for environmental, infrastructure, energy and regulatory issues for governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker.

“I look forward to partnering closely with the PPL Electric leadership team and the broader organization, and I’m eager to engage with key stakeholders as we deliver on our mission to provide safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy,” Martin added.

PPL Electric is one of several regulated utilities in the PPL family of companies. PPL Electric delivers electricity to approximately 1.5 million homes and businesses in 29 counties across eastern and central Pennsylvania.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Newsmakers: HNL Lab Medicine, Norris McLaughlin P.A., and more

Dr. Nguyet-Cam Vu Lam, David M. Confalone, Alyssa Christian, Julie Wagner Burkart, Matthew Malozi and Cíara Purcell
Dr. Nguyet-Cam Vu Lam, David M. Confalone, Alyssa Christian, Julie Wagner Burkart, Matthew Malozi and Cíara Purcell. PHOTOS/PROVIDED –


The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors named Dr. Nguyet-Cam Vu Lam a member of its Program Director Wellness Task Force. The task force will explore options for providing wellness support to association members and recommend wellness initiatives to the board of directors. Lam is program director of Bethlehem Family Medicine residency at Fountain Hill, Lehigh County-based St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Banking and finance

Wyomissing, Berks County-based Marathon Business Group LLC & Marathon Advisory Services LLC named Jack A. Russell a financial analyst and office administrator. Russell will focus on financial analysis, market research and brand development


Warwick Township, Bucks County-based Middle Bucks Institute of Technology named Mark Covelle administrative director.

Health care

Hanover Township, Lehigh County-based HNL Lab Medicine named David M. Confalone vice president of finance. Confalone is a certified public accountant.


Stroud Township, Monroe County-based Frailey Insurance and Financial Services named Felicia M. Gwinn account manager for personal lines.


Rocco Beltrami
Rocco Beltrami 

Norris McLaughlin P.A. named Rocco Beltrami an associate in the Allentown office. Beltrami will practice in the business law group and the real estate, zoning and land use group and will provide strategic counsel to clients on general business topics and a variety of real estate transactions. Alyssa Christian was named an associate in the business law group in Allentown. Christian counsels clients on general business issues.

Philadelphia-based Stevens & Lee named Julie Wagner Burkart a member of the real estate department, based in the Allentown office. She practices in land use and zoning law, contracts and leasing, landlord-tenant law, business formation and organization, estate planning and litigation.



Grace Peoples
Grace Peoples

Emmaus, Lehigh County-based Altitude Marketing named Grace Peoples social media coordinator. Peoples will manage social media and strategic direction for the company and its clients.





Hanover Township, Northampton County-based ASR Media Productions named Cíara Purcell a junior editor. Purcell will continue to strengthen her editing skills and support production of client projects.


Communities In Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania, with offices in Allentown, Lehigh County, and Wyomissing, Berks County, elected Sandra K. Green, Hope Johnson and Adrian Marsh board members. Green works with Kutztown University and the Kutztown Community Partnership. Johnson is vice president of perioperative and endoscopy services for Lehigh Valley Health Network. Marsh is global head of administrative finance at Olympus Corp.

Public transportation

Mike Lichtenberger
Mike Lichtenberger 

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority named Matthew Malozi chair of its board of directors. Malozi, a board appointee of Lehigh County, is co-founder and president of Civitas Regio LLC. Mike Lichtenberger of Bethlehem was named vice chair. Lichtenberger, a board appointee of Northampton County, is group executive and chief operating officer of enTrust Payment Systems of Bethlehem.




Real estate

South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County-based Howard Hanna The Frederick Group named Vitaliy Raskot a Realtor.


Compiled by contributing writer Amy DiNunzio

UPMC president and CEO to leave role after 15 years

Pittsburgh-based UPMC’s president and CEO of 15 years is set to step down from his position next week after 48 years with the health system—he will be succeeded by Leslie Davis, a health care executive with 17 years of experience at UPMC.

Jeffrey Romoff, attributed with growing the $23 billion network of 40 hospitals to become the largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania, will leave the role he has held since 2006 on Aug. 1.
With Romoff at the helm, UPMC has expanded across Pennsylvania with the acquisitions of regional health systems such as Susquehanna Health and Pinnacle Health and into New York and Maryland with the acquisitions of WCA Hospital in Jamestown, New York and Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland.

“Under Jeff’s leadership, UPMC has provided excellent and unmatched health care across our tri-state service territory and internationally. He has led UPMC in developing new models of care and supported advanced research that has benefitted our patients,” said G. Nicholas Beckwith III, chair of the UPMC Board of Directors. “Jeff’s contributions are numerous in helping to build UPMC into the global health care leader that it is today. The full Board of Directors joins me in recognizing Jeff’s accomplishments, including the establishment of a strong foundation for the advancement of patient care, research breakthroughs and developing the overall vision for UPMC’s growth.”

Romoff will remain with UPMC as president emeritus, acting as a resource for incoming president and CEO Leslie Davis.

Davis, president of the Health Services Division at UPMC and former president of UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital from 2004 to 2018, joins the role after 30 years of health care experience.

As president of Health Services, Davis has been responsible for leading UPMC’s operations across its portfolio of hospitals and has played a large role in positioning the system as a national health care innovator, the system wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

“She brings a stellar track record built over three decades of leadership in health care with the background and expertise to help propel UPMC into the next phase of growth,” said Beckwith. “In her 17 years at UPMC, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to clinical excellence and very strong relationships with our patient families, physicians, employees, leaders and communities.”

Prior to joining UPMC, Davis was president of Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia and began her career at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

“I look forward to continuing to ensure that health care is accessible and affordable to our communities while driving innovation, employee engagement, academic excellence and research across all of our hospitals and practices,” said Davis. “I am confident in our organization’s future and look forward to continuing to serve our patients, our members, our employees and our communities as UPMC soars to even greater heights in the future.”