Newsmakers for August 29 – Reading Eagle
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation has selected Ellen Albright, Director of Talent + Workforce Development for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, to be the class leader in the fifth cohort of their premier business management program. Albright attended the second cohort as a Fellow and will return to the program as a mentor and facilitator to support current participants in the program.
The Business Leads Fellowship program trains and equips executives from state and local chambers of commerce, business development agencies, and trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of like-minded people to build their capacity to address the most pressing educational and human resource challenges.
The virtual program will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education and workforce development.
Upon completion, the Business Leads Fellows will join the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from across the country that regularly participate in educational and employee initiatives.
Pennsylvania cable network
Brett A. Mayer, of Douglassville, was recently named vice president of development. With Mayer’s expertise, PCN starts a new development initiative based on its 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status and integrates this change into its marketing activities.
Since its inception, PCN has relied primarily on cable system revenues to fund the network and has not received any state or federal tax dollars. The trend of citizens “cutting back” on cable television has resulted in a decline in PCN revenues. PCN is now ready to begin its new fundraising efforts focused on philanthropic support consisting of audience and corporate donations, sponsorship and grant / endowment funding.
Mayer joins PCN with over 15 years of experience in community service and fundraising with multiple organizations across the state. He began his professional career in various positions with the YMCA of Reading and Berks Counties and left in 2013 as Operations Manager; served as development director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Northeast PA Chapter; and as Regional Philanthropy Officer for the Eastern Pennsylvania region of the American Red Cross. Most recently, Mayer was a gift officer at Penn State Health St. Joseph. Mayer is a member of the United Way of Berks County Emerging Leaders, a board member and president-elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Berks County, and a member of the Greater Reading Young Professionals Board of Directors. Mayer is a graduate of Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and received his Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Mid Penn Bank
Joan Dickinson has been promoted to Chief Retail Officer for the bank. In her new role, Dickinson will continue to report to Scott Micklewright, Chief Revenue Officer, and lead all retail operations for Mid Penn Bank and Scottdale Bank and Trust. She is responsible for the bank’s 36 branches and commercial cash management programs across the franchise.
Dickinson, who most recently served as chief of staff, has been with Mid Penn Bank since 2013 and is primarily focused on retail strategy development, commercial lending and relationship building initiatives. As Regional President, she built and led the Lancaster area team and was an integral part of building and expanding the bank’s presence in that market.
Dickinson holds a Masters of Business Administration from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Moravian University. She has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.
RKL asset management
Julie Englert, CTP, has been named Director of Operations and Compliance. Englert leads the company’s operations with an emphasis on efficiency gains and technological improvements to improve workflow and productivity. She also oversees RKL Wealth Management’s compliance program and manages third-party relationships.
Englert has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. Her experience includes leadership roles in treasury management including sales, operations, compliance and product management. Englert is a Certified Treasury Professional and a member of the Association for Financial Professionals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and an MBA from Eastern University.
A graduate of Lancaster Leadership in 2006, Englert served on the board of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lancaster. She lives in Landisville, Lancaster County.
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