Holder of degrees in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering and Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University, Philip has a broad range of technical and business experience. Phil has led Blair Companies since 1992 from a 50-employee sign manufacturer to a full-service image provider routinely recognized by INC magazine as one of the fastest growing U.S. companies. Blair provides Architectural Imaging, Signs, Fixtures & Millwork, Lighting & Logistics services to large multi-site companies. Phil has enabled seamless global image management via an alliance with the top signage and lighting firms operating in Europe/Africa and Asia/Australia. Holder of several lighting technology patents, he is currently focused on growth in the LED arena.
Phil is also a director in his family enterprise’s group of twenty companies employing nearly 2000 across real estate, manufacturing, construction, paper production, natural resources and software development operations. Phil’s background includes Sony Music & Entertainment, where he led their Risk Management group in New York, and Senn-Delaney Management Consultants in Los Angeles. Philip resides in Altoona, PA with his wife Colleen and three children, Max, Claudia and Felicia.
Philip is an active community leader, with affiliations that include:
Mount Aloysius College (Chairman; Trustee)
Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission (Governor Appointee)
Operation Our Town, Drug Prevention (Founder; Director)
Blair County Presidents’ Forum (Founder; Chairman)
Leadership Blair County (Fellow)
World Presidents Organization (YPO) (Member)
Agudath Achim (Past Director)
Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board (Past Director; Executive Committee)
Altoona Area School District Foundation (Past Director)
B.A.S.I.C.S. (Business / School partnership) (Past Chairman)
Blair County Chamber of Commerce ( Directors Advisory Council; Past President; Treasurer)
Stephen G. Sheetz
Steve Sheetz is a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, home to family owned and operated Sheetz, Inc. convenience stores. Sheetz operates more than 560 locations in six states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina and employs more than 18,000 people, with current year revenue in excess of $6.4 billion
As a teenager, Steve began working in his brother Bob’s first Sheetz convenience store in 1960. Upon graduation from college, Steve served in the management of the Sheetz organization, held the position of President of Sheetz, Inc. from 1984 to 1995, Chairman of the Board from 1995 to 2013 and Chairman of Sheetz Family Council since 2013.
Steve and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Megan and Nikki and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Pechter joined Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, or (“DLJ”), in 1969 and spent his entire career there, retiring in 2000 as a director of the parent and chairman of DLJ’s Financial Services Group and its publicly-owned affiliate, DLJdirect. After his retirement, he spent five years as a a public school teacher in an inner city high school and community college. He has served as a member of the board of governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”), as a director of the New YorkStock Exchange Regulatory Authority, as a director of NSCC and the Depository Trust Company, as a member of the national board of directors of Teach For America, and as a director of Interstate Securities and Silvercrest Asset Management. He is currently on the board of JDS Therapeutics and the National Museum of Mathematics. He graduated with a BS degree from Yale and received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Managing Partner, Empower3 Center for Health, Altoona PA
President, Impact Health Solutions, Youngstown, NY
Pat has been training and educating both insurance brokers and HR personnel on all aspects of employee benefit analysis, design and communication for over 25 years. He has been able to guide both for profit and non-profit employers to a more cost-effective, “think outside the box” approach of promoting education and wellness to the employees in order to proactively reduce or control costs and premiums.
His latest project was the successful development of the Partnering for Health Services clinic-based health plan for the working uninsured in Altoona, PA. Along with Dr. Zane Gates, 2010’s Altoona’s Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader, Pat constructed the first program of this kind in the country. With the successful passage of Senate Bill No. 5 in June 2013, the model is now being looked at as a possible option for low income workers throughout the Commonwealth of PA.
Pat was recognized by The Buffalo Business First as one of the TOP Healthcare 50 for 2011. This award is for individuals that are making a significant difference in the healthcare industry for the community.
Zane H. Gates, M.D.
Born September 4, 1967 in Altoona, PA; Resides in Hollidaysburg, PA; has four children.
Allegheny University Hospital Internal Medicine; Pittsburgh, PA
July 1, 1995 – July 1997
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
September 1, 1991 – May 25, 1995
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA
BS in Pharmacy
September 1985 – May 1991
Bishop Guilfoyle, Altoona, PA
September 1981 – May 1985
LaRoche College Award
NAACP Award (community service)
Chester E. Smith Scholarship (medical school)
Cohen Scholarship Award (pharmacology school)
Deborah Grand Scholarship (high school)
St Francis Assisi Award
Mount Aloysius Honory Doctorate
Monsignor Griffin Award
John Riley Community Service Award
Given the Key to the City of Altoona
WEB MD Health Hero of The Year Award
Chamber of Commerce Special Committee Award
Kiwanis Citizen of The Year Award
Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leaders Award
Daughters of American Revolution, Local, State and Nationally
University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni
Altoona Mirror Hometown Favorite Physician-2016 & 2017
Blair County Drug and Alcohol Jo Ann Dugan Visionary Award
Blair County Citizen of the Year -2017
Empower3 Center for Health – Founder / Owner December 2015- Present
Partnering for Health Services (Free Medical Clinic)
Medical Director 1999 – December 2015
Altoona Primary Health Network – Medical Director, January 2008 to 2015
Lexington Hospitalist – August 2006 – December 2007
Mainline Medical Associates – September 1999 – August 2006
Logan Medical Associates – July 1998 – August 1999
Rite Aid Pharmacy – July 1991 – May 1994
Thrift Drug – May 1990 – September 1991
American Board of Internal Medicine – 1999
Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation, Altoona, PA
An after-school program for disadvantaged youth at risk between the ages of 4 -12 in Low income housing where Dr Gates grew up. This program includes an after-school program to enhance their education and teach them to “Dream Again”. This program is in memory of his mother.
Operation Safety Net Bon Secours Hospital, Altoona, PA
A free health clinic for adults with no access to health insurance
Partnering for Health Services – Altoona Regional Health Care, Altoona, PA
A free health clinic for adults with no access to health insurance
“The Cure” *
A medical thriller published in May of 2001
“The McAllister Project” *
Published in December of 2005
*Profits of all sales go directly toward the Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation for Underprivileged Children
Worked with Governor Tom Corbett to pass Senate Bill No. 5 to promote Empower3 Center for Health Model
John Richard Dickson IV
President & CEO – John R. Dickson IV, has served as President & CEO of Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare (RPSC), since August 20, 2001. During his tenure as the President & CEO, the organization completed the expansion of two new campuses totaling $ 49,060,000. Mr. Dickson orchestrated cost reduction and operational restructuring plans to position RPSC to refinance its debt and to better meet the service needs of its stakeholders in 2005 ($72,245,000), 2010 ($40,230,000) and 2013 ($59,442,000). Redstone in 2002, proudly was the first in the United States among 5,600 not-for-profit, long-term care organizations to endorse the Quality First covenant with Leading Age (formerly known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging [AAHSA]) embracing an unwavering direction for the highest standards for aging services. In addition, Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare has been recognized as a “Best Practices” organization for its innovative employee health insurance plan, which combined a full-scale wellness program to significantly reduce health care cost (AAHSA 2005 Annual Meeting Presentation). The Redstone organization, as a result of its wellness initiatives and measurable premium savings, was also recognized as a healthy employer in Western Pennsylvania in both 2011 and 2012. A five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF/CCAC) was obtained in 2009. In June of 2010, LeadingAge PA (formerly known as Pennsylvania Association for Non-Profit Homes for the Aging [PANPHA]) recognized Mr. Dickson’s contribution to the aging services field and presented him a Distinguished Service Award for Leader of the Year. Mr. Dickson holds a bachelor of art’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University.
Prior to joining RPSC, Mr. Dickson served as President / Vice President – Chief Development Officer for Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS Now Ohio Living) located in Columbus, Ohio from 1995 to 2001, where he directly facilitated the development, construction, and expansion of new services for eleven (11) CCRC communities. Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services is the largest not-for-profit CCRC provider in the state of Ohio. Mr. Dickson’s appointment to OPRS as President of OPRS Development Corporation was ranked as one of the top ten promotions in the June 1996 edition of Columbus C.E.O. magazine.
From 1988 through 1995, Mr. Dickson was employed by United Church Homes, Inc. (UCH) located in Marion, Ohio, as Director of Housing Services where he administered both management and development services to 44 corporations in ten (10) states totaling 2,040 units. Under his leadership, UCH received the most federal funding / awards by a single provider as a participant in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 202 Program for the Elderly in fiscal years 1991 and 1992. Mr. Dickson also facilitated and implemented national management service programs for the National Baptist Housing Convention, USA, Inc., and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) while at UCH.
During the years of 1982 through 1988, Mr. Dickson was employed by National Church Residences Inc. (NCR) located in Columbus, Ohio, as a Regional Coordinator where he directed the management, development and renovation services for twenty four (24) retirement communities located in Ohio, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
Mr. Dickson presently serves as Chairman of LeadingAge PA, Treasurer of the Redstone Presbytery and is an active member of Rotary International. Board Chair positions held by Mr. Dickson include a two-term appointment to the Faith-Based Network Alliance, Faith Affiliated Insurance Program and Western Pennsylvania Alliance Pharmacy. During his not-for-profit leadership career path, Mr. Dickson has served on numerous committees with the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and the Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes and Services for the Aging, and the Pennsylvania Association for Non-Profit Senior Services. Mr. Dickson previously served as Treasurer of LeadingAge PA and served on the Executive Comm
Colleen Devorris is founder and CEO of BrandDemon Strategy +Design, Central Pennsylvania’s premier branding agency. Across her 30 years of world-class marketing and branding experience, Colleen has worked on both the client and agency side. Colleen began as an advertising agency copywriter at Hill Holiday (Boston) and Leo Burnett (Chicago), working on brands such as Spaulding, Kellogg’s and Hilton. She then earned an MBA from Cornell University and spent the next decade as a National Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, London) and Director of Cosmetics Marketing at Revlon (NYC). At both P&G and Revlon, Colleen achieved breakthrough results, including exceptional share growth and several industry awards, including a Clio.
After moving to Altoona, PA, Colleen joined Sheetz, leading the convenience store chain’s early 2000 brand re-invention project. The proto-type location exceeded objectives and the new branding package was quickly rolled out across the chain’s 400+ locations. Colleen founded and led the Brand Department at Sheetz, managing all aspects of marketing and launching an internal branding program that touched over 12,000 employees across 5 states.
At Penn State University, Colleen serves as an adjunct professor of Marketing and Branding and is often invited as a guest speaker at various other university and industry events. She has served on the board of City Kids NYC, Penn Mont Academy, Penn State Renaissance, and the Hollidaysburg Public Library, and is currently serving on the board of the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
Dr. Pringle is an epidemiologist by training, with extensive experience in health services research. She is a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy, and the founder and Director of the Program Evaluation Research Unit (PERU) within the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. Her area of expertise is health services research and organizational health, especially as it relates to healthcare innovation implementation. She has conducted numerous health services research studies and program evaluation efforts involving (but not limited to): screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), innovative addiction treatment approaches, chronic disease intervention and prevention models, medication adherence interventions, and patient access to care improvement efforts. She has also developed a framework for assessing organizational health and guiding systems transformation, which has been used with the Veterans Health Administration, primary care practices, and Integrated Care practices, among other health care sites and entities. Throughout her career, Dr. Pringle has secured over $140 million in grants from a variety of sources, and she has developed healthcare policy research and briefs that have been used to inform policy development at both the state and federal level.
Neil started his business career creating two businesses while in College (an Advertising Company and a Birthday Cake Delivery Service). Following graduation and active duty in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer for two years, Neil began a 25 year stint starting in sales and ending as President at Sky Bros Inc which became the 10th largest privately held foodservice distributor in the Country. “Sky Bros was one of the most innovative distributors in the history of the industry”—ID Magazine– and was sold to Sara Lee Corp.
While at Sky Bros, Neil created the company that would become Delta Health Technologies, a national leader in Home Health Software which became part of the Siemens Corporation. Delta continues today in its 48th year of being a leader in the Home Health Industry. After retiring from Sky Bros and Delta, Neil co-founded P&J Productions, (a producer of Musical Shows) and became a co-founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of Empower³ For Health (Direct-pay primary care facilities). He is a co-founder and President of WIN Investment (a Venture Capital Group).
He has served on the boards of many not-for-profit organizations, including The Central PA Community Foundation, UPMC Altoona Foundation, UPMC Partnership For A Healthy Community, United Way of Blair County, Home Nursing Agency Foundation, and the Penn State Altoona Advisory Board.
Neil graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He is a Penn State Alumni Fellow and an Altoona Area High School Distinguished Graduate, among his community recognitions.
President, Global Strategic Customer Solutions
Johnson & Johnson (Retired-4/1/16)
Michel Paul was named President of Johnson & Johnson’s Global Strategic Customer Solutionsorganization , a new business unit established in January, 2013 to leverage Johnson & Johnson’s strength as an enterprise to reposition J&J as a value added, strategic partner to healthcare systems and providers while transforming our decentralized business model.
From 2008 through 2013, Michel has served as Company Group Chairman for Johnson &
Johnson’s worldwide Diabetes Care Franchise, which includes the LifeScan and Animas
businesses. LifeScan and Animas are globally recognized leaders in the diabetes Self-
Monitoring Blood Glucose and Insulin Delivery markets. Prior to the CGC position, he held the
role from 2004-2008 as Worldwide President of DePuy Mitek, a leader in the development,
manufacture and marketer of medical devices for Arthroscopic and Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
Over the course of his nearly 33-year career with Johnson & Johnson, Michel has distinguished himself as a leader in a variety of roles including, from 2000-2004, Worldwide General Manager of the Bariatric Surgery Franchise at Ethicon Endo-Surgery Division, Worldwide Vice President, International Market Development for Ethicon Endo-Surgery and General Manager of the Vascular Access Division, which was transferred from Johnson & Johnson Medical to EES. Prior to this, Michel held a number of Product, Marketing and Sales management leadership positions for Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. from 1991 until 2000 including Product Director, Procedure Development Director, R&D Team Marketing Director, Regional Sales Director and National Sales Director.
Michel joined Johnson & Johnson in August 1983 from Schering-Plough Corporation. He began his career at Ethicon, Inc. where he served in a variety of leadership roles including Manager, Market Research, followed by positions as Sales Representative, Sales Training Manager, Division Sales Manager and Product Manager. As Division Sales Manager and as Regional Sales Director, Michel has distinguished himself by winning numerous leadership awards including the coveted Division Manager of the Year and Regional Manager of the Year Awards. Michel holds an MBA in General Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS in Marketing from Northeastern University in Boston.