On the Boards

Johnathan Perkins has been elected to the board of trustees of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures, and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. He is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Montgomery McCracken.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Philadelphia County, a nonprofit organization that trains and supports community volunteers to advocate as sworn officers of the court for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia's foster-care system, has named the following officers to its board:

Maura McInerney, staff attorney at the Education Law Center, president.

Maureen Lawrence, an attorney at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, vice president.

José Reyes III, a clinical audiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, secretary.

M. Khalil Meggett, a certified public accountant at Meggett Consulting, treasurer.

Named to the board was Lynanne M. Schaeffer, community-affairs manager at Gaudenzia Inc., member of the board.

Ken Murtha has been named vice chair of the board at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. He replaces Kathleen Mayes who was named interim president of the university. Board chairman Marvin Samson is stepping down as interim president of the university but will remain chairman. The changes are effective July 13.

The Council for Relationships, Philadelphia, has appointed Paul F. Starita to its board. He is the retired director of the Executive Education Institute of the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the oldest local trial-lawyer organization in America, has inducted Joseph L. Messa Jr. as its 55th president, for the 2015-2016 year. He is founder of Messa & Associates P.C., Philadelphia.

Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation named five new members to its board of directors: Greg Butz, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Comcast; Joshua Kopelman, founder and principal of First Round Capital; Salvatore Patti, senior vice president at PNC Bank; Ronald Rabena, division president of AlliedBarton Security; and Wayne Simmonds, a forward for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Christopher R. VanDusen has been named a board member of Encore Series Inc., presenter of the Philly Pops. VanDusen is a senior vice president and wealth adviser at the VanDusen Epstein Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA has appointed Stuart Gordon and Holly Isdale to its board. Gordon is a board-certified, Rothman Fellowship-trained adult reconstructive orthopedic surgeon, served as the division chief of the hip and knee replacement program at Cooper University Hospital, and will now join the orthopedic departments at Phoenixville and Paoli Hospitals. Isdale is a financial adviser and founder of Wealthhaven.

The Center for Literacy, a Philadelphia community-based nonprofit organization serving adults and adolescents founded in 1968, has named Jason A. Kramer to its board of trustees. Kramer is a real estate broker and vice president with Binswanger Real Estate Co.

Kevin T. Bain has been elected to the board of commissioners of the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, based in Alexandria, Va. He is vice president, medication risk mitigation, for Tabula Rasa Healthcare, Moorestown.

Steven R. Houser, senior associate dean of research, Vera J. Goodfriend Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Research, and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at Temple University School of Medicine, has been elected to serve as president-elect of the American Heart Association, the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

Geoffrey M. Rogers has been named to the Nemours Foundation board of directors. The Foundation runs Wilmington's Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. He is a managing director with Glenmede Trust and director of the firm's Wilmington office, and is a member of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Nominating Committee.

- Mike Zebe