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Fall 2020 Board of Associates Meeting to Focus on Mindfulness and Include Philanthropy Awards

After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 developments and restrictions, the Community Foundation postponed the orginal May 2020 agenda for the planned LVCF Board of Associates meeting and LVCF Awards Reception to Monday, November 2. So, Mindfulness as a topic and the presentation of our Vision in Philanthropy and Service to Philanthropy awards will take place on November 2. Please save the date and mark your calendars!

The Fall 2020 LVCF Board of Associates meeting will feature a talk, “Mindfulness: Mind over Matter,” by Susan D. Wiley, M.D., Director, Center for Mindfulness, Lehigh Valley Health Network.  The meeting will be held on Monday, November 2, at the Homewood Suites by Hilton’s Centennial Ballroom, located at 3350 Center Valley Pkwy, Center Valley, Pa.

Dr. Wiley is a trauma-informed care specialist, who will address mindfulness basics, present the scientific data supporting the concept, and lead the group through a mini-session. She will also discuss the role of mindfulness in the workplace. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction can help you to recognize how stress affects your life and teach you ways to manage it. “Developing a non-judgmental awareness of the present moment helps you respond—rather than react—to situations and to experience a greater sense of calm and well-being.”

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Norris McLaughlin, LCC:

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Philanthropy Awards

In addition, the Community Foundation will present the Service to Philanthropy Award to Brian T. Regan, Director of Tax Services, Regan, Levin, Bloss, Brown & Savchak, P.C. The Service to Philanthropy Award recognizes a professional advisor that understands and appreciates the importance of philanthropy in the community, the diverse advantages of charitable giving for his clients, and the value of philanthropy in estate, retirement, and wealth management planning.

The Community Foundation’s Vision in Philanthropy Award will be presented to Barry M. Kessler, President, Kessler Chemical, Inc. The prestigious Vision in Philanthropy Award is given to those who have chosen to establish a Fund at the Community Foundation as a method of supporting charitable organizations, and in so doing, have demonstrated a deep and meaningful commitment to philanthropy in the Lehigh Valley.

About Brian T. Regan, CPA

Brian T. Regan is the director of tax services for Regan, Levin, Bloss, Brown & Savchak, P.C. He began his accounting career in the banking world with MidLantic National Bank. In 1983, Brian joined the accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick, where he helped to grow the tax department from four to twelve professionals. After 10 years at KPMG, Regan purchased the middle market practice of KPMG’s Lehigh Valley office. He now is a senior director at RLB Accountants.

Regan is a member of PICPA, AICPA, and the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley, the Pennsylvania Institute’s Multistate Tax Committee. He is a board member at ESSA Bank & Trust, Saucon Mutual Insurance Company and is involved in many other civic and community organizations.

A graduate of the University of Scranton with a B.S. degree in accounting, Brian is a recognized expert in several industries, including banking, food manufacturing, oil and gas drilling, and real estate development. Brian resides in Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.

Thank you to our award sponsors: Saucon Insurance Company and Regan, Levin, Bloss, Brown & Savchak, P.C. 

About Barry M. Kessler

Barry M. Kessler, a native of the Lehigh Valley, is a man who cares deeply about serving others in both his professional and philanthropic life. In 1964, Barry received his degree in chemistry from St. Lawrence University. He spent only 10 years of his career working for high-profile chemical companies before he started his own company, Kessler Chemical Inc., located in Bethlehem.

During the early 1970s, it was a particularly difficult time to start a profitable chemical business because of the oil embargo by OPEC countries; however, the company focused on two important elements to overcome this hardship – a commitment to exceptional customer service and identification of strategic markets. Kessler’s grit and entrepreneurial abilities had allowed Kessler Chemical to grow into a respected supplier of various chemical products. To this day, Kessler Chemical is always seeking new ways to be of service to their customers through innovation and communication.

Thank you to our award sponsor: Valley National Financial Advisors

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation | Board of Associates Meeting

Monday, November 2, 2020

2:15 p.m. | Registration

2:45 p.m. | Welcome

  • Michael Stershic, Chair, LVCF Board of Associates
  • CEO Update - Bernie Story, President & CEO, LVCF

2:55 p.m. | Mindfulness | Mind Over Matter

Susan D. Wiley, M.D., Director, Center for Mindfulness
Lehigh Valley Health Network

4:00 p.m. | Awards Presentation

  • Service to Philanthropy Award | Brian T. Regan
  • Vision in Philanthropy Award | Barry M. Kessler

4:20 p.m. | Social Reception - Refreshments & Light Hors d’oeuvres

Homewood Suites by Hilton | Centennial Ballroom

Registration information to follow