The Charter Arts Foundation Board of Directors (July 1, 2020):
Emrich Stellar- President
Chris Kulp- Vice-President
Melinda Stitt- Treasurer
Mark Metzgar- Secretary
Tami Booth Corwin
Frank Shipman (liaison to School Board, non-voting member)
Timothy Charlesworth has practiced law for over 30 years, and has been with Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba since the firm’s inception. Currently, he is a Shareholder in the firm’s Corporate, Business and Banking Group. Mr. Charlesworth is also an instructor at DeSales University in the field of International Business Law, and, since 2014 has regularly taught Masters of International Business Administration classes at the ESDES School of Management, which is part of the Catholic University of Lyon (France).
He is the President of the World Trade Club of the Lehigh Valley and is involved in many other community, business and legal organizations.
He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1982) and American University’s Washington College of Law (J.D. 1985). Mr. Charlesworth is admitted to practice before all courts in Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of International Trade and other federal courts.
Tami Booth Corwin is a senior executive, consultant and investor with a broad background in media, publishing, and consumer brands. She helps clients transform and grow their businesses; drive content and marketing initiatives; and grow audience, brand reach and revenue through innovative strategies and deals. Clients and partners have included Tivity Health, Truth Bar, Christie’s Auction House, CP Baker Private Equity, NBC Universal, Endemol Shine, South Beach Diet, Nutrisystem, Lifetime Television, Compel Media Group, and various individual talent.
She is also a hands-on content creator, writer, editor, producer, photographer and deal maker who has led or developed hundreds of partnerships, projects, and products — books, magazines, video series and classes, mobile apps, websites, social media accounts and campaigns — that have reached millions, and topped charts and best-seller lists.
Prior to consulting, she held several senior and C-level leadership roles creating and executing business strategies that led to significant growth and transformation. As President at digital media company SparkPeople.com, funded by AOL Founder Steve Case, she drove brand and audience growth through sales, partnerships, publishing, and licensing. At Rodale, as President and Editor-In-Chief, she grew and transformed the book business from a single channel division to a multi-platform, multi-channel publishing business. There she launched powerful brands and bestsellers, such as The South Beach Diet and An Inconvenient Truth by Vice President Al Gore.
She was recognized in the Wall Street Journal 50 Women To Watch list for ‘leading a striking turnaround’ at Rodale’s book division. She has appeared or been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC.
She was previously on the Board of Directors of Boston Cares, where she co-founded the Corporate Volunteer Program. She was Co-Chair of the Parent Association at Moravian Academy’s Lower School. She currently volunteers with rescue horses and dogs at Last Chance Ranch. She is also a very proud parent of two children, a son in middle school and a daughter in high school, currently enrolled in the Literary Arts program at Charter Arts High School.
Michelle Landis is founder and principal of Pinnacle 7, Inc. and a certified Master Business Coach with ActionCOACH. She is an educator and a business professional with over 30 years experience in the business world running both small and medium-sized businesses. She has an extensive background in education, executive management, non-profit management, and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Michelle’s diverse background includes “hands-on” start-up experience with three successful small businesses she founded, a broad international focus including consulting assignments in China, and executive leadership roles with General Electric, Dun & Bradstreet and Armstrong World Industries. Michelle has most recently expanded her leadership and executive coaching to include non-profit organizations due to her on-going coaching work in the non-profit sector.
As a top producer with GE Capital, Michelle led a major re-engineering effort that delivered over $58 million to the bottom line. She developed a keen understanding and empathy for the challenges small businesses face when she was COO and acting President of GE Capital’s SBA business. As a senior executive with GE, Michelle was a frequent presenter for operations and strategy reviews to the GE Board led by Jack Welch.
Michelle has a master’s degree in management, business administration from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University. She is a graduate of GE’s world-renowned executive leadership training program and is a certified six sigma master black belt. Michelle’s success is case studied in the book, “Making Six Sigma Last” by George Eckes.
Michelle is a frequent speaker and presenter throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia area. She has won the prestigious Lehigh Valley SUITS award for management consulting excellence, was a recipient of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Spotlight Award for business and community leadership and a past recipient of the Easton Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in recognition of her business leadership. She is a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce where she served on the Board of the Small Business Council and chaired the Masterminds Committee. She is also an active member of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Good Shepherd Women’s Giving Circle where she was the past Chair of the Leadership Team, and is a member of the Foundation Board for the Charter School for the Arts in Bethlehem.
Since 1989, Emrich Stellar has practiced the “Serve First” philosophy by seeking to understand before seeking to be understood. Emrich is the Mid-Atlantic Partner of Equity Strategies Group (ESG) and the owner of Stellar Advisor. He and his team provide leadership and creativity in the areas of Business Succession, Estate, and Charitable Planning. Emrich’s commitment starts with understanding his client’s aspirations and “3 AM Questions!” He and his team have processes to provide clarity and value with a unique ability to make complex problems and solutions easy to understand. Understanding what it takes to build and preserve security flows from his years as an entrepreneur and experience working with successful business owners.
In addition to the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) designations, Emrich is one of the first Certified Business Exit Consultant (CBEC) designees. This rigorous study demonstrates competence and leadership in the psychological and technical areas of Business Succession Planning. As a Founder of the Business Intelligence Institute (BII) and CBEC, Emrich knows the process that BII deploys is unbiased unlike others in the Business Exit Planning marketplace. Our goal is to help clients meet their goals by helping them
understand and quantify their options, with the capabilities to deploy the options that are most appropriate.
Family and community are important to Emrich. He is married with four children. He is the past Treasurer of the Lehigh County Authority Board and elected to two
terms as a Lehigh County Commissioner. He is a past President of the Lehigh Valley Society of Financial Services Professionals and a Scout Leader has also served as a Cub Master. He is on the Foundation Board of The Lehigh ValleyCharter High School for the Arts.
Jennifer Giordano spent her 25-year career helping companies better strategize, execute and communicate their paths to market leadership. She has a keen sense of customer experience and the ability to connect the dots from the small details to the big picture. She served as VP of Sales and Marketing for Tribune Corporation’s Instructional Fair Group where she managed its educational and toy brands in three markets, and led the smooth transitions for multiple acquisitions, mergers, and corporate purchases. She credits this experience for her strategic mindset and sensitivity to company cultures and corporate communications. During her 9 year tenure, the company grew from $8 million to $80 million in revenue and became the largest supplemental educational publisher.
Jennifer spent the next decade consulting for start-ups in several industries including Ben Franklin Technology Partner’s Electrikus Inc. and Map Decisions. She earned her MBA in corporate entrepreneurship at Lehigh University and served as the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the university’s College of Business and Economics’ five graduate programs. With her student perspective as an MBA candidate, she revitalized the admissions process and re-branded the recruitment programs and marketing approach. She traveled to China where she combined recruitment and her academic studies.
Jennifer earned her Bachelors in English/Journalism from University of Delaware where she started her career as a print reporter with Chesapeake Publishing. She is most proud of her current role supporting the active pursuits of her three teenage daughters as they prepare to follow their dreams. When her daughter joined Charter Arts’ as a dance major, Jen joined the Foundation Board to support its positive student impact. She is an active community volunteer and served in several leadership roles in her daughters’ schools and activities. She is a member of the Charter Arts Giving Circle.