The Charter Arts Foundation Board of Directors
Marna Hayden- President
Emrich Stellar- Vice-President
Melinda Stitt- Treasurer
Mark Metzgar- Secretary
Mark Ferguson (liaison to School Board, non-voting member)
Robert I. Cahill, CFP, is Managing Partner of Magellan Financial, Inc. As Managing Partner, Rob helps manage assets for individuals, trusts, retirement plans, charitable organizations and businesses as well as manage the day to day business of Magellan Financial, Inc. Through a long-term investment approach, Rob and his team strive to provide world-class investment-advisory services with a strong emphasis on risk management strategies and personal contact. The objective is to build a long-term relationship based on a comprehensive investment plan.
Prior to founding Magellan Financial, Inc. in December of 2009, Rob worked twelve years with Legg Mason and Smith Barney. During his experience with Legg Mason Rob was repeatedly recognized as one of the top financial advisors in the firm. Rob also received recognition during each of his three years with Smith Barney.
Active in the local community, Rob participates in many civic and community organizations, including The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, The United Way of the Lehigh Valley, West Allentown Rotary and First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.
Timothy D. 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.
Marna Hayden is President of Hayden Resources Inc., a human resources consultancy, now primarily involved with marketing Generations The Game, an intergenerational, team-based board game created to bring people of different generations together to share information and perspectives. Prior to founding Hayden Resources Inc., Ms. Hayden was a Senior Vice President and Executive Officer at Nazareth National Bank. She previously held senior human resources positions at Alexander’s, Inc. in New York City.
Ms. Hayden received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College where she majored in theatre and spent her early working years as an actress. She later entered business and acquired a Human Resources Certificate from New York University, as well as other certifications as a senior professional in human resources.
Ms Hayden’s professional and community activities include the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) where she has held positions as a member of the National Board of Directors and a member of the National Workplace Diversity Expertise Panel, as a Good Shepherd Board member and charter member of the Women’s Giving Circle and for ArtsQuest, serving on various boards from Musikfest to the Banana Factory, to SteelStacks. She has always maintained her strong advocacy for the arts and credited much of her success in business and life to her early experiences and the knowledge gained in theatre.
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.
Denise Maiatico is Vice President of Meyer Jabara Hotels of the Lehigh Valley.
It would not be accurate to say one works “for” Denise. It is more appropriate to say each work “with” Denise. She is a hands-on leader who is skilled at setting the vision and empowering the team but is also willing to roll up her sleeves and wash dishes, turn rooms, set an event and greet guests with the best of them.
Denise graduated from the Indiana University of PA in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She began over twenty years ago with Meyer Jabara Hotels starting as Regional Sales Director for five properties. She was then promoted to the General Manager of the Courtyard Marriott Lehigh Valley/I-78. Her team opened the 138 room hotel and became a trusted hospitality provider with intense loyalty. Then she took on the challenge of opening the state-of-the-art 124 room Hyatt Place Bethlehem and successfully positioned the property as the new hotel in historic Bethlehem. The guests continue to rave about the experience.
Her Lehigh Valley roots serve her well now as the Vice President the region and yet another property – The Center at Holiday Inn in Allentown.
She loves learning and teaching, enjoying her additional role as Adjunct Professor of Hospitality at Northampton Community College.
She has received numerous sales and leadership awards from various community organizations, Meyer Jabara Hotels and the brands of Marriott, Hyatt and Holiday Inn. Denise has been recognized as a Lehigh Valley Woman of Influence in 2013, as the Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year by the Bethlehem Chamber in 2013 and under her leadership, MJ hotels of the Lehigh Valley was nominated as Corporate Citizen of the Year in 2015. She loves to serve, sitting on several boards throughout the Valley and volunteering for and hosting the Spirit of Lehigh Valley Christmas Eve Charity Event.
Two of Denise’s favorite titles are “wife” and “mother.” She loves exploring the beautiful nature of the Lehigh Valley, riding bikes, singing in a band with her husband, and supporting her daughter’s passion for music and dance.
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.
Michele (Mickey)Trageser is a highly experienced Human Resources professional with over twenty (20) years of Human Resources related experience and over thirty (30) years in management and executive level positions. She is a subject matter expert with hands-on experience in all areas of Human Resources including HR Start-ups, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Learning and Development, HRIS and Compensation. Her background in Finance and Law provide the cornerstone to her approach to Human Resources. Additionally, Mickey has spent a significant part of her time in the last five (5) years coaching senior executives and taking on individual clients, focusing mainly on millennials in the workplace and new managers.
The last ten (10) years were spent in the role of Vice President of Human Resources for Sands Bethlehem, a property owned by the world class Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Mickey was hired two years prior to opening to create the Human Resources culture, practices, policies, procedures and to build the HR team. Prior to that, she spent over nine (9) years with the Borgata in Atlantic City. Five of those years were spent in pre-opening, assisting with the design and development of the Borgata employee culture and experience. In both positions, Mickey’s advice and counsel was sought out by both senior and middle managers, some of whom she continues to coach.
Mickey received her law degree from Widener School of Law. She practiced law for two (2) years and was an adjunct professor teaching Hospitality/Employment law for four (4) semesters. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Scranton and worked in several senior finance positions prior to attending law school.
Mickey is active in several philanthropic groups in the Lehigh Valley including a member of the Core Team for the Good Shepherd Hospital Giving Circle and the Charter School for the Arts Bethlehem, PA Giving Circle. She also sits on the Foundation Board for the Charter School for the Arts Bethlehem, PA. She is a recipient of the prestigious Lehigh Valley SUITS award for Human Resources Excellence.
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.