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Note to alums: These biographical statements come from what you have sent us, and have been edited for consistency of format. If you would like to have your name removed, edit or change your entry, or know another alumnus/a who would like to join the program, please email Lee Ann Banaszak, Professor and Head, at

Chris Adeloye

Chris Adeloye is an appellate attorney in the Office of General Counsel for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC.  He represents the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  Prior to his representation of the Secretary, Mr. Adeloye clerked at the Office of Bar Counsel for the District of Columbia, where he investigated complaints against DC-barred attorneys and assisted in prosecuting ethics violations.  While at Penn State, Mr. Adeloye worked toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, served as a student member of the University Hearing Board, and was a student advisor for Undergraduate Student Government Legal Affairs.  After earning his degree at Penn State, Mr. Adeloye attended the George Washington University Law School, and interned at the United States Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, VA before graduating in 2006.

James R. Antoniono
(w) 724-836-0700

James Antoniono is a general partner in the law firm DeBernardo, Antoniono, McCabe and Davis. His practice is chiefly involved in personal injury and real estate cases. James has also participated in many other spheres of political science. He served in the military from 1964-1968 and he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He has served on various state and local committees, including the Democratic State Committee. He ran for State Representative in 1974 and was a delegate to the 1996 Convention. James was President of the Undergraduate Student Government while at Penn State and graduated in 1971. He earned his Masters degree at Rutgers University in 1972 and graduated with his JD from Duquesne University School of Law 1980.

William Bogdan
(w) 415-397-2800

William Bogdan (Bill) is a partner with the litigation firm of Lynch, Gilardi and Grummer in San Francisco. He specializes in trials and appeals dealing with employment, discrimination, product liability and construction issues. He also lectures around the country (and a few international locations) on these same topics. Bill was a charter member of the University Scholars Program and participated in other undergraduate activities before graduating in 1983. He then attended the Boston University School of Law, graduating in 1986.

Jeffrey Bower
(w) 814-234-2626

Jeffrey Bower: Attorney/Partner, Eisenstein & Bower, LLP, State College, PA; Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association; Visiting Faculty, Penn State Department of Public Administration, Spring, 1993; former Chairman, Centre County Board of Commissioners; former Legislative Counsel, Federal Maritime Commission; Liberal Arts Society Alumni Board of Directors; Recipient, 1997 Liberal Arts Alumni Society Service to Society Award; Board of Directors, Central Pennsylvania Easter Seal Society; Vice President, Centre County Community Foundation; former Treasurer, Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art; Governor Emeritus, Centre County Historical Society; former Chairman, Pennsylvania Easter Seals, former member, Board of Directors, National Association of Counties and National Easter Seals; Participant, Liberal Arts Career Exploration Information Sessions, 1997; former Advisory Board member, Pee; Tau Kappa Epsilon; Phi Alpha Delta; Nittany Lion Club; Life Member, Penn State Alumni Association

Brian J. Clark
(w) 717-237-4823

Brian Clark is a shareholder with the Harrisburg office of the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll. He heads the Environmental Practice Group in Harrisburg and also is a member of the Government Relation Group. Mr. Clark has a diverse and extensive practice that covers three primary areas: environmental counseling, administrative and commercial litigation and governmental relations. He concentrates his practices on counseling clients on commercial transactions involving complex environmental regulatory matters and energy management issues. Mr. Clark chairs the Environmental Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and serves on the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Rules Committee. Mr. Clark is also on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Resources Council. Mr. Clark formerly was Majority Counsel to the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. In this capacity, he drafted major state environmental laws, including the state Superfund Act, the Storage Act, and the Municipal Waste Planning, Waste Reduction and Recycling Act. An active lecturer on environmental topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Chamber of Business and Industry, he has authored a variety of articles, book chapters and handbooks. Recently, Mr. Clark co-authored an article published in The Legal Intelligencer, entitled “Using Pollution Legal Liability Insurance to Protect Purchasers from Claims.”


Donald DiFrancesco
(w) 908-757-7800

Donald DiFrancesco is a 1966 PSU graduate in Insurance and Real Estate.  He is a partner in the law firm of DiFrancesco, Bateman, Coley, Yospin, Kunzman, Davis & Lehrer, Warren, N.J.   The firm specializes in representing corporate management in labor and human relations issues as well as general corporate and real estate practices. Mr. DiFrancesco is also the former New Jersey Senate President and former Governor of New Jersey.  Member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Member, Political Science Board of Visitors.  Along with his wife, he established the Donald and Diane DiFrancesco Scholarship in the College of the Liberal Arts. 
J.D., Seton Hall University.

Jonathan Feinberg

Jonathan Feinberg is a civil rights lawyer, working as an associate for the Philadelphia law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein & Messing. The firm specializes in high-impact social reform litigation on behalf of minority or indigent clients, as well as criminal defense work. At Penn State, Jonathan was a University Scholar and graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in political science. After graduation, he worked as a legal assistant for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania for one year. He then entered the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Upon graduation from UPenn in 2001, Jonathan entered a federal judicial clerkship in Philadelphia, and, in September, 2002, began his current employment.

Jeffrey Hyde
(w) 203-316-7032

Jeff Hyde is a 1977 PSU graduate in Pre-Law and Secondary Education.  He is Senior Tax Counsel—GE Capital Corporation, Stamford, CT.  GE Capital is an international affiliate with General Electric engaged in commercial finance, consumer finance, equipment management, and insurance.  He is a member of the Political Science Board of Visitors.J.D., Dickinson School of Law.  Member of Dickinson School of Law Century Club.

Joseph Kernen

Joseph Kernen received his B.A. from Penn State in 1986 and his J.D. from NYU in 1989. He is currently a partner in a large Philadelphia law firm. His areas of practice include commercial litigation, employment matters and insurance and surety litigation. Career highlights included cases representing several leading manufacturers of motor vehicles in breach of contract and fraud matters and defending First Amendment rights for commercial on-line services and telecommunication companies. He has also argued cases pertaining to intellectual property. He has represented select plaintiffs in personal injury matters, which resulted in six-figure and multi-million dollar settlements. Recently, Joseph successfully tried to verdict a multi-million dollar breach of contract case for a major technology company.

David M. Kleppinger
(w) 717-237-5214

David M. Kleppinger graduated from Penn State University in 1997 with Highest Distinction and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Temple University School of Law Cum Laude in 1980. Mr. Kleppinger currently chairs the Energy, Communications and Utilities Law Group at the law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. The ECU Law Group includes fixed utility, government relations, transportation and general administrative and appellate court practices. Mr. Kleppinger’s practice focuses primarily on the fixed utility service area, which includes electricity, natural gas, water and telecommunications. The bulk of his representation is on behalf of larger industrial companies in each of the four primary areas. Mr. Kleppinger has practiced exclusively in the fixed utility area for over 20 years and in that time span has appeared before the state regulatory commissions of several states and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Kleppinger is also a board member of the Hershey Baseball Association and the Jonathan Eshenour Foundation.

Gerard Kosinski
(w) 215-683-7244

Gerard Kosinski graduated from Penn State in 1976 with a B.A. in Political Science and received his J.D. in 1981 from Temple University. In 1982, he established a neighborhood law office in Philadelphia. In that same year, Gerard was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a State Representative serving the 175th legislative district as a democrat. He served as a member of the Education, Labor Relations, and Judiciary Committees for ten years and he was Chairman for the Courts Subcommittee for seven years. In 1992, he decided not to seek a sixth term in office and returned to his law practice and also worked as a government relations specialist from 1993 to 1994 for Milliron & Associates in Harrisburg. In 1995, he was appointed as the Undersheriff of Philadelphia, the chief legal officer within the Sheriff’s Office. Gerry has taught continuing legal education classes at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Widener University’s School of Law as well as taught classes on Practical Politics at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He has worked as a fill-in talk show host on WWDB-FM (Philadelphia) from 1994-1996 and has appeared on BBC Regional Radio since 1992 as a commentator on American Politics. Currently, he is a Democratic Ward Leader for the 45th Ward in Philadelphia.  He was elected Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court in November, 2003 and began sitting in January, 2004.

Robert A. Krebs
(w) 412-531-2680
(h) 412-835-7399

Robert A. Krebs is a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board having been appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell.  The Board serves as the appellate court for appeals from the decisions and orders of the Workers’ Compensation Judges throughout Pennsylvania and hears cases involving occupational disease, traumatic injuries and fatal claims.  Commissioner Krebs also served as a member of Governor Rendell’s Transition Team for Judicial Issues.  Prior to his appointment to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, Mr. Krebs was a trial attorney in the Pittsburgh area for twenty years, practicing in the areas of commercial law, negligence and workers’ compensation.  He received his undergraduate degree in Pre-Law from the Pennsylvania State University in 1981 where he was a member of the Penn State Debate Team, Vice-President of the Newman Student Association and studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Exeter in England.  He earned his law degree from Capital University Law School in 1984 where he served as Articles Editor of the Capital University Law Review.   Mr. Krebs has chaired various committees of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  Commissioner Krebs has lectured extensively in the areas of appellate practice and workers’ compensation and he was actively involved in the 2006 legislative amendments to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and United States Supreme Court Bars.

Steven H. Lupin
(w) 215-661-0400

Steven H. Lupin is managing partner of the Law Firm of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  His areas of practice include commercial litigation, banking litigation, personal-injury litigation, including medical malpractice, and motor-vehicle negligence. Steve is President-Elect of the Montgomery Bar Association for 2009. In addition, he has served in numerous positions of leadership, including as past President of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Montgomery American Inn of Court, and as a member of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Board of Governors. He is currently a Zone 9 Delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates. Steve graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in political science and received his J.D. from Temple University. His bar admissions include Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

James McMaster
(w) 215-860-2171

James McMaster has been in private general practice in Bucks County since 1977. Since 1983, he has practiced under the firm name of Smith and McMaster, P.C. He graduated with a 1974 from the Pennsylvania State University. Concurrently, with his law school studies, he took courses in Public Administration at Penn State’s Graduate Center, then located in King of Prussia. He received his J.D. from the Rutgers University School of Law (Camden, New Jersey) in June 1977. Mr. McMaster has extensive experience in litigation, real estate, zoning and land use matters, governmental law and negotiations (labor and other) and in a variety of matters and clients. He is admitted to practice law before the Courts of Pennsylvania, the Federal District Courts for Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to his law experience, Mr. McMaster is deeply involved with the Bensalem community. He has held and continues to hold various positions, including Director of the Bensalem Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member and Vice-President of the Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit No.22. Additionally, he has been involved in local politics, having been recently elected Board President of the School District of Bensalem Township. One side note of interest: Mr. McMaster has a deep interest in Bucks County and is the eighth generation of the McMaster family to live in Bucks County.

Charles M. Oberly, III
(w) 302-576-2000

Charles M. Oberly, III, received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Penn State University in 1966. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He is a Partner in the Law Firm of Oberly & Jennings, P.A. His field of specialty is commercial, corporate and civil litigation, government relations, internal corporate investigations and criminal defense. He is a member of the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus Network. He has also argued before the Supreme Court, arguing Delaware v. Prouse, in 1979. He is currently an instructor at the University of Delaware, in the College of Criminal Justice. He is the founder and Co-editor of Delaware Law Monthly, a publication begun in 1979, which reports all the significant decisions of Delaware’s Courts.

John M. O’Donnell
(w) 412-201-7640

Mr. O’Donnell is an attorney with Littler Mendelson, a national employment and labor law firm in Pittsburgh.  He worked formerly at Stokes and Murphy, representing clients in the hospitality industry, primarily in areas of labor and employment law. He handles claims in areas of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has been responsible for union negotiations, awareness training, and managing union representation election campaigns, as well as the training of management with respect to employment law and related human resources managements policies and practices. He is a certified instructor in Hospitality Law, American Hotel and Motel Association. Mr. O’Donnell graduated from Penn State in 1967 with a B.A. in Political Science. He received his J.D. in 1973 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was the Book Review Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Additionally, he has completed Senior Management Programs at Case Western and Rive Reine/University of Lausanne. Mr. O’Donnell’s experience is the result of working for a three-person law firm engaged in general practice, for the Stouffer Corporation/Nestle Enterprises, and Uarco Incorporated. While at the firm, he was a founding member of an employer coalition involved in managing costs of employee health care and developed the earliest pre-certification programs, as well as some of the earliest managed care programs involved in employee health plans. At Uarco Incorporated, he was the Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel. While there, he developed policies and procedures to increase quality and productivity, as well as Peer Review, productivity based compensation, and alternative dispute resolution process. In addition, he set up and managed a manufacturing operation in Mexico City from 1993-1995. Mr. O’Donnell is also a Vietnam veteran (1970-71) and was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

James R. Reehl
(h) (412) 331-5008

James R. Reehl earned his Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University in 1969. In 1984, Mr. Reehl earned his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Mr. Reehl is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and in the State Courts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia; in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits; and in the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Northern District of West Virginia. From 1984 to 1999, Mr. Reehl was General Counsel to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 23. He represented the Union and its members in over 300 labor arbitration cases; represented the Union in federal and state courts, and before the National Labor Relations Board, he also provided counsel to the Union’s executive and field staff in grievance handling and other labor law issues. He was also a Hearing committee member and chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court o Pennsylvania from July 1991 to July 1997. In that position he, reviewed the proposed disposition by Disciplinary Counsel of complaints of professional misconduct against attorneys; heard cases of alleged misconduct brought by Disciplinary Counsel and made recommendations to Disciplinary Board. Currently adjunct professor teaching undergraduate courses in Labor Relations in Division of Administration and Management, he also serves as an instructor for Union Leadership Academy, teaching various labor law classes to union members and officers. He has presented papers to the UFCW Attorney’s Conference as well as to the American Bar Association/National Labor Relations Board Institute.

Lori Forter Ridyard
(w) 610-948-2806

Lori Forter Ridyard earned a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State in 1989 and a law degree from Temple University in 1995.  She also received a paralegal certificate in Administrative and Regulatory Law in 1990 from The Philadelphia Institute.  Lori currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for Teleflex Incorporated, a publicly-traded manufacturing company with corporate headquarters in Limerick, Pennsylvania.  In her role as Assistant General Counsel, Lori supports Teleflex's Aerospace Group and Global Information Technology Departments by providing a broad range of legal services, including contract review nd negotiation and regulatory compliance.Prior to joining Teleflex, Lori Served as Counsel and Assistant Secretary at AGL Life Assurance Company, where she provided general corporate, investment management and regulatory advice to a group of financial services companies.  Previously, Lori was an associate at the law firm of Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel, LLP (Exton, PA) where she was engaged in general corporate, health care, and maritime matters.  Lori began her legal practice at Goldman, Marshall & Muszynski, P.C. (Philadelphia, PA), a health care boutique firm. A native of Butler, PA, Lori currently resides with her husband and son in Spring City, PA.  She is a Nittany Lion Club member, life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and a former Vice President and Director of the Chester County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Amy Appleton Ruth

Amy Appleton Ruth is an attorney for AT&T Prepaid Card Organization. She drafts and reviews contracts, negotiates contracts, supervises and assists outside counsel in negotiating and drafting contracts with a leading consulting firm, analyzes state legislation relating to advertising of prepaid phone cards and modifying corporate practices for compliance, reviews and edits advertising/marketing materials, and researches and prepares legal memoranda on issues under New York law. A recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in French and International Studies in 1996. Ms. Ruth attended The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (Washington, D.C.) and earned her Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) and Comparative and International Law Institute Certificate in 1999. Ms. Ruth’s previous experiences are an indication of how she has prepared for her current position. She has previously interned at MBNA America Bank, Law Department and the American Society of International Law, researching and preparing legal memoranda and analyzing documents. She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York.

Stella Tsai

Stella Tsai grew up near Middletown, Pennsylvania, home to Three Mile Island. She received a B.A. with honors and distinction in political science from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985 and received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1988. After all these years, she has finally entered government service as she had hoped to do when she was awarded the Mabel A. Alexander Scholarship: She is now Chair of Administrative Law at the City of Philadelphia Law Department, supervising the Labor and Employment and Health and Human Services Units. Previously, she was a shareholder of the law firm of Christie, Pabarue, Mortensen and Young, A Professional Corporation. She has been active in numerous bar, community and political activities, including a term as President of Philadelphia VIP, a pro-bono referral agency. She is married to Paul McCarthy, a big PSU football fan except when they play UVA, and has a son named Atticus Tsai-McCarthy, who always roots for PSU.

Mark D. Weller
(h) 440-349-3562
(w) 216-642-6653

Mark D. Weller earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University. He later earned his Master of Business Administration and his Juris Doctor from the Cleveland State University. He was a Tax Consultant with a then Big 8 accounting firm in addition to being a business associate with the Cleveland law firm of Walter & Haverfield;  and subsequently General Counsel of,  and then Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, AGA Gas, Inc.  He is currently Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Linde Gas in Independence, Ohio.

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