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External Advisory Board

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Amy Ellixson

Vice President, Finance, North America Hospital Medical Devices 
Johnson & Johnson


Amy Ellixson assumed the role of Vice President, Finance for the North America Medical Devices segment at Johnson and Johnson in August 2018.  Over the past two years, she was Vice President, Finance for the Medical Device Global Supply Chain in June of 2016.  In this role, she provided financial leadership across three global franchises of Ethicon, Interventional Solutions and DePuy Synthes as well as newly formed Supply Chain councils within the EMEA, LATAM and APAC regions.  Her main areas of focus were providing increased transparency and improvement to gross profit, inventory, capital and continuing the journey of Medical Device Supply Chain Transformation.  She transitioned from Consumer Supply Chain where she spent four years as Vice President, Finance for Consumer Global Supply Chain, partnering with the organization driving significant improvement in cost competitiveness supporting the growth agenda and return of US over-the-counter (OTC) products to the market.  Prior to that role, Amy spent one year as, Vice President, Finance for US OTCs, WW Nutritionals and Wellness & Prevention.

Amy also spent four years in the Pharmaceuticals segment as a Senior Finance Director for the Global Pharmaceutical R&D organization, providing financial and strategic leadership across all five therapeutic areas and the Global Medical organization. The first 15 years of her career were spent with the Consumer Segment where she held numerous positions of increasing responsibility with McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Before moving to Pharmaceuticals, she was an OTC Marketing and Sales Finance Director and served on the McNeil OTC Board.

Amy earned her MBA from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Amy and her husband Jim have three children, Tyler, Mckenna and Meghan.

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Kathryn A. Himsworth

Principal, Human Resources,
The Vanguard Group


Kathryn A. Himsworth is the Head of Talent Development, leading teams focused on crew experience and people leadership. 

Prior to this role, Kathy led Recordkeeping Services in Vanguard Institutional Investor Group, where she oversaw defined contribution operations for all institutional full-service clients. 

Kathy joined Vanguard in 1986 in the Institutional Division, holding a variety of positions from retirement plan representative to senior manager. 

In 1995, she moved to Human Resources, where she headed several key areas including Crew Relations, Learning Voyage, and Group Services. 

In 2000, Kathy returned to the Institutional Division as the leader of the Relationship Management group until 2005, when she moved over to lead the Participant Experience organization, including the Participant Services contact centers, as well as the Participant Education Department that develops and delivers communication, education, and advice services to our institutional clients. 

Kathy holds a B.A. in economics from Muhlenberg College and received a certificate from the Wharton School for her completion of the Advanced Management Program.


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Michael A. Innocenzo

President and CEO


Michael Innocenzo is responsible for leadership of PECO’s overall performance associated with service reliability, customer satisfaction, financial management, and regulatory and external affairs. 

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility.  The company employs about 2,600 people, owns $10 billion in assets, and generates approximately $2.8 billion in annual revenues.  A subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, the nation’s largest competitive energy provider, PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 520,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.

Michael Innocenzo previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer, where he was responsible for leadership of PECO’s overall performance associated with operations, safety, service reliability, customer satisfaction and financial management. 

Prior to this position, he served as vice president, Distribution System Operations and Advanced Grid and Meter Technology, where he was responsible for the operation of the company’s electric and natural gas distribution systems as well as the design and deployment of PECO’s new metering technology system.  Innocenzo also served as the director of Gas Operations, Quality Services and Performance Improvement.  He also served as a regional director in Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties, as well as a regional engineering manager for Chester and Delaware counties.  Innocenzo also was the emergency services supervisor in Philadelphia and a project engineer in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. 

Michael Innocenzo serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Free Library, the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, the Southeastern Electric Exchange, the American Gas Association, the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.  Innocenzo also led special projects with the Edison Electric Institute and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

Michael Innocenzo holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Widener University and an MBA from Villanova University.

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Paul B. Redman

President & Chief Executive Officer
Longwood Gardens


Paul B. Redman is an award-winning leader of public gardens, known for his dedication to the beauty and sustainability of gardens, and to the training of future generations of horticulture professionals. A hallmark of Paul’s leadership is building a culture of planning to propel a shared vision forward.

Over the last 12 years, Paul has implemented institutional and strategic reforms that have positioned the Gardens as a premier horticultural, cultural, and educational institution of the 21st Century, while respecting the values of its founder, Pierre S. du Pont. The result has been nothing short of astounding with overall attendance doubling to almost 1.6 million visitors per year; an incredible climb in Membership support from 17,000 to 66,000 households; and earned income that has almost tripled. Most recently and notably, Paul led one of largest projects in Longwood’s history: the $90-plus million revitalization of the Main Fountain Garden, which reopened in May 2017.

A consummate professional, Paul freely shares his time and expertise, serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Garden Conservancy; Leadership Cabinet Co-Chair for Seed Your Future, a national initiative to promote awareness and careers in horticulture; and previously serving as Board President and Treasurer of the American Public Gardens Association. His honors include: 2018 National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence; 2017 Distinguished Alumnus from the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University; 2016 American Public Gardens Association Award of Merit; the International Garden Tourism Network’s 2015 Person of the Year; 2015 American Horticultural Society’s Professional Award; 2014 Wyck Strickland Award; 2014 American Society of Horticultural Science’s Dr. William A. “Tex” Frazier Lecturer; 2012 CEO of the Year by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry; 2008 Distinguished Horticulture Alumnus from Oklahoma State University; and where his professional career first began, Franklin Park Conservatory, receiving the Ann Islay Wolfe Award for extraordinary contributions to the organization.

Paul has been working and studying in the field of public horticulture for more than 25 years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University.

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Bill Strahan

Executive Vice President, Human Resources


Bill Strahan leads the Human Resources function for Comcast Cable.  He has responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources including talent, compensation, benefits, learning, employee, and labor relations.

Bill Strahan has been involved in various aspects of Human Resources work for almost 30 years.  He began his career with over a decade of work at Macy’s Department Stores and Riggs National Bank.  The second decade of Bill’s work included practicing law in Washington, D.C. in the area of Compensation and Benefits – mostly in the context of mergers and acquisitions and in initial public offerings.  For nine years, Bill was a consultant and manager at Mercer HR Consulting.

Bill holds a B.A. in Religion from Villanova University; a Certificate in Employee Benefit Administration from Georgetown University; and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law.  He is an Active Member of the Virginia State Bar.

Along with his wife and two sons, Bill resides in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.  He serves as chair of the board of Philadelphia Works, an organization that connects employers to a skilled workforce and helps individuals develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace.

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‚ÄčNicole Tranchitella

Senior Managing Director


Nicole Tranchitella is a Senior Managing Director within Accenture’s Products Consulting practice and is the Global Client Account Lead for a Fortune 50 corporation. With over 25 years of consulting experience, Nicole's primary expertise is enabling business transformation programs which she has done across multiple industries including Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture, Chemicals, and Energy. 

Nicole is also the Philadelphia Office Managing Director for Accenture focusing on our market and community presence and supporting our 2300+ Accenture personnel.  She is member of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the CEO Council for Growth.  Nicole is a past recipient of the 40 Under 40 award, YWCA Women of Distinction and the Tech Impact Founders award. 

Nicole is married with three children and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.  A lifelong resident in the area, she is an avid Philly sports fan and enjoys spending time with her family (and dog) particularly at the shore, reading, and recently completed her first triathlon in August of last year.

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Jeffrey (Jeff) Wilcox

Vice President, Digital Transformation
Lockheed Martin Corporation


Jeffrey (Jeff) Wilcox is Vice President for Enterprise Transformation at Lockheed Martin.  In this role he is responsible for the future-of-work portfolio and serves as the champion for catalyzing change across the Lockheed Martin enterprise. His team is chartered with building and casting the Lockheed Martin transformation vision and creating the space for change to take hold and flourish across the corporation.

Previously, Mr. Wilcox served as Vice President for Digital Transformation, where he was responsible for the design, development, and implementation of Lockheed Martin’s operations strategy. He led the effort to rethink how the organization could leverage emerging digital technologies to transform systems design, production, and sustainment. Delivering unique and innovative strategies, he also worked to ensure the workforce and systems were in place to enable successful transformation.

Mr. Wilcox has also served as the Vice President for Engineering and Program Operations for Lockheed Martin where he was responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of the engineering, program management, production operations and sustainment functions across the enterprise. Mr. Wilcox also served as Vice President for Corporate Engineering at Lockheed Martin, and, prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he served for 17 years with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Mr. Wilcox earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. He holds an honorary Doctor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

He serves on the boards of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute and MxD, formerly known as the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), as well as on multiple industry and university advisory boards. He is the past chairman of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board and the Aerospace Industries Association Technical Operations Council. Mr. Wilcox is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology at Georgetown University, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.