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    Jerry M. Lehocky, Esquire

    Board Chair

    Jerry M. Lehocky is a founding partner of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano. Mr. Lehocky has litigated workers’ compensation and Social Security since being admitted to practice in 1985. Initially, his practice involved representing employers and insurance companies, but in 1991, Mr. Lehocky began representing claimants exclusively. A former chairman of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Workers’ Compensation Section for 12 consecutive years, Mr. Lehocky has served as a consultant to several Pennsylvania governors and numerous state senators and representatives on workers’ compensation issues. He co-authored “House Bill 2738” which created the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund and was signed into law on November 9, 2006. It represented the first piece of workers’ compensation legislation in favor of injured workers to become law in over 30 years. Mr. Lehocky is a former president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ), the first workers’ compensation attorney in the organization’s history to hold that position. In 2017, he received the PAJ Milton D. Rosenberg Award. Mr. Lehocky continues to serve on the PAJ’s Board of Governors and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association after having previously served on the Board of Directors of the Volunteers for the Indigent Program. Mr. Lehocky is also a member of the Workplace Injury Litigation Group and has been interviewed by National Public Radio to address the crisis of injuries to healthcare workers in America. Mr. Lehocky served the Disciplinary Board as a Hearing Committee Member from 2000 to 2006, 2008 to 2014, and 2016 to 2018. Mr. Lehocky was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in February 2018 and reappointed in 2020. He was appointed to serve as the Disciplinary Board’s Chair on April 1, 2022 and previously as Vice-Chair on April 1, 2021. His term will expire in April 2024.

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    Dion G. Rassias, Esquire

    Board Vice-Chair

    Dion G. Rassias is a trial lawyer with the Philadelphia law firm, The Beasley Firm, LLC. Mr. Rassias completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and Dickinson College and graduated from Duquesne University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the bars of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Claims, and the numerous corresponding Federal Courts in the states where he is admitted. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts and regulatory agencies. Mr. Rassias has tried and settled a growing list of cases which have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, all of which have been collected in full, for people and families who have been catastrophically injured and damaged as the result of medical malpractice, professional malpractice, partnership disputes and law firm disassociations, defamation and false light, products liability, civil rights violations, discrimination and harassment, and related personal injury actions. In addition, he has tried and settled many complex commercial litigations involving business disputes, antitrust claims, contracting disputes, healthcare issues, bank fraud, and trade secret litigation. Mr. Rassias serves on various professional committees and associations and also maintains an extensive pro bono commitment. He is the recipient of numerous distinctions and awards, including a Lifetime Achievement selection as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys, membership in the Summit Council, and appointment by the Pennsylvania Senate as a member of the Joint State Government Commission Task Force on Real Property Law (Senate Resolution 244 of 2002). He was requested to testify before the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Bill 1376 on Joint and Several Liability. From 2002 until 2010, he sat as a member of the Architects Licensure Board. In October 2011 and 2007, he served as the moderator for the television coverages of The Pennsylvania Superior Court’s en banc oral arguments at the National Constitution Center. Mr. Rassias previously served as a Hearing Committee Member from 2010-2016. He was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April 2018 and was reappointed in 2021. He was appointed to serve as the Disciplinary Board’s Vice-Chair on April 1, 2022. His term will expire April 2024.

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    Joshua M. Bloom, Esquire

    Joshua M. Bloom has been practicing law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for over twenty-five years in the fields of labor, employment, and personal injury law. He served two terms as a member of the Pennsylvania Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee from 2013-2019. He has been engaged as faculty of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Union Lawyers Alliance, and several other national and local organizations to speak on matters of labor and employment law. He has been certified by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA as a federal mediator. He is licensed to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA, as well as the Pennsylvania Courts. He graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in History/Minor Pre-Law in 1993 and from Capital University Law School in 1996. Mr. Bloom was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April 2022. His term will expire in April 2028.

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    Celeste L. Dee

    Celeste L. Dee is the owner and principal of Advantage Political Strategies, a full-service campaign management firm based in the Lehigh Valley. Ms. Dee had previously spent 12 years working in politics as an operations manager, regional director, political director, and campaign manager for campaigns at nearly every level. Prior to that, she spent a decade working in New York City in positions ranging from senior sales director, director of corporate sales, director of business development, and EVP of business development. In those roles, Ms. Dee developed and oversaw programs focusing on employee productivity and retention for a client list that included many Fortune 50 companies and government entities. Ms. Dee was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April 2020. Her term will expire in April 2026.

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    Laura E. Ellsworth, Esquire

    Laura E. Ellsworth is a partner at Jones Day where she serves as the law firm’s first Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives. In her litigation practice, she has handled landmark public nuisance cases, multijurisdictional product liability matters, the largest health care bankruptcy of its time, and nationwide qui tam cases. Ms. Ellsworth has been active in civic and community affairs, serving in leadership roles on the United Way Women's Leadership Council, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, etc. Through her pro bono work and nonprofit involvement, she has proven a passion and commitment to improving access to justice in disadvantaged communities, having taught law classes in inner-city schools and conducted recurring Lawyers Without Borders programs in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition to her prior appointments by governors to Pennsylvania’s State System for Higher Education, Council on Privatization and Innovation, and Council on the Arts, Ms. Ellsworth has served on the boards for many civic/charitable organizations and public companies – some of which include Magee-Women’s Research Institute & Foundation, Waynesburg University, McCune Foundation, and University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. She has also previously served on committees for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania including the Local Rules Advisory Committee and as co-chair of the Federal Judicial Selection Committee. Ms. Ellsworth’s civic contributions have been recognized in numerous awards including the 2013 ATHENA Award, 2014 Pennsylvania Diversity Council's Most Powerful & Influential Women Award, the 2016 Legal Intelligencer's Lifetime Achievement Award, and a 2017 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Ellsworth was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in May 2022. Her term will expire in April 2027.

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    Christopher M. Miller, Esquire

    Christopher M. Miller is a founding partner of the law firm of DelVecchio & Miller, LLC, located in Pittsburgh. He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned his law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School in 1996. Mr. Miller is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His practice focuses exclusively on representing victims of personal injury accidents, including motor vehicle, trucking, premises liability, products liability, dram shop, and other negligence cases. He has tried cases to verdict throughout numerous counties in western Pennsylvania and has argued cases on the appellate level in front of the Pennsylvania Superior and Commonwealth Courts. Mr. Miller is a past President of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and continues to serve on various committees of that organization. He is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and currently serves as the Chair of the Mock Trial Competition Committee. He is also a current member of the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania Association of Justice. Mr. Miller was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in September 2018 and was reappointed in 2021. His term will expire in September 2024.

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    Robert J. Mongeluzzi, Esquire

    Robert J. Mongeluzzi, president and a founding partner of Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, focuses his practice on catastrophic personal and wrongful death matters. With extensive experience in construction accidents, product liability cases, and transportation disasters, his firm is considered by many to be top in construction accident litigation. Mr. Mongeluzzi was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2018, was awarded the Legal Intelligencer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, and was the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers 2019 Michael A. Musmanno Award honoree. He has regularly placed second out of Pennsylvania’s 65,000 attorneys in the annual peer-reviewed SuperLawyers poll, and he served as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the highly-selective International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Mongeluzzi has numerous records for the largest verdicts or settlements in Pennsylvania history – with more than 400 verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars and six cases with verdicts or settlements of $100 million or more. He was lead counsel in the Pier 34 collapse at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, the Tropicana Casino collapse in Atlantic City, the Duck Boat disaster on the Delaware River, and the Salvation Army collapse in Center City Philadelphia. He was co-liaison counsel and served on the Plaintiffs’ Management Committee for the litigation arising from the 2015 Amtrak 188 derailment in North Philadelphia. Mr. Mongeluzzi founded and has chaired the American Trial Lawyers of America Crane and Aerial Lift Litigation group. He has multimillion-dollar results in crane accidents such as powerline contact, tipover, two-blocking, and cases arising from improper crane operation and faulty design. He also established and chairs the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Electrical Accident Group, as he and his firm have handled scores of electrical accident cases that involve accidental contact with overhead powerlines, dig-in contacts, transformer explosions, and wiring defects. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he attended the Fordham University School of Law where he was a Commentary Editor of the Law Review. He returned to law school in 1994 as part of the first class in Temple University School of Law’s LL.M in Trial Advocacy program. He is a frequent author and lecturer on trial advocacy, construction, and workplace accidents. Mr. Mongeluzzi was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April 2021. His term will expire in April 2028.

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    Gretchen A. Mundorff, Esquire

    Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Mundorff has been an engaged member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) having served as the organization’s president in 2010-2011 and in numerous other roles including PBA Secretary, PBA Zone 6 Governor, Chair of the PBA Young Lawyers Division and Bar Leadership Institute, Vice Chair of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession, and member of the PBA House of Delegates. Additionally, she has served on many of the organization’s task forces and committees including the PBA Legal Services to Middle-Income Persons Committee, PBA Leadership Diversity Task Force, PBA Task Force on the Pennsylvania Judiciary, and the PBA Legal Access Task Force. Recognized for her notable contributions to the organization, she was honored with both the Anne X. Alpern Award from the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession and the Chief Justice Flaherty Award from the PBA Conference of County Bar Leaders. A life fellow of both the American and Pennsylvania Bar Foundations, Ms. Mundorff served as a Director of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. She is also a past Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee Member and served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. Ms. Mundorff is an active member in the volunteer community. She is a past director of the United Way of Connellsville, the United Way of Westmoreland County, the American Heart Association of Fayette County, the Uniontown-Harmarville Rehabilitation Advisory Board, Artworks Regional School for the Arts and the Family Health Council in Pittsburgh. Formerly the president of the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Connellsville, she currently serves on the boards of directors for both organizations. Ms. Mundorff has served as President of the United Methodist Women of the Albright United Methodist Church in South Connellsville where she has been active on the church council and has served as a youth Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Chancel Choir. Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Mundorff has received many recognitions for her dedication to the legal profession and volunteer service. In addition to being named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for many consecutive years, she was named a Distinguished Citizen by the U. S. House of Representatives. She was also recognized by the American Red Cross with the Coldren Award for volunteer service and received the Athena Award from the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce and was named a Paul Harris fellow by the Rotary Club of Connellsville. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Chatham College in Pittsburgh where she was a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board honor fraternities. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. Ms. Mundorff was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April 2019 and was reappointed in 2022. Her term will expire in April 2025.

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    John C. Rafferty, Jr., Esquire

    John C. Rafferty, Jr. is of counsel for the Law Office of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin in Montgomery County. Former Pennsylvania State Senator Rafferty served the 44th Senatorial District which included Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties. Before he ran for the Senate, Senator Rafferty practiced law in private practice focusing on education, real estate, zoning, business, and estate law. He also served as a former Pennsylvania deputy attorney general in the criminal law division where he investigated and prosecuted Medicaid fraud. Throughout Senator Rafferty’s time in the Senate, he served as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He was also appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Senator Rafferty previously served as a member of the Methacton School Board and was elected to the Lower Providence Board of Supervisors. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, his master’s degree from Beaver College, and his law degree from Temple University. Senator Rafferty was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in January 2019 and reappointed in 2021. His term will expire in April 2025.

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    Hon. Robert L. Repard

    Robert L. Repard currently serves as a Magisterial District Judge in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mansfield University in 1986, majoring in Criminal Justice Administration. Beginning his senior year, he became a Probation Officer with the Tioga County Probation Department where he spent 26 years, retiring as a supervisor in February of 2011 to pursue the office of Magisterial District Judge. He took office in January 2012. During his career as a Probation Officer, he had both local and state involvement in developing and implementing court facility security measures and officer safety policies. He is a two-term governor-appointed Commissioner to the County Probation and Parole Officers Firearm Education and Training Commission. In 1989, he was named "Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer" of the year by the Mansfield Area Jaycees, Mansfield, Pennsylvania. He received the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges Commission Award for outstanding service to the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System in 1994. Rob is a past Range Master/Firearms Instructor for the Firearm Education and Training Commission and Harrisburg Area Community College. He currently instructs Firearms, Defensive Tactics and Court Facility Security for the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriffs Education and Training Program at Penn State University's Justice and Safety Institute. He holds multiple certifications. He is a member of the Special Court Judges' Association of Pennsylvania where he serves as Chair of the Constable Relations Committee. He is active in his community and has sat on several community boards. Judge Repard was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in September 2018 and was reappointed in 2021. His term will expire September 2024.

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    David S. Senoff, Esquire

    David S. Senoff is a founding member of First Law Strategy Group, LLC. Mr. Senoff has focused his 27-year career on class-action lawsuits in important public policy fights, including his as one of the lead attorneys involved in seeking justice for the victims of the “Kids-for-Cash” cases and having been instrumental in the creation of the Pennsylvania law regarding the state’s Wage Law. As a Judge pro tem in the Philadelphia County Courts of Common Pleas, Mr. Senoff also mediates disputes in an effort to fairly resolve cases for all parties prior to trial. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Senoff served for 12 years as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board and for 3 years as a member on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Civil Rules Committee. He has been named as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” every year for the last decade and as a “Best Lawyer in America” annually since 2013. Prior to the founding of his firm, Mr. Senoff was highly involved with the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers’ Association, having served on its Board of Directors as well as serving as the communications coordinator and education coordinator for the Association. He is also currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association where he currently serves on the Association’s Amicus Curiae Committee. He previously served as the Co-Chair of the Association’s Insurance Bad Faith Law Section. Mr. Senoff is also currently a member of the Insurance Bad Faith Trial Lawyers Association and the Class Action Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Senoff was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April 2020. His term will expire in April 2026.

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    Shohin H. Vance, Esquire

    Shohin H. Vance is currently an associate at Kleinbard LLC based in Philadelphia where his practice primarily focuses on litigation involving state governmental entities and officials, state constitutional matters, appellate litigation, complex election issues, and grand jury investigations. His experience includes appellate matters in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court where he previously served as a clerk for Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor. Mr. Vance also has experience representing clients in matters in the state’s Commonwealth Court, in both its original and appellate jurisdictions. Mr. Vance is well versed in a variety of legal matters and regularly contributes articles to the Legal Intelligencer and serves on its Young Lawyer Editorial Board. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Federalist Society and was recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his work in the fields of white-collar criminal defense and government relations. Before attending Penn State Dickinson Law, he worked for one of the top government relations and political consulting firms in the state where he played a key role in a number of public policy victories and developed an extensive resume in campaign consulting, earned media, press relations, and grassroots organization. Mr. Vance was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April 2021. His term will expire in April 2027.

Staff

Office of Disciplinary Counsel

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    Thomas J. Farrell

    Chief Disciplinary Counsel

    Mr. Farrell was appointed Chief Disciplinary Counsel in 2020. In this role, he oversees disciplinary counsel and other staff throughout the four disciplinary districts in the Commonwealth. Before his appointment, Mr. Farrell was law clerk to the Honorable Gustave Diamond of the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania; a public defender in Brooklyn, NY; an Assistant United States Attorney in Pittsburgh; and an active civil and criminal practitioner, handling cases ranging from charges of capital murder to public corruption and complex white-collar crimes, the defense of lawyers and doctors, whistle-blower cases, and appearances before Congressional committees which were investigating the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. He is the author of Criminal Defense Tools and Techniques (James Publishing 7th ed. 2017) and co-author of the Third Circuit Criminal Handbook (Matthew Bender, Rev. Ed. 2018). Mr. Farrell received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

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    Raymond S. Wierciszewski

    Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel

    Mr. Wierciszewski joined the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in 1996 as Disciplinary Counsel and, in 2003, was promoted to Counsel-in-Charge of the District II Office, located in Trooper, Pennsylvania. Mr. Wierciszewski was named Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel in January 2020, following his service as Acting Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel since 2019. Prior to joining the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, he was an associate in the litigation department of a Philadelphia law firm. Mr. Wierciszewski earned his B.A. with honors in political science from Haverford College in 1987 and his J.D. with high honors from Duke University School of Law in 1990.

Executive Office

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    Jesse G. Hereda

    Executive Director

    Mr. Hereda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the California University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in International Finance from the Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. After a successful stint in real estate and casino finance in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Hereda moved home to his native Central Pennsylvania in 2009 to be closer to family. In his personal life, Mr. Hereda enjoys serving as a board member and advisor to numerous non-profit organizations and foundations. Upon his return to Pennsylvania in 2009, Mr. Hereda began his career with the Disciplinary Board in the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel. In 2013, he was named the Director of Finance for the Board. In 2018, he became the Executive Director, with oversight responsibility for the Attorney Registration Office, Communications, Finance, Human Resources, the Prothonotary’s Office, Special Counsel, and Technology.

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    Dana C. Belella

    Assistant Director

    Dana Belella began her career with the Disciplinary Board in 2014 and became the Deputy Attorney Registrar in 2017. Promoted to Assistant Director in 2022, she manages all aspects of attorney registration, including the annual licensing requirement, licensing for newly admitted attorneys, staff training, and maintenance of the attorney rolls. Additionally, she assists the Executive Director with the oversight of all other Executive Office functions and leads the team who develops and distributes the Board’s monthly newsletter. Ms. Belella received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Slippery Rock University and worked in that field prior to accepting a position with the Disciplinary Board.

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    Marcee D. Sloan

    Board Prothonotary

    Marcee D. Sloan is the Prothonotary for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, Ms. Sloan, among many other duties, accepts filings and maintains the record in disciplinary matters. This role provides the opportunity for Ms. Sloan to maintain effective working relationships with court officials, Board Members, Hearing Committee Members, and Pennsylvania attorneys, which is naturally her strong suit. She has more than 26 years of case management experience. Before joining the Disciplinary Board in 2006, she worked as a legal clerk for Magisterial District 12-02-01 in Dauphin County. She graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Ms. Sloan volunteers in her community by serving the homeless at Downtown Daily Bread and assisting in recreational youth sports programs.

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    Suzanne E. Price

    Attorney Registrar

    Suzanne E. Price is the Attorney Registrar for the Disciplinary Board. Ms. Price is a graduate of Central Penn Business School. Prior to her employment with the Board, she was a Central Services Secretary for the Pennsylvania Bar Association where she was the sole support staff for the bar association membership department which handled attorney registration renewal and bar admission updates. Ms. Price was hired by the Disciplinary Board in 1985 as the Administrative Assistant to the Board Secretary. She was promoted to Attorney Registration Assistant in 1987 and again in 1995 to her current role as Attorney Registrar. The Attorney Registration Office handles the annual Attorney Registration and maintaining and updating the database of attorneys admitted in the Commonwealth.

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    Laura K. Mohney

    Counsel to the Board

    Ms. Mohney has served as Counsel to the Board since 1995, providing legal support in all aspects of the Board's oversight of the disciplinary system. She is a graduate of Albright College and The Dickinson School of Law.

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    Kimberly M. Henderson

    Special Counsel

    Ms. Henderson is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and Mississippi College School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Henderson interned for the Honorable John F. Cherry in the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. She has previously worked at a large civil defense firm as well as has been an Assistant Public Defender. Ms. Henderson has represented individuals and businesses in a variety of cases in many different aspects of the legal process. In 2020, Ms. Henderson was hired as Special Counsel to provide guidance and support to the Board’s more than 170 volunteer hearing committee members.