Recent announcements about changes to the boards of directors of area organizations or involving local executives.

Merck & Co. Inc.

, a publicly held pharmaceutical company based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., appointed

Harry Jacobson

to its board. He is vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.


Lower Merion Conservancy

, Lower Merion and Narberth's community preservation group, appointed

Laura Shell


Randall C. Stein

to its board. Shell is a former planning deputy for a Los Angeles County supervisor, who coordinated land-use planning projects. Stein is president and cofounder of WP Realty Inc., Bryn Mawr.


Engineers' Club of Philadelphia


Christopher I. McCabe

to its board. He is senior counsel with Jacoby Donner P.C., Philadelphia.


Support Center for Child Advocates

, Philadelphia's lawyer-volunteer program for abused and neglected children, elected

Gary A. Deutsch

to its board. He is senior vice president and assistant general counsel for Sovereign Bank, Philadelphia.

Montgomery County Community College

, Blue Bell and Pottstown, appointed

Cheryl Lynne Austin

to its board of trustees. She has worked as a Pennsylvania assistant public defender since 2004.

Mercy Suburban Hospital

, an East Norriton community-based acute-care teaching hospital, named the following to its board:

George Falconero

, a managing partner of Mailie, Falconiero & Co. in Oaks.

Brian Rosenthal

, a urologist with Urologic Associates of Montgomery County,

Maribeth Roman Schmidt

, president and partner of FCF Schmidt Public Relations, Plymouth Meeting.

The Philadelphia Bar Association named the following officers to its board:

Jeffrey M. Lindy

, principal in the Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Lindy, Philadelphia, is treasurer.

Joseph A. Prim Jr.

, partner with Duca & Prim, Philadelphia, is assistant treasurer.

Kathleen D. Wilkinson

, a partner at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker L.L.P., Philadelphia, is secretary.

Sophia Lee

, senior attorney with Sunoco Inc., Philadelphia, is assistant secretary.

The following were named board members:

Karen L. Detamore

, executive director of Friends of Farmworkers, Philadelphia.

Maria A. Feeley

, partner with Pepper Hamilton L.L.P., Philadelphia.

Jeffrey S. Gross

, partner with Batt & Gross, Philadelphia.

Richard S. Seidel

, partner with Seidel Weitz Garfinkle & Datz, L.L.C., Philadelphia.

Brigid Foster

, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Lilly Pulitzer, King of Prussia, was named to the board of

Women Against Abuse Inc.

, a Philadelphia nonprofit provider of services to victims of domestic violence.


Forum Foundation

, a nonprofit that supports initiatives to promote the advancement of local women leaders, named the following to its board:

Autumn Bayles

, senior vice president, strategic operations, Tasty Baking Co., Philadelphia.

Donna L. Brennan

, president of Donna Brennan Associates, Chester Springs.

Beth Mooney Fitzsimons

, a human resources consultant at the CBI Group, Newark, Del.

Mia Mendoza

, president and chief executive officer of Mendoza Group, Media.

Karen F. Minyard

, retired executive of PNC Financial Services Inc., Philadelphia.

M. Christine Murphy

, chairman and chief executive officer of Zitners, Philadelphia.

Kathleen O'Brien

, partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads L.L.P., Philadelphia.

Ivy E. Silver

, president and a founder of the Commonwealth Consulting Group, Jenkintown.

Judith A. Spires

, president of Acme Markets, Philadelphia.

Patricia D. Wellenbach

, consultant.

Karol M. Wasylyshyn

, president of Leadership Development, Philadelphia.

Lisa P. Young

, partner at Ernst & Young L.L.P., Philadelphia.

- Mike Zebe