Lynne Williams, Ed.D. Candidate
Lynne M. Williams, Ed.D. Candidate, is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections for: 1) jobseekers in career transition, including veterans and 2) employed and self-employed for career management. In addition, Lynne is also the owner of Around the Clock Executive Helper, a writer of resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Lynne presents unique research-based workshops on LinkedIn, resumes, the Applicant Tracking System, the Art of Networking In Person & Online, and other career-related, social media, and technology topics. She is currently working on writing her doctoral dissertation and is a contributing author to Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?. In addition, she writes a weekly career column in Vista.Today Montco.Today and Delco.Today and other publications with LinkedIn tips and more. Connect with her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/lynnewilliams with a personalized message and visit the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group website at https://greatcareersphl.org.
Innovative Information Technology and Retail leader with managerial and operational experience in enterprise wide retail stores. Demonstrates agile and creative skill sets to support floor and back office hardware / software systems. Exhibits strong communication, development and leadership skills. Highly effective project manager and consistently completes projects within deadlines and under budget. Regularly interfaced and collaborates with key stakeholders and senior management.
Steven D. Ritchey is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, President of the Board of Trustees of the Adelphic Cornell Educational Fund, Principal Consultant with the Parallax Management Group (PMG, ltd), a member of the Nonprofit Consultant Network, a member of the Cornell University Council, and a leading Cornell Social Media Ambassador. A believer in mission-driven operationally-active boards, Steven has led numerous nonprofit program initiatives and their related fundraising including an alumni-funded Veteran’s Advocate 3-year pilot program and an award-winning Giving Day campaign. Steven joined the Board of the Great Careers Group as it was transitioning to a 501(c)3, heads the Board’s Marketing & Communications Committee, the Development Committee, and leads one of the weekly meetups.
Mark J. Raschiatore, CPA, MBA
Mark J. Raschiatore is a certified public accountant with over 35 years’ experience advising small and medium sized businesses and nonprofit organizations. He has worked with a diverse array of industries including professional services companies, manufacturing and construction, nonprofits, and workers compensation, and retirement plans. He excels at developing innovative financial strategies along with analytical skills and creative problem solving. Mark is a flexible and detail-oriented leader who manages change, utilizes a collaborative communication style and provides relevant trusted advocacy.
Mark is the founder of Raschiatore Consulting, which provides interim and fractional CFO services to small and medium sized businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Mark was a principal at Clifton Larson Allen, LLP, the 8th largest CPA firm in the United States where he led the Plymouth Meeting, PA office employee benefits audit practice. During his career, he issued more than 1500 audits and completed more than 4500 corporate partnership, individual, and nonprofit tax returns.
He earned his Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University.
Mark is also currently a member of the Finance Committee for Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School.
Steven Rosen, JD, MBA
Steven A. Rosen has a B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an M.B.A. from Temple University focusing on International Business and a law degree from Villanova University.
Shortly after completing his Juris Doctor degree at Villanova, Steven became General Counsel for AAMCO Transmissions, a franchise company.
Afterwards, Steven worked as general counsel for Safeguard, a New York Stock Exchange company, doing mergers and acquisitions. He later was promoted to President and Chief Operation Officer of a division of Safeguard Business Systems. When Safeguard Business Systems was sold, he started his own businesses.
Steven is a founding partner and Chairman Emeritus of FranNet, an international franchise consulting firm. He has a current license to practice law in Pennsylvania. He is also President of Sunbelt of Pennsylvania and on the Board of Directors of both profit and non-profit organizations.
For 30 years Steven has worked with companies and individuals who are interested in starting a franchise business or selling or buying a Main Street or Middle Market business. FranNet works with more than 100 of the top franchises and Steven assists potential franchisees to select, investigate and finance the startup of a business which is right for them. He works with accountants, other attorneys, financial planners, and a variety of lenders who assist in completing the transactions.
As past President of the Pennsylvania Business Brokers Association, Steven has shown leadership in his field. Steven is a member of the following organizations: American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, International Business Brokers Association, International Franchise Association, Pennsylvania Business Brokers Association and M&A Source.
Beth Zurcher, SHRM-SCP
Beth Zurcher is an award-winning servant leader with over 14 years as a trusted Business Partner and Executive. As an innovative solutions seeker, she finds mutually beneficial solutions for employees and companies alike through top-notch employee relations management to enhance employee engagement. Diverse professional who excels in privately held, publicly traded, non-profit, board governance, and consulting environments for organizations ranging from 34 to 2,500 employees in up to 96 locations.
Ken Blakeman, mba
Ken is a Marketing and Business Development executive focused on building and promoting brands in the Food, Retail, and Higher Education verticals. Ken was a founding member of one of the world’s top-ranking Executive MBA programs: the TRIUM Global EMBA (a consortium of NYU Stern School of Business, the Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) Paris, and the London School of Economics), where he helped build a new brand and a groundbreaking distance-learning Higher Education model. At Macy’s Department store, Ken spearheaded global B2B partnership marketing efforts, launching several joint-ventures between Macy’s and department stores in Australia, Chile, Japan, and Spain. For the past decade, Ken developed both B2C and B2B marketing strategies for Genji Sushi, a Japanese fast-casual dining chain (purchased by private equity giant Permira), expanding their territory from 80 to 180 locations worldwide by partnering with Whole Foods Market, Amazon, Target and Albertsons/Safeway, amongst others. He also launched three additional healthy food concepts, which grew from 0 to 30 locations in three years. Ken speaks five languages, has lived in five countries, and has traveled to more than 30. With a passion for healthy living, pure ingredients, and sustainability, Ken enjoys working with mission-driven organizations dedicated to improving the triple bottom line as they expand their market share.
Kathleen H. Dooley, Esq.
Kathleen Dooley enjoyed a decades-long career as a partner litigating complex commercial cases with national and international law firms in New Jersey and then North Carolina before transitioning to an in-house position as General Counsel with a tech startup. She is passionate about paying it forward and mentoring. Kathleen joined the Board of the Great Careers Group upon its merger with BENG, where she also served on the Board of Directors, and now serves as VP Member Services.
Kathleen received her BA and JD degrees from Seton Hall University. She also received an Advanced Leadership Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management and a Healthcare Compliance Certificate from Seton Hall University.
Joe Gordon, Esq.
Joseph Gordon is an attorney with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, where he practices out of the firm’s Philadelphia office. His legal practice principally focuses on defending companies against lawsuits brought by former employees and representing businesses in commercial litigation disputes. Mr. Gordon graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2008 and magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 with a degree in finance. He has been selected as a Rising Star by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers publication every year since 2016 and currently serves as a Co-Chair for the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association.