LINC Announces New Board of Directors Executive Leadership
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The Lehigh Valley-based nonprofit welcomes Marci Lesko, Scott Blair, Joané Hockenbury and Edwin Taliaferro to its board of directors executive leadership team.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - AstroBug -- LINC, a nonprofit organization committed to fostering welcoming and inclusive workplaces and communities, announced the appointment of four existing board members to leadership roles on its Board of Directors Executive Committee: Marci Lesko, board chair, Scott Blair, vice chair, Joané Hockenbury, secretary, and Edwin Taliaferro, treasurer. These four professionals embody LINC's mission to create an environment where everyone relocating to the Lehigh Valley feels like they belong. They join LINC President, Katelyn Mack, Executive Board Member ex-oficio Oldrich Foucek, III, and Orville Trout, co-chair of LINC's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, in executive leadership roles.

"Together, this accomplished team brings a wealth of experience, dedication, and diverse perspectives to guide our organization forward," said LINC's president, Katelyn Mack. "Their collective leadership will strengthen our commitment to creating an inviting community for all those moving to the Lehigh Valley.

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Marci Lesko, incoming CEO of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, has been appointed board chair. As chair, Lesko is responsible for guiding the board in fulfilling its governance duties and advancing LINC's mission. Lesko has worked at United Way since 2006, having previously served as the organization's Vice President of Community Impact, Executive Vice President, Chief Impact Officer and Corporate Secretary. She was appointed Chief Operating Officer by the Board of Directors in 2023 and will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer starting in June 2024.

Scott Blair, senior director for diversity, equity and inclusion at B. Braun Medical Inc., is the board's vice chair and co-chair of LINC's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. As vice chair, Blair supports the chair in fulfilling her duties and assuming responsibilities in her absence. He previously worked as associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at DeSales University, chief diversity officer at Northampton Community College and director of student diversity & inclusion initiatives at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry.

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Joané Hockenbury has been appointed as board secretary. Hockenbury worked at Just Born, Inc. for over two decades, most recently serving as Chief Human Resources Officer. Hockenbury, who retired earlier this year is an active community member. She has served on LINC's board since 2022 and is a member of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley's board and the Dementia Friendly Lehigh Valley Steering Committee.

Edwin Taliaferro, vice president of internal audit services at Lehigh Valley Health Network, will continue his service as board treasurer. He is a financial professional who has been performing financial and operational oversight for more than four decades.

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