Board of Directors

2017 - 2018 Officers

Jeffrey M. Bower

President | Life Fellow

Jeffrey M. Bower is Senior Partner of Bower Law Associates, a civil practice firm in State College, Pennsylvania.

Samuel D. Miller III, Esq.

Vice President | Commonwealth Club

Samuel D. Miller III is in private practice in Lansdale, Montgomery County, PA. His practice focuses on the representation of lawyers and law firms in matters before the Disciplinary Board and Lawyers.

Larry E. Coploff, Esq.

Treasurer | Commonwealth Club

Larry E. Coploff is a native of Lock Haven, who, after graduating from Lock Haven High School, attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude majoring in accounting.

Christine Hall McClure, Esq.

Secretary | Keystone Society

A graduate of Chatham College, Ms. McClure received her law degree cum laude from Villanova University School of Law. She has more than 30 years of experience, having practiced previously in the Erie firm of McClure & Miller, LLP.

Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin, Esq.

Assistant Secretary | Life Fellow

Ms. Gold-Bikinis a senior partner in Weber Gallagher's Family Law Practice Group, as well as Chair of the Family Law Department. She concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce, custody, support cases, pre-nuptial agreements. Ms. Gold-Bikin has authored numerous books in the field of Family Law and has authored and co-authored numerous articles.

Tyrone A. Powell, Esq.

Immediate Past President 2016-2017 | Commonwealth Club

Tyrone is a shareholder of Powell Law, P.C. Tyrone has more than twenty years of experience in the counsel and representation of retailers, developers and professionals in real estate lease and contract negotiations with shopping center and office complex owners and other retail tenants, representing both landlords and tenants in office building and shopping center leases and in complex real estate transactions.

2017-2018 Zone Directors

Kathleen Wilkinson, Esq.

Zone 1 Director | Fellow

Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner in the Philadelphia firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, is the zone one governor on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors and the zone one director on the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Board of Directors.

Jill M. Scheidt, Esq.

Zone 2 Director | Life Fellow

Jill M. Scheidt received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State and a law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

Helen L. Gemmill

Zone 3 Director | Life Fellow

The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Political Science Major) Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO J.D.

Lawrence B. Mansfield, Esq.

Zone 4 Director | Commonwealth Club

Graduate of Mansfield University, Class of 2000 with a degree I Spanish Cecil C. Humphrey's University of Memphis School of Law, Class of 1987

Guerline L. Laurore, Esq.

Zone 5 Director | Commonwealth Club

Ms. Laurore is the principal of the Law Office of Guerline L. Laurore, P.C., a law firm that was first incorporated in Michigan in 2006 and was transferred and incorporated in Pennsylvania in 2009.

Michele S. Haggerty

Zone 6 Director | Life Fellow

Juris Doctorate-Duquesne University School of Law 1987 Top one-third of class Bachelor of Arts-Sociology/Classics Duquesne University 1984 Summa cum Laude

Edwin W. Smith

Zone 7 Director | Life Fellow

Dusquene University School Of Law- 1984- Juris Doctor Degree Penn State University- 1981 -BS Health Planning and Administration Clerk- Allegheny County District Attorney's Office- Homicide Division

Ralph J. Trofino, Esq.

Zone 8 Director | Commonwealth Club

University of Pittsburgh J.D. 1979 University of Notre Dame B.A. 1976

Samuel D. Miller III, Esq.

Zone 9 Director | Commonwealth Club

Samuel D. Miller III is in private practice in Lansdale, Montgomery County, PA. His practice focuses on the representation of lawyers and law firms in matters before the Disciplinary Board and Lawyers.

Michael Bruce Jones, Esq.

Zone 10 Director | Life Fellow

Michael Bruce Jones has been a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association representing Zone 10 in Western Pennsylvania for over ten years. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, Beaver County Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee, and Civil Rules Committee.

Director Kelly A. Mroz, Esq.

Zone 11 Director | Commonwealth Club

Kelly A. Mroz earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 1999, then joined the Erie firm of Elderkin, Martin, Kelly and Messina. In 2008 she co-founded The Family Law Group, LLC, a boutique family law firm where she maintained a traditional litigation practice while also providing mediation and collaborative law services.

Lawrence R. Chaban, Esq.

Zone 12 Director | Commonwealth Club

LAWRENCE R. CHABAN practices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His primary area of practice is in workers’ compensation, in which he is a Certified Specialist, social security disability and labor/employment law, representing plaintiffs and employees.

2017 - 2018 Designated Directors

Matthew J. Creme, Jr., Esq.

Designated Director | Life Fellow

Matthew J. Creme, Jr. is a graduate of Dickinson College and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Sharon R. Lopez

Designated Director | Commonwealth Club

Sharon R. López, a partner in Lancaster’s Triquetra Law, is the 123rdpresident of the PBA and the association’s first Latina president. López created the Membership Enhancement Blue Ribbon Panel on Millennials, Mothers and Minorities in the Profession, an appointed group of PBA members who are identifying new approaches to increase association membership through outreach, marketing and mentorship.

Joel C. Seelye

Designated Director | Fellow

Joel C. Seelye of Hollidaysburg, a partner in the Altoona law firm of Grabill & Seelye PLLC, is the immediate past chair of the PBA YLD. Seelye has served on the PBA YLD Executive Council and as the PBA YLD Zone Eight chair. He also served as the PBA YLD liaison to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the continuing legal education arm of the PBA.

David E. Schwager, Esq.

Designated Director | Life Fellow

Mr. Schwager is a partner in the Wilkes-Barre firm of Chariton, Schwager & Malak, with a practice focusing on real estate, creditors rights, title insurance, real estate taxation, business law, commercial litigation, and municipal law.

Past Presidents

Tyrone A. Powell, Esq.

Immediate Past President 2016-2017 | Commonwealth Club

Tyrone is a shareholder of Powell Law, P.C. Tyrone has more than twenty years of experience in the counsel and representation of retailers, developers and professionals in real estate lease and contract negotiations with shopping center and office complex owners and other retail tenants, representing both landlords and tenants in office building and shopping center leases and in complex real estate transactions.

Grace R. Schuyler

Past President 2013 - 2014
Life Fellow

Grace R. Schuyler, was appointed to the Board of the PA Lawyers Fund for Client Security by the PA Supreme Court in March 2009, was reappointed in March 2012 and appointed Vice Chair in May 2013. She is employed as Director - Government Affairs for Rite Aid in Camp Hill, PA. Ms. Schuyler was previously employed as Senior Counsel for the PA Department of Health as the main litigator for the Department and the program attorney for the Office of Public Health Preparedness, Bureau of Epidemiology, Bureau of Community Health Systems and Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure. She conducted state and federal training on preparedness issues, public health laws, was a member of the Editorial Board for the PA Public Health Law Bench Book and the Advisory Group that developed a Public Health Law Judicial Program for Judges on the Court of Common Pleas. Ms. Schuyler remains involved in public health projects and is serving on a state government Advisory Committee to review and provide recommendations on the revision of PA's public health laws. Previous employment includes the position of Managing Attorney and Senior Trial Counsel for two insurance companies and as Litigation Counsel – Major Claims in the Home Office of an international insurance company. Ms. Schuyler is a graduate of Shippensburg University and the Penn State - Dickinson School of Law.

Alfred Jones, Jr., Esq.

Past President 2011 – 2013
Commonwealth Club

Mr. Jones is the Executive Director of the Centre County Community Foundation. A member of the Foundation board, Mr. Jones accepted the position of CEO on April 1, 2009.

George Gvozdich, Jr., Esq.

Past President 2008 – 2011
Commonwealth Club

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Johnstown, PA Dickinson School of Law Carlisle, PA

Karen M. Balaban, Esq.

Past President 2005 – 2008
Keystone Society

Karen M. Balaban, a sole pracitioner in the Harrisburg law firm of Karen M. Balaban LLC, is one of 12 zone governors who serve on the PBA Board of Governors. Balaban represents Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York county lawyers. Her term will expire in 2006.

Tim Riley, Esq.

Past President 2002 – 2005
Keystone Society

Practice Areas: Litigation; Medical Malpractice; Automobile Accident; Product Liability; Premises Liability.

Arthur L. Piccone, Esq.

Past President 1999-2002
Life Fellow

Admitted to the bar in 1959, Arthur L. Piccone practiced law as a solo practitioner and in several different firms and partnerships before joining Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn in 1979.

William H. Eastburn, Esq.

Past President 1996 – 1999

** Deceased

Marvin S. Lieber, Esq.

Past President 1993-1996
Life Fellow

Marvin S. Lieber is a member of Eckert Seamans. He has a broad-based legal practice, with an emphasis on business and commercial law, taxation, charitable organizations, educational institutions and health care representation and focuses his practice on taxation, estate planning and administration, banking, corporate law and health care matters.

Joseph H. Jones, Sr., Esq.

Past President 1991-1993
Keystone Society

**Deceased

Albert P. Massey, Jr., Esq.

Past President 1988-1991
Life Fellow

Villanova University - Bachelor of Science in Economics, 1961 Villanova University School of Law - Juris Doctorem, 1964

Jerome E. Bogutz, Esq.

Past President 1986-1988
Life Fellow

Jerome E. Bogutz is an of counsel in the Philadelphia office of Wilson Elser whose practice focuses on Professional Liability & Services, Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage, Corporate Governance & Compliance, Government Affairs and Real Estate & Development.

Frank A. Boyle, Esq.

Past President 1984-1986

**Deceased

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