Meet the Board of Trustees

Geisinger Commonwealth is governed by a regional Board of Directors who contribute their time in order to guide the school and its development. These civic leaders contribute many hours of meeting time to make sure the school is developing in a way that leads the region in better health care and education.

Louis DeNaples, Chair
Thomas Karam, Vice Chair
John Graham, Treasurer
John Moses, Esq., Secretary
David Hawk
John J. Menapace
Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP
Robert W. Naismith, PhD
Susan F. Sordoni, MD
Gregory A. Threatte, MD
Robert Wright, MD
Steven J. Scheinman, MD, ex officio
Patrick M. Boyd, PhD, ex officio


DeNaples_Louis Louis DeNaples is a businessman and entrepreneur with business interests in over 200 companies. He serves on the boards of First National Community Bank, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Allied Services, and Scranton Preparatory School and is the former chair of the University of Scranton Board of Trustees. Mr. DeNaples is Chair of Geisinger Commonwealth’s Board of Trustees.

Karam_Thomas Thomas Karam is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of PennTex Midstream Partners, LLC, a multi-platform full service midstream energy company with current operations in North Louisiana, the Permian Basin in West Texas. Most recently, Mr. Karam founded Delphi Midstream Partners, LLC, which developed and operated Laser Northeast Gathering Company, LLC until its sale to Williams Partners, LLC in 2012. Mr. Karam served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Southern Union Company, a NYSE company. Mr. Karam was principally responsible for the transformation of Southern Union Company from a gas utility company into one of the largest pipeline companies in the U.S. Mr. Karam also served as President and CEO of Pennsylvania Enterprises, Inc., a NYSE company which owned Pennsylvania Gas & Water Company, a utility in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Karam led the sale of the water division to American Water and the transition of the company to PG Energy, a diversified gas distribution and energy marketing company. Pennsylvania Enterprises was acquired by Southern Union Company in 1999. Mr. Karam received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Scranton. He serves as Vice Chair of Geisinger Commonwealth’s Board of Trustees.

Graham_John John Graham is a businessman in Wilkes-Barre. He has been involved in several businesses in Northeast Pennsylvania. He founded and operated Comfort Designs for more than thirty years. The company was a leading manufacturer of household furniture whose products were distributed internationally. He is active on several boards including those of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, St. Joseph’s Center, Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, and First Liberty Bank. He also serves on the Diocese of Scranton finance council. He serves as Treasurer of Geisinger Commonwealth’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Moses_John John Moses, Esq. is an attorney in Wilkes-Barre and formerly the Chairman of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and CEO of ALSAC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Active in the Wilkes-Barre community, Atty. Moses is also chair of the Board of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a board member for Villanova University School of Law, Chairman of First Priority Health and a Director of First National Community Bank. He is presently Of Counsel with the law firm of Cozen O’Connor. Atty. Moses serves as Secretary of Geisinger Commonwealth’s Board of Trustees and chairs the Institutional Advancement and Nominating/Governance Committees.

Hawk_Davidweb David Hawk is Chairman of the Board & Director of Research and Development at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates. He is a member of a number of community boards, including Scranton Area Foundation, where he serves as Chair. David and his wife Ann are focused on bettering the community, especially improving education and supporting students of all ages. Most recently, they helped establish The Nativity Miguel School in Scranton, a tuition-free school for promising fifth to eighth grade students from low income families. 

Menapace_John John J. Menapace is president of Menapace Business Consulting, a human resources consulting firm in Clarks Summit. He is the former senior vice president for administration at WEA Manufacturing in Olyphant, a division of Time Warner, Inc. Previously, he served as vice president and chief administration officer of C-TEC Corp. in Wilkes-Barre. He also held several financial and management positions at Bell of PA, now part of Verizon Communications. Mr. Menapace is a graduate of Susquehanna University and holds an MBA from Bucknell University. He is a graduate of Leadership Lackawanna and served on the boards of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, Wyoming Valley United Way, Lackawanna United Way, and the PA State Architects Licensing Board. Mr. Menapace is also past president of the Scranton Club. He currently serves on the boards of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Blue Ribbon Foundation, the Northeast PA Parkinson Foundation, and the Sordoni Foundation. He currently serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee.

Mitchell_Edith Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, is clinical professor of medicine and medical oncology and program leader, gastrointestinal oncology at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She is also Associate Director for Diversity Programs and Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. Dr. Mitchell earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. In 1973, Dr. Mitchell entered the Air Force and received a commission through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She entered active duty after completion of her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Georgetown University. She is an internationally renowned physician, author, and researcher on gastrointestinal malignancies. She has received numerous awards for her expertise in cancer care, including the 2012 Humanitarian Practitioner of the Year by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Mitchell is a retired Brigadier General in the Air National Guard and has received over 15 military service medals and ribbons.

Naismith_Robert Robert Naismith, PhD, serves as Chairman of JUJAMA, Inc. Formerly he was Chairman and CEO of Life Science Analytics and Managing Director of London-based Datamonitor, Inc. Dr. Naismith co-founded Pharmakon Research International, Inc., a major international preclinical contract research organization and founded Biofor, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company where he served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Naismith serves as a Director of Peoples Security Bank, the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA; as a Trustee of the William Harvey Research Institute; as Chairman of the International Advisory Board of BioAsia, Hyderabad, India; and as a member of the Kania School of Management’s Advisory Board at the University of Scranton. He has been an adjunct associate professor in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and an adjunct professor at The Pennsylvania State University and The University of Scranton and currently at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Dr. Naismith holds a PhD in genetics from The Pennsylvania State University. He is past chair of the Geisinger Commonwealth Board of Trustees and currently chairs its Audit Committee.

Sordoni_Susan Susan F. Sordoni, MD, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Misericordia College and completed post-graduate work in biology at Wilkes University and liberal arts studies at The New School for Social Research. After raising five children, she decided at the age of 45 to become a physician. She accomplished that goal five years later, receiving her MD degree from the former MCP Hahnemann Medical School in 1997. She completed a family practice residency through the Hahnemann Medical School in 2000 and started a practice in the Wyoming Valley. In 2004, Dr. Sordoni began planning a health clinic and within four years later the Volunteers in Medicine Medical Clinic opened in Wilkes-Barre. She continues to serve as chairperson and volunteer physician. The clinic provides health care for people who are underinsured. It serves over 11,000 patients per year and has established a full-service dental clinic as well. Dr. Sordoni has put into practice her belief that primary care spans the entire life and therefore has worked tirelessly in children’s advocacy. She also served as the medical director for Celtic Hospice Community Care for eight years.

Threatte_Gregory Gregory A. Threatte, MD, retired in 2013 as professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and deputy to the president for Minority Affairs at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He graduated from Colgate University and received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He completed a residency in anatomical pathology at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, served as chief resident in clinical pathology at the University of California at San Francisco, and was a hematology fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Dr. Threatte is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists. He has received the SUNY President’s Award for the Advancement of Affirmative Action, the SUNY President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and numerous other scholarly awards. Dr. Threatte directed seven clinical pathology laboratories across New York state. In 2003, he received the National Association of Medical Minority Educators Award for Distinguished Service in the field of health.

Wright_Robert Robert Wright, MD, began the Scranton Temple Residency Program in Internal Medicine (now The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education) and directed the program for many years. He was integral in establishing Geisinger Commonwealth and creating community support and understanding for the endeavor. Dr. Wright is a graduate of the Temple School of Medicine. He did his residency training in Internal Medicine at Temple and fellowship training in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a Professor of Medicine in the Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Wright holds a volunteer faculty appointment at Geisinger Commonwealth. He was the Founding Chair of the Geisinger Commonwealth Board and currently chairs its Academic Affairs and Compliance Committees.

Scheinman_Steven Steven Scheinman, MD, has been President and Dean since September 2012. He came to Geisinger Commonwealth from SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he was professor of medicine and pharmacology and served for eight years as its Senior Vice President and Dean of the College of Medicine. He is internationally recognized for his research on the genetics of kidney stones and renal disease. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings and a visiting professor at many prominent universities across the United States and abroad. Dr. Scheinman has served on many scientific and professional review boards, including currently the board of the National Resident Match Program, and the Pennsylvania Legislative Advisory Committee on the Physician Workforce. Dr. Scheinman is a graduate of Amherst College and Yale University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and fellowships in Nephrology at Upstate Medical Center and Yale. Dr. Scheinman is a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees.

Boyd_Patrick web June 2016 Patrick M. Boyd, PhD, is Professor of Biochemistry in the Basic Sciences Department. Dr. Boyd holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York. Dr. Boyd has held assistant and associate professorships as well as a directorship in the medical technology department at Utica College of Syracuse University. More recently he held an associate professorship of chemistry at Utica College of Syracuse University and has served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Utica College of Syracuse University. His research interests have been in protein and enzyme chemistry, the specificity of proteases, proteomics, and clinical chemistry.