Richard W. Epstein is a graduate of the Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut, the University of Rochester (B.A., History), and from George Washington Law School (Juris Doctorate). He has practiced law from 1978 to the present and currently is managing partner of the law firm of Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, LLP, Mercer County’s largest local law firm, which serves businesses and individuals throughout western Pennsylvania. He concentrates his practice in civil and commercial litigation, business and succession planning and economic development. He has been a lecturer in civil litigation and trial tactics for Continuing Legal Education Programs in Pennsylvania.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Epstein and Dr. Oscar McKnight have formed two start-ups, Scientific Legal Services, which uses statistical models and applied research to predict the results of litigation, and College Career Profiler (CCP), a web-based software company which applies statistics, economics and psychology to help students select colleges and careers where they can succeed. The CCP program identifies the best academic, financial and career match for each student based
Mr. Epstein is very active in local and regional economic development efforts, currently serving as Solicitor for Penn-Northwest Development Corporation, Chairman of the Shenango Valley Industrial Development Authority, and a member of the Board of Directors of the LindenPointe Development Corporation, which operates the eCenter, an incubator for start-ups and entrepreneurs. He formerly served on the Board of Governors of the Western Division of the Pennsylvania Economy League, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference. He also formerly served as Chairman of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce and President of the Sharon Country Club. Mr. Epstein was honored as Chamber Person of the Year in 2007. Mr. Epstein and his partner, Ronald McCall, along with Dr. Craig Columbus and Ken Smith, co-taught a course in entrepreneurship and law at Grove City College.
Mr. Epstein has volunteered his services as Campaign Chair and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Mercer County. He was integrally involved in the development and expansion of “Success by Six” which champions
Jo Anne Carrick, Campus Director and Chief Academic officer of Penn State Shenango serves as the senior administrator and academic leader of the campus. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Nursing programs Coordinator and Assistant Director of Academic Planning at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. She has also been a member of the University faculty at Penn State for over 25 years. Dr. Carrick has also previously held leadership positions in nursing in both acute health care settings and within Penn State. She holds a BS in Nursing from Penn State, a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Administration and Leadership Studies in Higher Education from
Bob Evans is founder and principal for Evans Strategic Communications where he helps CXOs in the tech industry and those undergoing
Frank provides the eCenter@LindenPointe
Frank’s community service includes Board Chairman for UPMC Horizon Hospital, an integrated community hospital with UPMC. He served as a board member for the Sharon Country Club and as chairman of the Kennedy Catholic High School advisory board. Frank and his wife Judy have been involved in the music community in Mercer County for over 40 years. His commitment to improving our region’s quality of life aligns with the eCenter@LindenPointe’s mission of attracting and retaining businesses.
Kit Mueller is an Entrepreneurial Community Builder with a demonstrated history of success in the software and creative industries. Kit currently serves as Chief Tummler at DDC Pgh LLC helping companies to develop their strategic communications and community building initiatives.
Since moving back to his home region of Southwestern PA in 2010, Kit has been leading the area’s efforts to become the next hub for startups and innovation. As an investor, advisor
Sarah Palmer serves First National Bank as Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer. In this position, Sarah is responsible for expanding the bank’s small and middle market business relationships. Sarah has been in the financial industry since 2005, focusing on commercial and residential lending. During her time with other financial institutions, Sarah has held previous roles such as Regional Retail Banking Manager, Commercial Lease Lending Market Manager, Regional At Work Banking Specialist, and Licensed Financial Consulting.
Currently enrolled in American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Leadership Program, she is an Alumni of
John W. Rose, LDC Board
John W. Rose is an investor and strategist who specializes in bank and finance company investments. He is currently a founding Principal in CapGen Capital Advisors, LLC (since 2007) which is a $500 million private equity fund and bank holding company based in New York City that invests in banks and financial services companies across the country.
Prior to CapGen, Mr. Rose led investors is several turnaround banking investments and established three de novo banks
Over his career, Mr. Rose has served on the Board of Directors of 25 banks or bank holding companies, 5 finance companies and 2 industrial companies. He currently serves as an advisor to a venture capital firm in Chicago and an SBIC in Pittsburgh.
John has a Bachelor of Arts from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Brian Slawin is the Regional Director and Portfolio Manager for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners / Central &
Prior to his journey into