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Meet the HAO Board of Directors.

Our Board of Directors

is comprised of

dedicated professionals

who make HAO work. 

HAO's Board of Directors guides major decisions and ensures HAO meets its mission of empowering clients.

The Hispanic American Organization's Board of Directors is the governing body of the nonprofit. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing our agency's activities. Board members meet periodically to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. 

 

Board Members are not set up to be permanent positions; HAO has set terms for Board Members.

Glenn E. Lichtenwalner

Chairperson

Glenn E. Lichtenwalner is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Architect at the W2A Design Group in Allentown, PA. As a licensed architect, Mr. Lichtenwalner has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1987.

He has worked as the Chief Architect on numerous nonprofit, educational, governmental, institutional, and commercial commissions. In recognition of this work, Mr. Lichtenwalner and W2A Design Group have received several American Institute of Architects awards.

He received his Bachelor of Science from Catholic University in 1981, and his Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University in 1985.

Mr. Lichtenwalner is an active community leader, having served in leadership positions at his church, Jordan United Church of Christ, Boy Scouts of America, Lehigh Valley United Premier Soccer Club, Schnecksville Playground Association, and Lehigh Conference of Churches Executive Board.

Victor Salicetti

Vice Chairperson

Victor Salicetti is an accomplished business owner and IT executive with over 20 years of experience leading global IT strategies and operations. Mr. Salicetti has experience directing global IT teams in Europe, Asia, and South America for mulibillion-dollar organizations for which he has served in various senior leadership positions.

Currently, Mr. Salicetti is the Managing Partner and Chief Information Officer for AmericaVen, a leading audiovisual, information technology, telecommunications, and digital signage company headquartered in Bethlehem, PA. AmericaVen focuses on providing complete technology solutions for small to midsize companies in the tristate area.

Mr. Salicetti graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, and completed his graduate studies in MSIS from Stevens Institute of Technology. He has earned various IT awards including the InformationWeek 500 "Most Innovative Use of Technology" recognition award in 2002, and the Global Project Implementation Award from the Bentley International Conference.

In addition to his work at HAO, Mr. Salicetti is a Board Member for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (past president), American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Valley Youth House, and Good Shepherd.

Ronald Gowland

Treasurer

Ronald Gowland is a longtime resident of the Lehigh Valley—having lived here for over 40 years. As an invested member of our community, Mr. Gowland has worked at Toshiba Business Solutions of Allentown for the last 17 years.

 

In his capacity as Digital System Specialist, Mr. Gowland supports client systems, remotely troubleshooting for routine technical problems related to networks, connectivity, systems and applications. His knowledge of IT support includes the latest technical advances in networking systems, connectivity and related software, as well as expertise of the hardware and software industry.

 

Mr. Gowland received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Industrial Management.

 

He has been a Board Member at HAO for two years, and also served as a Board Member of the Lehigh County Humane Society.

Celia Petiprin

Secretary

Celia Petiprin is a longtime member of the HAO family, having held a number of different roles at the agency since 1993. ​She began her work at the organization as an ESL teacher, and then transitioned to positions in the job development and grant writing departments.

As an accomplished manager, Ms. Petiprin served as HAO's Director of Operations, where she was responsible for managing and running day-to-day operations for the entire organization--a position she held until her retirement in 2012.

Prior to her work at HAO, Ms. Petiprin worked at Valley Personnel, a job placement organization, and for the Allentown School District as an English teacher. 

Ms. Petiprin is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with Minors in Education and Psychology.

Nelson A. Diaz

Member

Nelson A. Diaz was born in Cardenas, Cuba and immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, and a Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Project Management Institute.

 

In 1982, Mr. Diaz moved to Emmaus, PA to work for PPL Electric Utilities. At PPL, he worked as a Project Manager in the Nuclear Department where he managed modifications to the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station to enhance the plant’s reliability, operability, and safety functions.

 

He is also the founder and proprietor of Mi Casa Properties, a development company that focuses on the acquisition and management of single, multi-family, and commercial properties with emphasis the rehabilitation of properties in the urban areas of Lehigh County.

 

Mr. Nelson has been a community leader for many years. He was awarded the “Good Turn Award” by the Minsi Trails Council Boy Scounts of America, and worked on an educational partnership between PPL and Allentown’s inner-city schools. He has served as a Board Member of Sacred Heart Hospital and the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed to serve on the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority.

Gary L. Dologite

Member

Gary L. Dologite is a practiced human resource professional with multi-industry experience and an international perspective that derives from having lived and worked in Guatemala at the Instituto de Ciencia y Technologia Agricula.

 

Mr. Dologite is the Principal of Dologite Consulting, LLC, focusing on human resource management. Previously, he served as Assistant Dean in Moravian College’s graduate and continuing studies program. Prior to Moravian College, Mr. Dologite worked as a senior consultant at SECURUS HR Solutions, and as a Senior Vice President of HR at Fulton Financial Corporation and Lafayette Ambassador Bank.

 

He received his undergraduate education from West Chester University and postgraduate education from Lehigh University and Human Resource Certification Institute.

 

Mr. Dologite is a dedicated public servant, having been appointed to serve on the Northampton County Government Personnel Commission, and having served as a Board Member on the Sun Inn Preservation Association in Bethlehem, and on the Human Resource Committee for the Victory House of the Lehigh Valley.

Tom Groves

Member

Tom Groves has over twenty years of experience in the insurance trade, including his work for a large insurance carrier. He is a recognized expert in negotiation, self-funding, and employee engagement.

 

In 2004, Mr. Groves established Equinox, an insurance that offers a full suite of health insurance and employee benefits services for small, medium-sized and large businesses.

 

As a founder and principal at Equinox, he has led the company to be one of the fastest growing in the region, year over year. In this capacity, Mr. Groves manages more than thirty key accounts in nine different states. These accounts are a full mix of fully insured, partially self-insured, and fully-insured accounts.

In addition to his work at HAO, Mr. Groves currently serves a Member on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and is a former Member on the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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