Board Leadership

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of an elite leadership team of criminal defense lawyers committed to your development and success.  The Board strives to lead and function in a strong partnership with its chief executive, Beth Winters, and continually improve its performance. The Board is moving toward a governing board and, ultimately, seeks to redistribute the work of the Association to committees and various subcommittees and task forces.  This redirected focus offers you the member an opportunity to engage in leadership opportunities.  The Board of Director will focus on goverrnance, long-term planning, and partnership and collaborations.  The Board's collective core responsibilities include:
​1. Clarifying the organization's mission and vision.
​2. Participating in and approving strategic and policy decisions.
3. Selecting, evaluating, and developing the executive director.
​4. Ensuring adequate financial resources.
5. Providing expertise and access for associational needs.
6.  Building associational reputation.
​7. Overseeing financial and risk management.
8. Monitoring association performance.
​9. Improving board performance.

Our members have a number of opportunities throughout the year to exercise their skill sets.  They include volunteering for a committee, submitting articles to our magazine, or planning or presenting a session or a course. Your development knows no bounds when you become involved with PACDLincluding serving on the Board of Directors.

PACDL is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors who have the fiduciary duty to represent and protect the interests of PACDL.  The Board's responsibilities and duties are increasingly complex, demanding and time-consuming to effectively represent its interests. 

Directors are expected to attend Board meetings, participate on committees, adhere to all Board policies including its conflict of interest policy, and provide individual leadership and a personal financial contribution at a level that is commensurate with the financial condition of the Board member that reflects the Board member's abiding commitment to the Association.

Participation in a variety of PACDL projects, CLEs and committees can help you develop your leadership skill set to make you eligible for higher levels of Association leadership.

The Board is comprised of seven officers: president, president-elect, eastern district vice president, western district vice president, middle district vice president, secretary and treasurer. The current individuals holding those offices are listed below. 


Wana Saadzoi, President Media
Brian J. McMonagle, President-Elect Philadelphia
Michael Winters, Vice President, Eastern District Lancaster
Jason Dunkle, Vice President, Middle District State College
Amy Levenson Jones, Vice President, Western District Pittsburgh
Caroline Donato West Chester
Edward Spreha, Jr., Treasurer Harrisburg
Board Members
John Abom Carlisle
Cheryl Brooks Philadelphia
Ellen Brotman Philadelphia
Michael Comber Pittsburgh
Caroline Donato West Chester
Robert Donatoni West Chester
Michael Engle Philadelphia
Sarah Hyster-Staub Harrisburg
Susan Lin Philadelphia
Lindsay McDonald Philadelphia
John McMahon Norristown
Brian McNeil York
Carson Morris Philadelphia
Ashley Shapiro Philadelphia
Jed Silversmith Conshohocken
Joel Trigiani Philadelphia
Past Presidents
Gary N. Asteak Easton
Patrick A. Casey Scranton
Joseph M. Cosgrove Wilkes-Barre
Arthur T. Donato, Jr. Media
Robert J. Donatoni West Chester
Michael J. Engle Philadelphia
David R. Eshelman* Reading
Charles P. Gelso (deceased) Wilkes-Barre
Philip Gelso Kingston
J. Richard Gray Lancaster
John J. Kerrigan, Jr. Langhorne
Peter Kratsa West Chester
Stanton D. Levenson  Pittsburgh
Joshua D. Lock Harrisburg
Royce L. Morris Harrisburg
Frank W. Nocito Kingston
Caroline M. Roberto* Pittsburgh
Mark B. Sheppard Philadelphia
Bernard L. Siegel (Deceased) Philadelphia
James Swetz Stroudsburg
Joel P. Trigiani Philadelphia
Sara M. Webster* Doylestown
Bradley Winnick Harrisburg
Barbara A. Zemlock  Harrisburg 
* Elected or appointed to serve on the Board of Directors  
Beth Winters, Executive Director Camp Hill