Leadership

An independent 501(c)(3) corporation, the Science Center is regional and collaborative both by nature and design. The footprint of our 31 shareholder institutions extends from eastern Pennsylvania to southern New Jersey and into Delaware.  


  • The American College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Burlington County College
  • The Children’s Hospital
    of Philadelphia
  • Delaware State University
  • Drexel University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Haverford College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lincoln University
  • Mercy Health System
  • NUS America (National University
    of Singapore)
  • The Penjerdel Council
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Philadelphia College of
    Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philadelphia University
  • The Presbyterian Foundation
    for Philadelphia
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers, The State University
    of New Jersey
  • Salus University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Temple University School
    of Podiatric Medicine
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of the Arts
  • University of the Sciences
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Villanova University
  • Widener University
  • Maxine Ballen
    Science Center Director Emerita 
    Founding Chairwoman, Community
    Engagement Committee
  • Kerry R. Benson
    The PFM Group 
  • Kenneth J. Blank, Ph.D.
    Rowan University
    Board Vice Chairman
    Chairman, Development Committee
  • Craig R. Carnaroli
    University of Pennsylvania
    Board Chairman
    Chairman, Executive Committee
  • Christopher Cashman
    Marinus Pharmaceuticals  
  • Ernest J. Dianastasis
    Computer Aid, Inc.
    First State Innovation 
  • Michael A. DiPiano
    NewSpring Ventures 
    Board Vice Chairman
    Chairman, Audit Committee 
  • Steven J. Fluharty, Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania 
  • Glen N. Gaulton, Ph.D.
    Perelman School of Medicine,
    University of Pennsylvania
    Chairman, Scientific Advisory
    Committee
     
  • Jane H. Hollingsworth
    Militia Hill Ventures
    Chairwoman, Community Engagement Committee 
  • David P. Holveck
    Science Center Director Emeritus 
  • Osagie O. Imasogie
    Phoenix IP Ventures 
  • Richard P. Jaffe, Esquire
    Science Center Director Emeritus 
  • J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D.
    Perelman School of Medicine,
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania
    Health System  
  • Russel E. Kaufman, M.D.
    The Wistar Institute 
  • David R. King
    Atonarp, Inc. 
  • Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., MBA
    Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System
  • Carl Kopfinger
    TD Bank 
    Chairman, Asset Management
    Committee
     
  • Kenneth L. Kring
    Korn/Ferry International 
    Chairman, Corporate Governance
    and Nominating Committee
     
  • Keith Leaphart, D.O., MBA
    Replica Global, LLC
  • William J. Marrazzo
    WHYY, Inc. 
  • Keith A. Orris
    Drexel University
  • Kathleen M. Shay, Esquire
    Duane Morris LLP  
  • Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D.
    Philadelphia University 
  • Paul Touhey
    Invisible Sentinel 
  • Tara L. Weiner
    Science Center Director 
  • Stephen T.  Zarrilli
    Safeguard Scientifics 
  • Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA  
    University City Science Center 
Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA
President and CEO

Steve Tang became President and CEO of the Science Center in 2008. He was attracted to this role because he saw the Science Center as an exciting, complex leadership challenge that would draw upon a wide range of his business and scientific interests. Steve was also motivated by his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship—and their potential to make the world a better place. When asked what career advice got Steve to where he is today, he responded, “Learn how to simultaneously fit in, stand out, and uplift others. From there, surround yourself with people who do the same.”

Curt Hess, RPA
Senior Vice President of Real Estate Operations

With more than 30 years of diversified real estate experience, Curt Hess is responsible for the management and leasing of more than 1.5 million square feet of Science Center office and lab space. Curt is inspired by the work that the brilliant people on the Science Center campus do every day—developing cures, diagnostics, therapeutics and medical devices to diagnose, treat, mitigate and even cure diseases as well as other incredible inventions that help improve the lives, well-being and safety of people all over the world. 

Saul A. Behar, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel

Saul Behar joined the Science Center in 2009. He oversees legal matters, government relations and STEAM programming. Saul brings to his position a wealth of experience as an attorney, corporate executive and strategic advisor. Saul is gratified to be working at a place that symbolizes—and enthusiastically supports—the future of innovation, entrepreneurship, and tech-based economic development in Greater Philadelphia and beyond.

Monica Cawvey
Vice President, Development

Monica Cawvey joined the Science Center in 2013 as Vice President of Development. In this position, Monica is responsible for the overall strategic planning, development, implementation and ongoing management of the Science Center’s comprehensive development and fundraising program. Monica got her start in fundraising as a Girl Scout selling cookies, a project that left her with a passion to make a difference and an unfortunate love for Thin Mints.

Christopher J. Laing, MRCVS, Ph.D.
Vice President, Science and Technology

Chris Laing oversees the Science Center’s Science and Technology Programs, including the QED Proof-of-Concept Program, Phase 1 Ventures, the Port business incubator, and the Digital Health Accelerator. He provides guidance in early business and product development, specializing in early-stage funding. Chris has lived in Hong Kong, Sydney, and London, but for the last 12 years has called Philadelphia home—he says it’s the entrepreneurial vibe of the city – and the pop-up beer gardens!

Rob Marcantuono, CPA, MBA
Vice President, Finance and Administration

Rob Marcantuono is responsible for the overall fiscal and risk management of the Science Center, providing financial oversight of the corporate, real estate, treasury, grant planning and budget activities. He also has oversight of the Science Center’s HR and IT functions. Rob joined the Science Center in 2008 as Corporate Controller and was named to his current position in 2015. His mantra is “Nothing worth doing, in work or in life, will ever be easy. The most challenging experiences will be the ones you cherish the most.”

Jeanne Mell
Vice President, Marketing Communications

Jeanne Mell joined the Science Center in 2009 as Vice President, Marketing Communications. She is responsible for all aspects of corporate marketing, communications, public and media relations and community engagement. Jeanne also oversees Quorum and the Science Center’s participation in Blackstone LaunchPad Philadelphia. Jeanne’s first “real” job as an editorial assistant at Inc. Magazine gave her an appreciation for entrepreneurship and launched her communications career.

Kindra Sloan, PHR, CPP
Senior Manager, Human Resources

Kindra Sloan joined the Science Center in 2006 and was promoted to Senior Manager, Human Resources in 2010. She is responsible for the development and execution of the Science Center’s strategic human resources program, as well as the delivery of HR services including employee relations, benefits, compensation, recruitment, training, and policy development. Kindra lives by the career advice “Don’t just tell them what you can do; show them what you can do.”