The Disparate Effects of COVID-19

A Virtual Panel Discussion

Join us for an informative virtual panel session on this timely topic, as our four panel speakers discuss the global impact of COVID-19 and the diversity of effects it has had on their areas of expertise.

Wednesday, March 24
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Dr. Gloria Oikelome, Vice President of Academic Affairs,
Montgomery County Community College

Featured Panelists
Jim Cafone, Vice President of Strategy & Business Operations, Pfizer Global Supply
Luca Valentine, CEO, Arbonite
Dr. Sharla K. Willis, Director of the Public Health Program, Gwynedd Mercy University
Stacey Woodland, CEO, YWCA Tri-County Area

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About the Panelists

Jim CafoneJim Cafone
Vice President of Strategy & Business Operations, Pfizer Global Supply

Jim Cafone is Vice President, Network Design & Performance, Pfizer Global Supply (PGS). In this role, Jim is responsible for business development, supply network design, Pfizer’s production system, performance reporting, analytics, and decision science. He is also responsible for the global manufacturing network design for the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Jim has worked at Ford Motor Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer. Throughout his career, he has held senior positions within the manufacturing, supply chain planning, customer order management, physical distribution, customs compliance, integrated business planning, information technology, corporate and supply chain strategy, and business development.

Jim holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Rhode Island. He also holds an M.S. in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania, College of Engineering and the Wharton Business School.

When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons and going deep sea fishing off the East Coast.


Luca ValentineLuca Valentine
CEO, Arbonite

Luca draws heavily on a wide array of entrepreneurial experiences and a 20-year career in financial services, real estate and private business ownership to oversee and guide Arbonite, Division of Valjon Industries Inc. Arbonite, is a 70+ year old industrial service/manufacturer and applicator of protective coatings, for essential industries, such as water, waste water treatment, chemical process, power generation, Petro chemical, and liquid bulk transportation.

Luca previously served in various sales and leadership roles at turnkey wealth management services provider Brinker Capital, Inc., and as a wealth advisor at American Express Financial Advisors. He also founded and managed a boutique auto service company specializing in foreign car and commercial vehicle fleet repair. He is currently the CEO of Arbonite and Darkar NoSkid.

Luca earned his BA in Finance from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Sharla K. WillisDr. Sharla K. Willis
Director of the Public Health Program, Gwynedd Mercy University

Sharla Willis, DrPH, MPH, MA, is the founding program director of the Public Health Programs in the School of Arts and Science at Gwynedd Mercy University. She will also serve as an assistant professor for both the Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Public Health degree programs, which will begin in Fall 2021. Prior to joining GMercyU, Dr. Willis was the associate program director of the public health program at the University of New England where she directed curriculum development.

Dr. Willis received a Master of Public Health with a concentration in international population and family health and a Master of Arts in Latin America Studies focusing on public health, anthropology and education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Community Health Sciences with a focus on maternal and child health, and completed a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Health Scholars postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan focused on community-based participatory research. Dr. Willis previously served on the faculty of the Ohio State University School of Public Health. Her research and publications primarily address breastfeeding and women’s health during the perinatal period.


Stacey WoodlandStacey Woodland
CEO, YWCA Tri-County Area

Stacey joined YWCA Tri-County Area (YW3CA) in 2014 as CEO. Since joining the YW3CA, Stacey has led YW’s expansion by increasing the number of adult education students and enrollment in early education and youth empowerment programs. YW3CA is building a reputation as a thought-leader in and advocate for Equity in Education offering Implicit Bias trainings and partnering with other organizations in the fight for the elimination of racism and the empowerment of marginalized women, girls, and families.

Ms. Woodland is a 2020 Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) Fellow, a 2017 graduate of Harvard University’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management and currently serves as Board Chair for the national nonprofit Prosecutor Impact and is on YWCA USA’s CEO Advisory Council and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s President’s Council. She is a former Commissioner on the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Girls and has served as a national delegate for Vision 2020.

She lives with her husband in Audubon, Pa and is the mother of two married adult children (one daughter and one son) and grandmother of two boys and two girls.