St. Luke's University Health Network

New Trustees

St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network Welcomes New Trustees

Charles Saunders, MD, FACS; John J. Lukaszczyk, MD, FACS; Alice P. Gast, PhD; Arthur L. Scott, EdD, MEd; H. Christine Connar and Donald E. Wieand Jr., Esq. have been appointed to the Board of Trustees for St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network.


Charles Saunders, MD, FACS

Dr. Saunders most recently served as the senior vice president for medical and academic affairs at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network for nearly 14 years before retiring in late 2007. Prior to this position, he was the urology section chief at St. Luke's Hospital – Bethlehem Campus for many years.

Dr. Saunders is a graduate of Yale University and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He has been a board-certified urologist for more than 30 years. He is a former president of the Northampton County Medical Society and president of the medical staff at St. Luke's Hospital – Bethlehem Campus. Dr. Saunders previously represented the Medical Staff on the Board of Trustees and served as chairman of the Finance Committee.


John J. Lukaszczyk, MD, FACS

Dr. John J. Lukaszczyk, MD, FACS, serves on the Board of Trustees in his role as president of the Medical Staff of St. Luke's Hospital – Bethlehem Campus. He is also section chief of general surgery for St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network. He has been an active member of St. Luke's medical staff for 18 years and is currently an assistant professor of surgery at both the Temple University School of Medicine and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

In addition to those positions, he is the associate program director for general surgery residency education for St. Luke's Network. He is a pioneer in the field of robotically-assisted, minimally-invasive surgery and has performed some of the first such surgeries in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lukaszczyk earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine and completed his bachelor's degree at Villanova University, graduating with honors. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, as well as a certified wound specialist. He is a former president and vice-president of the Northampton County Medical Society, a member and treasurer of the board of directors for the Keystone Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and has been an ECOG investigator for the past 15 years.


Alice P. Gast, PhD

Alice P. Gast, PhD, is the 13th president of Lehigh University. Prior to coming to Lehigh University, she served as the vice president for research and associate provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was also the Robert T. Haslam chair in chemical engineering. Prior to joining to MIT in 2001, she spent 16 years as a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University and at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory.

After earning a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California, Dr. Gast was a Hertz Fellow while earning her doctorate in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She spent a postdoctoral year completing a NATO fellowship at the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris.

Dr. Gast has served on various advisory commitees and boards including the NRC Board on Chemical Science and Technology and the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Arthur L. Scott, EdD, MEd

Arthur L. Scott, EdD, Med, is the third president of Northampton Community College. He holds both his education degrees from Lehigh University. Prior to his current position, he served the college as director of records, director of admissions, vice president of stuent affairs, director of college services and as provost. In addition, Dr. Scott has served as an adjunct professor at Lehigh University. Early in his career, he was a high school teacher.

Dr. Scott has been actively involved with the United Way for many years. He also helped found Leadership Lehigh Valley and is a past chair of its board. Dr. Scott was also president of the board of directors of Community Services for Children, and currently serves on the board of governors of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the executive committee of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is past chairman of PA Campus Compact, and serves on the boards of the Lehigh Valley Business/Education Partnership, the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, the Manufacturers Resource Center, the Center for Advancing Partnerships in Education, and the Pocono Health System President's Advisory Council.

Dr. Scott is the 2004 recipient of the Inez and Edward Donley Award for Advocacy for Children presented by Community Services for Children.


H. Christina Connar

Another advocate for education and children, H. Christina Connar of Bethlehem, represents The Auxiliary of St. Luke's on the Board of Trustees. A member of the Auxiliary for 17 years, she has held numerous leadership positions on the Auxiliary, including participating on the board of directors since 1993, Auxiliary president, vice president, recording secretary and she has served on the executive committee for 10 years. In addition, she holds positions on the Alumni Association Board of Moravian Academy.

Mrs. Connar graduated from Cedar Crest College with a bachelor's degree in sociology and education. She was formerly a teacher in the Bethlehem Area School District for almost a decade and a substitute teacher for another 12 years. Additionally, she was a piano instructor for 13 years.


Judge Donald Wieand

Judge Donald Wieand is a former trustee who spent nearly nine years on the board and has returned as a board member as of January 2008. In addition to his position on the St. Luke's Network Board of Trustees, he is currently a member of the St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus Board of Governors since 1997 and was the chairman of the board for nearly six years. He was a former member of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Board of Governors for ten years and held the position of Lehigh County Commissioner for five years. Judge Wieand holds court admissions on the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He earned his juris doctorate at the Dickinson School of Law and completed his bachelor's degree at Franklin and Marshall College.

Judge Wieand is a member of the Lehigh County Bar Association, the Northampton County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association - Litigation Section and Antitrust Law Section.