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Miners Trustees Welcomes Members

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

Coaldale, PA (09/15/2011) – St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees officially welcomed four new board members at their monthly meeting held August 24, 2011. New members are John Kweder, Jr. PE, John F. Patton, CPA, Mark Kender, MD, FACP and Maureen Donovan.

“We are honored to have John, John, Mark and Maureen as members of our Board of Trustees,” said Craig Zurn, Chairman, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. “Their expertise, community connections and passion for the good of the community are a welcome addition to the skills and commitment of our current board members.”

John Kweder, Jr., PE 

Mr. Kweder is the Chief Operating Officer and is a member of the Board of Directors at Alfred Benesch and Company. He has over 30 years of experience in civil engineering. Throughout his career he has held positions of increasing responsibility on numerous infrastructure improvement projects of various size and complexity.

Mr. Kweder was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Benesch by the Board of Directors in 2008. In that role, he is responsible to oversee all Company operations which at that time consisted of 370 professionals located in 15 offices and 8 states.

He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE), Anthracite Chapter; American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE); American Society of Civil Engineers; Society of American Value Engineers International; Chi Epsilon; and American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Mr. Kweder is a lifelong resident of Schuylkill County. He is married and has 4 children. He and his wife Maragaret reside in Lake Hauto (Rush Township).

John F. Patton, CPA

Mr. Patton is the General Manager of Hazleton Standard Speaker Inc., holding this position since 2007. Throughout his career he has held positions as an accountant, controller, chief financial officer and treasurer.

Mr. Patton is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants; International Newspaper Financial Executives; and Knights of Columbus.

He is currently the Marian Catholic High School boys varsity basketball coach. Mr. Patton is married and has three children. He and his wife Trish live in Barnesville.

Mark Kender, MD, FACP

Dr. Kender is board-certified in internal medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He completed his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia and his residency in internal medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Dr. Kender is currently a member of St. Luke's Physician Group and the founding physician leader of the Hospitalist Program at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital.

He is a member of the American College of Physicians; American Society of Internal medicine; and American Board of Medical Specialists.

Dr. Kender is married with three children.

Maureen Donovan

Ms. Donovan is the Assistant Director of Workforce and Community Services, Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, at Lehigh Carbon Community College. She has been elected to fulfill the remainder of a term left vacant following a board member resignation.

Ms. Donovan has experience in project development, marketing, public relations and recruiting. She graduated, with honors, from Eastern University in St. David, Pennsylvania as well as Certification in Non-Profit Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive community involvement, including the American Cancer Society Pennsylvania Health Policy Task Force, Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce, Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprise and various other community organizations.

Maureen lives in Tamaqua with her husband William.

Kweder, Patton, Kender and Donovan join the following members of the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees:

  • Craig A. Zurn, Chairman
  • J. David Bohri, MD, Vice Chairman
  • John Hart, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joseph D. Perilli, Esquire
  • Smita Mody, MD

“I am looking forward to working with our new Board as we continue to evolve to meet the needs of the community we serve,” added Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital. “As valued members of the community, I am confident they will bring ideas and solutions to the table as health care faces many new challenges ahead.”