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Newsmakers for September 5

Berks County Community Foundation

The Berks County Community Foundation welcomes two local business and community leaders to its board. Elected were:

Michael J. Rowley, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFF, a Partner and Chairman of the Board at Herbein + Company, Inc.

Douglas F. Smith, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at Mid Penn Bank.

Rowley began his career at Herbein + Company in 1978. Before that, he spent three years at a national accounting firm. Rowley is Partner in Charge of the firm’s Management Advisory Services group, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, business valuations of closely-held businesses and litigation support engagements. Rowley has also assisted clients on succession planning matters. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member and former chair of the Reading Chapter of Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He serves on the boards of The Highlands at Wyomissing (treasurer), Muhlenberg School District Educational Foundation (treasurer), Berks County Workforce Development Board (former chair), and Berkshire Country Club (former treasurer), and as a member of the Penn State Berks Business Advisory Council.

When Smith was appointed to his position at Mid Penn Bank in 2020, he brought 36 years of financial experience to the role, about half of which was spent as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Alvernia University. At Alvernia, Smith more than doubled the landholdings of the university and completed $125 million in construction projects. Before that, he served as CFO at TECT Inc., and as vice president, corporate banking at both First Valley Bank and Sovereign Bank. Smith serves on the board of AAA of Reading-Berks and is a member of the Investment Committee of Berks County Community Foundation. He previously served on the boards of Home Health Care Management Inc. (chair), Kidspeace Inc., March of Dimes WalkAmerica (chair), Gustav Oberlander Foundation (vice president/treasurer), and Children’s Home of Reading (vice-chair).

Penn State Health

Edward Chabalowski, Glenmoore, Chester County, has been named vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Penn State Health’s Berks and Lancaster county region, effective Sept. 7.

Chabalowski, who is chief financial officer for two hospitals within Tower Health, will serve as the senior financial leader for Penn State Health St. Joseph and the future Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center. Chabalowski will also work in close coordination with the Penn State Health Medical Group practices in the area.

Mark Liston, who serves as interim chief financial officer at St. Joseph Medical Center, will continue in that role through the end of September to assist with the transition.

Chabalowski has 35 years of experience in health care finance, operations and strategy, as well as a strong track record of building partnerships with hospital leadership and physicians to ensure effective and efficient execution of strategic goals. He was recruited to the newly formed Tower Health in 2018 to lead the integration of Phoenixville Hospital into that health system, and two years later, he took financial responsibility for Pottstown Hospital, as well. Prior to that, he was recruited to lead the integration of Community Medical Center in Scranton into Geisinger Health System and later served as vice president of financial integration and operations improvement.

From 1997 to 2012, Chabalowski served as director of finance and later chief financial officer at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Chabalowski is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in business administration and accounting.

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