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School Choice Topic of Ethics Breakfast

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace will host an ethics breakfast at 7 a.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011, in the University Center on the DeSales campus in Center Valley. The event is titled, “Vouching for Our Students: Is School Choice the Right Formula?” featuring guest speakers, Thomas Gentzel, executive director of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association; and Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

Gentzel previously served as a county administrator and, later, as assistant executive director of the state association of county commissioners. He joined the PSBA staff in 1980 as a lobbyist and, five years later, was promoted to head the organization’s Office of Governmental and Member Relations. He became PSBA executive director in 2001 and leads a staff of more than 150 persons who provide a range of publications, conferences and seminars, as well as insurance programs, management and legal assistance, and advocacy services for local school officials.

Geer serves as a founding board member of the REACH Alliance, one of the nation’s leading school-choice advocacy organizations. Prior to starting the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Michael served for eight years at WPXI-TV, the NBC television affiliate in Pittsburgh, as Senior News Producer. Michael Geer also served for two years at the ABC News Washington bureau, working on the production staff of ABC World News Tonight and the original Nightline staff. Geer has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Regent University, and a B.A. in American History from the University of Maryland.

Breakfast attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the presenters and engage with others on the topic. Participants will enjoy a buffet breakfast and table discussions based on the keynote address. Registration and breakfast is $25 per person or $175 for a table of 8.

Those wishing to attend can register online at www.desales.edu/salesian or send a check made out to the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Lore McFadden-Westwood, The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA, 18034. For more information, call the Salesian Center at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244, or email ethics.workplace@desales.edu.

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace is a partnership institution of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University on January 1, 2006. The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture was established in 2000 to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. By its collaboration with the Forum, the Salesian Center is able to extend its mission of social engagement into the corporate world and is able to capitalize on the working relationships that the Forum has already established in the business community. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs.


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