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Vincent Sorgi, Vice President and Controller for PPL Corporation, was elected Chairman of the Da Vinci Science Center’s Board of Trustees on Friday during the board’s quarterly meeting.
Stephen Breininger, Assistant Controller – Business Lines for PPL Services Corporation, also was elected Treasurer of the board on Friday.
Sorgi – who became a Da Vinci Science Center Trustee in 2009 and has served as Treasurer since 2010 and Vice Chairman and Treasurer since 2013 – succeeds Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D., as Chairman during one of the strongest periods in the Center’s 22-year history. The Center posted record participation during the 2013 fiscal year and has extended that momentum during its 2014 fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2014. The Center also has been recognized regionally and nationally in the past year for the strength of its programs and community partnerships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Center’s Greater Allentown Math Science Partnership (GAMSP) professional development programs for teachers remains known as one of the best in the United States, and national exhibit experiences appear frequently and attract audiences to the Center from a wider geographic radius.
“I am deeply honored to have been elected Chairman of the Da Vinci Science Center’s Board of Trustees,” Sorgi aid. “I believe that this is one of the most effective and dynamic community organizations in Pennsylvania, and I appreciate and accept the challenge of continuing to expand the Center’s impact. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board and our staff to further serve the community and to increase the educational opportunities we are able to provide for youth and families from all socioeconomic backgrounds.”
Before becoming Controller for PPL Corporation in March 2010, Sorgi was Controller for one of PPL’s major business lines from 2007-2010 and Financial Director of PPL Generation for one year. Prior to joining PPL, Sorgi worked in a variety of financial positions for Deloitte & Touche and Public Service Enterprise Group in New Jersey.
Sorgi is passionate about volunteering and helping underprivileged children. The Controller’s department at PPL sponsors multiple community organizations, including Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania, and the Allentown YMCA. Controller’s department employees also volunteer as tutors in Allentown School District schools.
Sorgi, a certified public accountant, holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Penn State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Villanova University.
Breininger has served as a Da Vinci Science Center Trustee since Feb. 2013. Before assuming his current position at PPL Services Corporation, Breininger served as the company’s Controller of Supply Accounting and Manager of Financial Reporting. Breininger worked previously for Air Products, Wood Dining Services, and Deloitte & Touche. Breininger also has been a Congregational Council member for Weisenberg Lutheran Church in Weisenberg, Pa., and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County.
Breininger, a certified public accountant, holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Penn State University and a master’s degree in Management from DeSales University.
Schweighardt – who had served as Da Vinci Science Center Chairman since 2010 – will serve an additional year as a Trustee and member of the Center’s Executive Committee. Schweighardt’s Da Vinci Science Center experience has been perhaps the most unique and one of the most impactful.
A retired Global Manager of Process Analytical for Air Products, Schweighardt was a fresh retiree when he became a Da Vinci Science Center exhibit floor volunteer in 2007. An inventor with more than 40 American and international patents, Schweighardt helped the Center develop what is known today as its Inventor’s Lab Program. This program has helped one young inventor earn a United States Patent and another student submit a United States Provisional Patent application.
When the Da Vinci Science Center underwent a leadership transition in 2008, Schweighardt was chosen to serve as the organization’s interim Executive Director and CEO. Schweighardt served as interim CEO from Aug. 2008-March 2009, and was elected as a Trustee in 2009.
Schweighardt is the recipient of the Da Vinci Science Center’s 2014 Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award. The award was presented during the Da Vinci Science Center Hall of Fame Gala in April 2014.