Robert S. Natalini, JD, Ph.D
Dr. Natalini is a native of western Pennsylvania, where he attended public school. He studied for two years in the School of Engineering at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, then graduated from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in psychology, with minors in history and education. After working for the Sisters of Mercy caring for emotionally disturbed adolescents he attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his law degree in 1986. He practiced law for four years as an Associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia and for five years as Associate General Counsel for Consolidated Rail Corporation before returning to graduate school to study history at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate in 2004. He has taught at Harcum College, Franklin and Marshall College, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently a Lecturer in history. His teaching has included courses in American legal and constitutional history; race and sex discrimination in American history; immigration and ethnicity; and principles and methods of leadership. He does volunteer tutoring in mathematics and biology at I-LEAD Charter School. Dr. Natalini resides in Voorhees, New Jersey, with his wife, Susan. They enjoy reading, cooking, travel, and outdoor activities, and Dr. Natalini is never happier than when he’s high on a mountainside. Mrs. Natalini has too much sense for that. He is a proud citizen of Steelers Nation.
Dr. Joseph L. Amprey, Jr.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Joseph L. Amprey, Jr., is a retired professor from the Department of Student Support Services, the International Students’ Advisor, and the director of the Multicultural Studies Program at Kutztown University. He was employed at Kutztown University for 21 years. His fields of specialization are human diversity, race relations, psychology, and international studies.
He earned a B. A. at Morgan State University in Baltimore, an M.Ed. at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, an M.S. at the University of Baltimore, and a Ph.D. at The American University in Washington, D.C. For three years, he was the editor of the Journal of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals; and for 11 years, he wrote a column on race relations for the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is also the editor of the book, Student Development on the Small Campus, and the author of many papers for professional journals and other scholarly publications. Presently, he is publisher and editor of The Drum, a monthly newspaper which focuses on news and views affecting people of color in Berks and Montgomery Counties.
Mr. Anthony Montemurro
Tony is retired and is an active volunteer in local community affairs. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Doylestown, PA Fire Company No. 1 and as a Fire Fighter 1 volunteer. He also serves as a member of the Bucks County CAP (Community Accountability Program), David’s Mentoring/Reentry Program and an Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Eucharistic Minister. Tony is a Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Board member, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Community Impact Committee. He has been involved as an executive in the dental industry for over 35 years and is a past President of the Dental Manufacturers of America, where he enjoyed a close association with Dr. Shils. He is also a former Chairperson of the American Dental Trade Association’s Manufacturer’s Section and World Trade Committees. He is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the City College of New York. He is an avid sailor and resides with his wife.
Robert Jefferson was born in Reading and pursued career paths in California, but moved back to Berks County in 1992. He worked as a corrections officer in California and Pennsylvania, and as a radio program director and announcer in California and Mississippi. He was elected NAACP president in 2008, but had been interim president since 2006. The NAACP filed civil rights lawsuits against Reading’s Fire Department for testing and hiring practices; halted proposed construction on an underground railroad site in Ontelaunee Township; joined a march in Boyertown to fight against a cross-burning incident; and resolved racial discrimination complaints from local workers.
He has been recognized for his community activities, including Recipient of the Central Pennsylvania African-American Museum Achievement Award; Reading Outstanding Community Service Award; Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate Community Service Citation; and the Berks County Memorial Gardens Outstanding Performance Award.
After his participation as a School founder, he joined its Board of Directors. Jefferson lives in Wyomissing with his wife, Patsy, has four children, two stepchildren, and four step grandchildren.