Press Room

10-18-2012

Opera Company of Philadelphia Announces New Board Appointments

 

Daniel K. Meyer, MD, Chairman of the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new directors: Sandra K. Baldino, Peter Leone and Maria Juantorena Trafton.

“We are thrilled to welcome three new directors, each of whom has an enthusiasm for our artistic work, a distinguished professional background and a wealth of expertise to bring to our Board,” shared Chairman Meyer, who succeeded Stephen A. Madva as Board Chairman at the September 12 meeting. “We are fortunate to have a Board that is extraordinarily committed to the health and stewardship of opera in Philadelphia and our commitment to bring new American compositions to the stage, and the company is stronger yet with the addition of these three talented directors.”

New Board Members

Sandra Baldino is founder and Chair of the nonprofit organization Generocity Community Alliance, Inc. (“Generocity.org”), an online news publication with microgiving and other tools that helps advance the worthy causes, best business practices, and grassroots initiatives in Greater Philadelphia.

Sandra also serves as a volunteer, co-chair and board director for several nonprofit organizations.  She is currently a trustee of the Paoli Hospital Foundation, the Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo and WHYY. She has also served in different capacities for other nonprofit organizations, such as Community Volunteers in Medicine, the Chester County Historical Society, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Mayes College of Health Business and Policy, Please Touch Museum, and the Academy of Music.

In honor of her late husband, Frank Baldino, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Cephalon, Inc., Sandra created the Frank and Sandra Baldino Leukemia Research Fund at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center. This is an open-ended fund, which will provide financial support to leukemia research projects, specifically those focusing on the causes, diagnosis, treatment and cure of AML.

Sandra received her MBA magna cum laude from Drexel University. She was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, and currently resides with her two boys in Delaware County.

Peter Leone is the longtime president of Leone Industries, a family company based in Bridgeton, NJ and founded in 1966 as a technologically advanced manufacturer of glass containers serving the US food and beverage markets. In March 2012, the company was acquired by the Luxembourg based Ardagh Group, for which Leone now serves as President, Glass, for North America. 

Mr. Leone received his B.A., M.A. from Stanford University, and earned his J.D., cum laude, from University of Chicago Law School.  He served as a law clerk to Hon. Spottswood Robinson, III of the United States Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, and was a law firm associate for O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, CA, before joining Leone Industries as executive vice president in 1979.

Mr. Leone is a board member and past board chair of Wheaton Arts and currently serves on the boards of the Glass Packaging Institute, the Creative Glass Center of America, and the Baldwin School.

He currently resides in Villanova with his wife, Judy, and their two daughters.

Maria Juantorena Trafton is a Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for the Pennsylvania and Delaware Region of Wells Fargo Private Bank.  Mrs. Trafton provides executive leadership to Wealth Management’s Private Banking Group.  Maria has been with Wells Fargo for 18-years and held positions as: Wealth Management Director for GA, TX and Mid-South, Private Banking Director in FL and Wealth Management Relationship Manager in Philadelphia, PA.

Mrs. Trafton has been in the financial services industry for almost 30 years.  Mrs. Trafton has held various positions that include Commercial Lender, Correspondent Banker and Credit Manager.

Mrs. Trafton earned her M.S. degree in Finance from Tulane University and her B.S. in Finance from the University of Texas.  Mrs. Trafton attended the Cannon Trust School for Trust and Estate Planning and Asset Management.  She has served as a board member in various community organizations and is a member of several professional affiliations.

Mrs. Trafton and her husband, Jackson, reside in Philadelphia.  They have three children and two grandchildren.