Chester County Briefly: January 26

Alicia Luke
Alicia S. Luke

Fox Rothschild

Alicia S. Luke, an attorney at Fox Rothschild’s Exton office, recently presented “Volunteer Organizations and the Law: Best Practices to Avoid Sticky Situations” to the Delaware Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators (DVAVA).

Luke highlighted a big-picture view of some of the major legal issues facing volunteer organizations, such as clearances required when working around children, how to mitigate tort liability exposure to volunteers, as well as for the actions of volunteers, and general tips regarding contracting.

Members of DVAVA, a professional organization for individuals who lead volunteer programs, as well as staff from nonprofits located throughout the Delaware Valley, attended the program.

Luke, an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, has vast experience representing clients in state and federal court in a variety of matters, including premises liability, breach of warranty, construction and automobile liability, and complex product liability cases.

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

David Harmer, of Bountiful, Utah, has been named FFVF’s president and CEO.

Founded in 1949, FFVF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and nonsectarian educational organization that brings students and teachers from all across the nation to its campus in Valley Forge for intensive study of the American Revolution, the Constitution, and civic engagement.

Volunteer chapters from coast to coast sponsor the students and teachers, and also identify, recognize, and award acts of exemplary citizenship.

“Leading Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is the capstone of my career, the greatest honor of my professional life, and the single best way I can foster freedom,” said Harmer, who brings a wealth of corporate, nonprofit, and government experience to his new role.

Linda McMahon

The administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration made it her business to drop by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

Linda McMahon, who met Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh at the White House Empowering Women Symposium earlier this month, was in the area to speak at the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry’s 2018 Small Business Awards Breakfast and Annual Meeting in West Chester.

“It was a privilege to have Linda visit with us here in the Sheriff’s Office,” said Welsh. “She’s a dynamic individual and was very gracious to accommodate photos and autographs with the deputies. She’s the real deal.”

A. Duie Pyle

West Chester-based Pyle, a leader in asset and non-asset-based transportation and supply-chain solutions in the Northeast, has opened a transportation service center in the Bronx.

The facility, which will bring approximately 100 jobs to the area, enhances Pyle’s Northeast network and further strengthens its AM delivery and pickup capabilities in the New York metro and Long Island.

“For many years, Pyle has been recognized for providing comprehensive and direct service in metro New York,” said Randy Swart, Pyle’s COO. “The Bronx is an ideal location for us to build on this commitment to our customers.

“The new service center allows us to provide our current and future customers with unique transportation options in New York, expand Pyle’s expedited service capabilities in the area, and develop quality capacity throughout the busiest and most dense region in the U.S.”

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