Board Bios


Graham Simmons – Chairperson

Graham Simmons, is a lawyer and a Member of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., concentrating his practice on general business law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, banking and financial services, economic development projects, and health care transactions. For his day job, Graham has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for less than 10 years, and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. He was honored in 2013 as one of the Forty Under 40 in Lehigh Valley Business, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business. An active member of the community, Graham is the current Chairperson for the Greater Easton Development Partnership, and is a member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, having previously served as a committee member and youth leader. He currently serves on the Public Policy Committee for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and is a past Chairman for the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce. Graham also currently serves on the corporate board for the Greater Valley YMCA. Graham and his wife Shelby live in the Easton area and are the proud parents of four children.


Edward Shaughnessy – Vice-Chairperson

Attorney Edward Shaughnessy, a 1980 Easton High School graduate, received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in 1985 and earned his Juris Doctorate from William and Mary Law School in 1988.

He began working for Attorney Gus Milides and, in 1990, established

Shaughnessy Law Offices. Attorney Shaughnessy concentrates his practice in motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence, workplace accidents and employment discrimination.

He is a devoted beekeeper, loves literature and enjoys the art of good food

and wine. His father was a Professor of Mathematics at Lafayette College and his mother was an R.N. at Easton Hospital for 50 years.

He is very luckily married to local real estate phenom Ellen Shaughnessy, Owner of Free Bridge Realty.


Adam Fairchild – Secretary

Adam Fairchild, an Easton native, was born and raised in the College Hill neighborhood. Adam attended Easton Area High School and subsequently attended Pennsylvania State University where he received his BS in Business Logistics. Go State! After graduating, Adam accepted a position with Nestle USA in their Supply Chain Leadership program. Like Caine from TV’s Kung Fu, Adam travelled the countryside having adventures and learning new facets of Nestlé’s supply chain at each stop along the way. After nearly four years, Nestlé’s supply chain was no longer enough. The allure of the larger world beckoned and like every great rock band, a 5 month, 13 country world tour ensued. Having exhausted all of his money it was time to “return to reality”, whatever that is, and get a “real job” once again.

Thankfully it was before the bottom fell out of the market and the Great Recession hit so jobs were plentiful. Any yahoo with some education and a resume with words on it could get a job in those days. Off to northern California he went to work for The North Face in their corporate office as a Forecasting Analyst and later Manager of Forecasting in the San Francisco Bay Area. While living the proverbial bachelor dream in Cali, Adam met his future wife, Sarah Jones, who also worked for The North Face. Sarah, an east coaster from Vermont, made the decision to move back east much easier. In 2011 Adam opened his own retail store in downtown Easton fittingly called Easton Outdoor Company. Easton Outdoor Co. specializes in apparel, footwear and equipment for hiking, camping, running, climbing and casual activities. Sarah & Adam now have twins, Harper and Brooks and two black lab mixes, Bettie and Charlie. And while life has changed significantly since his days at Penn State, the adventure still continues!


Salvatore J. Panto, Jr.

In November 2011 Sal Panto, Jr. was re-elected as Mayor, beginning his fourth term in office. He is recognized as a highly effective local government leader and is credited with making Easton a cleaner and safer city.

Mayor Panto and his team have brought fiscal stability to the city. For seven straight years there has been no increase in real estate taxes. His financial management has earned the city an increase in its Standard and Poor’s rating from a BBB in 2008 to an A+ in 2013, one of only a few in the entire State of Pennsylvania.

Mayor Panto is also leading an economic development program that is experiencing more than $450 million in public and private investment and the creation of hundreds of new jobs in the city.

He held the position of President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the PML. He is an active member of the United States Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities and also serves on the Board of Trustees of Easton Hospital.

Mayor Panto earned his Master’s Degree from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s Degree from Kutztown University. In May 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Service from Lafayette College.

He is the recipient of many awards and honors; most recently he received the Pennsylvania Preservation Government Official of the Year Award.

Born and raised in the City of Easton, Sal is married to the former Pam Searles. They have four children and five grandchildren.

James L. Sampson, Jr.

James L. Sampson, Jr. is a Vice President of Merchants Bank with offices located at 46 Centre Square, Easton, Pa. Jim graduated Easton Area High School and from Mansfield University with a degree in Philosophy. He began his Banking career 40 years ago with Easton National Bank and Trust Company and has worked in the Easton area his entire career. He is a commercial lender specializing in commercial real estate including construction loans, equipment loans as well as lines and letters of credit. He is currently a board member of Greater Easton Development Partnership, Hugh Moore Parkway Board of Trustees and is President of Easton Municipal Authority. Jim and his wife Margaret, (Bambi,) live in Easton and have two daughters, one a teacher of art and photography at Moravian Academy, and one who is employed by Air Products. He has two grandsons.


Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson is Vice President of Marketing at Easton Hospital. He has worked in marketing for nine years on research, account and creative teams and in leadership positions. He studied advertising as an undergrad and even interned at an agency in London before ditching it for a degree in English. He then earned his Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and worked and taught at the college level for 10 years as a tutor, instructor and department chair. He’s also had stints in social service, living with homeless families, mentoring people on public assistance and coordinating a nonviolence program at a maximum security prison. In his free time, he enjoys writing, swimming, photography, hiking, theatre, cooking, traveling and acting. He makes his home on College Hill in Easton with his spouse and two sons.


Marc A. Troutman

Marc is the Manager, External Affairs for FirstEnergy Corporation. Located in Easton, PA. Marc is the liaison between the Company, Met-Ed and the community for all matters relating to the Companies business in Northampton, Monroe, Pike, Upper Bucks and portions of Berks and Montgomery Counties. He is responsible for two-way open communications between elected officials, community leaders and directly with customers as it relates to such issues as service reliability, information during storm events, street lighting and community issues such as economic development and charitable contributions. Marc’s challenge is to keep his finger on the pulse of the community and customers to ensure the operation of the region remains focused on the customer.

Prior to assignment as External Affairs Manager, Marc held various positions within the GPU Energy system. In his 33 years of service he has been Project Engineer, Project Manager, Operations Superintendent at a generating station and Maintenance Manager for the PA/NJ Transmission and Distribution business.

Marc holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. While attending the University he participated in athletics as well as other extracurricular activities.

Sandra Vulcano

Sandra Vulcano has served as a member of Easton City Council since 2002. She also serves as Council President from 2004-2008. Currently Ms. Vulcano chairs the Economic Development Committee for the city. She is married to Dr. Pat Vulcano, Jr. D.PA and has a daughter, Michele.

Ms. Vulcano graduated from Easton High School in 1970 and holds a B.B.A. from Amstead University. She has been employed by the PA Department of Health as the Vital Records Registrar since 1988.

Ms. Vulcano’s community and public services record: Member of the Easton area School District Board 1999-2002, Chairman Easton Area Democratic Committee, founding Member of the Career Institute of Technology Advisory Board, member of the Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley representing Easton, member of the Greater Easton Development Partnership Board, member of the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership Board, and a member for 25 years of the Easton Columbus Day Committee.