Delaware Valley College Appoints Three New Board Members

Jun 13, 2011

By Annmarie Ely

Delaware Valley College has appointed three new members to its board of trustees: Helen Piszek Nelson of the Copernicus Society of America, W. Thomas Lomax ’87 of The Lomax Companies and Charles J. Alpuche ’81, a retired PepsiCo executive.


The new members were chosen for their commitment to the institution and its future. All three have backgrounds in business and have provided leadership to efforts that improve the lives of others. The appointments were made May 20.

Mrs. Nelson is the daughter of the late Edward Piszek, who owned Mrs. Paul’s Kitchen before selling it to the Campbell Soup Co. in 1982.  In the 1970s he founded The Copernicus Society of America, an organization dedicated to promoting Polish culture in the United States. Mrs. Nelson is president and co-chair of the society, which partially funds the Piszek/Evans/Diamond Exchange program between Delaware Valley College and University of Podlasie in Poland.

Mrs. Nelson,  who has a bachelor’s in business administration from Gwynedd-Mercy College, said she joined the board because Delval is developing a more global approach to education.

“When students get a chance to go to other countries, meet people from other cultures, there’s a certain amount of global education that develops,” said Mrs. Nelson. “I think that type of education is important in today’s world.”

Mrs. Nelson serves on the President’s Council at Gwynedd-Mercy, is vice president of Emlen House Enterprises Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors at The Rodale Institute.

W. Thomas Lomax received his bachelor’s in Business Administration from Delaware Valley College in 1987 and his MBA from LaSalle University.

As an alumnus of the school, Lomax was eager to get involved.

“For the past year DelVal has come back on my radar because of some of the good things they’re doing and because of the strategic plan,” said Lomax. “If I can be of help in achieving the strategic plan, I’d be more than happy to help.”

He brings to the board more than 25 years of financial and business expertise. For the past 15 years, he has served as the chief financial officer/treasurer  of The Lomax Companies, where his responsibilities include setting financial and accounting policies.

During that time, he was a core member of the management team for Lomax Health Services, Inc. and Correctional Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

The Lomax Companies own and operate a variety of businesses and ventures.

The Lomax business was started by Thomas’ father, Walter P. Lomax, Jr., a doctor in South Philadelphia who provided medical care to underserved communities and later to prisons and Medicaid and Medicare patients. In 2002, the family business expanded beyond healthcare.

The Lomax family has provided philanthropic support to a variety of organizations and is dedicated to promoting health, art, culture and education in the African-American community.

Lomax serves as a trustee for The Lomax Family Foundation and is on the boards of Morehouse School of Medicine, First Savings bank and the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Foundation in Philadelphia.

Charles Alpuche earned his bachelor’s in business administration from DelVal in 1981 and his master’s from The University of Pennsylvania.

“I’m honored to be a board member,” Alpuche said. “I went to DelVal. I love the school and everything it has done for me. Now I want to do something for the school.”

In 2005, he was named senior vice president of Supply Chain Operations for Pepsi- Cola, North America, a unit of PepsiCo Inc. He retired in February.

Pepsi-Cola North America manufactures and distributes such brands as Pepsi Cola, Aquafina, SoBe and Tropicana.

Alpuche has been an engaged member of the DelVal community for a long time.

He was the 2000 commencement speaker and the fall 2008 speaker in the Thomas W. Watson Executive-In-Residence program.

In 2010, he played a vital role in making possible the college’s three-day Precarious Alliance symposium, which dealt with the conflict between natural and human systems. At the event, he spoke about PepsiCo’s “performance with a purpose philosophy.”