Frank P. Cervone, JD, MA
, has been the executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates – the oldest and largest U.S. program dedicated to providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children – since 1992. He served on the Board of the Children’s Trust Fund of Pennsylvania for ten years, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance since 1992. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Cervone was a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Working Group. He received a master’s degree in theology and ministry from La Salle University and a juris doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law. He has authored scholarly publications as well as articles in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia newspapers concerning the rights and protection of children and youth. Mr. Cervone has received many awards in recognition of his legal expertise and public service.
Meghan E. Johnson, MPH
, is the project manager of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. In this capacity, she develops, coordinates, and delivers advanced training programs to victim service providers and legal professionals throughout Pennsylvania. Previously she served as a program coordinator for the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where her work involved developing, coordinating, and delivering training programs focused on evidence-based practices for evaluating and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect cases for pediatric healthcare providers, medical residents, emergency medical technicians, school nurses, and early intervention providers. Ms. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, with a minor in public policy through the University’s Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Robert Esgro, JD, RPh, is an attorney and registered pharmacist in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He concentrates his law practice in matters involving healthcare. Many of his cases directly assist pharmacists, nurses, and physicians with licensing issues and business ventures. In addition, he has represented large healthcare firms in their efforts to improve patient safety and reduce risk. Prior to practicing law full time, Mr. Esgro was a pharmacist-in-charge for a large retail pharmacy organization and worked in the pharmaceutical industry. He still practices pharmacy as a relief pharmacist in an independent pharmacy.