Benns Jr.

Norris Benns Jr. has been hired as vice president, insurance and managed care at the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

In this senior management position, Benns will provide expertise and direction for policy and program initiatives related to health care finance, insurance and managed care issues.

He will play a key role in monitoring the impact of changes in health insurance and managed care across the commonwealth and developing association advocacy strategies related to insurance and managed care.

Benns comes to HAP from Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he served as regulatory affairs director, and advised senior management on health care-related policy, regulations and legislation.

Rev. Damone B. Jones

The Rev. Damone B. Jones, senior pastor at Bible Way Baptist Church, has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees for the Philadelphia Prison System by Mayor Michael Nutter.

The board of trustees’ primary role is to provide guidance and oversight of operations within the Philadelphia Prison System. This includes measuring and controlling the population of the prison, as well as educating and preparing inmates for re-entry into society.

Jones has a passion for helping at-risk youth — it fostered his commitment to serve at the Philadelphia Youth Detention Center as coordinating chaplain, as a panelist for the District Attorney’s Youth Aid Panel and as president of the police clergy program in the 19th Police District.



Leslie Patterson-Tyler has been named director of media relations and communications at the Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts.

Patterson-Tyler joins the Kimmel staff from Tyler-Made Productions, LLC. , where she served, as president and CEO. There, she formed a relationship with the Kimmel Center, elevating their profile through marketing, media relations and community relations for performances.

She will be charged with expanding Kimmel’s media coverage through local, regional and national media outlets, while also fostering relationships with local communities.

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