Newsmakers for September 18

Berkshire Investment Group

Nickolas Crosby has joined Berkshire Investment Group in Wyomissing as Client Services Manager. In this role, Crosby will work directly with the client’s operational inquiries, building and maintaining relationships. He will also be involved in day-to-day operations, compliance and regulations, financial reporting, managing accounts and supporting the office’s team of advisors.

Nickolas Crosby
Nickolas Crosby

Crosby graduated from West Chester University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Penn State Berks

Sarah Hartman-Caverly, MS(LIS), MSIS, reference librarian and library liaison to the Department of Engineering, Business, and Computing at Penn State Berks Thun Library, was recently invited to chair the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Round Table Publications & Communications Committee for 2022 -23.


This is an important leadership position promoting freedom of thought and privacy in the United States and beyond through the Roundtable’s social media. The Chair also conducts the documentation of the Roundtable’s work and outreach programs through quarterly newsletters and an annual report.

Hartman-Caverly’s research and services focus on issues of intellectual freedom related to human and machine autonomy. Many of her publications and presentations on privacy, information warfare, and collaborative education bridging technology, business, and computing are available through Penn State’s ScholarSphere. repository.

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Essential Utilities

Kimberly Joyce, Essential Utilities’ vice president, regulatory and government affairs, has assumed her duties as corporate secretary.


As corporate secretary, Joyce adds important responsibilities associated with Essential’s board of directors, filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, and the company’s legal entity structure.

Prior to her current role, Joyce had similar regulatory and legislative responsibilities for the company where she has worked for more than 15 years. As a regulatory advisor to the company, she manages regulatory filings, including base rate cases, takeover filings, and the implementation of state and federal legislation and regulatory policies with the public utility commissions for Essential’s regulated water, sewage and nature subsidiaries.

Joyce spent five years with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) before joining the company, having previously worked for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court President Judge James Gardner Colins.

She earned her BA in Economics and MBA from Villanova University and her JD from the University of Pittsburgh. Joyce serves on the Board of Directors of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and leads the partnership with Villanova’s Engineering Schools learning initiatives.

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Saxton & Stump

Saxton & Stump has added two lawyers to its franchising, licensing and distribution group from its Malvern office. John W. Goldschmidt Jr. is now Senior Counsel to the firm and continues his 30-year intellectual property and franchise law career with law firms throughout the Philadelphia area. Bianca R. Basilone is an associate who recently worked as a federal clerk in Delaware after graduating from law school.


Goldschmidt has worked for Reed Smith, Dilworth Paxson and boutique IP law firms in the region. He has worked with clients on legal issues such as the prosecution, enforcement and licensing of national and international trademark rights, in particular important aspects of franchise law and related patent, copyright and trade secret matters. He is a graduate of Rutgers University Law School and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor.

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Basilone graduated from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in 2021 and served as a clerk at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware for the Hon. Since Sherry Fallon. During her legal clerkship, she wrote, among other things, expert opinions on patent infringements, an important part of franchise law. While in law school, she worked as a clerk at a law firm assisting in patent litigation and also did an internship with the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Prior to her legal career, Basilone worked as an analytical chemist for the Delaware Division of Forensic Science in the Toxicology Division. She also worked as a laboratory technician for a year while still studying at West Chester University, where she earned a BS in forensic and toxicology chemistry, graduating magna cum laude.

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