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Justin P. Klein

Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance


Justin Klein currently serves as the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, having joined the Center as its Director in 2021.  He served as a member of the Weinberg Center's Advisory Board since 2015.

Prior to joining the Center, Justin Klein was a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP from 1992 through 2019 and most recently has served as senior counsel at the firm. He has represented public and private companies and their boards and board committees in a variety of transactions, including securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also has advised firms in the securities industry, including broker-dealers and investment banks, and has assisted clients in day-to-day corporate governance, disclosure and other transactional matters. Before entering private practice, Klein served for nine years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, holding positions including assistant director of the Division of Corporation Finance.

Mr. Klein has been recognized by Chambers USA, receiving its highest ranking in corporate/M&A and securities law (2003-2021) and was named one of the Best Lawyers in America in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law and securities capital markets law (2006-2021) and Lawyer of the Year in Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Philadelphia/2020).

Mr. Klein is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  He is a past Chair of the Business Law Section, Executive Committee, and past Chair of the Committee on Securities Regulation.  He served on the Attorney Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission.  Mr. Klein has been a frequent speaker at securities law conferences.  He writes extensively on a wide variety of securities law issues, including corporate governance, executive compensation and securities regulation.

At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Klein was a member of the Elected Board and a member of the firm's Diversity Council. He is active in community service, having served as board chair and a board member of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, president of the board of Settlement Music School and board chair at Pomfret School.

Mr. Klein earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Louisa K. Cresson

Research and Marketing Advisor


Louisa Cresson is the Research and Marketing Advisor at the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance.  In her capacity, Ms. Cresson works closely with the Director and Associate Director on the substantive aspects of the Center's programs and videos, including determining the event topic, agenda, roundtable participants, marketing the program and researching relevant materials for program attendees.  Ms. Cresson also serves as the secretary to the Center's Advisory Board.  This includes determining dates for meetings, preparing and sending out materials in advance of the meetings, and board follow-up post-meeting.  Ms. Cresson is the Center's donation coordinator.  She conducts research and helps prepare presentations for speaking engagements.  She also serves as the webmaster for the Center's website.  In connection with the Center's role as the partner of and home for the Inventor Stewardship Group (ISG), Ms. Cresson administers the ISG new members process and current membership, works with ISG's three governing committees, and is the webmaster for the ISG website.

Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Cresson worked at Sunoco, Inc. before retiring after approximately 30 years.  During that time, she held a variety of legal positions, including as an environmental lawyer supporting refinery and marketing environmental staff, and most recently as a corporate and securities lawyer working on a team that supported the Sunoco Board and Board committees, performing governance, executive compensation, and compliance work.  This included preparing materials for Board and Committee meetings, and follow-up activities.  She provided counseling in the executive compensation area for the senior executive team. She worked in the securities law area, primarily on Sunoco's 1934 Act filings.  The team that she worked on at Sunoco was nominated as one of the "top five governance teams" in the country by Corporate Secretary Magazine.

Ms. Cresson received her B.A. degree from Denison University and her J.D. degree cum laude from Widener University School of Law (now Delaware Law School). 

Gerri Melascaglia

Business Adminsitrator to the Center


In this capacity, she provides complex administrative, financial and event planning support in continuance of the academic and research activities of the Center, its educational programs, marketing efforts and financial administration for programs, events, and overall Center operations.  As a full time employee her background and expertise supports the Center’s mission and activities operationally and organizationally.

Ms. Melascaglia redirected her business career to academia after more than 30 years in the textile and apparel industry in C-level positions of merchandising and marketing, product development and manufacturing, supply chain and operations management. The continuous line-launch nature of the business was a major ongoing promotional event climate involving internal and external stakeholders. Her most recent seventeen years was independently developing and pioneering a niche performance product for the children’s trade-flame resistant cotton sleepwear and accessories.

Her company acted as an agent and exclusive global technology and marketing licensee for Rhodia Specialty Chemicals Company, now Solvay. The company’s product distribution was via catalog, ecommerce and traditional national brick and mortar retailers.  Its products were stringently regulated by the U.S. Government Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and certain industry regulatory organizations. She became well-known for children’s textile and apparel compliance expertise- publishing a procedure manual for the trade in layman’s terms and training staff at national retailers, factories abroad, as well as competitors.

As a result of this unique broad-based career skillset Gerri transitioned to teaching the business of fashion and textiles developing courses linking real-world business environments and academic fundamentals, online line and in-classroom for, Philadelphia University, Immaculata University, Moore College of Art & Design, and now University of Delaware.

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