It is with great appreciation that the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL) introduces the new Board leadership team at PAL.

Vince Giannini, vice president/general manager at WPHL-17 (PHL17) and former PAL treasurer, was elected Chair of the PAL Board, succeeding Ronald R. Rabena.  Susan Lewis-Slawson, former PAL Commanding Officer and former Commissioner of Parks & Recreation for the City of Philadelphia, was elected Treasurer.

Former PAL Chair Rabena shared his enthusiasm for these two leaders who will head the dynamic Board of nearly 80 Directors “As we continue to celebrate PAL’s 75th nniversary year, it is exciting to think about the great future for PAL under the leadership of two influential Philadelphians who have their hearts at PAL.”

Giannini, a member of the PAL board since 2004, is thrilled to take on the role of Chair, although he admits it is not an easy task: “It is an honor to work with Susan and the rest of this very prestigious board. There are many challenges facing youth in Philadelphia, and we are ready to support the community in every way possible.”

Slawson, who has served on the PAL Board since 2008, said she feels like she is returning “home” in this position: “I am honored to work alongside Vince and the many Board volunteers who have committed many years to ensure that PAL remains a beacon to youth in our communities.”

Giannini has worked in television most of his career and has always been a community activist, serving on many boards. Giannini began in the financial side of television in 1990 as a Senior Financial Analyst for WGN-TV in Chicago. From there he went to Los Angeles as Director of Finance and Administration for KTLA-TV, and then to New York as Station Manager at WPIX-TV. A native of Chicago, he moved to the Philadelphia area in 2003 as General Manager of WPHL-TV. In addition to his responsibilities in Philadelphia, for several years he managed both PHL17 and WDCW-TV (DCW50) in Washington D.C. Since July 2019, Giannini has been 100% focused on Philadelphia.  He brought the Phillies back to PHL17 in 2009 following their World Series Championship win, and in 2018 brought the Philadelphia Union soccer games to the station. Slawson’s extensive background as a 30-year civil service employee gives her a unique perspective. She began her career as a Philadelphia Police officer in 1987, serving in various positions leading to her role as Commanding Officer of PAL where she created many athletic, recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities for youth and specifically for girls. In addition to opening three new PAL centers, she started “Positive Images,” a girl’s program that continues today and serves numerous young girls ages 11-17.

After leaving the Police Department, in 2008 Slawson was appointed Recreation Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia by Mayor Michael Nutter. Among her many successes in this position, she managed the $7-million capital renovation of The Dell Music Center. After retiring from the city in 2016, she started her own business and has consulted for Girard College and The Dell Music Center.

For 75 years the Police Athletic League has been an integral part of Philadelphia’s communities always with the same mission – to keep kids safe in a free and fun environment, and to coach and mentor them as future leaders. Impacting the lives of millions, PAL is proud to be critical resource for children and provide a haven in turbulent times.

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