Montgomery County Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen Toplin, of Dresher, to its Board of Trustees by the Montgomery County Commissioners. The 15-person Board of Trustees is the policy and governing body of Montgomery County Community College.
A savvy entrepreneur, Toplin helped to develop the emerging field of professional services marketing for the health care, law and financial service industries. She was president and founder of Toplin & Associates, Inc. – ranked among the Philadelphia area’s top strategic marketing, business advisory, and public relations firms – for 25 years before merging her agency with The Star Group, where she served as a managing partner, and as president of StarToplin.
Retired from her full-time profession in 2010, Toplin currently serves as a strategic business and marketing advisor to a select number of professionals and organizations. She is currently the ex-officio of the board of The Forum of Executive Women and a member of the Wordsworth Board. She previously served on many community and non-profit boards including her work as a chair of the American Red Cross-Blood Services’ Penn Jersey Region Board and as a trustee on the Abington Health Foundation Board, Abington Health System Board, Abington Hospital Board and Lansdale Hospital Board.
Toplin earned many accolades during her distinguished career. She is an inductee of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association Hall of Fame, the PR News national Hall of Fame and the Temple University Alumni Hall of Fame. She was also named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business in 2005 by the Department of Community and Economic Development, and as one of 101 Top Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia in 2006.
Among Toplin’s numerous honors, she received both the DeAnn White Award for Community Service from the Public Relations Society of America’s Philadelphia Chapter, the Hale’s Legacy award for outstanding achievement in the field of public relations from the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Communications and the Athena award from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to pursuing agency work, Toplin was in national marketing for IntaCorp, a division of CIGNA that provided rehabilitation and healthcare cost-containment programs to insurance companies and major self-insured corporations. She began her career as a social worker in the Department of Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Temple University, and a Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling from Antioch College.