Lorraine H. Brown, Ph.D.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Temple Group, Inc.
In her role as chairman and CEO, Dr. Brown oversees the financial planning, development, implementation and management of major multimillion dollar construction projects for the firm she organized in 1985. In the 1980s, she served as deputy city managing director for the City of Philadelphia in Mayor William F. Green's administration, where she was responsible for policy, management and coordination of a third of all city services. Dr. Brown joined the Foundation Board in 2006.
Dr. Brown has served on the board of trustees for numerous organizations in the Philadelphia area, including Peirce College, WHYY public radio and television stations, Philadelphia Urban League, Walnut Street Theater, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital and Medical School, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and the African-American Museum in Philadelphia.
Dr. Brown earned a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and completed the Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program, an executive business program for chief executive officers.
Michael A. Brown, CEM
President and CEO, Environmental Construction Services, Inc.
Michael Allen Brown is President and Chief Executive Officer of Environmental Construction Services, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Element Mechanical Services, LLC. Environmental Construction Services is a minority owned, full service HVAC contracting firm that specializes in developing energy efficient mechanical projects. With over 100 years of combined management expertise in the commercial HVAC industry along with a proprietary patent pending technology for air distribution systems, ECS is at the forefront of combining proven best practices with innovative new technologies to solve the energy and HVAC issues of our clients.
Mr. Brown's portfolio of work includes engineering, manufacturing, installing, coordinating and delivering HVAC products and services to large profile clients such as: Washington Dulles International Airport, Lancaster Convention Center, The Hershey Company, Penn National Hollywood Slots, Homeland Security, CIBA Geigy, Sanofi Pasteur, US Coast Guard, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Lincoln Financial Field, PA Farm Show Complex and The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.
Mr. Brown is a contributing member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers, a Certified Energy Manager, a Pennsylvania Board Member of the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors National Association where he chairs the taskforce responsible for developing a national standard for total system air leakage for HVAC air distribution systems. He is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). Mr. Brown is co-chair of the supplier platform for the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), a Department of Energy innovation hub. Mr. Brown has a patent pending for an optimized airflow distribution system that he invented during an energy retrofit project for the Hub. Mr. Brown holds two Bachelor's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish from Florida State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Joseph's University where he graduated top of his Executive MBA class. He is also a graduate of the first cohort of Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses program in Philadelphia.
George R. Burrell, Jr., Esq.
Executive Vice President/COO, Universal Companies
George Burrell is Chief Operating Officer for Universal Companies, where he works with executive leadership to improve education and the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities in Philadelphia and urban America. Mr. Burrell also is Of Council to Kleinbard LLC, where he provides strategic advice to clients on government related issues. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and Law School at the University of Pennsylvania, a co-founder of the Penn Black Alumni Society (President) and former member of the Penn Board of Trustees.
As a young lawyer, Mr. Burrell was an associate in the Philadelphia firm Wolf, Block, where he was mentored by Ragan Henry, an African American pioneer in the broadcast industry. He has also been a partner at Obermayer, Rebmann; Fox Rothschild and Burrell, Waxman, Donaghy and Lee, a firm he founded with his friend, Rotan Lee. Mr. Burrell served in the cabinet of Mayor William Green and was elected to the Philadelphia City Council in 1987. In Council he worked to appoint the first Chief Investment Officer for the city's Pension Fund, and passed legislation that licensed vendors to operate officially on the streets of Philadelphia. As a member of the cabinet of Mayor John Street, Mr. Burrell helped implement the Mayor's vision of improving housing, education, economic opportunity and the quality of life in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. Mr. Burrell was a candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1991.
As a business executive, Mr. Burrell was President of Sturdivant & Co., an African American-owned business that managed $1.4 Billion in pension funds for national and international clients, and was General Counsel for PRWT Services, Inc., ranked among the top 100 African American owned businesses in America. Mr. Burrell co-founded Operation Understanding with former Congressman Bill Gray in 1985 to bring together African American and Jewish students to learn the historical alliance between the two communities and mold future leaders. Mr. Burrell mentors students, newly elected officials and young professionals, and hosts a quarterly breakfast for more than 100 African Americans to facilitate cross generational networking.
Mr. Burrell is a former member of the Board of the Urban League of Philadelphia (Chairman), National Bar Association (Vice President), Pennsylvania Convention Center, Kimmel Center for the Regional Performing Arts and Center City District. Mr. Burrell currently is a member of the Boards of the Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau (Executive Committee), the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.;
In 1969, Mr. Burrell was a starting defensive back for the Denver Broncos. He is a regular participant on Inside Story, a popular local television program; is married to the former Janis L. Kennedy and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Co-founder, Child’s World America
Bill Clark is Executive Director of Child's World America, a nonprofit he founded in April 2015. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness and being a catalyst for improving the well-being of children in America.
Until July 2014, Clark was the Executive Director of Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization. He held the position for nearly 13 years and was credited as being an innovator in the fight against hunger. Clark's for-profit approach to his non-profit role was criticized by some who felt his methods were aggressive and overly competitive. However during his tenure, Clark helped create the nation's first nonprofit supermarket, merged Philabundance with Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, and expanded its reach to nine counties in the Delaware Valley. He successfully managed the provision of 30 million pounds of food to approximately 90,000 people per week through a network of nearly 400 member agencies including food banks, shelters and more.
Clark began his career in management at food processing company Swift & Company. He then founded W.J. Clark & Co., a specialty-foods producer whose profitable sale in 1992 allowed him to retire early. Prior to joining Philabundance, he was also Partner at a small marketing and advertising company called Pinpoint.
Clark is originally from Delaware County and earned a B.S. in Economics and Marketing from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He lives with wife Cindy Dell Clark in Villanova. He is a supporter of Philadundance, The Nature Conservancy, and Feeding America.
David H. Dix
President, Luminous Strategies
Having been in politics since his teen years, David Dix has amassed a long history of political involvement. By working closely with both Republicans and Democrats he has been able to forge broad and meaningful national relationships by building synergies on both sides of the aisle. David is especially skilled in building consensus and buy in from divergent groups where there has often been discord.After President Obama's election in 2008, Mr. Dix worked to coordinate a national environmental policy agenda. He worked in partnership with the White House and advocacy organizations such as Green for All, 1Sky, and the League of Young Voters. His efforts lead to the development of federal policy that culminated in the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) moving through the House and the Kerry-Boxer Climate bill getting out of Committee.Currently, Mr. Dix is working to unite his passion of politics and public policy. As the managing director and co-founder of Luminous Strategies David is working to create a new and innovative approach to civic engagement, advocacy and campaign management. He is also serving on President Obama's National Finance Committee and he is specifically involved with Generation FortyFour or Gen44 for short, a council to empower a rising generation of leadership for individuals under 40 years old who are involved with President Obama's reelection.Mr. Dix has been recognized by national publications such as Campaign & Elections Magazine after winning a Reed Award for professional political excellence in 2008 and NV Magazine in their annual ‘Mover & Shaker' issue in 2010. He has also been featured in newspapers such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Los Angeles Times, and Pittsburgh Tribune- Review.Mr. Dix is a life member of both the NAAC and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Richard L. Fox, Esq.
Shareholder at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Richard L. Fox concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, trusts and estates, philanthropic planning, and tax-exempt organizations, specializing in tax issues in these areas. His practice area also include creating private foundations, public charities and a multitude of planned giving vehicles, advising on nonprofit tax and corporate governance, transfers of family wealth and succession planning, and individual tax issues. Before joining Buchanan, Richard spent more than two decades as a tax partner at a Philadelphia-based law firm, where he was also the head of its philanthropic and nonprofit practice group.
Mr. Fox is the author of the treatise, Charitable Giving; Taxation, Planning and Strategies, a Warren, Gorham and Lamont publication, writes a national bulletin charitable giving, and writes and speaks frequently on issues pertaining to nonprofit organizations, estate planning and philanthropy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is a member of the advisory board of the Estate Planning Journal and BNA Tax Management and is a commentator for Leimberg Information Services, Inc.
Dr. Donald Generals
President, Community College of Philadelphia
Dr. Donald Generals, a resourceful administrator and recognized advocate for community colleges providing an affordable means for students to achieve academic and career success, is the sixth President of Community College of Philadelphia. He began his tenure on July 1, 2014.
An educator and seasoned researcher, Dr. Generals is an expert on the roots of the progressive education movement in America. This concept is advanced by leading educators who believe schools must be effective agencies of a democratic society. In 2013, Dr. Generals authored a book titled, Booker T. Washington: The Architect of Progressive Education. As he is drawn to the democratic mission of community colleges, he said, “Our mission demands that we pursue strategies that enable our students to achieve their goals, with the understanding that their successes serve the best interest of our economy and our community.”
A native of Paterson, N.J., Dr. Generals previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, N.J. In that capacity, he led the development of new academic programs and the college's Education Master Plan, including an expanded mission for its Trenton campus. He also increased the programming and course offerings of the college's online instructional programs (MercerOnLine); developed its Study Abroad program; implemented an extensive redesign of its developmental education and ESL programs; and created a mini-grant program that enables faculty to design progressive educational initiatives. In New Jersey, he led the statewide effort to redesign the community college sector's General Education curriculum.
In partnership with Quad Learning, Dr. Generals introduced and implemented the American Honors Program to provide honors courses and a national transfer network to highly motivated, exceptional Mercer students seeking to enroll in top four-year colleges and universities.
Previously, Dr. Generals served as Provost at the Katharine Gibbs School in New York City from 2003 to 2008, where he developed and supervised all associate degree and certificate programs. From 2000 to 2003, he was Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at SUNY Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y. He initiated and led the development and adoption of that college's Core Educational Values; led the development of two new degree programs; and served as Acting President whenever necessary. Between 1984 and 2000, Dr. Generals worked at Passaic County Community College, serving as the Dean of Student and Cultural Affairs there beginning in1995.
Dr. Generals has been active in numerous professional and service organizations, including: the New Jersey Academic Affairs Affinity Group, as chair; the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, as a Board member since 2010; the College Board, Middle States Regional Council; and the Paterson Board of Education as a former Commissioner.
A veteran teacher and student-centric administrator, he has been a featured speaker on behalf of community colleges for nearly 20 years, including a presentation to the College Board Middle States Forum titled, "Rising to the Challenge: Supporting Student Success and College Completion at Democracy's Colleges;" and earlier, another titled, "New Jersey's Developmental Education Initiative: Focusing on Student Success."
Dr. Generals earned his Ed.D. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Rutgers University after earning both his M.A. in Urban Education/Community Service and his B.A. in Political Science at William Paterson College. Additionally, he earned certificates in administrative leadership and educational management at Cornell and Harvard universities.
President, Fairmount Ventures, Inc.
Mr. Kligerman's in-depth expertise in strategic planning and resource development for nonprofits enables Fairmount Ventures' clients to reposition themselves in times of significant change. He's also the resident authority on evaluating and brokering nonprofit mergers and affiliations. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Philadelphia region combined with his extensive mental rolodex make him a great connector of people and ideas in the nonprofit sector. He is a frequent facilitator and presenter at conferences and retreats for fundraising and nonprofit professionals as well as nonprofit boards of directors.
Prior to founding Fairmount, Mr. Kligerman was Philadelphia's Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, Deputy Managing Director and Manager of Housing Rehabilitation Programs. He is the past Board Chair of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, past President of Philadelphia Parks Alliance and has served on innumerable boards to include Philadelphia's Zoning Board of Adjustment, The Reinvestment Fund, Women's Way, and the Lower Merion Conservancy, among others. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.
Mr. Kligerman earned a Master's degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Brandeis University. He also spent a year studying Urban Design from some of Great Britain's renowned planners at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
An avid cyclist, he is happier on a bicycle seat climbing a hill than behind a desk pounding a keyboard, but manages to balance the two.
Chad Dion Lassiter
Director - Recovery and Red Cross House Emergency Services, American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter
Chad Dion Lassiter is nationally recognized in the fields of American race relations and violence prevention among African-American males. His research interest attempts to contribute to a more informed analysis of the diverse ways that adolescents and families, especially people of color, cope with socioeconomic challenges and institutional racism.
Mr. Lassiter is affiliated with the Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, Inc. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. The group, which he co-founded, seeks to recruit black males into the profession of social work and provide anti-racism and violence prevention training to urban and suburban schools around the country. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting lecturer at West Chester University.
As the co-director of FAMILY (Fostering, Adopting and Mentoring to Improve the Lives of Youth), Inc., Mr. Lassiter works with youth to improve their life outcomes by providing mentors to those who have a parent incarcerated in a state or federal prison. In addition, he is an appointee of Mayor Nutter to the Prison Board of Trustees.
His awards include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Award from the University of Pennsylvania and the A. Phillip Randolph Award from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Work. In February 2003, Mr. Lassiter was chosen by Ebony Magazine as one of the "Young Leaders of the Future Under 30."
Mr. Lassiter earned a B.S.W. from Johnson C. Smith University and an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Work.
Dr. Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake
Vice President of Community Affairs, Independence Blue Cross and President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Rev. Marshall-Blake works with local, state and federal legislators and agencies on matters related to Independence Blue Cross, where she has been vice president of Government Relations since 1991. She has more than 23 years of experience in corporate management, public relations and communications. Previously, Rev. Marshall-Blake held the position of vice president for Government Relations and Urban Affairs at Philadelphia Gas Works.
A registered lobbyist in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., Rev. Marshall-Blake's people-centered approach to problem solving and project implementation has been the key to her success. Her numerous list of professional affiliations include the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association Federal Relations Committee, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition and the United Negro College Fund. In addition, she serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Partnership, New Horizon Education Center, Forum of Executive Women, the YMCA of Philadelphia and BEBASHI, a full-service HIV/AIDS case management agency that specializes in assisting low-income people of color. In 2008, she was named one of Philadelphia's most influential African American leaders by The Philadelphia Tribune.
Rev. Marshall-Blake earned a bachelor's degree in Human Services from Antioch College and a master's degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Albert B. Murphy, III
Senior Vice President, Head of the Private Bank Wealth Management Division, The Bryn Mawr Trust Company
Mr. Murphy is senior vice president and head of the Private Bank Wealth Management Division at The Bryn Mawr Trust Company. Prior to joining The Bryn Mawr Trust Company, he served as principal, partner and director of Marketing and Client Service at PMG Advisors, LLC and was managing director and member of the management committee of RTE Asset Management for 12 years, where he was responsible for marketing, client service, compliance and product development.
Mr. Murphy's interest in investment banking and money management began in 1975 when he joined Philadelphia National Bank. He later became a vice president in the bank's corporate division.
Involved in a number of community activities, Mr. Murphy is chair of Radnor Township's Planning Board and is an advisory board member of Rosemont Partners, a private equity fund based in Philadelphia.
Mr. Murphy earned a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado.
Vice President, Community Care and Development Corporation
Ms. Ponnocks manages all aspects of program development, government relations and community affairs at the Community Care and Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization. Her previous position as senior executive vice president of Geriatric and Medical Companies, Inc., included the management of all aspects of health care services for elderly residents, program development, community relations and education and training.
As an operations executive with over three decades of experience in health and human services, Ms. Ponnocks is a staunch advocate for equality in higher education. She has dedicated her life to serving the Philadelphia community, and her vast service contributions include participation on dozens of boards and committees, such as the American Health Care Association, Governor's Council on Aging, Commission on Human Relations and the Philadelphia Crime Commission.
Her commitment to the City has been widely recognized throughout her career as she has earned numerous civic awards, citations and commendations by both public and private organizations in the area, such as the Philadelphia Fire and Police departments, the New Jersey Association of Health Care Facilities, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and the Delaware Valley Philippino Community.
Founder and CEO of the Urban Philly Professional Network
Mr. Rahman is a social entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder and CEO of the Urban Philly Professional Network (UPPN), an organization founded in 2007 with a purpose to engage, empower and connect Philadelphia's next generation of diverse business and civic leadership. The organization has over 15,000 subscribers, primarily professionals and entrepreneurs between the ages of 25-45 in the Greater Philadelphia area. UPPN programs and events are focused on leadership development, entrepreneurship, social/civic engagement and networking. Mr. Rahman's latest business project is in the international marketing and distribution of gourmet coffee and tea. Mr. Rahman built a global business that generated a cumulative of over $20 Million dollars in gross sales in its first 5 years (2010-2015.) In those 5 years,
Mr. Rahman lead his direct sales team to recruit over 20,000 independent distributors in 40 US states and 9 different countries. Mr. Rahman is currently serving on the board for Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, TeenSharp and numerous advisory committees including his role as Co-Chair for the Volunteer Committee of the 2016 DNC. Previously, he has served as Chairman of the Board for the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, DE, NJ (2010 to 2012,) and other boards including Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Philadelphia Film Society and Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP).
Mr. Rahman was born and raised in Philadelphia. He attended George Washington High School in the Northeast and the Moore School of Engineering at University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Tierney Advertising Agency
Tim Spreitzer is Senior Vice President of Public Relations at Tierney advertising agency where he started in 2008. Among his accounts are Independence Blue Cross, Corporation Service Company and Dow. Mr. Spreitzer leads Tierney's crisis and issues management practice, where he provides communications strategies for clients facing a variety of situations including mergers and acquisitions, abrupt management changes, labor disputes, and major litigation. Spreitzer currently serves on the Board of New Leash on Life USA, a non-profit prison dog-training program.
Mr. Spreitzer's past positions include Communications and Policy Director for Dwight Evans' Philadelphia mayoral campaign and Deputy Chief of Staff at the School District of Philadelphia. Originally from Chicago, Mr. Spreitzer formerly served as an Education and Workforce Policy Advisor for the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois. He served on The Center for Autism's Board of Directors (2010) and has volunteered for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Mr. Spreitzer earned his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University and his M.B.A. from St. Joseph's University. He and wife Cheryl reside in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia with their daughter Lucy. Mr. Spreitzer has made charitable gifts to The Center for Autism, St. Joseph's University, The Philadelphia Foundation, and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.
Principal, Corporate Communications, The Vanguard Group
Mr. Stock is principal of Corporate Communications at The Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. He has worked at Vanguard since February 1995, when he joined the company as a senior writer. From September 1981 through January 1995, he worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer in various roles, including financial columnist, business editor and financial reporter. From May 1975 through August 1981, he worked for The Wichita Eagle (Kansas) as a reporter and editor. \ He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1975 with a B.S. degree in Journalism. During the 1979-1980 academic year, he attended Princeton University as a Sloan Fellow in Economics Journalism, a fellowship program overseen by Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.
Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D.
Professor of Education, Temple University
Ellyn Jo Waller, a native of Queens, New York, has been employed as a Special Education teacher in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. During her doctoral program at Temple University, Ellyn was privileged to teach Literacy Methods courses in the College of Education. She continues to teach in the College of Education at Temple University.
Dr. Waller is passionate about combating human trafficking, education and lifting the lives of women. She is a member of the Women's Division of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, which addresses women's issues around the globe.
At Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dr. Waller is the leader of the women's ministry, Sisters in Christ. This ministry seeks to develop and strengthen the spiritual lives of women through monthly Bible studies, annual retreats, quarterly fellowship events and various outreach opportunities. Most recently, she led Enon Tabernacle in establishing, an anti-human trafficking ministry, She's My Sister, which seeks to raise awareness in faith communities in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. This ministry supports a local drop-in center, participates in street outreach and advocates for local victims. Ellyn Jo is also a member of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Education Ministry.
She also serves on the Philadelphia Mennonite High School Board and as an Ambassador of Hope for the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Waller was educated in the New York City Public School system. She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Ohio University, her Master of Education in Curriculum Instruction and Technology in Education and Doctor of Education in Literacy Education from Temple University.
Arlene M. Yocum
Managing Executive of Client Sales and Service and Executive Vice President, PNC Asset Management
Arlene M. Yocum is an Executive Vice President and Managing Executive for Sales and Service for the PNC Asset Management Group. She is responsible for the delivery of fully integrated wealth management solutions including fiduciary, estate, trust, financial planning, investment management and private banking services to individuals and their families, as well as fiduciary and investment management services to institutional and ultra high net worth clients throughout the Asset Management Group. Since joining PNC in 1990, Ms. Yocum has served as Managing Executive of PNC Institutional Investment Group, Manager of PNC's Private Banking Group (Philadelphia / Southern New Jersey), Manager of PNC's Corporate Trust Division and Senior Legal Counsel for the Investment Management and Trust Division.
Ms. Yocum joined Provident National Bank, now PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. in 1990 as Senior Legal Counsel. In 1993, Ms. Yocum became Manager of the Corporate Trust Division. In 1995 she became Director of PNC Private Bank and in 1998, Managing Executive of the Institutional Investment Group throughout PNC.
Bruce Caswell, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science, Rowan University
Dr. Caswell has taught at Rowan since 1989, where he has been the department chair, vice president of AFT Local 2373 and most recently, president of the Rowan University Senate. He has also taught at Temple University, Rutgers University Camden, La Salle University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to his teaching career, Dr. Caswell worked for several years organizing neighborhood groups at the Institute for the Study of Civic Values in Philadelphia. He also spent three years working for the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare in roles as an intergovernmental relations specialist, policy development analyst and urban planner.
Before joining the Foundation Board in 2006, Dr. Caswell served on the Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees for 13 years, where he was actively involved in the Foundation Board as a representative of the Trustee Board. As a trustee, Dr. Caswell has served on the Academic Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs and Business Affairs Committees.
Dr. Caswell earned an A.B. in Sociology from the University of Chicago, a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.
Stanley S. Cohen, Esquire
Senior Counsel, Fox Rothschild LLP
As senior counsel, Mr. Cohen is responsible for managing the leasing, construction and project supervision of the firm's real estate facilities. He is former chair of the Real Estate department, as well as the firm's former administrative partner, completing his six-year term in March 2005. As administrative partner, Mr. Cohen oversaw the firm's multiple offices; worked with the office managing partners to implement legal, administrative and organization strategies; and served as the nonvoting chair of the firm's executive committee.
Currently, Mr. Cohen is an appointee of the Speaker of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives to the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority. He has served as an appointee of former Governor Tom Ridge to the Board of Directors of the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority and the Pennsylvania State Commission for Women. In addition, Mr. Cohen is past president of Har Zion Temple and the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, as well as a former board of trustees member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Greentree School.
Mr. Cohen earned a B.S. with honors and a LL.B. from Temple University.
Richard S. Downs
Vice Chairman, American Foodservice Corporation
Mr. Downs oversees multiple departments and is responsible for tax and investment management as vice chairman. He has been a member of the Foundation Board since 1995 and is one of the inaugural members of the board. Throughout his career, Mr. Downs has made mentoring students in higher education a priority. He established the Dr. Edward Anderson Student Scholarship, the College's first scholarship endowment, to honor a professor who had a profound impact on his life.
Mr. Downs is a former accounting instructor at the College, and he volunteers extensively with local, nonprofit educational, religious and cultural institutions. He serves on numerous boards, including Penn Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Valley View Community Church.
Mr. Downs earned an A.A.S. in General Business from Community College of Philadelphia, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Temple University.
W. Scott Magargee, III, Esquire
Of Counsel, Dechert LLP
Mr. Magargee specializes in the legal areas of employee benefits and executive compensation and is a former chair of Dechert's Pension Investment Committee. Mr. Magargee served on the Foundation Board since 1998 and was the Foundation Board president from 1999 to 2004. He has also supported the College through his involvement on the College's Strategic Planning Committee.
A member of the American Bar Association for more than 35 years, Mr. Magargee is also a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and is recognized as one of the best Pennsylvania-based employee benefits lawyers in Corporate Counsel's 2005 edition of Best Lawyers: Employee Benefits Law.
Mr. Magargee serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he serves on their Public Policy Committee; and the Paoli Memorial Hospital, where he is a member of the Ethics Committee. Mr. Magargee is the recipient of many community service awards, most notably the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Committed Community Volunteer Award in 2005 and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002.
Mr. Magargee earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale University School of Law.
President and CEO, Glenmede Trust Company (retired)
Mr. Piscopo served as President and CEO of Glenmede Trust Company, a national private wealth management advisory firm headquartered in Philadelphia. Previously, he served as executive vice president and COO, senior vice president and CFO and vice president and treasurer at Glenmede. He has been a Foundation Board member since 2000. In addition, he serves on a number of Foundation Committees.
Mr. Piscopo is a director in the World Affairs Council and member of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, The Union League and the Foreign Policy Research Institute. During the period 1991-2004, Mr. Piscopo was director of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and served on its Finance Committee as vice president, treasurer and chairman. Other previous community service includes positions as trustee for the Drexel Hill School of the Holy Child, director for the World Affairs Council, member of the College of Business and Management Advisory Board at Drexel University and member of the School of Business and Management Advisory Board at Temple University.
G. Steve Simons
Investment Advisor, Gibraltar Wealth Management, LLC
Mr. Simons is an investment advisor for Gibraltar Wealth Management LLC, which provides financial and investment consulting services. He is also an investment account executive with Cresap, Incorporated, a full service securities brokerage firm.
His previous positions include president of Rutherford, Brown & Catherwood, LLC, which provides investment services to individuals and families, endowment funds, foundations and institutions; and investment advisor at Trident Advisors. He has served on the Foundation Board since 1995. Mr. Simons served on several of the College's Middle States Accreditation committees.
Mr. Simons is an adjunct instructor at Community College of Philadelphia and La Salle University. In addition, Mr. Simons served on the Business Advisory Board, a part of Executive on Campus and as chairman of the M.B.A. alumni for La Salle University.
Mr. Simons earned an associate's degree from Community College of Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Science in Management and an M.B.A. from La Salle University.
Gilbert A. Wetzel
Partner, Mayer Leadership Group
Mr. Wetzel is a partner in Mayer Leadership Group, a human resources consulting firm. He is former chairman and CEO of Verizon of Pennsylvania and Delaware and former chairman and CEO of Geographic Business Publishers, Inc., the publisher of Business Philadelphia Magazine. A member of the College's Trustees since 1993, Mr. Wetzel currently serves as a vice chair. He is also a founding member of the College's Foundation board.
Mr. Wetzel is past chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, former board member of the Franklin Institute and a former trustee at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the recipient of several awards, including Distinguished Alumni of Pennsylvania State University, Distinguished Honoree award from the American Lung Association, Distinguished Service award from the Franklin Institute and a 40 Leaders award from Community College of Philadelphia for contributions to education.
Mr. Wetzel earned a B.S. in Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
William A. Whiteside, Jr., Esquire
Former Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP (retired), Emeritus Director
Mr. Whiteside practiced labor and employment law for more than 40 years. As head of the firm's Labor and Employment Law department, he represented the College in a variety of matters for nearly 25 years. A member emeritus of the Foundation Board, Mr. Whiteside was instrumental in the establishment of the College's Paralegal Studies program. He still serves on the Paralegal Studies advisory board.
Presently, Mr. Whiteside is a board member of La Salle College High School and member of the President's Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he is a trustee of the American College of Management and Technology of Dubrovnik, Croatia, a joint venture between Rochester Institute of Technology and the Croatian government. Mr. Whiteside is also chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of Rochester Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Eileen, received the Nathaniel Rochester Society's Award in 2003 for outstanding services to RIT. Mr. Whiteside and his wife are the only individuals living outside of the Rochester, New York area to receive this honor. Previously, Mr. Whiteside served as chairman of the board of directors of the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and a board member of the Wissahickon Skating Club.
Mr. Whiteside graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.