Community College of Philadelphia Foundation
As the private funding development arm of the College, the Foundation seeks to support the College’s mission by bringing together community leaders who will serve as ambassadors of the College, broadening the College’s image within the community. The Foundation serves the College by creating partnerships with individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to raise private gifts for scholarships, instructional equipment, professional development and capital needs of the College.
Flora L. Becker, Esq. - (nee Lyman)
Flora L. Becker, Esq. has been a presence at events at Community College of Philadelphia for a number of years. She possesses a strong belief in the mission of the College and welcomes an opportunity to advocate on behalf of the College and Foundation.
Her professional experience ranges from serving as a history teacher in the Philadelphia public schools to practicing law. She has worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia County, heading the Domestic Abuse Unit. She was a partner at Leadbetter & Becker, a general litigation practice in both civil and criminal matters. Ms. Becker also serves as a permanent hearing officer for Philadelphia Family Court.
Ms. Becker has extensive civic involvement and is currently active on the following boards: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (Commission Member); Friends of Independence National Historical Park (Secretary); 1807 & Friends Chamber Music Society; National Liberty Museum; and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
Previous board membership includes: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Preservation Coalition; Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia; Philadelphia Bar Foundation; Frankford YWCA; and New Frankford Y.
She also holds memberships in the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.
Ms. Becker received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.Ed. and J.D. from Temple University.
Ms. Becker is the widow of the late Judge Edward R. Becker, in whose honor the College’s Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society presents the Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award. Judge Becker was a brilliant scholar and one of America’s most respected judges. He served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from December 1981 to May 2006. He was chief judge for the court from 1998 to 2003 and senior judge until 2006.
Previous award winners include U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in 2007; William T. Coleman, Jr., a well-known civil rights attorney and former U.S. Transportation Secretary, in 2008; Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder, executive director and president of Project H.O.M.E., in 2009; Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in 2010; and in 2011, former Pennsylvania Governor, Edward G. Rendell.
Ms. Becker currently resides in Philadelphia. She has three children (two are involved in law and the third is an educator).
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.
George R. Burrell, Jr., Esquire
George Burrell, the former General Counsel and Executive Vice President of PRWT Services, Inc., headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, is now engaged as a principal consultant to PRWT. PRWT is a nationally recognized African American owned business engaged in business process solutions and facilities management. Mr. Burrell, the former CEO of Innovation Philadelphia, a regional economic development agency, is a graduate of the Wharton School and Law School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Burrell has had a distinguished public and private sector career. In the private sector he has been a partner in the Philadelphia law firms, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell and Hippel; Fox, Rothschild, O’Brien and Frankel; and co-founder of Burrell, Waxman, Donaghy and Lee. Mr. Burrell also was President of Sturdivant & Company, an African American-owned firm managing large cap value equity funds for national and international clients. During his presidency, Sturdivant’s assets under management grew from $380 million to $1.4 billion.
In his public life, Mr. Burrell has served as Deputy Mayor to Mayor William Green and as an At-Large member of the Philadelphia City Council. In Council, he sponsored legislation (i) that established the first in-house portfolio manager for the Philadelphia Pension Fund, and (ii) that licensed vendors, beginning in 1992, to operate on the streets of Philadelphia in partnership with building owners and the business community. Mr. Burrell was a candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1991 and served as Secretary of External Affairs in the administration of Mayor John Street, where he helped to define and implement a vision to improve the quality of life in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. He also led the team that negotiated the partnership for state control of the Philadelphia public school system with Governors Ridge and Schweiker, the most successful takeover of public education in America. Mr. Burrell appears monthly as a panelist on “Inside Story,” a popular local public affairs program and was a starting defensive back for the Denver Broncos in 1969.
Mr. Burrell enjoys working with young people. With former Congressman William H. Gray, III and Jewish community leaders he co-founded Operation Understanding, a program that annually sends African American and Jewish high school juniors to Israel and Africa. Mr. Burrell serves as a mentor to a diverse group of young people and acknowledges that their intellect, curiosity and ambition are a source of inspiration.
Mr. Burrell is a former Trustee at the University of Pennsylvania and was the founding President of the Penn Black Alumni Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau and Center City District. He is past chairman of the Urban League of Philadelphia and has served on the boards of the Barrister’s Association of Philadelphia, the National Bar Association, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Kimmel Center for the Regional Performing Arts and the National Adoption Center. He is a trustee and active member of the Bright Hope Baptist Church.
Mr. Burrell is married to the former Janis L. Kennedy and they live in Center City Philadelphia.
Bruce Caswell, Ph.D.
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, Esq.
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.
Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D.
President, Community College of Philadelphia
Dr. Curtis is the fifth person to hold the post of president since the College opened in 1965. Prior to joining the College in 1999, Dr. Curtis held the position of president at Hudson Valley Community College/SUNY and City University of New York (CUNY). He also has served as acting president of Queens College and Borough of Manhattan Community College.
In addition to his duties as president, Dr. Curtis actively participates on a number of boards and advisory committees in the Philadelphia community. Notable among them are the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Board; the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition Board; the Free Library of Philadelphia Board; the Life Science Career Alliance Board, where he serves as chair; and the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. He is also a past president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.
Dr. Curtis earned an A.B. in Music from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and a Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
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.
Liberty Energy Partnerships
President, Renewables & Environmental Industry
Jane Green brings a unique perspective to her role as creator of strategic partnerships and business development on behalf of her renewable energy brokerage firm, Liberty Energy Partnerships. Liberty Energy Partnerships was formed to represent and connect her universe of potential clients within the commercial, industrial, municipal and non-profit arenas with:
By bringing clients together, Liberty Energy Partnerships strives to achieve their common goal of creating climate wealth and global sustainability.
The thread that is woven through her rich and varied professional background and personal life — marketing specialist, author, editor, bookseller, personal librarian, manufacturer’s rep, purveyor, philanthropist, wife, mother, grandmother — is her more than 30 years of experience in every aspect of real estate and renewable energy.
Jane’s caring, generous, ebullient nature combined with her uncanny ability to connect people who would benefit from knowing one another is what distinguishes her. A lifelong appreciator of collage and puzzles, Jane gives and takes great pleasure in discovering the hidden gem, the missing piece, and in bringing people together.
Passionate about every aspect of her life, Jane Green’s uncommon knowledge and resources have given her the insight not only to place the highest value on the magic of relationships, but to revere the incalculable value of the lives within.
Zell Kravinsky, Ph.D.
Vice President for Real Estate Acquisitions, IDT Capital
Dr. Kravinsky began real estate investing in 1978 and plunged into major acquisitions later in his career, using a system he designed himself. His tremendous charity and philanthropic efforts are focused on racial equality in health care, infectious disease prevention and treatment, reform of the organ procurement system and urging a broader sense of charity among all Americans. One of his donations included a kidney that he gave to a stranger that would have otherwise died of kidney disease. In one year, Dr. Kravinsky donated more than $45 million, mostly to charities involved with global public health issues. In addition, he has worked with children in inner-city schools and served as a professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kravinsky has been recognized by many groups and organizations and received a resolution from the Pennsylvania Legislature honoring him for his extraordinary compassion. He has been covered by television, radio and newspapers throughout the world and has been featured on “The CBS Early Show” and CNN.
Dr. Kravinsky earned his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and two doctorates from the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Composition Theory and poet John Milton.
Jeffrey P. Lee, M.S.
President and CEO of Lee & Associates, LLC
Jeffrey Lee served the City of Philadelphia for 26 years in various positions. He is now the President and CEO of Lee & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm based in Philadelphia.
Mr. Lee is a seasoned professional in the insurance industry and risk management. He is very active in the community serving as a Catholic Youth Organization coach, a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a past member of the board of trustees for the Citizens Crime Commission. He is also active at Community College of Philadelphia, giving an annual scholarship in his late mother’s name since 2010, serving as a member of Community College of Philadelphia Alumni Council Board since 2007 and currently serving as the president of Community College of Philadelphia’s Alumni Association.
Mr. Lee earned an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Community College of Philadelphia; a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from St. Joseph’s University, where he was the commencement speaker for his graduating class; and a Master of Science degree in Public Safety Management with a concentration in Homeland Security from St. Joseph’s University.
W. Scott Magargee, III, Esq.
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.
Vice President of Government Relations, Independence Blue Cross
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.
Stephen P. Mullin
Senior Vice President and Principal, Econsult Corporation
Mr. Mullin is senior vice president and principal of Econsult Corporation, a consulting practice that concentrates on state and public finance, economics and policy analysis for local governments, not-for-profit institutions and government development agencies.
Mr. Mullin served as the City of Philadelphia's director of Commerce from 1993 to 2000, where he chaired the mayor's Economic Development Cabinet and Executive Committee. Other prior posts include positions as director of Finance for the City of Philadelphia, budget director for the City of St. Louis and director of Corporate Development for the Laclede Gas Company.
Currently, he teaches economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Widener University, Philadelphia University and Peirce College. In addition, he chairs the Optimum Trust Mutual Funds, serves as treasurer of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Independence Visitor Center Corporation and is on the board of the Union League of Philadelphia. He serves on various other boards for area organizations, including The Haverford Trust Company, the Philadelphia Sports Congress, the Charter School Resource Center and Curtain Call Creations. He also served as president of the Harvard Radcliffe Club of Philadelphia.
Mr. Mullin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in Economics and earned an M.A. in Economics 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.
George W. Nise
President and CEO (retired), Beneficial Savings Bank
George W. Nise graduated from Temple University in 1964 and went on to Wisconsin University School of Bank Administration. He began his career as a Pennsylvania Senior Bank examiner until he joined Beneficial Savings Bank in 1970. Nise led Beneficial to expansion in the local communities to better serve its customers through outstanding service and a “hometown” presence. In January 2007, he retired as President and CEO of the Bank.
Nise has been very involved in the community, including affiliations with the American Heart Association, Police Athletic League, Citizens Crime Commission, and the Hero Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia. He is a member of several boards, including Holy Redeemer Health System, Holy Family College, Pennsylvania Association of Community Banks and the Comprehensive Learning Center. He assists in the banking community by working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, the Financial Managers Society and the Bank Administration Institute, among others. Nise’s community service has led him to be the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Eagles Fly for Leukemia Corporate Recipient in 2001, the Police Athletic League award in 2004, and the CYO Hall of Fame Award in 2007.
Trustee Emeritus (deceased)
Dr. Phillips was a professor, fellow, author and editor. He was professor emeritus of Public Policy and Management at the Wharton School and professor emeritus of Economics and Law at the University of Pennsylvania. With eight books and over 100 contributions to published articles to his credit, he was a leading expert on business, antitrust and economic regulation. Dr. Phillips had been on the Foundation Board since 2005 and was a member of the Board’s Investment Committee until his passing in 2006. His interests included industrial organization, regulation and the economics of technical change, the telecommunications industry and the analysis of financial markets.
In addition, he was chairman and president of Almarin Phillips, Inc., a former dean for the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Public and Urban Policy and a director and executive committee member of the International Telecommunications Society.
Dr. Phillips earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.
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.
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.
Joseph S. Rizzello
Chairman, NSX Holdings, Inc.
CEO, National Stock Exchange, Inc.
Mr. Rizzello is Chairman of the Board of NSX Holdings, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of National Stock Exchange, Inc. (NSX). Mr. Rizzello was a founding Partner of the MindCapitalGroup, a financial service strategic planning advisory firm. Previously, he was Managing Director of Pershing and a Principal at Vanguard Brokerage Services. He has also served as an Executive Vice President for the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and President of the Philadelphia Board of Trade. Mr. Rizzello has been a member of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Board since 1999.
A former member of the New York Stock Exchange, Mr. Rizzello currently serves as CEO for the National Stock Exchange Board of Trustees. He has also served on the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia Board, Temple University’s Business Curriculum Advisory Board and the Pennsylvania Partnership on Economic Education Board. He has lectured extensively on equities, equity options and sector index options, as well as foreign exchange risk management for private and public sector institutions around the world.
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.
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.
Patricia M. Weigand
Practice Administrator, Abington Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates, LTD
Ms. Weigand is a health care operations consultant and a former president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Service Center of Magellan Behavioral Health, a leader in behavioral health managed care in
the Philadelphia area. In addition to her expertise in managed care operations, Ms. Weigand is a former editor of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, a national scientific journal. She has served on the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Board since 2001 and served as secretary. She is also a member of the Board’s Fundraising Committee.
Ms. Weigand has supported education in Philadelphia as a sponsor and mentor through a number of initiatives, including the Philadelphia Futures program. She is also a member of the Elfreth’s Alley Association Board.
Ms. Weigand earned a B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Health Administration from Saint Joseph’s 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., Esq.
Former Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP (retired)
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.
Arlene M. Yocum
Executive Vice President, PNC Advisors
In her position, Ms. Yocum is responsible for providing investment management and related administrative services for retirement plans, including pension, 401 (k) and profit sharing, as well as managing the unique investment and administrative needs of nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Yocum joined PNC Bank in 1990 as senior counsel for the Investment Management and Trust Division, focusing on investment and securities issues. She became product manager for the Corporate Trust Division in 1993, and she was responsible for generating $20 million in annual revenue. In 1995, she was named senior vice president and team manager. During her tenure in this position, she helped initiate the Women’s Financial Services Group to provide more accessible and sophisticated financial services to women throughout the region.
Very involved in the community, Ms. Yocum is a trustee of Peirce College, serving on the Finance and Investment Committee; a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, where she is chairman of the Finance Committee; and a member of the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia chapter. She is also a member of the Forum of Executive Women; the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Committee; and the Pennsylvania Economy League, Leadership Council.
Ms. Yocum earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College and a law degree from Villanova School of Law.