Board of Trustees

A strong foundation you can feel confident about.

The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia is governed by a Board of Trustees so that we may better serve our donors, parishes, ministries, programs and organizations.

Our Board ensures every gift is stewarded exactly as intended to create lasting resources on your behalf, and for the charitable causes most important to you.

Our Board proudly represents a spectrum of experience and expertise. They are dedicated to improving the overall community – and supporting organizations throughout greater Philadelphia.

Mr. Richard T. Clark, Chairman Retired, Chairman and CEO for Merck & Co. Inc.


Mr. Richard T. Clark is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined Merck in 1972 and held a broad range of senior management positions. Mr. Clark is Chairman of the Board of Project Hope and Washington & Jefferson College and is a Trustee for Penn Medicine.

Mrs. Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., Secretary President Emeritus, CHE Trinity Health


Mrs. Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., is president emeritus, CHE Trinity Health—the new health ministry formed in May 2013 by the consolidation of Catholic Health East and Trinity Health of Livonia, Mich. She previously served as the interim president and chief executive officer of CHE Trinity Health. Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Persichilli was president and CEO of Catholic Health East. Mrs. Persichilli currently serves on several Boards, including the Health Care Administration Board of the State of New Jersey, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the Kerney Foundation Board of Trustees, and is a founder of the Hopewell Valley Community Bank.​

Mr. Bernard J. Kelley, Treasurer Retired, President of the Merck Manufacturing Division


For almost ten years, Mr. Bernard J. Kelley was the President of the Merck Manufacturing Division, a division of Merck & Co, Inc. In this capacity, Mr. Kelley had responsibility for chemical, pharmaceutical and biological manufacturing at thirty facilities in seventeen countries which employed over 17,000 people around the world. Mr. Kelley retired from Merck in 2003.

In recent years, Mr. Kelley served on the Boards of Aegis Analytical Corporation, and MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Currently, Mr. Kelley is a member of the Board of Directors of Codexis, Inc.; The National Liberty Museum, and the Friends of Rittenhouse Square.

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D. Archbishop of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Philadelphia


Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D. was installed as the Archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011. He previously served as Archbishop of Denver (1997–2011) and Bishop of Rapid City (1988–1997).

Archbishop Chaput is currently Chair of the Subcommittee on Native American Catholics for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops; a member of the Committee for Cultural Diversity in the Church; a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty; and a consultant to the Committee for Pro-Life Activities. He formerly served on the Committee for Divine Worship, the Committee for Migration, the Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, the Task Force on Strengthening Marriage, and the Task Force for Health Care.

Monsignor Francis W. Beach Pastor, St. Jude Parish


Monsignor Francis W. Beach was ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence John Cardinal Krol in May 1976 and received a Master of Divinity. Monsignor Beach completed his M.A. in Educational Administration at the University of Pennsylvania.

Msgr. Beach was appointed Archbishop’s Delegate for Stewardship and Development in December 2010 and was named Executive Director of the Office for Stewardship and Development in July 2011. Prior to this assignment, Msgr. Beach was a Regional Vicar for Philadelphia – North Vicariate (1997-2007) and Pastor of SS. Simon and Jude Parish (2007-2010). Msgr. Beach is currently the Pastor of St. Jude Parish in Chalfont, PA.

Mr. Sean Aloysius Bergin Founder and Managing Partner, Ironview Partners LLC


Mr. Bergin is the Founder of Ironview Capital Management and specializes in comprehensive wealth management for business owners and executives. Ironview Capital Management has been recognized by the Financial Times as one of the top 300 U.S. RIA’s, out of over 6,000, and in the top 12 in Pennsylvania. Mr. Bergin is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Ms. Cynthia Brown Vice President and Senior Consultant, Ruffalo Noel Levitz


Ms. Brown joined Ruffalo Noel Levitz in 2003 as Vice President of Nonprofit Services. She is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania with 30 years of professional fundraising and sales experience. Ms. Brown has managed fundraisers that have raised millions for annual funds, capital campaigns, and memberships. Ms. Brown is the Chairperson of the Our Lady of Hope Finance Council; Former Co-Chair, “Heritage of Faith” Capital Campaign, Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church; Former Vice Grand Lady, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court #342; Former Co-Chair, Step-Up For Our Youth Choir Fundraising Concert; and former Board President of H.E.R.O. (Helping Energize and Rebuild Ourselves), helping organize homeless housing and after-school programs.

Ms. Brown was one of Business Philadelphia’s 100 People to Watch and the 2010 and 2011 Ruffalo Noel Levitz Rainmaker of the Year. Ms. Brown is a member of several committees and boards including St. Charles Borromeo Seminary African-American Vocations Task Force, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Vocation Office Development Committee, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Revival Committee. She is a Tolton Ambassador for the Cause for Canonization of Father Augustus Tolton, the first recognized African-American priest in the U.S.

Mr. John E. Coyne, III CEO, Crystal View Partners


Mr. Coyne has been in the financial services industry for over 36 years. He has served as President, CCO and National Sales Director while at Brinker Capital. Mr. Coyne was the 2011 recipient of the Money Management Institute’s Pioneer Award and is currently Chair of the Gateway for Leadership Foundation. He is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary's University.

Mr. William P. Curtis, Jr. Principal, Porter & Curtis LLC


Porter & Curtis (P&C)  is a licensed insurance and reinsurance broker that provides insurance and reinsurance brokerage, claims administration, information management, and outsourced risk management services to large and middle commercial and non-profit enterprises. P&C focuses on problem-solving for organizations with difficult to manage exposures and distinguishes itself from conventional insurance brokers by providing its customers with advocacy, objectivity, and transparency. Mr. Curtis is a member of several Boards, including Independence Mission Schools, Holy Child Academy, Elwyn, and Picasso LLC. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University, with a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. in Finance, and of Temple University School of Law.

Mr. Ken Ewell President, Chief Operating Officer and Principal, The Graham Company


Mr. Ewell is a member of The Graham Company’s ownership team. He leads all of Graham’s Client Services, including Producers, Account Managers, Claims Consultants and Safety Services teams. Mr. Ewell serves on several insurance company advisory boards, including The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, the Insurance Society of Philadelphia, and is Chairman of the Board of Bancroft. Mr. Ewell earned both his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and his MBA from Temple University.

Mr. Daniel J. Hilferty President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross


Mr. Daniel J. Hilferty is President and Chief Executive Officer of Independence Blue Cross, a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania with nearly 3.1 million members nationwide, including 2.2 million in the region.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and on the Boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, J.J. White Inc., and the Irish Educational Development Foundation. Mr. Hilferty is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Drexel Neumann Academy, and the Franklin Institute, and the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Saint Joseph’s University.

Mr. Joseph H. Jacovini Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Dilworth Paxson, LLP


Mr. Joseph H. Jacovini represents clients in complex and sophisticated corporate matters and commercial transactions including mergers, acquisitions, commercial agreements and transactions, as well as representing publicly held, private and family owned corporations and businesses in matters of governance, control transactions and agreements. He also represents government entities and individuals in litigation matters. He regularly counsels companies on strategic planning for public and private financings; proxy and other control contests; mergers and acquisitions; corporate reorganizations and domestic and international litigation. Mr. Jacovini advises on financial and accounting issues, as well as financings and securitizations. He is currently a Board Member of Drexel University, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ms. Susan Y. Kim Director of the James and Agnes Kim Foundation


Ms. Susan Y. Kim is the Director of the James and Agnes Kim Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s day-to-day operations. Ms. Kim has served on many Boards of Directors, including The National Constitution Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Franklin Institute, The GESU School and The Shipley School. Ms. Kim holds a B.A. in Sociology from Hamilton College. She currently resides in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Mr. John J. Mullen President and CEO, Apple Vacations


Mr. John J. Mullen, recently retired chairman and owner of The Apple Leisure Group.

Mr. Mullen built Apple Vacations into one of the largest vacation companies and tour operators in North America, serving nearly one million passengers annually, and with 6,000 employees. In 2001, the Apple Leisure Group became fully integrated with the start-up of its new hotel division, AMResorts, all-inclusive resort management company in Mexico and the Caribbean. The company’s brands of exclusive resort properties include Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas, Now Resorts & Spas and Sunscape Resorts & Spas

Reverend Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J. President Emeritus of Saint Joseph's University


Reverend Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J. is President Emeritus and University Professor of Management at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. Father Rashford served as President of Saint Joseph’s from 1986 to 2003. He has a B.S. in Philosophy and Sociology and a M.A. in Theology from Saint Louis University, as well as an M.S. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Sc.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

Father Rashford is a former Chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority and a Commissioner of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. He has consulting experience with such companies as AT&T, Butler Mfr., Blue Cross Blue Shield, Equitable Trust, and Philadelphia Insurers. He also served as a member of the Priest Education Committee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Mrs. Tammy Tenaglia, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Board of Directors, Malvern Institute and Progressions Companies


Mrs. Tammy Carter-Tenaglia is a Clinical Psychologist and currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Malvern Institute and the Progressions Companies. Her clinical experience includes a focus on Critical Incident Stress Management and Employee Assistance services as well as Cognitive-Behavior therapy. Dr. Carter-Tenaglia has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drexel University, as well as a Master of Arts and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She has been a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem since 2013.

Dr. Alexander R. Vaccaro, M.D., Ph.D. President of the Rothman Institute


Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is the President of the Rothman Institute and Chairman of Orthopaedics at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He also serves as Everrett J. and Marion Gordon Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Alexander Vaccaro graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 1983 with a B.S. in Biology. He received his M.D. with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1987 and earned a Ph.D. in 2007 in the field of Spinal Trauma.

Mr. David N. Watson President and Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Cable


Mr. Dave Watson serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Comcast Cable, and Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. In this role he oversees the teams responsible for day-to-day operations of the cable division, including sales and marketing of the Company’s cable video, high-speed Internet and voice services, as well as oversight of the Company’s three operating divisions and Comcast Spotlight, the Company’s advertising sales unit.  He also leads the Company’s customer experience improvement initiatives focusing on customer satisfaction.

Dave serves on the Board of Directors for the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) and the Education Committee of the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia.  In 2006, he received the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award for his work in marketing. A graduate of the University of Richmond, he holds a BA in political science.