About

Board of Directors

The First Hospital Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of the following 12 members:

Officers

Chair: Estelle B. Richman
Treasurer: Peter A. Thompson
Secretary: R. Michael Buckley, Jr., MD

Board Members

Ronnie L. Bloom, Esq
Morrison C. Huston, Jr. (Tim)
Loree D. Jones
Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN, CS
A. Scott McNeal, DO
Wanda Ronner, MD
Pamela A. Strisofsky, CPA
David J. Williams, PhD
Shelly D. Yanoff

 

Estelle B. Richman, Chair

Estelle B. Richman is the former senior advisor to the secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She was responsible for oversight and management of the intersection between housing and social services. Prior to this position, Richman served as HUD’s acting deputy secretary and chief operating officer. With more than 30 years of public service, Richman joined HUD from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare where she served as secretary of public welfare for 7 years. She has held numerous leadership positions for the City of Philadelphia including managing director, director of social services, commissioner of public health and deputy commissioner for mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Ms. Richman was assistant director for the Positive Education Program in Cleveland, Ohio, a day treatment program for children with behavior problems. Richman has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in clinical and community psychology from Cleveland State University. She is the winner of the 1999 Innovations in American Government from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Peter A. Thompson, Treasurer

Peter A. Thompson founded Coho Partners, Ltd, a Berwyn based investment management company in 1999 and he serves as its Chief Investment Officer. The firm currently oversees about $1.2 billion in assets for a number of foundations, endowments, other eleemosynary organizations and high net worth clients. Prior to this, he worked for Cooke & Bieler. He currently is a member of the Investment Committee for the Gesu School and he has served on a number of other local boards. He is married with four children. In his spare time, he greatly enjoys playing all racquet sports and fly fishing. Thompson received his MBA from the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia) in 1983 and he graduated from Princeton University in 1979 with a BA in Economics.

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R. Michael Buckley, Secretary

R. Michael Buckley, Jr., MD, has been a leader at Pennsylvania Hospital for over 37 years as an Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease physician, chair of the Infectious Disease Section, and since 2000 has served as both chief medical officer and chair of the Department of Medicine, leading quality and patient safety initiatives for the hospital. In November 2010, Dr. Buckley became executive director of Pennsylvania Hospital. He served in that capacity until he retired in November of 2014. Dr. Buckley received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, did his Internal Medicine residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, a former member of their Clinical Affairs Committee, and served as Chairman of that committee’s Quality Improvement Task Force. He was elected to the Board of the Infectious Disease Society in 2011.

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Ronnie L. Bloom

Ronnie L. Bloom, Esq., is executive director of the Stoneleigh Foundation, which works to improve the life outcomes of vulnerable children and youth impacted by violence as well as those in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems—or at risk of involvement in those systems.  Prior to joining the Stoneleigh Foundation, Bloom was a partner with Opportunities Exchange, which helps organizations that work with low-income people, particularly in the early care and education industry, to improve their financial sustainability and program quality through the implementation of more effective business models and practices. Bloom has extensive experience with the Philadelphia region’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, and has applied her expertise to a number of community-wide quality initiatives and funding collaboratives. Bloom is the former program director of children, youth and families investment strategies at the William Penn Foundation where she led the foundation’s efforts to improve the quality of early care and education in Pennsylvania, and oversaw the foundation’s youth development and public education programs. Her work at the foundation included a number of systems reform and service integration efforts, partnering with the University of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia to develop a unique, comprehensive, integrated administrative database for cutting edge community planning and research purposes to benefit children and youth. In collaboration with other Pennsylvania funders and the state, Bloom also developed and implemented Pre-K Counts, a public-private partnership which provided a model for a subsequent substantial state investment in quality pre-kindergarten programs in Pennsylvania. Bloom is the past president of the Delaware Valley Grantmakers Association, and former chair of the national Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative. She has been appointed to a number of positions including Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Council, the Mayor’s Early Learning Advisory Committee, and the Governor’s Task Force on Early Care and Education. Bloom began her career as an attorney, and received both her bachelor of arts and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Morrison C. Huston, Jr.

Morrison C.  Huston, Jr. (Tim)  is a Financial Advisor, Advisory & Brokerage Services for USB Financial Services. He has over thirty-five years in the financial services industry, including portfolio management asset allocation, national sales management, investment product creation, trading and sales. He started his business career at White, Weld & Co. Inc in Philadelphia.  He joined Kidder, Peabody in 1978 after White, Weld was sold, and spent fifteen years in various positions in sales, marketing, product creation, trading and senior portfolio management.  Huston then spent six years at Legg, Mason in Baltimore, returning to Kidder in 1999.  He remains at the successor firm UBS Financial Services. Huston has been active on several not-for-profit boards including The Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, American INSIGHT, and The Stoneleigh Foundation as well as being a director of two private corporations. Huston holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Army in Southeast Asia.

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Loree D. Jones

Loree Jones is the Chief of Staff for the Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden.  Prior to this appointment, she served in top leadership positions in government and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area. Jones served as the Chief of External Affairs for the School District of Philadelphia.  In this role she was responsible for coordinating parent and family engagement, community engagement, communications and government relations. She served as Chief of Staff and Executive Director for the Office of the School Reform Commission, providing strategic and administrative support and supervision of the Office of the Inspector General and Auditing Services Department. Prior to her return to public service, Jones served as the Co-Executive Director of City Year of Greater Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization that deploys 17 to 24 year olds for a year of service working as tutors, mentors, and role models to public school students.  From 2002 to 2008, Jones served the citizens of Philadelphia as Managing Director, Secretary of External Affairs, and Fist Deputy Managing Director.  As Managing Director, she served as Philadelphia’s chief operating officer with oversight for more than 15 departments and offices, nearly 20,000 employees, and a budget of $3.2 billion. She played a leadership role in executing “Project Brotherly Love,” the City’s award winning Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Jones currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors Health Partners Plans, a not-for-profit health insurance organization serving more than 180,000 members in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Bucks and Montgomery counties, on the Board of Trustees of Project H.O.M.E., and is Chair-elect of the Steering Committee of the Sunday Breakfast Club. She is an Eisenhower Fellow, having studied how South African municipalities provide social services during her fellowship. She was the recipient of the Urban League of Philadelphia’s inaugural Whitney M. Young Jr. Young Leader Award, was identified as one of the “10 People Under 40 to Watch” by the Philadelphia Tribune Magazine, and was twice recognized as a “Connector” by Leadership Philadelphia. Jones holds a bachelor’s of art in history from Spelman College and a master’s of administration with concentrations in Twentieth Century African History, African American Studies and Twentieth Century American History from Princeton University.

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Joan Kenerson King

Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN, CS, is the senior integration consultant with the National Council for Behavioral Health. In that role, she consults with state and county government agencies on developing integrated systems of care. She develops trainings, resources and products for innovative healthcare organizations around the United States and provides extensive technical assistance to providers. King is also an individual, marital and family therapist in private practice. For the past 15 years, King has worked with public behavioral health systems in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties and in the State of Michigan to facilitate large-scale system change efforts, plan for the discharge of long-term state hospital residents, and develop and deliver training to support innovation and new skill development. King began her career as a staff nurse at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia followed by several years in community health nursing. She was the founder and director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia’s psychiatric home care program. King earned a bachelor’s of science in nursing at Eastern Mennonite College and a master’s of science in psychiatric nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified adult clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing.

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A. Scott McNeal

Scott McNeal, DO, is the vice president and chief medical officer for Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc. (DVCH), which operates four federally qualified health centers in the Philadelphia region. DVCH provides high quality, culturally appropriate, primary care services to underserved communities. McNeal is also the senior vice president of Medical Affairs and director of Medical Education at North Philadelphia Health Systems (NPHS). NPHS operates St. Joseph’s Hospital and Girard Medical Center, two community hospitals that provide both acute care and behavioral medicine services. McNeal maintains staff privileges at hospitals in and around Philadelphia and sits on many community, hospital, university and managed care boards and committees. He is an associate professor at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and holds a teaching position of clinical advisor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Temple University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Philadelphia Board of Health. He is active in many organizations including the AOA, POMA, NMA, NOMA, PSR, AODME, the Domestic Violence Alliance, and the Institute for Safe Families. McNeal earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hofstra University, and earned a medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He performed his Internship and Family Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Philadelphia and completed additional training at Harvard University School of Public Health in managing Community Health Centers. He is board certified in Family Practice.

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Wanda Ronner

Wanda Ronner, MD, is a general gynecologist and the medical student coordinator and associate residency director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital. She is a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ronner joined the staff of Pennsylvania Hospital in 1988 and she has been involved in resident and medical student education for nearly 25 years. She and her sister Margaret Marsh, university professor of history at Rutgers University, have written two books on the history of reproductive medicine: The Empty Cradle, Infertility in America from Colonial Times to the Present (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996) and The Fertility Doctor, John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). Dr. Ronner has received several teaching awards, among them the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000, 2003 and 2009, and the 2010 Penn Pearls Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. She was chosen by the medical students in 2012 as the faculty member inductee for the AOA Honor Medical Society at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Ronner graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester.

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Pamela A. Strisofsky, CPA

Pamela A. Strisofsky is the Chief Revenue Officer of WealthForge, the industry leader transforming the private placement investment process from Offline to Online making it cheaper, faster and easier to raise private capital. In her current role, Pam is responsible for leveraging her extensive experience in managing private investments to provide solutions for all that rely upon private investments including Issuers, Intermediaries and Investors. WealthForge provides secure technology and white label solutions to streamline the process of raising capital online while reducing back office costs.  Previously Pam served as Managing Director and COO of Endowment Capital Group, a small cap, concentrated hedge fund. Prior to Endowment Capital, she was a Managing Director and CFO of TL Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with $1.5 billion under management. During her 15- year TL tenure she assisted TL in raising more than $1.2 billion of capital and administered the investment of more than $1.3 billion, which returned more than $1.5 billion to TL’s partners. Pam also served for eight years as the CFO of and advisor to EnerTech Capital Partners (an energy-focused venture fund affiliated with TL) and concurrently provided advisory and back-office support for several unaffiliated private equity funds, including buyout, mezzanine and Korean funds. Additionally, she was active in various private equity groups and standards setting bodies including the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) that lobbied for regulatory, tax and general accounting changes for the industry and smaller-cap companies as well as sat on several of TL’s portfolio company boards. Strisofsky received a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from Ohio State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She currently serves on the board of Fox Chase Cancer Center Foundation.

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David J. Williams

David Williams, PhD, is president and chief executive officer of QualDent, an oral health program management company that specializes in the development of oral health risk reduction programs for payors. In this role, he has led the development of some of the most innovative and successful oral health management programs deployed by dental clinics, private business, insurance companies and even state government systems. Prior to QualDent, Williams managed dental insurance plans in several states, as regional vice president of United Dental Care Insurance Company and chief executive officer of OraCare Dental Health Plan. In addition to his management of dental insurance companies, he previously worked for Independence Blue Cross, Pennsylvania Blue Shield and several national consulting firms. As part of his tenure at Blue Cross, Williams strategized and developed the AmeriHealth Insurance Companies. Because of his familiarity with both federal and state government healthcare policy, Williams has been a long-time consultant to several government healthcare authorities, including the White House, U.S. Congress, Social Security Administration, Health Resource and Service Administration, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and several state Medicaid authorities. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in International Administration from the School for International Training and a doctorate degree in Healthcare Product Development from LaSalle University. Currently Williams serves as a trustee to the Center for Urban Theological Studies.

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Shelly D. Yanoff

Shelly D. Yanoff is the former executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth where she played a major role in expanding the scope and quality of services to children and their families.  PCCY’s efforts are directed towards the areas of health, education, child care, juvenile justice, lead paint poisoning prevention and funding for children and family services. A lawyer by training, an advocate by disposition and experience, and a tenacious optimist, Yanoff has been fighting for children and families for more than four decades. In the mid 1960s she crafted the strategy to save the “Get Set” day care program for youngsters in Philadelphia,  and led 2,000 Philadelphians to Harrisburg to insist on more support for neglected children. In the mid 1990s she helped to organize over 10,000 people from the Philadelphia region to go Washington to urge the investment in children. To her persistent successful advocacy for more and better children’s health care, child care and educational opportunities, Yanoff has been the region’s  leading child advocate for the interests of children and youth for many years. Yanoff served as the Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Children and Families in 2005 by Governor Ed Rendell and was a member of the Philadelphia Commission on Children and the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. She was a board member of the Public Interest Law Center. Yanoff is a board member of the Free Library of Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of many awards including the Gimbel Philadelphia Award, the Edward S. Espen Humanitarian Award, The John B. Patterson Award for Excellence in Public Education, The Take the Lead Award, The Fleurette Angel National Child Advocate Award and the Red Cross, Clara Barton Humanitarian Award. Yanoff is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Villanova University School of Law.



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