Lisa Dugan has a long career working with non-profit and government agencies with particular expertise in communications, strategic planning and resource development. She currently serves as the Director of Communications and Advancement at Wonderspring, a nonprofit provider of high-quality early childhood education. She previously ran a consulting business for more than 20 years serving clients including the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, the Philadelphia Department of Health’s AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, United Way of Southeastern PA, JEVS Human Services, Fairmount Ventures, University of Pennsylvania School of Public Policy and Practice, The Philadelphia Education Fund, Philadelphia FIGHT, Bebashi, the Union Benevolent Association.
Alex Epstein, Executive Vice President at A-Best Vending and Coffee Service has been with the company for over 10 years. Coming out of Muhlenberg College, Alex continued his passion of Music and Radio and worked at WPHI 103.9 and WRDW 96.5 until moving over to the family business in late 2005. Developing business processes, sales and great teamwork is a foundation for success. Working with the MS Society and community outreach is dear to his heart. Alex is a goal oriented leader that enjoys working with others to create success for all team members.
David FairChairman of the Board
David Fair has had a long career in both the public and nonprofit health and human services sector, and as both a provider and funder of services. He currently works as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Turning Points for Children, a Philadelphia-based child welfare agency. Previously, Fair served as Senior Vice-President for Community Impact at United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and as a deputy commissioner responsible for the Division of Community-Based Prevention Services of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.
Bruce Fishberg, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer at JEVS Human Services. Most recently he was the CFO and Senior Operating Officer of Beth Tfiloh Synagogue and Schools in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to that position, Bruce was the CFO and eventually CEO of Pincus Bros., Inc. a once clothing manufacturer in Philadelphia. He is a member of the AICPA and PICPA. Bruce graduated Summa Cum Laude and first in class from Drexel University. He serves on a number of non-profit and community boards.
Mary E. May, MFT
Mary E. May, MFT is a Relationship Therapist with a passion for healing relationships perpetuated by violence and trauma in children and adults. With over two decades’ experience, Ms. May has the keen ability to simplify difficult life challenges through interactive evidence-based techniques. She served as clinical contributor for the Piton International Film Festival with their healing relationship series. Her expertise in trauma has allowed guest appearances on NBC 10, local radio shows and training. Keynote Speaker with conferences in the Eastern Caribbean (St. Lucia and St. Thomas) for nearly 5 years.
Ms. May is also compassionate around preventative care and bridging the gap of wellness integrating advocacy, cultural diversity and inclusion and psycho-education. The scope of expertise of prevention is aligned with Intimate Partner Relationships, Teen Dating Violence, Bullying in the academic setting and work-place, and Suicide prevention. Ms. May has received a citation from Councilman David Oh. She is the instrumental Lead with symposium – Our Voices, Our Issues. Ms. May is an innovative and creative trainer for professional development and community development. She also has a podcast, relationship groups, and advocacy roundtables to continue to provide resources to the community holistically.
Romell Parham MSS,LSW
Romell Parham is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and a licensed social worker with over 20 years of experience within the Human Services field. He currently serves as the RTF Clinical Manager for Foundations Behavioral Health and has spent most of his professional career in the behavioral health sector both working with and managing youth serving organizations.
Prior to his current position, Romell spent several years as the Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Residential Director for a local community mental organization and has more than 12 years of experience managing school based behavioral health and alternative education services across the Tristate area. Romell is a certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional currently also teaches as an adjunct professor at a local at both Jefferson University and Harcum College.
Erica S. A. Patterson
Dr. Erica S. A. Patterson is the Director of Contracts Management & Supplier Diversity in the Supply Chain Department at Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). Previous professional experience consists of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) – Contracts Manager; Arkema Chemical Manufacturing Company – MRO Data Analyst; and Sunoco, Inc. – Sr. HR Payroll Clerk and Sr. Procurement Buyer. In 2020, Erica earned her Doctor of Management (DM) degree in Management and Organizational Leadership. Graduating from University of Phoenix’s Lambda Sigma Chapter of Delta Mu Delta International Honors Society. She holds a Masters in Management and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix; and a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Penn State University.
Erica has received company recognitions for her overall achievements; recipient of PGW’s Bronze Safety Award and the Gold Total Quality Performance award for her achievements and exemplary contributions to safety and achieving corporate objectives through streamlining procurement processes and diversity inclusion. Erica received the Sunoco Award of Excellence and Certificate of Appreciation for her commitment to teamwork and dedication for the successful completion of the Sunoco and Speedway Acquisitions.
Juliet Marsala is a skilled executive who brings over 15 years of experience focused on community based and long-term care. Juliet has been leading Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in transforming operations to more effectively provide social services to vulnerable populations in Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). Her career spans aging and disability services, managed care, nursing home transitions, supportive housing, employment and workforce development, and behavioral health.
Juliet joined Health Management Associates as a Senior Consultant in March 2021 from her Philadelphia-based private consultant services focused at the intersection of community needs and healthcare. Her work includes creating strategic plans, innovating program design, developing training and curriculum, evaluating operational efficiencies, providing technical assistance in regulatory adherence and accreditation readiness. Her services have assisted clientele ranging from software engineering organizations, for-profits CBOs, MCOs, universities, and non-profit organizations. Juliet also serves as the Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Advisory Committee, and Den Leader and Popcorn Kernel for the local Jenkintown Cub Scouts.
Family Counseling Specialists
The Center for Families and Relationships is a not for profit counseling center serving the needs of individuals, couples, families and children.