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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.
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.
Bruce Fishberg, CPA, has been a key member of the CFAR Board of Directors for 10 years. Bruce is a Senior Finance Leader with diverse and progressive experience in finance and operations within both for-profit and non-profit sectors. He is the CEO of BF Solutions consulting and brings decades of past experience, including CFO of JEVS Human Services and CFO and Senior Operating Officer of Beth Tfiloh Synagogue and Schools in Baltimore, to his role as CFAR Board Treasurer. Bruce’s broad expertise includes treasury, banking relations, acquisitions, licensing, strategic planning, business development, effective negotiations, and organizational transformation. Bruce graduated Summa Cum Laude and first in class from Drexel University, and contributes his time and expertise to several nonprofit and community organizations. His dedication to Center for Families and Relationships has helped significantly transform the organization’s investments and finances during his time on the Board.
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.
Dr. 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.
Georgeann currently works at Mount Sinai, serving as the Senior Director of Education and Alumni Relations. In this role Georgeann oversees the fundraising for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Graduate School and the Nursing School. In her short tenure of just over 7 months, Georgeann has implemented programming to engage alumni and friends of the institution and has already surpassed $1M raised. Previously, Georgeann was at The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University where she was a Senior Director of Development for nearly 11 year. Her passion for relationship building helped her surpass her goals leaving her total fundraising at $40 million during her time at Temple. In addition to raising millions for current and future scholarship support, Georgeann also successfully coordinated over a dozen mini-campaigns including reunion challenges, portraits and lectureships.
Additional Board Members
More information about our wonderful board members Nicole Tucker, Philip Holzhauer, Nicole Wixted, and Rick Freeth to come soon!
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.