The Board of Directors, is chaired by Joanne M. Brasberger. Joanne has over twenty years of financial management experience including human resource management. Her experience covers various industries, Fortune 500 companies and small business. She also has extensive experience with non-profit organizations. Ms. Brasberger currently holds the position of Director of Finance and Operations at The Baldwin School, an Independent College-Preparatory Day School for Girls, in Bryn Mawr, PA where her finance responsibilities include full scope internal and external financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, cash management and systems conversions. Human resource responsibilities include employee recruitment and hiring, benefits management, compensation and bonus programs and employee training.
She is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Joanne is a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA. She is also a volunteer mentor in the program. Joanne currently resides in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
Director, Margaret A. Barry, has an extensive legal and education background. She received her law degree from Temple University School of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from St Joseph’s University. Ms Barry’s legal practice concentrated on Tort Litigation, Products Liability cases and Complex Personal Injury litigation. Ms. Barry has served on the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (PTLA) Board of Directors and also served as the Editor of the Associations newsletter. She is past Chairperson of the PTLA’a Membership Committee. Margaret was a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Judicial Selection and Retention, Insurance Programs and Professional Guidance Committees and has served as a Barrister member of the Temple American Inn of Court. Ms. Barry has been actively involved in community volunteerism serving on the Board of Trustees for The Philadelphia School, President – The Philadelphia School Association, Outreach Ministries Volunteer – Old St. Joseph’s Church, and Chair of the Spring Social Auction for the Benchmark School.
Director, Kathleen Lagore, retired from the Federal Government in September 2003 with Thirty-Three years of service. During her extensive services years she had positions with The District of Columbia Juvenile Court, United States Navy, Internal Revenue Service, and includes twenty nine years with the Social Security Administration where she serviced as a secretary, a data review technician, a service representative and her most recent role as a claims representative where she specialized in supplemental security income for aged and disabled recipients.
Ms. Lagore has held office over the past seven years with the National Association Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) at both a local chapter levels and state federation of chapters.
Additionally, Ms. Lagore has served on the executive board of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra over the past four years.
Director, Tom Brasberger, lends a robust portfolio of financial, project management, strategy and operations expertise.
Currently, Tom serves as a manager of strategy for the global Construction Services division of AECOM, one of Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies.” The multinational engineering firm delivers design, consulting, construction and management services to a diverse range of clients.
Prior to AECOM, Tom served as Chief of Staff at Vantage Apparel, an industry leader in promotional products. In his role, he touched all aspects of the business, including supply chain management, manufacturing process flows, pricing methodologies and financial analysis. Tom also spent several years as an Associate at Deutsche Bank in the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group, and was responsible for evaluating credit risk, analyzing asset performance and overseeing customer relations.
Tom earned an MBA in Corporate Finance and General Management at Columbia Business School, where he participated in the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. A graduate of Columbia University, Tom earned a BA in Economics and History.
A welcome asset in promoting the financial health of our organization and beneficiaries, Tom resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Director, Lois Nafziger Bethea, now retired, was previously Of Counsel to Secured Futures and a former Partner of the law firm of High Swartz LLP in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Ms. Bethea received her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and a B.S. in Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She practiced for more than 15 years as an Elder and Disability Law attorney, and handled issues related to health care, guardianships, disability, Medicare, Medicaid, nursing home care and long term care insurance, as well as estate planning and administration.