BOARD & STAFF
2016 – 2017 Board:
Mary Lou Sterge, Chair
Mary Lou Sterge holds a degree in social work as well as a certificate in Business Administration from Widener University and has 10 years experience working in human resources at the BDM Corporation and at Hahnemann University. Mary Lou is an active volunteer and has served as representative on her district council and on the Board of Directors for Target Educational and Community Living for the Developmentally Disabled. Mary Lou has been involved with many CCFWG committees including the For Girls, By Girls Planning Committee as well as the Grants Policy and Development Committees and currently serves as Chair of CCFWG’s Board of Directors.
JoEllen Jordan, Vice Chair
JoEllen Jordan currently is the Director of Employee Relations at Pfizer, Inc. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at West Chester University majoring in Psychology with a special interest in Women’s Studies. She received her Master of Science in Human Organizational Science at Villanova University. JoEllen has professional experience in the healthcare and technology industries. Her experience has been mostly in the Human Resources function, with specialization in Human Capital Development, Organizational Change and Employee Relations.
Mary Beth Morrissey, Treasurer
Mary Beth Morrissey is senior vice president, finance and accounting, and is responsible for accounting, financial analysis, budgeting and the management of all Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance at Liberty Property Trust. Prior to joining Liberty’s predecessor, Rouse & Associates in 1986, Ms. Morrissey was an auditor with Price Waterhouse. She has a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business from Mount Saint Mary’s College and is a certified public accountant. Mary Beth is also a PIAA basketball referee. She currently sits on the Grants Policy, Finance and Investment Committees and also was a member of the Grants Allocation Committee this past year.
Tricia Lefkof, Secretary
Tricia Lefkof currently is the Vice President of Commercial Banking at Penn Liberty Bank. Tricia has worked at Penn Liberty in Treasury Management for over 10 years. She is an active member in the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Professional Women. Tricia has been on the Grants Allocation Committee and the Development Committee. She co-chaired the Luncheon this past year.
Judi Bell is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for People 2.0 overseeing company operations that deliver back office support and services for independent staffing companies throughout the US. Judi has a BA in Management from Florida Atlantic University and has worked over 25 years in management roles for computer manufacturing and temporary staffing industries. Judi has served on numerous non-profit boards in Florida and Colorado with organizations focused on women’s issues. She has been volunteering for CCFWG since 2011 in many areas including the Annual Luncheon, the Girls Advisory Board committee and Development. She also serves on the West Chester Rotary board.
Gladys Black has been a resident of Chester County for over fifty years. Gladys has been a Membership Volunteer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1992 and is currently on the Executive Committee of that organization, for which she has been Editor of the group’s monthly newsletter, “Membership Matters”, for six years. Gladys is a Trustee of Allegheny College, and a graduate of the College. Retired now, she was Executive Vice President of Valley Forge Technical Communications, a supplier of technical information to the automotive industry. She and her husband founded the company in the 1970’s. It was sold in 1998 after his death. Gladys has served on the Grants Allocation Committee and is currently on the Grants Policy Committee.
Mary Chan is the Vice President of Information/Data Management at the Access Group. Mary joined CCFWG last year as a member of the Grants Allocation Committee. She currently sits on the Grants Policy Committee. Mary’s analytic skills are a definite asset to CCFWG.
Erin Duffy is a 2007 Girls Advisory Board (GAB) alumna and has grown with CCFWG over the last five years through facilitating GAB and serving on the GAB planning committee as well as the Grants Allocation Committee. Erin graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education and is now the Middle School Head Teacher at the Benchmark School. While studying at West Chester, she was the president of Alpha Upsilon Alpha.
Paula Hudson is a native of Canada but has resided in Chester Springs for almost 30 years. She and her husband Graeme raised their three children in Chester County. Formerly a teacher in the Lower Merion School District, Paula now works with her husband in his Exton dental practice. She is one of the founding members of the Community Helpers in Common Service (CHICS), a local philanthropic effort that provides emergency funds for women in Chester County. Paula began her involvement with CCFWG when her daughter Lindsay graduated from the Girl’s Advisory Board in 2009. Since then, she has been a member of the Grants Policy committee and GAB Planning committee.
Amy Reimer began her involvement with CCFWG as a member of the Girls Advisory Board in 2009. She has continued to stay involved, most recently as a member of the Luncheon Committee, where she served as Chair of the Raffle Committee, and on the Grants Allocation Committee. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Amy is currently a Civil Engineer at Kleinfelder.
Catherine Sennett, Esq.
Catherine Sennett is Director of Advisory Services for Jackson Cross Partners. She received her Juris Doctor Degree from Villanova School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the Eastern District of the United States. A graduate of Drexel University, she is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a Real Estate Salesperson in the State of New Jersey. Catherine is also an Adjunct Professor in the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law’s Co-Operative Education Program. Catherine served as the Board Chair from 2011 until 2014.
Christina Shipe is the National Recruiting Associate at the Siegfried Group. Christina has been involved with CCFWG for many years. She has served on the Digital Media Committee, Development Committee and Grants Allocation Committee. She is currently on the Grants Policy committee and she is co-chairing the Young Women’s Initiative, togetHER. Her marketing acumen plays out at work and with CCFWG.
Maia Tolsdorf is an engaged member of the Development and Grants Policy Committee for CCFWG, and she has served on the Grants Allocation Committee. Maia helped create CCFWG’s Women Talk lunch series and chairs the newly created Education Committee. Maia volunteers with many local charities and has served on several other non-profit boards that focus on the needs of women and children. She is currently a member of the Board of Fairville Friends School, and also Unite for HER (Helping to Empower and Restore), a local non-profit that works with breast cancer patients. She has a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Ingrid Tomlinson has been involved with CCFWG for many years. She has served on the Grants Allocation Committee and she has volunteered on the Making a Difference Luncheon in many capacities including Day Of Co-Chair. When Ingrid isn’t volunteering she spends her time as a professional photographer. She spent twelve years as a senior photographer at QVC working within the company and with their vendors on many retail divisions. She currently works on free-lance assignments for a variety of companies.
Kathy Weber is an active member of CCFWG since 2008. Since then she has served on the Grants Allocation Committee twice and is now a member of the Making a Difference Luncheon and Grants Policy Committee. This past year she succeeded as the Sponsorship Chair for the Making a Difference Luncheon Committee. Kathy is a thirty year resident of Chester County and has been an active volunteer with many of her sons’ school related activities, including eight years with Art Goes to School and ten years with the Downingtown East Football Association.
Denise Wine recently served as Co-Chair for the Making a Difference Luncheon. She also served on the Grants Allocation Committee. Denise was recently co-chair for Uptown! Entertainment Alliance Fall Fundraiser and co-chair of the Chester County Women of Achievement Awards benefiting the March of Dimes for four years. She is currently as advisor to the Hamels Foundation, and a board member of the West Chester Rotary Club. Denise is a Financial Consultant.
Barbara Jordan, Honorary Board Chair
Barbara McNeil Jordan is the founding Chairman of the Board of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls and currently, Chairman Emeritus of the organization. She is a Director of the Claneil Foundation and a member of Springside Schools’ Honorary Alumnae Council. She recently retired as Chairman of the Board of Claneil Enterprises, Inc., a family holding company and as a Director of Wawa, Inc. Her past community commitments include the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Academy and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. She was a Trustee of the Chester County Historical Society for thirteen years serving terms as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the organization and co-chaired their $5 million Historic Vision campaign.
Michelle Legaspi Sanchez,
Brie Knight, Development Director
Brandon Szerenyi, Office Manager
Kate Zielsdorf Baker, Communications and Program Associate