The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG) is pleased to welcome three new members – Nora Alvarez, Pattie Diggin and Lisa Passante – to its current Board of Directors. Their terms began at the beginning of July.

Nora Alvarez is a senior project manager with Horizon Associates LLC, where her responsibilities include managing software implementation and pertinent resources, providing ongoing support and overseeing special projects for a variety of clients. She also consults on business processes and best practice. Nora was born in Cuba and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in information science from Penn State and a bachelor’s degree in organizational dynamics from Immaculata University. As a past member of the Grants Allocation Committee, and a current member of the Grants Policy Committee and the 20th Anniversary Committee, she is honored to join the Board of Directors and looks forward to contributing to its success.

Pattie Diggin has over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing, and serves as an adjunct professor in the marketing and management departments of the College of Business and Public Policy at West Chester University. She recently joined the Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center as a coordinator. Pattie has been involved with CCFWG since it was established 20 years ago, and couldn’t think of a better time to join the Board than for its 20th Anniversary. She previously co-chaired the 2017 Annual Luncheon and will chair it again in 2018. In addition to her work at the Fund, Pattie is a volunteer counselor at Chester & Delaware County Score and actively fundraises for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Siena College and an MBA from West Chester University.

Lisa M. Passante currently serves as interim executive director of DirectWomen, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of women lawyers on public company boards. In prior years, she served as vice president and associate general counsel at Thomson Reuters for the Intellectual Property & Science business unit, and as a member of the legal department of DuPont, a role that included acting as general counsel for DuPont Performance Coatings. Lisa was the past president of the National Association of Women Lawyers, serves on the advisory board of Vision 2020 and is a member of the Philadelphia Forum of Executive Women. She is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law and West Chester University.

We are thrilled to welcome these passionate, dedicated women to our Board and look forward to seeing how the Fund will grow under their added leadership.


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