Board of Directors
- Ira Richards, Esq. - Board Chairperson
Ira Neil Richards is a partner in the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. He is Chair of the Firm’s Class Action Practice Group and the Firm’s Political Action Committee. In addition, he is a certified yoga instructor.
Ira practices nationally representing clients in complex litigation matters. He has decades of experience in litigating complex, multiparty class actions for businesses and government agencies on both the plaintiffs' and defendants' sides. His class action experience spans a variety of substantive areas, including antitrust, securities, and consumer matters. He also represents clients in matters involving issues of corporate governance disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, mergers and acquisitions, and securities sales and valuations. In addition, Ira represents government agencies in matters under state and federal law. As an appellate advocate, Ira has argued cutting edge issues in federal and state appellate courts.
- Rosemary Conroy Hughes - Board Vice Chairperson
Rosemary Conroy Hughes is an IT Project Manager whose specialization in technology solutions for health and human services agencies is mission-driven, and personal. Rosemary's experience in program development and evaluation for a wide range of social service agencies in Philadelphia led to her current career in "behind the scenes activism," helping nonprofit organizations to implement state of the art technology, and business process improvements. Rosemary has been involved with Pathways to Housing PA as an advisor and supporter for four years. She and her husband, Paul, have five grown children and one remarkable granddaughter, Cordelia.
- George Sabo, IV - Board Treasurer
George Sabo, IV is a senior manager with the accounting firm RSM US LLP (RSM) and has 20 years of public and private accounting experience. He has worked with a wide array of industries including real estate, manufacturing, government contracting, education, gaming, and entertainment, franchisee/franchisor, food services, financial services, health care, and employee benefits plans. George's real estate background includes commerical, and multi-family properties, hotels, and shopping malls. George also has extensive experience with Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and New Markets Tax Credit transactions. Before joining RSM, George held positions in a publicly traded battery manufacturing company, and a local accounting firm, in which he had extensive experience in auditing, consulting, internal controls, taxation, outsourced accounting services, and financial forecasting.
George serves diverse clients from closely held (family owned) companies to nationally, and internationally traded public companies. George has prided himself on being able to assist companies with applying best practices in operating their businesses resulting from a wide array of value-added recommendations in internal controls, streamlining processes, better utilization through the use of technology, and recommendations related to utilization of resources.
George has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Drexel University and is a Certificated Public Accountant (CPA).
- Brian Rodin - Board Secretary
Brian currently serves as a Senior Delivery Manager at Deloitte. His expertise lies in customer experience measurement, conducting various market research studies, and leading engagements in brand compliance inspection programs. For Deloitte, he also leads community service projects on behalf of his colleagues with the WIlliam Way LGBT communiity center, and helps lead the LGBT business resource group, GLOBE, and its programming. When not working, you can typically see him participating in the Stonewall Sports Leagues, playing kickball, dodgeball, billiards, and bowling.
Brian holds a MA in Psychology from Syracuse University.
- Doug Bloom
Doug is an Executive Coach, serving CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and other wealth creators. Doug is also the Philadelphia Chair for TIGER 21, an international organization of high net worth individuals. From 2006 through 2016, Doug was Chairman and CEO of RealWinWin, a privately held, venture-backed company, headquartered in Philadelphia, and sold to BidEnergy in 2016. RealWinWin was the industry leader for identifying, and capturing energy-efficiency rebates, and incentives in support of "national brand" customers and vendors. Doug's operational experience includes senior leadership roles in business development, investment and IT with increasingly senior roles in the sales organizations of three national, cable-based telecommunications providers. Doug's investment background includes private equity, futures portfolios, and positions with two leading east coast venture capital firms. Doug has held hands-on, start-up roles in retail, consulting, software, and business services, and has served on multiple private Boards. Doug also serves other non-profits in the Philadelphia region through COMPASS. Doug has an MBA from the Wharton School, and MSE from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA degree from Colgate University.
- Evan Figueroa-Vargas
Evan Figueroa-Vargas, a native of Puerto Rico, has lived in Philadelphia since 1987. Evan works with people experiencing chronic homelessness as a program manager at Mental Health Partnerships and is a Certified Recovery Specialist and a National Certified Peer Specialist. Evan shares his own experiences as a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder, and mental health condition to support others seeking recovery. A passionate advocate dedicated to community service, Evan volunteers as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Recovery Month Planning Partner, IBX Foundation's Someone You Know Campaign, a Peer Culture Transformation Advisory Board member for the Department of Behavioral Health, and Intellectual Disabilities, as past sub-committee member of the Mayor's Opioid Task Force. Evan is a graduate of Community College of Philadelphia, Eastern University, and is a Social Work graduate student at Widener University.
- Elisa Foster
Elisa Foster currently serves at the Associate Director of Penn Women’s Center at the University of Pennsylvania where she advocates for gender equity among all areas of the campus community. Prior to joining Penn in 2017, Elisa served as the Manager of the Women's Leadership & Mentorship Program at Robert Morris University. Elisa’s background also includes grant writing and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations throughout the Philadelphia region as a consultant for Fairmount Ventures and a fundraiser for the Women's Business Development Center and Urban League of Philadelphia. She also served as a marketing coordinator and market researcher for The Melior Group where much of her work focused on helping colleges and nonprofit organizations meet the needs of their constituencies.
Elisa has continued to use her nonprofit background through community service. She has previously served as an Executive Service Corps Volunteer at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management and a board member of Ursuline Support Services in Pittsburgh. She holds a BA and MA in Communication from Villanova University.
- Kas Garnes, MBA
Kas Garnes, MBA, is Vice President of Seamless Access at Jefferson Health.
During her tenures at Jefferson, Virtua and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, she has led several areas within physician and hospital operations. Community involvement has always been at the center of Kas' being. She is an active board member of St. Mary's Respite (an organization that supported families affected by AIDS/HIV). She is an active volunteer with My Sister's Place (a rehab housing facility for mothers with substance abuse issues). Kas is also the committee chair for the Mentor Program with the Philadelphia chapter of HFMA (healthcare financial management association).
Kas recieved a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from John Hopkins University and on MBA with a concentration in Finance from Drexel University. She continues at Drexel as an adjunct professor in the Health Administration Department.
- Jessi Ray Koch
Jessi Ray Koch has a personal and professional dedication to building a more equitable and beautiful world through innovative community planning and engagement. She recently returned to her hometown of Philadelphia where she works as a private consultant. Jessi served as a State and Local Policy Senior Specialist for Grounded Solutions Network, and prior to that was a Senior Planner with the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office where she focused on affordable housing policy and development in support of a more affordable Austin for all residents. Jessi attended the University of Texas in Austin where she received her MS in Community and Regional Planning and MS in Urban Design.
- Priya Mammen, MD, MPH
Priya Mammen is an Emergency Physician and public health advocate. After graduating from Tufts University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Child Development in 1997, she worked with John Snow, Inc. and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). She was engaged in health systems development in war-torn countries, such as Cambodia, and speciﬁcally focused on the integration of reproductive health services to the community health infrastructure by facilitating interagency collaborations. Dr. Mammen completed a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her medical education at Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Temple University Hospital. Her research interests include Emergency Department utilization by the medically underserved and as a point of access to care.
Dr Mammen served as Director of Public Health Programs and Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Jefferson Health. Interagency work has continued throughout her academic career, involving the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Philadelphia Medical Examiners Ofﬁce, Region III Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) and the Pennsylvania Overdose Prevention Task Force. She facilitated ED-based public health initiatives within Jefferson Health, including safe opioid prescribing guidelines, overdose prevention, integrative services for patients experiencing homelessness, and HIV and Hepatitis C screening as Director of Public Health Programs. She was appointed to the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia and also served on the subcommittee for Service Access, Best Practices and Treatment Providers. Dr Mammen was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 2015 and currently serves as the Chair of the Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine as well as on the Board of Trustees of the College. She was named a Fellow of the Lindy Institute of Urban Innovation with a focus on urban resilience. In 2018, she joined the Board of Directors of Pathways to Housing PA and was invited as a speaker for TEDx West Chester. Dr. Mammen's career is marked by the consistent application of her experience and perspective as an emergency clinician to serve the well-being of her patients on the spectrum from individual to population health.
- William E. Parshall
William Parshall is currently the Director of Temple University Center City and Off-Campus Programs and Training. Prior to his arrival at Temple in 2001, Mr. Parshall was an Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Drexel University. He received his B.A. in political science from Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, New York and his Masters of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
After graduation, Mr. Parshall served as legislative assistant to United States Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE). In 1982 he moved to Philadelphia to become Director of Community Affairs at Hunt Manufacturing Co., an office products and art supply firm. In 1993, Mayor Edward G. Rendell appointed Mr. Parshall to coordinate the City of Philadelphia’s homeless and special needs housing programs. His past board memberships include the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation- Philadelphia Advisory Council and Delaware Valley Grantmakers.
- Anthony Piantieri
Anthony is thrilled to serve and be a part of Pathways to Housing PA, aiming to extend his experience to Pathways' executive management team and to be a part of the solution to helping Philadelphians reclaim their lives. Anthony is a professional with almost 20 years of financial and operations management experience. He is a proven leader in financial operations focusing on providing organizations with current industry best practices and out-of-the box critical thinking. He prides himself on his ability to move the needle while preserving the integrity of organizations. He also believes in creating strong teams and work environments that are conducive to innovation.
Anthony has held various executive management positions from Chief Financial Officer to Vice President of Finance in most sectors such as non-profit, academia, government and private. He has managed budgets from $62 billion to $20 million. He has dedicated his career to causes that he believes in and feels are worthy of advancement. Anthony graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from the State University at Albany.
In his spare time, Anthony maintains a financial blog where he shares his insights on the financial markets and current issues facing the markets. He is a student of American history, the latest economic theories, leadership stories and philosophy. Lastly, he aims to live his life by the sage words of Miguel Pinero contained in the poem “Seekin’ the Cause”.
- Damon Reaves
Damon Reaves is the Associate Curator of Education for Community Engagement and Access at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has a background in visual arts and theater and in 2008 was awarded the Locks post graduate Fellowship. He was previously the Director of Community Engagement at the Isabella Stewart Garder Museum and has also worked as a teaching artist for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
- Michelle Tepper
Michelle Tepper is the Director of Strategic Relationships at Exude, Inc. She joined the Exude team in 2009 with a strong focus on market development and corporate strategy. Michelle ran Exude’s TrustScripts Discount Prescription card program, yielding $3.5 million in savings to date. In her current role, Michelle partners with CEO’s and CFO’s to strategically design and implement an effective Organizational Health structure. Additionally, after years of helping female leaders on an individual basis, especially those in the non-profit marketplace, Michelle established an educational Women Series for Exude clients and other female community leaders. These programs help individuals develop their leadership and professional skills, as well as their ability to develop these skills in their employees, clients, and communities. Along with being on the Board of Pathways to Housing Pa, she is also on the JEVS Foundation Board.
- Eric van der Vlugt
Eric is a principal and co-founder of Articus Ltd., an integrated marketing communications firm in Philadelphia. He leads the firm’s engagements and is responsible for planning and creative direction of brand development, advertising and media campaigns. He also co-founded Articus Media Labs, focused on digital media and technologies, and Ardent Group, a joint venture in OTC pharmaceutical product development. Eric has taught communications at Maryland Institute College of Art, West Chester University, and University of the Arts, and has served on the board of various non-profits, including Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness and Morris Arboretum.