Board of Directors


Robert Hunn, Esq.
Board Chairperson 
Served on Board of Directors from 2013 to his dealth in September of 2018.
His guidance and his smile are greatly missed.
 
Robert Hunn is an attorney at Kolsby Gordon, where he represents the interestes of those who have been injured through medical and other professional malpractice, faulty or mislabeled products, personal injury and employment-related claims. He is known as a scholar, with a deep knowledge of both the law and medicine.  Much like the entire team of attorneys at Kolsby Gordon, he is an experienced courtroom lawyer, unafraid of taking a case to trial if a sufficient settlement for the client cannot be reached. It is this combination as a scholar and tough litigator that makes Mr. Hunn such a formidable opponent and staunch advocate for his clients.

Shirley Grass, MSOD
Board Vice Chairperson, Interim Chair
 
Shirley is an Organizational Development Consultant who combines expert consulting skills, leadership development curriculum design, and performance coaching intelligence to forge and maintain relationships that lead to enterprise-wide cohesion and alignment between teams and the broader corporate mission.  Known for her keen observance of system dynamics; her experiences include group facilitation, a collaborative approach to change management and systems, and the ability to co-create environments conducive to problem solving.  She is passionate about working to create inclusive work places that include all; while contributing to society's greater good.  Her human capital management experiences have been in non-profit management, higher education administration and the corporate sector.  Shirley holds a MS in Organizational Development from American University School of Public Affairs.  She resides in Mt. Airy with her husband Randall.
Doug Bloom
Interim Board Treasurer
 
Doug is an Executive Coach, serving growth-stage CEOs, their investors and their Boards.  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. Real WinWin 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 positions in sales, 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 has an MBA from the Wharton School, and MSE from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA degree from Colgate University.

 
Mark Salzer, PhD
Board Secretary
 
Mark Salzer is a Professor, and was the founding Chair, of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. He is a clinical psychologist and Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, a research and training center funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

Marion Campbell

 

Renata Cobbs-Fletcher

Renata has over 20 years of experience in leading social program design, implementation, research, and policies, as well as in direct service and fund development. Working in Philadelphia and in over 25 U.S. cities and ten countries across five global regions, she is passionate about social justice and social change. Renata is currently President & CEO of Northern Children’s Services. Renata received a B.A. from Spelman College, and an M.S. in Social Change Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Fellow at the Wharton Leadership Program for the Lipman Family Prize, an annual global prize that celebrates leadership and innovation among organizations creating positive social impact.

Renata has authored or co-authored over ten publications, has testified before several U.S. Congressional Committees, and has made many presentations, including for the Brookings Institution, the White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and the National Urban League.

Evan Figueroa-Vargas

Evan Figueroa-Vargas is a native of Puerto Rico and has lived in Philadelphia, PA since 1987. Evan works with chronically homeless men and women as a program manager for homeless services, at Mental Health Partnerships. In this role, he leads outreach teams working throughout the city touching the lives of many for whom engaging in services has been a challenge. Evan is a Certified Recovery Specialist and a Certified Peer Specialist, sharing his own experiences with addiction and mental health recovery to help others. Evan's lived experience with substance abuse, mental health, combined with his passion for human services motivates him to volunteer in a number of other roles in the community including as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Recovery Month Planning Partner. Evan received his Associates Degree in Behavioral Health and Human Services at Community College of Philadelphia and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University May 2017. 

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. 

Rosemary Conroy Hughes

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. 

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 a Director of Public Health Programs and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. 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 in 2004 and her medical education at Temple University School of Medicine in 2005. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Temple University Hospital in 2008. Her research interests include Emergency Department utilization by the medically underserved and as a point of access to care. Interagency work has continued throughout her academic career, involving the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Philadelphia Medical Examiners Office, the Philadelphia County Medical Society and the
Philadelphia Overdose Prevention Task Force. She currently facilitates Emergency Department based public health initiatives within Jefferson Health, such as safe opioid prescribing guidelines, overdose prevention and education, 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. She was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 2015 and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Section of Public Health and Preventative Medicine in 2017. 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.

 

Joanne Perfidio
 
Joanne Perfidio is a Licensed Social Worker with experience working directly with individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges, homelessness, and substance use challenges.  She graduated from Temple University with an MSW, with a concentration in Management and Planning, and a specialization in Health/Mental Health.   She currently works at Mental Health Partnerships as the Division Director of Targeted Case Management, PeerNet Homeless Specialty and Outreach Services.   
 

Anthony Piantieri

Anthony Piantieri is the Vice President of Finance for AccessMatters. Anthony is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s finances and effectuating strategic leadership developed through financing opportunities. Before joining AccessMatters in 2015, Anthony was the Director of Budget and Financial Reporting for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Before that he held various finance positions in academia and in government sectors managing budgets from $62 billion to $300 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. He is also writing a book on subway etiquette and has been featured in a book on the game of poker and poker tells. 

Jeffery Raudenbush

Jeff Raudenbush is a Vice President and Senior Business Banker in the Philadelphia Market. He serves as a Business Relationship Manager and Advisor, with focus around maximizing Cash Flow for Operations. Jeff is a leader in the market place and serves as a Mentor and Trainer for his colleagues.

Ira Richards

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. 

Mr. Richards 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, Mr. Richards represents government agencies in matters under state and federal law.  As an appellate advocate, Mr. RIchards has argues cutting edge issues in federal and state appellate courts.

Brian Rodin

Brian currently serves as a Sr. Strategy and Research Lead at LRA by Deloitte. His expertise lies in customer experience measurement, conducting various market research methodologies 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 community 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 an MA in Psychology from Syracuse University.
 

Dwayne Spikes

Dwayne is a former US Marine who currently works for the Mental Health Partnerships of Philadelphia. He is a Learning & Development Specialist. Prior to  joining the Institute team, Dwayne served as a Recovery Coach. In that role, he engaged veterans struggling with emotional and psychological distress, mental health and substance use challenges. He supported his peers to get necessary healthcare, acquire a source of income to be able to live independently, and secure permanent housing. Dwayne has stood beside individuals as they pursued recovery-to live meaningful and respectful lives as they transitioned back into their communities as productive citizens. In addition, Dwayne has served as Corporate trainer at a major telecommunications firm. Dwayne is a CPS and a WRAP facilitator. He is a graduate of Montclair High School located in his native state of New Jersey. He attended North Carolina Central University and is a proud graduate of the US Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Academy.

Sharon Suleta

Sharon Suleta is an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional who has practiced land use law and election law in Philadelphia for more than twenty years.   She is currently employed as counsel to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Board of License and Inspection Review.  Sharon additionally serves on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.  On Saturdays, she can be found distributing meals and socks to the homeless in the area surrounding Love Park. 

Michelle Tepper

Michelle Tepper is the Director, Strategic Relationships at Exude and Founder, Exude Women’s Group. She joined the Exude team with a strong focus on market development and corporate strategy. Exude is committed to helping their clients achieve greater organizational health through one approach “Culture” in five major areas: Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Total Well-Being, Retirement Planning, and Property and Casualty Insurance & Risk Management. In addition, she runs Exude’s TrustScripts Discount Prescription card program, yielding $3.5 million in savings to date.   After years of helping female leaders on an individual basis, especially those in the non-profit marketplace, established an educational Women Series for our clients and other female communities’ 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.  

 

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.

Paul Levy, Ph.D.

Board Advisory Member

Paul Levy has headed Philadelphia’s Center City District since its founding in 1991, providing security, hospitality, cleaning, marketing, promotion and planning services for the central business district. He also heads the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, a downtown business advocacy and planning organization.  Levy teaches city planning and downtown development and management at the University of Pennsylvania, and advises U.S. and international cities on the formation of city center management organizations.

 

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