Jacquelyn Hickey Rothera
Jacquelyn Hickey Rothera, Ed.D., serves as an assistant principal at Valley Forge Middle School and the visual arts curriculum supervisor for the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District. She is the chair to the Chester County Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. Along with being as a member of the Chester County Women’s Commission, she is a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, the United Methodist Church of West Chester, and the Rose Tree Pops Orchestra. She lives in West Goshen Township with her husband, dog, and cat.
Lauren Harrell is a Director in the Financial Institution Advisory group at Chatham Financial. Currently, she leads their energy commodity business for regional and community banks. Prior to joining Chatham Financial, she had various roles in finance and accounting within the banking industry with a focus on Treasury, audit, credit, and lending. Lauren is a licensed CPA in the state of Washington and is a CFA Charterholder. Active in the community, Lauren serves as Chair of the Board for Chester County Food Bank, is a Member of the Board for Chester County Hospital Foundation and Chairs their Audit Committee and also serves on Historic Kennett Square’s Board leading their Governance Committee. Lauren lives in Landenberg with her husband and daughter.
Meghan McVety is the Principal and Co-Founder of Capacity for Change, LLC, a public interest consulting group founded in 2001 to nourish nonprofit, philanthropic, and public organizations that work to achieve equity and social change. Meghan received her Master of Administration degree from the University of San Francisco and has worked in the nonprofit and public sectors for entire career. In the past, Meghan served on the Boards of Directors of the Chester County Community Foundation and Coatesville Youth Initiative, and on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Unite for HER and the Advisory Council of the Volunteer English Program of Chester County. Meghan lives in Birmingham Township with her husband and two sons.
Glen Reyburn has over twenty years of experience as a Relationship Manager in Private Banking and Wealth Management. She is a Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC) and an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) and advises her clients in the areas of financial planning, credit and wealth management. Having experienced transition herself, Glen is particularly interested in assisting women through life transitions such as retirement, divorce or widowhood. She has written two articles entitled “Are you an Out Spouse?” and “Are you retirement ready?” Glen is a recent graduate of the Leadership Chester County program.
A proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University Patti Ciuffetelli is in her third decade at The Chester County Intermediate Unit. In her current role of Coordinator of Community Based Instruction, she leads a vocational support team serving students of various abilities in Chester County. In addition to her time at the Chester County Intermediate Unit Patti spent eight years at Chester County Futures as a student service coordinator giving direct program support through after-school academic enrichment meetings, mentoring and post-secondary scholarship support. Born and raised in Hershey Pennsylvania to a graduate of The Milton Hershey School, it was instilled since her youth to give back to her community through volunteering and mentoring. Patti has lived in Chester County since 1985 and has volunteered on numerous community and booster boards in Southern Chester County.
Maria Dispenziere currently serves as a Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. She previously served as a Chief of Staff in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Maria graduated from Villanova University with a BA in political science, where she also completed the Summer Business intensive program at the Villanova School of Business. Subsequently, Maria received her MA in public policy from Monmouth University, during which she also served as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania/Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies program. She is also a member of the Junior League of Wilmington, Delaware.
Susan Fiorentino is the Immediate Past Co-President of CCWC and is an Associate Professor of Management at West Chester University, where she teaches Masters’ level students in the Master of Science in Human Resource Management Program. In addition, she maintains a limited law practice, providing employment and labor law counseling to clients. Prior to her transition to academia, Susan was an associate in the Media law firm of Gallagher, Schoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis. As an associate, she represented both employers and employees in all areas of employment and labor law. Susan received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. She also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Villanova University. She is actively engaged in the HR community and lectures frequently to HR groups. Susan is a lifelong resident of Chester County, and she and her husband, Chris, live in West Bradford Township.
Wendy Leeper serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Chester County Bar Association and Bar Foundation. She is the Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Bar Executives, Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Conference of County Legal Journals and serves on the Finance and Investment Committee for the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls. She is a Charter Member and Immediate Past President of the Rotary Passport Club of West Chester. Wendy also serves on the advisory board of WSFS Bank. Prior to joining the Chester County Bar Association, Wendy was in the financial services sector where she was a Broker and Securities Trader with Wall Street firms in Dallas, Chicago and Philadelphia. Wendy and her husband have 6 grown children and enjoy living in the borough of West Chester.
Geri Lessley has been a resident of Chester County for 35 years. She has served on the Commission for two consecutive terms. She has a BA degree in Communication from Kutztown University. Most of her professional career was sewed as Customer Solution Specialist with Zakback Inc. She currently manages and operates client brand stores and procurement of client marketing needs for any size company. She served as a leader for the West Chester Chapter of Joseph’s People, which is a faith-based, ecumenical support group. The organization is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit PA corporation. Geri was dedicated to help people launch back into a career position.
After 3 decades as an accomplished criminal justice leader, Jennifer Lopez retired as Deputy Chief of Chester County Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services to pursue her interest in developing strategies to heal and restore communities that have endured the effects of poverty, marginalization, and trauma. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children where she leads an inspirational team of professionals in their mission to support and empower families as they rise out of poverty and homelessness.
Her accomplishments include: Appointments to two Advisory Committees at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; appointment to the Chester County Women’s Commission; creator of the Women’s Reentry, Assessment and Programming Initiative which was named a Top 25 Program in the Harvard University, Ash Center for Democratic Governance, Innovations in American Government Award Program; testifying before the United States Congress in support of funding for Veterans Treatment Courts; serving as President of the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association; and recipient of the 2010 Caron Foundation’s Community Service Legal Professionals Award.
Jennifer lives in Honey Brook Township with her husband, Jorge. Her two grown children are artists living in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
Judy McGlew holds a B.A.in History from Indiana University of PA and is the first in her family to earn a college degree. She has over 30 years of community service work with various nonprofit organizations. Most of her professional career was spent as a Girl Scout Executive. Currently, she is employed by Chester County Futures where she is the Development Grants Officer. She volunteers for various organizations and strongly believes in equal opportunity in education, especially for under-served populations. Judy has nine years of service to the CCWC where she has served as Secretary for four years. Living in northern Chester County for nearly 30 years, she enjoys the natural beauty of the area.
LeeAnn Riloff is Director of Development for La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) of Kennett Square. As a member of LCH’s leadership team, she has helped the Federally Qualified Health Center greatly expand its reach and its programs for both direct health care and the social determinants of health. Prior to joining LCH, she worked as Executive Director of Wings for Success, Director of Development for Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County, and Director of Stewardship for Bryn Mawr College. She currently serves as Vice President of Luv-N-Bunns Rabbit Rescue, a regional animal rescue nonprofit, and has served on the Board of the Oxford Arts Alliance. She lives in Oxford with her husband and too many animals.
Deborah Ryan is the District Attorney for Chester County. She formerly served as the County Coordinator for the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative at the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC). This is the first comprehensive initiative in Chester County to end child sexual abuse through education and prevention workshops for children and adults. Prior to joining CVC, she worked as a prosecutor at the Philadelphia and Chester County District Attorney’s Offices for 15 years. Deborah served as the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Child Abuse Unit and Children’s Advocacy Center at the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.
Michelle Legaspi Sánchez
Michelle Legaspi Sánchez was named Executive Director for the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls in August 2016 after serving as the organization’s Director of Programs for just over a year. In her tenure at CCFWG, she has raised the caliber of the entire organization. She led the efforts for the publication and dissemination of the updated Blueprint Report, a comprehensive study about the status of women and girls in Chester County. Under Michelle’s leadership, CCFWG also expanded the award-winning Girls Advisory Board program, refined its grantmaking programs to create more positive impact, and increased its presence as a leading voice aiming to create a brighter, healthier, and safer future for all women and girls.
In addition, Michelle has extensive non-profit experience, particularly focused on the health of women and children, HIV/AIDs, and child welfare. Prior to joining CCFWG, she was the Director of Evaluation and Reporting at the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County where she oversaw the federally-funded Regional Children’s Health Insurance Enrollment Initiative and the evaluation systems of all programs.
Michelle is a Board Member of Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia and the Network’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She also serves as a member of the Community Investment Team (Health) at United Way of Chester County and as a member of the Chester County Women’s Commission.
Michelle holds a BA in Sociology from Rosemont College, a MPH from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and a MSW from School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Downingtown, PA with her husband and five daughters.
N. Paige Simmons
Paige Simmons, Esq. launched her own firm in 2017 which provides legal
counsel to businesses, community associations, management companies,
and property owners. Prior to starting her firm, Paige spent several years defending and suing Fortune 500 companies in various civil litigation matters as well as handled hundreds of commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes, judicial foreclosures, personal judgments, and liens. Paige is currently a board member of Friends Association and is a past board member of the Rental Housing Association (CA), Contra Costa County
Affordable Housing Financing Committee (CA), and New York City Bar. Paige graduated magna cum laude from Adelphi University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Administration and received her Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania, California, and New York State Bars. Paige was born and raised on Long Island and is married to Downingtown-native Ashton. Ashton and Paige have two adult children and live in Chester Springs with their two-year old Schnoodle NorthStar and eight-month-old
Australian Labradoodle Orion.
Marrea Walker-Smith is President and CEO of Creative Education Opportunities (CEO Academy for Youth),one of the region’s top onsite and virtual training companies. She works with leading medical, technology, and engineering companies to deliver specialized STEM education programs for youth. Walker-Smith was recognized as a 2018 Healthcare Hero by Main Line Today Magazine. She was also honored as a 2018 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. With 20 years’ in top leadership positions in the private and public sector, she is recognized as an innovate leader in healthcare, government, and development. During the time she worked in government, she was a part of the leadership team responsible for the economic rebirth of the City of Chester with key projects such as Harrah’s Chester Casino and PPL Park. In addition, Walker-Smith worked in Corporate Relations at Independence Blue Cross and Development for The Clinic a non-profit medical facility for uninsured people in need of care. She is an advisory trustee for McClean Contributionship, Board Member for The Clinic and West Bradford Township Recreation Commissioner. Walker-Smith has a Six Sigma Green Belt in Healthcare from Villanova University. She graduated from Rosemont College with a Master of English& Publishing on Digital Design Track, Widener University with a Master of Public Administration, and Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Political Science.
Sue Wilson has over 40 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry. She held senior leadership positions (Head of Medical Writing) at Incyte, Shire, and Centocor (a J&J Company) prior to retiring in March 2020. Throughout her professional career she has incorporated volunteer work, using it to foster team building within her departments. Sue was a founding member of the Caron support groups for parents and families of adolescents impacted by drug and alcohol abuse. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Home of the Sparrow and the Passport Rotary Club of West Chester. Sue has lived in Chester County for more than 20 years and currently resides in the Borough of West Chester.