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 West Chester NAACP, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
N. Paige Simmons
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.
Nina M. Guzman
Nina M. Guzmán created Alianzas de Phoenixville in 2010 as a result of her internship at The University of Valley Forge. Alianzas is a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for folks from diverse countries who have experienced forced migration due to extreme poverty, violence, and human rights violations.
Nina recently completed an 8-year term as a Board of Director on The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and is currently on their Governance Committee. She is a member of The Phoenixville Social Concerns Committee and is part of the InThisTogether Phoenixville COVID Emergency Response Team. She resides in Phoenixville.
Milena O. Lanz
Milena brings over twenty-six years of experience. Prior to being the Executive Director of Maternal and Child Health Consortium, Milena was spearheading a large, county-wide effort researching best practices and evidence-based strategies around trauma-informed care and resilience by the study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) at Home of the Sparrow, while serving as a Board member for MCHC. She obtained her Bachelors in Business Administration and studied a Master in Public Health at West Chester University. She is certified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor. For over twelve years, Milena worked at MCHC managing programs as the Senior Director of Healthy Start and Family Benefits programs. She brings a wealth of experience in strategically implementing MCHC’s core programs and is deeply entrenched in and passionate about serving the Chester County communities. Milena has also participated in the Leadership Mainline Program, the Executive Nonprofit Leadership Institute from the Phoenixville Area Community Health Foundation with Arcadia University, and the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) from Bryn Mawr College. Prior to joining MCHC in 2004, she worked at Congreso in Philadelphia for 4 years in the Women’s Wellness Division overseeing the education component of domestic violence and parental education programs that provides children and women the opportunity to positively impact the community. She recently joined the Chester County Law Enforcement Task Force on Race and Justice. Milena is a member of the PA Standards for Excellence for Nonprofit Organizations Committee. She also serves as the Board secretary of the PA Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) as well as on the Board for the Coatesville Center for Community Health in Coatesville PA.
Kate Martin is the Director of Development for The Garage Community & Youth Center in Kennett Square. Kate holds her Bachelor’s degree in English from West Chester University and immediately entered the world of education upon her graduation. After student teaching in the Kennett Consolidated School District, Kate quickly found her passion for the community and youth of the surrounding area. During her time at KCSD, she was inspired by a mentor to pursue her Master’s in Special Education, which she completed in May of 2019. During her Master’s program, Kate expanded her career path to the nonprofit world through her position as Education Coordinator at the Chester County Bar Association. Her passion for the Kennett area still remained and eventually, she left CCBA to serve the community she loves so much in her current Garage position. Kate resides in West Chester with her boyfriend Joe and their very spoiled dog Gage and can regularly be seen walking him around town.
Cheryl Neale-McFall is a faculty member with the Department of Counselor Education and serves as Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at West Chester University. Dr. Neale-
McFall has been an academic in higher education for over 12 years and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has been heavily involved in research, from her post-doctoral position working on nationally funded grant projects for kids in
K-12 schools to her recent grants focusing on providing interprofessional education for medically underserved populations and assessing the needs of student-parents at her university. She currently chairs the Student-Parent Advocacy Taskforce and the Women’s Leadership Forum on her campus and focuses her scholarship efforts on job satisfaction and institutional
policy, work-life enrichment for mothers, and student-parent advocacy. Cheryl received her MS in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia, her MEd in Clinical
Counseling from Old Dominion University and her Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision from Old Dominion University. Cheryl moved from Virginia to Chester County nine years ago and she lives in West Chester with her husband, two children, and their two dogs.