board of trustees

Carole Haas Gravagno

President

Carole Haas Gravagno is the proud mother of two sons and several grandchildren. She considers herself a passionate supporter and enthusiast of the arts (theatre and music in particular), education, arts education and education through the arts. Carole is a parenting educator, as well as an impassioned advocate for parenting education – a discipline designed to give the most vulnerable among us the kind of nurturing that can transform an individual, a community and a society. She actively works with parenting educators, social workers and prisoners. Sharing these passions with John C. Haas, Carole was encouraged to help vision the Stoneleigh Foundation, where she continues to provide guidance and support. Carole is married to retired Philadelphia Orchestra Double Bassist, Emilio Gravagno, and enjoys classical music, travel, theater, singing, and skiing.

Carol G. Huff

Vice President

Carol G. Huff has a broad range of experience as a generalist in commercial real estate development, having spent over 32 years in the business. Twenty-five years ago, Ms. Huff established Real Estate Investment Strategies, Inc., along with Huff Equities. Combining a technical background with excellent real estate financial and tax skills along with strong organizational and marketing capabilities, Ms. Huff has sound credentials in each of the essential technical real estate areas with a reputation for producing results. With an undergraduate Civil Engineering degree and an MBA, in recent years she has personally been involved in more than two billion dollars of real estate transactions. Ms. Huff has also been the representative for a half interest in a $100,000,000 office tower, managed a $170,000,000 portfolio of real estate investments and has been the representative for the recent sales of a $90 million building and the principal for a $20 million sale. Ms. Huff recently completed negotiation for a major law firm lease valued at more than $50 million and was the tenant representative in the development of a $35,000,000 data center. Prior to forming her own firm, Ms. Huff was the Partner-elect of a nationally known real estate firm headquartered in New York. Ms. Huff’s expertise was in syndications and development. With her unique organizational and marketing skills she was invited to head the marketing of newly developed projects, concentrating on projects in which the firm's partners individually had substantial financial interests. Ms. Huff was also President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation; she has been recognized not only for her commitment to the community, but for her knowledge and expertise in the legal environment.

Mitchell L. Bach, Esq.

Secretary

Mitchell L. Bach graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in 1968, where he returned to lecture in business law. He received his law degree, also with honors, from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, in 1971. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Masterson, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bach is a Member of the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, and Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Division in Philadelphia. He was Chair of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2005, and also formerly chaired the Association’s Business Litigation Committee. Mr. Bach is also the former Chair of the ABA Section of Business Law’s Committee on Corporate and Business Litigation, and the former Chair of its Business Courts Subcommittee. Mr. Bach served as a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Business Law, and is currently the Co-Chair of the Section’s Leadership Development Committee. He also formerly served as the Section’s Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Judges Initiative. Mr. Bach played a key role in the organization and development of the Commerce Case Management Program of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 1999; and is actively involved in the creation of other specialized business courts throughout the United States, a subject on which he writes and speaks about frequently. He served as President of Society Hill Synagogue from 2005 to 2007, and is actively involved with a number of other non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area. Throughout his life, Mr. Bach has been passionate about music, and was singer-songwriter in the 60’s and 70’s, when he also played with a number of bands as rhythm guitar and lead singer.

Michael Verrill

Treasurer

Michael currently directs the marketing and business development efforts for Fesnak and Associates, a regional accounting, tax and advisory firm focusing on the complex needs of growing organizations. He also focuses much of his efforts on local charities, having personally raised over $25,000 for organizations focused on helping raise the awareness for medical cures like the American Cancer Society, Susan Fazio Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Muscular Dystrophy Association.  One of his true passions lies in supporting organizations who are working everyday to improve the lives of children. He currently serves on the Boards of Play on Philly, CADE Kids and PEC. These organizations are serving the needs of under privileged children in distressed neighborhoods in Philadelphia, through musical education, behavioral education and family education. Other professional organizations include the Board of Association for Corporate Growth, Chair of the Membership Committee and Past President of the Fox School of Business Alumni Association.                          Michael earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual degree in Finance and Legal Studies from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. He lives in Glenside with his wife Megan and their three children.

Elizabeth Warshawer

Elizabeth Warshawer is currently Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Prior to her time at Curtis, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Interim Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. Her initial work with The Philadelphia Orchestra was as co-founder and principal consultant of The Alliance for Effective Organizations Inc. (AEO), a firm specializing in a full array of management consulting services. Before co-founding AEO, Elizabeth was Vice President of Human Resources for NovaCare, Inc., a $1.7 billion rehabilitation and professional employer services company. Elizabeth brings more than thirty years of successful experience in leading and managing organizations in the corporate, non-profit, and academic arenas. She holds a BA from Washington University with Phi Beta Kappa distinction, and an MA Ed, also from Washington University. In addition to her guiding support of Play On, Philly!.

Albert S. Dandridge III

Albert S. Dandridge III, Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, is Chair of the Securities Practice Group and Chief Diversity Officer at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. His legal work is concentrated in municipal and corporate finance matters, and he regularly counsels major public companies, broker-dealers and investment advisors on their securities reporting and financing requirements. Dandridge has also lectured frequently on securities topics. Before joining Schnader, Dandridge served the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as Associate Director of Small Business and International Corporate Finance in the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance. In addition, he served as Special Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance. He is a former Chair of the Philadelphia Bar’s Business Law Section and is a past member of the Bench-Bar Conference Committee. He is a member of the American Law Institute and also an Adjunct Professor at the Morin Center at the Boston University School of Law. Dandridge belongs to many boards, including the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Inc.; National Advisory Board to the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession; and the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

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