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.

Daniel Austin

Trustee

Dan is a retired General Electric executive with more than twenty-six years of leadership experience at GE Plastics, GE Capital and GE Corporate in locations around the globe. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Quality Leader and Chief Information Officer with GE Capital. Assignments included global leadership positions leading teams in US, UK, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan primarily in Information Systems but also including Sales/Marketing, Customer Service and Process Re-Engineering. At GE Corporate, Dan led outsourcing consolidation efforts and Global Computer Operations for GE Corporate Global Data Centers with responsibility for teams of 500+, total budget of $100MM+ and outsourced contracts with value of $1.3B. Dan is a certified Six Sigma Quality Leader and has strong experience in corporate governance/compliance where he led the Sarbanes-Oxley initiative for Global Infrastructure Services. Dan was born in Rushville, Indiana, is a native of Troy, New York and a graduate of the University at Albany, Albany, NY where he received a B.A. in Communications and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. As an undergraduate, he was a scholarship athlete (soccer, tennis). Dan has been a past member of the University at Albany Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and was a member of GE Elfun Volunteers. He is an active jazz musician, plays keyboards and performs regularly in tri-state venues. Dan and his wife have resided in Radnor since 1993 and have two children. His wife, Ellen Brotman, is a prominent criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia with Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads. Dan is actively engaged with civic and community organizations including People’s Emergency Center. He is president of the Board of Directors for Talk Institute and School – an organization dedicated to the development of clinical and educational programs serving children with autism and other disabling speech and language disorders.

Albert S. Dandridge III

Trustee

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.

Chris Harden

Trustee

Chris has spent a 21-year career in energy commodities trading, with a track record of building successful businesses. He is also an avid musician, involved in a number of jazz/funk/rock bands. Chris is currently an Associate Director at Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG), one of the largest privately-held financial services companies. SIG is an entrepreneurial organization with a rigorous analytical approach to decision making. SIG highly values objective thinking, innovation, and practice as well as team collaboration in its culture. Having experienced this same culture in successful band ensembles, Chris realized that many connections can be drawn between success in music and other problem-solving situations. His passion is to leverage POP’s program into building more confident decision makers both inside and outside of the classroom. Chris and his wife Stacie have two children. When not performing at work or on stage, the Harden family enjoys outdoor adventuring and music.

Tiffany M. Neumuis

Trustee

Tiffany M. Newmuis began her career in the tourism and hospitality industry. With an externship and graduate degree from Temple University, she began her career at the Responsible Hospitality Institute. Newmuis traveled across the country and conducted Hospitality Zone Assessments. From this experience, she met with stakeholders in New Orleans, LA and Morgantown, WV and created strategic plans on how each city could create safe, sustainable areas for tourists and locals to socialize. Newmuis is currently the Director of Diversity for the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a SMG managed facility, where she is responsible for developing, directing and implementing the internal and external diversity strategies in accordance with the policies, objectives and initiatives established by the Center. Additionally, she engages diverse suppliers in the Greater Philadelphia region and administering the Pennsylvania Convention Center Education and Training Fund, apportioning over $1 million dollars to support training programs within tourism and hospitality. Newmuis is a graduate of Hood College in Frederick, MD with a B.A. in English, as well as Temple University with a Masters of Tourism and Hospitality Management. She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.

Khalilah Lawson

Trustee

Khalilah Lawson is Vice President and Senior Associate of Diversified Search based in Philadelphia. Khalilah joined Diversified Search in 2005 and is part of the firm's higher education/not-for-profit practice. During her tenure, she has worked across the firm’s practices with a specialization in not-for-profit/higher education executive search. She is involved in the complete range of executive search services. Additionally, she has successfully completed searches for both publicly traded, privately held organizations across a broad array of management functions, including CEO, President, CFO, Human Resources, Fundraising/Development, and Operations. Khalilah lives with her husband Jonathan and daughter in Philadelphia.

Wally Loeb

Trustee

William A. (Wally) Loeb is a born and raised Philadelphia who is a retired teacher, writer, non-profit children's camp leader and owner-operator of an RV campground in Lancaster County. He is a graduate of William Penn Charter School and Trinity College. As a child, Wally played piano and cello and won the Philadelphia Orchestra's competition for young composers. His composition, "Circusland", was performed that season by the orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy. He has been an avid patron and supporter of the performing arts scene in Philadelphia, served as a volunteer at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is a board member of Dolce Suono Ensemble. Mr. Loeb established the Loeb Performing Arts Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation in 1993 and has awarded more than $200,000 in grants in the fields of instrumental and vocal music, dance and theater. His Loeb Student Education Fund of The Philadelphia Orchestra supports the orchestra's School Partnership Program. Wally's relationship with POP's Founder, Stanford Thompson, began in 2005, when Mr. Thompson held the William A. Loeb Fellowship throughout his student years at The Curtis Institute of Music.

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