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Richard Williams, Chair

Chairman, Seaboard Advisors


Mr. Williams is currently Chairman of Seaboard Advisors, which provides consulting services. In addition, Mr. Williams serves on the Board of Franklin Square Energy Partners, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee and a Trustee of the Jefferson Health System.


Mr. Williams also founded Valquip Corporation, which became the country’s largest distributor of quarter-turn automated valves and electric heat-tracing systems. Valquip was acquired by Tyco International.



Marianne N. Dean, Vice-Chair


Actively involved in the community, Mrs. Dean focuses her time and resources on children, education and women's issues. A strong proponent of single sex education, she sent her sons to The Haverford School, where she was elected head of the Parents' Association, followed by ten years on The Haverford School Board of Trustees.


Mrs. Dean is currently an executive member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Women's Board as well as an active member of the Women's Board of Bryn Mawr Hospital. In addition, she is a founding partner of Globalislocal and is a member of the Philadelphia Academy Ball committee. She supports Presbyterian Children's Village, Steppingstone Scholars, The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia and Young Scholars Academy.



 William L. Thorkelson, Treasurer

Managing Director, Wealth Management Group

 Bryn Mawr Trust Company


Mr. Thorkelson operates and manages an independent, stand-alone investment advisory practice. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee of The Haverford School. He is also a member of the Investment Committee of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Foundation. He is on the College Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University. In the past, he has served as a Trustee of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Haverford School.

Mr. Thorkelson earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and his BA from

Denison University.



Ann R. Baruch


Ms. Baruch is dedicated to empowering young people through both traditional and experiential education. She has served as a Board Member for several educational organizations, including the North Carolina Outward Bound School, The Haverford School, The Agnes Irwin School, Sweet Briar College, and Outward Bound USA. Ms. Baruch also served as the Director of Development for North Carolina Outward Bound School for three years. In 1999 Ms. Baruch initiated an annual fundraising effort to provide Outward Bound scholarships for Philadelphia young people. To date, 306 scholarships have been awarded.


Ms. Baruch was an integral part of bringing Outward Bound to Boys’ Latin. This program is now an important aspect of the Boys’ Latin community and culture.



Joseph Conwell

Senior Vice President, CBRE


Mr. Conwell has built his career over 24 years of representing tenants and investors in all facets of the commercial real estate transactions on a local and national basis. Mr. Conwell has completed over 2.6 million square feet of leases and sales in over 225 transactions during his career. Mr. Conwell has completed significant real estate transactions with companies including: AIG Insurance, Comcast Corporation, GSK, Quest Diagnostics, AMETEK, and TYCO International.


Prior to embarking on his successful real estate career, Mr. Conwell enjoyed a five-year professional football career with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and Philadelphia Stars of the USFL.



Isaac L. Ewell, M.Ed

Director of the Gates Project, Black Alliance for Educational Options


Isaac L. Ewell works for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). He is their first ever Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). In this capacity, he manages a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he’s leading the High Quality Black-led Charter School Initiative. Prior to holding his current position at BAEO, Isaac successfully managed a multi-million dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he managed the creation of a portfolio of high quality schools in low-income predominately Black communities. Isaac has a B.A. in History from Morehouse College and Masters in Education from Harvard University. He proudly serves on the Boards of Boys Latin Charter School of Philadelphia, Wissahickon Charter School, Jill Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation and The Big Picture Company. Most importantly, he is a dedicated husband, father of four, and a nut for anything that makes your head nod and your mind expand.



David P. Hardy (Ex-Officio)

Chief Executive Officer, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School


In 2005, David Hardy had a vision of starting an all-boys charter school to address the unique academic and social needs of urban boys. Two years later, his vision became a reality when Boys’ Latin welcomed its inaugural class under Mr. Hardy’s leadership. By 2008, Mr. Hardy had led the total transformation of a former Catholic school and church into one of the most modern, state-of-the-art school facilities in the region.


Mr. Hardy’s experience includes 19 years as a teacher and administrator at Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School. Mr. Hardy is a nationally recognized authority on charter school education and school facility financing. He has been a presenter and advisor for multiple education and school facilities conferences and coalitions.




William Kontes

William Kontes is a Managing Director with the Private Client Group of Boenning and Scattergood.  Mr. Kontes focuses on comprehensive wealth management for successful families and individuals. His services include comprehensive financial planning, asset management and risk mitigation.  Prior to joining Boenning and Scattergood, Mr. Kontes served as an independent financial advisory representative of Ameriprise Financial. 

Mr. Kontes graduated from American University, Washington, DC, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Service.  He is an alumnus of The Hill School, Pottstown, PA.

Mr. Kontes currently serves on the Board of Trustees of WheatonArts, a not-for–profit arts organization, which is a leading resource on American crafts, with an emphasis on the medium of glass.  He serves on the Executive Committee and as Chair Person of the Development Committee.

Mr. Kontes is a Certified Financial Planner® and Chartered Financial Consultant® and has Series 7, Series 66, and Life, Accident and Health Insurance licenses.

Mr. Kontes resides in Devon, PA with his wife and children.  



Dr. Torch Lytle

From 1998 to 2006, James H. (Torch) Lytle was superintendent for the Trenton (New Jersey) Public Schools, where he led an aggressive effort to implement New Jersey’s urban education reform initiative. Prior to his appointment in Trenton, he served in a variety of capacities in the School District of Philadelphia as an elementary, middle, and high school principal; executive director for planning, research, and evaluation; regional superintendent; and assistant superintendent. He has been a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and a high school English teacher.

Dr. Lytle has been active in a number of national professional organizations, including the Council of Great City Schools, the Cross Cities Campaign, the Wallace Foundation Leaders Count project, and the American Educational Research Association. He has written and presented frequently on matters relating to the improvement of urban schooling. His research interests relate to increasing the efficacy of urban public schools and leading school reform efforts.

Before his appointment as Practice Professor, Dr. Lytle was an adjunct faculty member at GSE, teaching courses in Urban Education, Organizational Theory, and Resource Allocation. In his current role, he works in several areas, including school and district leadership, the emergent marketization of public education, urban school reform, and the intersections of school leadership and entrepreneurship.



Janice Hauptfuhrer Murdoch


Janice Hauptfuhrer Murdoch grew up in the Philadelphia area and is a graduate of The Shipley School (when it was all girls) and Boston University. Her three sons attended The Haverford School and her three daughters graduated from The Agnes Irwin School. She is a strong proponent of single sex education. Her focus is on children, education and Land Conservation. She and her husband have been supporters of scholarships at local schools and universities as well as programs for children in need. She serves on Boards of The Radnor Hunt Horse Trials, and The Willistown Conservation Trust where she is chair of their lands protection committee. Janice is a founding member and supporter of Rushton Woods, her local CSA, that donates in excess of 10,000 lbs of food to Philadelphia food banks and runs an active program that teaches farming and healthy eating to inner city youth. She is also a member of the Academy of Music Committee.



 Steven F. Kempf

President, Steven Kempf Building Material Company


Steven F. Kempf, 51 years old, is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area. Steven was born, raised in and attended the schools of Lower Merion Township, just across City Line Ave. Steven holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from Saint Joseph’s University.


Steven began his professional career working for his father’s building material supply business, the George F. Kempf Supply Company, located in Southwest Philadelphia. In fact, Steven comes from a family with deep entrepreneurial roots in Philadelphia. His grandfather, Winfield F. Kempf, was originally in the ice supply business in West Philadelphia during the early 1900’s. This business later became the W.F. Kempf Fuel Company located at 52nd & Jefferson Streets selling coal and eventually fuel oil though-out West and Southwest Philadelphia.


Steven’s father, George, opened his building material business in 1951 at the corner of 56th & Grays Avenue later moving to 51st & Grays Avenue and ultimately to 58th & Lindbergh. After spending almost 20 years with the company his father began, Steven left to start his own company, the Steven Kempf Building Material Company. Since its founding in 1994 the company has operated from a state of the art facility located in Conshohocken. The company is focused on supplying building materials to major construction projects throughout the Delaware Valley and is known for providing extraordinary customer service to its contractor customers.



 Albert Oehrle, Esq.

Private Attorney


Albert was born in Philadelphia on September 19, 1940. He is a graduate of The Haverford School (Class of '58), Williams College (Class of '62), and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Class of '65). Albert is a lawyer and has been in general practice in Norristown since 1965. Prior to starting his practice, he was a lawyer in the District Attorney’s office for 5 years. Albert is a member of several local clubs, including The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia. Albert is also a talented pianist.



Sally Randolph, Secretary

Former Head of the Upper School, The Agnes Irwin School


Ms. Randolph is a retired science teacher, department chair and secondary school administrator with over 37 years of experience preparing students for college and beyond. Having served her entire career at The Agnes Irwin School, she well understands the benefits of single-gender education.


Ms. Randolph is also a dedicated community volunteer, serving as a board and committee member for several local schools and cultural and environmental organizations.



Matthew Schuh

VP of Global Business, GLOBO Language Solutions


Matthew Schuh is the Vice President of Global Business GLOBO Language Solutions and a founding partner at The Earnings Group, U.S., a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm. Prior to joining GLOBO, Mr. Schuh led the growth of a venture-backed, healthcare consumer-focused technology company into one of the country's largest and most innovative service providers to health systems and their patients. His experience includes working with health systems, insurance companies, advertising agencies and creative production companies in the U.S. and Mexico.


Mr. Schuh received his A.B., cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and received a Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. He and his wife, Phoebe, live in Northern Liberties and are expecting their first baby in November.



Stephen Smith

Chief Operations Officer and VP for Development


The Jefferson Foundation


Since 2002, Steve has served as Vice President for Development at The Jefferson Foundation which serves Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In this role, he manages 22 staff, oversees development for the academic medical center including the three colleges of Thomas Jefferson University, 22 clinical and research departments and a 957 bed hospital system. During fiscal year 2008 the Foundation raised $42 million and is currently planning a $400 million comprehensive campaign.


Prior to joining Jefferson, Steve served as Senior Director of Development and Director of Major Gifts at Villanova University during the $300 million Campaign for Villanova. He designed and implemented the University’s first comprehensive national campaign initiative and authored the University’s national campaign planning document.


Steve also served as Senior Development Officer at Columbia University where he was responsible for individual major gift development at the College of Engineering and Applied Science during the $2.2 billion Campaign for Columbia. From 1992-1995 he served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia where he was responsible for raising funds to support 21 PAL Centers. Steve began his professional career in the athletic department of The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Steve holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education (administration) degree from Temple University.


Steve is a member of the Counsel for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). From 1994-1998 he was the President of the Temple University Young Alumni Association and during that time served on the student affairs committee of the Temple University Board of Trustees.



Patrick C. South, CFA

Managing Director and co-founder of SRS Capital Advisors


Patrick South is the Managing Director and co-founder of SRS Capital Advisors. He oversees the management of the firm and focuses on Investment Solutions, Business Development, and Client Service. He also serves on the Investment Committee.  

Pat currently serves on the Investment Committees for both the Chester County Community Foundation and The Holy Child School at Rosemont. He is a Board Member for Greener Partners and the Chester County Community Foundation, and the Chair of The Plan at the Chester County Community Foundation, a next generation giving initiative.

Pat holds a B. A. in American Studies from Cornell University and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Pat is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia. Pat is married with two children.



Cliff Thomas

Policy Manager, PSP


Cliff Thomas serves as Policy Manager at the Philadelphia School Partnership (“PSP”). In this role, he manages PSP’s policy platform, providing research and reports to the organization based on high-quality studies. His work is primarily focused on aggregating, reviewing and distributing information on best practices in education policy and practice, while working to elevate policy issues specific to Philadelphia’s public schools.

Prior to joining PSP, Cliff was the founder and Executive Director of Invictus Prep, a college-prep charter school in East New York, Brooklyn. He was responsible for all initial recruitment, fundraising and operational efforts, leading the school to achieve two years of academic growth every year for the school’s first three years. Most recently, Cliff worked as a Program Manager for the JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s Fellowship Initiative, a college-prep program for young men of color in high schools across New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Prior to that, Cliff was a Policy and Research Associate at the Boston Plan for Excellence, a non-profit dedicated to driving exceptional outcomes for students and teachers by developing great teachers and great schools. Cliff began his career teaching Living Environment and Advanced Placement Biology in Brooklyn, New York, while also coaching varsity basketball and interning with the New York City Council’s Middle School Task Force as a Research Associate.

Cliff earned an honors degree in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University, and a Master’s in Secondary Science Education from Pace University.



Wesley Wyatt IV

President and CEO, DF Young Inc.


Wesley Wyatt is President and CEO of DF Young, Inc. DF Young is an international logistic provider to large multinational corporations and foreign governments. Under Wesley’s leadership DF Young has developed into a multinational supply chain management firm with a strong focus on Technology. He has held this position since 2003. Prior to DF Young, Wesley was in sales and Project Management for Wyatt Incorporated, which is a large family owned specialty construction firm. Wesley is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and a graduate of Villanova University. Wesley resides in Haverford, PA.