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Board of Trustees

William L. Thorkelson, Chair

William Kontes,Treasurer

Sally Randolph, Secretary




Andrew S. Addis

Joseph Conwell

Rebecca Davis

Dr. James T. Diehl, MD, MBA

Eric Dobson

Isaac L. Ewell, M.Ed

Steven F. Kempf

Albert Oehrle, Esq.

Matthew Schuh

Stephen Smith

Patrick South

Noah Tennant

Steven Brooks Ujifusa

Elaine Wells

Wesley Wyatt IV

Walter Zimolong



Board of Trustees Contact Information:



William L. Thorkelson, Chair

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.



William Kontes, Treasurer


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.  



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.



Andrew S. Addis


R:SK Advisory was founded on June 1, 2016 after Andrew’s former family business, The Addis Group, was acquired by BB&T. R:SK provides risk management & insurance advisory for growth-oriented, middle-market institutions and families.


R:SK Advisory is experiencing early success based upon the firm’s unique service model and ownership structure. Every R:SK Advisory to-be-client undergoes a risk management and insurance feasibility study to determine a baseline risk profile, hard and soft risk costs, including the room for improvement in each of these respective areas. This is a pre-requisite to any formal service arrangement. R:SK makes a frontend investment and provides the feasibility study at no cost, however, in return expects engagement and collaboration.


Outside of R:SK Advisory, Andrew serves in the following capacities: Kids Smiles Vice Chairman of the Board, Surrey Services Board of Directors and Chair of the Risk Management Committee, Gulph Mills Golf Club Finance Committee and The Philadelphia Club Elective Committee. Andrew is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Episcopal Academy.



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.



Rebecca Davis

Dean of Faculty at The Haverford School


Rebecca is a lifelong educator who currently serves as Dean of Faculty at The Haverford School. For some 40 years, she has taught English in both co-ed and single gender independent schools from Connecticut to Virgina. Her work as a teacher and administrator documents her experience realizing strategic vision, building curriculum, as well as, in developing teachers and supporting teachers.


Rebecca earned her B.A. at Goucher College, M. Ed. at Johns Hopkins University, and M.A. at Middlebury College. She volunteers in a number of community and church organizations. Rebecca is an avid gardener, intentional hiker, and adoring grandmother.



James T. Diehl, MD, MBA

Professor of Survey Emeritus, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University


Dr. Diehl’s background demonstrates a progression in responsibility from directing the research efforts for the Cardiac Division at Tufts University to being the Director of Clinical Operations at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston, an affiliate of Tufts. Additionally, while in Boston, he authored the certificate of need (CON) for the Lung Transplant Consortium for the State of Massachusetts. This effort involved coordinating a startup lung transplant program involving three universities, the state government, and four hospitals.


At Pennsylvania Hospital Dr. Diehl functioned as Division Chief and was on the executive committee for strategic hospital planning. In this capacity he worked closely with the hospital administration and the team at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. At Thomas Jefferson University and Albert Einstein Medical Center he was Professor and Chief of a large Division of Cardiac and Thoracic surgery spanning both institutions. Dr. Diehl initiated successful new programs in surgical heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical assist devices, complex aortic surgery, minimally invasive cardiac and pulmonary robotic surgery, and endovascular valve replacement (TAVR). He has also been instrumental in establishing a product line cost center for cardiovascular disease which has significantly contributed to growth, patient throughput, and overall efficiency in our center.


As his interest in health care policy increased and healthcare reform began to shift attention to quality, cost, and medical errors, Dr. Diehl earned his MBA as a tool to understand and deal with the rapid changes occurring in our healthcare system.


Eric Dobson

Outreach Coordinator, Fair Share Housing Center


Eric is the Outreach Coordinator for Fair Share Housing Center, whose mission is to end discriminatory or exclusionary housing patterns. The Center's focus is serving members of the community who are systemically deprived of the opportunity to reside in an environment which offers safe, decent, and sanitary housing near employment and educational opportunities. Eric is a community organizer, outreach specialist, and social entrepreneur. He has extensive experience working with diverse audiences and communities, specializing in interfaith outreach.


Eric is the Co-Founder of Open Communities LLC, a racial integration consulting firm, that works to resolve simple and complex conflicts of race, ethnicity and socio-economics. He also founded a non-profit focused on youth development and education called Planting Seeds of Hope. In 2008, Eric was recruited to join the Organizing for America staff to serve as the Pennsylvania Black Clergy Outreach Director for the Obama Campaign.


In 2006 Eric was recognized by the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders with the highly regarded Community Service Award. He received the Champion of Diversity Award from the Courier Post South Jersey in 2007.


Eric is an Ordained Minister and studied Religion at Temple University. He is an avid biker, music-lover and chef. Eric's partner in marriage and ministry is April Dobson with whom he parents four children Amber, Deione, Jazman and Jordan.



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.



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.



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.



Noah Tennant, ex-officio

Chief Executive Officer, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia



Steven Brooks Ujifusa

Business Historian


Mr. Ujifusa is a historian and a published author. In 2012, The Wall Street Journal named his first book, A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS United States (Simon & Schuster), as one of the 10 best nonfiction books of the year. His second book, Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship, is scheduled to be published in the summer of 2018. Mr. Ujifusa has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and numerous other media outlets. He lectures on American business, urban, and maritime history at venues around the country, and is a frequent contributor to the urban history website Mr. Ujifusa is also the author of the official corporate history of Airgas, Inc. A native of New York City and raised in Chappaqua, New York, Steven received his undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and a joint masters in historic preservation and real estate development from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of the Independence Seaport Museum and the Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia. Mr. Ujifusa is also a rowing member of the University Barge Club and a singing member of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia. He resides with his wife in Philadelphia's historic Cedar Park neighborhood.



Elaine Wells

Chief, Internal Control Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs Insurance Center


Ms. Wells is a proud parent of multiple Boys’ Latin Warriors and an active member of the school’s Extended Family Network. She serves as the Chief of the Internal Control Staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs Insurance Center and has worked for the United States Government in multiple capacities for over 3 decades. Ms. Wells currently serves as part of the Parent Leadership Team for the TeenSHARP College Readiness Organization at Rutgers University, Camden, and as the Executive Director for the S.T.A.R.S program, a girl’s empowerment and social justice mentoring program, and has served on the advisory board for the Equal Opportunities for Families Organization. In addition to Boys’ Latin, Ms. Wells has represented parents on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Zhang-Sah Martial Arts Center, Academy for Early Learning Child Care Center, the Young Men and Women in Charge Foundation, and the Greater 69th Street Wildcats Football Organization. She is a Philadelphia native, parent advocate, community activist, and a staunch supporter of excellent educational opportunities for ALL of Philadelphia’s children.



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.



Walter Zimolong

Attorney, Zimolong Law LLC


Mr. Zimolong is an attorney with over fifteen years of experience representing commercial enterprises. He has successfully litigated hundreds of cases on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, developers, and other planned community associations in state and federal court, before private arbitration panels, and before the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor. He boasts an undefeated jury trial record.


For the past five years, Mr. Zimolong has been continuously named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars List for Construction Litigation, a distinct honor as less than 2.5% of lawyers in the state are named to the list. He is a Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA) Fellow. He is the past Chairman of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Real Property Section, Construction Law Subcommittee; a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors; and a frequent author and presenter on issues facing the construction industry. Mr. Zimolong’s articles on legal issues have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Construction Executive Magazine, Legal Intelligencer, and Connecticut Law Tribune. Mr. Zimolong received both his B.A. and J.D. from Villanova University.