Dana M. Heiman is the Interim CEO at the Brandywine Health Foundation, responsible for special program and grantmaking projects as well as all communications. She has been with the foundation since 2003, beginning as the Vice President for Development & Communications. Prior to joining the staff at the foundation, Dana served as the Director of Development at Planned Parenthood of Chester County for more than eight years. Under her direction there, the fundraising program increased significantly, doubling the number of donors and dollars raised. In addition to providing leadership for the agency’s $3.15 million capital and endowment drive, she implemented the organization’s gift-planning program in 2001.
A graduate of Villanova University, with a B.A. in English and Communications, Dana achieved professional certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 2003 and has been recertified four times. In addition, she has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for over twenty-three years. She served on the board of directors of the AFP for six years and the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves on the United Way of Chester County’s Investment Council and the Downingtown Area School District STEM Academy’s Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) at Bryn Mawr College and a Fellow of the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute. She has lived in Chester County for over twenty five years, and currently resides in Downingtown with her husband, two sons, and dogs Cooper and Dakota.
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Jill Whitcomb is the Vice President for Development and Communication at the Brandywine Health Foundation. Jill began working with the foundation in 2006 as a consultant to organize the Strawberry Festival, the foundation’s largest fundraising event. In 2010 she joined the staff full-time, took on more fundraising responsibilities, and was eventually promoted into her current role.
Prior to her work at the foundation, Jill worked with the March of Dimes for 10 years, both as a consultant and full time development staff. She got her start in fundraising and special event planning working for Dutko & Associates, a government affairs firm on Capitol Hill, before turning to the field of non-profits and philanthropy.
Jill currently serves on the boards of directors of the Coatesville Youth Initiative and the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce.
Jill received her B.A. in Political Science at American University. She returned to Chester County from Washington, DC in 1989 and raised three wonderful children in Tredyffrin Township where she still resides with her husband.
Stephanie Vargas is the Associate Director of Development and Communication at the Brandywine Health Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Stephanie was living in South Korea where she taught English as a Foreign Language to students of all ages and levels. During her three years abroad she was able to travel to many Asian countries exploring the beauty and wonder of these exciting cultures. Before her time in Korea, Stephanie served as the Special Events & Communications Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Chester County. In this role, she was able to help raise more than $150,000 for the agency through various fundraising events.
Stephanie received her B.A. in English from the University of Delaware and her Associates in Advertising & Public Relations from Johnson & Wales University. She is also certified to Teach English as a Foreign Language in the U.S. and abroad. She currently lives in West Chester with her husband and young son.
Peggy is the Administrative Assistant at the Brandywine Health Foundation. Prior to joining the Brandywine Health Foundation, she provided support for two Chester County non-profit organizations, Canine Partners for Life and The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc.
Peggy has been a member of the Kennett Square Lions Club since 1996 and has served as Treasurer and Secretary. Peggy has twice received the Lion of the Year award presented by the sitting President and has served as co-chair of White Cane Day in addition to having served on the board of Kennett Run Charities. Peggy continues to volunteer for Canine Partners for Life in addition to her service as a Lion. In addition to receiving the Exceptional Parent Award from the Chester County Disabilities Services, Peggy and her husband received the Jack Graham, Jr. Courage Award from the Kelly Ann Dolan Memorial Fund.
Peggy received her B.A. in Religion from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. She is a native of Chester County and lives in Kennett Square with her husband, their daughter, and visiting service dogs in training.
Nancy Oliver is the manager of the Brandywine Consignment Shop. The consignment shop has supported the Brandywine Health Foundation since 2002. In 2003, Nancy was hired as director of over 50 volunteers at the consignment shop.
Prior to joining the consignment shop she volunteered in her community with several organizations. Nancy moved to Radnor Township with her husband and son from South Florida in 1993. While in Florida, Nancy was involved with several family businesses, including restaurants and construction, and had her own design firm in the late 80’s. Nancy currently resides in Wayne with her husband.
Alyson has joined the BHF team as the Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program Manager (part-time consultant). Aly is currently the Director of Grantmaking at the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, in Philadelphia. Aly has been working at the Scattergood Foundation for four years, where she wears many hats including as staff to the Philadelphia Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Taskforce, in advisory roles to several organizations implementing Mental Health First Aid initiatives, and providing technical assistance to the Foundation’s many partners.
Prior to working at the Scattergood Foundation she worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Policy and Control Program and the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services as a Public Health Specialist focusing on healthy eating and active living. Aly also has clinical research experience and worked for three years at the University of Delaware’s Infant Motor Behavior Lab on numerous research studies.
Aly is a graduate of the Drexel University with a Master’s in Public Health with a Health Management and Policy Concentration. She obtained her Bachelors in Health Behavior Sciences and a Biological Sciences minor from the University of Delaware.
Board of Directors 2016 – 2017
Pictured left to right: Frederick C. Travaglini; Judith Dunson Spangler; Linwood M. Smith Jr.; Linda Thompson Adams, RN, DrPH, FAAN; Juan P. Sanchez, Esq., Secretary; Samuel Slater; Carl J. Smith; Dawn M. James, Chair; Jason D. Alexander, MPP, Vice Chair; Frances M. Sheehan, Former President/CEO; Denise D. James; Margaret C. Rivello, MBA; Gregory M. Cary; Valerie K. Martin, Treasurer; Richard C. Clark; Carolyn E. Johnson, Esq.
Not pictured: Lisa Croft, DO; Gregory V. Hines Sr., MDJ; Mary T. Holleran; and Mark B. Myers
Dawn M. James, Chair; Vanguard
Jason D. Alexander, MPP, Vice Chair; Capacity for Change
Valerie K. Martin, Treasurer; formerly of the John Templeton Foundation
Juan P. Sanchez, Esq., Secretary; MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
Linda Thompson Adams, RN, DrPH, FAAN, West Chester University
Gregory M. Cary, retired, PECO
Richard C. Clark, Pillar Wealth Advisors
Lisa L. Croft, DO
Gregory V. Hines Sr., MDJ
Mary T. Holleran, formerly of Studio 3
Denise D. James, Farmers
Carolyn E. Johnson, Esq., Community Impact Legal Services, Inc.
Mark B. Myers, retired, Xerox Corporation
Margaret C. Rivello, MBA, retired, Chester County Health Department
Samuel Slater, retired, HCP Sports
Carl J. Smith, retired, Coatesville Area School District
Linwood M. Smith Jr., Mt. Zion AME
Judith Dunson Spangler, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Frederick C. Travaglini, G.O. Carlson, Inc.
2016 – 2017 Foundation Committee Chairs
Frederick C. Travaglini, Audit Committee Chair
Valerie Martin, Finance Committee Chair
Margaret C. Rivello, MBA, Grantmaking Committee Chair
Greg Cary, Governance Committee Chair
Carolyn E. Johnson, Esq., Planning Committee Chair
Kathleen Deets Price, Garden Party Committee Chair
Julie Friedman Bacchini, Marketing Advisory Committee Chair
Kevin Holleran, Esq. and Frederick C. Travaglini, Planned Giving Committee Co-Chairs
Karol Collins and Randy Scott, Strawberry Festival Committee Co-Chairs
Linda Thompson Adams, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Youth Mental Health First Aid Advisory Board Chair
2016 – 2017 Brandywine Consignment Shop Board of Directors
Judy Hatt, President
Dale Polite, Vice President
Carole Firth, Secretary
Barbara Butera, Treasurer