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Board of Directors

David Seltzer, Board Chair

Principal, Mercator Advisors LLC

David Seltzer is a Principal at Mercator Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered municipal advisory firm he co-founded in 2001. He previously served as Senior Advisor to the Federal Highway Administrator in Washington, DC for several years, and previously worked in public finance over two decades, assembling transportation and other infrastructure financings for EF Hutton, Lazard Frères and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Seltzer has been actively involved in Philadelphia’s civic and philanthropic sector for many years. He served as chair of the board of Philadelphia Gas Works, the nation’s largest municipally-owned gas utility, from 2008 until 2016. In addition to chairing the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative, Mr. Seltzer currently serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, CraftNOW Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Union soccer club, and Starfinder Foundation, a soccer-based youth development organization. He holds a BA in Urban Studies from Trinity College, Hartford and an MBA from The Wharton School.

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Betsy Longstreth, Vice Chair

Former Executive Director, Vincera Foundation

Betsy Longstreth has been involved in the nonprofit sector at the international and local level in the areas of education, health, and community outreach. She began this work first as a member of the Peace Corps working in rural Colombia. Subsequently she held the position of Assistant to the President of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania working closely with the Board of Directors and Administration in developing new clinical programs and outreach. Moving to Panama with her husband for two years, she worked in community development with local organizations providing education and family planning services to Panama City’s urban underserved.

Upon returning to the United States, she founded Education International, an organization founded to provide educational, tutoring, and home stay opportunities for Latin American middle and high school students who were preparing for college in the US. Betsy then went on to Chestnut Hill Academy to teach Latin and Spanish at the middle and high school levels and then served as its Director of Institutional Advancement until 2012. After 25 years at CHA, Betsy served as the founding Executive Director of Vincera Foundation, the non-profit, philanthropic arm of the Institute, dedicated to improving the health of the community through research, education and youth development.

She currently serves on the Boards of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia and as vice chair of Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative. Formerly, she served as Chair of Edcamp Foundation and on the Boards of Chestnut Hill Academy, the Independent Seaport Museum, and the Chestnut Hill Hospital. Ms. Longstreth received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.

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Will Whetzel, Treasurer

Former investment advisor, Mitchell Sinkler & Starr (retired) Former board chair, Friends of the Wissahickon

Having retired amidst the March 2020 pandemic, Will Whetzel had been for 20 years a portfolio manager with the investment advisory firm of Mitchell Sinkler & Starr in Philadelphia. Will moved here in 2000 from Pittsburgh, his home town, where he had been an investment banker at Parker Hunter. Prior to that, Will had been in New York City from 1975 to 1990, beginning in the publishing industry with Foreign Policy, Outside and Rolling Stone magazines, and then subtly moving to an investment banking career specializing in the publishing and media industries, working for Bankers Trust, Henry Ansbacher, Kidder Peabody and Morgan Grenfell.

In addition to serving on the board and Executive Committee of The Collaborative, Will is a board member of The Nature Conservancy/PA&DE chapter, and recently rejoined the board of the Friends of the Wissahickon, on which he served from 2005 to 2017 (as board chair, 2014-2017).

 

Will holds a BA in English from Trinity College, Hartford.

 

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John Kepner, Secretary

Former Senior Vice President, Holy Redeemer Health System (retired)

Before retiring in 2015, John Kepner was Senior Vice President of Holy Redeemer Health System, a diversified health care system. Before then, John was President of The Leland Group (strategic services for emerging health businesses) and Fenway Health Management Advisors (health care consulting). John also had a 30-year career in business and law. As an executive at the University of Pennsylvania Health System from 1993 to 1999, he was the principal developer of Penn Medicine’s network of community physicians and hospitals. As a lawyer, John was a Partner, Executive Committee member and Chair of the Business and Health Law Departments at Saul Ewing, LLP. John has served in many board capacities for non-profit organizations and is now on the governing boards of the Collaborative, Gwynedd Mercy University and Health Spark Foundation. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (1968, B.A., cum laude) and University of Pennsylvania Law School (1971, J.D.).

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Terry Horner, Founding Chair

Former Chairman and CEO, TAH Industries (retired)

Terry Horner’s professional career is divided into two chapters. The first chapter started in 1970 with Mr. Horner developing and patenting a unique mixing device. After its development, he started a company to manufacture and sell the device. Over the next 40 years, the company grew from Mr. Horner basement and a staff of 2, to an international company with 250 employees. In 2008, the company was sold and Mr Horner launched his second career, which involved philanthropic efforts. The cornerstone of that process, is a family foundation his wife and he founded named The Horner Foundation. The Foundation is active on two continents . Mr Horner also served as the first COB of the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative. He holds a BSChE for the University of Virginia and a Masters from New York University.

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Lawrence Berger

Former General Counsel, Philadelphia Museum of Art (retired)

Lawrence Berger is a retired lawyer, who spent most of his career as a partner at Morgan Lewis, an international law firm. While there he concentrated his practice on business transactions, corporate governance and nonprofit organizations. Capping off his career, from 2006 to 2016, he served as General Counsel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mr. Berger has been active in both local and national charitable organizations. For over 30 years he served as Trustee of the Naomi Wood Charitable Trust. In addition, he previously served on the boards of INROADS Philadelphia, the Foundation for Self-Taught Artists, US Lacrosse (including serving as Board Chair) and the US Lacrosse Foundation. At present, Mr. Berger is an Honorary Trustee at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He earned a B.S. degree at Michigan State University and a J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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R. Michael Buckley, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Chief Executive of Pennsylvania Hospital (retired)

Dr. Buckley received his BA and MD from Yale University where he was an All-American swimmer and member of the US National Team in 1967. He trained in Internal Medicine at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After completing his Infectious Disease fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania he joined the staff of The Pennsylvania Hospital.

Dr. Buckley held a number of leadership positions over his 38 years at the hospital including Chief of the Infectious Disease Section, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. He retired as CEO in 2014.

Dr. Buckley was a member of both The Clinical Affairs Committee, and of The Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In addition to the Board of PYSC , he is a member of the Board of Waverly Heights, a continuing care retirement community, where he also serves as Chair of their Health and Wellness committee.

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Phil Butler

Chief Operating Officer, MRA Group

Phillip Butler is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for MRA Group, a leading commercial real estate solutions firm in the mid-Atlantic region. With more than 20 years experience in the real estate industry serving in various facets, Phil is responsible for sourcing and executing on real estate development opportunities. Prior to joining MRA, Mr. Butler co-founded and served as managing principal of a real estate consultancy and development firm working with corporate real estate and private developer clients, where he focused on portfolio strategy, program management and urban infill development projects.

Mr. Butler currently serves on several boards, including Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative and NAIOP Greater Philadelphia. Mr. Butler earned his B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University, and obtained a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license in Pennsylvania post-graduation. He also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Mr. Butler lives in Ambler, PA with his wife and three children.

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Tom Caramanico

President, McCormick & Taylor

Tom Caramanico has been the president of McCormick Taylor, Inc., an engineering company, since 1988. With 480 employees in 19 offices located in nine states, the firm specializes in transportation planning, environmental studies, traffic studies and highway and bridge design. Caramanico joined the firm in 1972 as a structural engineer and became president and CEO in 1988.

He is active in the community as he serves on numerous non-profit boards. He chairs the board of the Independence Visitor Center Corporation and serves as board member and volunteer Executive Director of the Independence Historical Trust. He also serves on the Boards of Drexel University and the Franklin Institute, Nuevo Esperanza in north Philadelphia, Freire Schools Collaborative and the 501c4 Excellent Schools PA. Caramanico and his family established the Caramanico Foundation and built the Caramanico School in rural Cambodia which educates 750 students from k through 9 th grade.

Caramanico earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Villanova University in civil engineering. He lives in Haverford PA.

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Mark Gleason

Executive Director, Philadelphia School Partnership

Mark Gleason most recently served as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia School Partnership, the city’s largest public charity supporting K-12 education. PSP invests to expand access to great schools, be they traditional or charter, public or private. The organization invests philanthropic resources to create, expand and transform schools that are in high demand and provides information, tools and other supports to families to ensure great schools are accessible to all.

Mark was drawn to this work due to its emphasis on supporting all kinds of great schools, regardless of their governance model or political alliances. An entrepreneurial leader with a record of launching and growing new ventures, Mark worked primarily in media and marketing prior to joining PSP. His commitment to improving schools was ignited when he served on the board of education in a suburban New Jersey school district from 2006 to 2012.

Mark has coached a variety of youth sports and still plays them—especially basketball—whenever he can.

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Liz Brode Harris

Co-Founder of B Inspired Philadelphia
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Kenny Holdsman

President and Founder, Philadelphia Youth Basketball

Kenny Holdsman has devoted the past two decades of his career to the empowerment of young people, especially lower-income kids of color, through education, leadership and character development, coaching and mentorship, family involvement, and high-quality opportunities both in schools and in communities. He has held senior positions in the School District of Philadelphia; the Academy for Educational Development, a global non-profit; and two local sports-based youth development organizations.

Currently, Kenny is the President, CEO, and a founding board member of Philadelphia Youth Basketball, Inc. PYB is a relentless and innovative youth development and community empowerment enterprise designed to create opportunities for young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, to reach their full potential as students, athletes, and positive leaders..

Before initiating the establishment of Philadelphia Youth Basketball with a like-minded and diverse group of co-founders, Kenny served as the President of Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (formerly Arthur Ashe) from February, 2009 to June, 2015. Prior to joining Legacy, Kenny was a Senior Program Officer and Director of the Youth Engagement Team for the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, DC and New York City. Earlier, he was Director of Service-Learning and Freedom Schools for the School District of Philadelphia (1998-2003), an Adjunct Faculty Member at Temple University’s College of Education (2001-2002), an Associate Attorney at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia (1996-1998), and Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Robert E. Andrews in Washington, DC (1990-1993). Kenny received his B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University in 1989, and a J.D. from Temple University Law School in 1996.

In addition to his formal responsibilities with PYB, Kenny is a co-founder and board member of the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative and for eight years served as a volunteer coach and program founder/coordinator of Rise Up Basketball in Mt. Airy. Kenny also has spent many seasons coaching young people in the Mt. Airy Baseball program and the Phillies Reviving Baseball in the Inner City program.

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Tim Massaquoi

School Social Worker, KIPP High School

Tim Massaquoi is a retired NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. Mr. Massaquoi is currently the founding Social Worker at KIPP High School in Camden, NJ. He is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania and owns a private therapy practice Peace In Mind LLC. Tim Massaquoi uses a diverse set of therapeutic approaches such as Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-behavior therapy, Dialectical Behavior-Therapy, all with the goal of supporting clients to actualize their whole selves. For the past 5 years Mr. Massaquoi has been the director at Youth Emergency Service a homeless youth shelter in Philadelphia, Pa. Mr. Massaquoi has worked in the child- welfare and social service industry for over 10 years. Providing supportive services to youth who experience homelessness and case management. Mr. Massaquoi received his MA in Counseling Psychology from Eastern University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Massaquoi serves as a board member of Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaboratory as well as a board member of the Youth Collaboratory. Mr. Massaquoi is also the Pennsylvania regional director of Legacy Football.

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Meg Wise

Executive Director, Philadelphia Outward Bound School

Meg Wise joined the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) as Executive Director in fall 2018. She moved to Philadelphia from Arizona to attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a PhD in Comparative Literature, her love for the city and passion for civic investment drew her to the nonprofit sector. She has held leadership positions at the Fleisher Art Memorial, the Philadelphia Education Fund, and The Philadelphia Foundation, and served for 8 years as the Executive Director of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, a beloved 120-year old resource for families in East Fairmount Park. In her current role, she draws on her background as an educator and fundraiser to fulfill POBS’s experiential education mission and activate its new home, The Discovery Center, as a relevant and connected public green space. In her first year, POBS increased its earned and contributed revenue by over 25% and staff and board completed a strategic plan that focuses on program evaluation, staff infrastructure, community partnerships, strategic growth, and DEI efforts to improve organizational culture. Meg is a West Philadelphia resident and serves as Treasurer of her neighborhood civic association.

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