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Anthony Cellucci

Board Member,
Chair, Local Board Committee

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
The Beacon Group of Companies

As a graduate of both Villanova University and an IMS elementary school in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia (St. Frances Cabrini School), Anthony realizes first-hand the positive impact a Catholic education can have on a young person. He hopes to keep those same opportunities available via his work to support the Independence Mission Schools model.

William P. Curtis, Jr.

Board Member

Porter & Curtis, LLC

Bill holds a B.S. in Accounting and M.B.A. in Finance from St. Joseph’s University as well as a JD from Temple University School of Law. Through his work at Porter & Curtis, Bill and his team provide insurance, claims administration, and risk management information system support. They are known nationally for their work providing these services to Catholic dioceses.

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The Late Jack Donnelly

Board Member,
Chair, Governance Committee

Former CEO
L.F. Driscoll

Following his graduation from Drexel with a Civil Engineering degree, Jack joined L.F. Driscoll and rose through the ranks, becoming President, CEO, and owner. He sold the company in 2009 and retired in 2014. Jack is a parishioner at St. Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne and is a dedicated philanthropist. He received the Humanitarian Award from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in 2016. Learn about the legacy Jack left. 

John Figge

Board Member

JOF Investments

John moved to the Greater Philadelphia region in 2002 following time spent in the Boston area and California. He helped establish a School Board and served as the first board president of the DePaul Catholic School in Germantown, now an IMS school. John currently resides in Bryn Mawr with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.

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Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald

Board Member

Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Philadelphia

Bishop Fitzgerald was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1980 beginning his ministry as Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. In 2010, Bishop Fitzgerald was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. He is a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

David Hardy

Board Member

Executive Director, Excellent Schools PA

Dave is an established leader in Philadelphia’s education community. He is the former CEO and Co-Founder of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia charter school. Dave is a founding board member of the Philadelphia School Partnership and a former board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. He currently serves on the boards of the Center for Education Reform and the North Carolina Outward Bound School.

Michael S. Jackson

Board Member,
Chair, Finance Committee

Partner, Tax
GrantThornton, LLP

Mike began his career with Ernst & Young, LLP and has over 20 years of experience in tax compliance, financials planning, and wealth transfer strategies. He is a CPA and co-author of two books – The Tools and Techniques of Income Tax Planning and The Tools and Techniques of Financial Planning – which are widely used as educational resource material by those in the financial planning profession.

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Br. Richard Kestler, FSC

Board Member,
Chair, Catholic Identity Committee

Former President
West Catholic Preparatory HS

Brother Richard has been a De La Salle Christian Brother for over fifty years, serving the needs of people in various stages of life. He is a native Philadelphian, proud of his early education from the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the De La Salle Brothers, and realized early in his youth that he wanted to be a teacher. He recently retired from his position as President of West Catholic Preparatory High School in West Philly.

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Brian McElwee

Board Chairman,
Chair, Executive Committee

Valley Forge Investment Corp.

Brian has long been a believer in the importance of the Catholic School system to the city of Philadelphia. In addition to his role with IMS, he serves on the Board of BLOCS, an organization that raises and allocates scholarship funds that allow students to attend Catholic schools. His advocacy in the area of scholarship funding has helped ensure that all families, regardless of income, have access to a high-quality education for their children. Brian received his Bachelor’s Degree and MBA from Drexel University in 1972.

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Richard Nourie

Board Emeritus

Former Principal and Sr. VP
Johnson and Higgins

In addition to his 40-year career in Employee Benefits and Financial Services, Dick has been involved in many philanthropic endeavors throughout his life. For almost 30 years, he served The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in various capacities, both nationally and locally. Dick also served on the Board of the Bethesda Project for eleven years, and he is currently a member of the Board of St. Malachy School.

Maris Ogg

Board Member

Tower Bridge Advisors

Maris has long been an advocate for youth and education. In addition to IMS, she serves on the Board of the Presbyterian Children’s Village, The Board of St. James School, the Owl Fund Advisory Board, the Carson Valley Children’s Aid Advisory Board and the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.   In her spare time, Maris enjoys gardening, travel, music and woodworking.

Ken Phelan

Board Member

Chief Risk Officer; US Department of the Treasury

Ken joined the U.S. Department of the Treasury as its first ever Chief Risk Officer in November of 2014. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Risk Officer for a number of large financial institutions. Ken holds a JD from Villanova University School of Law and a Masters in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, and has more than 20 years of experience in finance across risk management, capital markets and structured products.

Daniel Pickens

Board Member

BA Securities

Now a partner with BA Securities, Dan has more than 20 years of corporate finance and mergers and acquisition experience at several large regional investment banks. He has served on the boards of various corporations, both public and private, and is currently on the boards of St. Malachy School and St. Thomas Aquinas School.

Mike Piotrowicz

Board Member

Senior Client Advisor
Legacy Advisors, LLC

Mike graduated from Ursinus College with a B.A. degree in Economics in 1978.  He founded Legacy Advisors, LLC, a premier Planning Advisory Firm serving highly successful business owners and executives. Mike serves as a Board member for Ursinus College, Williamson College of the Trades and the CW and Marjorie J Schrenk Foundation. Mike also founded the Legacy Foundation, the charitable entity used by the associates of Legacy Advisors to give back to the community.

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Marc Richman

Board Member

Managing Director
Private Wealth Advisor
Morgan Stanley, Private Wealth Management

Prior to his work with Morgan Stanley, Marc served as a member of the Private Wealth Management Group of Deutsche Bank. Marc is a member of the Board of Directors of The Agnes Irwin School and St. Martin de Porres, an IMS school.

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Joseph Stapleton

Board Member,
Chair, Legal and Compliance Committee

Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & rhoads, LLP

Joe is a corporate partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, where he co-chairs the firm’s Technology Law Group. He is a member of the Board of St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children as well as the Board of St. Martin de Porres, an IMS school. Joe is a longtime volunteer at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Mike Stephano

Board Member

Managing Partner
Stephano Slack, LLC

Michael has advised an array of privately held companies across many different industries, including education. At Stephano Slack, LLC, he is responsible for the firm’s overall practice management and day-to-day operations. Michael has been a CPA in Pennsylvania since 1992 and is an Advisory Board Member of several privately-owned companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University.

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Michael Young

Board Member,
Chair, Facilities Committee

Young Capital and Classic Management, Inc.

Michael founded Classic Management Inc. in 1982, a residential and commercial property management and development firm of which he serves as CEO. He is a member of various Boards including BLOCS, St. Martin de Porres, an IMS school, and Invisible Sentinel. Michael and his wife Sue have helped support inner-city students with scholarships to Philadelphia’s more prestigious high schools for 15 years.