Meet our Board of Directors
Dr. Thomas Vernon
Dr. Thomas Vernon graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and subsequently from Harvard Medical School. Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Vernon spent several years with the Centers for Disease Control as an epidemiologist, including two years in Nepal as a part of the global malaria eradication effort. In 1972, Dr. Vernon joined the State Health Department in Colorado as State Epidemiologist. He was appointed Executive Director of the department in 1983 and 1987. After more than seven years as Executive Director, Dr. Vernon moved east to become Director of Health and Human Services for the Pew Charitable Trusts. He joined Merck in 1993, where he remained until his retirement, as the Vaccine Division’s Vice President for Policy, Public Health, and Medical Affairs, responsible for policy matters as related to public health agencies, including state health departments, CDC, WHO and the Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Vernon is a member of the boards of the National Center for Healthy Housing, the Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment. He is an avid listener to classical music, an active supporter of the Curtis Music Institute and loves to ski. He lives in Center City with his wife Pat West Vernon and has two children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Goldberg received his M.D. degree from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1977. His postgraduate training was at Baylor College of Medicine where he completed his training in Internal Medicine (1980) and Nephrology (1982). Dr. Goldberg joined Merck in 1989 in Cardiovascular Clinical Research. In July 2001 he joined USHH as Senior Medical Director and was promoted to Executive Medical Director in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 2006 he became a Regional Director Medical Affairs and was appointed to the role of Lead of Advocacy and Professional Affairs in 2010 in US Medical Affairs at Merck & Co., Inc. He retired from Merck in 2016. In addition, Dr. Goldberg is currently serving on the American Red Cross Board of Governors and in this capacity he serves as Chairman of the Quality and Regulatory Compliance Sub-Committee. He is also currently serving as a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable for Health Disparities (2007-2009). He has also served as the co-chair for the New Jersey Go Red for Women Luncheon (2008-2009). He has also been elected to the Board of Trustees for Physicians for Peace and is also a member of the Board of Directors of New Leash on Life (2016-present).
Steve MacRae is the Managing Director of Investment Product Team for the SEI Funds and Managed Account Program. In this role, he manages the internal and external resources employed to deliver investment solutions to the U.S. and Global markets. His primary role includes operational oversight of the SEI Funds (U.S., 40 Act) and the SEI Global Funds (Ireland, UCITS), as well as the Securities Lending programs in both complexes. In addition to ensuring efficient fund operations, he and his team coordinate fund launches, sub-advisor modifications, and other organizational fund activities. Before joining SEI in 2000, MacRae worked in the finance organization of Unisys Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., and a Master of Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University.
Traci-Ann Delisser is Director of Finance at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) responsible for negotiating and closing corporate and property level financings. Before joining PREIT in 2003, Traci-Ann worked for 8 years as a real estate and commercial attorney with the firm Myers, Fletcher & Gordon in their offices in Kingston Jamaica and London, England. Traci-Ann graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Laws and earned her Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School and M.S. in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University. She currently resides in Fort Washington with her daughter, Arielle.
Mitchell L. Bach, Esq.
Mitchell L. Bach graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in 1968, where he returned to lecture in business law. He received his law degree, also with honors, from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, in 1971. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Masterson, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bach is a Member of the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, and Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Division in Philadelphia. He was Chair of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2005, and also formerly chaired the Association’s Business Litigation Committee. Mr. Bach is also the former Chair of the ABA Section of Business Law’s Committee on Corporate and Business Litigation, and the former Chair of its Business Courts Subcommittee. Mr. Bach served as a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Business Law, and is currently the Co-Chair of the Section’s Leadership Development Committee. He also formerly served as the Section’s Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Judges Initiative. Mr. Bach played a key role in the organization and development of the Commerce Case Management Program of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 1999; and is actively involved in the creation of other specialized business courts throughout the United States, a subject on which he writes and speaks about frequently. He served as President of Society Hill Synagogue from 2005 to 2007, and is actively involved with a number of other non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area. Throughout his life, Mr. Bach has been passionate about music, and was singer-songwriter in the 60’s and 70’s, when he also played with a number of bands as rhythm guitar and lead singer.
Ravonna’s daughter, Akili, was a charter member of POP. Akili performed in several partner music organizations throughout Philadelphia, toured Asia with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in 2018. Ravonna has been a constant champion and advocate of POP speaking at several POP parent meetings, fundraising events and staff/Board meetings. She is a respected parent and mentor to many POP families.
Kimberly C. Fields
Kimberly C. Fields is a top-performing Sales Management Professional with 20+ years in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. Her diverse experience covers the gamut from finance, training, sales, marketing and teaching. She specializes in strategic plan implementation, leading change management and coaching for outstanding outcomes. She has successfully collaborated with all levels of management and diverse personalities on cross-functional teams and matrix organizations within the Johnson & Johnson family of companies and GlaxoSmithKline.
Founded the Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) in 2001, worked as President/CEO for over 17 years, and currently serves as Board President. Before, she founded and ran one of the largest global marketing research and consulting firms for the pharmaceutical industry for over 22 years living in Beijing, London and Philadelphia. She sold the company before starting BMFI. She is a frequent speaker for national programs and has published papers for numerous journals. She regularly lectures on subjects that include women and business leadership, ethics, and disability issues. She also developed a course entitled “Business: A Liberal Art,” at Bryn Mawr College and is the founder of NELI, the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College.
Carole Haas Gravagno
Co-Founder and Director
Carole Haas Gravagno is the proud mother of two sons and several grandchildren. She considers herself a passionate supporter and enthusiast of the arts (theatre and music in particular), education, arts education and education through the arts. Carole is a parenting educator, as well as an impassioned advocate for parenting education – a discipline designed to give the most vulnerable among us the kind of nurturing that can transform an individual, a community and a society. She actively works with parenting educators, social workers and prisoners. Sharing these passions with John C. Haas, Carole was encouraged to help vision the Stoneleigh Foundation, where she continues to provide guidance and support. Carole enjoys classical music, travel, theater, singing, and skiing.
As the Founder and CEO of DoubleStar, Harry has led the design, development and execution of over 900 talent acquisition and talent management projects for over 300 fast-growing technology-driven organizations. Under Harry’s leadership, DoubleStar has appeared twice on the INC 500 list of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies and six times on the Philly 100 list of fastest-growing private companies in the Greater Philadelphia region. Harry has authored and delivered over 100 educational seminars and presentations at regional, national, and international HR industry events and he has provided expert commentary in print and televised media. As a member of Villanova University’s adjunct faculty, he has designed and delivered graduate-level coursework in Workforce Planning, Succession Planning and Talent Management principles. Harry holds his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University. In addition, Harry is a lifelong musician and songwriter.
Bill Johnson has worked in the non-profit sector for three decades. He’s held positions in development and leadership in higher education, the arts, and public media. As general manager of WRTI 90.1, he’s cemented WRTI’s commitment to jazz and classical music as well as its mission to champion music through discovery, curation, performance, community, and curation.
Bill currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Eastern Region Public Media, as well as the boards of “Play On Philly”, Jazz Philadelphia, and the noncomMUSIC Alliance Advisory Council. He holds a B.S. in Policy Analysis from Cornell University.
Gabrielle Kazze Rinaldi
Prior to joining Jacobs Music in 1978, Gabrielle was a music teacher and a private piano teacher in both New Hampshire and Philadelphia. Jacobs Music has been owned and operated by the Rinaldi Family since 1976 and provides instruments and technical services for countless arts and educational institutions and organizations such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, as well as universities, schools of music and school districts throughout the region. Each year, Jacobs sponsors recitals, master classes, young artist competitions, educational seminars and other events aimed at musical enrichment. Across her years of community involvement, Gabrielle has served on numerous boards including the Curtis Institute of Music, Temple University Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, Astral Artists and the Musical Fund Society.
Michael Schuldt is the Director of Technology Solutions for Pennoni, a multidisciplinary professional engineering firm headquartered in Philadelphia. His areas of focus include strategic planning, business development, strategic alliances and partnerships, and project planning and execution while leading a new team of technical experts to deliver service offerings including GIS, enterprise asset management, data visualization, and integrated project delivery solutions. He is experienced in founding and managing venture-backed companies and is actively involved as an equity partner and advisory board member for two dynamic tech start-up companies. Michael also serves as an advisory board member for Temple University’s Professional Science Master’s in Geographic Information Systems. As a lifelong musician, former percussion instructor and former full-time performer, Michael remains actively engaged and performs with various local bands and ensembles. Originally from New York, Michael resides in Ardmore with his wife Marie and three children.
Michael currently directs the marketing and business development efforts for Fesnak and Associates, a regional accounting, tax and advisory firm focusing on the complex needs of growing organizations. He also focuses much of his efforts on local charities, having personally raised over $25,000 for organizations focused on helping raise awareness for medical cures like the American Cancer Society, Susan Fazio Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. One of his true passions lies in supporting organizations who are working everyday to improve the lives of children. He currently serves on the Boards of Play on Philly, CADE Kids and PEC. These organizations are serving the needs of underprivileged children in distressed neighborhoods in Philadelphia, through musical education, behavioral education and family education. Other professional organizations include the Board of the Association for Corporate Growth, Chair of the Membership Committee and Past President of the Fox School of Business Alumni Association. Michael earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual degree in Finance and Legal Studies from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. He lives in Glenside with his wife Megan and their three children.
Gianna Tripodi-Bhise is Director Foundation and Corporate Relations for WHYY. She has 27 years of experience in leading the development efforts of a variety of nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining WHYY in 2013, she spent seven years as Director of Development for Parkinson’s Action Network in Washington, DC. She also led development efforts for the Metropolitan Center for Assault Prevention, the National Center for Policy Research for Women and Families, Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, World Game Institute, and Radio Bilingue, Inc. Her areas of specialization include Corporate and foundation giving; individual giving; special events management; and public relations. A native of Philadelphia, she holds a BA in English Literature from Saint Joseph’s University and an MBA from Drexel University.
Debbie is a professionally trained vocalist from Rutgers University and worked for the Camden County Board of Social Services for over 30 years where the team she managed assisted families with dependent children. She ran her own special events business for many years including coordinating all events for the visit by Prince Edward in 2012 and developing the Philly Pops annual ball. Debbie has extensive experience serving on nonprofit boards, is an active member of several social clubs throughout the region and continues to perform with the Philadelphia Singers Chorale.