Board of Trustees

A strong foundation you can feel confident about.

The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia is governed by a Board of Trustees so that we may better serve our donors, parishes, ministries, programs and organizations.

Our Board ensures every gift is stewarded exactly as intended to create lasting resources on your behalf, and for the charitable causes most important to you.

Our Board proudly represents a spectrum of experience and expertise. They are dedicated to improving the overall community – and supporting organizations throughout greater Philadelphia.

Mr. Richard T. Clark, Chairman Retired, Chairman and CEO for Merck & Co. Inc.

Mr. Richard T. Clark is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined Merck in 1972 and held a broad range of senior management positions. Mr. Clark is Chairman of the Board of Project Hope and Washington & Jefferson College and is a Trustee for Penn Medicine.

Mrs. Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., Secretary President Emeritus, CHE Trinity Health

Mrs. Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., is president emeritus, CHE Trinity Health—the new health ministry formed in May 2013 by the consolidation of Catholic Health East and Trinity Health of Livonia, Mich. She previously served as the interim president and chief executive officer of CHE Trinity Health. Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Persichilli was president and CEO of Catholic Health East. Mrs. Persichilli currently serves on several Boards, including the Health Care Administration Board of the State of New Jersey, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the Kerney Foundation Board of Trustees, and is a founder of the Hopewell Valley Community Bank.​

Mr. Bernard J. Kelley, Treasurer Retired, President of the Merck Manufacturing Division

For almost ten years, Mr. Bernard J. Kelley was the President of the Merck Manufacturing Division, a division of Merck & Co, Inc. In this capacity, Mr. Kelley had responsibility for chemical, pharmaceutical and biological manufacturing at thirty facilities in seventeen countries which employed over 17,000 people around the world. Mr. Kelley retired from Merck in 2003.

In recent years, Mr. Kelley served on the Boards of Aegis Analytical Corporation, and MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Currently, Mr. Kelley is a member of the Board of Directors of Codexis, Inc.; The National Liberty Museum, and the Friends of Rittenhouse Square.

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D. Archbishop of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D. was installed as the Archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011. He previously served as Archbishop of Denver (1997–2011) and Bishop of Rapid City (1988–1997).

Archbishop Chaput is currently Chair of the Subcommittee on Native American Catholics for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops; a member of the Committee for Cultural Diversity in the Church; a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty; and a consultant to the Committee for Pro-Life Activities. He formerly served on the Committee for Divine Worship, the Committee for Migration, the Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, the Task Force on Strengthening Marriage, and the Task Force for Health Care.

Monsignor Francis W. Beach Pastor, St. Jude Parish

Monsignor Francis W. Beach was ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence John Cardinal Krol in May 1976 and received a Master of Divinity. Monsignor Beach completed his M.A. in Educational Administration at the University of Pennsylvania.

Msgr. Beach was appointed Archbishop’s Delegate for Stewardship and Development in December 2010 and was named Executive Director of the Office for Stewardship and Development in July 2011. Prior to this assignment, Msgr. Beach was a Regional Vicar for Philadelphia – North Vicariate (1997-2007) and Pastor of SS. Simon and Jude Parish (2007-2010). Msgr. Beach is currently the Pastor of St. Jude Parish in Chalfont, PA.

Mr. Daniel J. Hilferty President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross

Mr. Daniel J. Hilferty is President and Chief Executive Officer of Independence Blue Cross, a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania with nearly 3.1 million members nationwide, including 2.2 million in the region.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and on the Boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, J.J. White Inc., and the Irish Educational Development Foundation. Mr. Hilferty is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Drexel Neumann Academy, and the Franklin Institute, and the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Saint Joseph’s University.

Mr. Joseph H. Jacovini Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Dilworth Paxson, LLP

Mr. Joseph H. Jacovini represents clients in complex and sophisticated corporate matters and commercial transactions including mergers, acquisitions, commercial agreements and transactions, as well as representing publicly held, private and family owned corporations and businesses in matters of governance, control transactions and agreements. He also represents government entities and individuals in litigation matters. He regularly counsels companies on strategic planning for public and private financings; proxy and other control contests; mergers and acquisitions; corporate reorganizations and domestic and international litigation. Mr. Jacovini advises on financial and accounting issues, as well as financings and securitizations. He is currently a Board Member of Drexel University, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ms. Susan Y. Kim Director of the James and Agnes Kim Foundation

Ms. Susan Y. Kim is the Director of the James and Agnes Kim Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s day-to-day operations. Ms. Kim has served on many Boards of Directors, including The National Constitution Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Franklin Institute, The GESU School and The Shipley School. Ms. Kim holds a B.A. in Sociology from Hamilton College. She currently resides in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Mr. John J. Mullen President and CEO, Apple Vacations

Mr. John J. Mullen, recently retired chairman and owner of The Apple Leisure Group.

Mr. Mullen built Apple Vacations into one of the largest vacation companies and tour operators in North America, serving nearly one million passengers annually, and with 6,000 employees. In 2001, the Apple Leisure Group became fully integrated with the start-up of its new hotel division, AMResorts, all-inclusive resort management company in Mexico and the Caribbean. The company’s brands of exclusive resort properties include Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas, Now Resorts & Spas and Sunscape Resorts & Spas

Reverend Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J. President Emeritus of Saint Joseph's University

Reverend Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J. is President Emeritus and University Professor of Management at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. Father Rashford served as President of Saint Joseph’s from 1986 to 2003. He has a B.S. in Philosophy and Sociology and a M.A. in Theology from Saint Louis University, as well as an M.S. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Sc.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

Father Rashford is a former Chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority and a Commissioner of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. He has consulting experience with such companies as AT&T, Butler Mfr., Blue Cross Blue Shield, Equitable Trust, and Philadelphia Insurers. He also served as a member of the Priest Education Committee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Mrs. Tammy Tenaglia, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Board of Directors, Malvern Institute and Progressions Companies

Mrs. Tammy Carter-Tenaglia is a Clinical Psychologist and currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Malvern Institute and the Progressions Companies. Her clinical experience includes a focus on Critical Incident Stress Management and Employee Assistance services as well as Cognitive-Behavior therapy. Dr. Carter-Tenaglia has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drexel University, as well as a Master of Arts and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She has been a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem since 2013.

Dr. Alexander R. Vaccaro, M.D., Ph.D. President of the Rothman Institute

Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is the President of the Rothman Institute and Chairman of Orthopaedics at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He also serves as Everrett J. and Marion Gordon Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Alexander Vaccaro graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 1983 with a B.S. in Biology. He received his M.D. with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1987 and earned a Ph.D. in 2007 in the field of Spinal Trauma.

Mr. David N. Watson Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Comcast Cable

Mr. Dave Watson serves as Chief Operating Officer for Comcast Cable. In this role he oversees the teams responsible for day-to-day operations of the cable division, including sales and marketing of the Company’s cable video, high-speed Internet and voice services, as well as oversight of the Company’s three operating divisions and Comcast Spotlight, the Company’s advertising sales unit.  He also leads the Company’s customer experience improvement initiatives focusing on customer satisfaction.

Dave serves on the Board of Directors for the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) and the Education Committee of the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia.  In 2006, he received the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award for his work in marketing. A graduate of the University of Richmond, he holds a BA in political science.