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Peter Iris Williams, President
As a planner for the National Park Service, Peter Iris-Williams assists units of the national park system in the Northeast develop a vision for their future: managing their resources, providing appropriate visitor experiences, developing needed facilities and building partnerships in the broader community. As requested, he also assists park managers with critical management issues and develops recommendations for new units of the national park system. Peter is married with two sons and one grandson. They own the Garden State Discovery Museum, a hands-on museum for children and their caregivers in Cherry Hill. Peter is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Vocational Agriculture Teaching Certificate and Masters of Landscape Architecture) and the School for International Training (Bachelors in International Affairs). "Creativity is an important part of everything I do. I feel compelled to make things and have been focusing on totems and masks for the past five years. Clay is the base material for much of my recent work and provides me with an opportunity to express myself with my hands...and a sense of humor."
Jeffery A. Sollenberger, CPA
Jeff has been a CPA since 1991, after five years working for corporate accounting and two years in public accounting. Jeff joined the firm in 1991 and became a partner in 1993. Jeff’s specialty is helping individuals and small businesses with a wide range of consulting, planning, accounting, tax and QuickBooks issues. Jeff graduated from Muskingum College with a degree in Accounting.
Andrea Saper (Andee to everyone) has owned and operated More Than Gifts located in Marlton, NJ for the last eleven years. The store thrives on her superior personal service, and has won “Best of South Jersey” for the last six years. Andee previously owned a property management company for twenty years, and has started a new company, Action Management Group, due to the overwhelming requests from previous clients. Andee is involved deeply in the community, serving as Board Member of the Evesham Education Foundation and Board Member and Past President of the Marlton Business Association. She is also known for her networking in the area and strives and believes that helping everyone to make connections is the root of a good business person. She loves to meet people and learn how she can connect them to opportunities.
Kathy is currently AVP, Senior Relationship Manager for Beneficial Bank in Cherry Hill NJ where she is a business developer, manages a busy bank branch, as well as mentor/coach to her staff. As a hands-on leader and mentor, many of her team members have been promoted into leadership roles. Kathy has also been recognized for numerous accomplishments in sales and operational excellence. She is committed to doing the right thing financially for her customers. Kathy previously held the position of Board Treasurer for Contact of Burlington County, Committee Member for Partnership for Haddonfield, Committee Member of Camden County Chamber of Commerce, and created “Think Tank” held monthly at the Cherry Hill East Campus of Beneficial Bank for local Small Business Owners . Kathy is a current Board Member for the Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce, and Board Treasurer for Career Transition Partnership. Kathy has also been involved with many Rotaries and Business Associations -Mt. Laurel, Marlton, Moorestown, Haddonfield, Delran and Cherry Hill. She has also organized events for United Way of Burlington County Day of Caring, Golf Outings, Fund Raisers, VIP events and volunteers regularly with Beneficial Bank’s “Blue Gooders”. Kathy holds a BS in Business Administration from Rockville University and has taken numerous banking, consumer and commercial lending classes during her banking career. Kathy is a “foodie” who loves to cook, plan events, and entertain family and friends. She and her husband Phil have two accomplished adult sons, Vincent a self employed musician/teacher and Michael an attorney in San Diego, CA. Kathy spends the spring and summer boating on the Delaware River with her husband Phil and their beloved dog Rocket, on their boat “Rocket’s Ship”.
Lowell Boston is an animator, filmmaker and college professor who lives in Collingswood, NJ. Born in up-state New York, he discovered an interest in art from an early age. Pursuing a love of drawing, writing and works of the imagination upon graduating high school he attended the University of the Arts as a double major in live-action filmmaking and animation in 1988. He earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Experimental Animation in 1991. Writing short stories and poetry in his spare time he currently teaches animation at both the University of the Arts, the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia University and conducts animation and art workshops across the Delaware Valley. His personal and professional work has been shown on WYBE/MiND TV 35 Philadelphia, PA, PhillyCAM, CTV, and nationally on ABC, Fox, and ESPN. Believing the art of the motion picture to be one united medium Lowell challenged himself with ideas and projects depicted as live-action documentaries centered on themes of rebirth and survival, as well as diarist short stories, an formal investigations of color, shape and light. As an animator he is attracted to the poetic and metaphorical possibilities of language and meaning and their relationship to movement, pacing and structure. Octoberstudios is a joint venture between Lowell Boston and his wife, illustrator and graphic designer, Linda Kardos. Having been born in October and married in mid-October of 1995, the month ends with their favorite holiday - Halloween. Realizing that October held several important concordances in their lives, the name Octoberstudios became a natural banner for their creative, professional, and personal work.
My name is Bianca Tancredi and I am a recent graduate of the 2013 class at Saint Joseph's University. I have a marketing degree and am currently a new agent for New York Life. I have always had a passion for working with children, especially those with special needs. In high school, I volunteered 4 hours each week at the Voorhees Pediatrics Facility with children with special needs. I also began a Christmas Drive there which is conducted annually for each child to receive a Christmas basket with gifts/necessities they requested. Similarly, my passion to make children (and those of all ages) with special needs smile can be directly related to "Say It With Clay". I have known Abbie for 6 years now and have watched this organization grow in to the amazing non-profit it is today. I have a strong belief in all that Abbie and her board members have done to make this a success, and would like to be a member continuing that success with all of you! I believe what I can bring to the board is a young perspective, marketing ideas, connections to both businesses and local professionals, fundraising ideas/donations (I am good at that), and my writing skills (as you saw I caught two typos). The below quote really stuck with me since I have visited the "Say It With Clay" website because it portrays the power that the therapy can have on a child with special needs. In summary, I have passion for the mission this organization upholds. I would be an asset to the board for various reasons, including those I stated. I look forward to working with you! This has been very freeing for a child who is incredibly stressed with structures and demands he faces in the the rest of his life.
Carmen Balcazar-Pendleton has been the Community and Artist Programs Manager at Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts for the past eight years. Her dedication to transforming Camden schools and playgrounds through the power of visual and literary art and music has affected the lives of residents of all ages. Carmen’s advocacy for women and children began in Indiana in 1994 when she co-founded the non-profit group Mujeres Unidas, a support group for immigrant, Hispanic women and children victims of domestic violence. Carmen is currently a board member of the District Council Collaborative Board; Camden Youth Sub-Committee; C.O.L.T. Inc., Creating Opportunities for Life Together; The Greening Committee, Friends of Northgate Park, Say it with Clay; Dooley House Inc., Leap Academy-After School programs Advisory Board; The White House Community Leaders and Office of Public Engagement.
Scott Anderson has been a photographer for nearly 30 years, specializing in editorial and sports at all levels, including professional, collegiate, high school and youth sports. During his career, he has covered the World Series, Super Bowl, NHL Stanley Cup finals and the NBA. His work has appeared in The Courier-Post, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and many other publications. Scott’s photos have received numerous awards from the both the National Press Photographers Association and the New Jersey Press Photographers Association as well as other local organizations. Scott is the author of the book Fort Mifflin Philadelphia’s Hidden Gem. His work has also appeared in the books The Battleship USS New Jersey: From birth to berth and South Jersey Illustrated History. Among his currents clients are Reuters, Cauklins Media, Camden County, Camden Riversharks and the Star-Ledger.
Steven L. Coppola is the founder and managing partner of Coppola Wealth Management. He has 15 years of professional experience serving individual and corporate clients. Many of the client relationships have centered on managing investment assets for wealth accumulation, tax and cash flow management, retirement, education, and estate planning, as well as charitable gifting. Steven L. Coppola has earned a reputation for delivering excellence as financial services professional and as a leader within the community. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner (CFP®) since 2003. He has served on the Board for the Philadelphia Securities Association and on the Board of Governors for the Edna G Kynett Memorial Foundation, a foundation dedicated on advancing cardiovascular care in the Philadelphia region. Prior to opening his firm, Mr. Coppola worked in the financial services industry as a Vice President with Fidelity Investments working exclusively with high net worth individuals concerning investments, estate planning, tax planning, college planning and retirement income planning. He is licensed in New Jersey for life and health insurance services. Among his securities registrations currently held with LPL Financial are the Series 7, Series 9, Series 10 and Series 63, from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Edward S. Forte Jr.
Ed is a third-generation Haddon Heights resident, having lived here for over 50 years. He has raised two daughters, Danielle and Andrea. Just finished serving as Mayor of his town and has served third term as a member of Borough Council. During Ed’s earlier terms on Borough Council, he served as Council President, Director of Public Safety, and Director of Public Works and as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. In addition to his role as an elected official, Ed is a dedicated volunteer and leader in our community. He has been a volunteer firefighter with the Haddon Heights Fire Department for over 35 years. Ed has served the Fire Department as Lieutenant and Captain, and Assistant Fire Chief. Taking another opportunity to be a leader, Ed is serving on the advisory boards of the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association, SNJ Business People and the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football. Also he served as President of the Haddon Heights Sons of Italy Lodge, where he works to raise money for scholarships and local charities in and around our area. Ed is a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish, where he served on the Parish Council for three years. He has also served the community by volunteering as a coach for his daughters T-Ball, softball, and soccer. For over thirty four years, Ed has worked for PSE&G. Currently, he is a Supervisor. Ed is working to receive his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison College
MaryAnne Giello, MSS, LCSW (Scholarship Committee Chairperson
MaryAnne Giello, MSS, LCSW is in private practice in Collingswood, NJ and a part-time lecturer at Rutgers School of Social Work, Camden. She also provides clinical consulting services to Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, the Camden County Women’s Center and social work professionals seeking supervision for their clinical license. Ms. Giello is a 1988 graduate of Bryn Mawr School of Social Work with a concentration in Social Services Management and Clinical Social Work and has held clinical and director positions in the adoption, child welfare, mental health and sexual and domestic violence sectors. She has worked on State and National Standard Committees. Ms. Giello is a single parent and resides in Philadelphia with her 17-year-old son, Nathan.
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