About Barra

Board

Eric C. Andersen is a Partner at Peak Equity, a Philadelphia-based private equity firm focused on lower middle market software companies.  He is a director of several public and private companies including Vertex and American Public Education.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Bucknell University.

Matthew Bergheiser serves as President of University City District (UCD), a partnership of universities, health systems, business leaders and community groups dedicated to the notion of a vibrant University City. Matt joined UCD in July 2009 and, during his tenure, UCD has developed and opened The Porch at 30th Street Station, launched the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, and created Project Rehab to focus on the rehabilitation of derelict properties. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Community College of Philadelphia.

Patrick P. Coyne retired as President and CEO of Delaware Investments in 2015. After joining Delaware Investments in February 1990, Pat served in various investment capacities, ranging from head of the fixed income trading desk to head of the firm’s municipal and tax-efficient fixed income investment teams. He chairs the Investment Committee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and serves on the Archdiocese Finance Committee.

Donna Marie De Carolis, Ph.D. is the founding Dean of Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship where she has initiated a pioneering approach to entrepreneurship education. Donna is the latest recipient of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs’ 2015 Iris Newman Award given each year to a woman business leader who has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping advance women entrepreneurs. Donna received her doctorate from Temple University; has numerous scholarly research publications; and is an award winning professor.  Donna is a weekly commentator on KYW Newsradio on trends in entrepreneurship. She was previously an Associate Dean at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business.

Valerie V. Gay is Executive Director of Art Sanctuary, whose mission is to use the power of black art to transform individuals, create and build community and foster cultural understanding. Prior to joining Art Sanctuary in July 2012, Val was Assistant Dean of Institutional Advancement for the College of Education at Temple University. An accomplished singer, Val’s performing repertoire includes opera, gospel, solo concert recitals and conducting ensembles in special events across the Philadelphia region as well as nationally and internationally.

Frazierita D. Klasen is Director of the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia and Senior Director of the Philadelphia Program of The Pew Charitable Trusts. She has provided leadership to Pew’s support of health and social service organizations in the Philadelphia region since the establishment of the Pew Fund more than two decades ago. Frazierita is also a Director of the Stoneleigh Foundation.

Eleanor Lewis graduated from Yale University with a BA in Environmental Studies and from New York University with an MA in Food Studies. She is currently in the post-baccalaureate pre-health program at the University of Pennsylvania and will start medical school in the fall of 2017. She plans to focus on the intersection of food and health, particularly how food can serve as a sort of preventative medicine. Ellie’s desire is to incorporate these interests into her practice as a future doctor. She has been interested in grant-making since she served as president of the Girl’s Grant Making Club at the Agnes Irwin School.

Joanna McNeil Lewis graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Art History, worked at Christie’s Auction House in New York City for five years, and since has been a consultant in Bucks County Impressionism.  For the last 27 years, she has also volunteered at or served on numerous boards including The Philadelphia Zoo, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Kimmel Center.  Most recently she was the President and CEO, and Chair of the Board of the Academy of Music, steering the organization from 2007 until 2013 as well as through the Orchestra’s noted bankruptcy filing in 2011.

Victoria McNeil Le Vine, is an artist and former graphic designer.  She received a BA in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College and currently exhibits in the Philadelphia region, Nantucket and Park City, UT.  She and her husband own and operate The Inn at Grace Winery in Glen Mills, PA.  She serves as Board Chair of The Broadway Dreams Foundation, a national nonprofit that mentors and trains aspiring performers.  She was recently nominated to The National Committee for the Performing Arts of the Kennedy Center.  She also is a Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Her former board appointments include The Agnes Irwin School, The Main Line Art Center and The Please Touch Museum. She founded The Victory Foundation, whose mission supports visual and performing arts education in the Philadelphia region.

Rory McNeil is President of Kisimul Management, LLC, a small venture capital and management company. Kisimul is also the parent company for Thistlewood Properties, LLC, a real estate development company that specializes in high-end residential redevelopment. He serves on the board of Germantown Academy and the Agnes Irwin School. In addition, he has served as a board member at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and as Board member/VP of the Children’s Country Week Association.

Kristina L. Wahl joined The Barra Foundation as a Program Officer in 2010 and became President in 2013. Prior to joining Barra, she worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts as a Senior Associate and then as a Program Officer. After graduating from La Salle University, she joined the Vincentian Service Corps and served as a volunteer at Covenant House in New York City. She currently serves on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Campaign Cabinet and is a member of Villanova University’s Department of Public Administration Advisory Board.

Laura A. Williamson is the Chief Operating Officer for Glenmede, a privately-held investment and wealth management firm.  In this role she leads business management functions including finance, human resources, technology, client servicing support and operations. As a Director with Philadelphia Futures, she serves as President of the Board and was a lead director in the merger with White Williams Scholars and the subsequent strategic planning process. Laura has been an active committee member with The Pennsylvania Ballet and served with Business Volunteers for the Arts.

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