About Barra

Board

Eric C. Andersen is a Partner at PeakEquity, 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 is a former chairman and current member 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 1990, Pat served in various investment capacities ranging from co-head of fixed income to CIO of the equity department.  Pat currently serves as chair of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Investment Committee and chair of the Agnes Irwin School’s Investment Committee.  Pat is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

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 was the 2015 recipient of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs’ 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 a Creative in several industries. For nearly 20 years, Val has held senior and executive positions, including executive director of Art Sanctuary, vice president and investment portfolio manager at PNC Advisors and assistant dean for Institutional Advancement for Temple University’s College of Education.  She also serves on the boards of directors of the Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, is a member of the Arts and Business Council’s Advisory Board and the Mayor’s Council for the Arts. Previous board membership includes serving as vice chair of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and chair of Women’s Way. As an active performer as a solo recitalist and multi-genre vocalist, some of her recent performing highlights include singing in concert with renowned soprano Kathleen Battle and a solo performance at Carnegie Hall.  Val earned degrees in Vocal Performance: A Bachelor of Music from the University of the Arts, a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate at Temple University, completed degree coursework at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and has achieved the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner.

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 medical school at Thomas Jefferson University. 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 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, The Kimmel Center and The Agnes Irwin School.  She was President and CEO, and Chair of the Board of the Academy of Music from 2007 until 2013, and is currently a Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Zoo Board where she is assisting with the introduction of a young friends group and mentoring the next generation of volunteers and philanthropists. She also helped to establish a scholarship that enables students from the Community Partnership School to attend SCH Academy.

Victoria McNeil Le Vine is an artist and former graphic designer. She received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Studio Art, maintains a studio in Haverford, and exhibits primarily in the Philadelphia region. She and her husband own The Inn at Grace Winery, the former Sweetwater Farm B&B, located in the Brandywine Valley. Over the last several years they added a vineyard, full production, and numerous special events that are hosted there annually. Vicki is Chair Emerita of The Broadway Dreams Foundation, a national non profit dedicated to mentoring and training aspiring performers. She serves on The National Committee for the Performing Arts of the Kennedy Center as Education Chair. She is a Trustee for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, serving on the Executive, Facilities, Education, and Major Gift committees. Her former board appointments include The Main Line Art Center, The Please Touch Museum Museum, The Agnes Irwin School, and volunteering for The Princess Grace Foundation, USA. She founded and oversees 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 served 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 has served on the Board of Trustees of La Salle University, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School and La Salle Academy.  She also served on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Campaign Cabinet and 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.  She is a past-president of the Board for Philadelphia Futures and was a lead director in the merger with White Williams Scholars and the subsequent strategic planning process.  She is a graduate of Bucknell University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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