About Barra


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.  She was previously an Associate Dean at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business.

Michael DiPiano is Managing General Partner and co-founder of NewSpring Capital.  He is a General Partner of the Firm’s dedicated growth equity funds and serves as a member of the investment committee of all NewSpring funds. Before co-founding NewSpring in 2001, Mike was a serial entrepreneur and investor.  Mike has led or co-led investment into companies in the business services, healthcare and information technology industries.  Previously, Mike was affiliated with Safeguard Scientifics Inc. and was a division CEO and Director of Chemical Leaman Corporation.  Mike began his career in 1980 with Baxter Healthcare Corporation.  He held numerous positions at Baxter, culminating as Vice President responsible for Operations and Sales of the Industrial Scientific Products Division. Mike received a BS from Penn State University and an MBA from the Stern School at New York University.

Valerie V. Gay is deputy director of audience engagement and chief experience officer for the Barnes Foundation. She plays a leading role in growing and sustaining the Foundation’s relationship with all audiences in the Philadelphia region, and embedding visitor-centered thinking into every aspect of the Barnes. Val oversees public and community programs, leads the visitor experience team, and is working to expand diversity and inclusion initiatives to cultivate new ways for visitors to have meaningful and long-lasting relationships with the Barnes. A Creative in several industries, 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.

Stacy E. Holland is currently a candidate for a doctoral degree in learning and development from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  Most recently, Stacy served as Executive Director of The Lenfest Foundation, where she executed a strategy to invest in early learning, out-of-school-time programming for middle school students, and career and technical education. Previously, she served as Chief of Strategic Partnerships for the School District of Philadelphia.  In 1999, Stacy co-founded the Philadelphia Youth Network, growing the organization from two employees to a citywide entity dedicated to integrating services across more than 100 partners providing programming to nearly 20,000 youth annually.  Stacy holds a BA from The College of New Jersey and an MA in student personnel administration in higher education from Columbia University.

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 29 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. Prior to Kisimul Management, Rory served in a number of executive roles with the Philadelphia Phillies baseball organization.  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 Program Officer and spent three years as the Managing Director of Development and Marketing at the Transitional Work Corporation.  After graduating from La Salle University, she joined the Vincentian Service Corps and served as a volunteer at Covenant House in New York City.  Following that formative experience, Kristina earned an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  She currently serves on the Boards of the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia and the Center for Health Care Strategies.

Laura A. Williamson was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for Glenmede, a privately-held investment and wealth management firm. In this role she was responsible for business management functions including finance, human resources, technology, client servicing support and operations. Today she remains an avid traveler exploring culture and natural beauty around the world from her Philadelphia home base.  Laura also serves on the Board and Finance Committee for the Stoneleigh Foundation and the Investment Committee for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.  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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