-Back row from left: Kevin Feeley, Stephen Kelbick, Jeff Idler, Richard Collier, Jr. and Karl Bortnick
Front row from left: Jonathan Sternlieb, Helen Richardson, Julia Danzy, Erica Tomasko and Michael Renzi

Board Officers

Margaret P. Rux, Board President; Principal, The Vanguard Group.  Ms. Rux earned a B.S. from Ithaca College and an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph's University. She joined Vanguard in 1987 and is a principal and head of Vanguard Strategic Retirement Consulting. She has spent most of her career in Institutional Client Services and has also held leadership positions in Vanguard's retail and international businesses. Ms. Rux serves on the Board because of her, “passion relating to children who need unique support in overcoming unfair obstacles.” Ms. Rux resides in Glenside with her husband Bill.

Richard Collier, Jr., Board Vice-President; Owner/Principal, LandConcepts Group, LLC.  Mr. Collier earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Ursinus College and a Masters of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a Licensed Professional Planner and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  For twenty-two years Mr. Collier worked for Wallace, Roberts & Todd LLC a large planning and design firm in Philadelphia.  Mr. Collier was the Board President of the Carson Valley School for ten of his twenty-one years as a member, and has been the Vice President of Board of CVCA for two years.  Mr.  Collier has supported CVCA for years “to provide children and families in our care a better life.” Mr. Collier lives in with his wife, Carol are proud parents of their Schoolhouse alumni, Christopher and Andrew.

Barry Astrowsky, Board Treasurer; Retired/Self-Employed. Mr. Astrowsky received his MBA from The Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. During his twenty five year career in the financial sector, he spent thirteen years with Brandt, Inc. He is a member of the AICPA and Germantown Cricket Club. Mr. Astrowsky serves on the Board because of his, “dedication to giving back to the community and working with children.”

Stephen A. Kelbick, Board Assistant Treasurer; Vice President - Investments and Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors*.  He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a Chartered Retirement Plan SpecialistSM. Mr. Kelbick received his BA in Communications/Marketing from Case Western Reserve University, and his Masters in Management from Temple University.  Mr. Kelbick has been an active member of CVCA for almost two decades for very personal reasons, “My mother and aunt were foster children.  They described some of the horrors of living under the roof of a stranger, including neglect, abuse and the unfair treatment they received from their foster parents.  I joined the Board of Directors to do what I can to prevent Twenty-First Century children from receiving this type of treatment.  It is my way of giving back to the Children of America.”

Rosemarie Romano, Board Secretary; Ms. Romano received her BA in Human Services from Villanova University.  The proud mom of Carmen, Michelle, Lauren and Jimmy Danella, she has been an advocate for children’s welfare for many years.  Ms. Romano has been a longtime supporter of CVCA because she has, “always had a passion for working with children who are born into an unfortunate home situation.  I believe CVCA provides the loving support they need to get on the path to becoming productive members of our community.” 

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Board Members

Karl U. Bortnick, Ph.D., Principal The Master Proposal, LLC.  Mr. Bortnick received his BA from Oberlin College in Chicago, MAT from the University of Chicago and his Doctorate 3ieme Cycle & Maitrise from the Université Blaise Pascal in France.  He was employed by the City of Philadelphia for thirty-one years where he earned Service Awards from Mayor Goode and Mayor Street.  He was the recipient of the Project Management Institute’s Distinguished Performance Award.  Mr. Bortnick serves on the Board of CVCA because of his, “personal commitment to improving the lives of children, youth and families in the Greater Philadelphia region thru the support of CVCA’s mission and staff.”

Julia Danzy, ACSW, Retired. Ms. Danzy is a graduate of Howard University, earned her MSW from Columbia University and MGA from the University of Pennsylvania.  During her career spanning thirty-two years, she spent eight years as Philadelphia Mayor John Street’s Director of Division of Social Services.  She also spent eight years in her role as President of City Services.  Ms. Danzy received the Outstanding Child Advocate Award from The Support Center for Children in 1987 and in 1999 was awarded with the Outstanding Support for Families from The Grand Central Kinship Care Agency.  Ms. Danzy joined the CVCA Board of Directors because she, “has a deep respect for CVCA, which developed from my employment at DHS and I want to ensure that agencies of CVCA’s caliber continue to exist.”  

Cynthia Price Heckscher is a Managing Director with Diversified Search. Since joining Diversified Search in 1989, Mrs. Heckscher has developed a consultative search practice which focuses on senior executive and clinician searches for large, non-profit, and/or faith-based health care systems, academic medical centers, managed care organizations, and specialty hospitals nationwide. Many of her search assignments involve working with Boards and search committees in the selection of chief executive officers for multi-site organizations at the local, regional or national level. In this regard, she has over 130 CEO searches to her credit. She has just completed 5 years as Chair of the Board of the Academy of Natural Sciences and a member of the Board of Drexel University. In addition to CVCA, Mrs. Heckscher also serves on the Board of the Friends of the Wissahickon.

 

Honorable Alice Dubow, Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Judge Dubow received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She started her legal career in 1984 and in 1997 she joined the firm Wolf Block and specialized in local and state tax law for two years. In addition to representing a variety of clients, she co-authored a book on Pennsylvania Corporate Tax.  In 2000, she left Wolf Block to become a lawyer for Drexel University, eventually becoming Deputy General Counsel.  In 2007, Judge Dubow was elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Judge Dubow lives in Philadelphia with her husband Rob Dubow. While two dogs still reside at the Dubow home, son Benjamin and daughter Rebecca are living and working in New York.

Kevin A. Feeley, Esq., President, Bellevue Communications Group.  Mr. Feeley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University Law School.  Kevin has more than twenty-seven years of experience in journalism, law and government specializing in issue management, crisis communications, and press relations. From 1992 to 2000, Kevin served as Deputy Mayor for Communications for Mayor Edward G. Rendell. Prior to serving in the Rendell Administration, Kevin practiced law in Philadelphia at Drinker Biddle & Reath, and at Clark Ladner Fortenbaugh & Young. 

Jeffrey J. Idler, Managing Director, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.  A graduate of Princeton University with a BA in Economics, Mr. Idler has been in the finance industry for thirty-two years.  He is currently the Managing Director of the Philadelphia Office of the Private Banking Division of Brown Brothers Harriman & Company.  Previously he was employed with Prudential Securities, Inc. for fifteen years.  Mr. Idler is the President of the Joseph and Carolyn DeMarco Foundation, Inc.  He has been on the Board of CVCA for twenty-five years, “to do what I can to help educate at-risk children.”

John E. Quinn, Esq., Attorney.  Mr. Quinn is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross and earned his J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law. Mr. Quinn was inducted as Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He was also selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and also attained an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Quinn is a former Chair of the Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and is affiliated with the Temple American Inns of Court. 

Michael Renzi, Teacher, North Penn School District.  Mr. Renzi earned a BS in Special Education from West Chester University and a Masters Equivalency from Penn State.  He has been an instructor at the North Penn School District for twenty-six years.  He is a member of the Immanuel Church and active with the Boy Scouts of America.  Mr. Renzi has been on the Board of CVCA for twelve years.  “As a former resident of CVCA I have a unique opportunity to give back to an organization that has richly blessed me and my family.”  He lives with his wife, Barbara and son, Jonathan.  

Helen A. Richardson, Ed.D. Dr. Richardson received her Masters of Human Services from Lincoln University and Doctorate of Education from Temple University. After spending six years at the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, Dr. Richardson became the Owner and Principal of Career Consciousness that offers services that maximize productivity, satisfaction, and success of employers, individuals, and youth.  A member of the Association of Career Professionals, Philadelphia Network Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM), American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), International Coaching Federation and National Career Development Association and the Organizational Development Network, Dr. Richardson joined CVCA because she, “wants to share my expertise with an organization that does great work for children.”

Erica L. Tomasko, Relationship Officer, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company. Ms. Tomasko received her BS in Biology from Villanova University and has been in the financial industry for eleven years.  After seven years as a Relationship Associate with the Pitcairn Financial Group, Ms. Tomasko in now a Relationship Officer at Brown Brothers Harriman & Company.  A member of the CVCA Board for more than two years, Ms. Tomasko enjoys, “working with the staff and fellow board members of CVCA in order to help provide our children and families with a safe and caring environment to enable them to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.”

*Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.