On the Boards

Jeremy Mishkin
Jeremy Mishkin
Posted: December 03, 2013

Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, a worldwide network of people "devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe," appointed Jeremy Mishkin a trustee of its Philadelphia chapter. The foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators, with no strings attached and no claims to ownership over the projects it supports. Mishkin is a partner in Montgomery McCracken's Philadelphia office.

SPIN Inc., a Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley-area nonprofit that provides life-span services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism and their families, has appointed Marie Leonard chair. She is assistant director of recruitment for Temple University School of Health Professions and Social Work.

   Joanne Leonard, a founder of the organization, and Phyllis Barbera, an Archdiocese of Philadelphia grade-school volunteer, advocate and fund-raiser for people with intellectual disabilities, were named trustees.

   The following were elected to the board: Andrew Arnold, senior technical consultant for Summa Technologies and Business; Sharon Koppelman, educator and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities; Daniel Piccari, self-advocate and Special Olympics International participant; Andrea Temple, manager/co-owner of Geoffrey W. Temple Family Medical Associates in Philadelphia, and Bernice McHale, SPIN senior staff member.

Stephen W. Holt, president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia, has been named a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Lightwave Logic Inc., a publicly held Newark, Del., company developing applications in high-speed fiber-optic telecommunications and optical computing, named Siraj Nour El-Ahmadi to its board. El-Ahmadi is a co-founder and CEO of Menara Networks Inc. in Dallas.

The Children's Literacy Initiative, Philadelphia, elected Christine S. Beck chair of the board. Beck is a nationally recognized children's educator and advocate who was CEO of the Gesu School.

    Bonnie Greenberg, Susan B. Smith and A. Bruce Crawley were named board members. Greenberg is a trustee at the Vert Charitable Trust, Wyndmoor. Smith retired as executive director from the Devereux Center for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Crawley is president of Millennium 3 Management.

Liberty Resources, Philadelphia's Center for Independent Living, named Estelle B. Richman to its board. She recently retired as chief operating officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HERA Women's Cancer Foundation, Denver, named Samantha Lockwood president. She is director of product development for the Carco Group.

The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, has elected venture philanthropist Laura Lauder, co-founder of Lauder Partners L.L.C.; Robert Matthews, vice chairman of RBS Citizens Financial Group Inc.; Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News, and Kathleen Sullivan, of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan L.L.P., to its board of trustees.

The Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania elected Debbie Mirarchi to its board. She is vice president, market manager of Susquehanna Bank in Philadelphia. - Mike Zebe

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