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Power Moves: Lynn Schwartz joins Women’s Way as chief advancement officer

July 22, 2019 Category: ColumnFeaturedMediumPeople


Correction: Updated to fix a typo (7/23/19 at 9:05 a.m.) and to correct Juan López's title on the Esperanza's board news entry (7/24/19 at 11:17 a.m.).

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1. Lynn Schwartz becomes chief advancement officer at Women’s Way.

The gender equity nonprofit Women’s Way announced July 9 that it has hired Lynn Schwartz to design, oversee and lead the organization’s strategic fundraising initiatives as its chief advancement officer.

“Lynn rose to the top of a group of highly qualified candidates because of her vast development experience, her keen ability to develop and sustain relationships, and her passion for advancing gender equity for all women, including the trans and gender non-conforming community,” said Diane Cornman-Levy, CEO of Women’s Way.

Schwartz, who grew up in Charleston, SC, has a bachelor’s degree from Drew University and an MBA from New York University‘s Stern School of Business. She volunteers her time with progressive organizations that support the LGBTQ community and with the advocacy group Our City, Our Schools, fighting for fair funding for Philadelphia’s public schools.

She was formerly the director of philanthropic partnerships for Penn Medicine, and served as director of development at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Temple University, and The Washington Institute.

2. HealthSpark announces new and reelected board members.

Top: Joel Johnson; middle row (l to r): Courtney McCormick, Natasha Patterson; bottom row (l to r): Amy Gianficaro, Joseph O’Neill Jr. (Photos from HealthSpark website)

HealthSpark Foundation, the private foundation in Montgomery County, recently announced that Amy Gianficaro, director of marketing for National Philanthropic Trust in Jenkintown, and Joseph C. O’Neill, Jr., executive vice president and CFO for Huntingdon
Valley Bank, have been newly elected to the board of directors.

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Courtney McCormick, manager of clinical research and nutrition at Tivity
Health, Inc.; Natasha Patterson, assistant professor of public health at The College of New Jersey; and Joel Johnson, executive director for the Montgomery County Housing
Authority, were reelected to the board. Additionally, Johnson will serve as the board secretary.

3. New board leaders named for City Year Philadelphia’s site board.

Arlin Green and Kerri Strike-Stahller, City Year Philadelphia’s board chair and vice-chair. (Courtesy photos)

Arlin Green, founding partner of Centura Capital, and Kerri Strike-Stahller, area director of network engineering and operations for T-Mobile, have been appointed chair and vice chair, respectively, of City Year Philadelphia’s Site Board.  In their new roles they will oversee a 19-member board charged with ensuring that City Year remains a sustainable organization.

City Year partners with 19 public schools throughout Philadelphia, where teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school.

Green joined the board of directors in 2016, Strike-Stahller in 2011.

4. Tiffany Tavarez and Juan López appointed to Esperanza’s board.

Tiffany Tavarez and Juan López. (Courtesy photos)

Tiffany Tavarez, vice president of Community Relations and senior community relations consultant for Wells Fargo, and Juan López, senior vice president of Shared Financial Services for Independence Blue Cross, were named to Esperanza’s board of directors in late June.

“Ms. Tavarez’s corporate responsibility to direct strategic philanthropy, manage programs and champion voluntarism in the region align with Esperanza’s mission to strengthen our Hispanic community,” stated the organization’s announcement of the appointments. “Mr. Lopez’s demonstrated expertise in the design and implementation of financial controls, process efficiencies, and key business analytics to facilitate strategic direction align with Esperanza’s expanded portfolio of programs.”

Since its founding 33 years ago in the Hunting Park section of the city, Esperanza has grown to employ more than 400 people. Through education, economic development, immigration legal services, arts and culture, capacity building, and advocacy, Esperanza has become a leading voice for Latinos locally and nationally.

5. Briefly noted

  • Former director of the Office for LGBT Affairs, Amber Hikes, announced she will become the chief diversity officer of the ACLU at its national headquarters in New York City
  • Collie Turner, until recently head of inspiration at TAPP Network, has left that organization to become the senior vice president for strategy at The Navicor Group.


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