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Jul. 15, 2021 12:03 pm

Power moves: Marie Williams is Stoneleigh Foundation’s new deputy director

Plus, Robin Walton is named VP of Government and External Affairs at Inspira Health, and Zaria Watson wins the 2021 Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship from Brandywine Health Foundation.

L to r: Zaria Watson, Robin Walton and Marie Williams.

1. Marie Williams became deputy director of the Stoneleigh Foundation in June.

The Stoneleigh Foundation announced that Marie N. Williams became its deputy director in June. Williams previously served as the Foundation’s senior program officer.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Williams served for more than four years at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, first as director of state strategies, then as deputy executive director, and the last three years as executive director.

She also served as public policy consultant for GLSEN; director of policy and programs at Global Policy Solutions. She also served, first as deputy director of affiliate development, then as senior policy representative at NARAL Pro-Choice America, and earlier held posts at Search for Common Ground, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Community Interest.

According to an email from Stoneleigh Foundation, Williams is active in several civil rights and volunteer organizations related to the promotion of gender equality, racial justice, and the rights of children, and was recently appointed to Delaware County’s 10-member Board of Managers of Juvenile Detention.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a law degree from George Washington University’s National Law Center.

2. Robin Walton will become Inspira Health’s VP of Government and External Affairs in August.

Inspira Health recently announced the appointment of Robin A. Walton as vice president of Government and External Affairs, effective August 30.

Walton joins Inspira Health after serving 16 years at Thomas Edison State University, first as director of community and government affairs for more than seven years, then as vice president for community and government affairs for nearly nine years.

Prior to joining the university, she served as community relations coordinator at Capital Health; confidential assistant to the chief of staff and senior policy advisor to the commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; policy analyst at NCADD-NJ; and research associate at Princeton Public Affairs Group.

Walton serves as secretary of the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey and on the board of trustees for RWJBarnabas Hamilton and Rowan College. She previously served on the board of trustees for the New Jersey Hospital Association and the Children’s Specialized Hospital, and was an appointee the Governor’s Advisory Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and the Governor’s Multiple Sclerosis Task Force.

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Walton holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree from Thomas Edison State University. Walton was also a 2015 Harvard Kennedy School Emerging Leader Program participant and a 2018 graduate of the Public Affairs Council’s Institute.

3. Zaria Watson wins 2021 Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship from Brandywine Health Foundation.

Zaria Watson has been named the recipient of the Brandywine Health Foundation 2021 Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship award. The award honors students who have demonstrated leadership and devotion to improving the quality of life in the Greater Coatesville area.

Watson is a graduate of Coatesville Cyber Academy, where she was an honor roll student and a member of the Coatesville Track Team. She plans to attend Lincoln University in the fall, where she will pursue a nursing degree. After college, her goal is to return to the Coatesville area to assist and support community members through patient education, the promotion of healthy practices, patient treatment, and volunteering.

In the emailed announcement of the scholarship award, Vanessa Briggs, CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation said, “Harry Lewis Jr. was a pioneer in Pennsylvania politics and tireless advocate for Chester County and Coatesville. This year’s recipient of the scholarship named in his honor exhibits the same passion for advancing the interests of the citizens of Coatesville.”


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