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West Catholic High School

Board of Directors

Board Chairman

Joseph Houldin '69

Academic Excellence, Catholic Identity, Inclusion and Diversity
FORMER CEO OF DVIRC, FOUNDER OF THE NATIONAL MANUFACTURING INITIATIVES OF THE DELAWARE VALLEY INDUSTRIAL RESOURCE CENTER

Joe devoted his career to fostering growth in manufacturing and technology in Southeast Pennsylvania. He founded/directed the National Manufacturing Initiatives of the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, a regional economic development organization established in 1988 to support profitable growth of small/medium-sized manufacturing companies. He has a BA from Villanova University and an MA in City and Regional Planning from the Catholic University of America. Joe served two terms on the Board of Trustees of West Catholic and was a founding member of the Advisory Board for West’s groundbreaking Engineering Technology Academy. In 2018, the Alumni Association presented Joe with its highest honor, the McGarvey Award for his many contributions to West Catholic and its students.

Rev. Anthony Bozeman, SSJ ‘77

Catholic Identity Committee Chair

Father Anthony was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2000, at age 40. After
several pastoral appointments in the Philadelphia area, he answered the call to join the Josephites
(formally known as St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart). The Josephite Fathers are committed to
serving the African American community through the proclamation of the Gospel and our personal
witness. He is a member of the West Catholic Prep Hall of Fame and a past recipient of the Br. Lumley,
FSC award. Father Anthony is currently the pastor of the Church of the Transfiguration in Los Angeles,
California.

Kathleen Buchanan 

PRESIDENT - WEST CATHOLIC ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION

Kathleen attended Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science as well as The Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training. She retired in 2015 from a career as a trusts and estates paralegal.  She also is the recording secretary for the Seniors Group at St. Genevieve parish in Flourtown, PA, where she is a member.

Fran Crowley '77

Governance and Nominating
President, West Catholic Alumni Association
PARTNER - BLANK ROME

Following his graduation from West Catholic, Fran attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, Fran attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Fran joined Blank Rome in Philadelphia PA in 1984, and has been there for 34 years.. Fran has previously served as President of the West Catholic Alumni Association and served as a coach for more than 20 years. Fran resides in Drexel Hill PA with his wife Nancy (’78) and has three children who are all alumni of West Catholic – Matt(’10), Terry (’05) and Caitlin (’03).

Tom Davis '05

Finance and Facilities Committee Chair
Vice President - Hamilton Lane

Tom has more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance. He is currently Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis at Hamilton Lane, a global investment manager focused on private markets. In this role, he helped lead the company’s 2017 IPO and transition to a public company.

Tom is a 2005 graduate of West Catholic and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Tom resides in Chester Springs with his wife Jessica.

Michael Ferry ‘90

Enrollment and Financial Support Committee Chair

Michael is a 1990 graduate that went onto to the Drexel University. He is married to Alicia Ferry who is also an alum from the class of 1992. Upon graduating from Drexel, Michael began a career at Susquehanna International Group (SIG). At the time of joining SIG they had approximately 200 employees, today SIG employs almost 1,900. Michael also serves on the Board of the Walden School in Media, PA.

Duane Glover '81

Inclusion and Diversity, Institutional Advancement
MANAGER/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AT GLOVER ASSOCIATES AND CONSULTING

Duane Glover is a seasoned Information Technology professional with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, corporate and non-profit settings. He has demonstrated success in a diverse range of technologies and has the ability to bridge the technological gap between end user needs and business goals to provide cost effective technology solutions. Duane received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering Technology from Spring Garden College and his Master of Science Degree in Organization Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. Duane is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and a Member of the Knights of Peter Claver. He and his family reside in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia.

Jeanie Ward Heffernan '80

Governance and Nominating Committee Chair
Retired, CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER - INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS

Jeanie Heffernan leads the People Strategy for the Independence Blue Cross Family of companies. In this role, she helps the organization to build a culture of People with Purpose and ensuring that the company is fully engaging their talent and have the right organizational structure in place to effectively execute their business strategy and meet their goals. Jeanie joined Independence in 2011 with 25 years of experience in multiple business sectors. Jeanie has been active in the Non-Profit arena over the course of her career and has served on the Boards of the Peoples Emergency Center, The Veteran’s Group. She currently serves on the board of Graduate Philadelphia.

 

Brother Ed Koronkiewicz FSC, '72

Enrollment and Financial Support
ASSOCIATE REGISTRAR - LASALLE UNIVERSITY

Brother Edward Koronkiewicz, FSC is currently the Associate Registrar for Student Enrollment at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has held this position since 2000. Prior to La Salle, he spent 12 years as the Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs at West Catholic HS from which he graduated in 1972. Other assignments include 9 years as teacher and Dean of Students at Archbishop Carroll HS in Radnor, PA and teacher at Bishop Walsh HS in Cumberland, MD. He holds degrees from La Salle University and Villanova University.

James Logue

Institutional Advancement Committee Chair
PRESIDENT & CEO, THERM-OMEGA-TECH, INC.

Jim is the President & CEO of Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc., a company he purchased from the estate of Frederick L. Pirkle in August 2012. Prior to Therm-Omega-Tech, Jim served as Principal of Innovative Capital Partners, LLC(“ICP”). ICP was an investment banking firm specializing in debt restructuring, family business succession and turnaround management for privately held companies. Jim is a graduate of Villanova University and began his career as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

James F. McManus '65

Institutional Advancement
RETIRED, REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT - CARON FOUNDATION

Jim retired from his position as Regional Vice President of the Caron Foundation in December, 2015. Jim was with Caron since 2002 and directed fundraising and marketing for the organization in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Prior to joining Caron, he held executive positions at Sovereign Bank, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). Jim is a past chairman of the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development and served on the board of PIDC. Jim is a 1965 graduate of West Catholic High School and is a former member of the Council of President’s Associates at his alma mater, La Salle University. Jim also received a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Drexel University. 

Dr. Robert McNamara '74

Academic Excellence Committee Chair
PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE AT THE LEWIS KATZ SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Bob is the Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Following his graduation from West Catholic, Bob went on to LaSalle University and then received his MD from Jefferson Medical College (now Jefferson University). Bob has received the Peter Rosen Award, and David K. Wagner Award, for his 21 years of service at Temple University.

Ronald Patterson, Esq. '78

Finance and Facilities
PARTNER KLEHR HARRISON HARVEY BRANZBURG LLP

Ronald J. Patterson is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s Zoning and Land Use Practice Group. His practice concentrates on zoning and land use matters, as well as on other land use and environmental regulatory, permitting and counseling issues.

Ron directly deals with obtaining all of the necessary zoning, use, building and other development-related permits and approvals from the relevant City agencies that enable a person to build or renovate a building, and operate a business. He meets with and obtains comments and approvals from various City agencies, including Licenses & Inspections, the Planning Commission, Streets Department, Water Department, Redevelopment Authority, PIDC, Historical Commission, Art Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment and other City departments. He also interacts directly with local community groups and elected officials to gain their support or to eliminate opposition to a proposed project. Once zoning approvals are obtained, he assists in filing for and obtaining other necessary building-related permits, operational licenses, and available 10-year real estate tax abatements. Ron has an engineering degree and worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, better enabling him to work closely with architects, engineers and construction professionals in order to understand, tailor and modify the necessary plans that comprise the applications, permits and approvals. He is also experienced in reviewing and coordinating preliminary environmental investigations and remediation programs.

Ron is a member of the Packer Park Civic Association, Executive Board, a founding member of the Penrose Area Civic Association that covers most of southwest Philadelphia, and a former member of the Zoning and Business Development Subcommittee of the former Eastwick PAC that oversaw development in the Eastwick/Southwest Philadelphia Area pursuant to the federal Eastwick Urban Renewal Plan of 1956. In addition, he is counsel to two Democratic Wards in Southwest Philadelphia. He also served on Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration’s Subcommittee on Zoning Board Policy.

Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD '95

Inclusion and Diversity Committee Chair
Director of Mission Engagement and Strategic Initiatives - Villanova University

Dr. Pratt is a sociologist of religion specializing in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. Specifically, Dr. Pratt studies African-American Catholic identity, systemic racism in the U.S. Catholic Church, and millennial generation Catholics. She is currently the Scholar-in-Residence at the Aquinas Center in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Pratt is a member of St. Matthias parish in Bala Cynwyd, PA where she serves as a lector and greeter and was inducted into the West Catholic Hall of Fame in 2014.

Dana Russikoff

Academic Excellence, Enrollment/Tuition Assistance
CO-FOUNDER OF SURESHADE

Dana and her husband, Ron, founded and owned Sureshade, a manufacturing business based in Northeast Philadelphia. Sureshade was recently acquired by Lippert, allowing Dana to focus on her other interests. Dana is involved in numerous causes throughout the area, and is very committed to West Catholic Prep and the work happening here. Dana received a BA from Holy Family University and an MBA from Drexel University.