WNLI members are individuals who have a record of nonprofit leadership and are committed to WNLI’s mission, vision and beliefs. Members jointly decide on and carry out strategies to advance the mission.
Carolyn T. Adams
Carolyn T. Adams, PhD, has served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts of Temple University and President of its Faculty Senate, member of the board of directors of the William Penn Foundation, and trustee of Moore College of Art and Design. She is co-author “Increasing Gender Diversity on the Boards of Nonprofit Eds and Meds” and the author of From the Outside In (Cornell University Press) about the role of suburban trustees in governing Philadelphia’s leading nonprofit institutions.
Kate Allison is a reputation management and communications strategist and frequent panelist and guest lecturer on the role of communications in achieving business strategies. She is founder and former CEO of Karma Agency, sold in 2019 after more than 20 years in business. Kate continues to provide strategic communications counsel to a range of clients. She is a member and past chair of the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation, has served as member of the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Academy of Music.
Dotty Brown is a journalist and book author. During her 30-year career at The Philadelphia Inquirer, she covered such areas as business and medicine and edited numerous prize-winning projects, including one that won a Pulitzer Prize. She contributed to and edited the book Inside the Upheaval of Journalism, Reporters Look Back on 50 Years of Covering the News. A member of Vesper Boat Club, she also wrote Boathouse Row; Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing.
Jolley Bruce Christman
Jolley Bruce Christman, PhD, is Founder of Research for Action, an independent nonprofit educational research organization focused on issues of equity. She is a current board member of Furman University (Greenville South Carolina), Big Picture Philadelphia, and Advisory Council Member of University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She is a former board member and Board President of Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA., and an associate faculty member at University of Pennsylvania.
Renee Cardwell Hughes
The Honorable Renee Cardwell Hughes is a retired Judge and experienced senior executive, attorney, independent board member and qualified financial expert. After retiring from the Court of Common Pleas, she served as President and CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Center Inc. (Philadelphia OIC) and CEO of the American Red Cross System’s fourth largest market. She serves on the boards of Haverford Trust and several nonprofits including Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is a senior advisor to Econsult Solutions,Inc. and CEO of the Hughes Group, a strategic consulting and executive coaching firm .
Wendy Epstein is founder and principal of Epstein Consulting Group (ECG), offering strategy and development counsel to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. She was a Senior Consultant at Schultz & Williams, a national marketing and development firm for nonprofit organizations, and Executive Director of Summer Search Philadelphia. Wendy has served on the boards of Historic Germantown, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and on the Advisory Committee of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI).
Carmen Febo-San Miguel
Carmen Febo-San Miguel, M.D., spent 22 years as Executive Director of Taller Puertorriqueno – Pennsylvania’s largest Puerto Rican and Latinx arts organization, after 14 years as Board Chair. During her medical career, she was Medical Director of a Philadelphia Health Services Center serving primarily poor Puerto Rican and African-American patients and then of a private medical practice. She has served on Arts and Culture commissions/advisory councils for three Mayors and has been a member and Chair of the board of the Philadelphia Foundation.
Judith Gay, PhD, is Founder and Senior Consultant for JKG Consulting, LLC., providing advice and support for effective college governance. She is Vice President Emerita at Community College of Philadelphia and former Interim President of Erie County Community College. She is a Chestnut Hill College Academic Advisory Committee member and former board member Interim House, Inc., and Public Health Management Corporation.
Terry Gillen, Esq., is a consultant on economic development and urban policy. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a current board member of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia. She was former Director of Federal Affairs, Office of Mayor, city of Philadelphia, and prior to that was Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia.
Gina Golson Nunery
Gina Golson Nunery has spent her career as an institutional pension consultant specializing in the nonprofit markets. She has held positions as Higher Education Practice Leader at Empower and spent many years in various leadership roles at TIAA working with clients on retirement plan design and compliance, investment menu design and fund selection. She serves on the board of Methodist Services for Children and is currently president of The Philadelphia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Maribel Hernández, M.D. FACC, is a cardiologist at Lankenau Heart Institute and Medical Director Women’s Heart Initiative at Main Line Health System. She serves as Board Secretary Congreso de Latinos Unidos Philadelphia, member Society of Latino Ibero American Professionals, member DREI Committee Lankenau Medical Center, member Board of Directors Stanford University Alumni Association, and volunteer American Heart Association Go Red for Women.
Vicki W. Kramer
Vicki W. Kramer, PhD, is a consultant to nonprofits; co-author “Increasing Gender Diversity on the Boards of Nonprofit Eds and Meds”; and lead author “Critical Mass on Corporate Boards: Why Three or More Women Enhance Governance.” She was founding president, Thirty Percent Coalition, founding board member of Women’s Way, former chair of governance committees of Women’s Law Project and Pennsylvania Prison Society, and a member of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine Kaplan and Black and a principal in The Red Bee Group. She is former Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and co-founder and former Chair of DirectWomen, working to increase the number of women lawyers on corporate boards. She chairs the Board of the ABA Retirement Funds and serves on the boards of the American Jewish Committee – Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and the American Antitrust Institute. She has published and spoken on issues of importance to women lawyers and chaired organizations devoted to gender equality.
Roz McPherson, MBA, is President of The ROZ Group, Inc. Her team has served as project director in the design and construction of important history and science sites. Additionally, her team engages in work that is at the intersection of strategic planning and DEIA. She has served as Senior Vice President for the Science Center at the Franklin Institute and Senior Vice President and Publisher for Time Life Education. She is currently co-vice chair for the board of Community College of Philadelphia.
Afaf I. Meleis
Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, is Dean Emeritus University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Professor Emeritus University of California San Francisco. She serves on the Board of Trustees Buck Institutes for Research in Aging, as Trustee Board Member of Aga Khan University, and Vice President of Marin executive women’s organization. She is former Board of Trustees member of CARE, Council of Global Health, Consortium for Universities for Global Health, among other national and global educational and health care institutions.
Karen Minyard, Certified Financial Planner, is former SVP and Managing Director at PNC Wealth Management (now Private Bank) and founder PNC’s Women’s Financial Services Network. She has served on Women’s Advisory Board PNC, Advisory Board Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls (providing tuition and enrichment for public, parochial and independent high school girls from low-income single-parent homes in Philadelphia), Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Development Committee, Franklin Institute Friends Committee, and Forum of Executive Women’s Women in Leadership Committee.
Sue Negrey, MBA, is principal of Coach 2 Achieve, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm. A former CPA with a Big Four firm, where she championed women’s advancement, she was on the advisory board for the Society for Professional Women, served as Thirty Percent Coalition committee co-chair, and developed Women’s Leadership Conferences for The Conference Board. She has also served on the boards of NYC branch of the International Coaching Federation, the Columbia Coaching Learning Association and Rebuilding Philadelphia Together.
Bonnie Raines is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Picasso Project at Children First, the nonprofit where she was a public policy associate. She has been the executive director of three non-profit organizations – one national. She has engaged in advocacy and public policy activities on behalf of at-risk children in Philadelphia and has been president of boards of two Philadelphia organizations.
Jane Scaccetti, CPA, MST, is a trustee at Temple University, former chair of the Temple Health System, Temple Hospital, and trustee emeritus of Salus University. She is a current board member and audit chair at Penn National Gaming (NASDQ:PENN), chair of the board of Mathematica Inc/Mathematica Policy Research, and a current board member of The Philadelphia Foundation. She was CEO of Drucker & Scaccetti before it merged with Armanino LLP and is now Of Counsel with Armanino.
Marianne Schimelfenig, Esq., is advisor and consultant regarding compliance with laws, policies and procedures relevant to higher education institutions (e.g., Title IX, VII, training, investigations) and their governing boards (e.g., bylaws and training). She has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for two colleges/universities. She is Director – Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, former President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and a member of Forum of Executive Women.
Mara Smith-Kouba, JD, MBA, MHA, is an attorney at Bristol Myers Squibb providing legal support for worldwide cardiovascular brand teams. She is an expert in health and life sciences law, focused on regulatory compliance. She is also an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law, teaching courses on risk assessment and management, and an Advisory Board member of its Health Law Program. She serves as Vice Chair of Education for the American Health Law Association’s Life Sciences Practice Group and is a board member for the Come to Believe Network and PALS Programs.
Gelvina Stevenson is the general counsel and corporate secretary of the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. Gelvina is also an adjunct professor at Drexel University College of Medicine, where she teaches courses on drug development and clinical research. She previously served as an associate general counsel at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and as an associate university counsel at Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC. Gelvina is the co-chair of the Health and Life Sciences Section of the Hispanic National Bar Association and a board member of the American Health Law Association.
Leslie Stiles is Board President of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, a day of personal and professional development she initiated to broaden the outreach to women across the Commonwealth. She was formerly appointed by the Governor to serve as Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, where she acted as state government’s advocate for all issues as they impacted women and girls. Her board affiliations include: PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Chair of Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, and Girl Scouts of South Eastern PA.
Adriana Torres-O’Connor, PsyD, MBA, MSW, is the President & CEO of Mental Health Partnerships, a peer-centered recovery organization transforming behavioral health through advocacy, services, and training to individuals and families on the journey of recovery from behavioral health and addiction challenges. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), American Psychological Association (APA), Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA), Women in Bio (WIB) and Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley (HLNDV).
The percentage of WNLI members who self-identify as women of color or multiracial is 42%.