Jeff Griffiths is a business consultant in the Philadelphia area and is the board chairman of the Pennsylvania SPCA. He previously spent five years as the CEO of Lumber Liquidators, North America’s largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring. He retired in 2012. Before that, he had been CEO of Electronics Boutique.
Jeff is on the board of directors at Dealer Tire, LLC; THQ, Inc.; and Philadelphia Academies, Inc.; and on the Board of Trustees at Albright College. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Albright College, and his M.B.A. degree from Temple University.
He joined the board in 2012 and began serving as Board Chair in the spring of 2015.
Jeff’s pets include a Miniature Dachshund, three horses, a rabbit, a turtle, and a frog.
Helene van Beuren
Helene van Beuren has served on the board since 2009. She has served as a member of the executive, development, finance, education and legislation, and strategic planning committees, and is the former Board Chair.
She is extensively involved in philanthropic work and has served with numerous civic, animal welfare, social, land preservation and cultural organizations including the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, the Robert Potter League of Middletown, Rhode Island and the Preservation Society of Newport Rhode Island.
Helene is former owner and operator of Glass Options, a regional stained and etched glass company serving the Northeastern United States. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Temple University.
Sirius (an Irish wolfhound rescue from the Pennsylvania SPCA), Sweet Pea, a deerhound mix, and Zorey (an island mutt) are part of the van Beuren family.
Helene would have countless animals if her family would allow!
Pam is a former secondary education teacher with extensive board experience. She is on the Board of Overseers at the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, and is also a member of the Penn Parents’ Council. For nine years she served on the Board of Governors of Main Line Health where she was a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee as well as both the Governance and Quality and Patient Safety Committees. She also served as a member of the board of the Agnes Irwin School. Pam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Pennsylvania and earned a Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Pam has served on the board since 2014 and became Chair of the development committee in 2015. She is also a member of the executive and strategic planning committees. Pam has one dog, Greta.
Shauna Binswanger is a former investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities, Inc. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, global network of 18,000 executives in more than 100 countries. Shauna has been involved with the Children’s Literacy Initiative for 20 years, and is a past board chair.
A member of the board since 2007, Shauna is a member of the governance, strategic planning, and executive committees, and has served as Secretary since 2012.
Shauna earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University, and her M.B.A. degree from Columbia University. Shauna has two dogs, Sam and Bogie.
Joanne Boyle joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She is Chair of the governance committee and also serves on the government funding and legislation committee and the executive committee. Joanne worked most of her career with the New Jersey Department of Education where, as an attorney, she investigated alleged violations of federal and state law, conducted administrative hearings and adjudicated school law disputes. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master’s in Education from St. Joseph’s University. She earned her Juris Doctor at Temple University.
Mary Carroll is a Senior Project Manager at CRB, a leading design and construction services firm, and a LEED-certified architect. A graduate of Temple University, Carroll has more than 25 years of experience in architecture, with a focus on sustainability.
Mary joined the board in 2015 and serves on the development committee.
Animals in Carroll’s life include a dog named Charlie, a cat named Ace, and a horse named Victoria Secret.
Jennifer Crawford is Managing Principal at Blackney Hayes Architects, with more than 30 years of experience. Crawford’s focus has been the architectural and interior design of K-12 educational facilities and other non-profit institutions.
Jennifer joined the board in 2015 and serves on the finance committee.
Crawford and her Bernese Mountain dog, Astro, are a therapy team who visit schools to motivate children to read aloud. Crawford’s four-legged friends also include Lucy, a Bernese Mountain dog; Merlin the cat; and a horse named Raisa.
Cori Daggett, Esq.
Cori Daggett joined the Board of Directors in December 2016. She is a Vice President and Associate General Counsel with Macquarie Investment Management, an institutional and mutual fund asset manager based in Philadelphia and a member of Macquarie Group. She works with the Delaware Funds Board of Directors, provides legal support to the firm’s subadvisory business and oversees litigation matters.
Cori earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colgate University. She earned her juris doctor from Fordham Law School.
Cori currently serves on the finance committee.
Penny Ellison, Esq.
Penny Ellison is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has taught Animal Law and Ethics and supervised pro bono projects involving animal protection since 2006.
She is a frequent speaker at seminars on Animal Law offered by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She also serves as Executive Director of Hand2Paw, a nonprofit organization that connects homeless youth and shelter animals through volunteering and internships. Penny also serves as Circuit Mediator for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where she mediates all types of civil cases on appeal.
She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Penn State University and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Penny joined the board in 2012 and became Vice-Chair in 2016. She is also Chair of the government funding and legislation committee and a member of the executive and the governance committees.
Penny has a cat named Roo, a St. Bernard named Shaq and a bulldog/pit mix named Dorset.
Carol Erickson, former CBS-3 meteorologist, is an anchor and reporter for Calkins Media, which includes the Bucks County Courier Times, Burlington County Times and Intelligencer. She anchors the daily Newsbreak show and hosts Ask the Pet Vet. Erickson is a passionate advocate for family pets and other animals. She has won awards from the Pennsylvania SPCA, the Philadelphia Kennel Club, and Lulu’s Rescue, which recognized her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Erickson and her many animals call Burlington County home.
Carol is a member of the development and the government funding and legislation committees.
Gina Gilliam joined the PSPCA Board of Directors in 2014 and is a member of the development and governance committees. She has over 15 years experience as a public relations professional and currently directs the communications and public relations programs at a federal agency.
Gina previously worked as an Environmental Education Manager at the Fairmount Park Commission; a Conservation Educator at the National Wildlife Federation; and a Lead Animal Keeper at the Philadelphia Zoo. As a School District of Philadelphia Substitute Science Teacher, she developed exciting hands-on lessons for students.
Gina has a long history with the PSPCA which began when she volunteered at the agency as a teen. Three PSPCA animals have been adopted by Gina, including a dog that had spent nearly three years at the agency because of a cruelty case.
Gina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Messiah College and has taken graduate biology and education courses. Her family includes rescued PSPCA dogs Cephas and Chloe, a rescued cat and a box turtle.
Roland Kassis, the founder of Kassis Ventures, builds residential projects throughout Northern Liberties and Fishtown, home to the PSPCA’s Fishtown Satellite Center. Kassis is the largest commercial property holder along the Frankford Avenue and Front Street corridor. In the last four years, he has built out the spaces now known as Frankford Hall, Fette Sau, and La Colombe’s flagship store. An animal lover and advocate, Roland and his dog, Gee, who recently passed, were a fixture throughout their Fishtown neighborhood.
Roland joined the board in 2015 and serves on the government funding and legislation committee.
Philip G. Kircher, Esq.
Philip G. Kircher, Esq., is an attorney with Cozen O’Connor, an international law firm headquartered in Philadelphia. He handles a wide variety of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts including securities, antitrust, shareholders’ rights, business and real estate joint ventures, corporate governance, breach of fiduciary duties and general breach of contract matters.
He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and he serves as a judge pro tempore in state court in Philadelphia. He was selected a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” by his peers, appearing in Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. He is an animal welfare advocate and has provided pro bono services to numerous agencies.
Phil graduated from Drexel University and from Villanova University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Law Review.
Phil joined the board in 2012 and serves on the development, governance, government funding and legislation, and executive committees.
He shares his home with five rescued dogs, including Duke, Millie, Gus, Spock and Rebecca, and one rescued black cat, Baxter.
Mr. Lichter is the Managing Partner of Newbury Partners, a firm specializing in acquiring buyout, venture capital, special situations, mezzanine and fund-of-funds limited partnership interests in the secondary market. He is responsible for managing Newbury’s investment activity. Mr. Lichter has been a senior investment professional in nine secondary funds and has been responsible for over 150 secondary transactions. Prior to founding Newbury, Mr. Lichter was Managing Director and Head of Secondary Investments at Auda Private Equity LLC, where he led the sourcing and investment of Auda Secondary Fund. Previously, Mr. Lichter was a Managing Director at Lexington Partners since that firm’s inception in 1995, where he was primarily engaged in transaction origination and valuation of secondary purchases of buyout and mezzanine partnership interests. Mr. Lichter was also responsible for secondary purchases from Japanese institutions. Beginning in 1993, Mr. Lichter was a Managing Director at Landmark Partners and, prior to that, he held the position of Vice President in investment banking at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. Mr. Lichter graduated with an MBA from M.I.T., Sloan School of Management and received an AB from Dartmouth College with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Mr. Lichter is also a member of the board of trustees of Morris Animal Foundation, a member of Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and President of Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs, a 501c3 foundation that provides hope and assistance for dogs.
Dave Maturo is Director of Business Development for Grant Thornton LLP, a global professional services network of independent accounting and consulting firms. Previously, he was a partner with Attolon Partners and Vice President of Finance and Operations for Xlibris Corporation.
Dave is the author of the book, “Experiments in Reinventing Government: A Study of Privatization Efforts in Philadelphia, Pa.” He has also written several articles for the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs. He served on the board of the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia for several years.
Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from LaSalle University, and his master’s degree in public administration in finance from the University of Delaware.
Dave joined the board in 2012. He is Chair of the finance committee and serves on the strategic planning and executive committees.
His family includes two rescued dogs: Buddy, a Toy Fox Terrier, and Buster, a Jack Russell Terrier.
one rescued black cat, Baxter.
Gerald B. Shreiber is President and CEO of J&J Snack Foods Corp. Gerry began his career as a machine shop trainee with Kulicke & Soffa in 1960 and ultimately held positions in production and sales management before starting his own business manufacturing specialty machine parts. Gerry sold his company in 1970 and stayed until 1971 before forming J&J Snack Foods Corp. in September 1971.
Mr. Shreiber has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of Atlantic County (NJ) and also served as Chairman of the fundraising committee. He was Chairman of the State of Israel Notes for Atlantic County. He is also a founder of the American Associates, Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, and is a member of the board of the Federation of Jewish Charities. Gerry is a member of the Dean’s Council of the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Gerry is also a Charter Member of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Gerry and his company, JJSF, sponsor numerous philanthropic causes and charities including the ALS Association, Children’s Hospital, Golden Slipper Camp, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the United Way.
Gerry is an avid animal lover, and is very active on behalf of animal welfare and animal rights. He is a former Board Member and supporter of the North American Wildlife Park Foundation (Wolf Park), American Anti-Vivisection Society, Animal Welfare Institute, PETA, Guide Dogs for the Blind and many other preservation and animal welfare organizations. He also created his own foundation called S.A.F.E. (Shreiber Animal Foundation Enterprise). Gerry was recently honored by the Pennsylvania SPCA for his philanthropy towards numerous animal causes. He joined the board of the Pennsylvania SPCA in 2017.
Gerry has three children and six grandchildren. He lives on a 113-acre farm in Mullica Hill, NJ, which he shares with numerous animals, including four dogs, seven horses, two burros, two pygmy goats and one cat.
Lindy Snider is a partner at Artists & Instigators and founder and CEO of LindiSkin, a skincare product line developed specifically for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
Before founding LindiSkin in 2003, she served in multiple senior level roles at Comcast-Spectacor in sales, marketing, operations and strategic planning. Additionally, Lindy has served as vice president of sales and marketing for the Philadelphia Flyers organization.
She serves on the boards of CancerForward and Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.
Lindy attended Ithaca College and the University of Pennsylvania. Lindy has been a member of the board since 2012 and serves on the strategic planning and development committees.
Her pets include Taj and Maggie, Border Collies, Remy and Springer Spaniel, cats Jo-Jo and CC along with three lizards and 25 Koi.