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Our Leadership

Covenant House Pennsylvania is overseen by 10 board members who meet quarterly, led by our Chairperson, Mary Beth Gray, Esq. 

 

The CHPA board oversees the Executive Director who leads a senior team of four - an Associate Executive Director, Director of Operations, Development and Marketing Director and Comptroller. In turn, the senior team leads a staff of over 70 full-time and part-time staff and a number of per diem staff. 

 

Senior Management Team 

Executive Director
John Ducoff

I didn't have a plan that brought me to Covenant House Pennsylvania.  I graduated from law school, clerked for a couple of years and practiced for a few more.  I liked my practice and my firm, but when I had an opportunity to work in New Jersey's foster care system - I had always been interested in government service - I took it.  We were in charge of fixing New Jersey's system, and the work was incredibly challenging and meaningful.  I joined Covenant House International in New York, the parent organization of all the Covenant House programs, and spent about five years there.  It was good work too.  They asked me to fill in temporarily at Covenant House Pennsylvania.  I agreed, planning to go back to New York after a couple of months.  

 

On my third day here, I met a young person named Adam.  Adam was wearing a shirt that said "Bensalem High School" - where I had graduated from almost twenty-five years earlier.  Turns out he grew up about a hundred yards away from where I did.  The only difference between him and me was that my family hadn't put me out after high school.  They'd supported me through college and law school instead.  

 

A few weeks later I met another one of our young people, James, who had lived with us for a couple of years and was a great member of our community.  He'd just received an award for heroism at his hospital security guard job because he'd stepped in and stopped a patient from stabbing a doctor.  No matter the injustice of homelessness and the burdens he carried, he stepped into harm's way to protect someone he barely knew.  Homelessness didn't define him.  His courage and his selflessness did. 

 

Adam taught me that every young person deserves a family like I had.  James taught me that every young person - no matter what they've been through - has the potential to achieve.  That's what we do at Covenant House Pennsylvania:  we become family for our young people so we can help them overcome, transform, and succeed.  Our young people inspire me each and every day; that's why this is the work of my life.       

Associate Executive Director
Hugh Organ
Director of Operations
Rosalee Sánchez
Director of Development and Marketing
Paul Wheatley
Comptroller
Dana Richardson
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Board of Directors

 

Mary Beth H. Gray, Chair

Partner, Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP

 

James E. Connolly

Former CEO, Aeras

 

Jeff Cook

Chief Financial Officer, Pepsi & National Brand Beverages, Ltd.

 

Chris Gaffney

Group President, Toll Brothers, Inc.

 

Robert E. Gorman

Financial Advisor, Kita Gorman and Associates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Lim

Managing General Partner, Greenspring Associates

 

Robert Mauch

EVP and President AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation

 

Lawrence McAlee

Senior Vice President, Essent Guaranty

 

Debbie McCabe

Vice President, Sales Manager, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox & Roach Realtors

 

W. Frank McGrane

Executive Vice President, Citizens Bank

 

 

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