The Transition Network

Philadelphia Chapter STEERING Committee

Alice Milrod - Chair

Alice has been a member of TTN for 7 years. She has served as SIG Chair, Coordinator of Member Groups and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. She now serves as Chapter Co-Chair.  Alice holds an MBA and spent her career in investments. She is very grateful to TTN for all the wonderful people she has met and the ability it has given her to do meaningful volunteer work.

In her spare time, Alice enjoys reading and is currently in three book clubs. She also enjoys travel and a wide array of cultural activities.  Finally, she spends as much time as possible with friends and her family, including her daughter, son in law and two grandchildren who live in Center City.

Fatima Class-Strategic Planning; Finance Chair

Fatima joined the Philadelphia Chapter of The Transition Network in 2013 and has actively served as secretary and vice chair for the chapter.  She is currently the chair, where she was responsible for applying technology to chapter operations including the member lifecycle dashboard. She organized the chapter around delivering member experience resulting in a 45% increase in membership over the last 4 years.
 
Fatima was born in Egypt, and left at an early age to pursue a computer technology education.  She earned a degree in Computer Science and Statistics before engaging in a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry.  She started as a programmer/analyst at Johnson & Johnson, before rising to more responsible positions.  This included her role as Program Director at Glaxo Smith Kline, where she was responsible for setting strategic direction of the technology support organizations, including setting and managing large budgets.  To ensure success of a global organization, she utilized her change management skills to design, implemented and staff the same.  She also served as the GSK IT Executive Committee facilitator, where she was responsible for the oversight of all global projects, managing relationships between sector leads, including all communications across leadership teams.
 
Family is extremely important to Fatima.  She was active in supporting educational and sports activities of her four children, including serving as the fund-raising chairperson for several schools and sports organizations.  She is active in the community, being an avid supporter of the Lord’s Pantry.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. She enjoys sailing and snorkeling and a passion for cooking and baking.

Nancy Goldschmidt​-Secretary

Nancy has been a member of TTN since 2018. She serves as a TTN Welcome Ambassador, is in a Peer Group, two SIGs (The Art of the Book and Montco Movie Group) and enjoys attending in-person and virtual TTN programs.

Nancy retired in 2019 from the School District of Philadelphia where she taught elementary age students for 19 years. Prior to that she was a business consultant for hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices and other types of health care organizations. She has a MBA in Healthcare Administration and an MS in Finance from Temple University and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nancy lives in Abington Pennsylvania with her husband, dog, and two cats. She has two grown children who thankfully live in the area. She enjoys traveling, walking, biking, swimming and getting together with family and friends. TTN has been very rewarding both socially and intellectually for Nancy.

Fran Jonas - Events

Fran moved from the suburbs to Center City in 2016. She joined TTN right before she moved. Fran enjoys the theater, concerts, the NJ Shore and the wonderful restaurants in Philadelphia. She is a mom of three and a Grandmother of nine which keep
her very busy. 

 

Jean Brubaker – Events

After starting her career as a professional cellist, Jean went on to work as an administrator (public relations and marketing) for various arts organizations in New York, Washington and Baltimore.  She came to Philadelphia in 1986 to work as Director of Marketing for The Philadelphia Orchestra followed by fundraising and marketing in The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Division of Oncology.  She also is a photographer.  Currently Jean works as a guide for The Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Her free time is devoted to her son, Ace and his new wife Samantha, dog Alberto and to biking and other athletic adventures.

Carol Cunningham - Giving Circle

Carol grew up in the Lake District in England and has studied in UK, France and the US. Carol is a Global Leadership Consultant in cross-cultural communications. She is President of the Cunningham Consulting which focuses on supporting global growth through understanding the intricacies and impact of culture and cultural differences. For 25 years she has provided consulting, training, and coaching services to global companies. 

She has worked extensively with non-profits over the last 20 years. She is the current chair of the TTN Giving Circle and President of the Women’s Initiative of the Gambia (WIG). WIG helps women in rural village communities learn skills to generate a sustainable income. In addition, she is the Co-founder, with her daughter Kathryn, of Power Up Gambia which provides solar energy to hospitals.

Marion Blow - Analysis and Solutions

Marion’s professional background has included over 30 years as a CPA serving in senior level finance roles within the banking industry.  After retiring in 2016, Marion has expanded her community participation through her volunteer work with local nonprofit groups.  

Since joining TTN in 2016, Marion has served on the Chapter Steering Committee as Events Committee Chair and is currently Chair of the Analysis & Solutions Committee. Marion believes that belonging to the TTN community has made an incredibly positive impact on the quality of this chapter of her life and is grateful for having had the chance to meet so many exceptional and dynamic women.

Marion lives in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, spending time with her daughter and granddaughter and getting down to the Jersey shore as often as possible.

Lorraine Gordon - Treasurer

Lorraine is a former pharmaceutical sales representative with over 25 years experience, most recently with GlaxoSmithKline.  Lorraine is Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter and Co-chairperson of The Foodie Group.

Lorraine is the Outreach Liaison at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center's Communication & Education Department for the numerous Patient Cancer Conferences they sponsor.  In addition, in 2007 she established the Roger A. Gordon Melanoma Fund at HUP in memory of her late husband in order to enhance awareness of skin cancer to the general public.

Lorraine also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, walking, reading, concerts, volunteering, traveling, fine wines and dining out.

Membership- Open Position

Marcia Goldstein - Transition Peer Groups

Marcia has retired from a career as a School Social Worker, primarily supporting Middle and High School students facing emotional, behavioral, learning, and physical challenges. She has also devoted time to working with academically talented minority youth through A Better Chance in Lower Merion.

Currently she volunteers with Journey’s Way as a peer leader running groups for senior citizens to help prevent isolation and depression. Having retired, and moving to the city, Marcia is living through transitions while helping women in all types of transitions connect and develop communities through Peer Groups.
 
In her free time Marcia stays connected with family, seeks out fun cultural activities and lectures, loves to read, walk, do yoga, and to bike and kayak at the shore. 

Barbara Kessler - Transition Peer Groups

Barbara is a former New Yorker who recently relocated to Philadelphia to embrace all that the city of her college years has to offer (including kids, grand kids and extended family).  Barbara’s career was a study in transition moving from running groups and coordinating community involvement programs to practicing law for 25+ years. Her last position was Vice President Employment Law and Business Ethics at Cablevision. After retiring from law, Barbara’s Second Act was to start her own business as a life and career management coach and to serve in leadership positions on not-for profit boards. She is so grateful to TTN for providing her with opportunities to get to know Philadelphia, to learn “play”, to become part of a community of interesting, dynamic women, to use her skills  and, most importantly, to develop new friends who are like family and make Philadelphia  home.

Jamie Fischer - Special Interest Groups

Jamie is a recent transplant to Center City, after raising her family at the South Jersey Shore.  She is originally from Cherry Hill and NE Philly.  Jamie, a human factors psychologist, currently works part time with her husband in their forensic personal injury practice. She has a broad professional background that focuses on error reduction research and development in the aerospace, transportation, banking, and medical industries. In her free time Jamie loves to bike, walk, read, travel, and spend time with family and friends.  She is very grateful for finding TTN and is having a lot of fun.  

Sally Mazzarella - Volunteer Opportunities

Sally has a diverse background professionally and geographically.  These many life transitions  shaped  her strengths, resilience and curiosity.   

Professionally, she was the Program Director of a 24/7 Intermediate Care Facility, and oversaw a three quarter million annual budget, served on the Governor’s Council for the Handicapped with travel throughout Alaska.   For fifteen years she worked at the  State of Hawaii Department of Education assisting ten schools, pre-K -H.S.  through consultation with administration, teachers and parents, assessed, developed and implemented district wide workshops and  ensured compliance with special education laws.  

Sally chaired a sexual assault survivors board in Alaska, taught English to international students in Puerto Rico and developed activities programs for older adults in Southern California.  In Hawaii she chaired the local Outdoor Circle board and served on her church board.

She is currently a docent for  the Upenn Archeology Museum, active in the local chapter of Indivisible, an avid reader, enjoys jazz and the arts,  dabbles in quilts,  volunteers for numerous causes, does a bit of traveling and of course,  talking, laughing and sharing with friends new and old.    

Carol Greco Marketing and Communications Co-Chair

Carol moved to Philly in August 2013. A co-founder of Virginia's Wisley Greco & Associates, named by the Wall Street Journal/Real Trends as one of the top 250 real estate teams in the United States, she holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. She is married to Philip, a psychiatrist. They have two children. Son, Eric, is an options trader on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange as well as a world famous duplicate bridge player. He is married to Carmelita Martell  and they have two sons and  a daughter. Carol's daughter, Bonnie, works in commercial real estate in San Francisco. Her husband, Clark, is a District Manager for Farmer's Insurance. They have also blessed Carol with a grandson Carter, and a granddaughter, Kiki. Carol served as the findraiser for Philly's TTN Giving Circle and leads an Awesome Art Appreciation SIG and is now Co-chair of Marketing. Current hobbies include bridge, reading, travelling, cooking and enjoying all that life has to offer.

Marsha Yankelev - Programs

After a nearly four-decade career at IBM Corporation in six locations spanning Information Technology,  sales, consulting and services, multiple management positions and Industry/Executive marketing, Marsha happily retired in 2013 to pursue her Second Act.  Marsha volunteers currently at Chester County Hospital, Chester County Volunteer English Program and other local non-profit organizations.  She serves as Vice Chair for TTN Marketing and Communications, learning new digital publishing skills and trying her hand as a journalist.  In late 2017, Marsha also became Chair of the Programs Committee and is actively working to deliver educational and personal growth programs for TTN members. 

In her free time, Marsha enjoys book club, Mah Jongg, cultural events, yoga, biking, traveling and tackling new athletic challenges.  She is devoted to her partner, Michael, their children and a large extended family.   Her motto:  Be Bold, Stay Sharp, Be Kind, Get Off the Sidelines.

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