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Philadelphia Chapter STEERING Committee

Fatima Class - Chair

Fatima is retired following a more than 30 year career in Information Technology in the pharmaceutical, Computer sciences and Manufacturing markets. The last 13 years at GSK directing global infrastructure and hosting services.  Fatima lives in Downingtown with her husband, Bob, has 4 grown children and 2 grand children.  She spends her time with family, friends and, most of all, the 2 grandchildren.   She loves to travel, read, walk and bake and enjoys planning community events and activities. Until recently, she was busy with transition and multiple health projects.

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. 


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.

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.

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. 

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.

Nancy Gordon - Membership

My life ended on May 16, 2010.  The Transition Network helped to re-start it.

In the 80’s I left corporate America to start a restaurant and catering business which I then sold to my employees and spent the next 4 years traveling the world.  I spent the next 25 years in the Long-Term Care and Medicare Insurance business.

I was also the President of the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah, and then, a member of the Hadassah Regional Board.  I still continue my association with the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah today.

After my husband died suddenly in 2010, I moved back to Philadelphia after 25 years in Dallas to be closer to family.

Thanks to The Transition Network, I was able to meet some incredible women, each going through their own experiences and coming together for each other.  I enjoy being a part of the Art SIG  and the Wine SIG II (which I helped to start). 

I have a new found love of painting and a ‘happy new beginning’:  Stew and I were married on March 8, 2020.

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.  

National Board Liaison-Open Position

Alice Milrod - Co-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 (she is SIG Lead for Books That
Challenge Us) and does a wide array of cultural activities. She also enjoys
spending time with friends and her family, including her daughter, son in law,
and two grandchildren who live in Center City.

Pat Nelson - Volunteer Opportunities

A Chicago native, Pat settled in Philadelphia in 1984.  Before retiring in 2012, she had a 44-year career that included association management, magazine publishing, executive conference production, marketing and administration.  She now works part-time as executive director of a state trade association in the transportation industry.

Since becoming a TTN member in 2016, Pat has joined a peer group and four SIGS.  Additionally, she has coordinated TTN volunteers for MANNA and served on the Membership Committee, primarily delivering TTN Talks.  She also serves on the Old St. Joseph’s Church Eldership Steering Committee as the group’s newsletter editor and often volunteers her time to other parish activities.  Pat’s other interests include reading, cooking and travel.  She holds a B.A. from Loyola University, Chicago.

Marketing and Communications-Open Position

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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