Advisory Council

The Children First Advisory Council are recognized leaders in business, medicine education, government, law, communications, public policy and philanthropy whose combined expertise and experience provide a valuable and independent perspective to Children First’s initiatives and strategies.  Members of the Children First Advisory Council support our vision to improve the lives and life chances of children in this region by advocating for comprehensive and quality education, accessible health care and other programs that develop the unique potential of every child.


  Emily Bittenbender

Owner & President, Bittenbender Construction

  Steve Bradley

President and CEO, Bradley & Bradley Associates

  Jolley Christman

  Andre Duggin

Chairman & CEO, AVI Healthcare Solutions LLC

  Mike Gerber

President FS Investments

   Bill Golderer

President and CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

  Phil Goldsmith

  Rosemarie Greco Morrissey

  Carole Haas Gravagno

  Feather Houstoun

  Victor Keen

Counsel, Duane Morris

Kimberly Kockler

Senior Vice President Government Affairs, Independence Blue Cross

   Charisse Lillie

Chief Executive Officer, CRL Consulting, LLC

  Sharmain Matlock-Turner

President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition

   Allen Model

Co-founder and managing director of Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd.

  Michael Pearson

President & CEO, Union Packaging

  Pedro Ramos

President, The Philadelphia Foundation

   Jennifer Rodriguez

President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  Mark Schweiker

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development Officer Renmatrix & Former Governor, State of Pennsylvania

   Narashima (Nick) Shenoy

President and CEO, Asian Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

  Ralph & Cookie Smith

Ralph is the Managing Director of Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Cookie works at Avenues, a marketing company

  Judith Von Seldeneck

Founder and Chairman, Diversified Search