The Board of Directors must live within the boundaries of Society Hill, be at least 21 years of age, and be a member of the Association.
Officers: Five members serve in the position of President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer.
Directors at Large: Eight members are elected at-large.
District Directors: The 12 members are elected from the Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest Districts of Society Hill. Each district has three District Directors on the Board.
Continuing Director: The person who served as president during the preceding year.
Designated Directors: The six members are designated by the respective owners’ and or residents’ associations of Hopkinson House, Independence Place, Society Hill Towers, and Penn’s Landing Square. Representatives of St. James Court and St. James Apartments are non-voting directors.
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Administrator: Matt DeJulio, email@example.com
Accountant: Greg DiTeodoro
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First Vice President
Second Vice President
Lorna Katz Lawson
Rosanne returned to the presidency of SHCA in June 2016, after having served from 2009 to 2011. She came to Philadelphia with her husband Yves Quintin to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. They have raised their family in Wash West and Society Hill. Most recently, Rosanne has served on SHCA’s Fifth Street Development Committee that is focused on the Acme supermarket site. In the mid to late 2000s, she was a leader in opposing Foxwoods Casinos, helped to modify wheelchair-accessible ramps to conform to the historical and preservation standards of Society Hill, and aided in facilitating a dialogue with neighbors and the City regarding the new bike paths that were purposed for Spruce and Pine Streets. Rosanne is honored to have the opportunity to serve the Society Hill neighborhood once again.
Martha has lived in Society Hill with her husband attorney Howard Sedran for over 25 years. Formerly an educator for the School District of Philadelphia, Martha went on to earn an MBA in marketing. She has a passion for this neighborhood and has created many programs and projects to improve the quality of life here. Martha is chair of the Franklin Lights Committee, where she oversaw the fundraising necessary to replace 500 lights, doubling the illumination in our neighborhood. She initiated the Welcome Basket program and the Society Hill’s List of Contractors. Martha co-chairs the annual Open House and Garden Tour. In addition, she manages the Block Coordinators and co-chairs the Fix the Brix program.
Kim has had many years of experience in the senior care service industry and he is well versed in the operations of nonprofits.
|Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kate Robinson attended Carnegie Mellon University where she earned her B.S in Biology. Kate came to Philadelphia to attend law school. She currently works as an attorney at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell and Hippel, specializing in medical malpractice defense. Kate has lived in Society Hill since 2010, and enjoys spending time in its parks and quiet streets with her husband, their young son, and their Bernese Mountain Dog. Kate loves the beauty and history of Society Hill, but most of all the close sense of community that the neighborhood fosters. She and her husband look forward to raising their family in Society Hill, and she is interested in any contribution she can make to ensure the preservation and continued success of the neighborhood for future generations.|
Madeline and her husband Gordon Leggett have been residents in Society Hill since 1992. After 20 years in the financial services industry, she transferred her focus to early childhood and elementary school education, teaching at St. Peter’s School and for the School District of Philadelphia. She now volunteers at the McCall School and serves on several school boards. Madeline has a daughter and two grandchildren.
Brian is a retired partner in Booz & Co.’s (formerly Booz | Allen | Hamilton, one of the four largest general management/strategy consulting firms) Information Technology Group where he led our Latin American and Strategic Services practices. His professional experience encompasses business and financial management, information technology, business transformation and project management. with an MBA in finance and BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell University. He has lived in Society Hill since 2001, at 238 Philip Place. He is currently the Chairman of the Washington Square Townhouse Council, the entity which manages the parking courtyard shared by the 37 owners of the I.M. Pei townhouses west of Society Hill Towers. He is also currently serving as the Judge of Elections for Ward 5, Division 18.
Lorna Katz-Lawson is a practicing architect with John Lawson Architects. She has been a Society Hill resident since 1973, serving in various capacities both on and off the Board, including the Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee, a representative to the Crosstown Coalition and a member of the Steering Committee for SHCA’s Neighborhood Plan.
Robert Kramer and his wife Harriett Brumberg have been residents of Philadelphia for over 35 years, and residents of Society Hill since 2012. Robert is a practicing attorney, receiving his law degree in 1979 from Temple University. During his career, Robert has been general counsel of two publicly traded corporations, and has represented private clients with respect to real estate matters, mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate governance, commercial transactions, employment law and finance.
Sissie and her husband Herb have lived at Independence Place for 30 years. She chairs the Washington Square Committee, and is SHCA liaison to the National Park Service, where she works to maintain the standards and improve the beauty of Washington Square. Sissie served on the board of Wilma Theater for 25 years. She is past president of the Friends of Moss Rehabilitation Hospital, where she co-chaired exhibits associated with its Artists with Disabilities program. Sissie has received recognition from presidents Obama and Bush for her many hours of volunteering.
Mary Tracy moved to Society Hill in 2011 from Overbrook Farms, where she lived for 30 years and served as a board member and past president of the neighborhood civic association. As president, Mary led efforts to obtain federal transportation funding tor the restoration of the historic Overbrook Train Station. She is the president of Scenic America, a national organization working to preserve and enhance the visual character of America’s roadways, countryside and communities. In 1990, Mary cofounded the Society Created to Reduce Urban Blight, better known as SCRUB, partnering with community groups and local officials to pass laws protecting neighborhoods from billboard blight.
Woody is a consumer products executive with a consulting practice. His clients include Coca-Cola, Hershey’s and Keurig Green Mountain. After migrating from Pittsburgh to study at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, Woody fell in love with the city and a girl named Brooke, now his wife. Since 2013, the couple has lived in Society Hill, following 20 years in the suburbs raising two children. He has worked in nonprofit activities with Please Touch Museum, Drexel University and Leadership Philadelphia.
Larry is a 40 year resident of Society Hill, an attorney who represents parties to business disputes and has occasionally served community associations dealing with proposed development. Married 36 years ago at Society Hill Synagogue, he has two grown daughters who were raised in this neighborhood. He enjoys mentoring, golfing, Penn Relays officiating and balloon handling in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. He values efficiency and spirit and would apply these qualities to help SHCA preserve and promote the very special mix of history and residential life that exists in this community. He is especially interested in making it easier for the young people who have revitalized Philadelphia to stay here to raise a family.
Martha was born and raised in Texas. She is a CPA, with a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and has a Masters in Taxation from Villanova Law School. Sunoco transferred her to Philadelphia in 1984. Martha bought a house in Society Hill and was delighted to discover the benefits of living in the city. She joined SHCA and also served on the board. Another transfer with Sunoco took her to London for three years. Upon her return to the states, Martha again bought a home in Society Hill. She retired in 2009 after 29 years with Sunoco working in various areas of corporate taxation. She is enjoying retirement and having time to see family and friends, travel, read, play tennis, hike, bike, volunteer and explore more of Philadelphia. She loves living in Philadelphia and the Society Hill neighborhood and also serves a coordinator for her block.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE Upper School History, Baldwin School 2010-2012 Taught grades 10-12, both standard and Advanced Placement. LEGAL CAREER Trial lawyer specializing in criminal defense, primarily serious felonies and homicides; Defender Association of Philadelphia: 1981-1988; Private Practice: 1988-2005; Notable cases: Commonwealth v. Raymond Carter, resulted in winning freedom for Mr. Carter who had been wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life. Mr. Carter is now free and works in violence prevention. Commonwealth v. Vincent Johnson, exposed irregularities in the prosecution of this murder case and as a result gaining freedom for a man who had been imprisoned for thirty seven years. Forbes v. Lower Merion Township, a civil rights suit for the wrongful death of Erin Forbes in a tragic police confrontation that ended with the shooting of Mr. Forbes. A jury returned a verdict in favor of the police. VOLUNTEER POSITIONS Created a task force to consider creating a child-centered visiting space for children visiting inmates at Philadelphia county prisons. Board member CeaseFirePA , 2010-1016; Tutoring at Spring Garden Elementary; Founding board member, Pennsylvania Innocence Project, until 2014; 2002-2004; Member Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; 1999 Democratic Candidate for Montgomery Candidate District Attorney
George grew up in New York City and is a graduate of Regis High School and Holy Cross College. He received his PHD in Sociology from Brown University and has been a professor at St. Joseph’s University since 1982. George is an adjunct fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. He has lived in Society Hill for the past 20 years.
Norm, a retired educator and athletic coach for the School District of Philadelphia, has lived in our community for over 30 years with his wife Sylvia. He previously served as SHCA representative to The St. James high-rise. Norm officiates at track, swim and cross-country events and is chief coordinator for officials at the Penn Relays. He is also a nationally licensed racecar driver with the Sports Club of America.
David and his wife, Kate, have lived in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia for the past 5 years along with their cocker spaniel, Finnegan. David is a financial advisor, with Edward Jones Investments and Kate, a Trauma ICU RN.
George is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Law School. He retired from his independent corporate law practice in 2000. George lived on the Main Line for 35 years, where he worked on various civic causes, including two terms as president of the Wynnewood Civic Association. In 2006, George moved to Society Hill, where he resides with his partner Susan Williams. He has served as a director of SHCA for the past 10 years, and has particularly devoted his efforts to keeping our neighborhood clean and graffiti free. George also serves on the Board of the historic Powel House and is active in other civic activities
Barbara has been a resident of Society Hill for 23 years and lives in a townhouse with her husband Jay and two children. She attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and is a psychologist with the School District of Philadelphia. She has also worked in private practice. Barbara served on the SHCA board in the early nineties and spearheaded what was then the Town Watch.
After 30 years in the suburbs (Abington) raising our two sons, my husband Ron and I moved back into the city. Initially we were in a condo part time on Washington Square and then 3 years ago we sold our suburban home and relocated full time to the 500 block of Pine St. We love being in the city and have never looked back.
I had a first career as a critical care RN for 10 years, returned to graduate school when our children were young and moved on to a 24 year career in school counseling from which I just retired last year. While living in Abington I volunteered with several different community organizations including the Abington Community Taskforce and Abington Hospital’s Safe Harbor (bereavement support group) Program. I’ve always enjoyed being involved and working to promote positive change wherever I’ve lived.
I currently work part-time with Hand2Paw, a non-profit (which coincidentally I first heard about in the SHCA newsletter) that connects at risk youth with opportunities and internships in animal care settings. I supervise/mentor our student interns at the PSPCA. Additionally, I have two therapy dogs and do a lot of therapy dog volunteer work at CHOP, HUP and Pennsylvania Hospital.
In my spare time I like to be involved politically, garden throughout the neighborhood, volunteer with Tree Tenders, work on various fabric art projects, bake, read and spend time with our little grandson. I look forward to the opportunity to become more involved with the SHCA.
Camille and her husband, Jim moved with their two, now grown, children to Society Hill in 1999 from Wilmington, Delaware. Both originally from the Philadelphia area including attending the University of Pennsylvania, they wanted to return to their roots and were particularly drawn to Society Hill’s historic beauty and strong sense of community. They have been members of SHCA since their arrival (and remember fondly the welcome basket!) with their affection and commitment to the neighborhood only growing with time.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Amy spent most of her career doing public relations for the Pennwalt Corporation in Philadelphia and Cigna’s health care businesses in Bloomfield, Connecticut. After eight years in New York City, part of that time working for a nonprofit women’s rights organization, Amy and husband Jim Giblin returned to Philadelphia in 2004. Amy joined the board of the Society Hill Civic Association in 2012.
Originally from New York City, where she studied medicine at NYU, Lisa has lived in Society Hill for the last 30 years with her husband Ken Fleisher. After 25 years of medical practice at the University of Pennsylvania Health System as an internist with expertise in nutrition, Lisa has developed several new interests. She is the Founding Director of “Society Hill-Hot and Healthy,” a free, community-based medical speaker series, and “Philly Is Walking In The Park,” a walking program in Washington Square.
Bob is a native Philadelphian and has lived in Germantown, Oak Lane and Chestnut Hill. He and his wife moved to Society Hill in 2005. He is a partner with O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue LLP. The firm represents international and local labor unions and their employee benefit plans. Bob became involved with SHCA’s Anti-Graffiti Subcommittee and Clean-Up Day Committees before joining the Board as a Southeast Quadrant Director in 2011. Most recently he served as board president until May 2016. Bob also remains active with the Parking Lot and Tree Tenders Committees.
Jerry was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science with a degree in pharmacy, attended Temple Graduate School of Business and spent two years in the Army. Jerry then worked for over 25 years in various capacities for the pharmaceutical industry before starting his own international consulting company, Rx-OTC Consultants. Now retired, he sits as president of the board at Independence Place, where he has lived for over 10 years.
Mary has made Philadelphia her home for over 20 years. Her professional expertise is in project management and employee benefits administration, most recently as a principal at Mercer, a Marsh & McLennan company. Mary is on the Council at Society Hill Towers and is past chair of the Society Hill Towers Community PAC. She coordinates the annual SHCA social and currently chairs the Nominating and Elections Committee. Mary takes advantage of the many cultural and historic institutions Philadelphia has to offer, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and National Constitution Center.
Loretta is a native Philadelphian. She has recently joined the SHCA Board.
Norm was born in Philadelphia and has spent all but five years of his life here. He and his late wife Marcia have lived in St. James Court since 1992. He has spent his career in mass communications as an advertising agency writer and account executive, as well as a sales representative. He launched his own business, Wisler Collaboration, in 2014. Norm has been a member of the Civic Association since 1992. He has served on the Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee, as well as a block coordinator for St. James Court.
Priscilla left Michigan seven years ago to join her family, who live in Wash West. She resides in the St. James with her puppy Shadow. Priscilla is an ordained minister and has served as moderator for the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. She served on numerous boards in Kalamazoo and is a lifelong member of the Sierra Club, among other institutions.