Partner, Veritable LLP
Jeff Beachell has devoted his entire 20-plus-year career to advising families at Veritable, an owner-operated investment advisory firm. As a partner, he serves on the firm’s Executive, Investment and Operations Committees and he leads a six-person investment team. In addition to serving on the Lenfest Foundation Board and chairing its Finance Committee, he recently joined the board of trustees of his alma mater, Drexel University, where, as an undergraduate, he concentrated in economics and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in business administration.
Managing Director, Credit Suisse
Joseph Huber joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1978, was named managing director in 1982, and currently serves as chairman of Credit Suisse’s Pension Investment Committee. Previously, he was with White, Weld & Co. and Credit Suisse White Weld Ltd.; he also was a portfolio manager and advisor to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency. He serves as a member of the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets, Inc. Working Group. He is a former governor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and former board member of Vanguard Charitable. In addition to serving on the Lenfest Foundation Board of Directors, he is currently a member of Vanguard’s Canadian Investment Review Committee and serves on the boards of the Lenfest Scholars Foundation (president), Foster Holdings, Mercersburg Academy, and Lower Merion Pension. Mr. Huber holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lafayette College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
President & CEO of Replica Creative
Keith Leaphart took over Replica Creative in 2009, converting a 30-year-old black-and-white print shop into one of the city’s leading design and print firms. Replica Creative is the first of its kind in the US to co-locate a café and design and print shop, fusing a highly creative environment with the creative economy. Dr. Leaphart served as an executive on loan from the Lenfest Foundation to the City of Philadelphia, assisting with the development and implementation of the City’s ex-offender reintegration strategy. He currently sits on the boards of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), Boys Latin Charter School, Philadelphia Media Network, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Science Center and the Lenfest Scholars Foundation. Dr. Leaphart attended Central High School and Hampton University, and ultimately completed a five-year dual D.O./M.B.A. program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Saint Joseph’s University, respectively.
H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in Scarsdale, New York, and on a farm north of Lambertville, in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy, Washington and Lee University, and Columbia Law School. He also served in the United States Navy aboard destroyers and retired with the rank of Captain. Following graduation from law school, he practiced law with the New York firm of Davis Polk before joining Triangle Publications, Inc., in Philadelphia, a large, privately owned communications company headed by Walter Annenberg, as associate counsel in 1965. Mr. Lenfest then became managing director of Triangle’s Communications Division, consisting of Seventeen magazine and cable television interests. At this time, he also served as editorial director and publisher of Seventeen and as president of the cable television companies. In 1974, Mr. Lenfest formed Lenfest Communications, Inc., having purchased Suburban Cable TV Company and Lebanon Valley Cable TV Company from Triangle with two partners. The company grew to become one of the top cable television companies in the United States, with over 1.2 million subscribers, as well as interests in France and Australia. In January 2000, Mr. Lenfest entered into a transaction by which the ownership in the cable television operations of Lenfest Communications was transferred to Comcast Corporation. He and his wife, Marguerite, founded the Lenfest Foundation in 2000.
Marguerite Lenfest, born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, grew up in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia and graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1951. She met her future husband, H. F. (“Gerry”) Lenfest and the couple were married while Gerry was serving in the Navy. Mrs. Lenfest earned a B.A. in psychology from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1955. Living in New York City after their marriage, she worked for six years as an elementary school teacher on Long Island and in Manhattan. Her passion for children led her to serve on the Board of Directors for the Jenkintown Day Nursery, and she has since served on countless boards for museums and other cultural organizations throughout the Philadelphia area. The Lenfests’ three children and four grandchildren all live in the Philadelphia area.
President, Franklin & Marshall College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., joined Franklin & Marshall College in 2011. Prior to his appointment at Franklin & Marshall, he served as senior vice president for strategic development for his alma mater, Georgetown University, and for four years served as a senior aide to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala. Dr. Porterfield is a frequent contributor to the national dialogue on issues including the value of the liberal arts, college opportunity and the impact of technology on higher education. His writing has been featured in such outlets as Forbes and the Huffington Post. In addition to serving on the Lenfest Foundation Board of Directors, he chairs the board of the Lenfest College Scholarship Foundation and serves as a trustee of the Franklin & Marshall College Board. He earned a B.A. in English at Georgetown University, a B.A./M.A. in English at Oxford University, and a Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Grahame Richards, Jr. practiced law in Philadelphia for 30 years before joining the Lenfest Foundation to help the Lenfests with their family foundations. He has been a partner with Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel and at Mylotte, David & Fitzpatrick, where his trust and estate practice included federal income, gift and estate taxation; estate planning; charitable dispositions and deferred giving; foundations; and charitable institutions. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law. Mr. Richards is a past chairman of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a former member of the Association’s Board of Governors. While practicing law, he continued his service in the Navy and the Naval Reserves, retiring as a U.S. Navy Captain. He has served as regional and national vice-president of the American Heart Association and as a member of its National Board of Directors.
Director, Nonprofit Repositioning Fund
Nadya K. Shmavonian leads the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund, a newly created pooled fund to encourage and support mergers and other types of collaborations between nonprofit organizations. She also acts as an independent consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic facilitation and planning, management and executive coaching, leadership and organizational development. She previously served as president of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, and as executive vice president at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she also worked as director of administration and as a program officer in health and human services. In addition to the Lenfest Foundation, Ms. Shmavonian serves on the boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and Philadelphia Youth Basketball. She is an instructor at the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Financial Officer, The Lenfest Group
Joy Tartar, CPA, has been the chief financial officer for the Lenfest Group, LLC, since January 2000. From January 1996 through December 1999, she was the vice president of finance for Radius Communications, a cable advertising and sales company serving the Greater Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, areas, and a former subsidiary of Lenfest Communications, Inc. From January 1994 through December 1995, Ms. Tartar was the controller for Starnet, Inc., a national satellite distributor of cable programming and digital video, and a former subsidiary of Lenfest Communications, Inc. She has been a director of TelVue Corp. since 2001.