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.
Joseph Huber (Vice Chair/ Treasurer)
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 (Chair), 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.
Keith Leaphart, D.O. (Chair)
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.
Marguerite Lenfest (President)
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.
Grahame Richards (Secretary)
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.