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Lower Merion & Narberth PATV Board of Directors
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Board of Directors - Bios
Louis 'Lou' N. Marks - Chairman
Louis N. Marks, a lifelong resident of Lower Merion, is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Archer & Greiner. Mr. Marks' practice focuses on counseling businesses regarding corporate law, corporate finance, business planning and development and all related corporate matters. He counsels public and private companies and entrepreneurial businesses, including closely-held and family-controlled companies in strategic and business planning, joint ventures and corporate partnering, organization, workout and turnaround management. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, the structuring of publicly and privately held businesses, bank and institutional lending, debt and equity offerings, venture capital, investment and merchant banking and other capital acquisition strategies. He negotiates various forms of business agreements and contracts including distribution, licensing and intellectual property agreements, professional service contracts, shareholder agreements, and dissolution and disengagement or "corporate divorce" agreements.
Mr. Marks is an Officer of, and serves on the Board of the American Jewish Committee, and is chair of its Energy Task Force. Mr. Marks is a member of both the American (Developments in Business Financing Committee) and Philadelphia (Corporate, Banking and Business Law Section) Bar Associations. He previously served as a board member for the Federation of Jewish Agencies and chairman of its Lawyer’s Division.
Mr. Marks is a Lower Merion High School alum and the Founding Chair of the Lower Merion High School Baseball Hall of Fame. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Marks is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is rated "Pre-Eminent" in Martindale-Hubbell; and is listed in both Best Lawyers in America and SmartCEO’s Legal Elite.
Irene McNeil - Founder, President, & CEO
(Formerly Wynnewood and now Philadelphia)
Irene McNeil has over 20 years experience in planning, developing and implementing communications activities and media relations programs to maintain awareness of the role of government, business, and non-profit corporations.
From 1981 to 1987, McNeil was Chief of Public Relations for the Government of Canada to promote its role in Quebec, in particular Economic Development. She organized over 500 news conferences and special events. She managed a team of bilingual (french and english) writers and contractors for speeches, news releases, literature, and signage to inform the media, all levels of government, and the community. She briefed government officials on English and French media affairs and traveled with elected officials throughout the Quebec regions to announce government initiatives.
In 1980 and 1981, she was Deputy Director of Public Relations for the Canadian Red Cross. She developed and maintained awareness of the Red Cross and ensured success of annual financial campaigns. She acted as spokesperson for the Red Cross and participated in radio and television public affairs television programs. She also was guest speaker at many conferences sponsored by regional and local community organizations promoting the Red Cross.
From 1977 to 1980 McNeil was Public Relations Manager for the Quebec Construction Federation that groups 16 regional construction associations with a combined membership of over 4,000 construction firms. She counseled local construction associations on public relations and information matters. She organized press conferences and conventions. She worked closely with advertising agencies to publish consumer literature on construction matters and created and published a monthly newspaper for Federation members. From 1974 to 1977 she worked as a journalist in written and electronic media about current events in Quebec City. She also produced several television news segments with Quebec Parliament elected officials.
Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, McNeil was active as a volunteer in several organizations including the Quebec Symphony Orchestra (Chair Advertising), the Quebec winter Carnival (Chair Media), the Canadian Red Cross (Chair Advertising), Toastmaster Club (Board Secretary) and Ad and Sales Club (Board Secretary). After moving to the US, she kept active professionally through public speaking engagements about media relations and an on-going Alzheimer's caregiving graphic novel project.
McNeil moved to the US in 1987. She is married to Clarke Glennon
who grew up in Narberth and Merion. They are both retired and
recently moved from a house
Coy Purcell - Secretary
Coy Purcell is a corporate and health law attorney employed by the University of Pennsylvania. Coy's work at the University of Pennsylvania is focused on negotiation of contracts in the areas of clinical trial agreements and sponsored research agreements.
Purcell graduated from George Washington University and the University of Virginia School of Law, and has practiced law in the Philadelphia area since 1980. Coy started his legal career in litigation with the law firm of White and Williams, before moving to corporate law. A former General Counsel for an international corporation, Coy's legal career has included practice with law firms, corporations, and most recently with the academic institutions, Thomas Jefferson University and University of Pennsylvania.
Purcell enjoys running (he completed the Iron Man in Hawaii) and cycling with his wife, Nancy, and competing in triathlons. Coy and Nancy have been residents of Narberth for over twenty years. They both support Dance Affiliates, a nonprofit organization that brings the contemporary dance series "Dance Celebration" to Penn's Annenberg Center Theater each season.
Joshua Klein - Treasurer
Joshua Klein is President of The Rittenhouse Foundation, a small family foundation started by his grandparents 60 years ago. About $100,000 a year is awarded to non-profits, mostly in arts and education in the Philadelphia region.
His full-time job is as President and manager of Bristol Gardens Apartments in Lower Bucks County. It is a non-profit corporation that has 392 rental units.
He entered the real estate world nine years ago after a 15-year journalism career where he was a reporter for papers that include: The Washington Post, Journal Newspapers of Northern Virginia; Philadelphia Inquirer and The Trentonian. He then became an editor for Gannett running the newsroom at its Vineland and Millville papers. At the Inquirer, he spent three years working in the Main Line Neighbors section office.
He grew up in Center City and graduated from Friends' Central School in 1980. He received a degree in Print Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1984. In college, he was the photo editor of the school paper and chairman of the media commission, which oversaw the operation of the newspaper, radio and television stations and yearbook.
Klein moved to Villanova 10 years ago, and has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Corporate Partners Boar of the Mann Center for Performing Arts.
He is married to Wendy Koppel-Klein and has two daughters - Marielle (a junior at Ocean City, NJ High School) and Samantha (a third-grader at Gladwyne Elementary).
Dan Dayanim - Assistant Treasurer
Dan Dayanim is a senior level executive with over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Dan works with providers of cloud computing, virtualized data, data protection, disaster recovery, and IT managed services. Previously, Dan was the senior director of network operations at SunGard and held leadership roles at EDS, PSFS, ADP, and IPR Int'l. Dan is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Dan was a member of the Lower Merion Township Cable TV Advisory Committee for a 3-year term between 2009 and 2012. He has volunteered his leadership, technical and craftsman skills at his synagogue and his children’s schools.
Dan lives in Bala Cynwyd with his wife and three children. He enjoys gardening, home renovation projects and carpentry. Dan is a frequent walker on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail, conveniently located behind his home, where he also wages a continuous battle against various invasive species of vegetation.
Mary Brown is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. In addition, she has taught Latin, over the past thirty-six years, at Main Line schools including Harriton High School, Lower Merion High School, Delaware Valley Friends School, and Valley Forge Military Academy.
Brown holds a B.A. from Villanova University (French, Classical Languages, Philosophy), an M.A. from Villanova (Classical Languages), and a certificate awarded by the Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College. Her volunteer service includes Rosemont-Villanova Civic Association Sports Program at Harriton High School (Co-Director, 1980-2007), AIDS Alive of Rosemont, and Teen Learning Community.
Brown was cited by Who’s Who of America’s High School Teachers from 1994-2006, and was selected, in 2001, as the recipient of the Lower Merion High School John “Fritz” Brennan Award for Outstanding Contribution to School and Community. Brown is also a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international sorority of educators.
Georgette DuBois first moved to Narberth in 1976, and has lived in Lower Merion and Narberth since then. She is an active member of the Narberth community, and loves living in this unique small, progressive town.
DuBois’ first career was as a newspaper reporter for the Hunterdon County Democrat and Delaware Valley News in the 1970’s, covering local news and writing features and columns. Upon moving to this area, she completed her undergraduate work and received a degree in social work from LaSalle College. DuBois worked as a medical social worker at Bryn Mawr Hospital for 14 years from 1982 until 1996, specializing in orthopaedics and later in oncology. While there she completed her masters of science in counseling psychology at Chestnut Hill College. She also trained and became certified to teach Kripalu Yoga, and in 1995 opened the award-winning Yoga Garden in Narberth, the first yoga studio on the Main Line. In 2010 DuBois sold The Yoga Garden, which at that time had won 15 “Best of the Main Line” awards.
While she continues to teach her popular gentle yoga classes, she is also realizing her long-time dream of facilitating Artist’s Way groups, based on the book by Julia Cameron. These dynamic groups take participants on a 14 week journey of discovering and expressing their innate creativity. She credits this book with inspiring her to open The Yoga Garden and leave her job six months later to teach yoga and manage the studio full-time. While running the studio, DuBois was an active member of the Narberth Business Association, serving as secretary, vice-president, and president. Under her guidance The Yoga Garden became a hub of community connection and a valued Narberth institution.
DuBois is a board member of the Narberth Civic Association and has been enthusiastically involved in its premier event, NarbEarth Day, for the past 17 years. She now coordinates the event, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010. In line with her commitment to environmental awareness and responsibility, DuBois became involved in Narberth Greens in 2009. She is the Coordinator of the Narberth Greens Flower and Vegetable Exchange and a Member of the The NarbEarth Area Garden Club.
She also volunteers at New Horizons Senior Center in Narberth teaching yoga to seniors and at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute helping out at annual fundraising events.