2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rosemary Leyland has had a distinguished career at the American Red Cross Blood Services in developing and managing all facets of biomedical services growth in blood donor recruitment and volunteer development in the Penn-Jersey Region which includes the state of New Jersey and the five-county Philadelphia area. She increased blood donations, motivated a sales team, effectively built business networks and launched a regional volunteer department. She has managed successful event programs/conferences for external and internal audiences. Ms. Leyland was recognized by peers and management for contributor excellence, and has received career advancement opportunities throughout her 41 year career with the American Red Cross. She retired from the Penn-Jersey Region in July 2008.
Alma R. Jacobs
Alma Jacobs served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, where she oversaw the administration of numerous federal and state aging programs provided through the state’s 51 area agencies on aging. Following her tenure as Secretary of Aging, Ms. Jacobs co-hosted and produced a two-way telephone talk radio program targeted at the critical concerns of Delaware Valley Senior Citizens. She was also appointed by President George Bush as Regional Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services. She served as Chair of the PA Commission for Women and as member of the Mayor’s Commission for Women in Philadelphia. Ms. Jacobs has had a distinguished career in the private sector, and has long been involved in community events, civic projects, and state government activities. Currently, she is a member of the Montgomery County Council on Aging and Adult Services. She attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Manuel M. Lee, M.D.
Manuel Lee is Emeritus Attending at the Capital Health System in New Jersey. He was Chairman of the Anesthesiology Department at Mercer Medical Center and Capital Health System, and Assistant Director of Operating Room at Albert Einstein College of Medicine NY. Dr. Lee is a member of the Korean Heritage Group, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philip Jasohn Foundation (President, Chairman), and Korean American Medical Association of North America (President 1995). He received Distinguish Alumni Awards from the Medical College of Seoul National University (1998) and the Seoul National University (2007). He obtained his medical and post-graduate degrees from the Seoul National University in Korea, and received medical training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Mercer Medical Center in New Jersey, 63rd Army Hospital in Daejon, Korea, and Seoul National University Hospital in Korea. He is licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
Sandra H. Bacote
Sandra Bacote served as Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for 30 years, where she directed the agency’s enforcement and adjudication activities in the Counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. Ms. Bacote obtained international perspectives on racism and discrimination as an official observer at the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland and as a member of a Non-Governmental Organization delegation to the UN Convention on the Status of Women in Nairobi, Kenya. Ms. Bacote has provided volunteer service as a Board member of a number of civic and civil rights agencies in the Philadelphia region. She received her BS degree from Temple University, a MSW degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and certification in mediation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
David A. Miller, Jr.
David A. Miller is Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement, Temple University, Office of the Dean, College of Health Professions and Social Work. He has created an innovative development fund that supports research in the school and has raised more than $2.5 million. He previously was Associate Vice President for Develpment at Thomas Edison State College where he increased the number of endowments by 58%. He has a Masters of Arts from Villanova University in counseling and has completed several professional develpment programs in fundraising.
Cheryl Clarke is Director of Community Impact at the North Penn United Way. Her work with this agency started as a member of the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America). She worked with volunteers and members of the Greater North Penn Collaborative for Health and Human Services to provide free tax preparations for low and moderate income families in the North Penn and Indian Valley communities. She was also involved in an initiative to enroll children from the Asian Indian, Bangladeshi Indian and Korean communities into the Children’s Health Insurance Program. A native and current resident of Philadelphia, Ms. Clarke is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College. In her 20-year career, Ms. Clarke was employed 10 years with Primerica Financial Services, a subsidiary of Citigroup. She was licensed in insurance, mortgages and investment products.
Kathleen M. Shank
Kathleen Shank is President of the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Ms. Shank was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Party in Washington D.C., Chairperson and Commission Member of the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families, as well as Vice President and Board of Trustee of the Alice Paul Institute. She has a Masters degree in Education from Butler University and Masters in Divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary. Ms. Shank is a full-time caregiver for her mother.
Im Ja P. Choi
Im Ja Choi is Executive Director and Founder of Penn Asian Senior Service (PASSi) and its subsidiaries, Penn Asian Vocational Institute (PAVI) and Penn Asian Community Connections (PACC), to serve Asian American seniors who are disadvantaged by language and cultural barriers. Ms. Choi has been actively involved, for the past two decades, in civic and community activities related to women and ethnic minority issues. Currently, she serves as member of the Board of Visitors of the Temple University School of Health Profession, the Board of Directors for the Red Cross Penn Jersey Region, and the Advisory Board of the US Civil Rights Commission in Pennsylvania. Ms Choi received her MS degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University Pennsylvania, and B.A. degree from the Korea University in Seoul.