Meet the Staff

Karen A. Simmons
(610) 696-8211

Karen has led the Community Foundation since 2001. Prior to joining, Karen served for 15 years at LaSalle University’s Nonprofit Center. In 1998, she was recognized as one of the nonprofit sector’s most influential leaders by the Nonprofit Times.

Beth Harper Briglia, CAP, CPA
Senior Philanthropic Advisor,
Of counsel
(610) 696-8045

Beth has over two decades of experience working with nonprofits, providing consulting and training services. In her current position, she works with individuals, families, corporations, and nonprofits interested in establishing charitable funds. 

Robert Ferguson
Executive V.P. of Business Affairs
(610) 696-8211

Bob’s responsibilities at CCCF include accounting, finance, banking, investment activity, insurance, legal issues, and business administration. Before joining our team, Bob provided outsourced accounting services to several nonprofit organizations.

Jason Arbacheski, CAP
Gift Planning & Stewardship Director
(610) 696-2628

Jason identifies, cultivates, and engages philanthropists in the community. He comes to the Community Foundation with an extensive skill set, career history, and passion for the charitable sector. Before joining our team, Jason was Director of Development for Community Volunteers in Medicine.

Stephenie D. Stevens
Grants & Outreach Officer
(610) 696-0501

Stephenie works with the President/CEO and VP of Philanthropy Services to strategically enhance the Foundation’s position as a leading partner in legacy philanthropy. Stephenie has a deep passion for strengthening Chester County’s philanthropic sector. 

Beth Krallis
Marketing & Communications Officer
(484) 887-0467

As CCCF’s Marketing Officer, Beth handles print and electronic media, presentations and events, and oversees teams of volunteers and interns. Previously, Beth served for 5 years as Communications Director for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. 

Kevin Baffa
Portfolio Administrator: Grants, Scholarships, Estate Planners
(610) 696-8211

Kevin provides administrative and logistical project support for Philanthropic Services and Business Affairs. In the past, Kevin has worked with The Arc of Chester County, The Chester County Hospital Foundation, and People’s Light.

Jamison Ludgate
Marketing & Development Associate
(484) 880-4527

Jamison got started at CCCF as an intern and after realizing her passion for nonprofit work, she eagerly accepted a marketing position full-time. She now develops campaigns to spread awareness of the work CCCF does in the community.

Lou Beccaria, Ph. D.
Community Engagement Officer

Lou was a founding board member of the Community Foundation in 1994. Throughout his career, he has been a strong ambassador for the Foundation and is now CCCF’s Community Engagement Officer.

Hugh Bleemer
Community Engagement Officer:
Racial Equity & Community Wealth

With his experience in consumer lending, finance, community relations, and entrepreneurship, Hugh is well-suited to maximize Chester County’s engagement in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s Reinventing Our Communities (ROC) project. ROC is an in-depth community wealth building program with a racial equity focus. 

Malcolm Johnstone
Community Engagement Officer:
Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation

Malcolm steers the Community Foundation’s initiatives to collectively strengthen cultural tourism and audience expansion for Chester County’s many arts, culture, and historic preservation gems.


Full-time staff are assisted by college interns primarily majoring in accounting, finance, law, marketing, and/or communications. If you would like to apply for an internship or get more information, please click here.

Devin Saylor
Business Affairs Intern

Katie Clark
Advancement Assistant

Catherine Young
Advancement Assistant


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