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.

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 Director & Outreach Officer
(610) 696-0501

Stephenie works to strategically enhance the Foundation’s position as a leading partner in legacy philanthropy. She has also assisted in raising annual general operating funds, operating endowment, and building endowment funds. Stephenie has a deep passion for strengthening Chester County’s philanthropic sector. 

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.

Beth Krallis
Marketing, Analytics & IT Director
(484) 887-0467

Beth fuels the Community Foundation’s marketing and cultivation activities by harnessing research, metrics, analytics, and other key performance indicators. But first, Beth is working on upgrading the server and CRM, making sure the data is clean, and training all staff.

Jamison Ludgate
Marketing Director & Outreach Officer
(484) 880-4527

As Marketing Director & Outreach Officer, Jamison conceptualizes, develops, implements, and evaluates short-term and long-term strategic marketing and resource development plans.

Lou Beccaria, Ph. D.
Outreach 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
Outreach Officer
(484) 842-4116

With his experience in consumer lending, finance, community relations, and entrepreneurship, Hugh is well-suited to work on various projects for the Foundation that maximize community participation and engagement.

Malcolm Johnstone
Outreach Officer: Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation

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

Timmy T. Nelson
Outreach Advisor

An experienced human resources manager and government relations officer, Timmy is a longstanding community volunteer. He is passionate about social justice, economic development, and accessible high quality health care and education. 

Beth Harper Briglia, CAP, CPA
Philanthropic Consultant
(610) 696-8211

For more than twenty years, Beth has provided philanthropic services to individuals, families and nonprofits as senior staff at the Community Foundation. Beth has a passion for advancing the philanthropic objectives of our local community and the donors she serves. Effective January 1, 2023, Beth will continue to serve as a philanthropic consultant for select funds of the Foundation and other unaffiliated clients.


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.

Lindsay Hamilton
Advancement Assistant

Catherine Young
Advancement Assistant

Garrett Foy
Advancement Assistant

Liz Kosten
Business Affairs Intern


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