Meet the Staff


Karen A. Simmons
President/CEO
karen@chescocf.org
(610) 696-8211

Bio

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
beth@chescocf.org
(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
bob@chescocf.org
(610) 696-8211

Bio

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
jason@chescocf.org
(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
steph@chescocf.org
(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
Market Analytics & IT Officer
bethk@chescocf.org
(484) 887-0467

Beth fuels the Community Foundation’s marketing and major endowed donor/professional advisor cultivation activities by harnessing research, metrics, analytics, and other key performance indicators. She recommends refinements to optimize outcomes. But first, in 2022, Beth is working on upgrading the server and CRM, making sure the data is clean, and training all staff.


Kevin Baffa
Portfolio Administrator: Grants, Scholarships, Estate Planners
kevin@chescocf.org
(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 & Outreach Officer 
jamison@chescocf.org
(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. As CCCF’s Marketing Officer, Jamison handles print and electronic media, presentations and events, and oversees teams of volunteers and interns.


Lou Beccaria, Ph. D.
Community Engagement Officer
bbguy1945@outlook.com

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:
Program Development & Community Engagement 
hugh@chescocf.org

Bio

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
Community Engagement Officer:
Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation
malcolmj@malcolmj.com
malcolm@culturechesco.org
www.culturechesco.org

Bio

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.


Interns

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
accounting1@chescocf.org

Katie Clark
Advancement Assistant
advancement1@chescocf.org

Catherine Young
Advancement Assistant
advancement2@chescocf.org


Lindsay Hamilton
Advancement Assistant
advancement3@chescocf.org

 


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