IDEA Council


IDEA Council core values & purpose 

Philanthropy, at its core, is love of humankind, in all its diversity.
Greek derivation: Philos= love / Anthropos = humanity

As a community foundation, we promote and celebrate inclusion, diversity, equity and access for all, in a climate that respects and embraces differences while fostering a sense of belonging, in the name of social justice and human rights.

We know that varied perspectives and an inclusive culture inspire innovative, creative solutions
to the complex issues of a changing – and increasingly diverse – world.

We aim to create a future where all people have the ability to achieve what they want for their lives.

The IDEA Council helps the Community Foundation to authentically deepen its commitment to humanity in all its diversity, by:

#1: Help align DEI aims with organizational strategies, by providing ideas, feedback and links to resources.
This enables the Community Foundation to refine its programs, services, communications, managerial practices & governance practices, with an eye toward increased inclusion, diversity, equity & access.
(ex: Community Conversations series; GetOnBoard initiative)

#2: Share information on social justice DEI initiatives throughout the Chester County region that the Community Foundation can spotlight and promote, so as to attract more attention, involvement, resources, and support.
connect people who care with DEI causes that matter


Idea Council Members

Community Foundation Board Members, Serving as Tri-Chairs

Emily Temple Abels Esq., Larmore Scarlett, LinkedIn, Bio
Natalie Ortega-Moran Ed.D., William C. Lewis Elementary School, LinkedIn, Bio
Zebulun Davenport Ed.D., West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Bio

Members

Alex Parham, Co-Director, Voices Underground, LinkedIn
Cheryl Miles, Chair, Black Women of Chester County In Action, LinkedIn
Debbie Bookman, Chester County Prothonotary, LinkedIn
Denise Day, President/CEO, YMCA Brandywine Valley, LinkedIn
Dolly Wideman-Scott Ed.D., CEO, Domestic Violence Center of ChesCo, LinkedIn, Bio
Jamie Adkins, New Directions Program, Melton Center
Joyce Chester, President/CEO, ChesCo OIC, LinkedIn
Keith Burress, Board Chair, Orion Communities & Project One Director, Family Service ChesCo, LinkedIn
Laura Gonzalez, Ph.D., Kennett Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, LinkedIn
Leigh Jackson, Director of Accessibility & EDI Programming, People’s Light, LinkedIn
Hon. Lillian DeBaptiste, Mayor of West Chester & Director, DeBaptiste Funeral Homes, LinkedIn, Bio
Mayra Castillo, Coordinator of Student Diversity & Inclusion, Cecil College & VP, Casa Guanajuato, LinkedIn
Nick Torres, Interim CEO, Alliance for Health Equity, LinkedIn
Renee Washington, Melton Center, LinkedIn
Rev. Dr. Kyle Boyer, Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church of Coatesville, LinkedIn
Rev. Dr. Richelle Foreman Gunter, Associate Minister, St. Paul’s Baptist Church & VP, NAACP West Chester, LinkedIn
Sheriff Fredda Maddox, Chester County Sheriff’s Office, LinkedIn, Bio
Tracey Ray Robinson Ph.D., Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, West Chester University, LinkedIn, Bio
Viviann Schorle, Program Officer, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, LinkedIn

Staffed By

Karen Simmons, President/CEO, karen@cccf.org, LinkedIn, Bio
Timmy Nelson, Outreach Advisor, timmy@cccf.org, LinkedIn, Bio
Hugh Bleemer, Outreach Officer, hugh@cccf.org, LinkedIn, Bio
Jamison Ludgate, Marketing & Outreach Officer, jamison@chescocf.org, LinkedIn


IDEA Council Meeting Agendas

2022-09-15 Agenda