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

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
Bronwyn Martin, Ph.D., Ameriprise Martin’s Financial Consulting Group, LinkedIn


Alice Hammond, President, NAACP West Chester
Carol Weaver, Co-Founder & Director, Seba Enrichment Academy, 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
Diane Matthews, Executive/Artistic Director, West Chester Dance Works, LinkedIn
Dolly Wideman-Scott Ed.D., CEO, Domestic Violence Center of ChesCo, LinkedIn, Bio
Jamie Atkins, 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
LaToya Myers, Community Volunteer, 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
Lisa Quiveors, CEO, GrayWyn Enterprise LLC, LinkedIn
Mayra Castillo, Supervisor, Migrant Education Program CCIULinkedIn
Pachy Banks-Cabral, Development Director, Chester County History Center, LinkedIn
Reginald Weaver, Founder & CEO, MRW Business Solutions, 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
Sophia Hanson, Senior Equity Program Operation Officer & Nick Torres, Interim CEO, Alliance for Health Equity, LinkedIn
Terry Vodrey, CEO, United Way of S. Chester County, LinkedIn
Tracey Ray Robinson Ph.D., Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, West Chester University, LinkedIn, Bio
Tyree Lewis, Director of Quality Mgt, CheCo MH/IDD, Chester County DEI Task Force, LinkedIn
Viviann Schorle, Program Officer, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, LinkedIn
Will Fuller, Regional Director, POWER Metro, LinkedIn

Staffed By

Karen Simmons, President/CEO,, LinkedIn, Bio
Timmy Nelson, Outreach Advisor,, LinkedIn, Bio
Hugh Bleemer, Outreach Officer,, LinkedIn, Bio
Lilly Mercado, Marketing & Outreach Associate, , LinkedIn

IDEA Council Meeting Agendas & Recordings

2023-02 Phoenixville & Coatesville Health Foundations2023-02 Recording

2023-01 ChesCo Hospital2023-01 Recording2022 ChesCo Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment

2022-11 Power Metro2022-11 Recording

2022-10 CCCF GetOnBoard

2022-09-15 CCCF Intro

Click here to add your ideas to our collaborative Google Doc.