About

Foundation Leadership

At Scranton Area Foundation, our success has always been dependent on a high level of commitment and leadership from a dedicated group of community members.  Over the years, many wonderful individuals have given their personal time and effort to assure the success and growth of our programs. We would like to acknowledge and thank those individuals currently involved, as well as those dedicated participants of the past.

The Scranton Area Foundation is governed by a Board of Governors who are citizens from Lackawanna County, and are appointed or elected because of their knowledge and understanding of community issues and opportunities.Our Board of Governors plays a vital role in the Scranton Area Foundation and reflects the diverse interests of our community, overseeing the work of Foundation with commitment, foresight, and integrity. As stewards of the Foundation, the Board establishes policy, leads the effort to build endowment, reviews the investment performance of funds, and oversees our grantmaking efforts. The Board reviews recommendations and makes decisions on all grants to ensure that the philanthropic wishes of our donors are carried out.Chosen for their understanding of community issues and expertise in their professions, each of our board members serves a maximum of two, five-year terms and is either elected by the Board of Governors or is appointed by various community constituencies, such as: Banks, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Lackawanna Bar Association, President Judge of Lackawanna County, United Way of Lackawanna County, and the Lackawanna County Commissioners.

Officers

  • Matthew E. Haggerty, Esq. – Chairman
  • Rosemary Broderick – Co-Chairman
  • John P. Kearney- Treasurer
  • William J. Calpin, Jr. – Secretary

Board Members

  • Donna Barbetti
  • Ida Castro
  • James F. Clemente, CPA, MT
  • Christopher DiMattio
  • Tom Donohue
  • James Gillotti, Esq.
  • Katie Gilmartin
  • Kathleen Graff
  • Alan F. Hughes
  • Barbara O’Hara, Esq.
  • Kenneth Okrepkie
  • Maryla Scranton
  • Jack Tighe

Our Advisory Council is comprised of community leaders who have been appointed to work with the Foundation because of their knowledge and understanding of community issues and opportunities.

Scranton Area Foundation Advisory Council

  • Warren T. Acker
  • James B. Baker
  • Richard S. Bishop, Esq.
  • Dr. Edward G. Boehm
  • Venald Bovard
  • Paul Browne
  • Dante A. Cancelli, Esq.
  • Karen Clifford
  • Catherine Richmond Cullen, EdD
  • Thomas G. Gallagher, Jr.
  • Cathy Ann Hardaway
  • David Hawk
  • Robert N. Lettieri
  • George V. Lynett, Esq.
  • Sharon McCrone
  • Patrick McMahon
  • Barbara Thomas Norton
  • Sally F. O’Brien, Esq.
  • Jane Oppenheim
  • Raymond Pilch
  • Ann Powell, Esq.
  • James W. Reid, Esq.
  • Kevin E. Rogers
  • James A. Ross
  • Walter Schautz
  • Thomas G. Speicher

The staff of Scranton Area Foundation is comprised of dedicated professionals who are devoted to helping our generous donors connect to the causes that they care about most.

President / CEO
Laura Ducceschi, MBA, MA

Grants Administrator
Cathy Fitzpatrick

Director of Philanthropy
Rachel Drazdowski, Esq.
racheld@safdn.org

Manager, Administration and Special Projects
Maggie Nasser
maggie@safdn.org

Administrative Coordinator
Dana Hunter
dhunter@safdn.org

We find that it is both a privilege and a challenge help our clients achieve their philanthropic goals and we are honored to have the privilege and committed to meeting the challenge.

It’s our job to help bring positive change in our community!

The Scranton Area Foundation funds are invested with PNC Advisors and Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company in Scranton. PNC is financial consultant to the Foundation and provides custody, investment management and administrative services.  Michael G. Ostermayer, Chief Investment Officer representing People’s Security Bank & Trust Company. Paul W. Kamor, Vice President and Deborah Kolsovski, Senior Vice President and Managing Director represent PNC Advisors.The Foundation Investment Committee reviews fund performance on a quarterly schedule and reports to the Board of Governors. The Scranton Area Foundation Investment Policy and Guidelines are reviewed on a yearly basis and any recommendations for changes are reported to the Board for discussion and action.