© 2018 Delaware Valley Legacy Fund

BOARD & STAFF

Meet our Team

Executive Director

Juan Franco

 

Juan Franco became DVLF executive director in July 2018. Juan’s leadership role in the organization helps to empower and the advance the LGBTQ+ community through grant-making, scholarships, advocacy, education, and community leadership development. Much of his time is spent working towards DVLF's future funding goal that aims to fund all qualified grant applications by their 30th anniversary (2023) and continuing to increase DVLF’s capacity to support the LGBTQ+ community.

Prior to this, he worked at Temple University’s School of Social Work on HIV prevention and communications strategies in underserved Latinx and other diverse communities. This involved developing dynamic relationships with other community based LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organizations. He also had the opportunity to work was a navigation specialist at the Mazzoni Center. Additionally, during his tenure Juan had the honor to work as a congestive-heart-failure outreach worker as well as a Spanish interpreter for patients at Temple University Hospital.

 

Outside of work, Juan considers it privilege to take his passion to serve the community beyond his career as he focuses his volunteer efforts on uplifting and elevating marginalized communities. Serving in various leadership roles for the Philadelphia Falcons LGBT+ Soccer club, he has led initiatives for fundraising, sponsorship, marketing, and event planning. Furthermore; as Co-Chair of the Latinx Institute’s host committee for the National LGBTQ Task Force, “Creating Change” conference, Juan championed an ambassadors program that raise funds to provide attendance scholarships for attendees from marginalized communities. With a deep passion for photography, he leverages his skills to provide free services to support events such as the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.

 

In his spare time, Juan loves to hone his craft as photographer and continue to build his photography brand, @Thatlittlemomentphoto on Instangram. When not working, volunteering, or in the eye of a camera, Juan can be found on the soccer field, traveling, or spending time with his nephew who is has affectionately deemed, “mini me.”

The DVLF Board is recruiting candidates to join the board:

Why Apply for the Board of Directors?

  • Make a lasting difference in the LGBTQ+ community 

  • Give back to a worthy cause and those in need

  • Help grow this outstanding organization's reach and membership

  • Great networking

Board Responsibilities - Please contact Info@DVLF.org for more information  

Board of Directors 

Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez is the President of the DVLF Board. He works for National Philanthropic Trust and hails, originally, from Colorado. Fernando has served on other boards throughout the region including the AIDS Coalition of Southern New Jersey and The Ritz Theatre. Serving in his second term as member of the DVLF board, he hopes to bring his finance, governance and community engagement background to the board and community at-large. The mission of DVLF allows for him to make a marked difference in the local LGBT community and its ever-changing needs. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He lives in Philadelphia.

President

Paul Fontaine

Paul is excited to bring his marketing and fundraising experience to the DVLF Board.  For a little over 20 years as a Philadelphia resident, Paul has volunteered and played significant roles in many LGBT organizations including the William Way Community Center and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus where he just finished his 6th and final year on the PGMC board.  Outside of the nonprofit world, Paul is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Center City and has been creating value for his clients for over 14 years. 

Vice President

William Leffler, CDM, CFPP

William (Bill) Leffler joined the DVLF Board of Directors in March of 2018 possessing a background in culinary arts and management.  He has an extensive history in hotels, restaurants and corporate service settings both in Washington, DC and Philadelphia. 


Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Bill and his partner of 32 years moved from DC to Philadelphia in 2012.  Having established himself in Philadelphia and with his passion for food, Bill sought opportunity with Sodexo in their Healthcare division as the Director of Food and Nutrition at St Mary Medical Center in Langhorne.  Partnering with a team of dietitians, he is a strong proponent of wellness with continual efforts in patient care and satisfaction along with marketing and public relations through educating hospital employees, community members and visitors who come to St Mary.

 

After attending Our Night Out events for a few years and volunteering for the annual TOY event in 2017, Bill decided to engage with DVLF as a means to give back to the community he has grown to know and love.  

 

Bill brings with him many years of experience on volunteer board and in philanthropy.  He has been a Director for 2 homeowner associations as President, Vice President and Treasurer.  While working at St Mary he has been a strong advocate of the American Heart Association by actively facilitating and fundraising for their annual HeartChase event.

 

Bill is also a member of Sodexo's PRIDE employee resource group which champions an environment of acceptance and workplace equality for all LGBTQ and ally team members through employee engagement, community involvement, education and awareness.

Treasurer

Julian Domanico

Julian Domanico joins the DVLF Board after over a decade of living in Philadelphia. Through his nonprofit career and volunteerism across the city, he has advocated for juveniles in contact with the criminal justice system, marginalized communities with an emphasis on the LGBTQ+ community, and on issues impacting millennials. He is currently the Public Health Management Corporation's (PHMC) Director of Community Outreach for the 21st Century Community Learning Program, Project Leading Youth for Tomorrow (Project L.Y.F.T.).

 

Julian holds an appointed seat as a founding member of Mayor Jim Kenney's Millennial Advisory Committee (MAC), serves on the Board of Directors for the youth-led, education nonprofit, UrbEd, Inc., and is the Democratic Committee Person for the Philadelphia Gayborhood (Ward 5, Division 11).

Secretary

Gloria Melunis

Gloria Melunis serves on the Executive Committee and is the Governance Committee Chair of DVLF. Gloria is Counsel to the Asset Management Group at PNC in Philadelphia, where she focuses on investment management and securities matters for the individual wealth and institutional lines of business. Prior to joining PNC, Gloria served as a judicial law clerk to a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey. Gloria is Vice President of PNC Proud, the LGBTQ+ Employee Business Resource Group at PNC. A member of the PNC Legal Dept.’s D&I Council, Gloria is Chair of the Summer Intern Committee and supports the Council’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal community by managing approximately 6 diverse legal interns each summer. In addition, she Co-Chairs the Mentorship Committee of GALLOP, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association. Gloria was selected by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the “Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2019.” With this award, the LGBT Bar honors outstanding LGBT legal professionals who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality. Gloria received her B.A. from Rowan University and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 2015. She is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state bars.

Governance Chair

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Kina Beltran

Kina Beltran is a healthcare information technology professional who oversees the day to day operations of Ambulatory Information Systems as the Ambulatory Lead for Inspira Health Network.  She provides ongoing process improvement, risk assessment, and mitigation plans while analyzing business/clinical needs and is also skilled in developing and maintaining effective relationships to provide an in-depth analysis of best practice application processes. Kina has a graduate certificate in Healthcare Informatics and is currently pursuing her MBA.  During her undergrad, she was the president of the African American Club and also volunteered with the Gay Straight Alliance at Rowan University and for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 

Sappho Fulton

Sappho Fulton She/Her/Hers. C.E.O. Of Sappho and LaRoyce Foundation. Co Chair of DVLF Fundraising Committee. Community leader and activist she continues to work effortlessly on issues of domestic violence and developing effective intervention strategies specific but not limited to LBTQ WOMXN of Color. She serves in our community as a life coach and business consultant. She will be co creating Philadelphia’s first Black LGBTQ + and Juneteenth 20/20. 

Tekara Gainey

Tekara Gainey is a reproductive justice advocate and birth worker. She fuses her background in anthropology and reproductive work to acknowledge and address the systems of oppression that impact availability and access to compassionate, non-judgmental, reproductive care to birthing persons and their families across the spectrum of their reproductive needs. Prior to transitioning to birth work full-time, Tekara spent numerous years working in the non-profit sector in community affairs and engagement. Tekara is an alumnus of Temple University and San Diego State University, where she pursued a BA in Anthropology and MA in Medical Anthropology, respectively.

Ted Greenberg

Ted Greenberg's affiliation with DVLF began over twenty years ago when he prepared and filed the application and supporting documentation enabling DVLF to obtain its tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.  Ted frequently speaks on the importance of, and need for, philanthropy to support and benefit the LGBTQ community; the role that DVLF can play to facilitate that philanthropy; and how of each of us can support the work of DVLF through our estate plans.  Ted has prepared materials and led educational programs for both the LGBTQ community and professionals that address estate planning needs, considerations, and alternatives. These materials and programs often stress the importance of basic estate planning documents for individuals and couples such as wills, living wills, healthcare directives, healthcare and financial powers of attorney and the designation of healthcare and financial decision-makers in the event of physical or mental incapacity.  The legalization of same-sex marriage does not eliminate, or even substantially reduce, the need for an estate plan. This is only one of the many factors that underscore the relevance of DVLF in changing times. Through philanthropy DVLF can respond to the ever-changing and emerging needs of the LGBTQ community.

 

After over twenty-five years in private, legal practice, Ted is now Senior Trust Counsel at Commonwealth Trust Company in Wilmington, Delaware.  Ted holds a BA from University of Pennsylvania, a JD from the University of Miami School of Law, and an LL.M in taxation from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Ted resides in Philadelphia, PA.  

Toni Moran

Toni Moran joined the DVLF Board in July, 2019. In addition to serving on the board, Toni will be joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in the fall as an Associate Attorney in their Labor and Employment Practice Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to law school, she served in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Afghanistan as a Cultural Support Team member with Joint Special Operations Command.

 

Toni has been very involved in LGBTQ advocacy throughout her career. While in law school, Toni served as the National Co-Chair of the LGBT Bar, overseeing law school LGBTQ student organizations across the country. She also served as President and Vice-President of OUTLaw, Pitt Law’s LGBTQ student organization and was appointed as a representative of Pitt Law’s Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion. Toni provided volunteer services to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, assisting with pro bono name changes through the Name Change Project. She has also volunteered at Allies for Health and Wellbeing, a Pittsburgh-based organization that provides healthcare to those in the LGBTQ community.

Thomas Moore

Tom joined the DVLF board in 2019.  He is currently a Relationship Manager on the Endowment and Foundation Advisory team at the Glenmede Trust Company in Philadelphia.  In this role, Tom provides comprehensive advisory and administrative services to endowments, foundations and other not-for-profit organizations, to assist clients in meeting their fiduciary responsibilities and accomplishing their philanthropic goals. 

 

Prior to joining Glenmede, Tom spent nearly a dozen years at the Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.  He served as a trust specialist with responsibility for educating clients on philanthropic and wealth transfer techniques.  He also led a team of trust professionals responsible for the management of institutional nonprofit client accounts.  Tom got his start in philanthropy at the Berks County Community Foundation, where he served as the Director of Philanthropic Services for more than three years.  Tom is also a licensed attorney, having spent more than five years with a large, regional law firm following his graduation from law school.

 

He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in Taxation from Villanova University, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Dickinson School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College.

 

Tom has been actively involved in a variety of charitable activities, in particular his service to the Gettysburg College Alumni Association and the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps, where he was inducted into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2015.

 

Tom lives in Bucks County, PA with his husband Steven and their adorable French Bulldog Kevin Quigley.  He is excited to be working with DVLF to help serve the Greater Philadelphia LGBTQ community.

John Heath Olguin

" i love retail, store design and creating unique retail experiences."

- john heath olguin

 

John Heath currently serves at the Head of visual Merchandising for Five Below. Over his career as a brand storyteller, John Heath’s creativity and innovation have helped leading retailers like Babies “R” Us, Modell’s Sporting Goods, The Vitamin Shoppe and Bed Bath & Beyond transform traditional shopping to customer focused brand defining experiences.

Bringing 20 plus years of strategic branding and experience design coupled with corporate executive leadership, John Heath is adept at integrating digital and analog experiences while developing new and deeper customer relationships.  John Heath started his career at Toys “R” Us where he worked to develop the and launch the Babies “R” Us Concept nationally in addition to designing the flagship store in NYC. While at Modell’s Sporting Goods he served as the VP of Brand Communication where he oversaw a chain wide reinvention culminating in the design of the Times Square Flagship location. He has held positions in Branding, Design, Integrated Marketing and Retail innovation.

John Heath has a passion for LGBTQ Causes and has served as the Board Chair for Hetrick Martin Institute: NJ, Silent Auction Co-Chair for the Greater NYC HRC gala and has volunteered for and supported many local and national LGBTQ organizations. John Heath attended New York University from 2001 to 2005 majoring in Art History. He and his husband, Gene Chollett, are new to Philadelphia and are excited to be active members of the LGBTQ community.

Nate Osburn

In addition to serving on the DVLF board since January 2017, Nate Osburn serves as the director of corporate communications for ASTM International, one of the world’s leading developers of international standards and related services.  The 30,000-member organization creates safety and performance standards for a wide range of products, from children's toys to jet fuel.  His award-winning team leads and executes media relations, branding, social media, a bimonthly magazine, high-level web content, video development, and more. 

 

Prior to this, Nate served U.S. Cabinet officials as an appointee in the Obama Administration as director of speechwriting at the U.S. Department of Commerce and senior speechwriter at the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has also worked in leadership communications roles at the University of California (Davis) and the American Medical Association. 

 

He holds a master’s in strategic communications from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma (public relations and vocal music).

Clay Payne

Clay has worked in public sector administrative positions for over 20 years.  He recently retired as Director of Public Services and Human Resources  for the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System.  In this role, he worked to secure funding via a $275 million bond referendum, supervised the opening of eight new library branches, renovation of numerous library branches and worked with the Atlanta-Fulton County Library Foundation to secure funding for numerous library programs and projects.  In addition, Clay has worked for the Washington, D.C. branch of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  Throughout his career, he has worked to provide programs and services to disadvantaged and marginalized communities. 

 

Clay brings with him a dedication to the LGBTQ community having worked to raise funds for AID Atlanta and Lost-N-Found Youth.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and History from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Clark Atlanta University.

 

He and his husband relocated to Philadelphia from Toronto, Ontario in 2017.

Christopher Barrett Politan

Christopher Barrett Politan is the principal of Give, Get, Grow - a Philanthropic Advisory and non-profit Consulting firm. His work seeks to provide insight, counsel, and implementation-based strategy for creating sustainable, innovative, and deeply engaged organizations throughout the sector. His client focus has been within organizations working on cultural, LGBTQ, environmental, and health concerns. Within the LGBTQ community, he has worked with a number of national and international LGBTQ organizations including:  National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, SAGE, Ali Forney Center, Anti-Violence Project, Immigration Equality, The Legacy Project, Northalsted, and OutRight Action International. 

 

Additionally, he has been honored to serve on the boards of The Legacy Project, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, and the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Association (IGLA). He presently serves as a Board member and Strategic Planning Chairperson of Chicago Dancemakers Forum an organization providing annual unrestricted grants to choreographers and Dancemakers in Chicago.

 

A life-long competitive swimmer, Christopher coached masters athletes in Washington, DC, New York City, and Chicago, having most recently led the Chicago Smelts to three consecutive state championships and a new national relay record, and having previously helped Team NY Aquatics win an IGLA World Championship in Iceland.

 

Having relocated to Philadelphia in the spring of 2017, Christopher looks forward to working with DVLF to advance its mission and build upon its tremendous legacy to the Philadelphia community.

James T. Wright, PhD

Dr. James T. Wright, Jr. was born in Yonkers, NY and he was raised and educated in NJ where he graduated from Linden High School.  He attended Howard University in Washington, DC majoring in Chemistry.  After graduating magna cum laude, James received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to fund his graduate education studying computational chemistry at UCLA and physical organic chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA where he earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry.  

During his career, James worked at Georgia-Pacific Corp as a Sr Manager in R&D, at Arclin as Director of Technology, at EcoSynthetix as VP of R&D and at Evertree North America as CEO.  Today Dr. James T. Wright, Jr. is the Vice President of Business and a Technology at Arclin USA.  As VP, he leads all commercial activities, research and development efforts focused on Arclin’s chemical sales.  With his extensive industrial experience and chemical industry network, James serves as a leader on the Arclin Leadership Team.  

 

Among James’ many honors are scholarships, professional scientific awards and over 35 patents.  James has volunteered at many organizations mainly focused on education, healthcare and supporting families.  He attributes his success to hard work, access to education, and a loving family. 

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