Chester County’s Children Inc.
Board of Directors

Maria Consuelo SparksMaria Consuelo Sparks, IHM – Former Director Emeritus

IN MEMORIUM: Sister Maria Consuelo Sparks tirelessly served on the board of our organization for many years, until her passing on July 30, 2014. Her spirit will live on in our mission, and in our hearts. 

Sister Consuelo was raised in Peru prior to becoming a nun. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Peru as well as a PhD in  Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. While in Peru, she founded a K-6 school  in La Planicie called La Escuela Gratuita Villa Maria.  She has been a member of the faculty at West Chester University and Immaculata University. Sister is the former President of the Advisory Committee for Chester County Children, Youth & Families and long-time board member of La Communidad Hispana. She has been a member of Chester County’s Children, Inc. since it's inception.

Nancy J. ZionNancy J. Zion -  Board President 

Nancy has been a special education teacher, teaching consultant, and guidance counselor in the Radnor School district for over 35 years. Nancy has been a member of the board of directors of the Citizens Advisory Committee for many years. Involved in community programs, girls sports, and several other voluntary board positions, she remains first and foremost a child advocate. When she's not tossing the ball to her black lab,  she is gardening, baking, or making homemade jam. As a member of the Board of Directors of our organization, Nancy continues the work of her late husband, Peter P. Zion II, who founded Chester County’s Children over 25 years ago.

William FriedmannWilliam Friedmann - Vice President 

Bill founded Blue Dog Printing & Design in 2003. Family owned and operated in Chester County, Blue Dog specializes in printing, graphic design, mailing services, promotional products and apparel. Prior to starting Blue Dog, he spent 13 years working for Wawa Food Markets, first in Store Operations, and then in Store Technology Training. Bill graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1993, and earned a Master’s Degree from West Chester University in 2009. He completed a six year term on the Board of Directors of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce, and served as Board Chair in 2010. He is also an active member of the West Chester Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the boards of The Rotary Club of West Chester as well as the West Chester University Alumni Association. Bill lives in West Goshen Township with his wife Debi, and their teenage daughter Alex.

Sean DonovanSean Donovan – Treasurer

A twenty year Chester County Resident, Sean is the current Treasurer of Chester County’s Children, Inc. He has extensive experience in the financial  industry — primarily in accounts receivable management — and he specializes in building high-performance teams and developing future leaders.  Sean has a long history of dedicated volunteer service to the community. He has served as President of the advisory board to Children, Youth and Family Services of Chester County, and is currently Membership Committee Chair and Vice President at Kesher Israel Congregation. Sean is a retired Captain from the United States Army Reserves and was educated at Dickinson College. He recieved his MBA from Penn State.

Kenneth C. Klein, Jr.Kenneth C. Klein, Jr.

Ken has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2007. As Assistant Vice President at DNB  First Bank, Ken has extensive experience in retail management, business development, commercial lending, and cash management. If that wasn’t enough financial expertise, he has also gained a great deal of grant writing experience since joining Chester County’s Children. Ken is also involved with his church, local school organizations, and several community sports clubs. 

Laurie KerkeringLaurie Kerkering

Laurie was appointed President of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce in January 2016. Her duties include Strategic Planning, Financial Planning and Oversight, Events and Programming, Board and Committee Support and Development and Membership Growth and Retention. Prior to her appointment, Laurie was an active member of the ERCC as the Store Manager for Wendell August Forge and Sales Manager of Buca di Beppo in Exton. Over the 6+ years of membership, she has served on the Ambassador Council as the Chair and the Non-Profit council. In 2014, she was appointed to the Board of Directors where she became the Member at Large for the Executive Council in 2015. Laurie has lived, worked, played and raised two children in the Exton Region for the last 12 years. She is committed to helping the continued success of the businesses and non-profits in the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce and contributing to its growth.

Bev RaspantiBev Raspanti

Bev began her career as a Social Worker in Delaware County, and in Philadelphia, as a Family and Child Counselor. Focusing on children in both institutional and healthcare settings, she has worked at Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her BS from Penn State and her MSW at University of Pennsylvania. Following the birth of her second child, Bev began a new career as a Realtor, first working for Custom Builders in Chester Co. A 35 year resident, she continues to work with families and individuals in residential sales. Bev has served as a Stephen Minister within her church community and in the Art Goes to School program. In her personal time she enjoys gardening, baking, antiquing, dancing, and loves decorating and staging!

Rod WardRoderick Ward

Rod is a Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Officer, at Bryn Mawr Trust. Throughout his banking career, he has worked to improve communities and revitalize neighborhoods throughout Southeastern PA and Southern NJ, with a special focus on Chester County. He has worked in housing and commercial real estate finance at The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a top 5 Community Development Financing Institution (CDFI) and a national leader in financing neighborhood revitalization. While at TRF, Rod combined public and private financing to originate and underwrite commercial real estate, community facilities, supermarkets, housing, and energy efficient projects. Rod received a double major in Business and Economics, with concentrations in Marketing and Finance, from Muhlenberg College. He is a member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), as well as many Chamber and Professional networking associations. Rod is an avid soccer fan, and enjoys helping to coach kids' soccer for the Phoenixville Area Soccer Club.

Bev RaspantiJen Hohenberger

Jennifer joined the board in 2015. As a former foster parent of 3 years with Chester County Youth & Families, she saw this organization as a way to keep giving back to the kids and families in the county that need it so badly. Having graduated from WCU in 1994, Jen went right into real estate sales. She is a huge advocate and long-time volunteer for dog rescues and children’s charities. In her spare time, she gardens, cooks, reads novels, and likes to travel.