Keith Hayes joined the CCC, Inc. board in mid-2017. He had been actively involved with the board for many years in his role as the director of the Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families. Keith retired from that position on April 28, 2017 after over 28 years with the department and a career of 43 years in the human services field. He remains involved with child welfare issues, serving as co-chair of the Transition Age Youth Committee sponsored by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Office of Children and Families in the Courts. Keith is married and has three children and five grandchildren. He has long been an avid motorcyclist, completing a cross-country motorcycle trip following his retirement and was a certified motorcycle safety instructor for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 23 years.
Nancy J. Zion
Immediate Past 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.
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!
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. From 1994-2003, Bill worked 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 was on the Board of Directors of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair, 2010) from 2007 – 2012, and again in 2017. He is also an active member of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the board of The Rotary Club of West Chester. A graduate of Leadership Chester County, Bill lives in West Goshen Township with his wife Debi, and their teenage daughter, Alex.
Ken has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2007 and was Board President from 2010 to 2013. Ken accepted a new position as a Vice President / Business Development Officer at First Priority Bank in April 2017. He previously worked at another local community bank in Chester County for over eleven years. His current responsibilities include business development in Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. Ken has extensive experience in retail management, business development, commercial and consumer lending, merchant services, municipal banking as well as cash management products and services. Ken has been appointed by the Chester County Commissioners to be on the Chester County Children, Youth and Family’s Citizens Advisory Committee. Ken also volunteers his time with the Finance Committee for Goshen Fire Company and the Government Relations Committee for the Exton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ken is also involved with his church, local school organizations, and several community sports clubs. In his spare time he likes to play golf, go to LBI and spend time with his family. Ken lives with his wife Ezzie and has two children.
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.
A Shareholder of Fischer Cunnane & Associates Ltd in West Chester, Doug specializes in accounting and auditing services for privately held companies, employee benefit plans, and not for profit entities in addition to individual and corporate tax planning and compliance. Doug has been with the firm since graduating from West Chester University in 1997. He completed a six-year term on the Board of Directors of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer from 2010-2014. Doug currently serves on the Finance Committee for the Chester County Community Foundation and the Board of Directors of the West Chester Area Education Foundation. Doug and his wife Melissa reside in West Chester with children Eric, Ella, and Cara.
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.
Jen 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.
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.
Maria 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.
Peter P. Zion II (1951-2002) was a founder of the non-profit Chester County’s Children, Inc. Peter graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Accounting, and from the Delaware Law School of Widener University. An attorney in general practice in Chester and Montgomery counties, he headed the Young Lawyers section of the Montgomery Bar Association. As a member of the both the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Foster Parents Association, he became aware of the needs of children served by these organizations. He knew of families that could not provide items that he knew were important for families like his own. In 1987, working with Sr. Maria Consuelo Sparks, Peter was able to draft the necessary legal papers for the incorporation of a new entity to support children served by the Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families in ways that state and federal funding could not. It is those families and other disadvantaged youth that Chester County’s Children continues to support today.