Our Leadership

Cheryl C. Spaulding, President and Chapter Leader
Downingtown – Chester County

Cheryl is the co-founder of Joseph’s People. She has a BA in Business from Immaculata University. She has been tending Joseph’s People, Ltd. since its’ founding in 1995 and has been its’ President since 2001. Over her more than 30 years in business she has been the founder and owner of several businesses; including Equitrust Realty, Ltd. a full-service commercial/industrial real estate brokerage firm covering the Phila. Metro area; Dolphin Marine Systems, the largest educational marine software company in the world, and Lenape Associates, Inc. that she presently owns and operates with her husband of 46 years, Dr. James T. Spaulding, providing highly specialized IT training expertise to corporations, and Universities. Cheryl has served on numerous organization Boards/Task Forces; PA Task Force for Long-Term Unemployment, HIRE ONE Task Force for CCEDC, Housing Partnership of Chester County, CCIDA Council, CC Board of Realtors and Immaculata College Real Estate Advisory Board. She has lived in Downingtown since 1978 and has a daughter and two sons & their spouses and eight grandchildren in the surrounding Chester, Delaware County area.

Dan Willard, Vice President and Chapter Leader
Aldan Union – Delaware County

Dan serves as the coordinator for Career Crossroads, a Joseph’s People Chapter at Aldan Union Church. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Joseph’s People. Dan graduated from Drexel University with a BS in marketing and enjoyed a successful sales and management career in the IT field with IBM, Texas Instruments, and Digital Equipment Corporation. He also owned and operated his own limousine service for several years.

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Jane Furgas, Treasurer
Jane has been the treasurer of Joseph’s People, Ltd. since 2011. As treasurer, she converted from manual records to spreadsheets and on-line banking. Jane keeps track of banking, fund allocations, and heating fund distributions. She prepares monthly financials, annual board meeting financial reports, and non-profit tax reports. She has been a member and volunteer of the Joseph’s People Downingtown chapter since 2004, assisting members with job search and support. She has over 30 years of experience as an accountant in the accounting department of numerous businesses. Jane is presently an accountant at Brookdale Senior Living. She has an MBA in Finance from College of Notre Dame, now Notre Dame de Namur University.

Sue Kaiden
Sue has over twenty years experience as an executive and management consultant in the healthcare, IT and non-profit sectors. In 2003, in response to a community need, Kaiden founded GetWorks, a job search support group for unemployed and underemployed people in Delaware County, PA. A year later, her group became a chapter of Joseph’s People. In 2014, Sue moved to the DC area and works for the Association for Talent Development as the Manager for Career Development. Sue has a MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Business from Miami University (Ohio). She is also a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner. Sue Served as the Vice President of Joseph’s People for some ten years.

Jeff Bole, Outreach Coordinator
Jeff founded William J Christopher Associates in 1977. WJCA is an executed search firm that operates principally in the US with some off-shore recruiting. Jeff graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Economics in 1963. He started his career with Allied Chemical Corporation in New York City. He attended NYU at night for chemistry during this period. In 1964, he received his draft notice and served in the US Army-Infantry till his honorable discharge two years later. He returned to Allied in NYC and was later transferred to Chicago to sell industrial chemicals in six mid-western states. He returned to metro Philadelphia and held several sales positions until he founded his firm in 1977. Jeff Is married to Judy and they have three children and three grandchildren. Jeff volunteers with Compeer, is a member of Saint Maximilian Colby parish serves as a Eucharistic Minister and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. His firm is named after his children.

Rick Schilling
Rick has been a Joseph’s People chapter volunteer since 1996 and board member of Joseph’s People Ltd. since its inception. He is the founder and owner of Schilling Professional Staffing, Inc., a company providing experienced industry specialists for interim or project assignments at financial institutions. Rick has a BS degree in Marketing from St. Joseph’s College, completed the Stonier School of Banking program at Rutgers University, and has an MBA-Finance degree from Widener University.

Kurt Walser
Kurt has been working for Family Service of Chester County for 45 years as a Family Counselor and in the position as Director of Programs and Services. He collaborated with Josephs People to help the unemployed deal with the many stressors as well worked at the career Link of Chester County in the same capacity. Kurt has a Diploma from the University of St. Gallen Switzerland in Social Work. He came to the USA in 1969. He is retired and enjoys gardening, the outdoors, baking and cooking, as well as acting in his former career as a Swiss Chocolatier, making handmade artisan gourmet chocolates during the holidays. His spiritual quest is to continue to understand the relationship between men and our creator.

Thomas Rhoads, Chapter Co-Leader

Tom is an independent consultant providing executive coaching to individuals and organizations across the US with specific expertise in career transitions, leadership and organizational development. Tom has grown the impact and performance of professionals and executives across a diverse portfolio, from regional small businesses to Wall Street. Tom supports senior level administrators across academia including the University of Iowa, Franklin and Marshall, Drexel University, and regional community colleges. Tom has served as Chairperson for the Chester County, PA Workforce Investment Board and is a volunteer speaker and board member of Josephs’ People, a volunteer organization supporting the unemployed in the greater Philadelphia Region. Tom enjoyed a career that has spanned accountabilities for technical consulting, project management, key account development, and as an entrepreneur and business owner. He has enjoyed long-term relationships as a trusted advisor to large corporate clients such as Exxon, Harley Davidson, Xerox, IBM, Mead Paper, John Deere, General Motors, Pepperidge Farm, and General Electric. Tom founded and served as President of an environmental consulting company, served as Vice President and a Director for an integrated architecture, engineering, construction management and information technology firm. His experience spans across the United States and he has provided advice to many multi-national corporations. He began his career in environmental policy research at Duke University and served as a Principal Investigator and Program Manager providing consulting expertise for the US Forest Service, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, and several states agencies.

Janet Stewart Spaulding
Janet received her undergraduate degree in English from LaSalle University. She attended university of Florida, working as a Teaching Assistant. She worked in the fields of Hospitality Management, Banking, and Defense Contracting. She earned a Master’s in English and Publishing from Rosemont College, where her dissertation was Holocaust Studies. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Immaculata University and has taught literature, research and writing, there for fourteen years. She resides in Downingtown with her husband David Spaulding
and their three children.

Steven Bailey, Treasurer
Downingtown Chapter

Steven is an accounting professional with more than thirty years of corporate experience in Cash Management Systems, Accounts Receivable, Inventory Analysis, Credit, and Collections. Steven has been the treasurer of Joseph’s People- Downingtown Chapter since 2006. As treasurer, he has been responsible for bank reconciliations and quarterly statements. He has been both a member and volunteer of the Joseph’s People Downingtown Chapter since 2004 by assisting members with their job search and support. Steven is presently a credit analyst with Softmart. He has a BS degree in Accounting from Bentley College, now Bentley University.

Dan Winand, Chapter Leader
Eagle – St. Elizabeth – Chester County

Dan is the Associate Director of Project Management at Adaptimmune US. He is a Certified Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of PA. Dan has studied at Tufts University and Michigan State. He is presently doing continuing Studies with Stanford University in Practices and Principles of Gene Therapy. Dan has been the leader of the Eagle Chapter for nearly 9 years.

John Senick, Chapter Leader
Reading – Berks County

John is one of the original founding members for Joseph People Berks Chapter and the Lead Volunteer since 2008. He also is on the Joseph People Board. Mr. Senick is currently is the General Sales Manager at Anthony D’Ambriosio Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram in Elverson, PA and has held various management positions including VP of Sales, National Sales Manager and Director of Sales over his career in both sales and marketing. He has represented for banks sold software products to Auto Manufacturers and Auto Dealer groups throughout the country. He has been married to his wife Heidi for 32 years and they have 5 children. Both John and Heidi grew up in Philadelphia and have lived in the Reading PA area for the past 25 years. Mr. Senick is also on the board and the VP as well as board member of Starhawks youth Deck hockey. He is also the cofounder and head coach of Challenger Basketball Berks a program that is designed for special needs children and serves all children in Berks County.

Diane Merry, Chapter Leader
Mainline – Wayne Presbyterian Church – Delaware County

Diane is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, where she runs a research lab studying the molecular basis of hereditary neurodegenerative diseases. She received her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas in Houston and The University of Pennsylvania, respectively. In her position at TJU, Diane also teaches medical, graduate and pharmacy students. From 2005-2012, Diane was the Director of the PhD Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Diane lives in Malvern with her husband and two children. She is a long-time member of Wayne Presbyterian Church, where she is currently serving as a Deacon and leader of the Joseph’s People chapter that recently merged with Joseph’s People Mainline. At WPC, Diane is also a member of the Congregational Care Committee, through which she and her husband coordinated a Caregiver’s Support Group for the past 4 years.

John F. Colgan, Chapter Leader
West Grove – Chester County

John is the Director of Professional Outreach for Jennersville Regional Hospital. This crucial role helps align the providers in the field with the hospital and its services throughout the community, including relationships between providers. John has extensive and diversified experience with a background in insurance, financial advisory services, as well as eldercare and healthcare.

John graduated from Villanova University with a major in Accountancy and a minor in Communication Arts. He is a life and health insurance agent licensed in PA. He lives in southern Chester County with his wife Roseann, son Matt, daughter Lexi and bichon poodle Nova. He is extremely active in his church as a lector and fundraiser. John enjoys traveling with his family, reading, playing ice hockey and golfing.

Ann Marie Barr, Chapter Leader
West Grove – Chester County

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University Ann’s background was originally in education. She traveled from western Pennsylvania to Florida and New Jersey before settling in southern Chester County. For over 20 years she has overseen human service advocacy, support groups, and immediate need assistance for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish. Currently working as Mobile Workforce Navigator at Open Hearth, Inc. connecting and assisting Chester County employment seekers with CareerLink of Chester County and the United Way Financial Stability Center. Ann has three children who were a part of her volunteer work from the beginning. Ann’s role was taken to a larger platform in 2006 when Catholic Social Services enlisted her first as parish outreach coordinator then as intake case manager. One of the outreach meetings centered on introducing more parishes to Joseph’s People and led to the start of the West Grove chapter.

Ernest W. Russom, III, Co-Chair Joseph’s People of Central Delaware County & Chapter Leader
St. Laurence – Delaware County

Ernie Russom is the Executive Director of The Westview Associates, a firm that provides Accounting, Finance and Administrative staffing solutions throughout the Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware Region. Clients vary from Start-up Organizations to Fortune 100s. Provided staffing solutions range from Senior Finance and Accounting Executives to Support Staff. Ernie has a BS in Business Logistics from Penn State and an MBA from Temple University. His career began within the Financial Service Industry. Selected accomplishments include being a senior member of PNC Bank’s Credit Quality Assurance team that participated in numerous bank and portfolio acquisitions, the Compliance Officer for a $3.8B consumer loan portfolio that was managed by EDS and the author of a risk mitigation product for the Financial Service Industry which was featured on the front page of USA Today. Ernie’s community service activities include being the founder and leader of Metro Philly Job Search Group, Co-Founder of the Mary Magdalen Job Search Group, as well as a “Friend of the FENG” (Financial Executive Networking Group).

Nancy Boak, Chapter Leader
Hatfield – Montgomery County

Nancy took an early retirement from Prudential Financial 2007 where she enjoyed her work as Manager and Supervisory Principal, responsible for the Mutual Fund Operations Group. Since retiring she has obtained her certification as a Professional Coach. Nancy uses her coaching skills to help individuals identify barriers to living the life they desire. In July of 2009, Nancy, along with her husband Ron, began the Joseph People-Hatfield Chapter with the intention of bringing hope and support to the unemployed and under employed in their surrounding communities. Nancy has also very active in the Beginning Experience International organization, which serves those who are recovering from the loss of a spouse through death or divorce. Nancy served as an officer, board member, retreat coordinator and facilitator helping those who were moving through the grief process. Nancy loves to sing and has sung with several choirs as well as a soloist for her parish community. Nancy is a very active communicant at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield where she serves on various committees.

Suzanne Curran, Chapter Leader
Huntington Valley – Montgomery County

Suzanne is the owner of SC Staffing & Consulting. She has been in business for 8 years. Their specialty in placing staff both temp and perm. is in the financial, administrative and HR industry. Her company has won numerous awards.
Prior to staffing Suzanne worked in the banking industry for 20 years. She graduated from LaSalle University. Suzanne would love to help everyone that comes through Joseph’s people be able to obtain employment that they are worthy of. She resides in Philadelphia, with her husband and son.

Georgeann Fears, Chapter Leader
Bucks County

Georgeann has been in the supply chain industry for many years. In logics, planning and management. She is presently running her own company that provides consulting services to companies that need supply chain expertise. She is a graduate of both Penn State University and Drexel University Le-Bow College of Business.

Georgeann is a very active member of She is an active member of Our Lady of Grace Parish and a founding member of the Penndel Chapter of Joseph’s People.

Jack Shaw, Chapter Leader
Pittsburgh – Allegheny County

Jack worked as a Community Relations Administrator for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for 14 years coordinating the company’s community programs and projects. He served on various Boards and Committees for: United Way, Alzheimer’s Association, the Boy Scouts of America, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, The Three Rivers Regatta, and the Western Pennsylvania Olympic Committee.

Jack was also co-coordinator for HOPE Ministry (Helping Others Pursue Employment), a faith-based outreach program for unemployed and underemployed people seeking meaningful employment before starting Joseph’s People at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Pittsburgh.

Member Representatives

Member representatives are non-voting members of our group who have graduated or are presently unemployed who provide us with their view of our activities and plans from a “member” perspective. That input is very valuable to us.
Judy McFadden
Judy is an administrator who has worked in many different industries. She has several times been a member of Joseph’s People and presently serves as a member representative to provide input from our members’ perspective.
Craig Cathcart
Craig is an Operations Specialist with Johnson and Johnson. He has been a Joseph’s People volunteer at Aldan Union for about 5 years. He and his wife have also been volunteering with senior citizens as well, doing crafts and music for many years.