Our Leadership

Ernest W. Russom, III

President

Co-Chair Joseph’s People of Central Delaware County & Chapter Leader 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).

Ann Marie Barr

Vice President

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. 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.

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.

Suzanne Curran

Secretary

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.

Cheryl C. Spaulding

President Emeritus

Chapter Leader – Downingtown – Chester County

Cheryl is the co-founder of Joseph’s People, Ltd. launching it in 1995 and has been its’ President since 2001. In 2017, she stepped down to become President Emeritus. Over her more than 40 years in business her career has spanned both profit-making and non-profit companies. She enjoyed a successful career, as a Commercial/Industrial Real Estate Agent with Colton RE Corporation, Giantonio Realtors, and as Owner of Equitrust Realty, Ltd. With her husband, Dr. James Spaulding, she founded three companies: Dolphin Data Systems, Inc. serving the banking community, Dolphin Marine Systems, a pioneer in marine simulation and Lenape Associates serving the Pharma industry and online educational courses for major corporations.

Cheryl has served on numerous organization Boards/Task Forces; PA State 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/two sons & their spouses and eight grandchildren in the surrounding Chester, Delaware County area. Dr. Spaulding died in 2020.

In 2018 she received a citation from the Chester County Board of Commissioners “for her decades of service to the citizens of Chester County,” and was Honored by the Senate of PA for “years of loyalty and service.” She continues to take an active roll in improving her community.

Mike Schreiber

Eagle Chapter Leader at St. Elizabeth Church – Chester County

Mike is a Corporate Finance Leader with an extensive career in the Life Sciences industry. He has been a member of Joseph’s People since 2013 and the Eagle Chapter Leader at St Elizabeth Church since 2019.

John Senick

Chapter Leader – Reading – Berks County

Mr. Senick is one of the original founding members for Joseph’s People Berks Chapter and the Lead Volunteer since 2008. He also is on the Joseph People Board. John is currently retired and does consulting work He has held various management positions including General Sales Manager, Training Director, VP of Sales, National Sales Manager and Director of Sales over his career in both sales and marketing. He has been a Bank representative, sold software products to Auto Manufacturers and Auto Dealer Groups throughout the country. He has been married to his wife Heidi for 37 years and they have 5 children and 5 Grandchildren. Both John and Heidi grew up in Philadelphia and have lived in the Reading area for the past 30 years. Mr. Senick is also a former board member and VP of Starhawks youth Deck hockey. He was the cofounder and head coach of Challenger Basketball Berks, a program that was designed for special needs children in Berks County. John is Currently a Committee member on the Berks County Committee on Increasing Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities. He is Head Minister of Hospitality at St. Catharine of Sienna Church and a Volunteer for Keystone Military families.

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.

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 a retired business owner of a staffing agency that provided industry specialists for project assignments at financial institutions. His prior experience was in commercial lending at a Philadelphia, PA based bank.  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.

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.

Chapter or General Member Representatives Volunteers – 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.