We are governed by a board of directors for which we recruit from our various networks. Our board members are:

  • Committed to investing in systems change
  • Interested in health and human services
  • Demonstrate leadership and strategic thinking
  • Prudent risk takers
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and a community-lead process to inform our grantmaking
  • Committed to building an operating a culturally aware, competent, diverse, equitable and inclusive organization

Board Members

Foundation board members were asked a few questions about their experience in serving on the board and what they appreciate about Montgomery County. Snippets of their answers are below. Click on each board member's name for additional professional information.

Board Officers

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Joel Johnson, Chair

What’s best about living/working in Montgomery County?
Beautiful neighborhoods, excellent public schools, easy access to Center City Philadelphia and the entire Northeastern U.S."

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Natasha Patterson, Vice Chair

What made you want to serve on the board?
"HealthSpark Foundation takes a systems thinking approach to providing the infrastructure and support to the human service, education and public health organizations in Montgomery County."

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Rayman Solomon, Treasurer

What made you want to serve as a board member?
"As a resident of the 'western' section of Montgomery County, I want to learn more about the entire county and be a part of an organization that is providing leadership and making a difference in securing a social safety net for all of the residents of our county and serves as a national model."

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Nathaniel J. Williams, Ed.D., MHS, MPA, MBA, Secretary

How can the Foundation enhance its impact moving forward? 

"One thing that could be enhanced about the foundation would be to ensure the Whole Person is always represented in what we support- those domains are finances, environment, recreation, family/ friends, spirituality, personal development, health, and education. One way to achieve this would be monitoring for its inclusion."


Board Members


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Amy Gianficaro

What’s best about living/working in Montgomery County?
"While there is a cohesiveness to the county, the thing I love most is the diversity of its people and landscapes. I like to dine in Ambler and hike along the Perkiomen trail; shop in King of Prussia but browse in Skippack. I am proud that my children have been raised in a community where different cultures and different languages coexist peacefully."

  Emma Hertz
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Warren Hilton, Ed.D.

Share a short, personal story about a foundation project that has impacted or inspired you.
"Experiencing the opening of North Penn Commons was inspiration for me. To see several nonprofits work together to benefit the community was impressive. It showed that with collective effort what seems impossible becomes very possible."

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John Kepner

Why did you make Montgomery County your home?
I moved to Lower Gwynedd in 1972 as a desirable environment to raise a family with easy access to Center City Philadelphia where I worked. During retirement, I have found the county's resources for retirees are substantial and I have had the opportunity to focus my volunteer activities as much in the county as I have in the city."

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Joyce Miller

How do you hope to see HealthSpark deepen its impact in the coming years?


"I love the approach of HealthSpark of focusing on systems with the involvement of all stakeholders – not assuming that one group knows best but that all must be a part of the change."

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Dave Sherman

What made you want to serve on the board?
The foundation's philanthropic activities are quite different from my day job. It has been a refreshing opportunity to be involved with important community matters and to learn from the very talented people involved with the foundation."


Ann St. Claire, MPH

What about HealthSpark's work most excites you?

"I appreciate HealthSpark's collaborative approach to not only working with community organizations, but also other funders in the region. The level of coordination, and collaboration is impressive and effective in building community and sustainable organizations and agencies serving Montgomery County."