Foundation appoints new members and elects officers to Board

COLMAR, PA - The North Penn Community Health Foundation (foundation) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of two new community representatives to its board, Dr. Russell R. Hensel of Lansdale and Paul Pocalyko of Maple Glen. 

Russell R. Hensel, PhD, MSCC is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Stubbs & Hensel Pharma Consulting, LLC, a local consulting firm engaged in providing expert professional consulting services in the areas of FDA-regulated bioanalysis to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.  He has held director-level positions at Tandem Laboratories, Johnson and Johnson, National Medical Services and Covance Laboratories.  Hensel has also held leadership positions at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and SmithKline clinical laboratories.  In addition, he has earned an MS in Counseling from the Philadelphia Biblical University (PBU).  He is a pastoral counselor at Hope Christian Counseling and has been a chaplain and pastoral counselor for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Hensel is also an adjunct for the School of Life-Long Learning at PBU and teaches Developmental Psychology.  In his spare time, he loves to relax at Holiday Hill Marina in Edgewater, Maryland and sail his 31-foot boat.

Paul W. Pocalyko, CPA/CFF, CFE, currently a partner at Philadelphia’s ParenteBeard office, has provided a variety of financial consulting and accounting services to attorneys, insurance companies, governmental agencies and public and private corporations since 1982.  His current practice specializes in providing financial consulting analyses related to matters in dispute, most of the analyses involving litigation and/or insurance claims matters.  Pocalyko’s current responsibilities include assignment planning, supervision of staff, assistance with interrogatories and expert witness testimony.  Responsibilities are carried out through financial and forensic analysis of financial statements and tax returns, general ledgers and other original books of entry, relevant contracts and agreements/ industry data.  Pocalyko has spoken before professional and educational groups on various aspects of financial analyses, litigation consulting, fraud investigations and economic damages and has co-authored several publications and articles.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Corporate Finance from Lehigh University.

The Board of Directors has also elected four individuals to serve as officers on the foundation’s board for two-year terms:  Dr. R. John Stubbs of Blue Bell, Chairman; Dr. Russell R. Hensel of Lansdale, Vice-Chairman; David Crosson of Hatfield, Secretary; and Alfredo De la Peña of North Wales, Treasurer:

R. John Stubbs, PhD, will serve as the Chairman of the Board.  He is the Principal and CEO of Stubbs Hensel Pharma Consulting, LLC, a recently formed company providing services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.  Prior to this, he held senior positions in research and development with Johnson & Johnson and Merck Research Labs.   He is a founding member of the foundation, having previously served on the board of North Penn Hospital.  He has been a board member of the foundation since its inception, and served as chair of the governance committee and vice-chair of the board this past year.   Stubbs was born in Chester, England, and moved to the United States with his wife Liz in 1982.  Educated in the United Kingdom, he received bachelor’s and PhD degrees in Chemistry and Drug Metabolism.  He has two daughters and a son in their early twenties.  His eldest daughter, Claire, teaches in Philadelphia, and his son Martin and daughter Laura are entering their final years of college.  Stubbs enjoys flying, golf, skiing and piano playing.

Russell R. Hensel, PhD, MSCC, will serve as Vice Chairman of the Board.  His biography is noted prior.

David Crosson will serve as Secretary of the Board.  He has been Executive Director of Indian Creek Foundation in Souderton for 11 years, having formerly served as the Chief Financial Officer.  The organization, which was founded 35 years ago, began through the efforts of local Mennonite families in the Indian Valley area. It serves individuals with developmental disabilities, concentrating on those with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorders and employs 300 staff with an annual operating budget of $15 million.  Indian Creek also provides residential, vocational and in-home services to approximately 700 individuals annually.  Prior to joining Indian Creek Foundation, Crosson worked for the public accounting firm of Detweiler, Hershey and Associates of Souderton as an auditor and computer specialist.  He is active in several local nonprofits and, besides serving on the foundation’s board, also serves as Board Chair for the Greater North Penn Collaborative for Health and Human Services.  Crosson has been married to his wife Lorraine for 33 years and they have a son Michael, who graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a degree in music.

Alfredo De la Peña will serve as Treasurer of the Board.  He is the Chief Operating Officer of 1260 Housing Development Corporation (1260 HDC) and the Executive Director of Columbus Property Management (CPM).  The Philadelphia-based organizations are sister nonprofit corporations that specialize in the development and management of affordable housing for individuals with special needs.  Under de la Peña’s leadership, the organization has grown tremendously, from 220 tenants in 1996 to the current total of 2,300 tenants.   In accordance with the company’s mission, de la Peña’s most recent endeavors include the formation of a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Washington, DC and the merger with a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Delaware.  He also executed an agreement between CPM and Montgomery County’s Department of Behavioral Health to house 75 chronically ill homeless persons. In addition to serving on the North Penn Community Health Foundation’s board, he also serves on the board of Family Services of Montgomery County.   Born and raised in Uruguay, de la Peña immigrated to the United States with his wife, Ingrid, and their two sons in 1984.  In 1989 he received a business degree from Temple University with specializations in real estate and finance.  Now that his sons are grown, de la Peña resides with his wife in North Wales and enjoys making wine, bicycling and gardening.

Board members serve without compensation and are required to actively participate in governance and grantmaking activities.  As community volunteers, board members are expected to be knowledgeable about their community and willing to participate in meetings, committee work and with grantee organizations.