Our Board & Staff

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Michael Forman

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Mr. Forman is the Chairman and CEO of Franklin Square Capital Partners.

Mr. Forman serves as Chairman and CEO of each of Franklin Square’s Funds—FS Investment Corporation (FSIC), FS Investment Corporation II (FSIC II), FS Investment Corporation III (FSIC III), FS Energy & Power Fund (FSEP) and FS Global Credit Opportunities Fund. He also chairs each Fund’s Investment Committee.

Prior to co-founding Franklin Square, Mr. Forman founded FB Capital Partners, a private investment partnership, as well as FB Real Estate Fund, a real estate pooled equity fund whose lead investor is Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). Mr. Forman has built a number of other successful businesses in the private equity and debt, financial services and investment management industries.

Mr. Forman was previously a senior partner in the Corporate and Securities Department at the Philadelphia-based law firm of Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers LLP where he practiced for over 17 years. He served in a number of leadership positions at Klehr Harrison, including membership on its Executive Committee and as Hiring Partner.

Mr. Forman is also a director of Murex Investments and chairs its Investment Committee. Murex is an SBA-licensed New Markets Venture Capital Corporation and a U.S. Treasury-Certified Community Development Financial Institution. Murex invests in early stage businesses in the Mid-Atlantic with the goal of job creation and employee ownership.

Mr. Forman is also a member of a number of other civic and charitable boards including The Franklin Institute (Executive Committee member), The Vetri Foundation for Children (Chairman), and The University of the Arts (Executive Committee member). Mr. Forman serves as the Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for The Philadelphia School.

In 2013, Mr. Forman was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® for the Greater Philadelphia region and Franklin Square ranked 13th on the Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies.

Mr. Forman received his BA from the University of Rhode Island where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD from Rutgers School of Law.

Mr. Forman is married and lives with his wife and three daughters in Center City, Philadelphia.

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Peri Higgins

BOARD MEMBER

Ms. Higgins has been engaged in the financial industry in various capacities including raising private equity and debt financing, managing private equity investments, and investing in real estate. Ms. Higgins is a partner with Austin Allen Advisors, a consulting firm providing strategic, marketing, and brand development services to businesses seeking to enhance the visibility of their products and services. For more than five years, Ms. Higgins has been helping businesses and organizations effectively communicate their core strengths to the media, clients, prospects, business partners and other audiences.

Ms. Higgins received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and a Masters in Business Administration with a Major in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Higgins currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Episcopal Academy.

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Robert Keddie

BOARD MEMBER

Rob is a practicing attorney and member of the Taylor, Colicchio and Silverman law firm (Princeton, New Jersey and New York City). He is also a principal in Colicchio Consulting, LLC, a hospitality consulting venture. Since the early 90′s, he has primarily represented renowned chefs, developers and hospitality professionals in their business dealings from both a legal and business perspective. His legal practice focuses on the structuring of specialty consulting, partnership and joint venture agreements between chefs and property owners, the negotiation of both short and long-term leases, and financing arrangements for numerous restaurant developments, build outs and re-launches, as well as commercial and corporate litigation, with an emphasis on partnership/shareholder disputes and related matters. His consulting work focuses on advising chefs and developers on restaurant placement, consulting with hotels and casinos on food and beverage strategies, curating the intelligent placement of food and beverage professionals, and functioning as a “turn around” consultant on hospitality projects.

During his career, Rob has also advised and served on the board of directors of various charitable organizations, including the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia. He has been recognized by the New York State Bar Association for his work with the New York State Client Protection Fund and is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York bars. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.

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Jeff Michaud

BOARD MEMBER

The Executive Chef and co-owner of Osteria Restaurant, Amis Restaurant and Alla Spina, Jeffrey Michaud began his cooking career at the age of 13 in a pizza shop in New Hampshire where he was raised. Inspired by his grandmother’s cooking and beautiful wedding cakes, Jeff attended the Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1998. His culinary path led him from the Caribou Club in Aspen Colorado to Vetri Ristorante in Philadelphia to Bergamo, Italy where he worked his way through the top restaurants in the region. Jeff returned to Philadelphia in 2006 to rejoin the Vetri team with the opening of Osteria.

In 2008, The James Beard Foundation nominated Osteria for “Best New Restaurant” and in 2010, Jeff won the James Beard Award for “Best Mid-Atlantic Chef.” In 2011, Food and Wine Magazine named Osteria one of the top 25 pizza spots in the US and Jeff was named “Best Chef” by Philadelphia Magazine. Jeff extends his culinary expertise to his involvement as a member of the Vetri Foundation for Children’s Board of Directors. Together with Marc Vetri, Jeff developed Eatiquette, the Foundation’s school lunch program. Eatiquette creates a family style dining experience in the lunch room that fosters social interaction, communication and nutritional education. Jeff continues to develop menus for the program and regularly invites school chefs to train with him in the kitchen at Osteria. Jeff lives in Philadelphia with his wife Claudia and their daughter.

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Michael Rouse

BOARD MEMBER

Michael is the President, CEO and co-founder of ESF, Inc. ESF (which stands for Education, Sports, and Fun) has been a pioneering force in summer day camps since its humble beginnings in 1982. Since then, ESF has had a profound impact on thousands of children by developing life skills through a dynamic staff, high-quality programs, premier locations, time-honored traditions, and a commitment to safety, learning and fun. ESF has received numerous awards for quality service, safety, and best places to work from several magazines and newspapers.

Michael and ESF are also deeply committed to helping underserved young people in local communities through its social action initiatives – the ESF Dream Camp Foundation and Acting Without Boundaries. The ESF Dream Camp Foundation serves over 550 at-risk children with year-round mentoring and summer camp scholarships in both Philadelphia and Hartford, Ct. Acting Without Boundaries is dedicated to providing young adults who have physical disabilities with a year round acting program.

Michael is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts and Communication and was also inducted into the Villanova’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Michael is also a graduate of the Disney Institute’s People Management, Customer Service, and Creative Leadership Programs. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Board member of ESF Dream Camp Foundation, AWB, Girard College Board of City Managers, Solomon Fellows and the Vetri Foundation for Children.

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Sylvia DiBona

BOARD MEMBER

Sylvia is a certified public accountant. She started her career as a member of the tax department at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia. She later joined the tax department of Smith Kline, specializing in international tax issues. She co-founded The William Penn Insurance Agency, a commercial insurance brokerage firm, in 1987. After making a career shift to counseling psychology in the 1990s, she worked for several years as a volunteer at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, counseling patients undergoing cancer treatment. Since 2005 Sylvia has been chairman of the board of Fred’s Footsteps, a public charity founded in the memory of her late husband. The mission of Fred’s Footsteps is to support working families who are in a financial crisis due to the costs associated with caring for a critically ill or injured child. Sylvia has previously served on the Boards of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and The Wellness Community, and is currently a member of the Leadership Council of the Abramson Cancer Center.

Sylvia received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Temple University, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College.

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Sandy Brown

BOARD MEMBER

Sandy has been a leader in the Jewish community of Southern New Jersey. While serving as board chair or committee chair she has developed skills in board governance, strategic planning, funds development and organizational structure. Currently she serves on the Board of Trustees of Moorestown Friends School, the Jewish Community Foundation and Kellman Brown Academy.

Sandy is married and lives with her husband and three children in Voorhees, NJ.

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BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Kaness is the Chief Strategy Officer at Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Nasdaq: URBN), an innovative specialty retailer with global revenues over $3B annually operating a portfolio of multi-channel experiential lifestyle brands – including the eponymous Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN. Matt is a member of the URBN Executive Team reporting directly to the Chairman, CEO. He is also an elected member of the Board of Shop.org, the Digital Division of the National Retail Federation (NRF) trade group, based in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Urban, Matt led major projects for Burton Snowboards (Sporting Goods, Apparel & Footwear) in Burlington, VT and Onyx Capital (Private Equity) of Toronto, ON as a management consultant at PRTM.

Mr. Kaness holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Matt is currently a member of the Corporate Advisory Board at Darden.

Matt and his wife Theresa have three school-age children and reside in Yardley, PA.

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Kelly Herrenkohl

DIRECTOR

Kelly Herrenkohl joined the Vetri Foundation for Children in 2011 after 4 years of volunteering with Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin as auction coordinator for the Great Chefs Event. Kelly brings 15 years of sales and marketing experience to her role, having worked for 10 years with her family’s executive search firm, Herrenkohl Consulting, and in sales and sales management at Supplies Network, the country’s largest privately-owned IT supply wholesaler. Kelly is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Kelly moved to Philadelphia in 2005 and found herself simultaneously in love with the resources this storied city has to offer and overwhelmed by the challenges it faces. Her community involvement has involved tutoring kids from city public schools and mentoring teen moms. As mother of and chief cook for four children, Kelly is passionate about the opportunities good food and healthy living can bring to kids, especially those with limited access to nutritious options.

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DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Jennifer Wheeler, originally from Delaware County,  joined the Vetri Foundation in Fall of 2014.  A graduate of Millersville University, Jennifer taught for 10 years in the classroom working with court-appointed youth, English language learners, and children and families with refugee status.

Jennifer joined the nonprofit sector in 2006 and spent eight years as Manager of Educational Programs and Services at WHYY Public Media.  During her tenure at WHYY, she worked on many initiatives and had diverse experiences including program and grant management, fundraising, teacher professional development, radio and television production, and mission focused events facilitation. She is the recipient of  the Southeastern Regional Key Professional Development Champion of the Year Award for 2008, the International Reading Association 2010 Broadcast Media Award for Television for WHYY I LIKE THIS BOOK, and a Mid Atlantic Region Emmy Nominee.

In her free time Jennifer spends time with her four godchildren, friends, and family. She tries never to miss a chance to enjoy great music or a well-written television series.  She likes to read, manage her fantasy football teams, do crossword puzzles,  and tries to never miss a chance to explore the city of Philadelphia, Paris, or a beach.

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DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Genevieve enthusiastically joined the Vetri Foundation for Children in December 2013. Before taking the opportunity, she spent three years as a stay-at-home mom. When she was ready to return to full-time work, VFFC was an easy decision because its mission incorporates so many of her own personal philosophies.

Prior to joining VFFC, Genevieve spent 4.5 years working as an Advancement Consultant with the Catholic School Development Program (CSDP) in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and five years at the School District of Philadelphia as the Operations Manager at Samuel Fels High School. At CSDP, she worked with schools to implement best practices in development, enrollment management, constituent relations, board development and governance. As a development professional, it is her job to match a person’s passion with opportunities.

Fortunate to have grown up in a close-knit family that valued the time that they had around the table, Genevieve makes a point to continue the tradition by catching up with and enjoying a good meal with her family almost every night. Depending on the season, you can find her in and around the Philadelphia area with her family, hanging out on the water on their boat or heading to the beach!

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ADMINISTRATIVE & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Danielle joined the Vetri Foundation for Children in September 2014. As a lifelong Philadelphian who grew up in the public school system, Danielle is excited to work at an organization that does so much to improve the lives of and educate school-age children in her beloved city.

Before finding VFFC, Danielle worked in publishing and as a freelance writer for a variety of Philadelphia publications. She is a Temple University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has always been at home around fresh, healthy food, whether in her home kitchen or in restaurants, where she’s occupied various front-of-house positions over the years.

When not at work, Danielle can typically be found on her bike en route to one of Philadelphia’s many farmers’ markets or outdoor festivals.

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PROGRAM MANAGER

Brandon, a classically trained chef, has spent 11 years working in professional kitchens and managing restaurants throughout the country. From his home state of Michigan to the cities of New York, Providence, Chicago, and Philadelphia, Brandon has worked in an eclectic selection of restaurants ranging from gastro pubs to fine dining.

In addition to his culinary career, Brandon has experience as a branding consultant to new and existing restaurants as well as food stylist/photographer for a host of different websites. He has also taught cooking classes and preformed culinary demonstrations in various venues. Brandon joined the Vetri Foundation team in November 2013 as a Program Coordinator. Brandon is passion about bringing fresh ingredients and new foods to young people.

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CULINARY ADVISOR

Tia currently serves as Culinary Advisor to the Vetri Foundation and Purchasing Director for the Vetri Family restaurants. Previously, Tia was the Foundation’s Director of Culinary Operations.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in 1998, Tia saw the education as part of her growth as a great cook; alongside her education she worked at Oceana restaurant in NYC under the guise of Rick Moonen, gaining extensive knowledge of seafood cooking; then working for Jonathan Waxman, expanding her knowledge of rustic regional Italian cuisine. Tia joined the Aramark team in 2000, serving in various roles including Executive Chef at the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Executive Chef at the 2008 Olympics in Bejing, China, and Development Chef for Aramark Education K-12. As part of her employment with Aramark, Tia served as Chef at ESF Foundation’s Dream Camp in 2011 with chefs Marc Vetri and Jeff Michaud. Their vision for scratch cooking and family style eating for kids exactly mirrored Tia’s ideas about what school lunch should be and was the impetus for her move to the Vetri Foundation for Children in January 2012.

Being a member of a family full of arts, Tia has an appreciation of music, performing and visual arts and spends her free time collecting art and music. Tia serves as an advisory board member to The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College and Universal Audenried Charter High School’s culinary arts program in Philadelphia and is a member of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council.

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Carla Norelli spent 12 years in the hospitality industry, working nearly every possible position before deciding to follow her dream to attend the Le Cordon Bleu culinary program at the Orlando Culinary Academy. Her passion is cooking ‘real’ food, creating dishes that are not only good, but good for you, and developing recipes that are easy to navigate and execute.

After receiving her A.S. in Culinary Arts, Carla remained in Orlando for five years, working primarily for Loew’s Hotels, starting a small scale catering business of her own and obtaining her Bachelor’s in Culinary Management. When Carla returned to her hometown of Philadelphia, she spent a year as the assistant kitchen manager in a small café, executing fresh, from-scratch dishes and developing menu items and recipes. She moved on to a corporate kitchen setting after having her first child, and although the company was great to work for, she missed being more hands-on and working with foods that were made with freshness and healthfulness in mind.

Having a child only heightened her interest in the foods that are being produced and served to our youth and this coincided perfectly with finding a position as a program coordinator at the Vetri Foundation. In addition to working at the Vetri Foundation, Carla is working toward a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources.

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Amy Falkenstein

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Amy Falkenstein’s love of cooking started at a young age. Standing on her tiptoes on a wooden chair in the family’s South Jersey home, she watched and helped her mother in the kitchen and that love of cooking continued as she grew older.

Amy attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island a year earlier than her peers. She fell in love with the atmosphere and quickly settled into the New England scene. After two years, she’d earned her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and was accepted into the Nutrition Program. In 2011, Amy graduated with a Bachelor’s in the Science of Nutrition.

After honing her skills within the small community of Rhode Island restaurants, she decided to move back to her hometown of Voorhees, New Jersey. Almost immediately, Amy found herself staging at one of the most prestigious restaurants in Philadelphia. It was there that she trained in the true nature of fine dining cuisine, mastering skillsets to promote herself into a managerial position.

Amy joined the Vetri Foundation as a Program Coordinator in August 2014. She is excited to combine her passion for cooking and nutrition and use it toward helping children become more aware of what they are eating. Amy also works with Maureen Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer organizing the Foundation’s “My Daughter’s Kitchen” program. She consistently feels fulfilled by her job and says the best part of her day is hearing a cafeteria of students cheering as their lunch in announced.

Sarah Cullen

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Together with our partners we have served 330,710 healthy, family style meals.