Our Leadership

Richard D. Sanford

Founder, Chairman, & CEO

Dick SanfordDick is a lifelong entrepreneur and philanthropist. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and was VP of Finance and Executive Vice President of Commodore International. He went on to found Intelligent Electronics, which grew to a $3.7 billion dollar wholesale distributor of micro-products and services. In 1998 Dick started The Sanford Foundation to support disadvantaged children. The first charter school in Pennsylvania was an early product and today that school, known as The Chester County Family Academy, operates in West Chester, PA. He has served on the Board of the Brandywine Museum and Conservancy. In 1998 Dick founded Operation Warm.

Stephanie Cohen

Vice President & CFO

Stephanie Cohen currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer/Secretary to the Board of Directors. She brings more than 20 years of finance, operations, and consulting experience with a focus on business development (mergers & acquisitions, public offerings), process improvement, and financial control in both public and private companies. She served as SVP and CFO of Alliance Consulting (acquired by Safeguard Scientifics); EVP and CFO of XLConnect Solutions (acquired by Xerox, formerly owned by Intelligent Electronics); and in various executive capacities at Intelligent Electronics. Ms. Cohen has a BS Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is a CPA, having started her career with KPMG Peat Marwick.

Heather Connolly

Vice President of Development & Partnerships

Heather C headshotHeather leads our Development and our Community Partnerships teams. Her experience includes 10 years working in various leadership roles with non-profit programs including the YMCA of Greater Brandywine and Girls on the Run.  She has significant experience organizing and executing large scale fundraising events. Prior to entering the non-profit world, Heather spent eight years in management roles working with Wachovia Bank. Heather holds a BA in Economics and Politics from Wake Forest University and over her career has served on a number of non profit boards.

Email Heather at hconnolly@operationwarm.org

Grace Sica

Vice President of Corporate Partnerships

Grace S 500Grace is responsible for growing Operation Warm’s portfolio of major companies and brands by creating mutually beneficial partnerships. Her focus is on innovative cause marketing programs that raise revenue and awareness for Operation Warm. She previously served as Director of Client Services – North America for TerraCycle, and Outreach Coordinator for the Sierra Club. Grace has a BS Journalism and Environmental Policy from Rutgers, and is pursuing an M.B.A. from Villanova University.

Email Grace at gsica@operationwarm.org

Lee Fulton

Vice President of Strategy and Operations

Lee drives business and marketing strategy, and leads supply chain, internal support and customer service teams. She has over 20 years of business development, strategic marketing, logistics and operations experience in both Inc. 500 and Fortune 500 industrial companies. Most recently, she ran a management consulting boutique. Lee has served on boards and volunteered extensively for nonprofits focused on children, literacy and access to healthcare. Lee earned her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and BS Biology/BS Earth Science degrees from The Pennsylvania State University.

Email Lee at lfulton@operationwarm.org

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