Meet Our Board of Directors
Experience, talent and leadership. Meet the Operation Warm Board of Directors.
Barry M. Abelson
Barry M. Abelson is of counsel to the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He served as chairman of Pepper’s Executive Committee, the firm’s governing body. Mr. Abelson concentrates his practice in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity transactions. In addition, Mr. Abelson regularly counsels boards of directors, independent board committees and senior management of companies on strategic, governance, disclosure and transactional matters. He earned a B.A. Dartmouth College and J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Basil Anderson has over 30 years of business experience as an operating executive and as a chief financial officer of major multinational public companies. Mr. Anderson’s experience includes strategic, business and financial planning and operations, being in charge of an international business based in Europe, as well as service as a director for five public companies in five different industries. He was Vice Chairman of Staples, Inc. and Executive Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Campbell Soup. He currently serves as a Director of Becton, Dickinson and Company; Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and Staples, Inc.
Susan Bailey is a principal and practice leader for Corporate Solutions Consulting based in Denver, CO. A highly accomplished executive with 35 years of broad-based general management experience in the global information technology and communications industries, Susan has built a solid reputation for consistently increasing top line revenue and gross margins, developing and growing new business segments, designing innovative sales, marketing and services strategies, redefining business processes and controlling expenses.
Susan’s professional career included positions at Stratus Technologies, Avaya Inc., StorageTek, En Pointe Technologies, Intelligent Electronics and IBM.
Raised in Southern California, Susan graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree, and attended the INSEAD Executive Management Institute in Fontainebleau, France.
Susan also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Colorado Ballet and for Boys Hope Girls Hope.
Willie F. Bailey, Sr.
Willie Bailey is an Alexandria City Councilman, the Battalion Chief of Public Affairs and Community Outreach with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and a 21 year Army Veteran. He is the founder of Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, a non-profit organization serving underprivileged children in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Good Shepherd Housing. He has earned numerous service awards; Leadership Fairfax, Kate Hanley Community Service Award; City of Alexandria Living Legend Award; Heroism and Community Service Award, Firehouse Magazine; Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., Service Award; Rotary Club of Tyson Corner Citizen of the Year Award and the Northern Virginia NAACP Community Service Award.
Scott A. Beaumont
Scott A. Beaumont is the co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Lilly Pulitzer®, a women’s fashion apparel brand, from 1993 to 2016. Previously Scott was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Eagle’s Eye, from 1980 to 1993, a women’s fashion apparel brand. Earlier, Scott worked in General Management Consulting with Touche Ross. Scott’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1977. Scott currently is on the Board of Trustees of The Chester Charter School for the Arts and is Chair of the Finance Committee. Scott is on the Board of Directors of CSS Industries, Inc., a public company, serving on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.
JB Doherty was the President of Anderson Metals LLC, and previously spent two years as the turnaround CEO of ImageMax, Inc. He was Managing General Partner of the TDH II and TDH III venture capital partnerships. He is best known for leading the first institutional round for Intelligent Electronics, providing the initial capital for Airgas, Inc. and for his seed capital/co-founder role with ESPN. Service includes the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group (founding President, later Chairman) and The Episcopal Academy (ten-year trustee and Distinguished Service Award). A former Marine (Silver Star, Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry), J. B. has an MBA from Stanford and a BSE from the Naval Academy.
Kristen Hamer serves as the Director of Corporate and External Partnerships for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) in the Resident Services Division. She is responsible for establishing relationships with external organizations to bring resources to Public Housing families and communities in Chicago that support key CHA resident outcome goals. While at CHA, she has raised or leveraged over $20 million in grant resources and spearheaded the creation and management of the CHA’s new non-profit affiliate, Springboard to Success to support resident initiatives. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and housing service industry including program management, fundraising and special events. Prior to CHA, she worked in fundraising roles for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Ms. Hamer earned her Bachelors of Art at Michigan State University in Public Administration and her Masters of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University.
Bill Iredale is a graduate of the University of Delaware. He served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. He began his business career with the Proctor and Gamble Company before becoming president and then principal owner of Fitzwater, Inc., a consumer products advertising, sales and marketing company. Since his retirement in 1996, Bill has been active on the Board of Governors of the Merion Golf Club, the Board of Trustees of the Brandywine Conservancy and the Board of Advisors to the Dean of the Business School of the University of Delaware. He also has served as a member of the Winterthur Lawn and Garden committee and the Executive Committee of the Golf Association of Philadelphia.
Greg Pratt currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Carpenter Technology Corporation. Recently, he served as interim President and CEO and has been a board member since 2002. He is a member of the Board of Directors of AmeriGas Propane, Inc., and the former Vice Chairman and CEO of OAO Technology Solutions, Inc. and the former President and COO of Intelligent Electronics, Inc. He was co-founder and served variously as CFO and President of Atari (US) Corporation. He has an MBA in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is a CPA, having started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Pratt also serves as President of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Capital Area Chapter.
Geoff Rogers is senior vice president and managing director at Glenmede. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the company’s Delaware office, bringing more than twenty-five years of estate planning and financial services experience. He was a vice president for Scudder Private Investment Counsel and has also served as a vice president with the Wilmington Trust Company and Delaware Trust Company (now Wachovia). He is an active member of several professional and community organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Delaware Bankers Association, Christiana Care, The Delaware Business Roundtable, National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Washington College, Winterthur Museum, World Affairs Council, and Easter Seals. He is Past President of the Board of Trustees of Sanford School, The Estate Planning Council of Delaware and Past Chairman of Wilmington Renaissance and the Wilmington Tax Group. He received his B.A. from Washington College and completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.
Founder & CEO
Dick 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.
Tara Toocheck is passionate about philanthropy and has been working to inspire adults and children to think beyond themselves and help the less fortunate. With more than 20 years of experience, she has been involved in all aspects of nonprofit work from grant writing and hands-on fundraising to leading volunteers and chairing fundraising events. She manages her son’s successful Running the World for Children campaign, attaining national media attention from Sports Illustrated Kids, Katie Couric, Disney, and others.
Tara has served on various nonprofit boards of directors and committees, including the North Star School, which was started by the Sanford Foundation. North Star provides low-income kids a wonderful start to their education by offering specialized resources for their needs. It has since become Pennsylvania’s first Charter School, now known as The Chester County Family Academy. Starting her career with the Intelligent Electronics Foundation and the Sanford Foundation, Tara earned her BFA from the University of the Arts.
Randy Harward - Advisory Counsel
An apparel industry veteran with over 35 years of experience, including 26 years with Under Armour, Inc. as Quality Director and VP of Advanced R&D, Randy Harward builds management systems that are capable, systemic, and process-centered and helps companies make the best quality products possible. He is fluent in the processes and systems that form the backbone of development and production. A frequent speaker, he is known and respected throughout the industry; he has taught numerous management seminars, and served on several industry boards including, currently, the boards of the American Apparel Producers Network, Innovators International and Operation Warm.
Mrs. J. Maxwell "Betty" Moran - EMERITUS
Elizabeth (Betty) Moran is a lifelong philanthropist. She was a founding member of the Chester County Community Foundation and received the Jordan Award for Philanthropy in 2000. She serves on the Board of Trustees of several organizations including the Brandywine Museum and Conservancy, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, The Bryn Clovis Charity Foundation, the Paoli Hospital, Community Volunteers in Medicine, and the Home of the Sparrow. Her recent projects were co-chairing the Campaign for La Comunidad Hispana and raising funds for the Chester County Food Bank. The Salvation Army honored Mrs. Moran with their 2009 Others Award in recognition of her dedication and service. Betty Moran is a graduate the Mary Washington College in Virginia and is the owner of Brushwood Stable, a thoroughbred racing and breeding operation which consigns yearlings to the major horse sales in Kentucky and New York.