Brandywine Health Foundation names three to board

COATESVILLE — The Brandywine Health Foundation announced the addition of three new members to its volunteer Board of Directors, Thursday.  Since its inception in May 2001, the Coatesville-based public foundation has distributed more than $14 million in grants to non-profits improving health in the greater Coatesville area. 

2015-2016 New Officers include: Dawn M. James, Chair (Downingtown); Jason D. Alexander, MPP, Vice Chair (West Chester); Mark B. Myers, Treasurer (Unionville) and Gregory Cary, Secretary (Honey Brook).


Lisa L. Croft

The new board members are:

Lisa L. Croft, D.O. of West Chester: Croft is currently the Medical Director for a national managed care company. She is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice, and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Family Practice, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. She is published in the American Baptist Women’s Ministry Journal, July 2014.  Dr. Croft received her Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed her internship at Springfield Hospital and a family practice residency at St. Joseph Hospital. 


Gregory V. Hines

Gregory V. Hines of Coatesville: Hines is a Magisterial District Judge in Coatesville.  Previously he was the shipping and receiving supervisor for Sartomer Co. in Exton for more than 10 years.  He served as a Personnel Record Specialist and Assistant Drill Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1984 – 1992.  Judge Hines is currently attending West Chester University.  He is the former president of the Coatesville Rotary Club, and serves on the Coatesville Youth Initiative board of directors, the Brandywine Health Foundation’s Youth Mental Health First Aid Advisory Board, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and is involved in many more volunteer activities in the community.  In addition, he has received the following honors: Soldier of the Year and Honor Soloist.  He is a lifelong area resident.


Valerie K. Martin

Valerie K. Martin of Glenmoore: Martin is the former Chief Financial Officer for the John Templeton Foundation from 2001 – 2015.  Prior to her tenure at the Foundation, she was the Chief Financial Officer at the Housing Authority of the County of Chester for more than four years.  She received a B.S. from the University of Delaware, and is a Certified Public Accountant.  Ms. Martin is a former board member of the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia, Wheels of Wellness Inc. and Foundation and the Foundation Financial Officer’s Group.  She is a current board member and treasurer of Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

“The Brandywine Health Foundation launched our Youth Mental Health First Aid program in August of 2014, and the program is continuing to grow and expand as we’ve trained over 300 first aiders in the greater Coatesville community,” said Frances M. Sheehan, President and CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation. “We’re now expanding to launch a Youth Philanthropy Program generously sponsored by Citadel and as we move forward we will be partnering with several non-profit, community and government entities to develop a master plan for parks and playgrounds in the Coatesville Area School District, engaging the community in the process. Dr. Croft, Judge Hines and Ms. Martin’s extensive and diverse backgrounds will complement our additional 18 board of directors, who will continue to help to guide our efforts to improve our community’s health and wellness.”


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