VFES Board Of Trustees
The VFES Board of Trustees (“Board”) is accountable for governance of the organization. Members oversee and shape VFES policies and hold fiduciary responsibility for the long-term well-being of the organization. The Board’s fiduciary duties ensure the effective management of the financial, physical and other assets of VFES, balancing the needs of current and future generations of students.
The Board is also responsible for the establishment and perpetuation of strong leadership and planning for the organization. VFES’s Executive Director is directly accountable to the Board, which sets and monitors annual objectives for her/him. They also work in collaboration with the VFES Leadership Team to establish long-term strategies for VFES and its programs.
The VFES Board draws Trustees from a wide range of education, medical, business, and non-profit areas for the skills required to fulfill its governance duties. Each Trustee participates in regular board meetings and serves on or leads one or more committees.
Committees Under the Board of Trustees:
- Executive Committee
- Development Committee
- Trustee Committee
- Finance Committee
- Strategic Planning Committee
- VFES Trustees embrace the VFES mission, contribute ongoing time and effort in support of the Board’s work, and directly support the development and fundraising efforts of VFES.
VFES Board of Trustees
Members are presented in alphabetical order.
Dr. Constance Bompadre
Dr. Constance Bompadre has spent her entire career in education. Connie was a teacher, coach, principal, Director of Education and eventually an Assistant Superintendent. During her time in the Marple Newtown School District, Dr. Bompadre oversaw curriculum, pupil services, professional development, district safety and building level administration. Having completed 35 years in this field, Connie retired in June of 2021. She credits West Chester University (WCU) with instilling in her a passion for teaching. Mentors along the way lead her to administration. It was an honor to prepare students for the life ahead of them.
Dr. Bompadre believes in giving back to the profession. She has taught at the graduate level preparing teachers to become administrators. She was a member of Women in Leadership and Service (WILS) through the WCU foundation. WILS provided grants to female students to further their education. Through WILS, Dr. Bompadre participated in college events to promote education as a career. Currently, Dr. Bompadre is on the board of Read2Dream. This organization provides books to youngster and promotes reading through hosting literacy events in and around West Chester, Pennsylvania. While living in the borough of West Chester, Connie spent 15 years as a trustee of the West Chester Public Library.
Dr. Bompadre was born and raised in Chester County and now resides in Thornton, Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, golfing, spending time with family and relaxing on the beach.
Mr. William E. Hennessey
Mr. Hennessey was born in Phoenixville and is a life-long Chester County, PA resident. Mr. Hennessey, a CPA, graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Accounting. Mr. Hennessey is a corporate consultant focusing on technical accounting areas. He has over 30 years in financial management of public and private equity-backed corporations. Prior to his consulting career, Mr. Hennessey served as VP and Corporate Controller for Keystone Foods, Graham Packaging Company and John Maneely Company. He began his career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC).
Mr. Hennessey’s daughter, Maura, is a graduate of The Vanguard School and the Vanguard Transition Center.
Mr. Dave Hodgman
Dave Hodgman is a Senior Director of Operations for Comcast’s Consumer Experience Transformation business unit. In his role, Dave manages a team that delivers analytics, voice of the customer insights, data operations, and journey quality deep dives covering sales and service experiences for Comcast Cable customers. Dave has been with Comcast for over 10 years, working in their Philadelphia headquarters. Previously, after beginning his career on Wall Street, Dave helped build and grow startups in the media and advertising industries in New York City and Los Angeles. He has developed a diverse skillset from his experience across finance, business development, product management, marketing, strategic planning, and analytics.
Dave attained his MBA with an emphasis on Strategy at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and his BA in Economics from Williams College. He grew up in New Canaan, CT, and lives with his wife, son and two dogs in Berwyn, PA.
Ms. Amy Laursen
Amy Laursen is a Principal and head of the Retail Brokerage Operations at The Vanguard Group. In this capacity, she oversees and supports the back-office broker-dealer including cash management, trade operations, asset servicing, and lending solutions. Amy has been with Vanguard for 14 years serving in a number of leadership capacities including supporting individual high net worth investors, leading the Retail division’s process excellence program, and leading the Retail division’s service recovery teams. Prior to joining Vanguard, Amy worked as a management consultant at Accenture in the financial services practice line, working in both the US and Germany.
Amy earned an MBA from Saint Joseph’s Haub School of Business and a BS in mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University. Amy serves on the SIFMA Private Client Committee and is a graduate of the SIFMA Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Amy is also the proud mother of three daughters.
Mr. Paul Mitchell
Paul is an executive in the finance industry. He has over 35 years of experience financing growing businesses as a Commercial Banker and President of a regional Mezzanine Fund, CoreStates Enterprise Fund (provided growth financing to Urban Outfitters). He also was President of his own Investment Banking firm raising Venture Capital and Private Equity funds for entrepreneurial companies. He has been a Commercial and Real Estate Lender with several Philadelphia area banks and served as Regional Associate for Allied Capital. Paul was a key member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (now Beacon) where he has served as Director, Treasurer, Chair of the Financial Executives Sub Group, Chair of the Golf Outing Committee, and an active participant in the Private Equity and Professional Services Sub Groups. He has a passion for helping small businesses. He has served as Director, Small Business Board, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the National Association of Business Development Corporations. He has been a Speaker/Panelist for the Philadelphia Bar Association, RMA, CFA and Wharton School of Business on Mezzanine Finance. He is a published author, “Why Regional Banks Should Have SBIC’s” in the Journal of Commercial Lending and is a frequent guest, host and director (DVD, Entrepreneurial Financing: Tips from Investors) on the “Money Matters TV Show.” He represented RMA at the White House Council on Small Business. His memberships have included ACG, the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation and NASBIC. Paul earned his B.A. at Colgate University.
He grew up in Stamford, CT and raised his family in Collegeville and Oaks, PA until 2011. He moved to Center City Philadelphia for a few years and currently resides in Medford, NJ. Personal interests include golf, tennis, skiing, snowboarding, bicycling, running (4 Boston Marathons plus a 50 Mile Mountain Trail Ultra Marathon), photography, wine tasting and travel.
Ms. Victoria Moschella, Vice Chair
Victoria currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for the Medical Business of TE Connectivity. Prior to assuming the role as legal lead for the Medical Business, Victoria served as Assistant General Counsel for both the TE Channel Business Unit and the Corporate Marketing and Communications function. From 2016-2019, Victoria also served as Chief Litigation Counsel for TE. Prior to joining TE, Victoria served as Senior Counsel, Strategic Sourcing and Real Estate at Tyco International. Her previous experience was at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where she held several legal positions, including Counsel for BMS’ Medical Device business, ConvaTec. Victoria has a J.D. from Temple University School of Law, and an M.B.A. and a Masters in International Management from the University of Maryland.
Since 2017, Victoria has had a relationship with VFES, where she has helped the organization receive grant funding from TE and hosted students at TE as part of VFES’s VIP Program.
Mr. Patrick Noonan
Patrick is the Senior Manager of Financial Operations for PECO Energy Co. In his role, he is responsible for strategic and financial leadership to the operations of the business and is responsible for the oversight of the financial systems. Patrick has been with PECO for over 10 years in various roles providing strategic initiatives, system implementations and financial management. Prior to joining PECO, he worked for a regional accounting firm serving in the audit department. He earned his BS in Accounting from Villanova University and holds his CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and fellow of the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia program.
Patrick was born and raised in Delaware County and currently resides in Phoenixville with his wife, Karen, their two sons and daughter. He enjoys running, golfing and spending time with his family.
Ms. Dawn Pataki
Dawn Pataki is an executive in Human Resources, and currently serves as Vice President of People and Culture at Zelis, a heathcare payments firm in Bedminster, NJ. Dawn has 30 years of experience in Human Resources. The majority of this experience was with fortune 500 companies, including the Campbell Soup Company and Merck and Company. Prior to her employment at Zelis, Dawn held an executive leadership role at Vanguard Investments. Dawn’s work in human capital strategies includes leadership development, succession planning, organizational design, talent attraction and talent engagement.
Early in Dawn’s career, she spent four years starting the human resources department for the private, non-profit organization, Archway Programs in Atco, NJ. Her experience with this organization drives her passion for working with children and adults with special needs.
Dawn spent a number of years as a co-chair of the non-profit Methacton Post Prom organization, keeping students safe, drug and alcohol-free on one of the most dangerous nights of the year in the life of a teenager.
Dawn has a BA in English from Douglass College and an MS in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University. She and her husband Dave reside in Worcester, PA, have three adult children and two rescue dogs.
Ms. Kristen Waterfield
Kristen Waterfield is CEO and Founder of The Malvern School. Along with co-founder, Joe Scandone, Waterfield opened the first Malvern School in 1998 with a philosophy to deliver a high-quality educational program for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 8 years.
With a strong emphasis on early childhood education, The Malvern School’s degreed teachers focus on the physical, emotional and cognitive growth of the child. Waterfield’s approach to the curriculum is unique in the sense of providing educators at her schools with the creative freedom to customize lesson plans based on the teacher’s experiences and teaching philosophies. All curriculum at The Malvern School are designed to meet or exceed the standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s largest early childhood accrediting organization.
Ms. Waterfield started her career as a preschool and second grade teacher, and quickly advanced her career at another childcare provider as a Center Director, Franchise Consultant and Director of Corporate Operations. She has dedicated her career to providing children with superior quality, and excellent education and care from only experienced and passionate teachers. As a Malvern School parent, Waterfield had the opportunity to experience the loving and nurturing environment that she created for other families.
Kristen holds a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Child Development from Wilkes University. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at The Westtown School and is actively involved in United for HER and Cradles to Crayons. She resides in West Chester, PA with her husband and three children.
Mr. Robert P. Weaverling, Chair
Mr. Weaverling was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and spent most of his life in the Delaware Valley. He earned his BS in accounting and management and MBA from LaSalle University. He has achieved the following professional designations CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), CHC (Certified in Health Care Compliance), CRMA (Certification in Risk Management Assurance), and CCSA (Certification in Control Self-Assessment).
Mr. Weaverling has over 20 years of experience addressing compliance issues within the healthcare industry. He has held internal audit and compliance leadership positions with Genesis HealthCare, the Nemours Foundation (a Children’s Health System), Kennedy Health System, and AtlantiCare Health System. Additionally, he is a former consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Heffler and Company. He has also worked as a Divisional Manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Mr. Weaverling is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Health Care Compliance Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and Society of Clinical Research Associates.