Board of Trustees

Bancroft Board of Trustees


James P. Dwyer, D.O.

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

James P. Dwyer, D.O. ​left his position of almost 13 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Virtua in 2015 and established Navipoint LLC, which focuses on Physician Leadership Development. As a consultant and executive coach, Dwyer assists healthcare organizations to identify and assist high potential physician leaders to navigate through the challenges of the changing healthcare leadership landscape.

During his work at Virtua, Dwyer had overall responsibility for the direction and management of Virtua’s Medical Affairs, Graduate and Continued Medical Education, Quality Improvement, Case Management and Virtua Medical and Surgical Group, Virtua’s employed physician group. Prior to that role, Dwyer was the COO of Virtua Memorial Hospital, Virtua’s largest acute care facility, with overall responsibility for hospital operations and community relations. There, Dwyer played an integral role in the $19.6 million expansion of Virtua Memorial’s operating rooms and critical care unit. Previously, Dwyer served in a number of leadership roles for Virtua as Vice President of Physician Relations, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Virtua Memorial Hospital’s Medical Staff and Chief, Section of Rheumatology.

Dwyer graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed training in Internal Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center. He completed a Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has practiced Rheumatology since 1988. He is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and was recognized in The Guide to Best Doctors in America for Rheumatology in Burlington County. He has also been named a top doctor by South Jersey Magazine.

Dwyer completed the Healthcare Business and Management Program through New Jersey’s Health Research and Education Institute and Harvard Business School’s executive education program, “Finance for Senior Executives,” and graduated from Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University with an EMBA. Dwyer gave the commencement speech “Leadership in Business” and is a member in Beta Sigma Gamma, the international business honors society.

Dwyer has been associated with Bancroft for many years, and joined the Bancroft Board in 2010, and was appointed to the Program Quality Committee at that time. He was also appointed to the Executive Committee in 2011. He served as chair of the Program Quality Committee in 2013, until he was named Chairman of the Board, in which role he continues, and chairs the Board Executive Committee.

Toni Pergolin

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Toni Pergolin ​​first came to Bancroft in 2004, and is today President and CEO. Prior to joining Bancroft, she worked at the University of Pennsylvania Health System for 14 years in various positions, including chief financial officer for Pennsylvania Hospital. Ms. Pergolin is a certified public accountant, and received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Penn State, and her master's in health administration from Saint Joseph's University. ​Pergolin currently serves on the Boards of Our Lady of Lourdes Health Care Services in Camden, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, South Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the Forum of Executive Women. In 2012, she was appointed to the Anti-Bullying Task Force by Governor Chris Christie, and also serves as a member of the Healthcare Advisory Council of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Pergolin joined Bancroft as chief financial officer in 2004, and was named president and CEO in 2006. As the chief executive officer of Bancroft, Ms. Pergolin is responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism and acquired brain injuries. Under Ms. Pergolin's leadership, Bancroft has moved its mission forward in many ways, including expanding services to meet the growing needs of children and adults and their families, increasing its partnerships and professional affiliations, while also significantly improving financial systems and management. She was first appointed to the Board in April 2012 and was re-elected in 2015.

In 2015, Pergolin was awarded the Philadelphia Cornerstone Award by SmartCEO Magazine, was recognized as one of the Top Women in Business by SNJ Business People, and was named one of the Power 50 - SJs Most Influential Men and Women by SJ Biz. She was recognized as one of 25 female CEOs honored by Smart CEO with the Brava! Award for outstanding leadership in 2012. In 2011, she was named one of the Women on the Move by Main Line Today and received the Alice Paul Equality Award for advancing women’s equality. In 2008, she was named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction, based on her professional accomplishments, community involvement and other achievements.

Joseph C. Atkinson

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Joseph C. Atkinson ​is a Principal with PwC LLP where he serves as the US Advisory Leader for the Entertainment, Media & Communications practice. He is a member of PwC's US Board of Partners and Principals. Previously, he has served as PwC's Leader for Advisory in Philadelphia, and as the national national leader of PwC's Governance Risk & Compliance practice, where he advised corporate boards on risk management and governance. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University having received a B.S. in Finance. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor as well as a Certified Internal Auditor.

Mr. Atkinson served as a Borough Councilman in Chalfont, Pennsylvania from 1996 to 2001. Mr. Atkinson was elected by his fellow Councilors to serve as the President of the Borough Council, serving two consecutive two-year terms in that position. Mr. Atkinson currently serves as a member of the Tribute Dinner Committee for City Year Philadelphia, the Advisory Board to the College of Information Sciences & Technology at Penn State, and Trustee and Secretary for the Board of Trustees of the PwC Charitable Foundation.

Mr. Atkinson first joined the Board in 2004, and soon thereafter was named Chairman of the Board’s Finance Committee. He was appointed Board Chairman in April 2007. He continued in that role until the conclusion of his Board term in 2011, when he was ineligible to serve due to term limits. During that time, Mr. Atkinson remained actively involved in many ways, including serving as Co-Chair of the Campaign Cabinet, and the Development Committee. He returned to the Board in 2012 and was re-elected in 2015 for another term. He chairs the Finance Committee, and also serves as a member of the Board Executive Committee. He and his wife, Laura, received the Margaret Bancroft Award in February 2014 for their extraordinary support of Bancroft’s mission.

Scott Bannett

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Scott Bannett ​​is a fourth generation Design/Builder who became President of The Bannett Group in 2002. As President, he maintains the structure of The Bannett Group, overseeing every project from conceptual phase to job completion, occupancy and warranty service. He maintains the balance on projects as the "glue," keeping everything from on-site construction to job meetings on track. Bannett earned his B.S. in Finance/Marketing from Syracuse University in 1990 and began working at The Bannett Group immediately after graduating. He has held every role at the company – from Superintendent to his current role as President. In addition, Mr. Bannett has had extensive experience in real estate development and has a license as a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. Bannett is Vice President of Finance at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He is also a Little League and youth basketball coach in Cherry Hill. He has served on the Bancroft Board since 2011, and serves on the Board’s Finance Committee.

Martin A. Bieber

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Martin A. Bieber​ is an independent healthcare consultant. He retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kennedy Health System in Southern New Jersey in 2013. He joined Kennedy in December of 2005 as Senior Vice President of Operations. Prior to his work at Kennedy, Mr. Bieber worked for 14 years with Catholic Health Services of Long Island, New York. There, he served for two years as President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York, and for 12 years at the System’s flagship hospital, St. Francis Hospital - The Heart Center, in Roslyn, New York, where he served as its Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Bieber’s prior experience also includes 12 years of progressively responsible positions at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Prior to his employment in the healthcare industry, Mr. Bieber was in practice as a Certified Public Accountant.

A native of New York City, Mr. Bieber holds a Master’s degree in health services administration from the New School for Social Research and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College, both in New York City. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Bieber served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) from 1984 to 2002, and President of the Board from 1993 to 1998. DDI is a comparable organization to Bancroft, located on Long Island. He also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, and as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Hospital Association.

Bieber joined the Bancroft Board in 2008, and was appointed Chairman of the Board in April 2011,  serving in that role until 2014. He continues to serve on the Board Executive Committee and chairs the Strategic Steering Committee. He resides in Monroe Township, NJ, with his wife, Michele.

Kenneth L. Ewell

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Kenneth L. Ewell is President, Chief Operating Officer and a Principal of The Graham Company. He started his career in the Engineering Products Division of Xerox Corp. before joining Graham in 1989 as a Producer. Ewell worked his way up through various positions becoming a member of the agency’s ownership team in 2000. Ewell is responsible for all of Graham’s Client Services including Producers, Account Managers, Claims Consultants and Safety Services teams. He is also responsible for the Technical Development Department which provides and delivers Graham’s industry-leading training process to all employees, and the agency’s Employee Benefits Division which he helped launch in 2006. He also manages several large important client relationships in his own book of business. Ewell serves on a number of insurance company advisory boards, and is a Board member of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB), which is the premier association for the top regional, national and international commercial insurance and employee benefits intermediaries worldwide. He also is a Board member of the Insurance Society of Philadelphia.

Ewell earned his MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and his undergraduate major at Temple was Mechanical Engineering. He has also completed the Executive Leadership Development Program at the Wharton School of Business.

Through his role at The Graham Company, Ewell has been working closely with Bancroft on insurance and risk management matters. He has served as a member of the Audit Committee since he joined the Board in 2012 and was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2013. He also now chairs the Development Committee.

John C. Flamma, Jr., M.D.

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

John C. Flamma, Jr., M.D.​​is Chief, Emergency Medicine, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and is Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine. He earned his B.S. at Villanova University, and his M.D. at St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1988. He began his career at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center as an Intern in 1988. Over the years, he has held many hospital and/or administrative appointments, and has been involved in a wide range of academic and institutional committees. He has also held a number of faculty appointments and today serves as Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and his awards, honors and memberships in honorary societies include PMC Delegate in the Physician Leadership Academy and the Patient Advocacy Award, which he received in 2009. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Emergency Physicians, the Philadelphia County Medical Society and the Union League of Philadelphia.

Flamma was just recently appointed to the Bancroft Board, and will begin his term as of July 2016.

Jeffrey R. Harris

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Jeffrey R. Harris ​was employed by Prudential Insurance Company in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for 28 years prior to his retirement. He is a graduate of Salem College in West Virginia where he earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences. After retiring, Harris served for 18 years as Executive Director of Help and Hope Ministries, a small Millville-based human services organization. He has served on the Boards of the Cumberland County United Way, Cumberland County ARC, Human Services Advisory Council, Autism New Jersey, PLAN New Jersey and the Millville Public Schools Board of Education.

Mr. Harris has served on the Bancroft Board of Trustees for over 25 years (rotating off the Board from time to time due to term limits). He chaired the Board’s Program Quality Committee for many years, as well as various program advisory committees. Currently, Harris chairs Bancroft’s Board Audit Committee, and also serves on the Program Quality and Development Committees. He and his wife, Karen, have supported the organization in many ways over the years, generously giving both time and money in support of Bancroft programs and services.

Adam B. Landau

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Adam B. Landau​ is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Permit Capital Advisors, LLC. He worked at McCabe Capital Managers, Ltd. from 1997 until February 2011. He has 15 years experience evaluating investment managers, developing asset allocation strategies, and coordinating the process by which the two disciplines are merged. Landau oversaw the integration of McCabe Capital's advisory efforts, covering a rigorous process focused primarily on the various aspects of investment management due diligence. Included were frequent meetings with managers across the traditional and alternative investment spectrum. As Portfolio Manager, Landau worked to optimize the structure of McCabe's portfolios to maximize the expected level of risk adjusted return. He served as one of two Portfolio Managers on three fund of funds products, including a hedge fund of funds, offered to clients of a number of major insurance carriers. Prior to joining McCabe Capital, Landau spent four years at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) where he was a sales associate working with both retail and institutional clients. In that capacity at DLJ, he developed asset allocation plans for clients and subsequently worked with them to construct appropriate equity and fixed income portfolios.

Mr. Landau received his M.B.A. in Finance from Saint Joseph's University and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. He holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia. Landau serves on the Board of Directors of the Katz JCC, and on the Board of Trustees at Arise Academy Charter High School, the country’s only charter high school dedicated to students from foster care. He is also a member of the Global Interdependence Center, and serves as a mentor to international graduate students through the Drexel University MentorMatch program.

Landau joined the Bancroft Board in 2015, and currently serves on the Board’s Development Committee.

Kriste Lindenmeyer, Ph.D.

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Kriste Lindenmeyer, Ph.D. ​is a historian and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University – Camden. Prior to coming to Rutgers – Camden as Dean in July 2011, Dr. Lindenmeyer was professor and chair of the History Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). At UMBC, Lindenmeyer was an Entrepreneurship Fellow. She has served as president of the University’s Faculty Senate and chair of its University Research Council. Her research focuses on the history of childhood, public policy, and social entrepreneurship. Lindenmeyer is the author of the books The Greatest Generation Grows Up: Childhood in 1930s America and A Right to Childhood: The U.S. Children’s Bureau and Child Welfare, 1912–1946, and is the editor of the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: Women in American History. Her work regularly appears in such academic publications as the Journal of American History and the Journal of the History of Children and Youth. She is also a founding member and former president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth. Lindenmeyer attended the University of Cincinnati, where she earned her Ph.D. in American history and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history.

Lindenmeyer first joined the Bancroft Board in 2012, and currently serves as the Chair of the Program Quality Committee, and also serves as a member of the Board Executive Committee and Strategic Steering Committee.

John McShane, Esq.

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

John McShane, Esq. ​​is the General Counsel of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, a joint venture company formed by The Carlyle Group and Sunoco. Philadelphia Energy owns and operates oil refinery in South Philadelphia near the airport and has interests in energy development. As general counsel, Mr. McShane has principal responsibility for legal affairs and manages the legal group. Before this, McShane was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Global Crossing Ltd, a communications company with operations in over 40 countries and an extensive subsea fiber-optic network. He also served on the board of directors of Global Crossing’s UK subsidiary.

Prior to Global Crossing, Mr. McShane worked as counsel in several New York law firms, including Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Shearman & Sterling. His practice there focused on representing major commercial banks, financial institutions and corporations in connection with a broad range of their corporate, commercial and financing activities.

Mr. McShane holds a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School and a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland.

McShane was appointed to the Board in 2014, and serves on the Development Committee.

Samuel A. Pignatelli

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Samuel A. Pignatelli ​retired from the position of Vice President, Operational Initiatives of South Jersey Gas Company, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries, Inc., in 2013. In this role, he was primarily responsible for providing leadership to cross functional teams, charged with implementing a variety of complex initiatives and strategies. Prior to this he served as Vice President, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, since 2002, and was responsible for South Jersey Gas Company’s revenue requirements and related proceedings before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. He also represented the company as a registered lobbyist in the State of New Jersey. Pignatelli first joined South Jersey Gas as Cadet Trainee through Drexel University in 1970, was promoted to Internal Auditor in 1973, and spent his career holding a variety of management positions in IT, customer service, procurement, administrative services, rates, and revenue requirements, where he was named vice president, Revenue Requirements in 1983. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Drexel University.

Pignatelli has served as a member of the Board and Treasurer for Special Olympics of New Jersey, where he also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, and member of the Executive and Nominating Committees. He was a member of the Board and Past Chairman of the Board of William B. Kessler Memorial Hospital, and served as a member of their Executive and Finance Committees. He is also a member of the Board and Past President of SPANNER (Special People Achieving Normalcy through Education in Recreation). In his local community, he is a member of the Board and Past President of the Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce and a member ofthe Board and Past President of the Hammonton Kiwanis Club. He also served as a member of the Board of the United Way of Atlantic County and a member of the Regional Governance Council of the New Jersey Hospital Association.

In 2009, Pignatelli first joined the Bancroft Board and since that time, he has been an active member of the Finance Committee, and also chaired the Board’s Ad Hoc By-Laws Committee in 2011.

Shawn Ravitz

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Shawn Ravitz ​oversees the corporate finances, consumer affairs, technology, engineering, and labor relations for Ravitz Family Markets’ five locations. His key accomplishments include managing the Marlton, Mt. Laurel and Evesham Road renovations as well as leading the company’s advancement in e-commerce. As Vice Chairman of Wakefern’s Communications and Digital Commerce and Innovation Committees, Ravitz has helped Ravitz Family Markets to utilize cutting-edge advancements to better serve its customers. Self-service checkouts, time-keeping software, and a mobile shopping phone app are among the innovations that Ravitz Family Markets has piloted for hundreds of Shop-Rite locations. Sweeping floors and cleaning spills were among Ravitz’s childhood responsibilities with Ravitz Family Markets. He rotated through every store department during his college breaks and became manager of the stores’ cash registers and other point-of-sales technology. He later served as a store manager, and the company’s senior finance director. Ravitz received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.

As the third generation to manage the company, Ravitz is dedicated to continuing his family’s tradition of community service. He serves as treasurer for the Ravitz Family Foundation and feels proud to help support a range of local nonprofits and community groups who would otherwise have few available resources. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House and the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. He resides in Voorhees with his wife, Debbie, and their three children.

Ravitz first joined the Bancroft Board in 2015 and serves on the Board’s Development Committee.


Jeffery S. Swartz

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Jeffrey S. Swartz was appointed Executive Director of the Camden County Workforce Investment Board in 2008. He is responsible for the management and fiscal oversight of the County’s America’s Job Center. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director and CEO of the Camden County Improvement Authority where he was responsible for housing, county planning, economic and public development, with an operating budget of $1.6 million. Previous experience includes Director of Business Development at the Greater Cherry Hill Regional Chamber of Commerce, Director of Real Estate for Raymour & Flanigan Furniture Company, and Vice President of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, also serving as Director of Corporate Development there. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and the Meritorious Service Award. Mr. Swartz received his Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University in 1983.

Swartz served on the Board of Directors of the Cherry Hill Atlantic Little League, United Way of Camden County, Cherry Hill Public Library, and The Greater Camden Partnership. He currently is a trustee and executive committee member for the Garden State Employment and Training Association, Commissioner of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, and the Southern New Jersey Development Council. He participated in a Rotary International Group Study Exchange with Hokkaido, Japan in 1985.

Swartz has been a good friend and supporter to Bancroft for many years, playing a key role in our efforts to promote and encourage community partnerships and employment of people with disabilities. He was one of the founding members of Bancroft’s Business Advisory Committee, which worked for many years with Bancroft’s Supported Employment Program to support employment initiatives. Since being appointed to the Board in 2008, Swartz has served on the Finance Committee and, in 2010, was also appointed Chair of the Human Capital Committee. In 2011, Mr. Swartz also participated in the By-Laws updating project as a member of the Ad Hoc By-Laws Committee. He continues to chair the Human Capital Committee and serve on the Finance Committee.

Howard M. Weinberg, D.O.

Bancroft Board of Trustees Fiscal Year 2017

Howard M. Weinberg, D.O. ​is Board Certified in Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology. He has been with the South Jersey Heart Group in Sewell, New Jersey since 1994, and holds hospital affiliations with University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Kennedy Health Systems; Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center; and Virtua Health System. He has been Director of Cardiology for Comprehensive Clinical Research since 2005, and served as the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at UMDNJ, Kennedy Health System in 1995 to 1996. He serves on the Medical Executive Committee and Medical Executive Boards for Kennedy, and was a member of their Medical Ethics Committee from 1994 to 2000. Weinberg also holds a faculty appointment with UMDNJ, and formerly with Tenet Health System. In addition, he is a member of the Board of the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund Commission. He is a frequent lecturer on cardiovascular health, and has written articles, chapters and publications on related topics.

Weinberg received his B.A. in Chemistry at Gettysburg College, and attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did his internship with University of Medicine and Dentistry, Kennedy Memorial Hospital; his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia; and earned a Fellowship in Cardiology at Seton Hall.

Weinberg was appointed to the Bancroft Board in 2010, and was also appointed to the Board of Bancroft Rehabilitation Services. He was named Chairman of the BRS Board in 2011, and continues to serve in that role.