Executive Team

Toni Pergolin, M.A., CPA

President and Chief Executive

As the chief executive officer of Bancroft since 2005 she has been focused on the continued growth, diversification and sustainability projections for the non-profit organization. Toni Pergolin launched the largest expansion in Bancroft's 133 year history with the construction of the Bancroft Campus at Mount Laurel which is set to be completed in January 2018.

Under Pergolin's leadership, Bancroft has expanded its neuro-rehabilitation services through regional centers in NJ, including the opening of the new Bancroft NeuroRehab Resnick Center in Mt. Laurel and the acquisition of Independence Rehab in 2016. She was instrumental in introducing services for veterans with acquired and traumatic brain injuries through residential and day services and in earning a spot in a Veterans Administration-funded rehabilitation pilot program.

She has a focus on strategic partnerships which include Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility, a transitional educational program with Camden County College for youth 18 to 21 and new in 2016, emergent support with regional healthcare organizations including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Virtua, and Kennedy Health Systems.

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.

Pergolin received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and her master's in health administration from Saint Joseph's University. A certified public accountant, Pergolin resides in the Greater Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons.

She is currently a board member of Our Lady of Lourdes Health Care Services in Camden, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, South Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Peirce College and the Forum of Executive Women. She also serves as a member of the Healthcare Advisory Council of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Pergolin was appointed to the Bancroft Board in 2012, and serves on all committees ex-officio.

In December of 2016, Pergolin received the Campbell Soup Extraordinary Leadership Award and was also awarded the first Corporate/Business Award by Maria's Women United. In 2015, Pergolin received 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 - SJ's Most Influential MEn and Women by SJ Biz. She was recognized as one of 25 female CEO's honored by SmartCEO 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 Philadelphia's Business Journal's Women of Distinction, based on her professional accomplishments, community involvement and other achievements.

James Carlino

Chief Human Resources Officer

Jim Carlino joined Bancroft in December 2016. Carlino, who has over 30 years leadership experience in Human Resources, oversees workforce strategy and engagement, leadership development and training, occupational health, benefits and compensation and performance management. He also advises on policy development and compliance for all Bancroft employees.

Jim has an MBA and MS in Organizational Leadership and Development, and is recognized as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management, a Certified Compensation Professional, and most recently as a Certified Healthcare Human Resources Professional.

Karen Lindgren, Ph.D.

Chief Clinical Officer

Karen Lindgren, Ph.D., is the Chief Clinical Officer at Bancroft. She oversees Healthcare and Nursing Services, the Applied Behavior Analysis Center of Excellence, and quality assurance across the organization.A licensed psychologist, Dr. Lindgren has more than 25 years’ experience in neuropsychological assessment and treatment of brain injury and neurological impairment.

She joined Bancroft in 1997, as a senior neuropsychologist at Bancroft NeuroRehab, and served most recently as the program’s senior director, supervising rehabilitation therapies in Central and Southern New Jersey, managing clinical staff and maintaining several university partnerships.Dr. Lindgren has clinical affiliations with the graduate programs at Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Immaculata University, is well published in her field, and has presented information in the area of neurological development, neuropsychological assessment, neurotoxic exposure, and interdisciplinary treatment of brain injury. Dr. Lindgren received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland and her B.A. from Loyola College.

Judi London

Chief Marketing Officer

Judi London is Chief Marketing Officer at Bancroft, leading all marketing and communications efforts of the organization, programs and services.

She joined Bancroft in February 2015 bringing over thirty years of experience in developing strategic results-driven marketing campaigns and impactful communications programs  to elevate awareness, compel inquiry and active engagement.

Prior to Bancroft, Ms. London worked for marketing agencies leading the strategic development of programs for clients in various industries including healthcare and hospitals, economic and real estate development, transportation and infrastructure; and tourism and attractions. She served as vice president of Oxford Communications; chief marketing officer at Winning Strategies and president of the South Jersey Tourism Corporation and Camden Waterfront Marketing Bureau.

Currently, London serves as the ex-officio board member, president and trustee of Kellman Brown Academy, a premier Jewish Day School located in South Jersey.

Ms. London received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University.

Susan Piergallini

Chief Development Officer

Susan Piergallini joined Bancroft as Chief Development Officer in October 2018, overseeing all development and fundraising efforts across the organization. She brings more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare and education fundraising and operations, including leading and executing vision for several comprehensive campaigns.

Prior to joining Bancroft, Ms. Piergallini was most recently Associate Vice President of Operations at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, where she provided strategic leadership, developing new policies and procedures and building a stronger operational infrastructure. Ms. Piergallini also managed a strategic prospect portfolio and was a key fundraising team member for CHOP’s $1 billion comprehensive campaign.

Previously, Ms. Piergallini was Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the College Foundation at Community College of Philadelphia.

Ms. Piergallini earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Widener University.

James Wellons, Esq.

Chief Legal Officer

James Wellons, Esq.  joined Bancroft in 2016. Prior to joining the leadership team, Wellons, who has expertise in complex commercial transactions, corporate governance and operations management, served as Senior Counsel for Temple University Health System, where he provided legal insight and management of commercial transactions for the $2 billion operation. Additionally, Wellons managed real estate assets and licensing of operational systems including the $11 million electronic medical record at Temple. In his role at Bancroft, Wellons oversees risk management, regulatory actions and compliance and manages legal counsel on a variety of issues.

Wellons received his undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina and his Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for North Philadelphia Financial Partnership and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Darren Blough, MSW, BCaBA

Sr. Vice President, Adult Services - Lakeside, DE, PA

Darren Blough brings to Bancroft more than two decades of experience working with children and adults with disabilities. In fact, he began his career as a Program Associate and spent nearly ten years with the organization before accepting a position leading statewide operations for another behavioral healthcare provider in New Jersey. Most recently, Darren served as Northeast Regional Director at Bellwether Behavioral Health, where he oversaw a large network of services in New Jersey and Delaware. In his new role at Bancroft, Darren will lead operations at the Lakeside Campus as well as oversee residential programs in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He has previously served as a manager of residential supervised apartments, director of adult community programs, and senior director of pediatric and adolescent residential programs.

Darren is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology and his master's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Additionally, Darren is an active member of the New Jersey Association of Community Providers, where he is the President of the Board, and previously served as the Chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee for the organization.

Dennis Morgan, M.Ed.

Sr. Vice President, Children's Services

Dennis Morgan is a well-respected leader in Education, with expertise in educational, vocational and residential services for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Since joining Bancroft in 2009 as the Senior Clinical Director for education and Director of Curriculum, Morgan has been dedicated to nurturing growth opportunities for individuals served within the organization and the community. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Early Education and Psychology from King’s College and a Certification in Special Education from West Chester University. Additionally, Morgan has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph’s University and is in current pursuit of his Executive M.B.A. at Villanova University.

Dennis began his career in education as a special education teacher before becoming Principal of the Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill, N.J. and later the Vanguard School in Malvern, Pa.

In 2003, he received the Ruth K. Newman Award for Education Excellence in recognition of his work with students with developmental disabilities.

In addition to his fervent commitment to achieving excellence in his field, Dennis proudly serves as Captain in the 111th Attack Wing, Horsham Naval Air Station, of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.  He was named the 2008 & 2009 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, and is the recipient of a Commendation Medal from the United Stated Air Force.

Clair Rohrer, M.Ed.

Senior Vice President, Adult Services - South Jersey

Clair Rohrer began her career in this field over 35 years ago. She started at  Bancroft in 1988 as a direct support professional and progressed through various leadership positions before joining the executive team in 2010. Clair has oversight of our New Jersey community programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including our community residential group homes and apartment programs, our adult day programs and adult employment services, and our Judith B. Flicker Residences serving older adults. Clair earned her Master of Arts in education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from LaSalle University.

Clair reflects on 30 years. Click to read more.

Josefina Nash, M.S.

Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Innovation

Josefina “Fina” Nash was named Vice President of Business Operations and Innovation in 2014. She oversees Bancroft’s information technology, fleet management, procurement, central records and transportation services.

Ms. Nash joined Bancroft in 2011 as the nonprofit’s vice president for information technology. The Cherry Hill resident brought more than 15 years of progressive information-systems experience in commercial, nonprofit and government sectors to the organization.

Much of Ms. Nash’s career prior to her role at Bancroft was spent in the field of biotechnology, working as director of information systems for the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, New Jersey, for 10 years. Most recently, she was the director, IT operations, at TAI Software, where she focused on health care, including the implementation of an electronic medical record. Since arriving at Bancroft, Ms. Nash executed the integration of a similar system within the 131-year-old direct-care provider. In 2014, she was recognized for her creative management vision, leadership philosophy, innovative strategy and undeniable work ethic at the Philadelphia SmartCEO Executive Management Awards.

Ms. Nash earned her Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University.

Colleen Macalino, CPA

Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis

Colleen Macalino joined Bancroft as controller in August 2005, and was appointed vice president of finance in March 2007. She had previously worked as a corporate controller for other organizations, and has operated her own accounting practice.

A certified public accountant in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ms. Macalino is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. She earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting and graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University.

As a mother of a young man with severe disabilities, Ms. Macalino feels that it was her destiny to serve at Bancroft. “It is a privilege and honor to work here,” she says.

James Strauss

Vice President of Finance

James Strauss joined Bancroft in 2015, bringing with him nearly three decades of experience in financial services. He is a CPA who has lead teams across a broad range of corporate finance functions.

Prior to his position at Bancroft, James was Vice President of Finance and Treasurer as well as Corporate Controller with the Day & Zimmerman Group, Inc., for more than a decade. Before to his work with Day & Zimmerman, James served as Manager of Finance and Controller at the Epsilon Products Company.

James earned both his undergraduate degree in accounting and his MBA at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Kathy M. Ross

Executive Liaison, Office of the President

Kathy Ross first came to Bancroft in 1983 as assistant to the president, initially working with Dr. Clarence York, followed by Dr. George Niemann, in that capacity. Since then, Ms. Ross assumed increasing levels of responsibility – from coordinator of corporate affairs to director to senior director – and in 1998 was named a vice president. Today, she works closely with Toni Pergolin, president and CEO, and other members of the executive staff team, as well as the Board of Trustees, and serves as board secretary, a corporate officer position.

During her time at Bancroft, Ms. Ross has also been responsible for communications and public relations, family services, government relations, licensing and accreditation, among others.

Prior to joining Bancroft, Ms. Ross worked for an educational publishing company, serving in several increasing responsibility capacities. She has completed coursework at the University of Philippines, Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Rutgers University and Camden County College, as well as numerous management and leadership programs over the years. In 2008, she completed the Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities at the Rutgers School of Social Work Institute for Families. She is currently the President of the Rotary Club of Haddonfield, New Jersey.