So a child's care can be
a parent's only worry
Fred's Footsteps helps working families stay on their feet through a child's illness or injury.

We provide direct financial assistance for non-medical expenses, such as household bills, to make up for gaps in income as well as one-time extraordinary expenses, like medical equipment or home modifications. We are the only program in the region that provides this type of bridge—not just momentary help—to families during their time of need.

Fred's Legacy

Fred’s Footsteps honors the life and legacy of native South Philadelphian G. Fred DiBona, Jr., a community and business leader known and respected for his generous spirit, big heart, and dedication to others.

Fred's Legacy

Fred’s Footsteps was created in memory of G. Fred DiBona, Jr., who died on January 11, 2005, at the age of 53 after a courageous fight with cancer. Fred was a native South Philadelphian who became president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross and was a leader in Philadelphia’s business community for more than three decades.

Fred was well known by his family, friends, and colleagues as the one who always went out of his way to help people who were dealt a bad hand, were struggling with some kind of hardship, or were the underdog. While he was a driven business leader, he also had a big heart. When he gave his word, he kept it. He was loyal to those he trusted, and he expected the same in return. He loved to laugh, and to make others laugh. When Fred saw someone in need—especially a child—he did everything he could to help.

Despite his many achievements, Fred always preferred to acknowledge the accomplishments of others. He never bragged about his multiple awards, and wouldn’t take credit for growing Independence Blue Cross into a $10 billion company or for spearheading the successful effort to locate the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. But there is one thing Fred was never modest about: his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Sylvia, and a proud father to his children, Christine and Fred. Nothing was more important than family, and he delighted in telling others how much they meant to him.

Leadership Team
Christine DiBona Lobley
Executive Director
Emily Cheramie-Walz
Director of Communications & Development
Diane Smith-Hoban, MSW
Program Manager
Mary Roney
Operations Manager
Christine DiBona Lobley
Executive Director
Emily Cheramie-Walz
Director of Communications & Development
Diane Smith-Hoban, MSW
Program Manager
Mary Roney
Operations Manager
Christine DiBona Lobley
Executive Director
Emily Cheramie-Walz
Director of Communications & Development
Diane Smith-Hoban, MSW
Program Manager
Mary Roney
Operations Manager
Christine DiBona Lobley
Executive Director
Emily Cheramie-Walz
Director of Communications & Development
Diane Smith-Hoban, MSW
Program Manager
Mary Roney
Operations Manager
Sylvia DiBona
Board Chair
Fred's Footsteps
Michael A. Bova
Managing Director
Accenture
Jonathan Brassington
CEO & Partner
LiquidHub
Alexandra Bretschneider*
Account Executive
Johnson, Kendall & Johnson
Rocco DeCicco*
Director of Business Development
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Teresa DiBona
Board Member
Fred's Footsteps
Fred DiBona III
Principal
DiBona Associates, LLC
John J. Dougherty
Business Manager
IBEW Local Union 98, Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council
Pat Gillespie
Business Manager
Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council *retired
Sheila Hess
City Representative
City of Philadelphia
Dan Hilferty
President & CEO
Independence Blue Cross
Brian Lobley
President, Commercial & Consumer Markets
Independence Blue Cross
William Sasso, ESQ
Chairman
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
William Sautter
President & CEO
Elliott-Lewis Corporation
Gerald S. Segal
Founding Partner
Segal, Wolf, Berk, Gaines & Liss
Kristen Sherman*
Executive
Vynamic
Molly Watson
COO
tierney
Matt Webb
Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy
AmerisourceBergen Corporation
*Fellows Board Seat
Walter D’Alessio
Vice Chairman
NorthMarq Capital
Nicholas DeBenedictis
Chairman President & CEO
Aqua America (Retired)
Joseph Frick
Former President & CEO
Independence Blue Cross
Rosemarie Greco
Founding Principal
GRECOVentures Ltd
Angela M. Allevi, MD
Pediatrician, Division of External Specialty Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
Nemours Children’s Health System
Eileen DeBenedictis
Wellness & Fitness Profesional
Independent Health
Gregory D. Garber, MSW, LCSW
Supervising Social Worker
Kimmel Cancer Center, Department of Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Patricia D. Wellenbach
President & CEO
Please Touch Museum