Fred's Footsteps Fellows Program
Our Fellowship Program

In the spirit of Fred DiBona’s commitment to giving back and leading by example for a new generation, the Fred’s Footsteps Fellowship Program engages emerging leaders in the Philadelphia community to establish the next generation of volunteers and philanthropic supporters.

Launched in 2015 to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary, the program welcomes 25 – 30 of the region’s most exemplary young leaders for a year-and-a-half program focusing on professional leadership development. Fellows are exposed to relevant leadership competencies, perspectives, and experiences through intimate discussions, case studies, featured speakers, and networking events with some of the region’s most influential and respected business and community leaders. In addition, fellows work in small groups on a service-learning project to support the mission and work of Fred’s Footsteps.

Tracy L. Buchholz
Tracy L. Buchholz
Communications Associate
Support Center for Child Advocates
Kathryn Cantera
Kathryn Cantera
Director of Integrative Services
ERMC
Christopher Curcio
Christopher Curcio
Manager of Medicare Enrollment & Reconciliation
Independence Blue Cross
Jake Dawson
Jake Dawson
Director of Business Development
The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Bill Dunigan
Bill Dunigan
Director, Head of Internal Sales
BlackRock Digital Wealth Solutions
Vincent M. Gallagher
Vincent M. Gallagher
Senior Manager (audit & assurance)
PwC
Dana Garcia
Dana Garcia
Executive
Vynamic
Christopher K. Gleason, Jr.
Christopher K. Gleason, Jr.
Area Vice President
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co
Jeff Grace
Jeff Grace
Consulting Director
Vynamic
Angela Harris
Angela Harris
Portfolio Analyst
Independence Blue Cross
Michael James Hodges
Michael James Hodges
Client Partner
Knowledgement
Meaghan Petetti Londergan
Meaghan Petetti Londergan
Partner
Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
Kate Masino
Kate Masino
Director of Operations - Physician Services
Tandigm Health
Cally McCurdy
Cally McCurdy
Broker Sales Executive
Independence Blue Cross
Cynthia Pettit
Cynthia Pettit
Sales Director
HM Insurance Group
Philip Polony
Philip Polony
Director of Shared Services
Penn Mutual Life Insurance
Patrick D. Runyen
Patrick D. Runyen
Wealth Manager
Independence Advisors, LLC
Tania Schade
Tania Schade
Vice president, Business Development (Phila/Mid-Atlantic region)
FluidEdge Consulting
Diana Schafer
Diana Schafer
Tax Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Jill Kathryn Soubel Walsh
Jill Kathryn Soubel Walsh
Partner
Rudnick Immigration Group P.C.
Joseph Frick (Program Co-Chair)
Joseph Frick (Program Co-Chair)
Former President & CEO
Independence Blue Cross
Mike Bova (Program Co-Chair)
Mike Bova (Program Co-Chair)
Managing Partner
Accenture
Mary Stengel Austen
Mary Stengel Austen
CEO & President
Tierney
Jonathan Brassington
Jonathan Brassington
CEO & Partner
LiquidHub
Dan Calista
Dan Calista
Founder & CEO
Vynamic
Sheila Hess
Sheila Hess
City Representative
City of Philadelphia
Phil Martelli
Phil Martelli
Head Coach
St. Joseph’s University Men’s Basketball
Dan Hilferty
Dan Hilferty
President & CEO
Independence Blue Cross
Charisse Lillie
Charisse Lillie
Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast - Comcast Corporation President (retired)
Comcast
Chris Cashman
Chris Cashman
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer (retired)
Independence Blue Cross
Sister Mary Scullion
Sister Mary Scullion
President and Executive Director
Project HOME
Marc Siry
Marc Siry
Vice President Strategic Development at Comcast
Comcast
Michael Shulof
Michael Shulof
Managing Director
Accenture
Tony Coletta
Tony Coletta
Executive Vice President and President, Facilitated Health Networks
Independence Blue Cross
Matt Gillin
Matt Gillin
CEO
Relay Network
Evan Higgins
Evan Higgins
Former Fred’s Footsteps Recipient
RoseAnn Rosenthal
RoseAnn Rosenthal
President, CEO and Board Member
Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Fran Dunphy
Fran Dunphy
Head Coach
Temple University Men’s Basketball
Scott Weber
Scott Weber
Managing Director
Accenture
Jon Greenawalt
Jon Greenawalt
Vice President
Gap International
Dick Vermeil
Dick Vermeil
Former Head Coach
Philadelphia Eagles
Rob Wonderling
Rob Wonderling
President & CEO
Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Support The Fellowship Program

Involved business leaders join our esteemed Fellowship Faculty to work directly with our fellows and help them positively impact Fred's Footsteps, and their future. Program highlights include:

  • Two day interactive learning environment facilitated by regional business and community leaders.
  • Exposure to relevant leadership perspectives and experiences through intimate discussions, case studies, and featured speakers.
  • Periodic networking gatherings with fellow participants and executives.
  • A service learning component geared around defined projects and initiatives.
  • Inclusion in Fred’s Footsteps events throughout the program, including its two large fundraising events: Party in the Yard and Golf Fun Day.
Interested applicants must:
  • Have approximately 10 years of experience and serve in a leadership capacity either at their employer or in their community.
  • Submit a $500 contribution to Fred’s Footsteps to help cover program costs.
  • Important 2017-2018 Fellows Program Dates:
  • Welcome party at Christine and Brian Lobley’s house: January 26, 2017.
  • The two-day workshop is Thursday, March 30, and Friday, March 31, 2017, at Philadelphia Country Club and Fred’s Footsteps’ new offices in Ardmore, PA.