Fred’s Footsteps Announces 2019/2020 Fellows Class

Program kicks off with conference on servant leadership

Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25


October 21, 2019—Philadelphia, PA—Fred’s Footsteps today announced the third class of the Fred’s Footsteps Fellowship Program, an 18-month program aimed at engaging emerging Philadelphia leaders to further their professional development and establish the next generation of nonprofit volunteers and supporters. The program will commence with a two-day conference on servant leadership, Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25 in Center City.


“We are excited to welcome our next class of Fred’s Footsteps Fellows – 29 accomplished men and women – who will join us for a program that will include intimate discussions about leadership, one-on-one mentoring, and exposure to some incredible leaders from public and private sectors,” said Mike Bova, Managing Director, Accenture, who co-chairs the Fellows Program with Matt Webb, Senior Vice President, Marketing, AmerisourceBergen Corporation.


The 2019/2020 Fellows are:

  • Sean Agnew, Mill Creek Capital
  • Mitchell Alvarez, HM Health Solutions
  • Cameron Arimoto, Navigate
  • Brian Babcock, Vynamic
  • Michael Casey, Slalom
  • Michael Conaboy, Independence Blue Cross
  • Charisse Dean, Aon
  • Kristen Easton, Independence Blue Cross
  • Vincent Gonzales, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Caroline Goodbody, Comcast
  • Melissa Greiner, WizeHive
  • Christopher Guadalupe, Morgan Stanley
  • Regina Heffernan, AmeriHealth Caritas
  • Thomas McGarrigle, Brinker Simpson & Company LLC
  • Rachael McGonigal, Brian Communications
  • Sonnenedria Miller, Global Tax Management
  • Tom Pamisano, The Judge Group
  • Adam Peltzman, Health and Benefits Partners, LLC
  • Danielle Pinto, PACT
  • Bridget Quinn, Balance Fund
  • Christopher Rehmann, Intepros Consulting
  • Gregory Reymann, The Judge Group
  • Lauren Scherwin, Disney Institute
  • Tamara Scott, Vanguard
  • Neal Shah, Hilife Investments
  • Maggie Sullivan, Visit Philadelphia
  • Mitchell Sussman, NewSpring Capital
  • Sarah Villamayor, Independence Blue Cross
  • Tashima Waller, Independence Blue Cross


Fellows are accepted into the program based on an open application process. The two-day conference includes discussions on Inclusive Leadership, Authenticity, Leading in Uncertain Times, Innovation, Adaptability, and Empowerment. The 18-month program also includes ongoing exposure to relevant leadership perspectives and experiences through intimate discussions, case studies, and featured speakers. Fellows will also participate in a service project to benefit the organization and will attend Fred’s Footsteps events throughout the program.


Speakers at the two-day conference include:

  • Gina Clark, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications & Administration Officer, AmerisourceBergen
  • Dan Hilferty, President & CEO, Independence Blue Cross
  • Shawn Leavitt, Senior Vice President Total Rewards, Comcast
  • Dick Vermeil, Former Head Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Mary Stengel Austen, CEO & President, Tierney
  • Terri Matthews, CEO, Terri Matthews Brands Inc.
  • Dean Miller, President & CEO, Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)
  • Carina Edwards, CEO, Quil
  • Sheila Hess, City Representative, City of Philadelphia
  • Charisse Lillie, Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast (Retired)


A complete list of faculty members and details on the conference can be found at


About Fred’s Footsteps

Fred’s Footsteps is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to Philadelphia-area families who find themselves in a financial crisis when a child is seriously ill, injured or disabled. Fred’s Footsteps was created in 2005 in memory of Fred DiBona, Jr., former President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross and a well-respected community and business leader for more than three decades. In his name, the organization follows in his footsteps to offer a much-needed bridge of financial support to hard-working families so that their child’s health can be their only worry. The organization has provided nearly $6 million in support to more than 900 families in the Philadelphia region. Support covers non-medical expenses such as mortgages, utilities, necessary home or car modifications, medical equipment not covered by insurance, and more. For additional information, visit