Board of Directors

Board of Directors

 Special Advisors 

  • Jack Adler
  • Ira Brind

John E. Colburn | Chairman

Mr. Colburn currently serves as the Chairman of Dragonfly Forest.  He is an Executive and Consultant with USI Insurance Services.
He received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Dickinson College, and an M.B.A. from Emory University.  After graduation, he began work at his family’s insurance agency specializing in medical and malpractice insurance. By designing insurance for professional groups of physicians, lawyers, realtors, dentists and Chambers of Commerce, the family business grew and in 1998 merged with USI Insurance Services, the largest association insurance administrator in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Currently, he serves as an Executive and Consultant for the new USI management team.
Colburn is a major sponsor of the Philadelphia Bar foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Tyler Arboretum, Committee Chairman of PIMA, AIPAGIA (insurance associations), fundraiser for United Way, Lou Scott Scholarship Fund, Cabinet Member for Dickinson College, Trustee for the Colburn Scholarship Fund, Vice President of the Breakwater Beach Association, and Day Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization. 

Don Byrne

Don has an undergraduate degree from Temple University in accounting and an MBA from Widener University.  A significant portion of Don’s career was spent with United Parcel Service (UPS) in the Philadelphia area and the New York metro area.  Don enjoyed a progressive management career with UPS culminating as the division manager responsible for the finance and accounting operation for UPS’ Long Island District.  
Don is currently a partner in Byrne Chiarlone LP.  Byrne Chiarlone LP acquired William A. Schmidt and Sons in 2008.  Schmidt manufactures custom fabricated and machined equipment and parts for a variety of industries.  

Harry L. Cook

Harry Cook serves as the Secretary of Dragonfly Forest.  He is the Principal of The Cook Organization, Ltd., a management and investment company, focusing on food and food-related industries, general manufacturing, marine industry, specialty retailing, direct investment, venture capital, consulting and start-ups.
Mr. Cook earned his B.A. in economics from Emory University in 1977.  In 1982, Mr. Cook co-founded Cook Family Foods, Ltd. as a start-up company specializing in smoked hams and related meats, serving as President and CEO.  In 1988, the company was sold to ConAgra, Inc., a food and agricultural conglomerate. From 1988 to 1991, he continued on as Chairman and CEO, successfully transitioning his freestanding, privately held meat company into an integrated Independent Operating Company (IOC) format within ConAgra companies.
Mr. Cook supports various civic and non-profit organizations and has been involved in a number of professional associations, including Past Director, the American Meat Institute, Past Member, Institute of Food Technologists and Member, Young Presidents Organization.

Kevin Donohoe 

Kevin F. Donohoe launched The Kevin F. Donohoe Company, Inc. in April of 1983; an organization committed to the development of and investment in quality, high-end office and retail properties.
Mr. Donohoe received a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University and an M.B.A in finance from the University of Maryland. He completed the Executive Program in Real Estate Investment Analysis at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His real estate career began with several positions held at the family owned Donohoe Companies and proceeded as Real Estate Vice President for the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company and continued as President, CEO of the American Metropolitan Development Corporation.
Mr. Donohoe supports various civic and cultural non-profit organizations. He is Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; a Trustee of The Franklin Institute; a Trustee of the Lower Merion Police Pension Association; and former Chairman and a member of the Advisory Board of the Main Line YMCA. Mr. Donohoe is also a member of The Urban Land Institute; The International Council of Shopping Centers; an Advisory Board Member of the Wharton Real Estate Institute; a past member and Chapter Chairman of The Young President’s Organization; and a current member of The Philadelphia Presidents’ Organization, World Presidents’ Organization and Chief Executives Organization.

Anthony Haller

Mr. Haller is a Partner at Blank Rome, LLP.  His practice covers all aspects of labor and employment law including complex litigation, trial and appellate work. He has represented clients in jury trials involving claims of race, age, sex, disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, defamation and sexual harassment. He has handled multiple plaintiff, representative, and class actions. His litigation experience includes nationwide litigation to enforce non-compete agreements.  He is experienced in providing guidance to employers on strategic issues and preventative policies including counseling in the context of mergers, acquisitions, and plant closings. He has helped clients develop comprehensive employment policies.
His experience also includes negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, arbitration, representation and unfair labor practice proceedings, the handling of strikes and picketing activity, federal and state law injunction proceedings, wage and hour claims, and employee benefit litigation.
In addition to his involvement with Dragonfly Forest, Mr. Haller has worked with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Master of the American Temple Inn of Court, and the Ambassador to the Inns of Court in England.
Mr. Haller was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He and his wife Amy have two daughters and live in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania.

Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton is a recognized and very active leader in the Philadelphia philanthropic community. Mrs. Hamilton is passionate about giving back to the community and is currently serving on the Board for The Agnes Irwin Community Coalition, Dragonfly Forest, Main Line Animal Rescue, Main Line Arts Center, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Antiques Show, Philadelphia Hospitality, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Please Touch Museum. 
In addition, she has served on event committees for The Academy of Music, The Brandywine Conservancy, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Community Clothes Charity, The Franklin Institute, The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Zoological Society and St. David’s Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Hamilton is a 1976 graduate of Pine Manor College and a 1978 graduate of Boston University. She has receive many, many honors for her efforts including the Agnes Irwin School Alumnae Award in 1999, The Heart of Philadelphia Award in 2002 and Philadelphia Magazine’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2001.

Laura Jansen

In 2002, Laura Jansen founded Dragonfly Forest, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, committed to offering seriously ill children the opportunity to enjoy a free, overnight camp experience in an environment that is safe, equipped to meet a variety of physical and medical needs, nurturing, and filled with activities that allow each child to reach their “full fun”. Laura was the Chairman of Dragonfly Forest from 2002 until 2010.
Ms. Jansen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1978. Her first major career move was to join Libby Lee Toys, Inc. as General Manager eventually becoming Chairman. In the mid 1980’s while still President of Libby Lee, Ms. Jansen led the team from Libby Lee’s sister company, Cinpac, Inc., to try and win a contract from the US Government producing and packaging MRE’s (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) for the Department of Defense.  After winning the first contract, Ms. Jansen became President of Cinpac, Inc. and moved to Chairman of Libby Lee Toys.  Cinpac was one of only three Prime Contractors in the country producing MRE’s.  Ms. Jansen established the Defense Rations Manufacturing Association (DRMA) in order to speak with authority in Washington and served as its first President. Both Libby Lee Toys and Cinpac were sold in the late nineties and continue to operate, although under new names. Ms. Jansen has been a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in Cincinnati and Philadelphia. Within the Philadelphia Chapter, she served in various governance positions up to and including Chapter Chairman in 2000-2001.

Steve Kramer

Mr. Kramer earned his Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Print Management from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1984.
Mr. Kramer, in 1987, co-founded Kelstar International, a leading manufacturer of specialty aqueous and UV curable coatings for the Graphic Arts. In 2005, a German specialty chemical and pharmaceutical conglomerate acquired Kelstar. Mr. Kramer had served as Kelstar’s President & COO from 1992 to 2006. Under his leadership Kelstar became one of the largest manufacturers of coatings in North America. After the acquisition, Mr. Kramer successfully transitioned Kelstar to join the Altana Chemie Group, a publicly traded company.
Mr. Kramer currently serves as the President of KIE Holdings, an investment holding company. Mr. Kramer is a major fundraiser for the JDRF and supports various other non-profit charities and organizations. Mr. Kramer has been involved in a number of professional associations, including the Chemical Club of Philadelphia and a Member of the Young Presidents Organization.

Brennan Marion

Brennan Marion is the Managing Partner of Homsher Hill, a residential land development company dedicated to high quality, sustainable, historic and high open space housing developments.
Mr. Marion received his B. A. in pre-law from La Salle University and an M. B. A. from The Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his career in real estate Mr. Marion worked in the fitness industry, founding an executive fitness company and a fitness and sports rehabilitation facility in Chester County PA.
Mr. Marion provides professional and strategic support to a network of non-profit organizations including New Life Youth and Family Services, Montgomery County Lands Trust and The Wissahickon Valley Watershed. Mr. Marion is a member of The National Association of Homebuilders, The Urban Land Institute and The Montgomery County Republican Committee. 

Howard McClurd

Howard McClurd earned a BA from Temple University in Political Science in 1982.  After a few years in the automotive Industry, he found his way to the Medical Sales field in 1989.  He quickly excelled in sales, sales management and operations.  In 1994 he cofounded a Medical distribution company-Home Wellness, Inc. Cinnaminson N J.   Home Wellness grew into a respected Supply company that specializes in Urologicals, Incontinence and deposable supplies to patients at home. He grew and developed the company to a multi-million dollar distribution company and took it nationwide. Daily activities included Contracting with Insurance companies, reducing costs through products and technology, manage Sales Department, purchasing, and oversight of Operations,  In June 2011 Home Wellness was acquired by Riverside Corporation, a Private Equity Co. and rolled it into the Medical division under the ActivStyle  name.   He provide transition services to the ActivStyle and its affiliates, including assistance with maintaining and integrating the Product and Sales, with coordination of systems and key relationships of the Company and its affiliates.
Over the last few years in conjunction with operating a successful Medical business,  Howard developed and Co-invented a bicycle toy. With all his experience in the sales and distribution, he now found his way into the manufacturing end.   He is a the Co-Inventor and Visionary for the Kool Rider.
In addition, he is currently building out a Day Spa... Hand and Stone Franchise in Langhorne Pa.....  and expects to own and operate a second one before the end of the year.  Howard likes to work with multiple Charities, Including LiveStrong, KCA- Kidney Cancer Association (a 11 year Survivor)  and many other organizations to help those in need.

Chavis Patterson, PhD

Chavis Patterson is a licensed Clinical Psychologist whose work focuses on stressors that put children, couples, and families at risk for future difficulties. He received his master and doctoral degrees from the American University in Washington D.C. and completed his internship at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. He has worked with families and their adolescents at Temple University’s Center for Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and the NorthEast Treatment Centers. Dr. Patterson has conducted classes on parenting and has presented nationally on topics such as family and parental relationships, coping with a chronic illness, and non-medical alternatives to pain management. He has also provided psychosocial training for staff to care for children who have a chronic illness. 
Currently, Dr. Patterson works at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the Neonatal / Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU).  He is responsible for oversight of the provision of expert psychosocial care to the families as they cope with the complexities associated with having a child in a N/IICU. He functions as an administrative leader, educator and researcher within the N/IICU’s interdisciplinary team.
In addition to his work at CHOP, he is a member and on the executive board of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. Dr. Patterson is also on the Board of Directors for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia / Delaware Valley Chapter.

Jeffrey Perelman

Jeffrey Perelman is a seasoned entrepreneur and a recognized leader in the Philadelphia community.  Mr. Perelman is the Chairman and CEO of JEP Management, Inc.  Mr. Perelman is a graduate of the Wharton School, and an active member of World Presidents’ Organization.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and member of the board of directors of the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped.

Michael Phelan

Michael Phelan is a serial entrepreneur and a recognized leader in the IT market.  In 2013 he joined Osage Venture Partners (OVP) as a Venture Partner investing in early stage enterprise technology and healthcare IT companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to OVP, Michael served as President and CEO of SevOne, helping to build one of the most innovative and fastest growing private companies in the world. He also founded StorNet in 1990 and built the company as CEO into a leading national consulting and storage networking integration firm.

Richard J. Schultz

Richard Schultz is President and CEO of Tricor Investments and Richrick Incorporated.  
Mr. Schultz earned his B.S. from Cornell University in Hotel Administration in 1974 and went on to Penn State University to fulfill Real-Estate course requirements for the State Exam (1975). He is a member of the Delaware County Board of Realtors.
Mr. Schultz has served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Brandywine Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, Member of the Delaware County Licensed Beverage Association, and Member of the Work Force Investment Board.

Deborah Sutton

As a graduate of Millersville University with a BA in Economics, and an MBA from Philadelphia University, Deborah began her career in the insurance industry almost 25 years ago with the Ohio Casualty Group.  Twenty years ago she joined Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) where she held various roles, including Vice President, Claims, Vice President, Operations, and most recently Sr. Vice President, Human Resources.  In this most recent role, Deborah managed the Human Resource Department including all training and development, talent acquisition, compensation & benefits and employee engagement.  Deborah retired from PHLY in June 2011.
On a personal note, Deborah began running in the spring of 2001 and ran her first marathon in Philadelphia in November 2001.  Since then she has competed in various marathons, Ironman triathlons, ultra marathons, and is currently training for the Leadville 100 Trail Run. Additionally, since the winter of 2011, Deborah has been coaching the distance runners at Malvern Prep.
Deborah has two children, Carly, a freshman at High Point University, and Ryan, a freshman at Malvern Prep.  

Jenifer Westphal

Originally from Northeast Iowa, Jenifer Collins Westphal attended Clarke College from 1980 through the fall of 1983.  After taking a few years off from college to work as a field organizer on a presidential campaign, Jenifer moved to Philadelphia in 1985 where she finished her BA in History and Political Science at Temple University.
In 1998, Jenifer’s middle son, Kyle, was diagnosed with autism.  Shortly after this, Jenifer discovered an alternative autism treatment program called Son-Rise.  She ran this home based program, with the help of dozens of volunteers and therapists, for four years.  Happily, Kyle is recovered from his autism, and today at age 19, he is studying Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. 
In 2004, Jenifer, along with her husband Jeff, founded Kyle’s Treehouse, a web site dedicated to helping those touched by autism find information about treatment options.
In addition to running a home based program for autism and Kyle’s Treehouse, Jenifer ran a home based education program for all three of her children; Annie (21), who currently is a Junior at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts; Kyle, and her youngest son, Jake (17), who is starting his senior year as a homeschooler.
Jenifer is a spouse member of an international organization called Young Presidents Organization (YPO/WPO); served as President the Board of MacGuffin Theatre & Film School in Philadelphia; and was a founding member of the Board of Open Connections, a home school resource center located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. 
In addition to earning her “unofficial PHD” in autism, Jenifer loves to travel and cook.  She currently lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, children, and her beloved dog, Maggie. 

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