Board & Staff


Cordelia Delson, PresidentEx officio, The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts. Former chair, Astral Artists, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ian B. Wilcox, Vice President. Global director of the pharmaceutical practice, Hay Group consulting, Philadelphia, Pa.

Mary McTernan, Secretary and development chair. Former chair, Valentine Foundation, Haverford, Pa. Former trustee, Williams College. Former Vice president, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.

Scott Kessler, finance chair. President, H.W. Marston and Company, Swarthmore, Pa. Former General manager, The Pennsylvania Opera Theater.

John Alston, Founder and director, Chester Children’s Chorus. Former associate professor of music, Swarthmore College.  President and founder, The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts, to provide children at the Chester Charter School for the Arts with a world-class education: one that combines academic rigor with artistic creativity; encourages personal responsibility; and addresses the intellectual, emotional and social needs of each child.

Maurice G. Eldridge, ex officio, Swarthmore College. Vice president for college and community relations, Swarthmore College. Chair emeritus, The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts (see Fund description under John Alston).

Carol Kroch, Managing director, Wealth and Philanthropic Planning, Wilmington Trust Company. Former senior counsel, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Philip H. Lebowitz, Partner at Duane Morris, LLP. Former president, Wallingford-Swarthmore Board of School Directors.  Practices primarily in the area of healthcare law and litigation.

Elizabeth Rubin, Secretary, national board, Transplant Recipients International Organization. Treasurer, local chapter, Transplant Recipients International Organization. Secretary, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. President, Board of Directors of the Pincus Fund for Hunger Relief.  Secretary, Board of Directors of the Community Arts Center of Wallingford, PA.

Karen Vesely, Retired investment industry professional specializing in non-profit organization and family wealth management. Board member, ChesPenn Health Services; Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc.; and Media Chamber Chorale. Former board trustee, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Frances Vilella-Velez, Consultant and attorney specializing in design, development and evaluation services for social policy, education, and non-profit initiatives.


John Alston, Founder and director. Doctorate in choral conducting, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Kirsten Halker-Kratz, Executive director. Former Manager of Executive Affairs, Settlement Music School and current Director of Music Ministries, Trinity Lutheran Church, Havertown. Joined chorus July, 2012. Master of Music, Bowling Green State University.

Sean Tripline, Assistant music director.  Choir director Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. Joined chorus December 2013.  B.A., West Chester University.

Elisa DeNofio, Administrative assistant. Former Human Resources assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library. Joined the staff in September, 2005. B.A., Holy Family University.