About Us

Luke Porter, Board Chair

  • Born & raised in Narberth, PA.
  • Graduate of Lehigh University.
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with 10 years in the financial sector as a consultant and advisor; currently with Compass Ion Advisors, LLC.
  • Service/Memberships: The Anti-Defamation League
  • Golf, tennis, hiking, baseball, traveling, reading, and cooking

Barbara Simmons

  • Born and raised in Bucks County.
  • Graduated from the Institute of Archeology.
  • 30 years as Executive Director of The Peace Center; recently retired as an adjunct instructor at Arcadia University’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program.
  • Service/Memberships: Founding director of Peace Talks radio on NPR, PRI, etc.; Ambassador to L.O.V.E. bringing police and community together to address racism and police conduct.
  • Enjoys: Gardening, reading, walking in nature and being a grandmother.

Annette (Annie) Girona Acevedo

  • Born in Philadelphia and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • Graduated from Eastern University with a with a bachelor’s in Management Information Systems (Minor in Project Management) and from The Art Institute with a degree in Graphics and Web Design.
  • Annie is the founder  and President of the nonprofit Maxkalaniyat Garden in Doylestown, PA. Màxkalaniyat Garden helps the community by providing free plant medicine to those in need by highlighting the power of plants, which offers natural solutions to enhance wellbeing.
  • She oversees the Bucks County Chapter of Herbalists Without Borders as the lead coordinator.
  • Service/Memberships: MicroMentor since 2001, Archdiocese Hispanic Choir: La Coral: Voz y Cultura since 1994, AMPHE-US: Art & Culture since 2015 
  • Enjoys: Family time with her spouse, daughters, and grandchildren. She loves traveling, gardening, and volunteering in her community.

Jeff McCollough, Esq.

  • Born in Ithaca, NY, raised in Doylestown.
  • Graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. degree in General Arts & Sciences; and Widener University Law School.
  • Practicing law for 38 years; partner at the Doylestown law firm of Bond & McCullough since 1991.
  • Service/Memberships: Served on the New Britain Township Zoning Board
  • Enjoys: Playing and performing in the classic rock band, Rake

Joanna M. Furia, Esq.

  • Born & raised in Montgomery County.
  • Graduate of Chestnut Hill College and Villanova University School of Law.
  • 30+ years of divorce litigation practice.
  • Service/Memberships: Volunteer Child Advocate in abuse/neglect cases; Vice-ChairHorsham Land Redevelopment Authority; Montgomery Bar Association CommitteeChair for the Solo and Small Firm Committee.
  • Enjoys: Philly area art museums, exploring PA state parks and the Phillies.

Mark Petty

  • Born and raised in Manila, Philippines.
  • Graduated from Tufts University; MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Retired as CEO and now Board Member of Penn Engineering; Board Chairman of Astrodyne TDI; Board Member of Adcole Corporation; Operating Partner of Tinicum L.P.; Board Member Continental Disc Corporation.
  • Service/Memberships: Membership/Service: Board Member of Tinicum Conservancy; Board Member of Hepatitis B Foundation; Board Member Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center.
  • traveling, golf, hiking, pottery (throwing), cooking.

Nell S. Bowers, LP

  • Lives in Buck County
  • Graduate of Boston University
  • Licensed Psychologist, specializing in family conflict, divorce, and depression.
  • Service/Memberships: Aviation Professionals



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