Our Leadership
Our Leadership

Over A Century of Catholic Leadership

For 107 years, Malvern Retreat House has upheld the tradition of Catholic Lay Leadership, both in our office and on our Board of Directors. We are proud to be led by the following dedicated men and women of God.

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Mark Poletunow

Reverend James T. McGuinn

Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Michael Norton

Director or Marketing, Outreach and Communications
Edel Finnegan Donahue

Director of Fiscal Affairs
David Pokorny

Director of Operations
Jim Hall

Assistant to the President
Cindy Scott-Ziminsky

Assistant to the Rector
Joanne Bouvier

Assistant Director of Ministry
Juan Guerra

Manager of Retreat and Event Business
Dave Tulli

Assistant to the Director of Fiscal Affairs / Bookkeeper
Barbara Bachand

Hospitality Manager
Deborah DeJesus

Permanent Deacon
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Registration Administrator
Catherine Cosgrove

Office Manager
Cecilia Gerbino

Development Coordinator
Martha Quintana

Institutional Advancement Assistant
Tara McCormick

Board of Directors

Jacqueline J. Delaney, Chair

A graduate of Saint Joseph’s University and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Church Ministry Institute, Delaney is an active community member. She regularly dedicates time to the National Advisory Board (member); the Catholic Leadership Institute; Mercy Spiritual Ministries (Board member); Stewards of St. John Neumann (Executive Committee member); the Barnes Foundation (Arboretum Advisory Committee and Steering Committee Member); Archbishop Christmas Benefit for Children (Chairperson); CYO Hall of Fame, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; and St. John Vianney Parish, Gladwyne (Lector and Extraordinary Minister).

James R. Molinari, Vice Chair

Jim is the current CA Captain of the Caenaculum Group of which he has been a retreatant for 39 years. He has also served for 28 years as an Associate Captain and is a Sullivan Award recipient for excellence in recruiting.  Jim is a graduate of Villanova University and Widener University School of Law. He is Member of the law firm of Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer and Toddy, P.C. and is admitted to the PA and NJ Supreme Courts, along with their federal U.S. District Courts. He is a member of St John Neumann Parish in Bryn Mawr PA and is an active member of the St. Joseph’s Prep Alumni.  In October, 2019, Jim was installed by Cardinal Edwin O’Brien as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. 

Sarah Christmyer, Secretary

Christmyer is a graduate of Gordon College and a current student at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where she is studying for her Master’s in Theology. She works as an Adjunct Faculty Member for Scripture at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Outside of her studies, Christmyer is the co-developer, executive editor, advisor and program director for The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study Program, published by Ascension Press. She is also an author and freelance editor, writes the annual 90-day Bible reading challenge for Ascension Press and is a public voice on topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Christmyer regularly serves as a Bible study teacher and leader.

Patrick R. Laphen, Treasurer

Laphen, an 11-year retreatant with the St. Blaise-Curran Memorial Group, serves as a Finance Committee Member, Recruiter, Promoter and Parish Rep for Malvern Retreat House. He is a graduate of Philadelphia University with an M.B.A. in Finance. In his career, Laphen is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Lionheart Industrial Group, LLC. His other leadership and involvements include Little Smiles of Philadelphia (Board President); St. Anastasia School CYO (Board President); the local Philadelphia chapter of American Ireland Fund (Former Chairman); and ACG Philadelphia (former member, Event Planning Committee).

Fran Egan, Assistant Treasurer

Fran is a Senior Manager at Wippli CPA and Consultants.  He graduated with a degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and obtained his Chartered Finance Analyst designation. Fran is member of the CFA institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia.  He is also a member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), was formerly the Manager at HealthCare Appraiser, Inc., and Sr. Financial Analyst at Financial Research Associates.

Michael T. Gillespie, Jr., Member at Large

Gillespie, Jr. serves as Vice President of Client Services at Gillespie Group Marketing and Advertising. He is the Board Chair for Our Lady of Hope Regional Catholic School and a Board Member for the Police Athletic League. Additionally, he is involved with Mercy Vocation High School (Committee Member); Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (Former Chair, current Board Member); The Neumann Forum (Board Member); March of Dimes (Ambassador Father); and Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church (Council Member and Volunteer Lector).

Jack Williams

Jack Williams is the General Manager of EWTN Global Catholic Radio and previously with Queen of Heaven Radio, KWKY and Midwest Sports Radio over the last 20 years. He is a past Board President of John Carroll Catholic High School Booster Club and has been a Retreat Director and presenter at Malvern Retreat House and various programs throughout the United States. He is a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of the Cathedral of St. Paul, Birmingham, AL

Rev. Msgr. Ralph Chieffo

Chieffo entered St. Charles Seminary in 1966 and was ordained in 1975. He earned his Master’s degree in English Literature from Villanova University in 1974 and another Master’s degree in Religious Studies in 2000. Chieffo was honored by Pope Benedict as a Monsignor in 2011 and has served in several parishes, including St. Patrick, Malvern and King of Peace. Presently, he is the pastor of St. Mary Magdalen in Media, where he has been since 2000. Chieffo has served as leader for Charismatic Groups and the St. Charles Seminary Board. Now, he serves the Archdiocesan Men’s Conference and as a Board Member for the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Mary Bea Damico

Mary Bea serves as President of Voveo Marketing Group, a leader in branding, strategy and web design. She is a graduate of St. Joseph University. Mary serves on the Haub School of Business Advisory Board and the St. Patrick School Board. She is active at St. Patrick Parish and additionally works with various non-profits including, the World Meeting of Families, Miraculous Medal Shrine, National Center of Padre Pio, Pink Sisters and Malvern Retreat House.


Carmen DiPasquale

A member of the Our Lady of Peace Group and an 18-year retreatant, DiPasquale has served as Our Lady Peace of Group’s CA Captain for three years and has been on the planning committee for eight years. DiPasquale was also a 12-year retreatant and CA Captain for seven years with the 4th of July Family Retreat Group. DiPasquale, a Clinical Dietician at Dunwoody Village, is a two-year member of the Spirituality Committee, a Discovering Christ Series facilitator and a Project HOME volunteer. DiPasquale, bilingual in Spanish and English, is a parishioner, Eucharistic Minister and RCIA Team Member at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

Michael Flanagan

Michael currently services as Vice President, Provider Network Management for Change Healthcare. Michael earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder and an Aresty Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School Aresty Institute of Executive Education.  He is a thought leader and presenter at conferences and is the co-inventor and patent holder for an Enterprise Management System.

Michael Dokas

Michael Dokas has been part of the Malvern family for many years. Mike was an employee and attended retreats including Kairos with Devon Preparatory School. Mike is a Manager with Deloitte Consulting LLP for 9 years, worked as an analyst for Goldman Sachs & Co and Comcast Corporation.  His other leadership and involvement include serving Devon Prep as a Trustee.  He is a graduate of Villanova University and a parishioner at Our Lady of the Assumption in Wayne, Pa.

John F. Givnish

A member of the Immaculate Conception Group and a 31-year retreatant, Givnish is also a member of the Retreat Committee and the Good Shepherd Club. He is the President and CEO of Life Celebration By Givnish and a graduate of the American Academy-McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. Givnish holds Funeral Director and Insurance Licenses in PA and NY. He is a member of the Holy Name Society and the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute, and is a past President of the Northeast Philadelphia Lions Club.

Robert Humbert

Humbert has been a member of the Six-Three Group for 45 years; previously, he served as CA Captain of the Six-Three Group. He is now on the Executive Committee of the Six-Three Group. Humbert is a Registered Professional Engineer (PA, VA and NY) and the VP and Technical Director of AECOM’s Freight Rail Sector. He holds a Professional Engineer certification in a number of states, including PA, and is a graduate of Villanova University with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering-Transportation. Humbert has been married for 37 years and has three sons.

Gordon Jefferes

Gordon is a seven-year Man of Malvern who has served in chair positions at Catholic University.   He has also served on multiple Long Range Planning committees, By-Law committees and Nominating committees.  Gordon is a member of St Simon and Jude parish and the Judge of Elections for East Goshen Township. He is very active in local and national Knights of Columbus.

Michael Mallick

A member of the St. Joseph’s Group, Mallick is a nine-year retreatant. He is a member of the Finance Committee. Mallick is a graduate of Boston University School of Management and now serves as the Principal of the Valley Forge Financial Group in King of Prussia, PA. He holds Series 6, 22, 63, Life, Accident, Health, and Long Term Care Insurance Licenses and was formerly the Finance Manager at WP Realty. He has also worked as a Senior Finance Analyst with GE Energy Services.

Brian Keith McCormick, Sr.

Brian is a Man of Malvern and 33 year retreatant with the Epiphany Group.  He also serves as Chairman of the Malvern Retreat Golf Committee. Brian is the owner of McCormick Packaging Solutions, LLC and partner of Med-Pak/Self-Seal Container Corporation.  He graduated from Belmont Abbey College, with a degree in business and was a member of the Pi Gamma Mu Nat’l Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, and Phi Kappa Theta.  Brian attends St. Teresa of Calcutta Roman Catholic Church, and is currently a 2nd degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  He spends his spare time coaching with the WestMont United Soccer league and SpringFord Youth Basketball.

Vince Murphy

A member of the Immaculate Conception Group and a 23-year retreatant, Murphy served as CA Captain from 2009 to 2013 and is now Recruiting Director. He was the recipient of Malvern’s 2008 Chairman’s Award and is a member of the Retreat Committee. Murphy is the former School Director and Board President of the West Chester Area School District (2011 – 2013). An accomplished professional with expertise in all aspects of software engineering methods, architecture, technology assessment and systems development, Murphy is also an active parishioner at St. Patrick’s, Malvern.

Virginia Pellegrino

Pellegrino has been a member of Women’s Teas Planning and Organizing committee for three years. A graduate of Trinity College with an MSc degree from the London School of Economics and a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan, she has 30 years of experience in healthcare and hospital administration. This experience includes 10 years in the health care ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, and 8 years with the Mercy Health System in Philadelphia. While with the Archdiocese of New York, Pellegrino worked to bring health and spiritual care to AIDs patients. She is now a parishioner at St. Patrick’s, Malvern.

Deacon Thaddeus (Ted) Raczkowski

Deacon Ted graduated from St. Joseph University and worked as a lawyer in Philadelphia.  He is an adjunct professor at St. Joseph University. Ted was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 1981 and currently serves at St. Anastasia Rectory.  He looks forward to being a part of the Spiritual Development committee.


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