Spring Garden
Soup Society

Feeding the hungry in Philadelphia since 1852

Board of Managers

The Spring Garden Soup Society Board of Managers
meets twice a year to assess the organization's performance
and establish goals for the future.
As you will see by reviewing the profiles below,
our members bring a broad range of experience and talent
to their stewardship responsibilities.
Continuity adds stability, with many members serving extended terms,
and several following in the footsteps of a forebear.

President - John Dallas Bowers

Mr. Bowers was elected as a second-generation board member in 1988, his father having served from 1968 until shortly before his death in 1992, a tenure that included a term as Society president. Prior to assuming his current position in 2004, Mr. Bowers was Vice-President and Chairman of the Executive Committee. He worked in broadcast promotion and sales for 15 years before becoming an advertising, marketing, and communications consultant in 1977.  He was a 30-year board member with Delaware County Memorial Hospital and its parent, Crozer-Keystone Healthcare System, until it was sold to the for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings in 2016. He currently serves on the board of Cornerstone Center for Change and Radnor Studio 21/Main Line Public Television. He is a hospice volunteer, a member of Church of the Saviour in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and lives in nearby Villanova.
frank noyes Vice-President - Robert H. Louis, Esquire

Mr. Louis is a lawyer specializing in tax, estate and retirement planning for businesses and their owners. He is a partner in the Philadelphia law firm Saul Ewing LLP and Co-chair of its Personal Wealth practice. His charitable and civic activities have included the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Abington Township Public Library, and the Friends of Briar Bush. Mr. Louis, a resident of Glenside, Pennsylvania, joined the board in 2006.
Secretary - William C. Hale, Ph.D.

Dr. Hale develops educational commons-dilemma games about sustainable resource use and holds a Ph.D. in "Energy Management and Policy." Previously, he worked for Raytheon Engineers as a nuclear-mechanical engineer. He lives in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania where he serves on Borough Council and on the Planning Commission. He also serves as Rental Chairman of the Rose Valley Folk and as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 272, BSA. He joined the SGSS board in November 2005.
ken gibb Treasurer - Kenneth L. Gibb
Mr. Gibb is the Executive Director of the law firm of White and Williams LLP where he oversees the administrative and business operations for the firm. He was elected to the SGSS Board in 1988, and served as secretary for several years before assuming his current position in 1997. He is a third-generation member, continuing a tradition begun by his grandfather, who was treasurer from 1939 to 1968, and then his father, who was a board member for over 20 years and president at the time of his death.  Mr. Gibb is also treasurer of the Homeless Advocacy Project in Philadelphia, and tutors children from center city Philadelphia in reading.  He lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
clara callahan Clara Callahan, M.D.

Dr. Callahan is a practicing pediatrician and the Lillian H. Brent Dean of Students and Admission at Jefferson Medical College, where she has been on the faculty since finishing her fellowship training in 1982. She was the first woman elected to the SGSS Board of Managers, and has served since 2002. She was previously a member of the Medical Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania.  Dr. Callahan resides in Spring House, Pennsylvania.
doug cook Douglas E. Cook, Esquire

Mr. Cook is an attorney practicing in the fields of trusts and estates, real estate, and nonprofit corporations.  He lives and works in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Cook joined the SGSS Board of Managers in 1979 and has served as its Treasurer and President.  He is currently a trustee of the Broughton Foundation, the Frances D. Sheetz Charitable Trust, and the Northwood Cemetery Company.  For thirty years, he was legal counsel to the Penn Home.
Barry Washington

Mr. Washington, who joined the board in 2012, was born and raised on the Main Line and currently lives in Phoenixville. He studied liberal arts at Eastern Baptist College and Penn State University, where he recently earned his BS in Integrated Social Science. He spent the lion's share of his professional career in marketing and business development at several large and small computer companies in New England and Philadelphia. He is currently project coördinator at Charter Oak Field Services, specializing in market research for pharmaceutical companies.
Colleen Veloski Colleen Veloski, M.D.

Dr. Veloski is a practicing endocrinologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center where she has been on the faculty since 2010. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer and other endocrine neoplasms. Dr. Veloski joined the SGSS board in 2016. She graduated from the Wharton School of Business and was AVP of bank operations at Germantown Savings Bank before graduating from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and completing residency and fellowship at Temple University Hospital. She is an active board member and former treasurer of the Philadelphia Endocrine Society. She resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Jeffrey Swarr

Mr. Swarr, who joined the board in 2010, is a sales professional with Avnet Technology Solutions, a global distributor of enterprise computers and software. As a two-term member of the Board of Deacons at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and chairman of the church's Hunger Task Force for five years, he helped provide an avenue for BMPC families to experience service to others through support of soup kitchens in West Philadelphia, Chester, PA and Piedras Negras, Mexico. He lives in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.
Philip H. Peterson, Jr. (Emeritus)

Mr. Peterson became a second-generation member of the board in 1975, following his father's induction 35 years earlier. He served with distinction for many years as secretary and then president of the Society, resigning from active membership in 2003. The board recognizes with deep appreciation Mr. Peterson's 28 years of service, and is delighted to have him as an active emeritus member.
robert louis Frank E. Noyes, II, Esquire

A member of the board since 2001, Mr. Noyes is an attorney at the Mid-Atlantic law firm of Offit Kurman, P.A., focusing on counseling small to medium businesses, and commercial litigation.  He is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and Delaware. He also serves as Commissioner in the Delaware County community of Nether Providence, where he was recently elected to a 4-year term. He is an active member of Wallingford Presbyterian Church in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, particularly in Christian education, and currently teaches in the adult level Sunday School.
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R. Brooke Porch

Mr. Porch is an educational consultant assigned by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist administrators and teachers in under-served school districts to improve classroom instruction and student performance. Prior to his time as a consultant, Mr. Porch was the Director of Special Education for the Upper Darby School  District.  He joined the Board in 1997 and lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Cindy Spurdle Cynthia (Cindy) Spurdle

Before joining the SGSS board in 2016, Ms. Spurdle had spent 13 years with ARA (ARAMARK) food service, transitioning to become owner and president of an equipment leasing company. She was then named executive director of the Equipment Leasing Association, and later the first executive director of a nonprofit foundation certifying leasing professionals. Ms. Spurdle is currently board secretary of the International Women’s Club of Philadelphia and president of the Harford Park Dog Club. A graduate of Radnor Township’s Citizen Police Academy, she now serves in the Radnor Community Police Organization. Ms. Spurdle lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania and is a member of Church of the Saviour.
roy shirley E. Roy Shirley

Mr. Shirley joined the Board in 2005.  He is co-founder of Cornerstone Center for Change in Glenside, Pennsylvania, an organization which offers faith-based counseling as well as life and executive coaching and consultation, team building, and conflict resolution in both the missions and secular environments.  He is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church of America, a member of Peace Valley Community Church in Chalfont, and a resident of Glenside, Pennsylvania.
J. Jon Veloski

Mr. Veloski is a statistician and Director of Medical Education Research at Jefferson Medical College where he provides analytic services to other faculty members, and studies outcomes assessment with support from the government and private foundations.  A member of the SGSS Board of Managers since 1989, he served as its secretary from 1997 to 2010.  He lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.
J. Peter Veloski

Mr. Veloski is an attorney with the law firm of Schwarz Mongeluzzi LLP, where he focuses his practice on mass tort actions and other forms of complex litigation. Peter joined his father on the SGSS board shortly after graduating from Temple University Law School in 2015. While in law school, he served as financial director of the Temple Law student public interest society, and was a recipient of the Dolores Sloviter public interest fellowship in recognition of his efforts to provide tax preparation services to low income families. Peter lives in South Philadelphia with his wife, Vanessa, and their dog, Scout.
Howard McFarland

Mr. McFarland, a Havertown resident, was elected to the Board in 2012. He is a graduate of Taylor University with a degree in business and economics, and spent 32 years with a major computer company in marketing, manufacturing, and Information Technology. He has held a number of trustee and teaching positions in his church, and credits his Christian faith for creating his heart for the poor, disadvantaged, and needy.
Richard O. Coe, Ed.D.

Dr. Coe served the Bucks County Intermediate Unit from 1972 to 2007 in the roles of teacher, supervisor, Special Education Director, and Executive Director. A resident of Washington's Crossing, he is currently Executive Director of Kids Voting Southeast Pennsylvania, a grassroots nonpartisan organization working with local school districts in Bucks and eastern Montgomery counties and the community at large to enhance civics education and provide students with a realistic experience of voting on election day. He joined the SGSS Board of Managers in 2012.

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