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Our Board

The current LSF Board of Directors is composed of eleven board members, including two Lenfest family members, who provide valuable contributions to the community. 

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Dr. Martha Denney
Executive Director

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Andy Dessel
Scholar Alum Board Member

Born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania, Andy has had a lifelong commitment to service and education. He currently serves as the Health Innovations Manager with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank where he oversees strategy, partnership development, and programming efforts. Previously, he served with the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Citizen Service as Program Officer helping to strengthen and develop the national service network in Pennsylvania. Andy has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and serves on several nonprofit organization boards including as the Vice Chair of the Board of the United Way of Pennsylvania and Logistics Chair of the Harrisburg Walk to End Alzheimer's. Andy is a proud Lenfest alumnus with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Penn State University. Andy is also currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and is excited to continue serving the Lenfest community. 

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Bob Freund
Board Member

Bob Freund has been an educator his entire professional life – a high school math teacher, a school counselor, a varsity basketball coach, and later the Director of the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps. While a public school counselor, he became concerned about the plight of first-generation college-going students and the rising costs of post-secondary education. In 2008, Bob established the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps (PCAC), a consortium of Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, and Millersville University. This initiative is a non-profit organization that trains and places recent college graduates in underserved high schools to serve as full-time college advisers. When Bob retired in April 2021, the program had grown from 8 to 33 advisers serving 35 schools and thousands of students from rural Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. Bob is honored and excited to serve on the Board of the Lenfest Scholars Foundation. 


Dr. Joseph Gordon
Board Member

Joe Gordon attended K-12 public schools in Illinois before matriculating at Amherst College. After a stint in psychology, he began advanced studies in English literature at Yale, where he was on the faculty for 45 years, rising to the rank of Dean of Undergraduate Education. He has also served as the National President of Phi Beta Kappa, where he specialized in campus freedom of speech issues and the accreditation of institutions of higher education. The mission of the Lenfest Scholars Foundation resonates deeply with his personal values and professional interests. He resides in Connecticut with his husband Mark Bauer and their border collie STORM.

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Ashley Green Gautam
Scholar Alum Board Member

Ashley Green Gautam is a 2007 graduate of Bermudian Springs High School. Education and cross-cultural understanding have been her passions from second grade to the present. Ashley earned her teaching certificate from Ursinus College and her master’s degree from the University of New England. She assisted in the creation of a remedial academic program at the NGO Equal Education during a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in New Delhi, India. Back in the States, Ashley taught various subjects in Secondary Social Studies for seven years before choosing to stay home with her two children. She is humbled and grateful to be able to give back to the Lenfest community by serving as a board member as she figures out her next professional steps.


Joseph Huber
Vice Chair of the Board

Joseph F. Huber is a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse. He has managed Credit Suisse regional offices in Philadelphia and Chicago and served as an advisor to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Huber was also Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston Investment Management. Mr. Huber serves on the boards of Upgrade, Inc. (a San Francisco fintech company), Foster Investment Company, Lenfest Scholars Foundation, Lenfest Foundation, Mercersburg Academy, and Indian River Land Trust. Prior board positions have included Vanguard Charitable, Vanguard Canada IRC, Independence Seaport Museum (Emeritus), Mannington Mills, Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and Lower Merion Pension Board. Joseph has been a board member of the Lenfest Foundation from the start of both the Prep School and College Scholarship Programs. 

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dR. Keith Leaphart
Board Member

Keith Leaphart, DO/MBA, is an innovator whose expansive, parallel careers in medicine, business, and philanthropy have driven him to help redefine what it means to be a philanthropist. Through his service as a board member and current Chair of The Lenfest Foundation, Keith has a deep understanding of the philanthropic ecosystem. Keith believes everyday people, more than foundations or corporations, should be given every opportunity to optimize their philanthropic impact. That’s why he founded Philanthropi, a fintech company leading the next generation of philanthropy through its innovative giving platform, which democratizes giving for everyone, and amplifies its impact.

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ROger Lehecka
Chair of the Board

Roger Lehecka attended New York City public schools before entering Columbia College. He has a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as an A.B. and M.Phil from Columbia University. Before retiring from a long career at Columbia University at the end of 2004, he was Dean of Students for 19 years and the founder of Columbia's Upward Bound Program in 1965, among other positions. His experience with Upward Bound taught him much about the ways access to college is not equally available to all talented youngsters. From there he led a career in higher education that always focused on expanding opportunity for those previously excluded from a college education. Mr. Lehecka has helped low-income students from New York City, rural Pennsylvania, and both coasts of Florida get admitted to good colleges and find the financial aid to attend. He continues to advise them throughout college, wherever they enroll, and help them through the difficult times most students face. He was Chair of the Double Discovery Center Board of Friends from 2019-22 and is currently Chair of the Board of the Lenfest Scholars Foundation. 

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Marguerite Lenfest
President of the Board

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Diane Myer
Treasurer of the Board

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John Payne
Scholar Alum Board Member


Jacques Steinberg
Board Member

Jacques Steinberg is a New York Times best-selling author and longtime, award-winning Times journalist. His knowledge of -- and passion for -- college access, equity, affordability, readiness, and attainment has more recently led to roles as a senior leader, strategist, adviser, and board member for national nonprofit organizations. From 2013 to 2020, Jacques served as Senior Vice President of Higher Education and Communications of Say Yes to Education, a leading, national nonprofit organization that helps revitalize communities by giving students access to college and other postsecondary opportunities as well as supports to ensure their success. Before joining Say Yes, Jacques was a journalist at The Times for 25 years, including as its Senior Editor for Education Initiatives. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and has been a member of the Lenfest board since fall 2020.

His latest book, co-authored with Eric J. Furda, the former Dean of Admissions of the University of Pennsylvania, is The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education (Penguin Random House, 2020). Jacques is also the author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College (Viking, 2002), a New York Times Book Review Notable Book selection now in its 28th printing.

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Mozelle Thompson, Esq.
Board Member

Mozelle W. Thompson is CEO of Thompson Strategic Consulting where he has provided legal, policy, and business advice to innovative companies like Facebook, Samsung, Disney, and many startups. Thompson’s extensive public and private sector experience has allowed him to become a guest on news outlets like CNBC and CNN where he speaks about economic, regulatory, and technology issues. Thompson served as a Commissioner on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and served as Chairman of the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy. Prior to the FTC, Thompson served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and as Acting Executive Director, Secretary, and General Counsel of the New York State Housing Finance Agency. Thompson is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, and he received his MPA from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. He has taught at Fordham, Princeton, and Stanford universities.

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