About the Foundation

Foundation Trustees

Nan E. Feyler is a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow focusing on the intersection of housing and families in the child welfare system with the City of Philadelphia. She was the Phyllis W. Beck Professorship of Law Chair at Temple University Beasley School of Law from 2015 to 2016 and Deputy Commissioner at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health from 2008 to 2015. Prior to joining government, Ms. Feyler has spent over twenty years in the public interest sector as lawyer and nonprofit director.  Ms. Feyler graduated from New York University School of Law and received her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Jennifer L. Hope is a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she enforces federal legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked in the Philadelphia non-profit sector in Philadelphia supporting, among other things, Native American’s/Native Peoples’ rights and the arts. She is also a (very amateur) triathlete and ceramicist. She joined the Board in 2014.

Tara F. Jones joined the board in 2012. She has worked in the non-profit sector in the Delaware County area since 1997. She has a strong commitment to women and youth that promote pro-social relationships, strong interpersonal skills, health education and financial literacy. She has worked in several positions from program coordinator to CEO, always focusing on the empowerment of women. She is a co-owner of Harambe Child Care and Learning Center and a PA licensed realtor with Keller Williams Real Estate in Media.

Vanessa Lowe joined the Board in 2018.  She’s a native New Yorker who embraced Philadelphia as her home in the early 1980s. Her early career was spent in legal advocacy programs including the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women and the AIDS Law Project of PA. She’s spent the last 20 years in federal service supporting access to capital for underserved communities. She underwrote investments in community development financial institutions (CDFIs) while working for the U.S. Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund, and developed online training content for the National Credit Union Administration. She’s currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFc©)  designation as she builds her financial education and consulting practice.  Ms. Lowe has a B.S. in Education from Temple University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Laura Morris joined the Board in 2012. She has worked in the Philadelphia non-profit community since 2004 after completing her Masters of Social Work focusing on community and macro practice. Laura is an extremely active Philadelphian who supports various causes in the city, in particular: LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, and health care issues. She works on the National Regulatory Systems team at Resources for Human Development.

Farrah Parkes joined the Board in 2013. She has worked in the Philadelphia non-profit sector for over 10 years and is currently the Director of Education, Technology, and Job Readiness at Lutheran Settlement House. She has a strong commitment to public service, particularly in the areas of gender equity and economic justice and previously served as the Treasurer for the Women’s Medical Fund.

Hannah Sassaman  is a nationally recognized organizer for media justice, and the policy director at Media Mobilizing Project. As the Campaign Director at the Prometheus Radio Project, Hannah helped lead the grassroots organizing and legislative strategy that resulted in the passage of the Local Community Radio Act – a bill that opened up the FM dial to thousands more community radio stations nationwide.  Hannah led the CAP Comcast campaign – which forced Comcast to expand affordable Internet to poor and working people in Philadelphia and beyond. Hannah won Best of Philly: Activism in 2016 for these efforts.  Hannah is a member of the Board of Directors of Allied Media Projects and at Fight for the Future; she is a trustee at the Valentine Foundation, the mom of incredible children Sara Bela Sassaman Marcus and Abigail Rose Sassaman Marcus, and the partner of brilliant community programmer Josh Marcus.


Foundation Trustees Past & Present