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James W. Adducci
A 15 year, Investment Banking expert, James advises both public and private companies on strategic alternatives, mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, going private transactions take-over defense as well as debt and equity capital financings, also serving as the Global Head of the Water, Infrastructure and Environmental Sectors. A native of DeKalb, IL with an Economics degree from Carleton College and former member of the Young Friends of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Board, James’s involvement with the PBCC grew out of his search for an organization that supports children, as he’s a father of two young boys. Having grown up steeped in the arts, with a father who is a scenic designer and an uncle who was a costume designer, James believes strongly in the benefits of the arts, especially the performing arts, enriching the development of children. “Seeing the Choir perform brought back so many fond memories, having done some singing myself (church choir, a capella group, musicals, etc.), but even more importantly, I want to give back to my community and teach my kids about giving back, leading by example. The PBCC brings all of these together in a very special way for me and my family. Support of the PBCC is something that resonates with our whole family, from supporting children to enjoying a wonderful performance. “
A native of Cheltenham, PA, Andy joined the Choir at age 8 in 1976 as a 2nd Soprano and remained with the group until he graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1982. During his time as a choir member, he had the honor of being voted President and Boy of the Year As a University of Penn student, he was president of Counterparts, a co-ed a capella group. After college, Andy returned to the choir as a member of the Chorale for several years, and has since served as Board Chair and interim Executive Director (2013-2016), continuing to serve as a board member.
Currently the Director of Benefit Plan Automation for GalaxE, an IT consulting company headquartered in Somerset, NJ, Andy volunteers his time at Grove United Methodist Church (as accompanist for their Junior Choir, and at West Chester Rustin High School (playing keyboard for their musical productions). His commitment to the PBCC is deep: “The Philadelphia Boys Choir had such a profound influence on me growing up. The Choir taught me discipline and the importance of striving for excellence. I’ve also seen firsthand what a difference it’s made in the lives of others.”
Charles M. Elliott, Jr.
Mr. Elliott is a relationship officer and Deputy Team Leader in BNY Mellon Treasury Services’ Corporate Sales group, responsible for delivering treasury solutions to the large corporate marketplace in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Since 1992, Charles has held a number of varied positions within Treasury Services’ Sales and Operations. Prior to joining the organization, he was employed at Maryland National Bank in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his bachelor’s degree from Towson University and his master of business administration from the University of Baltimore, part of the University of Maryland system.
A member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale singing Bass from 2008 – 2014 when he went on hiatus, Charles currently sings with the Wayne Oratorio Society in Wayne, PA, and has continued his legacy with PBCC through his children, Charlie (PBCC Alumni), Jacob (PBCC Alumni) and Eliza. Married to Amy Barnes Elliott, a Foreign Languages educator in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District, they reside in Malvern, PA.
Jorge Ignacio Fernandez
Born in Havana, Cuba, Jorge has been in the international corporate arena for over 30 years. A noted expert on Cuban affairs since 1997, he was the former Executive Director and Co-Founder of the national coalition "Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba" formed in 1998, and has worked on pursuing engagement and normalizing relations between both nations with former Cuban Chief of the Cuban Interest Section in DC including Ambassadors Fernando Ramirez, Amb Dagoberto Rodriguez Barrera, Amb Jorge Bolanos and now *Ambassador Jose Cabanas (November, 2012-current). He served on the International Policy Committee of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC and has given testimony before Congress to end the embargo and pursue a policy of engagement with Cuba since 1998. A sought-after national speaker on Cuban affairs, he has traveled to his homeland over 17 times since 1998, including the Papal visits in 1998 and 2012, President Jimmy Carter’s visit to Cuba in 2002, and as a guest at the US residence in Havana in 2000, hosted by Ambassador Vicky Hudelston after the successful reunification of Elian Gonzalez with his father Juan Miguel.
A leader of numerous groups to Cuba in the spirit of People to People exchanges, Jorge has advised the US State Department and members of Congress on Cuba matters from a Cuban born /Cuban American perspective as well as industry, business and organizations on compliance matters. His extensive humanitarian work has been primarily through the Catholic church, CARITAS Cuba, CRS and other religious and non-profit organizations such as Special Olympics and best Buddies International as well as universities and other educational institutions. An advisor on Cuban Affairs and Trade who serves on the Board of the Sarasota World Affairs Council, Jorge has worked with the Catholic Church in Cuba and Cardinal Jaime Ortega of the Archdiocese of Havana and the Vatican since 1997, participating in the historic visits of Pope John Paul II in 1998 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, and a personal guest of newly-elected Pope Francis at his residence at Casa Marta at the Vatican in 2013 for a retreat on issues about the Catholic Church and Cuba today.
Mr. Nicholas Gaudiosi is a 14 year veteran of the financial services industry with a particular emphasis on healthcare. An analytically-driven business development leader who began his career with the reinsurance brokerage arm of Towers Watson, Nicholas has many years of operations expertise, most recently serving as President and Chief Operating officer of a mid-sized medical professional liability insurer in the MidAtlantic. Now a senior executive at Medical Mutual Holdings in North Carolina, he leads the business and strategic development efforts nationally, utilizing his extensive proficiency with and knowledge of insurance company mergers and acquisitions, having led his previous employer through two unique transactions in 2014 and 2015.
A serial entrepreneur, Nick has experience in start-up healthcare organizations and the insurance broking business. Nick has been a strategic advisor to several healthcare IT startups, including TouchCare, KuraMD, NobleMD and is the co-founder of HealthCare Synergies. Having spent many years consulting with large financially sophisticated medical provider groups and clinically integrated networks, he understands many aspects of healthcare policy and trends impacting healthcare delivery. Nick is a graduate of the Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA and a proud member of the PBCC board.
Alfred James Goodrich
Born in Santa Fe, NM, Alfred James Goodrich was raised on Philadelphia’s Main Line, going on to the Hun School of Princeton, Connecticut College and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Composition at West Chester University. Alfred started playing the cello at age 5, after his father (a surgeon and amateur cellist) suffered a stroke that left him permanently mentally and physically disabled. Then at 15, Alfred lost his mom to Leukemia and was welcomed into a new family – the Philadelphia Boys Choir, providing a safe, caring and joyful environment that both protected him and helped him grow. And Alfred has been paying it forward as a board member of the Boy's Choir for nearly10 years. The owner/producer of Silvertone Studios based in Ardmore, PA, as well as the founder and lead musician of the Alfred James Band, Alfred recently had the privilege of collaborating with the choir on Ballad of the Rockbiter, a song featured on the band’s new album, Up Up, Down Down, that was nominated for a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Musical Arrangement, and previously, touring Greece and Turkey with the choir in 2007.
With past performances including the White House, NBC's The Today Show and ABC's Good Morning America, Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Academy of Music, the Alfred James Band is making waves with their cello-driven acoustic rock sound, inspired by such musicians as Yo Yo Ma, Sting, and Dave Matthews. Having opened for such headliners as Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Hornsby, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Suzanne Vega, their song, Lucky If Easy was nominated for 2 Underground Grammy's in 2006 -- for Album of the Year and Song of the Year, and won a Grammy Songwriting Contest in 2007.
Ellen Hudock is Anti-Bribery and Corruption Investigation Counsel supporting GSK’s global ABAC compliance and investigation efforts. Ellen is Chair of the Centralized Investigation Review Committee responsible for the enterprise evaluation and oversight of issues and complaints. From 2005-2012, Ellen was Assistant General Counsel in the Dispute Resolution & Prevention Group managing government investigations, product liability matters and commercial litigation. Ellen joined GSK in 2005 as Senior Counsel from the Buchanan Ingersoll law firm. At Buchanan, Ellen was an associate in the firm's commercial litigation group. In 1998-99, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Ellen received her J.D. degree from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 1998 and graduated magna cum laude from Denison University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1995. She is serving her first year as a PBCC Board member.
Maria Nacouzi Jabbour
Born and raised in Lebanon, Maria received her French baccalaureate in 1991 and then a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995, in both French and Lebanese. She worked as an operating room nurse for 7 years at Hotel Dieu de France. A member and soloist of the Lebanese American University from 1991 to 2001, she also was named Chair and founder of the Opera Club at Philadelphia’s Union League in 2014.
A Lyric Soprano who has performed at private events at the Union League, in 2015 she sang for the Austrian American Society Gala and the World Voice Foundation, and in 2016 for the American University of Beirut Alumni Gala in Philadelphia. Currently a Voice Performance major at Temple University, she is also a Board member of the AVA gala annual fundraiser event, in addition to serving on the board of PBCC.
Byron Kho has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He is the founder and CEO of IDz Media, a technology-based online advertising firm that specializes in social media and mobile placement monetization, utilizing a proprietary performance-based online advertising platform to provide value for over 4500 web and mobile publishers and hundreds of direct clients and advertising agencies. In addition to his work with online advertising, Byron founded and manages several successful property investment firms that acquire and develop prime commercial and residential real estate in Philadelphia for both short and long-term portfolios.
On the music side, Byron continues to accompany soloists, chamber groups, bands, orchestras, choral groups and teaching sessions at such local classical music institutions as the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music; act as music-director and/or lead keyboards/assistant conductor for various Philadelphia musical theatre productions; sing with the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia, the oldest continuously operating men's chorus in the United States; and serve as a Steering Committee member for the Curtis Crescendo Club, an organization that works directly with Curtis Institute of Music staff to encourage younger populations to become fans and supporters of the school and its students. All, of course, in addition to serving on the board of the PBCC.
Paul Mainardi – Board Chair
A performing member of the Chorale since the 1990s, Mr. Mainardi is an attorney and partner with law firm of Brown & Connery, LLP. A graduate of Brown University, he earned his master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. Although his law practice is focused in the areas of business transactions and litigation, Mainardi has also represented non-profit organizations. Mr. Mainardi is also a founding Trustee of The Tyler Clementi Foundation and helped in forming The Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University.
Prior to being elected Chair, Paul served as the PBCC board’s Treasurer and chair of the Governance Committee. “The Boys Choir is a Philadelphia treasure and I look forward to helping the organization continue to grow and succeed as we move toward our 50th anniversary.”
As Director, Event Management for Villanova University, Betsy is responsible for the planning and execution of global events and programs to drive business growth and market share. She brings with her a 25-year track record of identifying, cultivating and maintaining new event and branding partnerships in a variety of vertical enterprises around the globe. Previously, Betsy spent 7 years as an independent meeting and events professional building sponsorship, incentive, branding, sales events and program planning, for such clients as Eli Lilly, Johnson and Johnson, Bayer, Novartis, Sanofi Aventis, IBM, the AT&T companies (Lucent Technologies, Avaya, Inc.) and the Bertelsmann Media companies (Bertelsmann AG, BMG International, BMG Music).
A graduate of Villanova with a BA in Communications, she also holds a Certification of Meeting Professionals (CMP) from the Convention Industry Council. Since 2010, Betsy has served on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, Philadelphia Girls Choir, and Philadelphia Vocal Conservancy. She is an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Achilles International, an organization dedicated to helping disabled athletes to participate in mainstream running events.
Edmund “Ned” Moore Jr.
A native of Ambler, PA currently living in Lower Gwynedd, Montgomery County, Ned went to La Salle College High School and then college at Villanova University. A life-long entrepreneur in a wide array of business sectors who has founded and grown several companies, Ned is the Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Clutch, which provides an advanced Customer Management Platform for B2C businesses to drive higher value from their existing customers. Over his career he has raised over $50MM in venture capital and has grown companies from zero to over 250+ employees. Under Ned’s leadership Clutch was named Technology Startup of the Year in 2014 and Portico was named Emerging Technology Company of the Year in 2008 by the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technology (PACT). He was recognized as the 2008 Technology CEO of the Year and as a finalist for the 2015 Technology CEO of the Year and honored with the Philadelphia Business Journal 2007 40 under 40 Award. Ned is very active in supporting the entrepreneurial community both as an advisor and an early stage investor and is involved with helping entrepreneurs in all stages of their companies. He also serves as an Advisory Council Member to Villanova’s “ICE” Center, which is the Center for Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship.
A member of the PBCC from 1979-82, Ned is passionate about PBCC and the tremendous impact it had on his life. “I learned how to work hard and succeed by pushing myself beyond what I thought was possible at that time in my life. In many ways what I learned at the PBCC were life skills that I still use and tap into today. I think it is our responsibility to make sure that this organization is here for young people for years to come. There aren’t many organizations that are focused on helping young people perform at a professional level with talents that they have and it is always important to show the city, the country and the world the positive impact that America’s young people can have on their communities and the world.”
Tim Sabol is a Private Wealth Advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Philadelphia, PA. Tim and his team provide customized advice to individual clients and multi-generation families regarding investment management, risk mitigation, and complex financial planning issues. In addition to retirees and small business owners, Tim has extensive experience with physicians and pre-IPO technology company shareholders. Tim works with clients in 33 states and has been quoted on various financial planning topics in The Wall Street Journal (print), SmartMoney Magazine, Fox Business News, CNBC, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Prior to working at Ameriprise Financial, Tim was with the predecessor firm, American Express.
In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Philadelphia Girls Choir, Tim also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilma Theater. A former Drexel University Varsity Rower, Tim resides in Society Hill with his husband, Dr. Judd Flesch.
Vice President and shareholder at The Graham Company, one of the nation’s largest insurance brokers, Bill is responsible for business development with a focus on larger privately-held manufacturers and distributors. Prior to joining The Graham Company, he spent 20 years with Mobil Oil. A retired member of the Army Reserves, Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from George Mason University. A frequently sought-after author and speaker on key issues facing his clients, including Contractual Risk Transfer, Environmental Liability and Captive Insurance Alternatives, he continues to serve as a liaison to West Point’s Admissions Office.
Selman’s involvement with PBCC comes directly from the heart: “I hope to help the organization expand its reach to a broader community and give more kids the opportunity to be part of something very special – something that can open horizons and change young lives.”
Jason is the founder of Spruce Law and presently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Jason was a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group at Cozen O’Connor. He has counseled numerous developers and landowners with regard to residential, retail, institutional, commercial, industrial and recreational projects and secured the necessary land use approvals and permits for the same, both in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Jason has extensive experience representing clients with regard to real estate transactions, and has also represented clients before the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Most recently, he quarterbacked the legal work for one of the single largest residential subdivision and land development projects in the country since the downturn in the real estate market. He has also represented natural gas exploration companies and landowners involved in the Marcellus Shale gas play in Pennsylvania and has represented numerous businesses with merger and acquisition and general corporate transactions.
Presently serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Land Use Subcommittee, he is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale. He was honored by his peers in being named as a “Rising Star” in Real Estate Law in Super Lawyers Magazine for the years 2013 through 2015.
Jonathan Pierpont Warner, CEBS
Jon is the owner of JP Warner Associates and Human Resource Administrators, a Third Party Administrator (TPA) delivering administration processing solutions and also co-owns Warner Benefits, Inc. with his brother Andrew, consulting for large, complex, multi-site self-insured employers as well as mid-size and smaller employer groups. Sought after for contract negotiations, consulting projects and public speaking events for prestigious organizations and non-profit groups, Jon views health insurance in a contemporary light both philosophically and financially as the author of the books Winning the Health Care Game (2016) and How to Win the Health Care Game (2013). His first book, published in 2009 is titled Making Sense of 21st Century Health Insurance Plans. A Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), Jon is a graduate of an intensive educational program developed by The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jon holds a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Married for almost three decades, Jon and his wife Vicki are the parents of three children. A devotee of golf, skiing and singing, Jon’s commitment to education includes serving as Chairman of the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust, offering college tuition assistance to golf caddies, as a Trustee for the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Bryn Mawr, PA and the board of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital.