Board of Directors

Lori O'Leary, Executive Director

Lori O'Leary, Executive Director

Lori A. O’Leary, MBA: Lori O’Leary founded MusicWorks, along with her husband Jerry O’Leary, to provide music therapy services to challenged children and adults of all ages in the Delaware Valley.  For the past ten years, Lori has provided marketing, public relations, and bookkeeping services for her husband’s music therapy business.  Ms. O’Leary worked for The Franklin Mint in Media, PA for 10 years supervising marketing, artist relations, and licensing divisions.  Ms. O’Leary’s volunteer activities include leading a Webelos Den for Cub Scout Pack #144, teaching Art Goes to School, and soliciting corporate donations for the annual St. Denis 5K Fun Run to benefit wellness programs for St. Denis School.  From 1990 to 2006, Ms. O’Leary was a member of the Vassar Show House staffing committee, volunteering her time at the annual designer show house.  Proceeds from this show house provided scholarship aid to Philadelphia Vassar College students.  Lori is a graduate of Vassar College and earned her MBA from the Stern Business School at New York University.  She is mom to Patrick and Mariel.

Jerry O'Leary, Director of Music Therapy

Jerry O'Leary, Director of Music Therapy

Jerry O’Leary, MA, MT-BC: Jerry O’Leary founded MusicWorks, along with his wife, Lori, to provide music therapy services to challenged children and adults of all ages in the Delaware Valley.  Through his sole proprietorship, Mr. O’Leary has facilitated music therapy to children, young adults and seniors in group and individual sessions since 2002.  He provided music therapy services and seminars at community senior centers, adult daycare centers, local special needs schools, senior’s clubs, religious infirmaries, and assisted living communities, such as The Wellness Community of Philadelphia, CareLink Community Support Services, and Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Jerry served as a part-time music therapist for Settlement Music School in 2000-2001 and Music Therapy Director of Archway Lower School in Atco, New Jersey from 2000-2002.  Mr. O’Leary’s volunteer activities include providing music for Cub Scout Pack #144 functions, St. Denis School and St. Denis Parish events.  He is a volunteer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization that presents musical performances at the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.  Mr. O’Leary is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and holds his Masters Degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata University.

Linda Hohn, Board of  Directors

Linda Hohn, Board of Directors

Linda C. Hohn, Esq.: Ms. Hohn has been employed for the past fourteen years by the Global Indemnity Group as Vice President & Associate General Counsel. Previously she was employed by and held officer positions at General Accident Insurance Group (1994 – 1998) and Reliance Insurance Group (1984 – 1994). Ms. Hohn has also served for approximately 22 years on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, a nonprofit corporation which provides comprehensive mental health services (which address the effects of abuse, neglect and traumatic events) to Philadelphia neediest children and their families. Ms. Hohn is a graduate of Rosemont College and earned her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law at Newark, N.J.

Wendy Jershky, Board of Directors

Wendy Jershky, Board of Directors

Wendy L. Jershky: Ms. Wendy L. Jershky has enjoyed a career with Wells Fargo Bank for the last 30 years. She is a Vice-President/Senior Financial Specialist in the Havertown, PA office. Her responsibilities include lending, investing and financial solutions for both business and personal clients in the community. She holds a Life/Fixed Annuity Insurance License as well as a Securities License. Since 1993, Ms. Jershky has served on the Business Education Advisory Board for Upper Darby High School, which creates a partnership between the school and business community by examining curriculum and course content for viability in the business world. Ms. Jershky also participated with the Upper Darby School District in their Sponsor-A-Scholar program from 1997-2001 mentoring high school students who displayed an interest of moving onto college. Ms. Jershky also volunteers her time teaching Sunday school at her church as well as coordinating the annual drama productions at her son’s middle school.

Brenda Duska, Board of Directors

Brenda Duska, Board of Directors

Brenda Shay Duska, CPA : Brenda Shay Duska is an accountant with Del Pizzo & Associates, a firm whose primary services include accounting, taxation, and business consulting. Brenda originally joined Del Pizzo & Associates in 1997. From 2001 through July 2007 Brenda was the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Rosemont College. In 2001, Brenda co-authored the textbook, Accounting Ethics, with her husband Ronald. Brenda also served as an adjunct faculty member at Rosemont. Brenda returned to Del Pizzo & Associates in July, 2007. Brenda is a graduate of Rosemont College, and received her Masters in Taxation from Villanova University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

JB Braun, Board of Directors

JB Braun: JB Braun is the Publisher of Main Line Today magazine.  Braun brings three decades of solid business development and publishing experience.  He is creative thinker, astute strategic planner and a master in event coordination and marketing.  JB and his talented staff publish Main Line Today Magazine, the ultimate niche magazine with more than 200,000 monthly readers in the affluent suburbs of Philadelphia.  He leads his group in high-end signature events such as Best of the Main Line, Women on the Move, and the Fall Wine and Food Affair.  Prior to Main Line Today magazine, JB served as the Director of Market Development for The News Journal Media Group, a Delaware media company and subsidiary of the Gannett Corporation.  He was responsible for the launch of dozens of special sections and magazines like Spark and Brandywine Signature.  In 2007, Braun led a team of volunteers to create the successful Delaware Auto Show, Wilmington’s biggest annual waterfront event.  In 2009, Braun created Delaware Dines Out, a state wide premier annual restaurant week.  Earlier in his career, JB held the position of Marketing Director at Primedia and Director of New Business Development at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

Michael Delli Carpini, Director Emeritus

Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D.: Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (1975) and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1980). Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in July of 2003, Professor Delli Carpini was Director of the Public Policy program of the Pew Charitable Trusts (1999-2003), and member of the Political Science Department at Barnard College and graduate faculty of Columbia University (1987-2002), serving as chair of the Barnard department from 1995 to 1999. Delli Carpini began his academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Rutgers University (1980-1987). Professor Delli Carpini sits on a number of non-profit advisory boards, including the Pew Research Center, the Center for Civic Responsibility, the Roper Center, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.