We are thrilled to announce that four new Directors are joining the Rosenbach Board! Amanda DiChello, Chris Lindsay, Trapeta Mayson, and Pamela Schreiber are all passionate about The Rosenbach and are excited to leverage their skills to support our work. Learn more about each of them below.
In addition, we’re delighted to announce that Gene LeFevre was reelected to the Rosenbach Board and Lisa Washington was elected Board Secretary.
Amanda is a member of the Private Client Services Group at Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice exclusively in trusts and estates. She represents high-net-worth individuals, business owners, families and family offices, fiduciaries (individual and corporate), and nonprofits in a wide array of matters involving estate and tax planning, business succession planning, and estate and trust administration. Amanda handles both sophisticated estate and trust planning and administration matters as well as trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation, including breach of fiduciary duty and surcharge actions, will and trust interpretation and modification matters, will and trust contests, guardianship proceedings, and related matters involving nonprofits and charitable trusts throughout the Commonwealth. Her knowledge of the law is recognized by her peers and various state legal organizations and associations that regularly invite her to speak, publish and instruct on topics that include estate, wealth, and tax planning, will and trust disputes, fiduciary litigation, trust and estate litigation, and charitable trust and nonprofit issues. She also is the creator, editor, and author of atyourbequest.com, a blog that addresses a diverse range of current trust and estate issues, from Prince’s death intestate to Pennsylvania-specific rules on spousal inheritance. She has published in Trusts & Estates, Private Wealth Magazine, and The Legal Intelligencer, and she is frequently cited on a wide range of wealth management, estate, trust, and taxation issues in media outlets such as The New York Times, the New York Post, The Washington Post, the New Jersey Business Journal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Financial Advisor, Fox Business, and The Legal Intelligencer. The Legal Intelligencer named Amanda as a 2017 Lawyer on the Fast Track and the Philadelphia Business Journal named her a 2019 Women of Distinction.
Chris is a retired fundraising professional who has provided leadership for the development programs of several organizations including WHYY TV12/91FM and the YMCA of Delaware. In addition, he has served as an institutional advancement consultant for several area non-profits. A graduate of Purdue University, he previously served as board president of the Jefferson Street Child Center and on the Astral Artists Board of Directors. Chris served as campaign chair of the Hanover 225 capital campaign and as an instructor for the United Way of Delaware’s Leadership Delaware program. He also has a creative side: Chris was designer/builder for Combray Furniture Studio and has his Cuisine and Patisserie diploma from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, London. His introduction to The Rosenbach was the Ulysses reading course and he quickly joined the Board’s Development Committee. For Chris, “keeping literature alive must be an active effort” and “The Rosenbach supports that effort by removing the barrier between its collection and what is happening in the world today.” He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Laura, and their two daughters live in New York.
Trapeta B. Mayson
Trapeta is the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Poet Laureate. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in Literature, Leeway Transformation Award, Leeway Art and Change Grant and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants. Her work was also nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Mayson is a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow and a 2019 Aspen Words Emerging Writers Fellow with the Aspen Institute. She is the author of She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies. Mayson also released two music and poetry projects, SCAT and This Is How We Get Through, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist, Monnette Sudler. Her other publications include submissions in The American Poetry Review, Epiphany Literary Journal, Aesthetica Magazine, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry among others. Mayson is a native of Liberia. She is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Villanova University School of Business. Currently working in the social services field, Mayson is a member of several local organizations where she uses the arts to mobilize, build community, and create change.
Pam is retired from careers in social work and as V.P. of Investor Relations for three publicly traded companies. She completed her BS at Cornell University and received her MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Pam worked in hospitals in New York City and Philadelphia before starting her own practice, which focused on the emotional impact of infertility. She designed her own model of group and individual services to best serve people facing this crisis. Pam later pursued a second career in the for-profit sphere, eventually serving as vice president of investor relations for Resource America, Inc. Upon formally retiring, she worked briefly to help launch a pharmaceutical startup. Pam has had the privilege of serving on several boards and chairing the Field Center for Children’s Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s board, as well as co-directing the Philadelphia Weekend Film Festival. In retirement, Pam pursues her passion for music, art, and books.
Gene is a real estate developer of historic buildings who became a representative of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation’s Board of Directors on the Rosenbach Board of Directors last fall. Last week, he was reelected to the Rosenbach Board of Directors. Learn more about Gene here.
Lisa was recently unanimously elected to serve as the Rosenbach Board’s Secretary. She joined the Board this time last year and is the Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of WSFS Bank. Learn more about Lisa here.