The NHS Human Services Foundation

Welcome Sylvia Purnell, Executive Director of the NHS Foundation!

Sylvia Purnell, Executive Director of the NHS Foundation Please join us in welcoming Sylvia Purnell to NHS as she leads the NHS Foundation in expanding the safety-net for our programs. Sylvia comes to NHS with more than 25 years experience in program development, project management, fundraising, and community and public relations. Prior to joining the NHS Foundation, she worked with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey where she implemented and managed workplace fundraising campaigns for a diverse group of accounts that included: nonprofits, government, local and regional corporate partners. Sylvia also spent ten years at Drexel University in Philadelphia as the Executive Director of the Drexel Fund, where she created and managed the department’s fundraising initiatives and programs, which supported the University’s academic programs, scholarship, research and general operations.

We are excited to have Sylvia on board at NHS! She is looking forward to continuing the mission of the Foundation of raising awareness and financial support for the children and adults supported by NHS. Sylvia’s office is located at 620 Germantown Pike in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, and she can be reached at

Mission Statement

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The mission of the NHS Human Services Foundation is to raise awareness and financial support for the children and adults supported by NHS and to provide staff with the tools and resources necessary to better serve and maximize the potential of all individuals in NHS programs.

Contact Information

Address: 620 E. Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

Phone: 610-260-4675 | Fax: 610-862-4413


United Way Gift ID No.: 1668

NHS Human Services Foundation Board of Directors

Michael J. Mitchell, CPA, CPCU, Chairman, NHS Human Services Foundation Board of Directors; Vice Chairman, The Graham Company

Joseph S. Martz President and Chief Executive Officer, NHS Human Services

The Honorable M. Joseph Rocks, Chairman Emeritus, NHS Board of Directors

Joseph E. Besecker, Founder, Chairman, President and CEO, Emerald Asset Management

Christopher Dunton, Chief Executive Officer, Lintons Managed Services

John G. Frisch, Owner and President, Higher Information Group

Liz Greco-Rocks, Education Advocate

Christopher M. Harvey, J.D., LL.M, CPA, Managing Member, Harvey Ballard & Bornstein, LLC

Philip E. Hughes, Jr., J.D., CPA, Vice Chairman, Keystone Industries

Kevin B. Kelly, Executive Vice President, Jason Roberts, LLC

John Krol, CFP, Partner, Legacy Advisors, LLC

Jerome Mauro, Managing Director, Wilmington Trust

Ray Pennacchia, Senior Vice President, NovaCare Rehabilitation

Dorothy Pollon, M.B.A., J.D., Special Needs Child Advocate

Brian Propp

Reginald W. Wilkes, Vice President, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers