As it celebrates ten years in action, Values Into Action is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors, elected to serve 2015 - 2018. Joining the Media-based non-profit are:
Alex Charlton; Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania State Senator Thomas McGarrigle
As Chief of Staff to State Senator Thomas J. McGarrigle, Alex serves as the chief operating officer reporting directly to the Senator and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Senator’s staff in the 26th District and Harrisburg Offices. In this capacity, Alex also serves as the Senator’s top political and policy advisor, working directly with the Senator in drafting legislation and proposing amendments.
Prior to this position, Charlton served as president and CEO of the Delaware County Chamber of commerce since 2011. He was charged with the responsibility and accountability to manage both internal and external affairs of the Chamber. He established and coordinated strategies necessary to advance and promote a strong, positive business climate in Delaware County. During his first year leading the Chamber, Charlton reduced overhead costs by 30% through renegotiated utility contracts, service agreements, and lease negotiations. Charlton also served as Director of Communications and Outreach for Pennsylvania State Senator John Rafferty from 2007 – 2011.
Cecile Charlton; Executive Director, Delaware County Transportation Management Association
As the DCTMA Executive Director since 1999, Charlton is no stranger to running a non-profit organization. In her role, she works directly with SEPTA, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), PennDOT, local municipalities, emergency response personnel, elected officials, and business leaders to discuss transportation issues and initiatives impacting Delaware County.
Cecile’s commitment to her community is demonstrated by her involvement with a variety of organizations. She serves on the board of directors for Community Transit, Inc.; the Brandywine Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Congressman Pat Meehan’s U.S. Military Academy Selection Committee. Cecile received Delaware County Community College’s Star Alumni Award in 2002. In 2003 she was given the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA Award for an outstanding woman in business, and in 2006 she received the Spirit of Excellence Award from the Delaware County Friends of The Women’s Commission. In 2003, she was chosen to be a civilian member of the National Security Seminar at the U. S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania. Cecile is a life-long resident of Delaware County and is a graduate of Haverford High School, Delaware County Community College, and St. Joseph’s University.
Elizabeth Naughton–Beck, Esq.; Partner, Swartz Campbell LLC
Elizabeth Naughton-Beck is a partner at Swartz Campbell LLC, a litigation firm serving clients throughout the eastern United States. She attended Villanova University, where she majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and earned her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1991.
Beth is a member of the Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations and is currently the chairperson of the Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Advisory Board and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Taylor Community Foundation. She has also served as chairperson and member of the Delaware County Women's Commission and as a member of the Media Rotary Board of Directors, Walden School Board of Directors, and Delaware County Historical Society Board of Directors.
Nancy R. Weiss, MSW; 2009 – 2015 Board Chair, Values Into Action
Weiss served as Values Into Action Board Chair 2009 through 2015. She’s a member of the faculty of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware and the Director of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware.
Weiss has more than 35 years’ experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was the former Executive Director of TASH, an international advocacy association committed to full inclusion for people with disabilities. Weiss has worked extensively providing supported living services as well as positive behavioral supports. She is the recipient of the 2007 Presidential Award of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The consistent theme of Weiss’s work has been the promotion of disability supports and policies that assure communities, schools, and workplaces that include, value, engage and challenge people with disabilities and that guarantee individuals with disabilities access to the full range of opportunities available to all citizens.
Weiss was awarded the 2015 AAIDD Dybwad Humanitarian Award for her advocacy for the humane treatment of people with disabilities and against the use of aversive procedures for behavior control.
About Values Into Action
Ten years ago, Paul Saulino and Marian Frattarola-Saulino created Values Into Action. Over the last decade, the 501c3 non-profit organization has helped a multitude of people with disabilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey find meaningful employment, safe and accessible housing, opportunities to establish and cultivate friendships, and ways to contribute to their communities.