MaryBeth “Beth” Gonzales
is an executive who helps government, businesses, and nonprofits achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes. Committed to improving the lives of vulnerable populations, Beth is experienced in community engagement and working across governmental and non-governmental agencies to
implement programs and policies that drive outcomes and impact, peak performance, results, and strong public/private partnerships that address serious and complex societal problems. Currently, Beth is the Deputy Director of Policy, Planning and Performance Management for the Office of Homeless Services for the City. Previously, she served as Director of Public Service Leadership Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, where she fostered collaboration among the sectors enabling large scale change in the Philadelphia region.
Beth holds a BA from Howard University, a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from New York University and an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She is a Board Member of the Johnson House Historic Site, Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad and is a blogger for a popular creative play and parenthood website, lollietot.com, where she writes on a variety of topics relating to infants, toddlers, elementary aged children, tweens, and parenting philosophies.
A lover of storytelling, words and history, Beth is a creative soul who writes poetry, plays and historical fiction. She is passionate about the arts, eradicating homelessness and improving the quality of life for girls and women throughout the world. Beth lives in Germantown, Philadelphia with her daughter who keeps her busy and loving life!
Peter Andrew Danzig
Peter is an actor, choreographer, arts management consultant and Professor. Peter’s work has been seen on-screen in films such as Paranoia and guest roles on television for Pan Am, One Life to Live, Forever and others. Theatrically, his work as an actor, choreographer and teaching artist has spanned New York and Philadelphia, having the pleasure of working with organizations such as Simpatico Theatre Project, EgoPo, Arden Theatre, Walnut Street Theater, 11th Hour Theater Company, Warren Productions and many others. He’s also been Barrymore nominated for his movement work on It Girl, with Simpatico Theater Project.
A proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG- AFTRA, Peter served as the Professional Development Consultant for SAG Philadelphia from 2014-2016 and as a member of the AEA Liaison Committee from 2014-2016. He presently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Theatre Philadelphia. In 2014, Peter founded Theatrical Trainer, the nations first holistic wellness organization devoted to research and programming serving mental health and physical wellness specifically for creative artists of all disciplines. He’s been profiled in American Theatre and The Wall Street Journal for his research and contributions to the field of Theatre Arts. His social advocacy project, The Body Aesthetic Project has been supported in Philadelphia through grants to expose body dysmorphia in the arts.
As a professor he’s also taught at Drexel University, University of the Arts, NYFA, West Chester University and University of Pennsylvania. He’s also served in recruiting and auditioning for the BFA program at University of the Arts as well as administratively in the President’s Office and for special events, coordinating and assisting in creating the Hamilton Hall Public Art Initiative.
Peter earned his B.A. in theatre arts (acting concentration) at Temple University and was awarded a full scholarship as the Acting Scholar at Villanova (acting concentration), where he attained his M.A. in Theatre. Presently, he is pursuing a terminal degree in mental health and social advocacy at Bryn Mawr College, hoping to further change the landscape of wellness in the arts and collaboration among multiple disciplines. Peter is presently furthering research in psychology for creative individuals and is dedicated to becoming a Psychologist dedicated to this population.
For more information on Peter's work, please visit www.peterandrewdanzig.com.
Dr. Patricia Garrity
presently serves as Associate Dean for Community Programs at Drexel University’s College of Nursing & Health Professions. She focused her career on providing access to health care for underserved populations through the advancement of nurse-managed health centers. Nationally known for her work in promoting health in diverse urban communities, she received more than $15 million in grants from local, state and federal sources, including HRSA, the PA State Department of Health, the Independence Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. She also serves as the director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, a nurse managed, federally qualified health center in North Philadelphia. In addition to improving the health status of community residents, the center serves as a site for research, education and practice for the college’s faculty and students.
Dr. Gerrity completed a prestigious three-year fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program where she conducted a leadership project to expand the health center into a healthy living center with a strong community-based health promotion component. From 1998-2000 she served as a fellow at the International Center for Health Leadership Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she explored the redirection of health professions education and health services through academic- community partnerships for health.
has been a part of Philadelphia workforce development for the past 8 years. She started as a case manager for the EARN program, then wrote and implemented case management training programs, and eventually served as the program director of an area non-profit focused on providing professional support. Her experience and passion is in designing holistic and responsive programs aimed at preparing people for the modern workforce. Creating sustainable partnerships across organizations and individuals as well as constantly seeking new opportunities for collaboration are cornerstones of her professional philosophy. Cait holds a Bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey and recently completed the Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy at Penn.
Cait spends her early mornings weightlifting and drinking serious coffee. The rest of her free time is spent collecting and reading literary fiction, taking her perfect dog swimming and hiking, listening to podcasts, cooking with her husband, and eating lots of ice cream.
April D. Cohen
is a pharmaceutical marketer with over 20 years of experience spanning the areas of product & portfolio strategy, pipeline development, brand management, operations & product launches. She has an affinity for problem solving and enjoys taking complex business challenges and turning them into viable actions to achieve enterprise goals. April has had the privilege of launching 2 new products as well as having led the professional campaigns for several other brands. She is a 3-time Marketing Excellence Awards winner and has been recognized by leaders and peers for her creativity, collaborative spirit and leadership.
Currently, April is Director, Pipeline Product Development, with GlaxoSmithKline where she provides marketing oversight and stewardship for an array of assets in preparation for launch into the US market. She has prior agency experience in healthcare communications covering the areas of Women’s Health, Cardiology, Oncology, & Managed Markets.
April holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Jefferson University (Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science) and has pursued continuing education at Wharton School of Business and Moore College of Art and Design. She is an alumnus of the GSK Accelerated Women’s Leadership Development and the Emerging Leadership Development Programs. Personally, she enjoys volunteer work and a number of creative pursuits including Parent Teacher Association membership (Secretary) as well as founding and launching Party on Top a novel decorating service.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, April currently resides in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with her loving family and cat, Lilly.