The Foundation for Delaware County Welcomes 3 New Members to Its Board


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Image via The Foundation for Delaware County.

The Foundation for Delaware County has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. They are:

 Nick Aponte

Nicholas A. Aponte of Newtown Square is a Senior Vice President with PNC Bank. He has served for two years on the foundation’s Grantmaking Committee.

Besides his work with the foundation, Nick is president of the Runnymeade Farms Homeowners Association.

He’s a regional representative for Dartmouth’s Alumnii Council.

Nick is a member of the Finance Committee of Media Presbyterian Church.

He’s also a volunteer at Longwood Gardens.                 

Kelly Thornton

Kelly Thornton of Newtown Square is a Higher Education & Health Services Assurance Partner in the Philadelphia office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

At PwC, Kelly also leads Diversity and Inclusion for the Mid-Atlantic Market and previously coordinated the firm’s corporate responsibility activities in Philadelphia.

Kelly recently served as a member of the foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund Advisory Committee.

In addition, she currently serves on the boards of: Delaware County Literacy Council; Visiting Nurses Association of Greater Philadelphia; Communities in Schools of Philadelphia; and Garrett Williamson.

Malcolm Yates

Malcolm J. Yates of Marcus Hook is the Director of Law and Policy for Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC).

He recently served on the foundation’s Census Grant and COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Advisory Committees.

Malcolm also serves on the boards of VestedIn (formerly named WPFSI), Southwest CDC, Beyond Literacy, and the Delaware County Industrial Development Authority.

He is a graduate of DiverseForce On Boards, and an active member of the Delta Sigma Sigma Chapter of the Phi Beta Fraternity where he currently serves as Director of Social Action.

“We are thrilled to add three talented and dedicated Delaware County residents to the Board of Directors of  The Foundation for Delaware County,” says Frances Sheehan, president. “Their diverse experience will be a real asset as we continue to mobilize resources and provide leadership to address the challenges facing the diverse communities throughout our county.

The foundation also announced the appointment of Cyrise L. Dixon as Secretary for the Board of Directors. Cyrise, who joined the board in July of 2019, will now serve along with current officers Dominic Pileggi, Chair; Corliss Boggs, Vice Chair; and Ted Peters, Treasurer.

Cyrise L. Dixon was the first female patrol officer in the City of Chester.

She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Chester, and formerly the Chief of Staff for the Chester Police Department.

Ms. Dixon currently serves on the boards of the Chester Community Improvement Program, Delaware County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, and Senior Community Services.

About The Foundation for Delaware County

A public charity founded in 2016, The Foundation for Delaware County is the largest philanthropy serving Delaware County.

One of 780 community foundations across the U.S., the foundation encourages philanthropy by providing efficient giving vehicles like donor advised funds, gift annuities, and estate planning advice to generous individuals who want to have an impact in Delaware County and beyond.

It serves as a convener across sectors to address challenging community issues such as the need for a county health department.

The foundation operates the new Center for Nonprofit Excellence and makes grants to strengthen Delaware County’s nonprofit community.

The foundation recently distributed more than $2.1M in Impact Grants and $1M from its Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund.

With headquarters in Media and service sites in Eddystone, Upper Darby and Springfield, The Foundation for Delaware County also operates the prestigious evidence-based programs Healthy Start, the WIC nutrition program, and Nurse-Family Partnership.

Other programs include: Drug Free Communities, El Centro (a Hispanic resource center) and a health resource center for students in the Chester Upland School District, which serves one of the region’s poorest communities. To learn more, visit the foundation on the web at and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @DelcoFdn.

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