Jean Pickford, Chief Executive Officer
Jean has been serving FIRST as executive director for 15 years.  She has more than twenty years of experience in non-profit management and fund raising. Prior to joining the team at FIRST, she was employed at the American Heart Association, Southeastern PA Chapter as their special events director. She began her non-profit career at the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association of Delaware Valley, serving as assistant executive director.   Jean is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS), a branch of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD.  She also serves as treasurer for the Coalition of Skin Diseases, headquartered in Washington, DC.  A married mother of three children, Jean holds various volunteer positions in the Home & School Association at her children's school.                   Contact Jean    

Maureen Neville, Communications Director
Maureen joined FIRST in April of 2013, as our very first communications director.  Prior to joining our team, Maureen’s fifteen-year career spanned the roles of creative writer, marketing strategist, and account manager, in both corporate and ad agency settings.  Her positions as senior copywriter for both the healthcare and retail sectors afforded her opportunity to reach new audiences with fresh and engaging communications–ultimately, reviving the “voices” of several long-standing brands.

Maureen is responsible for all multi-media communications and public relations efforts for FIRST.               Contact Maureen

Moureen Wenik, Program and Research Director
Moureen has been with FIRST for seven years. She was previously employed with the YMCA organization for 20 years and still holds part-time positions with them as teen leader coordinator and CPR Instructor with the YMCA of Philadelphia. Moe also serves as director of the Pennsylvania and Central Atlantic Area YMCA Teen Leadership School. She is a married mother of three children and holds many volunteer positions, including the Upper Moreland Township Park and Recreation Advisory Council, the Montgomery County Youth Aid Panel, the Home and School Association at her children's school.
Moureen is responsible for the Regional Support Network, Physicians Referral, Ambassadors, and FIRST’s Research Grant Program                                                                                                                                                          Contact Moureen

Lisa Breuning, Communications Coordinator
Lisa celebrated her seven-year anniversary with FIRST in September 2014. Prior to coming to the Foundation, Lisa was at home with her husband and 2 children. Prior to choosing to stay home, Lisa worked for 10 years at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Bux-Mont Regional office, where she was the office manager and the Coordinator of the Women's Division.
Lisa is responsible for maintaining FIRST’s website and collaborating on FIRST's public relations.                   Contact Lisa
Christine Wassel, Development Coordinator
Chris joined our office in November 2010.    Before coming to FIRST, Chris was home with her 5 daughters. For 10 years prior to staying home with her family, Chris was the manager of operations at IMS Health.
Chris is responsible for coordinating all fundraising activities, including grassroots events.                    Contact Christine


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