Our Foundational Board

Collie Turner, Founder

Collie Turner is a creative problem solver. She has designed inspiring marketing and advertising solutions for 25+ years across non-profit and healthcare sectors, driven to improve people’s lives.  


Collie has contributed her talent to many organizations including: Pennsylvania Ballet, i-frontier, Medical Broadcasting Company, Epocrates, and Doximity. In 2014, she was named as one of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association’s Rising Stars. 


Collie has a BA in Radio/Television/Film from Temple University and is currently the Head of Inspiration at Tapp Network, LLC as well as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.  


Collie loves to garden and founded Heroic Gardens to extend her passion to support veterans and their families. 


She loves to golf and travel and resides with her husband, rescue bunnies and cat in Jenkintown, PA.

Rob Andrews, Treasurer

 Rob Andrews is a retired financial executive that served in the US Navy.   

A Philadelphia native, Rob attended Gettysburg College where attained his bachelor degree in Business Administration.


Rob began his business career at Philadelphia's Girard Bank in the Trust Department doing tax work and later in the employee benefit area. This work continued with Mellon Bank having merged with Girard Bank in the 80's.


He later attained the Certified Employee Benefit degree at the University of Pennsylvania, that led to various management positions in that area.

In retirement Rob also contributed part time financial work for a boat repair company and a small radio station in Chestertown, Maryland. 


Later in retirement for over 10 years, he volunteers under the AARP Tax Program to help seniors with their tax returns.

Rob is an avid golfer, skier and  Philadelphia sports fan. He lives in Naples, FL with his lovely wife Marion.

Mark Leighton, Secretary

 Not everyone can say they played with McEnroe and well.....neither can Mark.  


But being a father of 3 with a full-time career and an avid tennis player, Mark can say he works and plays as hard as McEnroe.  


Mark, currently Senior Director of Client Engagement for BioPharm Communications, a leader in Multi-Channel marketing for Pharmaceutical companies, has 25+ years of strategic marketing experience focused on delivering best in class thinking to drive marketing objectives and strong results through integrated multi-channel marketing channels. 

 
In his life, he has been lucky enough to work for some great companies such as Campbell Soup Company, Pfizer, and Astra Zeneca as well as other non-profit organizations.  But the best gig he ever landed was at Pointroll, a rich media technology company, where he was lucky enough to learn the ropes of the role by an amazing woman (who later became his wife) Carolyn.


When not hard at work, he spends most of his time with his kids, playing tennis, practicing lacrosse with his son, watching horseback riding competitions and running with (usually behind) his wife.  


He is also active in the community, as a volunteer Den Leader to the local cub scout pack and coaching soccer with Greater Chester Valley Soccer Association.

Gene Miller

Gene is the global lead for multi-channel marketing at Acelity in San Antonio, TX, an advanced wound therapy medical device company.


Gene is a family man first. His passion for understanding the needs and challenges of patients and caregivers as the centerpiece of his strategic approach has helped drive meaningful experiences, attempting to satisfy all who are involved.


Born and raised in the fledgling world of digital communication, his first foray was running a dial-up bulletin board system on a TRS-80 Color Computer when he was a teenager in Columbus, Ohio.  He is also proud to have designed, developed and launched one of the only 18,000 websites in 1995 for an international airport.  

At the University of Cincinnati, Gene's biggest accomplishment wasn't studying Real Estate and Finance, but falling in love with his wife Caroline.

Joseph DiGiovanni

Joe DiGiovanni is an entrepreneur passionate about giving back and fostering community health through collective impact. 



Joe is the Co-Founder and Chief Ideation Officer of Tapp Networks, LLC, a global marketing and technology firm focused on supporting nonprofits and purpose-driven organizations.  


Joe is also the founder of the Nicaragua Yoga Institute. A wellness retreat center in San Juan Del Sur which trains over 200 people a year in Yoga and Mindfulness.   Joe graduated from the University of DE with a degree in Biology and has been on the pioneering frontlines in innovation from the early stage clinical trials of PCR and DNA testing at Roche Biomedical to International Sales Manager at the first Search Engine to go public, Lycos.  


Joe was also the COO of LLuminari, Inc, whose assets Joe help to grow and sell to WPP and Harpo, where he led the marketing and development of Oprah's Health Portal and Wellness Tours with Dr Oz.  Joe currently supports veterans as an advisor to the Jefferson Awards and Sam Beard's GIFT Foundation, supporting veterans through mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR). 


 Joe enjoys spending time at the Jersey Shore with his daughter and family and catching a few waves. 

Dawn Heefner

" My first gardening memory is as a 3 or 4 year-old, in our tiny back yard in Lancaster, PA, fascinated with 4 O'Clocks, those marvelous flowers which don't open till late afternoon. 


Later, growing up in farm country there, I helped tend our veggie garden, and hung out on classmates' farms. 

 

Now, garden life is about coaxing veggies and ornamentals to thrive despite shade - and deer."

  

By day, Dawn is a TV news producer for the ABC-owned station in Philadelphia, specializing in health & medical stories. 


"Before you can tell a good story, you have to listen, inquire, analyze, and empathize."

   

Dawn has also always dabbled in textiles, color, and design, now as a quilt maker and quilt historian. Dawn is a former board member of American Quilt Study Group and she is a nationally certified appraiser, lecturer, participant in documentation projects, and authorship.
   

 "It's much like forensic detective work. Through it, one appreciates community, the anonymous contributions of women, and how much textiles shaped America." 

   

 She is also daughter of a WWII submariner from the Pacific Theater.