BOARD MEMBERS

Chairman Emeritus & Founder
Executive Director

BIOGRAPHIES

John Mckeever III, Founder

John is a founder and former Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Committee to Benefit the Children. 

John retired from a long successful career as a Registered Representative and Financial Advisor with Princor Financial Services Corporation, and a Principal Life Financial Representative. He is a graduate of Villanova University earning a B.S. in economics.  John earned the professional designations of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) from the Society of Financial Service Professionals in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, formerly known as The American College.

Jim Murray, President

Jim is our current President and has been involved with the CBC since 2004.  Jim is currently a financial advisor at The Financial Advisors of Delaware Valley.  Prior to joining Financial Advisors of Delaware Valley, Jim Murray was Vice President of Jim Murray, Ltd., a sports marketing firm in Rosemont, Pennsylvania founded by Jim Murray, Sr., former General Manager of the Philadelphia Eagles and co-founder of the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Villanova University in 1992. Jim coaches CYO basketball and baseball at his parish, Saint Francis of Assisi. Jim and his wife Nancy reside in Springfield and have 2 children Jimmy and Erin as well as a grandson JJ.

Meghan Thompson, VP

Meghan joined the board of the CBC in 2017 after helping behind the scenes for several years with The Coat Drive and Secret Santa.  Her parents started the CBC back in 1980 while their son, Johnny, was being treated for leukemia at St. Christopher’s.  Meghan grew up going to the CBC events with her family and is happy to be involved once again with such a wonderful organization.  
Meghan graduated from Villanova University in 1994 with a degree in Communications.  She worked for ABC National Television Sales in Philadelphia for 9 years before staying home with her family.  Meghan lives in Doylestown with her husband, Travis and their kids, Molly and Jack.

Joy Breeden, Treasurer

Joy has been treasure since 2004. She works for the prior treasure, John T. Durkin, Jr. in Hatboro. Joy started volunteering through him in 2002 and then he passed on the “job”. Joy has chaired the annual Kids Holiday Party since 2010. Joy grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and attended Westark Community College. She moved to Pennsylvania by way of Florida in 1987, having never been here before. She currently lives in Ambler with her longtime partner, John. They enjoy going out to listen to live music, cooking together and eating out. They share the love of their cats.

Gaby Wills, Secretary

Gaby joined the CBC board in early 2016. She is our current Secretary and founded our annual Battle of the Brains Trivia fundraiser.  Gaby works in Sales Distribution of the Retirement and Income Solutions department at Principal Financial Group.  She currently lives in Oreland, PA with her husband Dan and their two Labrador Retrievers. She is a lover of all things nature. When she not at work or with the CBC, you will likely find her cooking, camping, or working on DIY projects.

Joy Minnick, Executive Director

Joy joined the CBC in 2014 to run the Secret Santa program and came on as the Executive Director in 2015. Joy graduated with a BA in Communications from West Virginia University. Prior to the CBC Joy worked in the finance and mortgage industry for Lincoln Financial and Madison First Financial.

Joy lives in Blue Bell with her husband, JR, and their twins, Suzie and Sarah.  In her free time Joy’s favorite things are reading and hanging out with her family.

Kimberly joined CBC in 2021 after attending the Cookout for the Kids with fellow board member and sister in law, Gaby Wills.

Kimberly is a graduate of Shippensburg University starting out her career briefly as a paralegal.  In 2005, she obtained her series licenses and worked at Creative Financial Group building financial plans for Tier I clients. Realizing the financial sector wasn’t for her, she moved to on-line advertising and finally settled in Information Technology Services (ITS).

She is a Certified Scrum Professional with over 15 years experience. Kimberly has been working at PJM Interconnection since 2015 and brings experience as a board member and Chair of the PJM Women’s Empowerment Association.  She was raised and currently lives in Oreland with her husband, two children and two pups. Her spare time is spent mostly attending her children’s sporting events and she spends her summers in Sea Isle City, NJ with family and friends.

Gregory DiPietro

Greg first was introduced to the CBC through Robin Capecci (Social Worker at St. Chris) back in 2001. At that time, Greg was a patient of Dr. Halligan’s in the Oncology In-Patient and Out-Patient clinics. Greg is a 20+ year pediatric cancer survivor, diagnosed initially with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, later relapsing into Burkitt’s Leukemia. Ultimately, a bone-marrow transplant would save his life and his younger brother (Arturo) was the donor.

Greg has been more consistently involved with the CBC since 2017, helping out across various events, including the annual CBC golf outing. Greg lives in Eagleville, PA with his wife and two sons: AJ and Gavin. Greg has a passion for giving back to pediatric cancer organizations who were a part of Greg’s support system through his battle. Greg is an avid golfer and has a career in IT sourcing, contracting and vendor management.

Charlie Dirvin

Charlie retired in May of 2015, after 18 years as a commodities trader, covering eight states in the south, for Lumbermens Merchandising Corp, in Wayne, PA.

Charlie was the assistant track coach for Bishop McDevitt High School for 28 years; then became assistant track coach for Cabrini University from 2004-2009.  Then he was assistant track coach at Bishop McDevitt HS until it closed in 2021, coaching the hurdlers.  Presently coaching at Martins Saints Classical HS, in Oreland PA. He has been a Penn Relay official since 1985, and for high and college cross-country and track meets.

Charlie is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, now Philadelphia University, with a BS in Business Administration.  He has volunteered for the CBC since 1982 when he started helping by setting up for the Philadelphia Art Show.  He has been sitting on our board since 1984.   Charlie ran the CBC Young Kids Art Show from 1984-1989 and has been helping Jim McCloskey with Secret Santa since 1988.

Nicholas Eppinger

Nick joined the board in November 2019 after attending the golf outing in October of 2019. He was so impressed with the work and mission of the CBC he wanted to help. Having retired earlier that year, having-worked in insurance for over 40 years the last 27 at AAA, it was the perfect time to get involved with a great cause. Nick also serves on the board of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation as Treasurer. Along with his work on the boards, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife Colleen, his four children and new grandchild at home in Horsham and in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Michael Marchese

Mike has been associated with the CBC since 1989 first as a volunteer, advisory board member, board member and he is a past president.  A graduate of Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, DE.  He is a partner in Marchese Real Estate and Insurance in Norristown, PA.

Mark Monaghan
Mark joined the board in 2023 after a lifetime of friendship with CBC President Jim Murray.  Jim spoke of the work of the CBC and felt the need to get involved. Mark was born and raised in Havertown, PA where his parents, Jack and Rosemary still live today. He is married to Kathryn Linehan and they share their love for Hershey, a 9 year old Bulldog puppy.   

Mark spent more than 30 years working in Federal Law Enforcement including working for the  US Park Police, Federal Air Marshal Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  He retired in 2022  and began a second career as a Detective for the District Attorney’s Office in Delaware County. He is an avid Eagles fan and enjoys spending time with his family friends.  
Kelly O'Brien

Kelly has been involved with the CBC since 2013 and has been the board since 2014.  Kelly received a BS in accounting from Shippensburg University as well as a MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.  Kelly is a financial analyst at Fiserv, in King of Prussia, PA where she has worked for the last 15 years.

She currently lives in West Norriton with her husband Brian and their two dogs, Trajan and Janet.  Kelly has a special place in her heart for rescue dogs and has helped out at Dog Town in Colmar, PA.  In her spare time Kelly plays in two different softball leagues.

Terry O'Brien

Terry, who is now retired, worked as a Medical Sales Representative, covering Eastern Pa., and South Jersey for a number of different companies during his 35 plus year career. Terry is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, currently Jefferson University, having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management.  He has been a CBC Board Member since 2013.

Terry has been happily married to his wife Peggy for over 45 years. Terry and Peggy have three children, and three grandchildren. His daughter Kelly O’Brien is also a board member.  Although Terry is no longer a member of a band, he enjoyed the time he spent playing and singing in a variety of bands. He now most enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and attending his grandchildren’s school and sporting events. Having been born and raised in Philadelphia, Terry is an avid Philadelphia Sports Fan.

Nancy Robertone

Nancy has been involved with the Committee to Benefit the Children since the 80s as first a volunteer, then a board member the Program Director and is currently sitting on our board.

After graduating with a BS in Education Nancy maintained jobs primarily in the pharmaceutical industry holding positions as sales manager, marketing research analyst, trainer, and hospital sales representative.

Outside of the office, Nancy enjoys outdoor activities such as golf, skiing, bike riding and hiking as well as reading, cooking, volunteering and spending time with friends and family.

Steve Savage

Steve has been employed with Acme markets for 37 years. During his tenure he has held various positions such as Dairy manager, Produce Manager, General Merchandise manager and currently is Receiving Manager in Holmes PA. Steve and his wife, Laura, have been married for 31 years and reside in Glenolden. They have 3 children Danny, Caitlin and Luke.

Steve enjoys golfing, bowling and playing pickleball. Steve likes spending time with his family and 3 grand dogs Cooper, Charlie and Reese.