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Meet the Board


Chelsea Badeau


Chelsea Badeau is a Senior Director at Comcast. She has been with Comcast since 2003 and in a leadership role for over a decade. She has extensive experience with performance management, budget planning, and oversight, as well as implementing processes and best practices based on data. Chelsea has served on the boards for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, West Mount Airy Neighbors (WMAN), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Philadelphia and Need In Deed's classroom partnership advisory board. During her time on these boards, she worked on childcare analysis, event planning and fundraising, as well as marketing and communications. She currently serves on Session, the governing body for her church, Summit Presbyterian Church, where she also teaches Sunday School. Chelsea is an Americorps alum, a member of the FBI Citizens Academy and part of Leadership Philadelphia's "Top 101 Emerging Connectors." Chelsea is a journalist and a published author. She has an extensive background in creating and teaching art, including painting murals in the Philadelphia Family Courthouse and in Kenya, as well as leading group painting sessions around the country on stress management techniques for caregivers of children who have experienced trauma. Chelsea graduated from Arcadia University in 2003 with a B.A. She lives in Roxborough and has two daughters attending Green Woods and her family has been with Green Woods since 2010.



Heather Cowley


Heather Cowley is the Regional Energy Manager for the Southeast Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and has been with the DEP since 1994. There she has developed, coordinated and conducted multiple outreach efforts to a variety of industries on pollution prevention, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change. One of her main responsibilities is leading the DEP’s efforts around green schools ranging from building management to teacher training. She also has extensive experience in managing grant contracts and creating outreach materials for the DEP’s Energy Program. Heather has served on East Falls Tree Tenders, as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and at her church, East Falls Presbyterian, as the garden committee chair, nursery, and teacher aide and as a Deacon. Currently, she is Vice President of the Green Woods PTA, where she has also served as President and Events Chair. During her work in these community roles, she has developed governance documents including standing rules and committee handbooks and she has extensive experience with coaching and coordinating other volunteers.  Heather graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She and her husband live in East Falls, and they have a daughter and son attending Green Woods and her family has been with Green Woods since 2013.


Meg Perillo


Meg Perillo is an independent consultant, with 20 years’ experience in Behavioral Health.  Meg works with Administrators from Montgomery County’s Health and Human Services, Offices of Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities, Drug & Alcohol, and Managed Care Solutions.  She provides leadership and consultation for the oversight, development, coordination, and implementation of services to Montgomery County adults, young adults, children, and families.  Meg has managed several County transformational initiatives, including crisis and diversion, state hospital closure, case management, residential, housing, peer support, criminal justice, and trauma-informed care.  In her role, Meg works directly with various stakeholders around the community including police, emergency departments, hospitals, schools, courts, providers, individuals, and families.


Prior to becoming a consultant, Meg was Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of PAHrtners Deaf Services, a community mental health center in Glenside, serving individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing throughout the South Eastern region.  As VP/COO, she had oversight/supervision of outpatient, case management, day treatment, and interpreting programs; daily operations; business contracts; billing and payroll. Meg, fluent in American Sign Language, oversaw a multi-disciplinary team of over 90 staff, 80% of whom were deaf or hard of hearing. Meg graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Education and holds an M.A. in Counseling from Arcadia University.  Married to a Roxborough native, Meg has lived in Andorra for nearly 20 years and enjoys raising her two boys (who have been with Green Woods since 2013) between the banks of the Wissahickon Creek and the Schuylkill River.



Deena Benner

Deena Benner is an independent Executive Coach and Organizational Effectiveness Consultant.  She works with both for-profit and non-profit organizations helping leaders to be more effective, creating organizational awareness and improving workplace communications.  Deena designs and leads seminars and workplace interventions to help organizations grow, change and thrive. She serves as a volunteer with NFTE, an organization that teaches entrepreneurial skills to High School Students and with The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, an organization whose mission is accelerating immigrant integration and economic advancement through education and training, employment, and entrepreneurship. Deena holds a B.A and a Masters in Organizational Behavior both from the University of Pennsylvania. She has done certification work at the Teleos Leadership Institute, The Gestalt Institute and in the area of leadership embodiment. She lives in West Mt Airy and her twin boys, now 12, have been at Greenwoods since 2011.


Richard Chapkis

Richard Chapkis is a Senior Deputy General Counsel for Comcast. Prior to working at Comcast, he was the Vice President & General Counsel of Verizon New Jersey. He has expertise in communications issues (telecommunications, cable, and Internet); litigating regulatory and other issues before administrative agencies as well as state and federal courts; spearheading key legislative initiatives; ensuring compliance with corporate policies and applicable laws, and working collaboratively with management to develop and implement strategies for advancing business interests. He and his family have lived all around the country, including Los Angeles, Tampa, Mendham (NJ), and Haverford (PA). He has completed an Ironman triathlon and is interested in screenwriting. He currently lives in Haverford with his wife Lisa, his neurotic bulldog, Jeremiah, and his loyal French mastiff, Augie. He is the father of two adult daughters, Natalie and Corinne, and the proud grandfather of Grayson and Caitlin.

Kristin Haskins-Simms

Kristin Haskins-Simms is Principal of Krys Design and Manufacturing LLC (KDM), a boutique clothing manufacturer assisting emerging designers and entrepreneurs with product development and small production. She also had her own line called Krysi, a lifestyle brand for career-oriented, independent women. Kristin received her BA in English and French from University of Pennsylvania ('93) and her MFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2000. Even though she eventually transitioned to fashion, she has always been an entrepreneur, small business owner, and teacher. She was a visiting assistant professor at UCONN and has taught as an adjunct at many local colleges and universities.