Board of Managers
The Deed of Trust, established in 1909 by Milton S. and Catherine S. Hershey for the purpose of nurturing and educating children in need, identifies a Board of Managers as the governing body. These managers have broad discretion to utilize the Trust assets in accordance with the Deed of Trust in order to ensure the perpetuity of Milton Hershey School.
Jan Loeffler Bergen
Highlights: Jan Loeffler Bergen is a well-known and highly-regarded healthcare executive who is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine. A native of Pennsylvania, she has exceptional leadership and management experience in complex organizations operating in a highly regulated environment. She is also a trained social worker with a real understanding of the issues and challenges facing children in need and their families. Ms. Bergen has served on numerous community, philanthropic and healthcare related boards, giving her extensive experience in how boards work and how to effectively and efficiently guide a nonprofit institution. She is a graduate of Lafayette College and completed masters-level course work in business and social work at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.
James W. Brown
Highlights: James W. Brown is former Chief of Staff to Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; former partner in SCP Private Equity Partner; a former managing director of CIP Capital, Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey, and was the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Served as Chairman of the Board of Airnet Communications Corporation, Chairman of TMG Health, Inc., and was a Trustee of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System. Brown has extensive experience in the education field as an adjunct professor at Villanova University, a Trustee for the Gesu School (a Catholic grade school in North Philadelphia), a Founding Trustee of the Young Scholars Charter School (a North Philadelphia school with an economically disadvantaged student body), and a Trustee for Immaculata University. Brown was a Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Excellence in Education, Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation and Chair for both the Pennsylvania Higher Education Facilities Authority and the Pennsylvania Public School Building Authority.
Appointed: Manager 2018
Highlights: English is the former President and CEO of Fight For Children, a highly visible Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that improves education opportunities for low-income children. She is currently serving as the Chairwoman of Educational Testing Service, Chairwoman of DC Prep – a Public Charter School – and is on the Boards of the DC Public Education Fund and Fight For Children.
Melissa L. Peeples-Fullmore
Highlights: An alumna of the Milton Hershey School, Melissa L. Peeples-Fullmore is an education professional, who has worked as a teacher and administrator in public schools, and in residential environment facilities. Through her work in Title I schools and with AMIKids, she has extensive experience with children from low-income families, as well as children who attend residential educational programs. She is currently the Program Officer for the Aspiring Leaders Program at Teaching Trust in Dallas, TX which prepares principals to be transformational leaders in urban environments. Mrs. Peeples-Fullmore has an undergraduate degree from Lynn University in Florida, earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and elementary education at Florida A&M University, and recently received a second master’s of education specializing in leadership development and policy reform at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently studying for her doctorate in education policy and leadership at Southern Methodist University, where she also is an adjunct instructor, teaching select master’s level courses in SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
Robert C. Heist
James C. Katzman
Highlights: James C. Katzman is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs, with extensive experience in investment banking. Born in Central Pennsylvania, Mr. Katzman brings sophisticated skills in the financial area and has a personal interest in education and childhood development. He is a Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, a Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet, a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Dartmouth College, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School. Mr. Katzman graduated with an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School.
M. Diane Koken
Highlights: Legal/Regulatory Consultant and Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Koken was appointed Insurance Commissioner in Pennsylvania in 2003, serving Republican and Democratic Governors. She also has managed the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Served as the longest President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Past Board member of the American College Advisory Board for the Center for Ethics in Financial Services and was Vice Chair of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. Currently a board member of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, NORCAL Mutual, and Capital Blue Cross.
Maria Trinh Kraus
Appointed: Manager 2018
Highlights: Trinh Kraus was the 1989 valedictorian of Milton Hershey School and has more than 20 years of experience in finance. She is a Certified Public Accountant and qualifies as a Financial Expert, as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She is currently Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Bioclinica, Inc.
Highlights: Former executive director for New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization – the Robin Hood Foundation; former special assistant to the president of the Board of Education of the City of New York; former AIDS educator in New York City; named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Innovators.