Board of Managers
Our Governing Body
Milton Hershey School’s Deed of Trust established the school in 1909. In it, Milton S. and Catherine S. Hershey stated the purpose of the school was to nurture and educate children in need. They identified a Board of Managers as its governing body.
Since then, these managers have been charged with making decisions about Trust assets. Ultimately, they are responsible for ensuring the long term sustainability of Milton Hershey School.
MHS is grateful to these dedicated community leaders for sharing their time, talent, and treasures with our students and school. Learn more about our Managers by reading their profiles.
Jan L. Bergen
Appointed: Director 2017, Vice Chair 2017-2020
Highlights: Ms. Bergen is a well-known and highly regarded health care executive who is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. A native of Pennsylvania, she has exceptional leadership and management experience in complex organizations operating in highly regulated environments. She also is 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 health care related boards, giving her extensive experience in how boards work and how to effectively and efficiently guide a nonprofit institution. As a director of the Boards, Ms. Bergen lends her solid understanding of boards to assure sound stewardship of Milton and Catherine Hershey’s philanthropic legacy.
- President & Chief Executive Officer, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
- President and Chief Executive Officer, Bryn Mawr Rehab, Jefferson Health System
- Senior Vice President & Administrator/Chief Executive Officer, Bryn Mawr Hospital
- President & Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
- B.A., Anthropology and Sociology, The George School, Lafayette College
- Master’s-level course work in Business and Social Work, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Harvard University
James W. Brown
Appointed: Director 2016
Highlights: Mr. Brown brings vast experience in both the public and private sectors to the Boards of Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School. He has a long-standing interest in education, particularly for disadvantaged children. He has served as an adjunct professor at Villanova University, a trustee of the Gesu School (an inner-city Catholic grade school), a founding trustee of the Young Scholars Charter School (a school with an economically disadvantaged student body), and a trustee for Immaculata University. In addition, Mr. Brown has significant experience in government, finance and private equity/venture capital. His familiarity with policy and operations of government and his experience as an investor in and director of both public and private companies bring value to the Boards.
- Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
- Founding Partner, SCP Private Equity Partners
- Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey
- Pennsylvania Secretary of General Services
- Partner, Dilworth Paxson
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
- B.A., Villanova University
Appointed: Director 2018
Highlights: Ms. English is the former President and Chief Executive Officer 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 DC Prep—the highest performing network of public charter schools in Washington, D.C. She also serves on the Boards of the Educational Testing Service, the DC Public Education Fund, Fight for Children, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Foundation, and the Gladstone Companies. Ms. English has had a lifelong commitment to improving educational opportunities for the underserved. This focus aligns her work with the mission of the Hersheys’ legacy. Her 30+ years of business and nonprofit experience provides the Boards with extensive strategic and operational management expertise in education, and exceptional leadership capabilities.
- President & CEO, Fight for Children
- President, Discovery Communications Consumer Products and Discovery.com
- Senior Vice President, National Geographic Society
- Vice President, Corporate Planning and Business Development, Marriott Corporation
- Senior Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
- M.P.P.M, Yale School of Management
- B.A., International Affairs, Sweet Briar College
Robert C. Heist
Appointed: Director 2011, Chairman 2017-2020
Highlights: Mr. Heist is the President and Chief Executive Officer of R. Connor & Associates, P.C. with offices in Boston and Chicago. His 30-year legal career encompasses a wide range of professional services including advising and counseling corporate boards, corporate directors and c-suite executives about a variety of corporate legal matters.
As a director of the Boards, Mr. Heist is focused on driving an aligned strategy, developing leadership, and further developing high-functioning organizations. Mr. Heist brings to the Boards his extensive expertise in corporate governance, corporate legal matters, corporate risk management, corporate insurance and fiduciary responsibilities of corporate directors. He is also recognized as a Governance Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Heist is a graduate of Milton Hershey School, the past president of Milton Hershey School’s Alumni Association, and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Passionate about the mission, Mr. Heist remains active with Milton Hershey School students and is a frequent visitor to campus. He is committed to preserving and advancing the philanthropic legacy of Milton and Catherine Hershey.
- R. Connor & Associates, P.C., President and Chief Executive Officer (2001-Present)
- Bates & Carey, LLP, Equity Partner
- M.B.A, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
- J.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, John Marshall Law School
- B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
Appointed: Director 2019
Highlights: Mr. Katzir is the Chief Executive Officer of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network that serves over 13,000 low-income students and supports 14,000 alumni across 28 public charter schools in Los Angeles, California. His experience in education leadership best practice allows him to bring important insights to the Boards. In addition to Mr. Katzir’s overall leadership experience, his roles throughout his career demonstrate a commitment to the plight of those less fortunate and align with the mission of Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School. He brings significant strength in the areas of education and child development. Mr. Katzir is a significant contributor to the Boards in each of these areas.
- Chief Executive Officer, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
- Founding Managing Director, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
- Los Angeles Regional Director, Sylvan Learning Systems
- Executive Director, UCLA School Management Program
- Chief Operating Officer, Teach for America
- M.B.A., Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
- B.A., History, Dartmouth College
James C. Katzman
Appointed: Director 2017
Highlights: Mr. 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, where he guest lectures on financial topics. Mr. Katzman’s professional expertise and personal commitment to the mission brings exceptional value to the Boards.
- Partner and Head of M&A for the West Region, Goldman Sachs
- M.B.A., Columbia Business School
- A.B., Economics, Dartmouth College
M. Diane Koken, Chairman
Appointed: Director 2016, Chairman 2021
Highlights: Ms. Koken is a legal/regulatory consultant and volunteers as a court appointed special advocate for children. She served as Insurance Commissioner in Pennsylvania for ten years in the cabinets of Republican and Democratic governors. Ms. Koken had accountability for and expanded the Children’s Health Insurance Program. She served as the longest president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. As Board chairman, Ms. Koken brings to the Boards professional expertise in legal, regulatory matters, insurance and risk management. She has extensive board experience on Fortune 100 and public company boards which provides a solid understanding of board governance.
Ms. Koken is a native and current resident of Pennsylvania. Ms. Koken’s work with children transcends limitations and supports the mission and legacy of Milton and Catherine Hershey.
- Legal/Regulatory Consultant
- Commissioner, Pennsylvania Department of Insurance
- Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company
- J.D., Villanova University School of Law
- B.S., Education, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Maria T. Kraus, Vice Chair
Appointed: Director 2017, Vice Chair 2020
MHS Class of 1989
Highlights: Ms. Kraus has more than 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, and corporate development. She is a Certified Public Accountant and qualifies as a financial expert, as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Kraus sits on the Board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania where she is First Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance/Audit Committee. Her current role at Pharmaceutical Product Development LLC as Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer of Accelerated Enrollment Solutions, provides the opportunity to continue honing her extensive financial expertise which she brings to her role as vice chair of the Boards.
Ms. Kraus is an alumna of Milton Hershey School, having graduated as valedictorian in 1989, and is a recipient of the Milton Hershey School Alumni Career Achievement Award. Enthusiastic about the mission, she serves as a role model for future generations of students.
- Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer of Accelerated Enrollment Solutions, Pharmaceutical Product Development LLC
- Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy, Bioclinica, Inc.
- Vice President Finance and Corporate Controller, Bioclinica, Inc.
- Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
- B.S., Accounting, Pennsylvania State University
Amy K. Marsh
Appointed: Director 2019
Highlights: Amy K. Marsh is the former Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of the University of Pittsburgh where she was responsible for managing the assets and liabilities of the University and its endowment. Ms. Marsh is actively engaged with several Pennsylvania non-profit organizations, including the Sewickley Academy, where she is a Trustee Emerita and serves on the Endowment, Finance and Audit committees. She also is engaged with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a member of their respective investment committees. Ms. Marsh is a past director of the board of the Federal Farm Credit Bank Funding Corporation and is a current director of the board for two institutional investor funds managed by Global Forest Partners LP. In addition to her extensive financial and endowment management experience, Ms. Marsh brings to the Boards a keen interest in education, development, and the mission and legacy of Milton and Catherine Hershey.
- Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer, University of Pittsburgh
- Manager and Group Head – Corporate Banking, Mellon Bank
- M.M., Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
- A.B., Mathematics and Business Administration, Wittenberg University
Melissa L. Peeples-Fullmore
Appointed: Director 2017
MHS Class of 1991
Highlights: Dr. Peeples-Fullmore is an education professional and brings important experience to the Boards in areas of school administration, at-risk/dependent children, and residential childhood education. Her professional and life experiences have demonstrated her ability to lead and influence.
An alumna of Milton Hershey School, Dr. Peeples-Fullmore’s connection to the Hershey legacy runs deep. She is a recipient of the Milton Hershey School Alumni Career Achievement Award. Given her background, Dr. Peeples-Fullmore has unique insights into the educational and social issues that face the students of Milton Hershey School. Dr. Peeples-Fullmore is committed to service and giving back which makes her a valuable member of the Boards.
- Chief Schools Officer, KIPP Jacksonville Schools
- Program Officer for the Aspiring Leaders Program at Teaching Trust
- Teacher and Administrator in Title I Public Schools
- Education Director, AMIKids-Day Treatment and Residential Programs
- Ed.D., Education Policy and Leadership, Southern Methodist University
- Ed.M., Leadership, Policy, and Reform, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- M.Ed., Educational Leadership and Elementary Education, Florida A&M University
- B.A., Communication, Lynn University
Appointed: Director 2019
MHS Class of 2004
Highlights: Mr. Robbin-Coker is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Carry1st, the leading mobile entertainment platform for African consumers. Prior to founding Carry1st, he served as Vice President at The Carlyle Group, where he executed private equity investments across a range of industries in the US, Europe, and Africa. Mr. Robbin-Coker began his career with Morgan Stanley, where he advised on M&A and capital markets transactions while based in New York and London. He is an active angel investor and a member of the Brookings Society, for emerging leaders with a passion for public policy. Mr. Robbin-Coker brings to the Board his expertise in institutional investing, financial control, and corporate governance; along with a growing passion for education.
Mr. Robbin-Coker is an alumnus of Milton Hershey School, having graduated as valedictorian in 2004, and is a recipient of the 2009 Alumni Achievement Award for Academic Excellence.
- Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carry1st
- Vice President, The Carlyle Group
- Financial Analyst, Morgan Stanley
- B.A., Political Science, Stanford University
Appointed: Director 2014
Highlights: Mr. Saltzman currently serves as Senior Vice President of Two Sigma, an investment management firm based in New York. He previously served for 27 years as the executive director for New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization—the Robin Hood Foundation. He was a founding board member of Robin Hood, the Relay Graduate School of Education, Zearn, Uncommon Schools New York, NPower, and Together Education and Pure. Earlier in his career, he served as the special assistant to the president of the Board of Education of the City of New York, the nation’s largest school system with 1.1 million students. Mr. Saltzman was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Innovators. His experience provides to the Boards unique and valuable insight into poverty, education, not-for-profit management and responsible investing. Mr. Saltzman’s expertise is in the areas of education, at-risk child care, and non-profits. His background aligns with accountable philanthropy and the mission of preserving Mr. and Mrs. Hershey’s legacy.
- Executive Director, Founding Board Member, Robin Hood Foundation
- Special Assistant to the President, Board of Education of the city of New York
- M.P.A., Columbia University
- B.A., Brown University