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Elizabeth Killough, Untours Foundation Director,

with Mary LeFever, founding Board member

Alan Wilson has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Senior Vice President at Fulton Bank. Throughout his career and volunteer life, he has remained dedicated to community and economic development policy and implementation. Alas and his wife Eva have four sons.

Stanley T. “Tom” Hibberd III (1947-2016), held a business degree from the Wharton School. He was a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and owned an insurance company in Media for over 40 years. He was involved locally in the Media Rotary Club and Media Business Authority, the Media Theatre as board chairman, and the Delaware County Historical Society as a past president. He was well known for his mentoring of business people in Media and young adults through the ABC program for promising students from difficult urban backgrounds. The Hibberds hosted 10 Rotary Exchange students, two ABC students, one foster daughter, and quite a number of long and short term guests from all kinds of places and backgrounds. Tom was  a major force on the foundation’s Fair Trade Town Committee.

Mary C. LeFever, founding board member, earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from West Chester University and post-graduate credits from the University of Pennsylvania and from Penn State & Widener Universities. She holds a Montessori Diploma from St. Nicholas Training Center in London. Mary founded The Walden School in Media, PA, a then nursery/kindergarten Montessori school that has blossomed and now includes classes through 8th grade.

Robert T. Seiwell, founding board member, holds a law degree from Temple University. A Vietnam veteran, Robert has retired from a successful law practice in Media, PA. Robert has provided pro bono legal services to the foundation since its inception.

Kate Wendland Duncan became the Untours Foundation’s first assistant manager in 2001. The Foundation shared her with Untours, where she worked on the Swiss and Dutch Untour team. When she departed Untours for art school, she couldn’t bear to leave Hal completely, so she assumed a position on the foundation’s board. Art school curiously morphed into nursing school, and Kate is now an RN whose practice and activism is informed by the social justice learned partially from her work at the Untours Foundation. One of her favorite Hal stories is, when Hal was asked by a surprised reporter why a man like him has only one suit, he said “A body can only wear one suit at a time!” as if minimalism is just common sense.

Andreas Parminger holds an MBA in Global Management from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He lives in Boston, MA and is the Director Operation, North America and Director Global Customer Service at De Gruyter, a Berlin, Germany based humanities and science publisher. Andreas previously served as Director of Marketing at Untours. While serving as President of Boston College’s Net Impact chapter he co-founded a Board Fellows program, which pairs MBA students with local non-profits to facilitate cooperation and knowledge sharing between the non- and for-profit sectors.

Marcia Finisdore graduated from the University of  Pennsylvania School of Nursing and received her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Villanova University. Throughout her career, she has remained an active educator and advocate for medically underserved people and for people with hearing loss. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health.

Isabel “Dolly” Johnson was an adjunct faculty member in the Sociology Department at Villanova University for over 15 years. Prior to that she was active in the mental health profession serving in a local community mental health center in addition to having a clinical private practice as a trained Family Therapist. She has worked with Head Start and early childhood issues. Currently, she is a Clinical Social Worker/Family Therapist at the Movement Disorders Center at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Harold (Hal) Taussig (1924-2016), President Emeritus, Founder, held a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He was the founder and co-owner of Untours, a unique travel business. In 1999, Hal won an award and $250,000 from Paul Newman and John F. Kennedy, Jr. on behalf of George Magazine for having the “Most Generous Company in America.” Untours is the first B Corp, an ethical certification for businesses. The Untours Foundation provides loans to businesses and projects that address poverty.

Norma Taussig (1922-2015), founding board member, was a rancher and bank teller before spending several decades as a secretary for the Intermediate Unit of the Rose Tree-Media School District. She was the Comptroller of Untours, Ltd. for 20 years.