Our all-volunteer Board of Directors combines a breadth of experience and depth of compassion that has set the tone and direction for the Wings organization. These individuals reflect the commitment that has enabled Wings to succeed with just three paid employees.
Board member profiles:
Julie Kines Ammon, President
Julie’s LinkedIn profile
Julie began volunteering with Wings for Success in 2008 and joined the Board in January 2016. Her first role at Wings was as a client stylist but upon recognizing that she was “someone that can barely dress herself,” Julie looked for a more productive way to contribute to our organization. She found her calling by tapping into her fundraising and event-planning expertise and has been actively involved in each of our fundraising events ever since. Her current role on the board is President. Julie and her husband live in West Chester and have two adult children who volunteer for Wings on special projects.
Dana Dovberg, Treasurer
Dana’s LinkedIn profile
Dana attended the 2015 Wings Fashion Show at Immaculata College and was immediately drawn to the Wings mission and signed up to be a Workshop committee member immediately after the event. While on the committee, Dana expressed an interest in getting more involved with Wings and she was asked to join the board as Treasurer. Dana feels that helping women do well in their career is essential to having “a healthy life” and being a positive contributor/influence in her community. She believes in women helping women and supports the Wings for Success mission 100%!
Dana is the Treasurer and Grants Committee Chairperson and helps out on various other committees – Wings Fling Silent Auction Committee, Leasing, Accounting, etc. Dana earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting /Business from Shippensburg State College in 1983. She is a CPA and certified in the state of Pennsylvania.
Pareez’s LinkedIn profile
Pareez joined Wings for Success in 2011 as a volunteer on the Fall Fundraiser Committee. She quickly became the event’s technical guru and continues to be an active member of the committee. In January 2015, Pareez joined the Board. Her career in a male-dominated field has given her a keen appreciation for the role Wings plays in empowering women in the workplace. Pareez is the Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services, Excel Services Corporation.
Al’s LinkedIn profile
Al is excited to be a part of the Wings for Success team not only because it is something that he strongly believes in, but also because it gives him the chance to continue down the lifelong path of his late mother-in-law, who was a tireless devotee to helping women in need find a better place for themselves and their families through education and career development. Organizations like Wings for Success are critical for ensuring that women in our community are provided the resources they need to succeed, and Al looks forward to working with community partners to further develop the services Wings for Success offers.
Mary Pat Knauss, Secretary
Mary Pat’s LinkedIn profile
Throughout her life, Mary Pat has been an active advocate for women, first as a mentor for professional women and now in her community service. Mary Pat joined Wings in 2007 and immediately enjoyed how she could directly impact women who are working to make a better life for themselves and their families.
With this immediate connection, Mary Pat quickly expanded her contributions to leverage her professional expertise. Mary Pat has served 10 years on the Board of Directors. Tapping into her corporate leadership experience, Mary Pat is helping Wings further develop its vision and strategy for the future. Over the years, Mary Pat has guided Wings in implementing the structured operating techniques necessary for a growing organization. A unique blend of compassion and drive, Mary Pat helps Wings impact clients today while lighting the way for what more can be done. She is retired, having previously served as Senior Manager, Life Science and Chemical Analysis, Agilent Technologies.
Bonnie Carr Long
Bonnie’s LinkedIn profile
After retiring in 2014, Bonnie wanted to become involved with a community organization that supports and empowers women. She was drawn to the Wings mission and goal to help women gain financial stability and self-sufficiency for themselves and their families, and began volunteering with Wings in 2015. Her first involvement as a Wings volunteer was to write a communications plan for Wings based on the agency’s strategic plan. Bonnie became more involved in 2016 as co-chair of the Wine with Wings event in Kennett Square, our first fund-raising event in southern Chester County.
Bonnie brings broad and varied experience in marketing communications and public relations with a track record for executing successful public relations and promotional campaigns and events. She has worked with privately held businesses, as well as education, healthcare and non-profit organizations to plan and implement local, regional and national communications campaigns, corporate identity programs, media relations and special events. She hopes to share her experience in ways that will promote the Wings mission and outreach throughout the community.
Kathy’s LinkedIn profile
Kathy first learned of Wings for Success while searching for an organization to donate her professional work attire to. She was impressed with Wings and their mission to help women in the local community. After retiring from a corporate position, she went back to Wings to inquire how she could get involved. Since 2012, she has volunteered in numerous capacities. She led the Wings Fling silent auction efforts in 2017 and she joined the Board in January 2018. Kathy is the Former Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CSL Behring.
Connie’s LinkedIn profile
Connie’s leadership style is one that many at Wings connect with and appreciate. When she joined Wings in 2001, Connie was taken by the amazing transformation of clients at a Wings makeover workshop. She knew right away that she wanted to make a contribution to Wings. Since then, Connie has maintained an unwavering commitment to the Wings vision. She has inspired those she leads to always focus on the needs of Wings’ clients and rise above any challenges facing the organization.
As a Board member for more than five years, Connie served a year as Vice President and five years as President (all while continuing to dress clients weekly). Connie has shepherded the Wings volunteers through the growing pains of moving from a grassroots organization to one with a sustained and vital service in the community. And she has helped develop Wings by using her keen people insights by recognizing individual interests and matching them to the organization’s needs. Connie is the owner of C. Rose Coaching – Career and Leadership Personal Coaching.