Our Board of Directors

Friends Life Care is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization governed by a local, volunteer board of directors — the majority of whom must be members of the Religious Society of Friends “Quakers”*.

The Friends Life Care Partners board consists of up to 13 individuals. These board members, and the boards of Friends Life Care Partners subsidiaries, are appointed at an annual meeting.

Additionally, the board of directors may occasionally appoint one or more emeritus directors.


Mason Barnett, Ph.D.,* is a principal consultant for Mason Barnett Associates, offering facilitation, conflict management, and coaching and project management expertise. Previously, she was the Director of Development for the Pennsylvania Prison Society. Prior to moving to the Philadelphia area in 2009, Barnett worked as an independent consultant and adjunct professor in Germany for twenty years. Barnett earned degrees in European History from the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia and Duke University.

Samuel T. Barnett has spent over 30 years consulting and building professional services businesses. He founded what was to become one of the leading industry-focused consulting and training companies in the Life Sciences industry, and led one of the largest Life Sciences consulting practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers and subsequently at IBM. Sam retired from IBM/PWC several years ago, but remains active as an independent consultant and serves as a director for several public, private, and non-profit organizations. Sam is a recognized speaker across the industry, and has published frequently in industry periodicals. Barnett received his Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, and both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Education from Temple University.

Maceo N. Davis, MBA,* has more than 30 years of experience in investments and public service. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Lincoln University and a Master of Business Administration in finance/international business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His career includes global banking with Citibank, public service with the City of Philadelphia and entrepreneurial experience in trade and investment for projects in the Middle East and Africa. Maceo spent most of his career as a stock and bond trader. In 2005, he established Quoin Capital, where he serves as president. Located in Philadelphia, Quoin is an institutional financial services firm. Maceo has served on the boards of various Friends charities and organizations.

The Rev. Richard R. Fernandez is a minister of the United Church of Christ and serves as a consultant to nonprofit organizations and religious congregations. He has been the executive director of three interfaith/ecumenical organizations focused on public policy advocacy and service programs. In 2002, Dick concluded 21 years as the executive director of the Northwest Interfaith Movement in Philadelphia (now called the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement). He has also served on nearly two dozen nonprofit boards, chairing six of them. He is a founding member of three of these organizations.

Virginia Frantz* is president and CEO of Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. She has spent 20 years of her career overseeing the development and growth of human services organizations. Her leadership roles have included strategic planning, management and revenue enhancement. She is a member of the Council on Foundations, Delaware Valley Grantmakers, and a board member of The Montgomery County Estate Planning Council, the Montgomery Bar Foundation and the Montgomery Bar Association Community Task Force.

Jeffrey Green, MBA, is a principal of Proxus, a full-service human resources consulting firm. He also serves as president of Granatt HR, a human resource consulting firm that jointly owns Proxus. He previously held executive-level human resources positions in both health care and financial services industries, including Thomas Jefferson University Health System, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Fleet Bank. Jeff earned his Master of Business Administration in general and strategic management from Temple University.

Anne B. Hagele has been active with a wide variety of non-profit organizations for the last 30 years. These range from grassroots organizations (Welfare Rights Organization) to cultural institutions (Wagner Free Institute of Science) and private foundations (Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Foundation). Until 2000 she was Executive Director of Philadelphia Senior Center, the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania. Most recently she was a founding member of an all-volunteer, membership organization to help older residents remain living in East Falls for as long as possible. She has an undergraduate degree from Goucher College and a Master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College.

Philip Jones* a gradate of Rice University in Houston, TX, spent two years in the Peace Corps in Brazil in the late 1960s. On returning to the US he earned a Master of Arts in teaching degree at Washington University, St. Louis, and taught in a public high school there. In 1972 he moved to Pennsylvania, taught middle school science for eight years at Friends Select School. For the next 21 years he wrote software documentation, most of that time in the employ of Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson). Philip retired in 2009; he is a member of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, where he also works part-time as the meeting secretary.

Marguerite B. Knysh RN, CCM, LNC, has been a nurse for over 30 years, caring first for critically ill patients in the ICU. Meg then became a hospital-based Case Manager, which included arranging and authorizing home care services and planning patient’s discharges. She also did utilization review, which included obtaining authorization for payments for in-and-outpatient medical services. From there, Meg became a Patient Care Advocate, helping patients navigate through the health care system; including obtaining prior authorization of treatments and the appeal of denied services. Currently, Meg works for a law firm as a Legal Nurse Consultant reviewing cases for medical negligence. She was the Executive Director of her family foundation for 16 years. She attended both Drexel University and Widener Law School.

Paul J. Manz, MBA, is president of the consulting firm Health Care Strategic Solutions, Inc. He is the former vice president of provider contracting & reimbursement for Independence Blue Cross. Paul has extensive experience in the health insurance industry, having held leadership positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut, John Hancock Health Plan and Anthem, among others. Paul earned his Master of Business Administration in health care management from Temple University and his Bachelor of Science from Villanova University.

Dianne E. Reed, Ph.D.,* is a Principal at reed group LLC, a marketing research and management consulting firm based in Philadelphia. She previously served as executive director of three nonprofit organizations, as a senior manager at KPMG, and as budget director of the City of Philadelphia. She serves as a member of the finance committee of Friends Life Care, and as chair of the finance committee of Friends Center City. She holds a doctorate from Stanford University and a Master of Government Administration from the Fels Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Howard A. Trauger is Managing Director, Carnegie Investment Counsel – Philadelphia, whose total assets under management (AUM) exceed $1 Billion. Howard provides advisory services to a select group of pension funds, endowments, foundations and private asset clients totaling $100 million AUM. His 30 years in the investment business encompasses a variety of roles with banking and asset management firms, including research analysis and portfolio management. At PNC Bank he was portfolio manager for $120 million of personal trust assets and co-manager of $140 million in common trust fund assets. He has acted as merger and acquisition advisor to the Rohm & Haas Company acquisition program. Howard is the current president of The Bond Club of Philadelphia and is an active member of various charitable and professional organizations in Philadelphia.

*This individual is either a member or an active attender of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) Meeting.