Our Board and Executive Director
President and Chair, Nominating Committee
As a lifelong animal lover and board member since 2006, Steve has served as vice president for three years prior to becoming president in 2010. Steve holds a BS degree in accounting from Temple University. Prior to joining the School District of Philadelphia in 2005 as Senior Capital Asset Accountant, Steve worked as an auditor for the City of Phila. Controller's Office for 17 years and has been a Center City resident for over 30 years. Steve's charming personality and solid dedication are real assets to the Refuge. He currently has a 5 year old cat named Ziggy who of course is a Morris Alumni.
Robert S. Beck
Vice President and Chairs, Fundraising and Outreach Committees
Robert S. Beck has been a Board member since 2006. He served a two year term as recording secretary before being elected Vice President. Always interested in helping the community, in 2005 Rob served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Back on My Feet, a non-profit to benefit homeless people. Rob graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Finance in 1990 and has been an investment advisor since then. He is a vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services Inc., working there since 2001. He earned a designation by the Board of Standards as a Certified Financial Planner in 2002. In 2007 he rescued his dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback- Dooie. In September 2010 Rob became a first time father to Ilya Benyamin Beck.
Joseph F. Forrest
Recording Secretary and Chairs, Branding and Development Committees
Joe has been a member of the Board since 2007, and in 2010 was elected to the Secretary position. He has been a volunteer with Morris since 1993. In 2010, Joe chaired the Fur Ball, the Silent Auction, and the Live Auction - a major undertaking which raised over $19,000 for the Refuge. Joe's skills and knowledge in organizing and making things happen have benefited Morris. He is retired from CIGNA Corp. where he held positions in software engineering, project management, quality assurance, and organizational development. Joe holds a BBA in Human Relations from Temple University and a MBA in Organizational Development from the University of Maryland. After taking early retirement, Joe attended and graduated from the Art Institute with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and now works as a personal chef. Joe shares his home with two Morris cats - a Siamese named Sushi (the Baddy) and a brown tabby named Miso (the Klutz).
Mary Ann Wirts
Mary Ann (Sally) joined the Board in 2011 having served as a Trustee of the Morris Refuge Endowment since 1994. Sally is a Managing Director of The Glenmede Trust Company, Chief Administrative Office of Glenmede Investment Management and President of The Glenmede Funds. She is the proud owner of two dogs – Hobart and Gatsby and three cats – Tubbers, Charlie Cat and Cleo. Sally attended Vassar College and has served on several other Philadelphia non-profit boards including Woodmere Art Museum and Springside School.
Wayne D Humphrey II
Wayne first got involved with the Morris in 2009 as a member of the Fur Ball Committee and joined the Board in 2011. He started his career mowing lawns, working his way up through the landscape/construction trade, earning supervisorial positions through drive and leadership. Leaving his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, in 2005, he accepted a position as Production Manager of a contracting company in the Philadelphia area. In 2007, he created Lucky Dog Renovations with his wife, Donielle; a home renovations company that strives upon delivering a superior customer experience with the highest level of craftsmanship. Finding a desire to expand his creative pursuits, he started Lucky Dog Studio, a sister company focusing on concept design & facilitation. He is privileged to have his cat, Kit Kat, a former Morris resident, and Jet, a French bulldog rescue.
Member, Former President and Chair, Adoption Committee
Paul is a long time resident of the Washington Square West neighborhood and has served the Refuge in various capacities since 2005. After graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Paul began his career in design and architecture with positions as Design Director for Aramark, Commerce Bank and TD Bank Financial Group. Interest in the Refuge began when he and his partner Jerry adopted the first of eight dogs and cats twenty five years ago. As an officer and board member Paul has emphasized the importance of creating great adoption experiences for our clients. He and Jerry currently reside with Harlequin, Jasmine, Bella, and Leo, aka the cutest dog in the world.
Member and Chair, Volunteer Committee
Annemarie has been a member of the Board since 2007, but, she has been volunteering for the Refuge for over 7 years. If there was ever an award presented for Super Volunteer, Annemarie would surely be at the top of everyone's list to receive it. Not an event takes place without Annemarie working on it and working is the operative word - the annual Fur Ball's Silent Auction successes is largely due to her get up and go - all the businesses on both sides of Broad Street know her sunny disposition, her big smile, and her persistency. She is totally motivated by her love of animals and her heart cracks when she sees or hears of any animal in any type of distress. When Annemarie first came to Morris, she was strictly a dog person, however, she is now the happy slave to two Morris felines - Francis J. and Miguel.
Member and Chair, Programs Committee
Donielle joined the Board in 2011 and has been an active member of the Fur Ball committee since 2009. She is native to Toledo, Ohio and had earned her B.A. in visual arts from Wittenberg University. In 2004, she made Philadelphia her new home and attended the Drexel University Arts Administration Graduate program to enhance her knowledge in the nonprofit arts field. After working in promotions and marketing in the Philly restaurant scene, she collaborated with her husband, Wayne, to embark on entrepreneurial pursuits together. The result of the union was Lucky Dog Renovations in 2007, a home renovations company, followed by Lucky Dog Studio, a sister company focusing on concept design and facilitation services. Each of the company’s was proudly designed after her rescued American Bulldog, Cargo and French bulldog, Jet. And although her kitty, a former Morris resident, isn’t named after a company, she is most certainly an intricate part in the family too.
Chuck, a resident of Washington West since 2003, joined the board in December 2012. After attending Moravian College, American University and Temple University, Chuck spent 15 years in television and newspapers, writing and producing a show for The Travel Channel, reporting for The Philadelphia Inquirer, managing newsrooms at several suburban Philadelphia newspapers and then focusing on design and acquisition projects for six years as Vice President, News, for Journal Register Company. Since settling into the neighborhood, he has served as vestryman and senior warden at The Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany on 13th Street, overseeing a major repair and renovation project in 2009, and has been managing two marinas at Penn’s Landing since 2004. On the board he has focused on the adoptions, marketing and building committees, while working with the entire board on strategic planning. He has cared for and trained numerous dogs, fostered another and currently has a rescue cat, Pinkerton.
Dr. Nathanael Oster, VMD
Dr. Oster is a 2012 alumnus of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and joined the board in 2013. He is an associate veterinarian at the VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia, and shares a condo in center city with his three cats, Pooh, Dr. Wilson, and Stockholm. He is committed to being active within the veterinary profession and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American (and Pennsylvania) Veterinary Medical Association, and is an advisor to the national executive board of the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), a fully student-run organization, and one he holds dear to his heart. Dr. Oster fully supports the Morris Animal Refuge charter and animal welfare, and he believes that all of Philadelphia's animals deserve a second chance at finding a loving home.
Dr. Joshua Vieth
Joshua has been involved with the Morris Animal Refuge since 2011, first as a volunteer at the Fur Ball, and then officially joining the Board in December of 2012. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baldwin Wallace University in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Infection, Immunity, and Transplant Sciences from the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 2010. Following graduate school, Joshua joined a group studying T Cell responses to Cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan as a Research Scholar, and is continuing that work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University. Outside of his laboratory and academic work, Joshua devotes much of his time to charitable endeavors through the Masonic Fraternity, has worked on multiple local and national political campaigns, and is excited for the opportunity to focus his love of animals and passion for animal welfare into his work with the Morris Animal Refuge.
James S. DePaul
Jim DePaul has been with the Morris Animal Refuge since 1991. He started as a volunteer, and then worked his way up from Kennel Attendant to the position of General Manager. He had originally studied art, and received a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts.) After a "starving artist" period, he wound up in retail management. Jim managed various retail stores, then went on to own a small cafe in New Jersey. Restaurant burnout brought him back to Philadelphia, where he wanted to do something with his early passion - animals. A stray dog brought Jim to the Morris Animal Refuge, and thus began Jim's career in animal sheltering. Jim has a wide range of talents and a "can do" attitude which he applies to every task and assignment he undertakes - big and small. He recently returned to school, and received a business certificate with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jim is the loving caretaker to two Morris Alumni - his remaining dog, Lolita, plus his cat - Zsa Zsa.