2019 Spring Brunch

The Board of Directors & Staff of Be a Part of the Conversation wish to sincerely thank you for your support at our 3rd annual fundraising event!

Back:  Casey Duffy, Joe Fenkel, Dr. Caroline Fenkel, Bill Roberts, Doug Leavitt, John Mergenthaler
Middle:  Judy Hirsh, Dawn Tucker, Kathy Sarlson, Trish Larsen, Chris King, Kim Porter, Jill Adams
Front:  Graham

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, more than 100 guests gathered at the beautiful home of Mary and Joe Fenkel in Gladwyne, PA. Among them were Master of Ceremonies, Casey Duffy; Honorary Event Chair, Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW; Keynote Speakers, Pam & Bill Roberts; and special guest, U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean.

Our honorees were PA Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, who received the Conversation Inspiration Award (accepted by Executive Deputy Attorney General Robert Reed), and Kristen Harootunian, who received the Conversation Youth Inspiration Award.

Sincere thanks to our Event Sponsors, Planning Committee, Board of Directors, and our incredibly gracious hosts, the Fenkels!

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If you were not able to join us, but would like to support Be a Part of the Conversation, please consider a becoming a Member or making a general Donation.

Thank you!

Spring Brunch 2019

Event Planning Committee

Dana Wiley, Chairperson
Cindy Munger & Katherine Mitchell, Venue
Jean McClellan, Sponsorship
Kirby Long & Judy Hirsh, Auction
Jill Adams  •  Lisa Broida Bailey  •  Meridith Coyle
Sue Crathern  •  Casey Duffy  •  Katchen Fazzini  •  Caroline Fenkel
Mary Fenkel  •  Chris King  •  Trish Larsen
Maribeth McConnell  •  Deborah Robbins Hirsh  •  Kathy Sarlson
Victoria Smith  •  Carol Veneziale  •  Marijayne Wenk

Be a Part of the Conversation Board of Directors

Our Awesome Team!

John Mergenthaler, President
Doug Leavitt, Esq., Vice President
Chris King, Treasurer   •   Dawn Tucker, MS, Secretary
Bill Roberts  •   Kathy Sarlson   •   Jill Adams, SFW
Casey Duffy  •   Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW
Trish Larsen  •   Joe Fenkel

Kim Porter, CFRS, Executive Director
Judy Hirsh, CFRS, Program Coordinator

Catering

Meridith Coyle & Aneu

Event Photography

Lisa Schaffer Photography

Flowers

Argyle Bouquet

Valet Parking

Justin Prince & Royal Valet

Conversation Inspiration Award

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro

Award was accepted by Robert Reed, JD – Executive Deputy Attorney General

Josh Shapiro serves as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General. He is the sixth person elected to the office, and was sworn in on January 17, 2017 as the Commonwealth’s top lawyer and chief law enforcement officer with a mandate to ensure integrity and be the people’s Attorney General.

Some of his top priorities include directing an aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic, including treatment for those suffering from addiction. His other priorities include protecting seniors, veterans, small businesses and consumers from scams and fraud, and implementing a comprehensive integrity agenda to ensure people from across the Commonwealth are heard and have faith in the justice system. Josh’s work has earned him a national reputation as a rising progressive leader and bipartisan consensus builder.

The Conversation Inspiration Award honors an individual who has been an inspirational leader in efforts to improve the lives of those impacted by substance use, misuse or addiction.

Conversation Youth Inspiration Award

Kristen Harootunian

Kristen Harootunian provides support to young adults and teens by sharing her personal and professional experiences though recovery. She is a young adult speaker for Minding Your Mind and offers to share her story to schools and community organizations to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

As a result, she has found a passion for leading others in the direction of recovery support. She assures others that although addiction and mental health issues do not discriminate, help is right around the corner if we are willing to ask for it.

The Conversation Youth Inspiration Award honors a young person who has inspired their peers and others through efforts to improve the lives of those impacted by substance use, misuse or addiction.

Special Guest

U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean

The Honorable Madeleine Dean represents the 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. After studying law at Widener University, Madeleine served as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers. Later, she opened a three-woman law practice, taught English at LaSalle University and ultimately moved into public service, first as a Township Commissioner, then as a Pennsylvania State Representative. On November 6, 2018, she successfully won a seat in the United States House of Representatives. Congresswoman Dean lists “combating addiction” among her areas of interest.

Honorary Event Chairperson

Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW

Caroline Fenkel is the Executive Director of the Center for Families in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The Center for Families is a safe place for teens and families to find community support, education, and sustainable healing for mental health and substance abuse struggles.

Caroline’s passion lies in helping heal adolescents through the use of experiential therapy, group therapy, and animal-assisted therapy. Her career began with her love for horses: She majored in equine studies and minored in psychology at Delaware Valley University, then completed her master’s degree in social work at Bryn Mawr College. From there, she combined these two focuses through practicing equine-assisted therapy and other forms of experiential therapy, including Relational Trauma Repair and adventure therapy. Caroline has worked with adolescents and young adults at all levels of care, including outpatient and residential, at numerous national programs, including Pyramid Healthcare, Adolescent Advocates, Mirmont Treatment Center, Elements Behavioral Health, and Newport Academy. Caroline recently earned her doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania.  Caroline’s passion for helping those with substance use disorders stems from her own experience in long-term recovery. Dr. Fenkel’s strong systemic, evidence based social work background, propels her to support prevention programs throughout the region.

Keynote Speakers

Pam & Bill Roberts

Pam and Bill Roberts, along with their children, are in long term recovery. Since 2006, they have been active in starting and expanding parent support groups throughout our region, interacting with hundreds of parents, therapists, recovery service providers, nonprofit organizations, and government representatives to educate and transform “parental behaviors” – something they consider to be a prerequisite to improving prospects for a healthy, reconnected family.

In 2012, Pam and Bill began preparing a series of parent support group manuals, including personal experiences shared by dozens of parent group members and their therapists, as resources for parents and other family members to gain a better understanding of the disease of addiction, how it impacts the whole family, and how behavioral changes associated with “family recovery” translate to giving everyone a better chance at recovery.  The primary manual “Standing in the Storm” is available for download at no cost through the Be a Part of the Conversation website at conversation.zone/storm.

Master of Ceremonies

Casey Duffy

Casey Duffy is the President and General Managing Partner of Delaware Valley Remediation in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Casey and his wife Christine live in Charlestown Township (Malvern) with son Cotter and daughter Coeli. Christine teaches 4th Grade at Radnor Elementary. The Duffys are members of St. Patrick’s Parish and Chester Valley Country Club.

Casey is a member of Caron Treatment Centers Board of Trustees, having served a total of 10 years on the Board to date. As a person in long term recovery (over 34 years), Casey has served as Chair of the Chester County Commissioners Drug and Alcohol Services Advisory Board and as Chair of the Chester-Montgomery Behavioral Health Advisory Board. He was an active member of The A&E Network Recovery Project. Casey is a member of the Great Valley Community Organization (GVCO), a Basketball Coach, Rec League and Travel, and for five years, Casey was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles to serve as Chairman of the Season Ticket Holder Advisory Board from 2011 to 2015. Casey is also a member of Be a Part of the Conversation’s Board of Directors.

Casey raises funds through his foundation, The Sober Samaritan, to fund treatment services and programs in the area. He also speaks at schools, treatment facilities, and community meetings about his personal experience and strives to be the hand that is there “whenever anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help…”

Meet Our Hosts

Joe & Mary Fenkel

Thank you to Joe and Mary Fenkel for so graciously hosting our fundraising event for the second consecutive year!

Joe Fenkel graduated from Penn state class of 1959 with a degree in engineering. He then went on to found McLean Packaging, and to this day he serves as their CEO. Joe loves golf, skiing, and spending time at his house in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Joe recently became a member of Be a Part of the Conversation’s Board of Directors.

Mary Fenkel graduated from Rosemont College in 1972 with a degree in political science. She is the mother of seven children, and the grandmother of 12. Mary enjoys spending time with them, as well as her Irish setters, Gladys and Grover. She also serves on the Planning Committee for Be a Part of the Conversation’s annual fundraising event.

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director at Be a Part of the Conversation
Kim Porter, CFRS is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Having served as the Community Program Coordinator and Parent Liaison for Be a Part of the Conversation since its inception in 2011, she was named Executive Director of this vital organization in 2014.

Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.

With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
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