Cedar Crest Board of Directors

Cedar Crest is one of 15 communities supported by National Senior Campuses, Inc., (NSC), a not-for-profit organization committed to providing housing, health care (including elder care and nursing care) and other related services to middle income seniors. NSC and its Supported Organizations are independent of Erickson Living Management. Their relationship is limited to contractual arrangements related to development and management of the communities. For more information about NSC, visit www.nationalseniorcampuses.org.

Fred Haas-Chair

Mr. Haas received his B.S. degree in accounting from Penn State University in 1966. After joining the Air Force, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1967, where he served as an aircraft maintenance officer until 1971. In 1971, Fred joined the Philadelphia office of Coopers & Lybrand, passed the CPA exam in 1973, and became partner in the Firm in 1978. He transferred to the Baltimore office in 1983, where he managed the tax practice until he retired in 2001. During his career, Mr. Haas developed expertise in real estate, financial services, personal financial planning and closely held businesses. After retirement, Mr. Hass and his family relocated to Philadelphia.Back To Top

Barbara C. Bisgaier

Ms. Bisgaier recently retired from her position of Managing Director of Public Financial Management, Inc. with more than 37 years of experience with government and public finance. She continues to consult with PFM with regard to certain long-term clients. In addition to her NSC-related board memberships, she is currently a member of the boards of WHYY, the Philadelphia public radio and television stations and the Lower Merion Library System. Ms. Bisgaier is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and received a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University.Back To Top

Mary Digiacomo Colins

For sixteen years, Judge Colins has served on the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia as a Trial Judge. She returned to the bench in October 2010 after having been appointed as a member of the newly formed Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board by Governor Edward G. Rendell in 2005. She also served as Board Chairman. Her teaching and lecturing credits include Rutgers University Law School, Drexel University School of Hospitality and Management, and University of Virginia School of Law. She has published numerous articles on state regulated gaming and she has taught numerous continuing legal education and trial practice courses. She has served as a director on numerous nonprofit boards.Back To Top

Stan Elwell

Mr. Elwell is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia having served this major community teaching hospital for twenty five years. While at Episcopal he was also active in health association activities including a term as Chairman of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. His career in healthcare management began on the administrative staff of Duke University Medical Center. He earned a Masters in Masters in Hospital Administration from Duke University and a Bachelors of Science from Iowa State University.Back To Top

Fred Gruel

Mr. Gruel is a graduate of Fordham University in New York and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Florida State University. Currently, he is President and CEO of AAA New Jersey Automobile Club and its subsidiaries and a member of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Research and Development Advisory Board and the AAA Public Affairs Committee. Mr. Gruel is the former Chairman of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, the current Treasurer of the Board of the Employees Association of New Jersey and Vice Chairman of the Newark Regional Business Partnership. He also served on the boards of the New Jersey State Safety Council, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, William Paterson University of New Jersey and New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities.Back To Top

Bill Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy is a litigation partner in White and Williams, LLP, a large civil law firm with offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic, where he defends hospitals, doctors, and nurses against claims of medical negligence. Mr. Kennedy received his B.A. from Bucknell University and his Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law. Back To Top

Arnold Speert

Dr. Speert served as the sixth president of William Paterson University from 1985 until his retirement in July 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University where he was a National Institutes of Health Fellow. He has served on the boards of seven non-profit institutions, two of which he chaired. In addition he has served on the boards of the State Farm Indemnity Company, The Ramapo Bank and the Broadway Bank and Trust Company. Dr. Speert also was a founding commissioner of the Passaic County (NJ) Improvement Authority. His areas of expertise include institutional governance, institutional community building, diversity and the mutual dependence of the three. Back To Top

Daniel J. Valerio

Mr. Valerio spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing management for Schering Corporation, a division of Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals. At retirement he held the position of Director of Marketing Administration. A graduate of Northeastern University College of Pharmacy, Mr. Valerio was President of several home school associations, Treasurer of the local Boy Scout troop and long time volunteer at Liberty Science Center. At Cedar Crest Retirement Community, he is cantor and a member of the choir at Catholic Masses; Treasurer of the new model Railroad Club; member of the Chorale; and Past President of the Resident Advisory Council. He also was Chair of its Conservation Committee. He resides at Cedar Crest, with Lucia, his wife of 55 years.Back To Top