Our Team

Our Executive Director

Fran Held is the Founder and Executive Director of Mitzvah Circle. She created Mitzvah Circle to provide hope and restore dignity to individuals and families during times of crisis, poverty, homelessness, and serious illness.

Fran cares deeply about people who have fallen through the cracks, and strives to remove barriers to provide help and guidance with care and compassion.

Our Staff

Rachel Hurley

Program Manager

Karen Lyddy


Elizabeth Cleary


Carly Dougherty

Warehouse Logistics Coordinator

Rhonda Seidman

Social Worker

Rose Wentzel


Jamie Greenberg

Service Outreach Coordinator



Our Board of Directors

Joshua Arsenault

Joshua Arsenault is the District Director for Pennsylvania State Senator Maria Collett.

Levi Blair

Levi Blair is Vice President at Prime Rock Energy Capital, an oil and gas investment firm.

Jody Katzner

Jody Katzner is a Vice President with PNC Bank’s Change Management organization.

Massimo Magliari

Massimo A.V. Magliari is a certified financial planner and co-founder of Kelman and Magliari Advisory Group, Ameriprise Financial Services.

Lisa A. Marin

Lisa Marin is the Director of Leadership and Planned Gifts at The Hun School of Princeton.

Silas P. Norman, MD

Dr. Silas Norman is a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, Section of Transplantation at the University of Michigan.

Dan Pliskin

Dan Pliskin is a consultant specializing in corporate governance at Aon, where he is an Associate Partner.

Cynthia Weiss Stein, Esq.

Cynthia Weiss Stein is an attorney practicing Family Law in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Wendy Urban

Wendy Urban is a Retired Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Technology at Temple University in Philadelphia.