Our Team

Our Executive Director

Fran Held is the Founder, Executive Director, and President 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

We have a staff of hardworking individuals dedicated to our work.
They are supplemented by the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who are critical to our success.

Our Board of Directors

Jody Katzner, Board Chair

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

Lisa A. Marin, Board Vice Chair

Lisa Marin is the Director of Alumni Engagement and Planned Giving at The Hun School of Princeton.

Cynthia Weiss Stein, Esq., Board Secretary

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

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.

Gene Levin

Gene Levin is a retired CPA experienced as a VP and Chief Accountant

Wendy Urban

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

Joshua Arsenault

Joshua Arsenault is Assistant Director of Development at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).

Stephanie Zirpoli

Stephanie Zirpoli is counsel to Ballard Spahr LLP, specializing in commercial real estate

Massimo Magliari

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

Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson is an analytics technology consultant and an Adjunct Professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia