Our Executive Director

Fran Held

Fran is the Founder and Executive Director of Mitzvah Circle Foundation. Fran created MCF 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, removing barriers to provide help and guidance with care and compassion.

Our Board of Directors

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

  • Jody Katzner — Jody Katzner is a VP with PNC and serves as a manager in the Enterprise Project Management group.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Wendy Urban — Wendy Urban is a Professor of Information Systems and Technology at Temple University.

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

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

Our Advisory Board

  • Rabbi David Ackerman — Rabbi David Ackerman is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania.

  • Reverend Paul Lutz — The Reverend Paul Lutz is the Senior Paster of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, PA.

  • Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria — Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria is Rabbi at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike, Ohio.