Board of Directors


Sarita Tirpak - President
I began my accounting career with Murray, Wilson and Hunter while attending Philadelphia University in the evenings. I graduated from Philadelphia University in 1989. I became a partner in the firm of Gilbert, Wilson and Hunter, LLP in January 2000.

An item of interest about me:
I love the beach!

 


Kimberly Foerst - Secretary
I graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree and am a marketing and communications professional. I joined the board in September 2010. I've since redesigned the website twice and helped start our annual Trenton Thunder fundraiser events.

An item of interest about me:
I have a black belt in tae kwon do.

 


J. Christopher Nurney, CPA - Treasurer
I graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Accounting. I started my career with Lybrand, Ross Brothers & Montgomery (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). I started my own firm in 1978 in Doylestown. I joined the Good Friends board in 1980.

An item of interest about me:
I enjoy handyman projects and toy trains.


Rev. Mel Brown
I joined the Board in 1990 and am a Past Board President. I work with 100 Interdenominational churches and organizations. I enjoy working in the field of recovery. I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Religion and Science.

An item of interest about me:
I would love to travel around the world.

 


David Emge
I have now been associated with Good Friends, Inc. for over thirty years. My rationale is as civic contribution. Untreated alcoholism costs society $2.5M & up per afflicted: imprisonment, health cost, broken families and unearned income. Though there is no cure, there is a solution, and that is rehabilitation.

An item of interest about me:
My wife and I live next to a Park that allows us an unobstructed view overlooking the Delaware River.

 


Laura Garber
I am a lawyer by day and an entrepreneur by night. I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and my career has taken me in and out of private practice. I currently work for the Honorable Carolyn Nichols of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. I am a co-owner of a startup focused on providing a business-to-business gifting service. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is near and dear to my heart, and I am happy to serve on this board.

An item of interest about me:
I won the spelling bee in my town nine years in a row when I was growing up.

Natalie Fein
Natalie Fein
I graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelorís degree in Psychology and completed my masterís degree in Counseling from Hunter College and am a Nationally Certified Counselor. I have spent my career working in higher education supporting students in achieving their educational and career goals. Currently, I am working at the Community College of Philadelphia as a member of the counseling faculty. I have a wonderful husband Seth and a young daughter and hope to instill in her a confidence to make her own decisions and shoot for the stars.

An item of interest about me:
My maiden name, Black, is an Americanized version of Platken, which was changed by my great grandfather who fled Russia.

 


Julian Hendryx
I am the father of four children and grandfather of eight children. I am a member of Grant Chapel AME Church. I love all sports.

An item of interest about me:
I am a great grandfather of two children.

 


John Hermann
I've served on the Board of Directors since 1989. I have also served as secretary, vice president and president. I 'm the Industrial Equipment Builder Manager for the Americas for ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants. I previously spent 27+ years working for Texaco.

An item of interest about me:
I carried the Olympic torch run across the USA in June 1996 for 2k. I was provided the opportunity by Texaco because of my volunteer work with Good Friends.


Lillith James
I am a graduate of Long Island College of Pharmacy located in Brooklyn New York. I have been living in Trenton, New Jersey for 19 years. I am the Pharmacist-in-Charge of an Independent Pharmacy in Trenton.

An item of interest about me:
I love to read and work in my community.

 


Harry Parker
I'm grateful for the opportunity to be of service. I studied Business Administration at Lincoln University. I've been in the financial services industry for 35 years. I'm currently a product specialist with a prominent financial institution specializing in student loans located in Montgomery County. I'm happily married to Angela Thrasher-Parker and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. (Beta Chapter).

An item of interest about me:
I was in the hospital room on both occasions when my oldest daughter gave birth to 2 of our grandchildren.

 

Bob Paul
Bob Paul
I grew up in Lower Merion and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. After I earned my law degree at NYU, I spent the next 25 years practicing law in Manhattan, Washington DC and Chicago before returning to Pennsylvania as General Counsel of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. When I joined a law firm in Manhattan in 2008, I moved to Morrisville and began commuting daily to New York.

An item of interest about me:
My never-ending desire to visit new places in all parts of the world has taken me to all seven continents, as well as 48 out of 50 states.


Doug Schoch
I am grateful and honored to serve on this Board. I am a father of 3 adult children. My formal education includes degrees in Industrial Engineering and HR Management as well as professional study certifications in Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chain Finance. I enjoy my current position as a Financial Services Manager for a global industrial products and engineering conglomerate.

An item of interest about me:
My surname Schoch is of an agricultural origin and is associated with the act of cutting and stacking hay or wheat in the field.

 


Bob Schreiber
I am a community pharmacist, owning Burns Pharmacy in Morrisville since 1977. I am a graduate of Phila. College of Pharmacy & Science. Through the years I have been a very active board member of various pharmacy associations. I am married and have 3 grown children and have lived in the area all my life.

An item of interest about me:
I'm a Harley guy and an avid sport-touring motorcyclist.

 


Nancy Sherlock
I became involved with the prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the fall of 1983, by initiating the showing of a PBS special called Chemical People. Shortly thereafter a small group of concerned citizens formed Morrisville C.A.R.E.S., which I continued to chair until 2000. I have 9 wonderful grandchildren and my hope is that they are informed of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and never become involved.

An item of interest about me:
I have a passion for Interior Design and would love to work for an Interior Designer some day.


Richard Weaver
I am happily married to Marguerite. I am presently retired from the position of Corporate Vice-President of Information Services at the New Jersey Hospital Association. Prior to that, I was the Chief Operating Officer of Princeton Data Services. I am a Past President of the Board of Directors.

An item of interest about me:
My wife and I have been together for most of my life.