Bernard J. Story President and CEO
Bernie Story joined the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation as President and CEO in 2012 after a 32-year career in higher education administration. As President and CEO, Bernie oversees the operations of the Foundation and works closely with the Foundation’s Board of Governors in developing strategies to support the mission of the Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Bernie held a variety of positions at Moravian College including Director of Admissions, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, and Vice President for Enrollment.
Bernie had been a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem serving as President and Vice President and Bernie also served as Chair of the Middle States Regional Council of the College Board and as a higher education panelist for Leadership Lehigh Valley. Currently, he is also a Director of the Saucon Mutual Insurance Company and he serves on the Steering and Education Committees of the Upside Allentown Neighborhood Partnership Program, the Early Learning Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, and the Impact Council of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Bernie is a Bethlehem native and a graduate of Moravian College with a degree in English.
He also completed Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certifications in secondary instruction in English, Language Arts, and Communications.
Trisha R. Higgins, CPA Vice President and CFO
Trisha Higgins joined the staff of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in 2002. As Vice President and CFO, Trisha oversees all aspects of the financial and operational administration of the Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Trisha was Senior Accountant at Harry Margolis & Company, later Concannon, Gallagher, Miller and Company in Bethlehem, where she was primarily responsible for auditing non-profit organizations.
Trisha serves on the board for the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley and is a member of the United Way of Carbon County's Allocation Committee.
Trisha has served in many roles in her hometown community through involvement with school and youth sports organizations. She was most recently the treasurer and tournament director of the Lehighton Area Soccer Club.
Trisha is a native of Jim Thorpe and graduated from Muhlenberg College where she earned a degree in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Erika Riddle Petrozelli, CPA Director of Donor Services
Erika Riddle Petrozelli joined the staff of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in 2014. As the Director of Donor Services, Erika focuses on maintaining and expanding philanthropic relationships of the Foundation. As a Certified Public Accountant, she provides professional knowledge and advice about charitable giving to a wide range of Lehigh Valley residents, from individuals and families to their trusted advisors and local businesses.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Erika was Vice President of Investor Relations at Magnitude Capital, LLC, a fund of hedge funds based in New York City. In this role, she was responsible for client service and content management for the firm's global investor base. Prior to joining Magnitude, Erika was a Senior Audit Associate in the Banking and Capital Markets sector at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Erika has had several thought pieces and op-eds published in local publications including Network Magazine, Lehigh Valley Business, and The Express-Times. She has contributed to news stories in The Morning Call, and has appeared on television broadcasts including WLVT PBS39, WFMZ 69 News, WBPH TV-60, and on radio programs at WDIY 88.1 FM.
Erika was selected for a 2018-19 Rider-Pool Foundation Collective Impact Fellowship, an intensive, nine-month Fellowship program that trains and equips non-profit leaders to address complex community needs and develop stronger cross-sector partnerships. In 2016, Erika completed the Leadership Lehigh Valley program at Northampton Community College.
Erika is a member of the Board of Managers of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem (2018 – Current) and the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley (2017-Current). In addition, she is a member of the Junior League (2010 – Current), previously in New York City and currently in the Lehigh Valley. In October 2017 Erika was Honorary Co-Chair of the Rotary Club of Bethlehem’s Taste & Tunes event to support the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley.
A Bethlehem native, she graduated from Lehigh University with a major in Accounting. She was awarded the President’s Scholarship and went on to earn her Masters in Accounting and Information Analysis.
Michael Wilson Director of Communications
Michael Wilson joined the staff of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in 2016. As Director of Communications, Michael is responsible for developing and directing marketing communications that include branding, publications, public and media relations, social media and the website.
Prior to joining the Foundation in August, Michael spent 18 years in higher education as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Before joining Moravian, he worked in New York City for 14 years at the Department of Health, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and the American Diabetes Association.
Michael is a member of Leadership Lehigh Valley’s Class of 2000 and has served on the boards of the Weller Center in Easton, Pa., the Bethlehem Marketing Council, and the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Coalition for a Smoke-free Valley, and on Clear Channel Communication’s Community Advisory Task Force. He currently serves on Upside Allentown's Education Committee, The Center for Vision Loss Marketing and Communications Committee, and the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital's Marketing Advisory Committee.
Michael is a native of Allentown and graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in Public Health/Education.
Megan Briggs Director of Community Investments
Megan Briggs joined the staff of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in 2017. In her role as Director of Community Investments, Megan oversees grantmaking administration and strategy. She works with volunteer advisory committees to implement the Foundation's high-impact grantmaking programs and analyzes data from the nonprofit community to help maximize and promote community impact.
Prior to joining the foundation, Megan has held various leadership roles in a diverse set of non-profit organizations including serving as Director of Family Services at Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County and Project Manager of Strategy at Philadelphia Youth Network. She was also selected as a 2012 United Way Emerging Leaders Fellow.
Originally from Maryland, Megan spent 12 years in Philadelphia prior to moving to Upper Black Eddy in 2016. She served as a member of the fundraising committee for Germantown United and on several local neighborhood organizing committees in the Philadelphia area. She graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business.
Linda D. Schmoyer Executive Administrative Assistant
Linda D. Schmoyer joined the staff of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in 2017. As Executive Administrative Assistant, Linda oversees the daily office operations and is the assistant to the Foundation’s President and CEO.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Linda held administrative support positions as Membership and Donor Relations Manager at the Allentown Art Museum, Coordinator for the Advancement Leadership Gifts Department at Lehigh University and as Gifts Processor at Rodale Institute.
Linda is a member of (IAAP) International Association of Administrative Professionals and is a Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). She is also a member of the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute’s Administrative Office Technology/Accounting and Computer Information Technology Advisory Councils.
Linda is a native of Telford and graduated from Allentown Business School with an Associate in Specialized Business Degree.
Janis Strohl Accounting and Operations Assistant
Janis Strohl joined the staff of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in July as Accounting and Operations Assistant, after working for the organization on a temporary-basis since January of 2017. She assists the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the financial and operational responsibilities of the Foundation.
Prior to working at LVCF, Janis held positions through Allied Personnel Services as a Financial Services Consultant at Olympus America, Inc., and as a Financial Analyst at Rodale, Inc. She served for twelve years as Senior Cash Management Accountant at Reliant Senior Care (formerly Penn Med Consultants. Concurrently, Janis has served as a Program Leader at Weight Watchers of Eastern Pennsylvania since 2006.
Originally a native of Canton, Ohio, Janis joined the United States Army where she served a Personnel Actions Specialist in Germany and Colorado. After her military experience, she earned an Associate of Accounting degree from Northampton Community College. She then attended Muhlenberg College, where graduated Cum Laude, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in accounting.
Ashton Galasso Assistant Director of Operations
Ashton Galasso joined the staff of the Community Foundation in July 2018. In her role as Assistant Director of Operations, Ashton assists the Vice President & CFO in managing the finance and operational functions, while supporting the grants, donor services and communication operations of the Foundation.
Prior to joining the staff, Ashton served as an Accounting Intern at the Community Foundation since November 2016, performing a variety of accounting duties and directly assisting the CFO with operational and finance projects. Ashton also served the community with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, preparing tax returns for low to moderate income households.
A native of Lehighton, Pa., Ashton is a graduate of Moravian College with a B.A. degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Management. She was a member the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Accounting Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society of Economics.