Erika Riddle Petrozelli, CPA President and Chief Executive Officer
Erika Riddle Petrozelli, CPA, succeeded Bernie Story as Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2021. Erika joined the Foundation in 2014 as Director of Donor Services with a focus on maintaining and expanding philanthropic relationships of the Foundation. For the past year, she has served as Vice President of Philanthropy, contributing to strategic decisions and community leadership activities, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
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.
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.
Carrie Krug Nedick Director of Donor Services
Carrie Krug Nedick was recently named Director of Donor Services at Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. She joined the Community Foundation in January of 2020 as Donor Services and Program Associate. She works with board members, donors, prospects and other members of the Community Foundation family to develop the Foundation’s charitable fund pipeline. Carrie's focus ison providing personalized service to steward relationships and implementing family philanthropy initiatives.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Carrie built a career in nonprofit administration and higher education fundraising, both on staff and as an independent consultant. She served in marketing, development, and outreach roles for the Allentown Symphony Association, and was a major gift officer for the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University. Carrie most recently served the Lehigh Valley as an independent consultant.
Krug Nedick is a member of the Board of Managers of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and an Officer of the Board of Parkland Community Library. She is also a Cub Scout den leader and sings with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.
A Nazareth native, she graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a BA in Music Theory and Composition.
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, 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 served three years on the Upside Allentown Education Committee, and currently serves on 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.
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.
Monique Moreno Grants Associate
Monique Moreno joined the staff of the Community Foundation in October 2020. In her role as Grants Associate, Monique assists the Director of Community Investments in managing the Community Investments functions of the Foundation, which include crafting grantmaking strategy, implementation of grantmaking cycles, and community leadership.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Monique spent nine years working various leadership roles for businesses such as Stitch Fix and BCBG Max Azria. She served in management and administrative roles that focused on company operations and culture, client experience, and project management. Before her time in the business sector, Monique also worked as an intern for the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh and as a consultant for the Pittsburgh Human Rights Network, a social networking program implemented by Global Solutions Pittsburgh. Monique is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Originally from New Jersey, Monique and her family relocated to the Lehigh Valley while she was young. She attended Freedom High School in Bethlehem and graduated from William Allen High School in Allentown. Monique went on to attend Cheyney University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and earned a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Bernard J. Story Philanthropic Advisor
Bernie Story stepped down as CEO of the Community Foundation on December 31, 2020 and was succeeded by Erika Riddle Petrozelli. Bernie served as President during a transitional period ending on June 30, 2021, after which he is serving as a Philanthropic Advisor at the Foundation.
Story began his tenure as President and CEO with the Community Foundation in 2012. Under his leadership, the Foundation’s total assets grew by nearly 90 percent, from $33 million to over $60 million. In addition, the number of charitable funds held at the Foundation grew by over 60 percent, from 160 funds to over 260 funds. Most notable, the annual grants made by the Foundation grew from just over $1 million to nearly $7 million, making the Community Foundation one of the largest funders of nonprofit organizations in the Lehigh Valley.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Bernie held a variety of enrollment management positions in higher education at Moravian College. He was also a writer at Market Street Design Company, and lead singer and rhythm guitarist for The Midnight Sun, a local rock band.
Bernie had been a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem having served as President and Vice President. He also served as Chair of the Middle States Regional Council of the College Board and as a higher education panelist for Leadership Lehigh Valley. Bernie served on the Steering Committee of the Upside Allentown Neighborhood Partnership Program. Currently, he is a Director of the Saucon Insurance Company.
Bernie is a Bethlehem native and a graduate of Moravian College with a degree in English Literature. He currently resides in Emmaus with his wife Peg. They have three children and five grandchildren.
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.