The following 14 candidates are running for a seat on the Chestnut Hill Community Association Board of Directors. This year a total of 11 seats are available; the top eight vote-getters will win 3-year terms and the next three vote-getters will win 1-year terms. Members of the CHCA may cast their vote using the ballot form that will be available in future print copies off the Chestnut Hill Local. The ballot form is also available at www.chestnuthill.org.

The candidates were asked to describe themselves and why they are seeking a seat on the board. They appear below in the same order in which they appear on the ballot. Ballot order was determined by random drawing.

Remy Lorenzon Pizzichini

Remy Pizzichini

Remy Lorenzon Pizzichini

Born and raised in Chestnut Hill, living as third generation in a family-built home, I represent a family that has built, supported, and lived in this area for over a century. From the time my great-grandparents arrived in 1906 from a small town in Northern Italy, Chestnut Hill has been home. Stone masons by trade, my great-grandfather and his brothers established a masonry construction business that built many notable structures in Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Hospital, the Chestnut Hill Branch of the Philadelphia Library, and multiple residences throughout the area.

I am looking forward to being a board member of the Chestnut Hill Community Association. My strong passion for family, community, and lasting relationships will influence my commitment to Chestnut Hill. As a wife and mother, I fully understand the importance of an active and thriving community comprised of family values, community awareness, and acceptance of diversity. As a local Realtor, I have the proven ability to connect with people so that I may successfully fulfill their dreams.

As a participating member of the CHCA and a part of the 2013 and 2014 Holiday House Tour Committees, I immediately became drawn to the interaction and positive contributions of the community members. I have also volunteered at the Fall for the Arts Festival, an event I have cherished since childhood. I am looking forward to contributing in the traditions Chestnut Hill has already established, as well as offering new ideas for positive community growth.

My long-term commitment to serve the community, while building strong relationships, and now representing the “collective” vision of Chestnut Hill as a Board member is a natural progression for myself, my family, and my community. With your support I will continue to devote my time, talent, energy, and dedication to Chestnut Hill.

Dan Pulka

Dan Pulka

Dan Pulka

A Pennsylvania native, I’ve been a resident of Chestnut Hill since 2005. I’m the Chief Marketing Officer of Pepper Hamilton LLP, a large national law firm headquartered here in Philadelphia. I lead a team responsible for all of the firm’s marketing and business development activities. I hold a B.S.J. in Advertising from the Reed School of Media at West Virginia University, and am a graduate of Leadership Philadelphia’s Core Program.

My experience with Leadership Philadelphia – the region’s premier training ground for non-profit board members – taught me that I have a passion for community service, and it reaffirmed my belief that through hard work, collaboration and creativity, much can be accomplished. I’m eager to apply the knowledge I gained from Leadership Philadelphia to this civic endeavor to help ensure that Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood that continues to flourish and grow.

I’m running for the CHCA Board of Directors because I believe more diversity of voice is needed in CHCA leadership. I’d be honored to offer a new perspective on the challenges and opportunities we face as a community. As a board member, I’ll be an advocate for the residents of Chestnut Hill, who understands the symbiotic relationship between commerce and community, and the importance of cultivating that partnership so that Chestnut Hill remains one of Philadelphia’s most desirable places to live and work. I believe when we fail to honor the traditions of our rich, vibrant past, or the beauty of our village-within-a-city, we put at risk what makes our community truly one-of-a-kind. As a board member, I’ll advocate for common-sense solutions that protect Chestnut Hill’s historical significance, while also allowing for future growth.

In my professional life, I strive to keep the big picture in mind while taking a pragmatic approach to resolving issues. I would welcome the opportunity to strike that same balance in my work as a CHCA board member and humbly ask for your vote.

Bob Boyer

Bob Boyer

Bob Boyer

I currently reside in Chestnut Hill. I am a Director with Credit Suisse serving as a Senior Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager. I am an active member of the Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill Historical Society, Friends of the Wissahickon, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and a variety of other non-profit and philanthropic organizations within the local community. My intention to become a CHCA board member emanates from my passion for preservation of the beauty of the community and its architectural integrity as well as maintaining the quality of life for its residents.

 

Jack McMeekin

Jack McMeekin

 

My interest in serving on the Board of Directors of the Chestnut Hill Community Association is partly to give back for having enjoyed living and raising my family in Chestnut Hill for all of these years, and wanting to do anything I can to ensure that our community retains its unique character for generations to come.

As a lifelong Philadelphian, I hoped that someday I might be fortunate enough to live in this great community. That opportunity came in 1983 when my wife and I bought our home on West Bells Mill Road. Our three sons grew up here and, although they now live outside of Chestnut Hill, they never miss the opportunity for a Schmitter at McNally’s.

I am a proud graduate of Penn State and hold a Masters Degree from Penn Wharton School. After a wonderful 38-year career in healthcare management I retired and now have the pleasure of serving on local community boards, including Northwest Human Services, Green Tree Community Health Foundation, successor to Chestnut Hill Hospital, and work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton.

Lily, my Golden Retriever, and I regularly walk up and down Germantown Avenue. It would be hard not to sense the vibrancy of our town, with its new stores and restaurants, and safe and friendly streets. We are indeed lucky to live here and I want to do anything I can to keep it that way for our kids and theirs. Thank you for your consideration.

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