Alumni Spotlight

Rob Ross

Rob Ross

Alum of Shane Victorino Nicetown Club. Rob has served as a Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia board member, is currently a member of the Jeremiah Millbank Society, and is the Strategic Leader of our Bold Change for Kids cabinet. Rob began attending our Nicetown Wayne Avenue Club at the age of six and continued attending through the 12th grade when he was named Pennsylvania’s 1979 Youth of the Year. Rob graduated from Lafayette College in 1983 and from Cornell Law School in 1986. Before founding Ross Feller Casey along with Joel Feller and Matt Casey, Ross was a partner in three other Philadelphia law firms: Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman and Cohen; Fox Rothschild; and Kline & Specter.

Rob’s generosity defines both his personal and professional life. As a personal injury attorney, Rob helps rebuild the lives of those who have been seriously injured. His 30-year career has resulted in countless victories for his clients. Both through his work and his role with Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, Rob has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children. In 2018, we were proud to pay tribute to Rob as our Club Champion at the Philly Showcase of Wine & Cheese.

Mike Cola

Mike Cola

Alum of Shane Victorino Nicetown Club. Michael Cola currently serves as the CEO of Cerecor, Inc following their acquisiton of Aevi Genomic Medicine. He joined Aevi Genomic Medicine as President and CEO in September 2013. Prior to joining Aevi Genomic Medicine, Mr. Cola served as President of Specialty Pharmaceuticals at Shire plc, a global specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2007 until April 2012. He joined Shire in 2005 as EVP of Global Therapeutic Business Units and Portfolio Management. Prior to joining Shire, he was with Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a growth capital provider to life sciences and technology companies, where he served as President of the Life Sciences Group. While at Safeguard, Mr. Cola served as Chairman and CEO of Clarient, Inc., a cancer diagnostics company subsequently acquired by GE Healthcare, and as Chairman of Laureate Pharma, Inc., a full-service contract manufacturing organization serving research-based biologics companies. Prior to Safeguard Scientifics, Mr. Cola held senior positions in product development and commercialization at AstraMerck, a top 20 U.S. pharmaceutical company, and at AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company.

Mr. Cola received a B.A. in biology and physics from Ursinus College and an M.S. in biomedical science from Drexel University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc., Sage Therapeutics, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. Mr. Cola also served on the Life Sciences Pennsylvania Board (formerly named Pennsylvania Bio) from 2009-2015.

Ebony Wortham

Ebony Wortham

Alum of Germantown Club. Ebony D. Wortham, Esq. is an Assistant District Attorney in the City and County of Philadelphia. Since joining the office in August 2005, Ms. Wortham has handled cases in several divisions within the District Attorney’s Office; including the Municipal Court Unit, Charging Unit, Public Nuisance Task Force, Felony Waiver Unit and the Juvenile Unit.

Currently, Ebony D. Wortham, Esq. is the Director of Juvenile Justice Policy and Prevention in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She has helped to curb truancy in Philadelphia’s Charter Schools by developing a supportive relationship with and between parents, schools and students. She has developed innovative approaches to motivate students to stay in school. For example, Ms. Wortham worked with Drexel University to implement a program called “Game Changers” that teaches students to create computer games. Students must attend school to participate. Ms. Wortham is a tireless advocate and respected leader in creating programs and strategies that improve the life chances of youth.

Fran Hunter

Fran Hunter

Alum of Wissahickon Club. Ms. Fran Hunter became a member of the Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club in the year 1947, and has remained a dedicated supporter of the Club ever since.  Through hard work, determination, and the support of the Boys & Girls Club, Fran entered the professional workforce and earned a position with Arco Chemical.  Over the years she climbed the corporate ladder and ultimately achieved the title of International Traffic Director.  Upon retirement, Fran became heavily involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.  She was chosen for a Board of Governors’ position in 1987 and has served as Chairman of the Program Committee and the Procurement Committee during her tenure.  Fran continues to be a tireless fundraiser and an advocate for all youth in the city of Philadelphia.  She was the winner of the Charles E. Jones Award for Distinguished Service as well as the Women & Youth Award. She has served as Chairman of the Wissahickon Auxiliary Committee and is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Heritage Club. 

Tom McCormick

Tom McCormick

Alum of Northeast Frankford Club. Thomas McCormick Jr is the Vice President of Patient Accounting at Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System. Tom has served in this position for over 30 years, joining Penn Medecine shortly after graduating with his MBA from Temple University in 1987. 

Tom’s time with the Clubs started at an early age, playing with his friends at the Northeast Frankford Club from dawn until dusk. He attests to his time at the Clubs as one of the deciding factors for his successes not only at Penn Medicine, but also in life. Utlilizaing his resources at Penn Medicine, Tom surely embodies his nickname “The Big Kahuna” as he works to ensure the children of Philadelphia receive the resources and attention they so rightly deserve. Tom was recently honored as one of the Big Kahunas at our 2020 Coach’s Private Reserce Dinner.