Board of Directors
Rodger Levenson is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of WSFS Financial Corporation and its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank.
Rodger has been a member of the WSFS Executive Management team since joining the Company in 2006. He has held several leadership roles at WSFS including: Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer from July 2017 to December 2018, EVP and Chief Corporate Development Officer from June 2016 to July 2017, interim EVP and Chief Financial Officer from April 2015 to June 2016, and EVP and Chief Commercial Banking Officer from November 2006 to April 2015.
Prior to his WSFS tenure, Rodger was a Senior Vice President at Citizens Bank—from 2003 to 2006—and a member of its regional senior leadership team. He began his banking career in 1986 in Philadelphia at CoreStates Financial (now part of Wells Fargo) where he led several business units over 17 years.
An active member of the Greater Delaware Valley community, Rodger lends his experience and expertise to several local not-for-profit and public-private organizations that promote economic development, affordable housing, and access to quality education for children. His community service spans memberships on several Boards of Directors, including The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a member of the Delaware Business Roundtable and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Corporate Council. An Executive Board Member of The Wilmington Alliance, Rodger also champions the revitalization and economic growth of Wilmington, Del., where WSFS was founded and remains headquartered. Rodger was the Chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association from 2014 to 2016 and served its Board from 2011-2016. He also served on the United Way of Delaware Board of Directors from 2009-2020.
A native of Broomall, Pa., Rodger earned a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Temple University. He reinforced his leadership experiences with certifications from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Creative Leadership, and Harvard Business School.
Rodger and his family reside in Greenville, Delaware.
Anat Bird, has been a director of WSFS Financial Corporation since 2010. Her current term expires at the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Ms. Bird is President and Chief Executive Officer of SCB Forums, LTD which she founded in 1994. Her banking background includes being President and CEO of California Community Bancshares; Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank; Group Head and Executive Vice President of Norwest Bank; Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of Roosevelt Financial Group; and Managing Director in charge of Strategic Planning, Product Development and Management, the Balance Sheet Advisory Group of Marine Midland Bank. She also founded the Financial Institutions Consulting Group at BDO Seidman. Ms. Bird has taught Financial Markets and Institutions at the University of California at Davis and MBA courses at Temple University. She has spoken at over 400 national and regional forums in banking and other industries. In addition to her contribution as a columnist for the American Banker, she contributes articles to other leading industry publications. She serves on the board of directors for MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She also has served on the Boards of Sterling Bank (2002-2011), Sun Bancorp, Inc. (2008-2009), First Indiana Bank (2002-2007) and AmTrust Bank (2008-2009). Ms. Bird received a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Relations and Psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also received an MBA in Finance from American University and a Diploma in Corporate Strategic Planning from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Ms. Bird brings a broad range of banking experience as well as strategic planning, financial and executive management experience to the Board of Directors.
Francis B. Brake, Jr., became a director of WSFS Financial Corporation in 2014. His current term expires at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Since 2007 he has been President, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder of Epic Research, Inc., a privately-held marketing services firm with principal interests in multiple consumer-facing industries, driving marketing and product innovation in areas such as: travel loyalty, consumer electronics, student lending and small business marketing. From 2000 to 2007 he served as Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer for Juniper Bank/Barclaycard US. Prior to that, he held various positions at First USA Bank from 1994 to 2000 including Executive Vice President, Marketing. Mr. Brake serves on the Board of Directors of Smarter Agent, LLC, a privately-held technology firm, The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts and is a past director of Barclays Bank Delaware. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from The College of William and Mary and a Master of Business Administration from The Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. Mr. Brake brings well-established expertise in marketing, entrepreneurship, innovation, product development, business partnerships and executive leadership to the Board of Directors.
Jennifer W. Davis, has been a director of WSFS Financial Corporation since 2009. Her current term expires at the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. She was appointed Lead Director in 2021. Ms. Davis is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Virginia. In this role, Davis is the University’s chief administrative, business, and operating officer and is responsible for setting financial policy and overseeing the financial affairs of the University including its schools and the Medical Center. Previously, Davis served as Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at George Mason University for five and a half years. There she provided direction, oversight, and financial and operation management for Mason financial operations; campus police; safety, emergency & enterprise risk management; auxiliary enterprises; transportation and parking services; human resources and payroll; facilities management, planning, financing and construction; and space management. From 2008 to 2013, she was employed by the University of Delaware as Vice President for Finance and Administration. Previously, Ms. Davis served as Cabinet Secretary-Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the State of Delaware. She also served the State of Delaware as Budget Director, Deputy Secretary of Education and Associate Secretary of Education for policy and administrative services. Ms. Davis earned her undergraduate degree in political science and her Master’s degree in policy analysis from Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Davis brings knowledge of human resource issues, as well as finance, risk management and executive leadership expertise to the Board of Directors.
Michael J. Donahue was appointed as a director of WSFS Financial Corporation on March 1, 2019. His current term expires at the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Mr. Donahue is a retired partner of KPMG LLP, the global accounting and consulting firm where he held various leadership roles including Group Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of KPMG Consulting (later renamed BearingPoint, NYSE: BE, NASDAQ: KCIN), the $3.6 billion consulting and systems integration firm. Mr. Donahue also served as the managing partner, technology solutions, for the global consulting business and as a member of the Board of Directors of KPMG LLP (US), KPMG Consulting KK (Japan) and as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of KPMG Consulting AG (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). While Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Donahue managed the initial public offering process and led a global expansion program, completing 34 merger and acquisition transactions which added $1.1 billion of annual revenue. He served as a Trustee of Beneficial Bank and director of Beneficial Bancorp since 2015. Mr. Donahue has significant Board experience having served on the board of directors for 17 corporations (12 private, five publicly held). Mr. Donahue’s experience has ranged from large global company boards to emerging growth company boards. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Beneficial, Mr. Donahue presently serves as an independent director of two privately-held firms: Mobiquity, a Massachusetts-based mobile technology and services company; and SiteSpect, a web marketing and optimization software business located in Boston. Mr. Donahue provides the Board of Directors with significant technology strategy and information systems experience across a wide range of industries, and experience mergers and acquisitions at a local and national level. In addition, Mr. Donahue offers the Board of Directors significant risk management and public company oversight experience.
Karen Dougherty Buchholz was appointed as a director of WSFS Financial Corporation on March 1, 2019. Ms. Buchholz is Executive Vice President, Administration & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation, one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. She previously served as Trustee of Beneficial Bank from 2009 to 2014 and director of Beneficial Bancorp from 2014 to 2019. As an executive of Comcast Corporation, Ms. Buchholz provides the Board of Directors with extensive public company oversight, leadership experience, knowledge of local and national markets, and technology expertise. In addition, Ms. Buchholz is affiliated with several local civic and charitable organizations and offers the Board of Directors significant business and management level experience from a setting outside the financial services industry.
Eleuthère I. du Pont, has been a director of WSFS Financial Corporation since 2013. He was appointed Lead Director from 2016-2021. His current term expires at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Since 2008, he has been president of the Longwood Foundation, a private foundation principally supporting charitable organizations. He has also been a director of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company since 2006. In 2007 and 2008, he served as Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer of drugstore.com. Prior to that, Mr. du Pont served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Wawa, Inc. a chain of food markets in the mid-Atlantic region. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University. Mr. du Pont brings significant expertise in corporate governance, accounting, finance, operations, retail, information technology and investment management to the Board of Directors.
Nancy J. Foster became a director of WSFS Financial Corporation in 2020. Ms. Foster will also serve on the Board’s executive committee. She will be up for reelection at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Since 2018, she has been President and Chief Executive Officer of The Risk Management Association (RMA), where she has worked with the board, chapters, regulators and institutional members to advance sound risk management practices among the 100-year-old association’s more than 1,900 financial institutions, which collectively represent 85 percent of bank assets in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to her role at RMA, Ms. Foster was Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Personal Financial Services at Park Sterling Bank. She has nearly forty years of experience in commercial banking and risk management. She was previously Chief Risk Officer of CIT Group, Inc., where she was responsible for global, enterprise-wide risk management. Prior to joining CIT, Ms. Foster was Group Senior Vice President at LaSalle Bank Corporation. During her tenure at LaSalle, she held several roles of increasing responsibility in middle market lending and credit risk management. Ms. Foster received her master’s degree in business administration in finance and strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics from Illinois State University.
Chris Gheysens, became a director of WSFS Financial Corporation in 2017 and his current term expires at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Mr. Gheysens is President & Chief Executive Officer of Wawa, Inc. Wawa is a chain of more than 750 convenience stores located in six states and known for their fresh food and beverage and legendary customer service. Wawa is a family and associate-owned, privately-held company. Over 30,000 associates serve over 1.6 million customers every day. The company began in the early 1800’s in New Jersey with an iron foundry and a cotton and textile mill, and eventually migrated to Pennsylvania with the opening of a dairy plant in 1902. As supermarkets became more abundant in the early 1960’s, the concept to design and open Wawa retail stores became a reality with the first store opening in Folsom, PA on April 16, 1964. Today, Wawa ranks 36th on Forbes’ annual ranking of Largest Privately Held Companies and also ranks among the top ten Employee Stock Ownership Programs in the country.
Mr. Gheysens has served Wawa associates for more than nineteen years and previously held the position of Chief Financial and Administrative Officer from January 2007 to December 2011, with responsibility for all financial, legal and human resource functions. Prior to joining Wawa, Mr. Gheysens worked in the audit practice at Deloitte and Touché, LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Gheysens graduated from the Villanova University School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 1993. He obtained his Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and was a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey. He graduated from Saint Augustine Preparatory School located in Richland, New Jersey.
Mr. Gheysens was appointed in 2013 to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). He also is the chairperson of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Villanova School of Business and is a member of the Economic and Community Advisory Committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He joined The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Board of Overseers in 2014 and has led the formation of their first Corporate Council. He has recently been elected to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Board of Trustees.
David G. Turner, has been a director of WSFS Financial Corporation since 2013. His current term expires at the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Since 2010, Mr. Turner has been Vice President, Partner, Global BAO Leader in the Banking and Financial Markets Division of Global Business Services of IBM. After retiring from Bank of America, in 2009, Mr. Turner founded Sovereign Partners Consulting, LLC working with key major banking clients world-wide focusing on strategy and IT consulting. Mr. Turner joined MBNA in 2003 as Senior Executive Vice President and, in the following year, was promoted to Group Executive to create their Research and Development Department. He served in various capacities with MBNA and its successor, Bank of America through 2009 including his role as the Information Management Transformation Executive. Prior to that, Mr. Turner was Executive Vice President and President of the Gateway Companies, San Diego, California. Mr. Turner is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Delaware State University, former director of the US Chamber of Commerce and an adjunct professor at several universities. He earned his B.S in Computer Science/Mathematics from Delaware State University, a Master of Sciences in MIS from Fairleigh Dickenson University and is an alumnus of the Dartmouth-Amos Tuck Executive MBA Education Program. Mr. Turner brings significant expertise in banking and financial markets with experience in the areas of product development, marketing, sales, analytics, technology, channels and customer experience.
Mark A. Turner is a director of WSFS Financial Corporation and was previously Executive Chairman of the WSFS Board of Directors. Prior to that Mr. Turner was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of WSFS. Prior to that Mr. Turner was both the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of WSFS. His current term expires at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
WSFS is a multi-billion dollar, publicly traded financial organization (NASDAQ:WSFS), the largest bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Delaware Valley, and the seventh oldest bank in the U.S. Mr. Turner has been privileged to lead a Company that has been named by an independent survey as a “Top Workplace” in its home market for the last 13 years in a row and has also been voted as the “#1 Bank” in its home market for eight years in a row.
Mr. Turner received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Management from LaSalle University. Among other executive leadership programs, Mr. Turner has studied at National Training Labs, Aspen Institute, Gallup University, Toyota University, Center for Creative Leadership, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Stanford University and Buckley School for Public Speaking. Mr. Turner is also a frequent guest speaker at Wharton’s Executive Education programs.
Mr. Turner is an active leader in his communities. Among other activities, he has served as: Chairman of the Board of the Delaware Business Roundtable (DBRT); a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board’s Advisory Council (FAC); Chairman of the Board of Delaware Bankers Association (DBA); a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (DSCC); a member of the Board of Teach For America (TFA), Delaware; and a founding member of Wilmington Leaders Alliance (WLA).