Danielle Scott Griffith, M.S.W., L.S.W., began her over 25-year social work career in 1997 at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she worked in various social services departments until 2005.
She and her husband Scott welcomed their son Rowan in December 2005 , and in November 2007 she gave birth to their daughter, Chloe, who was unknowingly born with a rare chromosomal disorder and subsequently diagnosed at 3 weeks old with retinoblastoma, a series of malignant tumors which impacted both of her eyes, leaving Chloe with serious physical and mental developmental delays. Danielle spent the next 6 years focused on Chloe’s care, which included multiple eye surgeries, oncology treatments, physical and occupational therapy, and feeding and swallowing sessions at Children’s’ Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Chloe has since flourished, attending the Widener Memorial School in Philadelphia, PA for children with special needs.
Upon re-entering the workforce, Danielle knew she wanted to continue her social work career, this time assisting families with children who required special attention due to their medical needs and financial demands. Danielle became the Program Director of the Dolan Fund where she directly served families requiring financial assistance, planned and provided support groups, family fun days, resources and advocacy, and coordinated holiday programs.
Recently, Danielle became the Executive Director of the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. Danielle’s vision for the Fund is to continue to serve those families with children who have medical necessities and suffer financial hardship, and to grow the Fund to serve even more families in need.
Diana brings over 15 years of experience in education. Prior to joining KADMF, Diana was the interim director at PCCH Preschool. During her time with them, she increased enrollment, increased monthly revenue, implemented new curricula to align with best practices for a rigorous early childhood education, developed a tuition reimbursement program for faculty completing college or graduate degrees, coordinated programming with Parent Association in order to build community, and managed website content and social media.
“I am excited to join the fund team because KADMF provides essential, yet often overlooked support to families in their hardest moments. The fact that the organization is not disease-specific is particularly exciting to me because it means that our impact has the potential to be expansive,” said Diana. “I am personally drawn to the mission because of two children to whom I am close who have disabilities-one with Autism and one with Down Syndrome.“
Diana earned her Doctor of Education from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Education from Harvard University. She resides with her husband and three children in Philadelphia.
Linda Bean brings 30 years of diversified human service – nonprofit experience in the fields of juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, mental health, workforce development and community collaboration to her role as Community Engagement Manager at the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund.Linda manages the operation, development and maintenance of community partnerships, third party fundraisers, and supervision of volunteers. She hosts Shining A Light, a livestream podcast raising awareness on the needs of families caring for children with complex healthcare issues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joxM2eH5-5I, utilizing educational forums and inspirational stories to connect the community to available resources. Linda received her BA from SUNY Buffalo in Sociology and Women’s Studies.
A native of New York, Linda was drawn to the mission of the Fund through her own experience in caring for her son, Jake, following a catastrophic injury sustained in an automobile injury at the age of 17. Linda’s passion is in advocating for neurodiversity inclusion. Linda is constantly reminded of how the kindness of so many empowers those travelling through unimaginable circumstances. Linda enjoys spending time with her adult kids, Jake, a firefighter, and Leah, an educator, who followed in her footsteps to help others. You can usually find Linda climbing a mountain with an amazing group of friends and family.
Kara McClain brings over 25 years of experience in behavioral, physical health and child welfare systems to her role at Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. As a Program Manager, Kara has operational oversight and supervision of all financial assistance programming and liaison activities with HealthCare Professionals across Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Kara received a BS and M.S. from Saint Joseph’s University with concentration in Psychology.
As an operational executive, Kara has special interests in mental health services, inclusion, the patient experience, and fundraising while streamlining operational processes to yield positive outcomes along the way. As a native of central Pennsylvania, Kara enjoys spending time with her family, supporting her sons’ sports activities, traveling, and snuggling with her fur babies.