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Patricia Wellenbach

President & CEO, Please Touch Museum

With over 20 years of experience in the executive and C-Suites, Trish has demonstrated experience in restructuring and building businesses to position them for future growth and opportunity. Appointed in 2016 as the President and CEO of Please Touch Museum, she retired $60MM of debt and since then she has led this top 10 nationally recognized Museum on a trajectory of improved operating efficiency and growth.

A seasoned board member, her director roles include a nationally ranked academic health system, a NYSE direct to consumer business and a community development financial institution. She has experience as a chair and member of audit, compensation, nom-gov and executive committees. She served as a conflicts committee director in a C-Corp conversion, was the lead director in a hospital merger negotiation and lead director on the acquisition strategy for a hospital and payer company.

Prior to Please Touch Museum, she led Green Tree School and Services, restructuring the business, retiring $16MM of debt and overseeing the sale of the business to a multi-state behavioral health company. From 2007-2013 she was President and CEO of Sandcastle Strategy Group, providing management consulting services in strategic planning, organizational realignment, succession planning, and governance. From 2005–2007, Wellenbach was Managing Director for Business Development and Strategy for Granary Associates. Previously, she was the Executive Director of The Wellness Community of Philadelphia and Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations for The Wellness Community National.

Board work and Professional Associations:

  • StoneMor Partners LP: (appointed 2018); NYSE(STON), current member trust and compliance committee and special committee, prior member conflicts committee ‘18-19, audit committee ‘18-‘19.
  • Thomas Jefferson University: (appointed 2015); Chair-Elect 2020, Chair: Jefferson Health Board (2018 to current), member: executive and compensation committees (’15 to current).
  • Abington Health: Lead Director in the merger with Thomas Jefferson University.
  • Reinvestment Fund: Director: (2010-2017), Chair of the audit committee (’15 - ’17), Lead Director Internal Audit 2017, member executive and governance committees (’14-’17).
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Philadelphia Chapter, board member and member of nom/gov committee, (appointed 2019).
  • Member of National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors and Pennsylvania Women’s Forum.
     

Recognition and Awards:

  • 2018: City and State PA Above and Beyond Award, and the Maynooth University Leadership Award, Dublin Ireland.
  • 2016: Women of Tomorrow Distinguished Leader Award, the Girl Scouts Take the Lead Award, and a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction.
  • 2003: St. Francis Medallion for excellence in service to the community.
  • 2000: Benjamin Rush Award from the Philadelphia Medical Society, which recognizes laypersons from the Philadelphia region who have made outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of citizens of the United States.
     

A cum laude graduate of Boston College School of Nursing, Wellenbach also holds a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Healthcare Executive Program.