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Board of Trustees


Mrs. Sissy Wickes, President

President, Springtown Show Stables, LLC

Sissy is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and Princeton University. She is currently Editor & Chief of The Plaid Horse Magazine. Sissy and her husband Timothy live in Unionville, PA.  They have three sons and one daughter who are all living independently with successful careers or finishing their studies.  Their youngest son, Sam, graduated in the class of 2012.

Mr. Mark Harbison, Treasurer


Chairman,Litigation Practice Group at Rubin, Fortunato and Harbison 

Mark Harbison is Chairman of the Litigation Practice Group at Rubin, Fortunato and Harbison and specializes in general business litigation. He and his wife Michelle have three daughters. They live in Bryn Mawr and their daughter Anne is a member of the Hill Top class of 2016.


Dr. Elaine Brenneman

Dr. Elaine Brenneman served for many years on the faculty at Swarthmore College in the Special Education Department. She and her husband Steve have have two children. Their son Asa is a member of Hill Top’s class of 2014.

Dr. Gerry Herbison

Director of CLF Program, The American College

Gerry Herbison holds a doctorate in Organizational Development from Wilmington University and is currently Director of the Chartered Leadership Fellow (CLF) Program at The American College. Gerry and his wife live in Norristown. Their son Killian is graduating from Hill Top in 2019 and is a founding resident of Hill Top’s boarding program.


Christopher Lyons '13

Technology Leadership Program, Vanguard

Chris currently works at Vanguard within the Technology Leadership Development program. Chris is a graduate of Hill Top Class of 2013. He graduated from Stevenson University with an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems focusing on network design. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with family, learning new technology, and volunteering throughout the community.

Timothy Madigan, Ph.D.

Headmaster, Churchill School and Center

Tim completed his graduate and doctoral work at SUNY Buffalo, and served as Headmaster of Stratford Friends School in Newtown Square for many years before joining Churchill School and Center. Tim enjoys time with his wife, Genevieve, and their four children.



Martha Miele

SEI Investments

Martha has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services industry. She has been with SEI Investments in Oaks, PA for over twenty years and prior to that, she spent ten years at Delaware Investments in Philadelphia. Martha graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Finance and from Saint Joseph’s University with an M.B.A. and a concentration in Finance. Since 2005, she has helped lead and grow the SEI Cares Program, the philanthropic arm of SEI and serves as Champion, Advocate and Liaison for several non-profit organizations. She also is on the Board of the SEI Diversity Program and formerly a Board member of SEI Women’s Network.



Jamell Mitchell

Neurodiverse Centers of Excellence Chief Talent-Strategy Leader, Ernst & Young

Jamell G. Mitchell serves as the Neurodiverse Centers of Excellence Chief Talent-Strategy Leader along with being the National ASA Tax and Assurance Practice Leader. He is a sought-after conference orator that challenges organizations to consider cognitive difference as an advantage. Jamell is responsible for securing talent, driving awareness, identifying learning opportunities and aligning the Neurodiversity CoEs to EY’s service line and manages teams across the US. He has an MBA with specific focus on Leadership and Finance from Walden University, Minneapolis and a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and Planning from John Jay College in New York.  


Thomas W. Needham

Headmaster, Hill Top Preparatory School

Serving as the head of private schools for more than 30 years, Needham joined Hill Top as Headmaster in 2006. His passion for education drives his leadership efforts for Hill Top as a whole with a primary focus on the success of each student – personally, academically and socially. His knowledge as a leader and hands-on willingness to help make him a great resource for students, parents and alumni.

Mr. Robert Newbold

Managing Principal, Graham Partners

Rob brought extensive corporate knowledge to Hill Top when he joined the Board in 2015. He lives in Berwyn, PA, with his wife, Aralisha, and their three children. One of their sons currently attends Hill Top.


Mrs. Ruth Ortlinghaus

Ruth has been associated with Hill Top since 1998 when her son, Harry, started high school. She joined the Board upon Harry’s graduation. She has a Master’s of Science in Information Technology from Drexel University. She recently retired from owning her own company. Ruth lives in Lafayette Hill, PA with her husband, Seth, and three of their children.




Camille Paglia, J.D., M.D.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Medical Director, Crisis Response Center, Temple University Hospital Paglia is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Science Medical Director at the Crisis Response Center at Temple University. She and her husband Vernon live in Narberth where they raised their two sons.



Robert Pietrusko, Pharm.D.

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Voyager Therapeutics

Bob divides his time between Boston and the Philadelphia suburbs each week, and enjoys spending free time with his wife, Susan, and their family. One of their grandchildren is a Hill Top graduate.


Joseph Riddle

Director, Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Leading the Neurodiversity in the Workplace Program, Joe works to create partnerships with businesses from across globe to diversify their workforce to include those with ASD.


Mr. Robert Sager

Founder and President, Edu-Tech Academic Solutions

Bob has provided consulting and support services in the commercial advertising and K-12 educational environment for over 24 years. He has also developed and presented hundreds of technology-based instructional training programs and event lectures in a wide-range of subjects. Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Development and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies from The Ohio State University, and a Masters degree in Education in Instructional Technology Integration from Arcadia University.

Mr. Seth Straff

Principal and Corporate Secretary, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc.

Seth lives in Lafayette Hill, PA, with his wife, Ruth. Their daughter was recently married, and their son, Harry, a Hill Top alum, recently returned to the area after living and working in Florida and their two youngest daughters are still living at home.


Mr. Ron Stuck

Audit Partner, KPMG, Philadelphia

Ron and his wife, Amy, live in Exton, PA, with their daughter who has complex learning disabilities.


Mr. Timothy Wisecraver

Retired President, Pennsylvania and Delaware Compensation Rating Bureaus

Tim joined the Board in 2015, and lends great financial knowledge and attention to detail. Tim and his wife, Judith Buick-Wisecarver, live in Berwyn, PA. Their son graduated Hill Top in 2018.


Mr. Paul Wrede

Executive Director Marketing, Merck

Paul leads Marketing efforts at Merck. He studied business at Duke Unievrsity. Paul and his wife, Cathy, live in Lafayette Hill, PA and are very involved in their children’s activities.


Kirby Wycoff, Psy.D.

Associate Professor, Co-Director of School Psychology Program and Leadership and Education in Adolescent Health Fellow

Kirby L. Wycoff, Psy.D., NCSP is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who serves as an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the School Psychology Program at Eastern University. Dr. Wycoff’s clinical work and research focuses on the intersection of public health, mental health and social justice.