CFR Welcomes 5 new Directors


July 17, 2017: Philadelphia, PA – Council for Relationships announced today that Keith Anderson, Graham Brent, Dave Bricker, Jackie Zavitz, and Tonya Zweier were recently named to its Board of Directors.

Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson has worked with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for almost 20 years and is currently the Manager of IT Operations. The ECFMG promotes quality health care for the public by certifying international medical graduates for entry into U.S. graduate medical education, and by participating in the evaluation and certification of other physicians and health care professionals nationally and internationally. Keith is also a member of Leadership Philadelphia’s Core Class 2017. He received his BA from Philadelphia University.




Graham Brent

Graham Brent has 30 years’ experience in construction safety, over 20 of them in personnel certification program development and management.  As the Executive Director and, later, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), he developed an aggressive program development and marketing strategy that steered the fledgling certification body into a market leader providing certifications for over 25 construction-related activities. Prior to joining NCCCO in 1996 as Executive Director, Mr. Brent served as an NCCCO Commissioner, and instructed operators, inspectors, and management on hazard recognition and equipment safety, as well as OSHA and ANSI standards compliance.



Dave Bricker

Dave Bricker has more than 25 years of diversified financial management experience, including roles as the Chief Financial Officer of a top-ten mortgage bank, Chief Accounting Officer of a NYSE-listed firm, and nine years of auditing and consulting experience with a Big 4 public accounting firm. He co-founded and operated a consulting firm that served financial institutions, corporations, and banking regulators.  Most recently, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a health and wellness firm with operations in the US, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.




Jackie Zavitz

Jackie Zavitz is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and a member of the Education, Non-Profit, and Social Enterprise Practice. She is focused on searches for leadership transitions in non-profit organizations and public and private institutions, with significant experience in placing CEOs, presidents and chancellors, provosts and deans, and finance and administration leadership. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Jackie was a principal in the global educational practice with another executive search firm. She is a recipient of The Forum Award for Emerging Women Leaders, given by The Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia. Jackie earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the American University in Washington, DC, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.


Tonya Zweier

Tonya Zweier has more than 25 years of diversified financial management experience, including roles as the Chief Financial Officer of several Philadelphia-based high-growth, VC/PE-backed entrepreneurial companies including The Neat Company, Acsis, and Alliance Global Services.  Tonya started her career with KPMG and worked for ten years at Safeguard Scientifics, a Philadephia-area firm that provides capital and relevant expertise to fuel the growth of technology-driven businesses in healthcare, financial services, and digital media.  She currently serves as the SVP of Finance at Innovairre, the worldwide leader in fundraising, supporting partner agencies and nonprofit organizations.  Innovairre services more than 500 charities, with 4000+ employees working across five continents.


In addition to these appointments, the Board of Directors elected Patricia Owens, MBA as Board Chair, Jim Carino as Vice Chair, Michael Veloric as Treasurer, and Nancy Ameen as Secretary. After five years of dedicated service, Reid Blynn finished his term as Board Chair and Dr. Stanley Muravchick finished his term as Vice Chair. Both Mr. Blynn and Dr. Muravchick will remain on the Board.


Council for Relationships (CFR) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1932 whose mission is to help people from all walks of life improve their important relationships by providing exemplary therapy, educating and training clinicians in the family systems approach, and advancing the behavioral health field through research. More than 60 therapists and psychiatrists and 50 student interns work across 10 offices in the Greater Philadelphia area to provide high quality counseling, workshops, and training. CFR clinicians work with children, teens, adults, and families and represent more than 40 specialties, including: families in life transitions, divorce, couples facing issues, sex therapy, relationship education, anxiety, anger management, self-discovery, trauma, Veterans, and more.

Low fee counseling is provided to clients by these highly supervised clinical interns; low fee services are based on income and no one is turned away due to financial limitations. The Community Partnerships Initiative increases access to counseling services for at-risk populations through 11 partner locations throughout Greater Philadelphia. Operation Home and Healing provides counseling from specially-trained therapists for active service members, Veterans, and their families.

CFR is also a leader in clinical education, providing professional development opportunities and training future therapists through three programs: the 70 year old Post Graduate Certificate Program, the Post Graduate Sex Therapy Program, and the Master’s Program offered in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson University. CFR’s long-standing research project, Transcending Trauma, applies the studies of hundreds of Holocaust survivors and families to counseling techniques, guiding treatment of individuals and families with complex trauma histories. CFR provides therapy services to more than 5,000 individuals each year, including more than 1,500 clients who receive free or low-fee counseling.