Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Elected Members
Mr. Wayne W. Grafton - Chairman
Mr. Grafton has held senior management and consulting positions in the public and private sectors, as well as for non-profit organizations for over forty years. Mr. Grafton holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He is a well-known lecturer on Land Use Planning issues and is a Principle in The Grafton Association. Throughout his career he has continuously been involved with a variety of philanthropic activities. Mr. Grafton has been on the Board of the Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show, having served as the President for 5 years. Currently, he is a Board member of the Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation and President of The Philadelphia Four-in-Hand Club. Additionally, he was involved with the Evening in Old Saratoga Drive which benefited The New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, he was a committee member on the Laurels at Landhope Combined Driving Committee. Mr. Grafton has been a box holder and supporter of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair for over 30 years with his wife, Marjorie, who has been a competitor in the carriage division for many years.
Mr. Richard M. O’Donnell - President
Rich O’Donnell is a Senior Vice President with Univest Bank & Trust Co. He works in Private Banking Group with Lawyers, Doctors, and High Net Worth clients. Rich has 35+ years of experience in the financial services industry. He has held leadership roles at Continental Bank, Norristown, Pa., Commerce Bank and First National Bank of Chester County. Mr. O’Donnell has an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Pierce Junior College and a BA degree in Finance from the University of Delaware. He furthered his education with a Graduate degree in banking through the American Bankers Association, Stonier Graduate School of Banking. In addition, he has a Business Management & Strategy Certificate from Villanova University.
O’Donnell has a passion for helping others. He shares his financial expertise and enthusiasm by giving back to the community through various volunteer efforts. He serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Inc. and Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Foundation; Treasurer of the Kimberton Hunt Club; Treasurer and Honorary Director of the Carriage Association of America, Trustee of the Hoopes-Addis Foundation and Treasurer and Trustee of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation. Rich is also President-Elect of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture and serves on the Finance Committee. He is also a Member of the Philadelphia Four In Hand Club.
In his spare time, Rich enjoys riding and training his horses, fox hunting and competing with his antique horse-drawn carriages. Rich has been seen many times in the Dixon oval with his horses and has been the Pairs Champion in 2013 and Reserved Champion in 2014. Rich and his wife have been volunteers at Devon for a longtime. In addition, Rich recently authored a book titled “The Coach Horn” and is available through the Carriage Association of America. Rich resides with his wife in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Gail McCarthy - Secretary
Gail McCarthy received her BA from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. She held several positions in the retail industry including Vice President of Sales and Management for the LA office of Chaus Industries and Liz Claiborne. She has served as Vice President for the Saturday Club 2002-2006 and President of the Tarleton Nursery School and Beaumont Elementary School PTA. Gail has volunteered on many Devon Country Fair committees and was instrumental in creating a new look and increased revenue for the Devon Souvenir Committee. She has served on the Devon Country Fair Executive Committee since 2003 and Co-Chaired 2006-2007 and 2013-2014. She most recently participated in the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair By-Laws Committee. Gail and her husband Neal live in Berwyn with their two children.
Ms. Norma Hamm - Treasurer
Norma K. Hamm has been involved in Devon for many years. Her roles have included chairing several Committees most recently the Devon Tree Sale. She was also an active participant on the By-Laws Committee. Norma Co-Chaired the Devon Country Fair in 1998-1999 and has served as an Assistant Treasurer for Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, as well as Treasurer for the Devon Country Fair.
Mr. Thaddeus Bartkowski, III
Thaddeus J. Bartkowski, is a leading executive in the media industry with an extensive track record of accomplishment. He has spent close to two decades in the media industry having built three media companies that have served various parts of North America. The last eight years of his career he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Outdoor Advertising, LLC (Catalyst) a company that develops, owns, and operates some of the most highly valued outdoor advertising assets in North America.
Mr. Bartkowski is very active in the community having provided marketing and communication guidance to over 30 regional nonprofit organizations on an annual basis throughout the greater Philadelphia region. He is a member of the board of directors of Thorncroft Equestrian Center where his passion for horses and assisting others are united together. Mr. Bartkowski is significantly involved in both State and Federal politics with bipartisan support of candidates whose polices enhance our communities.
Mrs. Eugene Capaldi
Carolyn began volunteering at Devon in 1980 she has served on several Devon Country Fair Committees most recently Garden Café and Devon Derby. Carolyn has been an active member of the DCF Executive Committee since 1990 and Co-Chaired 1992-1994. She previously worked for PSFS and Mellon Banks.
Mrs. Richard B. Seidel
Ann Seidel has been volunteering at Devon since 1969, she has chaired virtually every DCF booth and serves as DCF Co-Chair 1996/1997. Most recently, Ann was instrumental in working with the Volunteer Coordinators to facilitate volunteer sign ups and the database. She continues to serve as Chairman in Midway and has served on the DCF Executive Committee for over 25 years. Ann and her husband Richard live in West Chester.
Mrs. Richard P. Shinners, II
Sandra Shinners worked as a social worker for several years and now is a money Manager for SCA Financial Services. She began volunteering in 1991 and has served as Co-Chair 2001-2003 and 2010-2011. Sandra has worked on many Devon committees and currently serves as Assistant Treasurer of the Country Fair. She and her husband live in Malvern and their grown children live in Cambridge, MA and Ardmore, PA .
Mrs. Robert M. Somers
Dolly Somers has been a Devon volunteer for 40 years, she served as Devon Country Fair Co-Chair 1986-1987 and 1992-1993. Dolly has served on the Devon Country Fair Executive Committee for many years. She has been an active Chairman on many committees including Midway and Programs. More recently, Dolly has chaired Information and currently is volunteering in Garden Café. Dolly and her husband reside in Radnor and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Mr. Kenneth M. Wheeler, Jr.
Kenny Wheeler is President of Virginia Eagle Distributing, the largest Anheuser-Busch beverage distributor in the state of Virginia. He is the son of Kenny and the late Sallie Busch Wheeler of Cismont Manor Farm in Keswick, long-time successful exhibitors at Devon in the Hackney, Saddlebred, Hunter, and Hunter Breeding divisions. He, his wife Ceil, and his daughters have shown Saddlebreds at Devon for many years, and Mr. Wheeler is on the Board of the American Saddlebred Horse Association.
Holly H. Griffin
Holly has been a volunteer at the DHSCF since childhood. Like many, she began by selling lemon sticks and then moved to many other committees including hospitality and sponsorship. Most recently, Holly has chaired the Devon Program Committee. In 2014, she was appointed to the By-Laws committee where her knowledge of the horse show and history were invaluable. Holly is an Account Executive with a private group Property and Casualty firm with a specialty in Bloodstock and Equine Farm Insurance. Holly and her husband Sam live in West Chester, PA.
Debbie Martin has been involved with the Devon Country Fair since 1976. She was Co-Chair of the Devon Country Fair two times, once in 1991-1992 and more recently in 2011-2012. She has been the Co-Chair and committee member on many pre-events including Black Tie and Boots Ball, Christmas Tree Sale, and Fall Festival of Homes. She has also been Chairman of many Devon Country Fair booths including Hot Dogs, Devon Derby, Cafeteria, and Soft Drinks. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Inc. as well as the Board of Director of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation and the Executive Committee of the Devon Country Fair. She is currently the Director of Food Services at Norristown Area School District. Debbie and her husband reside in Harleysville, PA where they raised their two children.
John Frazier Hunt
John is the founding partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Hunt & Ayers, PC. He received his law degree from Dickinson School of Law and his Masters Degree in Law from Harvard Law School. John and his wife own a farm in northern Chester Country where they raise Black Angus and Kobe beef. Their farm has over 25 horses some owned by the Hunt’s and others boarded. They also kennel the PennMaryDel fox hounds for the Bellwood Hunt Club. John is the Master of Foxhounds of Bellwood Hunt Club and a director of Chester County Foxhunters Association. He and his family have been longtime supporters of DHSCF.
Michael Tillson, III
Michael is one of the most highly regarded authorities in the country on classic and sports cars as well as a lover of fine horses. Close to 20 years ago, he brought together two of his great loves-classic cars and horses and fox hunting by staging a benefit; “Concours d’Elegance” at Radnor Hunt. This event has grown over the years and is now considered one of the best known classic cars showcases in the nation.
Michael is actively involved in several area charities and is a long time DHSCF supporter.
Mrs. Elizabeth Wright
Beth is Director of Program Management at the Kingstree Group, Inc., a national worker’s compensation case management company. She was President of the Conestoga Soccer Booster Club in 2008 and served as Vice President on the Conestoga Crew Club Board 2009-2011. Beth moved to Devon in 1996 and began volunteering for the Devon Country Fair. She joined the Devon Country Fair Executive Committee in 2003 and has chaired the Souvenir Committee and Chair of the Fair 2007-2008 and 2016-2017. Beth and her husband Jay live in Devon and have three grown children.
Ms. Andrea Conners
Andrea Connors is Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development for Land Services USA, Inc. She coordinates and underwrites title insurance for local as well as national multi-state commercial transactions. Ms. Connors holds her PA Title Agency license and a NJ Producer’s license as well as being a licensed PA Real Estate Broker with her GRI, CRS and CSP certifications. She is also a member of CREW and Suburban West Realtors. Ms. Connors graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She is a Board Member of the Home Builders Association of Chester & Delaware Counties. She has competed in the hunters and jumpers at Devon for many years and has a 15-year-old daughter who has been competing at Devon in the hunters and jumpers since she was a child. She and her husband Ken and two children live in Glen Mills.
Mrs. Karin Maynard
Karin Maynard is a Vice President with AmeriClic Language Services in Wayne, PA. Previously she has worked in several major health insurance companies (including CIGNA Healthplans, John Hancock Health Plans and GHI, Inc) in medical management and marketing roles. She is fully bi-lingual in Spanish, having lived in Spain for several years and conversational in two additional languages. Karin Maynard has been a volunteer at Devon for close to 20 years, she joined the Devon Country Fair Executive Committee in 2003 and previously Co-Chaired 2008-2009 and 2015-2016. She served as Chairman of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Sponsorship Committee in 2014 and has been an active member in the PR and Sponsorship Committees for several years. She most recently participated in the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair By-Laws Committee. Karin, her husband and daughter live in Devon. Her daughter Abigail is a freshman at James Madison University, and has been volunteering at Devon since she was in elementary school. Abigail is currently a Chair of the Hot Dog Booth.
Ex Officio Members
Mrs. Andrea Gilbert
Andrea Gilbert joined Main Line Health in June 2000 as the senior vice president of Bryn Mawr Hospital. She was named president of Bryn Mawr Hospital in 2002. In this role she has overall responsibility for the hospital, including day-to-day operations, strategic planning, clinical program development, physician recruitment, fundraising and financial operations. During Ms. Gilbert’s tenure, Bryn Mawr Hospital has earned many national distinctions, including: Top 100 Hospital in the nation by The Thomson Reuters Organization, Philadelphia region’s best hospitals in US News & World Report, and The Philadelphia Business Journal Best Places to Work.
Ms. Gilbert has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and hospital administration, including positions at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington, D.C.; the Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va.; and the Allegheny and Tenet Health Systems in Philadelphia. Before joining Bryn Mawr Hospital, Ms. Gilbert was the CEO at City Avenue Hospital in Philadelphia.
Ms. Gilbert is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a master’s degree in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University. She has served as a director of the Bryn Mawr Trust Bank Corporation since 2004.
Ms. Gilbert and her husband have three daughters and have lived in Penn Valley, Lower Merion Township, since 1985.
Mrs. Lisa Estabrook
Lisa received her BA in Communications from the University of Delaware and proceeded to hold account management leadership positions for regional advertising agencies managing financial clients. She has been involved with numerous organizations, including the Philadelphia Art Museum, Landmarks, Inc., The Saturday Club, the Radnor Races and the Radnor Three Day Event.
Her love of horses and painting led her to volunteering and eventually chairing the Devon Country Fair’s Hospital Shop in 1998. She proceeded to chair numerous committees, including Tea Cart, Hot Dogs, Garden Café, the Coffee Shop, Concessions and House Tour. She helped initiate the PR and Marketing committee, developing the Ladies Day Hat Contest, a Garden Club competition and Children’s Day activities. Lisa still continues to plan and executes the very popular guided Back Barn tours.
Lisa has served on the Devon Country Fair Executive committee since 2001 and first co-chaired the show in 2005-2006. She is currently a co-chair for the 2017 and 2018 shows. In addition to her commitment for the growth and success of Devon, Lisa is an ordained Deacon for St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Devon and a committee co-chair for Dressage at Devon’s Souvenir Shop.
Ms. Darlene DiGorio
Darlene DiGorio is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and a second Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She and two colleagues formed a therapeutic private practice 10 years ago to help families and their children navigate life’s challenges. Darlene also does extensive work with U. S. Military Service Members and their families both in the States and overseas.
Darlene has been involved in volunteer activities throughout her life. She has been a volunteer at the Tarleton School, Episcopal Academy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The American Red Cross and the Devon Country Fair. Initially she started as a Chair in the Hot Dog Booth and has chaired in various booths over the past 25+ years including Co-Chair of Ladies Day 2015-2017 and the Country Fair in 2004-2005. She is currently a Co-Chair for the 2018-2019 shows.
Mr. John J. Nesbitt, III, Director Emeritus
John J. Nesbitt, III and his wife Sandy reside at Stoney Creek Farm in Willistown Township, Chester County. John grew up in a family where fox hunting and race horses were major sports. By 16, when not employed elsewhere during the summers he worked for the family manufacturing business, John J. Nesbitt, Inc. of Philadelphia. Following college at Bucknell University, where he and Sandy met, he managed to fit in a Wharton MBA and a year of law at the University of Virginia before being called to active duty in 1967 as an ROTC trained US Army Intelligence Officer and assigned to a specialized unit serving the Pentagon, leaving as a Captain. John’s business career was in banking and finance which he began with First Pennsylvania Corporation and Bank, now part of Wells Fargo Bank, and included serving as President of a subsidiary providing financial systems and services technology to other banks and large corporations. In 1981 he joined Provident National Bank, now part of PNC Bank.
John went on to become an organizer and co-founder of Greenville, Delaware based Christiana Bank & Trust Company (CB&T) which was chartered in 1993, and today is incorporated into WSFS Bank as Christiana Trust. With CB&T he served in many roles, including as a senior officer and director, Corporate Secretary, and after retirement in 1999 as Chairman of the Audit Committee.
It was in the 1980s that he and his wife became actively associated with the Devon Horse Show as their two daughters, Sharon and Julie, took up riding and showing, including Devon. For many years John served on the Devon Horse Show Directors’ Executive Committee, as Chairman of the Finance/Audit Committee for both the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Inc. and Foundation, as well as the General Chairman of the Hospitality Committee, stepping aside after the 2015 Show with his wife. The Nesbitt family has been supportive of Devon for many decades, including as box holders, with John and Sandy the family box holders for some thirty-five years.