Meet The Team
Sister Jean Rupertus
Sr. Jean is a sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia. She received her master’s degree in Integrative Education from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Justice and peace has always been a passion for Sis. Jean. She spent 29 years as a teacher and principal. She has traveled with peace organizations to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti. She spent five years in ministry to those who were homeless and/or mentally challenged, while also doing outreach on the streets of Philadelphia.
For eight years, she served as administrator of congregational services rendered by sisters on mission and ministered for eight years in Wilmington, DE as director of House of Joseph II– a long-term living residence for homeless women and men living with advanced stages of HIV/AIDS. Sr. Jean is presently director of Anna’s Place in Chester PA, a Franciscan hospitality center sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.
Alexia earned a BA from Smith College and a master's degree in Public Health from Drexel University. She has spent over 16 years providing and developing behavioral health programming focused on community health and prevention.
For 5 years she served as Program Coordinator at STEPS for Kids, a childhood obesity treatment program out of Inspira Health Network in Vineland, NJ. She was Community Outreach Coordinator for the Kornberg School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA, connecting families to oral care and providing education on oral health. Prior to working at Temple, she also worked at the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia, PA as a Positive Prevention Specialist and at Safeguards, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA, providing LGBT and HIV/AIDS health outreach.
Fran Stier earned a BA in anthropology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in anthropology at the University of Arizona, studying agriculture among the San Blas Cuna of Panama. She taught anthropology at Purdue for a year, and worked 3 years as Regional Anthropologist in West Africa for the United States Agency of International Development.
Fran then worked as an actuary, becoming a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1989, and doing financial reporting for life insurance companies for 34 years before retiring.
A member of Congregation Ohev Shalom of Wallingford since 1983, Fran served as Social Action chair for 15 years. She served as co-chair for the Chester/Delco chapter of Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence for 3 years
Sister Virginia Spiegel
Sister Virginia is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. She received her bachelor’s degree from Marylhurst College in Oregon and her master’s degree from Marquette University in Wisconsin.
She spent 30 years as a teacher in Catholic schools located in the states of California, Oregon, Washington and Maryland. For ten years she served as General Treasurer for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in Aston, PA. She spent time in Kenya, Africa among the Masai people doing financial work for a Secondary School in Rombo. She was Director of Finance for the Dominican Sisters in Elkins Park, PA for five years. She served as a member of the Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for six years.
Sister Virginia is presently a volunteer at Anna’s Place in Chester, PA where she administers the finances and assists in the computer classes.
All of our groups are led by masters-level therapists who are licensed to practice by the State of Pennsylvania. Additionally, our therapists are certified in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have real-world experience in providing group services. Our programs focus on psychoeducation and skill-building and we base our programming on the Sanctuary Model and the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) model.
Advisory Board Executive Committee
Chair: Pastor William Ashford III, Shiloh Baptist Church
Vice-Chair: Imam Haneef Mahdi, Islamic Center of Chester
Secretary/Treasurer: Ms. Fran Stier
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Eric Bayne, Chester City, Workforce Development
Ms. Susanne Cianfaro, Chester Charter School for the Arts
Rev. Ronald Hughes, Community Baptist Church
Ms. Barbara Muhammad, United Muslim Coalition Against Violence and Crime
Neil O'Brien, Esq., Counsel for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Dr. Brock Roben, Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Sister Jean Rupertus, Anna's Place
Sister Virginia Spiegel, Anna's Place
Rev. Zuline Wilkinson, Chester Eastside, Inc.
Police Liaisons: Major Steve Gretsky, Sergeant Matthew Goldschmidt, Officer Terrence Taylor