Freedom Valley Disability Enablement
Board of Directors
William T. Beck
Bill Beck has served as Freedom Valley's Board President since 2012.
He has previously served as a staff member at Freedom Valley and its parent organization for over 25 years and still serves as a peer mentor, having a life-long disability, Cerebral Palsy.
Bill's involvement with Independent Living Services and Disability Advocacy includes service on other boards and committees that offer disability services and advocacy, on statewide and local levels. These include the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Norristown District of Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and previously with SEPTA, Southeast Pennsylvania's regional public transportation and paratransit authority.
Bill sees the need to strengthen consumer involvement and leadership in the continual development of Freedom Valley Enablement. Bill believes the future of Freedom Valley must include the expansion of fundraising and other financial resource efforts, along with further growth of our board and staff'. Bill's vision for Freedom Valley includes a new location for an expanded home of operations and the creation of satellite outreach sites.
Bill has been active as an adapted rower for 32 years. He is an alumnus of Cardinal O'Hara HS and Penn State University, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Rehabilitation Education and Rehabilitation Counseling.
Bill is a life-long resident of Delaware County.
Paul currently serves as board Vice President and Treasurer.
He has served on Freedom Valley's Board since 2014. His other volunteer activities are as rower and volunteer instructor for Philadelphia Adapted Rowing and as peer mentor in the Amputee Coalition program of the Veterans Administration.
Paul believes that a primary focus of Freedom Valley is to have its consumers fully integrate into society by increasing workplace skill levels and socialization opportunities, in order to build rapport and acceptance in the community.
Paul has worked for a Montgomery County (PA) construction company for the past 32 years. He and his wife Kathryn reside in Maryland.
Jack Campbell currently serves as Board Secretary.
In addition to his role at Freedom Valley, he has been a volunteer for Philadelphia Adapted Rowing since 1991 and currently serves as its Program Manager. Jack's work experience includes roles as Electrical Engineer, Software Developer, and Enterprise Architect for Information Security at two Fortune 100 corporations. He is currently an author of a book on identity information security.
Jack's vision for Freedom Valley is to provide access to the services and adaptations needed by persons with disabilities to maximize their independence, as well as their workplace capabilities. Jack wants everyone in our communities to recognize the inestimable value of persons with disabilities, and to ensure our consumers' self-confidence and poise as they interact with and enrich the daily life of our communities.
Jack and his wife, Lynn McGillin, live in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Bill Ballantine is a veteran of 35 years of human resources management.
In addition to his role on Freedom Valley's Board of Directors, he is also an active board member of four other organizations in the Philadelphia area. He was most recently appointed to the Land Preservation Committee in Tinicum Township, Bucks County.
Bill’s vision for Freedom Valley is to provide support for its consumers in achieving meaningful, productive and personally fulfilling employment. Having hired disabled persons throughout his career, Bill has witnessed the contribution they have made through their exceptional work ethic, and their ingenuity in working with management to devise accommodations that enable productivity on par with others in the workplace.
Bill resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Esther Smits has served Freedom Valley in several capacities since 1991 and has been a board member since 2014.
Esther's experience includes work with the hearing impaired and the Epilepsy Foundation.
As an artist, Esther creates expressionistic and abstract paintings in oil and water. Her creative work also includes other media: fabrics, paper, cord, wire and other materials. Esther is committed to the success of Freedom Valley and has donated much of her artwork to be used for fundraising.