Photo: Jo Ann Desper

Roxborough Development Corporation President Jo Ann Desper pictured at Roxtoberfest

Board of Directors January 2018

Matthew Belz joined the RDC Board of Directors in 2016 and is a member of the RDC Marketing and Events Committee. He is the Senior Operations Manager at Di Bruno Bros Imports & Ecommerce. Di Bruno Bros is a specialty food retailer and distributor in the Philadelphia region. Matt has extensive knowledge of business operations in the areas of retail, wholesale, catering, and special events. Mr. Belz is a current Roxborough resident and holds an A.S. in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Philadelphia and studied Organizational Leadership at La Salle University.

Vaughan Buckley joined the RDC Board of Directors in 2015 and is the owner of Vaughan Buckley Custom Homes a construction firm specializing in modular buildings in the Philadelphia area. Mr. Buckley has experience in several types of construction and specializes in environmentally friendly, energy efficient products. He is a current Roxborough resident and holds a Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, Master of Business Administration from Arcadia University and Bachelor of Business from Southern Cross University.

Brian Corcodilos joined the RDC Board of Directors in 2018 and is the Chief Executive Officer of DesignBlendz a real estate design and development firm that Brian founded in 2011. The firm, which has grown to 25 employees, specializes in architecture, design, 3D experiences and construction serving as a real estate factory for clients across the country. Brian’s vision for the firm rethinks the built environment incorporating technology to continuously improve the firm’s approach to design, construction and real estate development. He is a current Roxborough resident and holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture and Science from Philadelphia University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Joseph DeCandido joined the RDC Board of Directors in 2015 and is a member of the Roxborough Business Improvement District and the Marketing and Events Committee. He is the Owner and President of Advent Consulting, LLC a full-service advertising, events and entertainment agency developed and based in Roxborough. Advent in partnership with the RDC has brought special events to Roxborough including Art Is Life, Roxtoberfest and Roxborough Solstice. Prior to forming Advent he opened Mad River Bar & Grille in 2008 on Main Street in Manayunk. He is a current Roxborough resident and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.

Jo Ann Desper is the President of the RDC, past Chair of RDC’s Marketing and Events Committee and serves on the RDC’s Asset Enhancement Committee. She has lived in the community for over 20 years and has been active in local community groups serving in the past as the Zoning Committee Chairperson and Northern Home Committee Chairperson for Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association (WICA). Mrs. Desper serves as a sales and marketing consultant for McKesson, a company dedicated to delivering services and products to health care providers and payors around the world. She is responsible for customer message management, proposal development and other sales and marketing support activities.

Timothy Garrity serves as Vice President of the Roxborough Development Corporation. He is Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Broker of Record at Copper Hill Real Estate. With years of experience in the mortgage, real estate, and residential new construction industries, his business strategy is to help every client achieve their home ownership goals by communicating regularly and providing a high level of customer service. Mr. Garrity has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Master of Business Administration from La Salle University’s School of Business. He has lived in the city since 1997 and currently lives in Roxborough.

Timothy Johansson joined the RDC Board of Directors in 2018 and is the Owner and President of a private accounting practice TRJ Accounting located on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. Established in 2014, TRJ Accounting focuses on providing professional and quality accounting services with many local business clients including over 20 Roxborough based businesses. Mr. Johansson graduated from West Chester University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.

Lori Kubicky joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and serves as Treasurer of the organization. She is the Chief Financial Officer of Intercommunity Action Inc., a private, not-for-profit, community-based human service provider in the Roxborough neighborhood. In her role as CFO, Ms. Kubicky oversees the agencies’ financial planning, reporting and record keeping. Ms. Kubicky holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Finance from LaSalle University and a Master of Business Administration from Philadelphia University.

Andrew Langsam is as a member of the Roxborough Business Improvement District and District Improvements Committee. In 2003, he started a promotional marketing and advertising firm, Dynamic Advertising Solutions (DAS). Today, he currently serves as the firm’s President and CEO. DAS’s client list touches states on both the east and west coast with companies ranging in size from small local organizations to Fortune 100, multinational corporations. A current Roxborough resident Mr. Langsam recently decided to expand his business and relocate into a commercial property on Ridge Avenue. Mr. Langsam graduated from American University in 2003 where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Marketing and Management.

Richard Lombardo is past President of the RDC and Chair of RDC’s District Improvements Committee he also serves on the Asset Enhancement Committee. He has lived in Roxborough since 1970 and recently retired as Executive Director of the City’s Planning Commission, where he worked for thirty-five years. Most of his work at the Planning Commission involved zoning and development issues. Since retirement, Mr. Lombardo has taken a position as a Project Executive with the Philadelphia Law Firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll.

Jack Wheeler is the Chair of the Roxborough Business Improvement District Advisory Council (BIDAC) and a member of the Roxborough Business Improvement District. Mr. Wheeler is a life-long resident of Roxborough and is the Principal of Jack Wheeler’s Hair Salon, which opened in 1974. Since opening the business, he has been a member of the Roxborough Business Association and has served as president for the past 10 years.