Foundation Leadership 2017-07-18T19:40:26+00:00

Foundation Leadership

Michael M. Costello | Admin. Consultant

Mr. Costello serves as a consultant for the Moses Taylor Foundation dealing with risk management issues and previously served as an executive with the Moses Taylor Healthcare System for twenty-seven years. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Scranton, Marywood University, Misericordia University, The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, the University of Central Florida and Keystone College. He also holds visiting professorships at St. Elizabeth and Trnava Universities in Slovakia and formerly was a visiting professor at the University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

At the University of Scranton, he is a member of the Order of Pro Deo et Universitate. He is a faculty inductee of Alpha Epsilon and Upsilon Phi Delta Communications Honor Societies and also received the Faculty Service Award from Hanley College at the University of Scranton as well as the University’s Frank O’Hara Award. He formerly served as President of the University of Scranton Alumni Society. Mr. Costello retired from the US Army Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is a graduate of the US Air Force Air War College.

Mr. Costello is very active in civic activities serving on the boards of directors of Goodwill Industries and the Amos Towers Housing Foundation, and serves on the advisory boards of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart and the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. He is also a member of the Institutional Review Board of the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.
Phone: (570) 207-3731, Ext. 304

Thomas Kelly, Jr. | CFO

Mr. Kelly joined the Moses Taylor Foundation as a financial consultant serving in the capacity of Interim Chief Financial Officer. He assumed the responsibilities of resolving the financial obligations following the sale of the Moses Taylor Health Care System to Community Health Systems in January 2012.

Mr. Kelly served as Interim CFO at Community Medical Center from 2006 to 2010.

Prior to coming to the Scranton area, Mr. Kelly served as Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer for MCG Health, Inc., which serves as the operating Company for the University System of Georgia’s Health Science University: Medical College of Georgia Health System. The Medical College of Georgia Health System consists of a Children’s Medical Center, an Adult Inpatient Center, a Radiation Therapy Center and an Ambulatory Care Center.

Mr. Kelly has also served as a Board Member on many civic and community organizations.
Phone: (570) 207-3731, Ext. 303

Jeff Smith | Program Officer

Jeff Smith is the Program Officer with the Moses Taylor Foundation. In this role, Jeff meets with prospective grantees and offers technical support through the entire application process, working closely with partners to develop successful grants that focus on improving the health of the residents of Northeast Pennsylvania. His other responsibilities include managing the online application process, analyzing funding requests, and monitoring grantee progress and grant compliance.

Before joining the Moses Taylor Foundation, Jeff worked for a diverse range of organizations in the non-profit sector.  Jeff served as the Grants and Compliance Manager of an Atlanta-based organization aimed at combatting homelessness for persons living with HIV and AIDS. Prior to that Jeff spent 4 years at Catholic Social Services, where he gained experience in affordable housing and homeless assistance programs, HUD grants, government contracts, and capital funding. While there he served on the Catholic Charities USA Asset Development Steering Committee, aimed at providing asset-building opportunities for low-income families.

Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Marywood University and an MBA from Western Governors University.
Phone: (570) 207-3731, Ext. 306

LaTida Smith | President and CEO

LaTida Smith is the President and CEO of Moses Taylor Foundation. LaTida provides leadership and oversight for the Foundation’s grantmaking and administration to advance its mission to improve the health and wellness of residents and communities in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Moses Taylor, LaTida spent 12 years with Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio. At Saint Luke’s, LaTida led the implementation of the Foundation’s program strategy approach, streamlined the community grantmaking process to expand partnerships with grantees and led the implementation of program logic models for outcome measurement. Prior to Saint Luke’s, LaTida oversaw the City of Cleveland’s HIV/AIDS Unit and served as a Community Educator for Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland.

LaTida serves as the Board Chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and previously chaired the board of Funders Concerned About AIDS. She was selected as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow and the Association for Black Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Fellow.

LaTida earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and master’s degrees in English and Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University. LaTida lives in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania with her husband, Walter and their children Walter and Clarke.
Phone: (570) 207-3731, Ext. 302

Ellen Stevens | Office Manager

Ellen is the Office Manager for the Moses Taylor Foundation. As Office Manager Ellen is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations, procedures and resources to facilitate effectiveness and efficiency for the Foundation.

Prior to joining the Foundation Ellen spent 40 years with the Voluntary Action of Northeastern Pennsylvania serving in various positions. Some of the programs in which she managed included The Volunteer Center/RSVP, FIRST-Free Information and System Telephone, The Christmas Holiday Bureau, North Pocono & Taylor Senior Community Centers, and Prime Time Health.

Ellen has served on several local and state boards and committees such as Leadership Lackawanna, Lackawanna County Interagency Council, Volunteers Center of Pennsylvania, and most recently the Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers. Ellen is 1997 Leadership Lackawanna Graduate and currently serves on the Events Committee. She is also currently Vice President of St. George’s Russian Orthodox Church Altar Society.

Ellen resides in Madison Township with her husband Pete and has a daughter Lauren.
Phone: (570) 207-3731, Ext. 301