Foundation Leadership2018-12-03T14:37:52+00:00

Foundation Leadership

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

Christine Marcos | Program Officer

Christine Marcos is the Program Officer for Moses Taylor Foundation’s Strategic Initiatives.  In her role, Christine is responsible for working with partners to develop, implement, and evaluate the Foundation’s strategy and interventions in the areas of Preventing Senior Isolation and Expanding School-based Health.

Christine brings to her role nearly ten years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in Northeast Pennsylvania.  She previously served as the Director of Grants & Communications for United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Grant and Program Specialist for The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and as Community Relations Coordinator for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

Christine is the former Chair of the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Health Investment Committee and a current member of the organization’s Education Investment Committee.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Wilkes University and is a graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre. Christine resides in Dallas, Pennsylvania with her husband, Michael.
Phone: (570) 207-3731, Ext. 304

Jeff Smith | Program Officer

Jeff Smith is the Program Officer for Moses Taylor Foundation’s Community and Responsive Grants. 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