Recently, Chestnut Hill College introduced four new members to its Board of Directors. All four bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise and all are committed to furthering the College's growth now and in the future.
Jill Kimberly Banks, M.B.A.
Jill K. Banks is the Director of Learning Operations at the Society for Telecommunications Engineers, where she is responsible for leading and maintaining training and learning programs for approximately 25,000 members worldwide. With an extensive background in training and employee development programs, including several Fortune 500 companies, Jill has experience in designing, implementing, evaluating and measuring learning and development programs.
She currently serves on the advisory board for the Philadelphia nonprofit, Daddy University, which aims to support men as they enter fatherhood through a number of events, programming and resources.
Ms. Banks joined the College’s Board of Directors in 2018 and serves on the Student Life and Academic Committees.
Deborah Hughes, SSJ '73
General Council, Sisters of Saint Joseph
Deborah Hughes, SSJ, presently serves as the Sponsorship Coordinator for the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Prior to this, she was the Social Service Minister for the Priests of the Sacred Heart for three years in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She has held several other positions over the years that include serving for 17 years as the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi and prior to that, 10 years as the Coordinator of Ministry for Elementary Education for the congregation.
Sister Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Chestnut Hill College, a master’s degree in American History from Catholic University and a master’s in educational administration from Boston College.
Sister Deborah joined the College Board of Directors in 2018 and is a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and the Student Life Committee.
Thomas Queenan, M.S., M.B.A.
Thomas Queenan is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, PIDC. In this position since 2017, Queenan leads all of PIDC’s finance, accounting, and business operations, ensuring that the organization is well positioned with the resources, technology and capacity to support its mission.
With more than 30 years of experience in project, public, and private finances, Queenan has served as both assistant treasurer and treasurer for the City of Philadelphia during the Rendell Administration, and for the last 13 years, served as a senior finance and operations lead at Temple University Health System, Dickinson College, and the Milton Hershey School and Trust.
A Philadelphia native and lifelong resident, Mr. Queenan earned bachelor’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University, a master’s in architecture and city planning from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Queenan joined the College’s Board of Directors in 2018 and also serves on the Board’s Finance and Physical Plant Committees.
Kenneth Wong, B.A.
Kenneth Wong is a Principal at NavPac Advisors, LLC., which is a US-based consultancy company that helps guide entities in both the U.S. and China with the development and execution of business strategies in both countries. Wong is also founder and president of CIG Asia, Ltd., a privately held Philadelphia-based national property and casualty insurance brokerage firm.
Mr. Wong’s commitment to the full inclusion of Asian Americans and new Americans living, working and doing business in the United States, and the Delaware Valley, in particular, has landed him in numerous leadership positions. In 2004, President George W. Bush appointed him to the President’s Advisory Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Through Mr. Wong’s efforts, many doors of opportunity were opened for Asian American economic development.
In April 2017, Mr. Wong was appointed, through the Office of the Secretary of the Army, to be a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. In the role, Mr. Wong supports the Army's General Officers and acts as the liaison between the Secretary of the Army & the Community.
He currently serves as a board member for several Philadelphia hospitality and tourism organizations, including the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Philadelphia Sports Congress, and the Multicultural Affairs Congress, as well as private and public institutions such as the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network, Central High School, the Glaucoma Service Foundation at Wills Eye Hospital, and the American Red Cross for Eastern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Wong earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from the Pennsylvania State University. He joined the College’s Board of Directors in 2018 and is a member of the Board’s Finance and Enrollment Management and Development Committees.