The Shevlin Family Foundation

Mission

History

Headquarters

Board Members

Advisory Board

Our Mission & Vision

The Shevlin Family Foundation is a Delaware County, community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to lift individuals, families, and communities affected by Substance Use Disorder (SUD) with the support, education, and empowerment they deserve to champion their own recovery journey.

We envision a future where every person affected by SUD is supported and empowered to thrive on their own personal journey of freedom, fulfillment, and sustained recovery.

Addiction is a ‘Family’ Disease

In October 2015, Peggie and Paul Shevlin set up a public charity to assist individuals seeking recovery. With 3 of their 7 children in recovery – they knew personally the effects of substance use disorder.

Grateful for their own children’s recovery, they felt called to specifically serve needy persons transitioning from treatment. Promoting hope for this particularly vulnerable population was their goal.

Today, over 3000 individuals have become recipients of help and hope from the Shevlin Family Foundation – having received scholarships for housing, small grants for food, hygiene or clothing items, transportation or participated in our Journey program.

Countless sober events and volunteer service projects have made an immense impact in our Delco community and beyond! We are grateful for the countless partnerships and collaborations that have organically connected our work to so many community members, non-profits, businesses and families! These relationships have made us all stronger!

Shevlin Foundation Headquarters

In November of 2017, the Shevlin Family Foundation purchased a residence in Chester for Men in Long Term Recovery. This transitional housing provides a much needed option for men moving out of recovery housing but not yet ready to live on their own.

Today, Shevlin’s Men’s Sober Living Program in Chester alumni list includes many professionals, veterans, dads and tradesmen all living their best life in freedom from their disease. Shevlin’s Offices are currently in the same location.

Board Members

Peggie & Paul Shevlin

Founders

About Peggie & Paul

After being faced with addiction in their own family, Peggie and Paul Shevlin wanted to make a difference! Knowing firsthand the devastation addiction causes they decided to pay it forward and help those who cannot help themselves YET! Stepping in TO BE FAMILY for those struggling is our mission! Providing practical help for those just being discharged from treatment has become the foundation’s main priority under their direction – especially for Delaware County residents. Paul Shevlin sits on the Board of Directors.

Christine Rizzo, CFRS

Executive Director, Chairman of the Board

About Christine
Christine has served on the Board of Directors since inception in 2015. In 2018, she stepped into the Executive Director role after careers in education, consulting and non-profit administration. Christine is uniquely qualified to walk with family members of those struggling with addiction. She is proud of the peer support recovery services she created while leading Shevlin and considers her greatest title “mom” to her three adult children and “mom-mom” to her grandchild.

Guy Matthews, JD

Board Member

About Guy
Guy F. Matthews, Esq. joined the Media Pennsylvania Law firm of Eckell, Sparks in 1989. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Widener University. He earned his Law Degree in 1979 from Temple University School of Law and a LLM in Taxation from Villanova University. Additionally, he has received the CLU and Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College. Guy’s practice concentrates in the representation and counseling of individual and corporate clients in business, estate, and financial planning matters. His unique leadership and expertise has helped the Foundation grow since inception to better serve individuals and families affected by addiction.

Ryan Shevlin

Board Member

About Ryan
Ryan P. Shevlin is a financial management professional and is actively engaged in his long-term recovery. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Economics from Lehigh University. Ryan worked for Eaton Aerospace as a contracts administrator and sales engineer for close to a decade. He then began to work for a long term recovery program, beginning in admissions and eventually managing the personal finances of all the clients. Prior to relocating to the Philadelphia area in 2021, Ryan was the Operations Manager of a Connecticut company. Ryan resides with his wife Ana and their daughter in Chester County and works for a financial management company.

LeeAnn Sullivan

Board Member

About LeeAnn

LeeAnn is a real estate professional licensed in PA and DE. She specializes in helping her clients buy the perfect property for their family and budget. She also assists Investors. Passionate about giving back to the community, LeeAnn sits on many local Delco boards and has been connected with the Shevlin Foundation since 2019. Seeing the devastation the Opioid Crisis brought to her community she continues to volunteer, run fundraisers, and now advises Shevlin as an Executive Board Member.

Frank Devlin, CPA

Board Member

About Frank
Mr. Devlin serves many non-profit organizations throughout the Delaware Valley, including the Shevlin Family Foundation. His unique experiences and professional qualifications have been instrumental in assisting Shevlin develop long-term strategies to better serve their population.

Kevin O’Kane

Board Member

About Kevin
Kevin is a Business Development Executive and Entrepreneur. He founded Redlasso content aggregation platform and is a Principal of BDT Media Advisors. Kevin is a
Former Television General Manager and sales executive at Paramount/Viacom/CBS, with extensive experience in the development of emerging distribution and revenue models. Serving first as a member of the Community Board and volunteer, Kevin now sits on Shevlin’s Executive Board.

Courtney Saleski, JD

Board Member

About Courtney
Courtney Gilligan Saleski’s is a partner at DLA Piper. Her legal practice focuses on appellate, white-collar criminal, complex civil, and antitrust litigation, as well as internal corporate investigations. Before joining DLA Piper, Ms. Saleski served as an Assistant United States Attorney for more than five years. She joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in 2007. Courtney first served as a Volunteer and Community Board Member of the Shevlin Family Foundation and now joined the Executive Board in 2023.

Community Advisory Board

Bernadette Banta

Volunteer
Treatment Employee
Person in Recovery
Family Member

Jon-David Hodgdon

Community Member
Treatment Employee
Person in Recovery

David Millar

College Graduate
Volunteer
Person in Recovery

Patrick Shevlin

Volunteer
Small Business Owner
Family Member

Julie Stonelake

Non Profit Leader
Volunteer
Family Member of Person in Recovery
Bereaved Family Member

Cheryl Spera

Community Member
Small Business Owner
Person in Recovery

Michelle Hagarty

Volunteer
Family Member

Susan Hochstuhl

Volunteer
Family Member of Person in Recovery

Michael Shevlin

Volunteer
Small Business Owner
Family Member
Person in Recovery

JoAnn White-Kimpel

Volunteer
Non-Profit Leader
Bereaved Family Member

Julian Gentile

Volunteer

Andrew Cartularo

Volunteer

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