The Rotary Club of Doylestown honored individuals in our community for their accomplishments in volunteer service.
At the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast held on April 29, 2015 the following community members were honored:
    
 
 
 
 
 
  Pictured left to right  
                        Not-for-Profit: Ronald T. Bernstein
  Healthcare: Carolyn Della-Rodolfa
  Community: "Mayor" Libby White
  Business: Gina F. Rubel ESQ.
  Education: Richard O. Coe (not pictured)
 
 
Honoree - Not-for-Profit
Ronald T. Bernstein
 
Ronald T. Bernstein is the Executive Director of Foundations Community Partnership. Foundations is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County. FCP provides grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, awards scholarships to Bucks County High School seniors, subsidizes service learning internships for college students, underwrites community education programs and supports behavioral health education and research.
Prior to establishing Foundations Community Partnership, Ron was President and CEO of Foundations Behavioral Health, a non-profit freestanding health facility. During his tenure with the organization, Ron oversaw the significant expansion of the hospital’s scope of services, as well as the construction of a new administrative building, a new community service center, gymnasium, and learning center.
Before joining Foundations, Ron was employed by National Medical Enterprises for eleven years, rising to the position of President & Chief Operating Officer of the Psychiatric Division. Ron also served as CEO at Tidewater Psychiatric Hospital in Norfolk, Va., and as Program Administrator of Mental Health Management, Inc., in McLean, Va.
A graduate of Upsala College in East Orange, NJ, Ron earned his M.Ed. from Antioch College Graduate School in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Mr. Bernstein has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems and a member of the Leadership Council of the Institute of Behavioral Health, Delaware Valley Grantmakers, and the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative.
Ron is a long-time resident of Upper Makefield Township with his wife, Kate, a local artist. This May Ron and Kate will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with their two sons, Ethan who lives with his wife in Massachusetts and works at Clark University, and Ryan, who is currently serving with AmeriCorps in Cape Cod.
 
 
 
 
 
Honoree - Healthcare
Carolyn Della-Rodolfa
 
Carolyn has lived in Doylestown Township for 41 years where she and her husband Joe raised their three children: daughters Tammy, married with two children, and Becky, as well as son Joe, also married with two boys. Carolyn was born and raised in New Brunswick, N.J. where she graduated from Douglass College in 1963 with a degree in Political Science. She met her husband Joe at Rutgers University and, after graduation and marriage, moved to Valdosta, Georgia where Joe trained as an Air Force pilot. After the Air force Joe flew for the airlines which meant there were many opportunities for travel. They went to Russia in 2013 to celebrate their 50th anniversary and in 2014, took a wonderful trip to Israel and Jordan.
 
In 1993 Carolyn became a member of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown. She became Designer House Chair in 1996 and by the following fall, she was 2nd Vice president of the VIA. She was appointed to all the Boards of the Health System by 1997 and continued on through her Presidency from 2000 to 2002. After her Presidency ended, she was appointed to remain on the Hospital Board. In 2008 Carolyn was named Chairman of the Boards of Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown Health Foundation, Doylestown Health Physicians and the Health and Wellness Center.
 
While Carolyn was on the Boards she was privileged to be part of a large expansion of Hospital services. That includes the Heart Institute, a State of the Art Emergency Room, excellent Orthopedic and Cancer Centers and most recently the new Pediatric Unit. In 2012, the Hospital was recognized as a Top 50 Cardiac Hospital and a Top 100 Hospital. It is always the intention of the VIA and the Hospital to bring the newest and best care to the Community, eliminating the need to go out of the area.
 
In 2013, Carolyn oversaw the transition from a long time CEO to the present CEO, Jim Brexler, and together they have led the Hospital to recognition of the larger System with the many parts now functioning as a whole, leading to better coordination of care.  The new name, Doylestown Health, is one with which the Community will soon become familiar. 
 
Carolyn is very proud of the legacy of the VIA as founder of Doylestown Hospital and of this Hospital which has attained a well deserved national reputation for excellence and patient satisfaction. Top of her agenda is for the Hospital to remain Independent despite the changes in the National Health Care climate.
 
 
 
 
 
Honoree - Community
"Mayor" Libby White
 
Mayor White was born at Fort Riley, Kansas, during the Great Depression, and at the brink of World War II.  In 1940 the family moved east and she spent many of her childhood years in Aberdeen, Maryland.
 
After high school she attended West Chester University.  She majored in music and graduated with a B.S. in Music Education in 1953.  She then taught elementary school vocal music in Havre de Grace, Maryland, for five years.
 
At West Chester, Libby met her husband, Lou.  They were married in 1962, and in 1964 moved to Doylestown.  Libby was a stay-at-home mom for sons Eric and Douglas, while Lou taught in the Central Bucks School District. 
 
In 1976 Libby returned to school and earned an M.Ed. in Counseling at Lehigh University.  She was a school counselor at Franconia Elementary School from 1979 to 1985.
 
She then devoted time to her family and was active in civic and women’s groups, including the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters.  She became involved in local politics in 2000, and helped form the Doylestown Democrats.  Meanwhile, in 1999 husband Lou was elected to Borough Council, where he currently serves as Vice-President.
 
Libby was elected mayor of Doylestown in 2005.  Since that time she initiated Doylestown Clean and Green, a volunteer group that carries out monthly clean-ups of the downtown sidewalks, and the Commission for All Ages, with the mission to increase connections between residents of all ages in the borough.  She participates regularly on these committees.
 
Mayor White’s official duties include civilian oversight of the Police Department, attendance at Borough Council meetings, where she may vote in case of a tie, and performing civil wedding ceremonies.  She participates in the borough Public Safety Committee and attends meetings of the Central Bucks Regional Aging Task Force, the Doylestown Revitalization Board, and the Bucks County Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency.
 
Mayor White was re-elected as mayor of Doylestown Borough November, 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
Honoree - Business
Gine F. Rubel ESQ.
 
Gina F. Rubel, Esq. is a strategic marketing expert, attorney and author. First and foremost, she is a mother, wife, daughter and resident of Bucks County – a community which she has grown to know and love.
 
A native of Philadelphia, Gina moved to Bucks County in 1998 with her husband, C. Scott Rubel. It is in Doylestown where they decided to raise their children and where Gina established Furia Rubel Communications, an integrated marketing and public relations agency ranked among the National Law Journal’s top three in the country. Gina followed in the footsteps of her father, Richard F. Furia and grandfather, the Honorable Edward W. Furia.
 
The recipient of numerous awards, Gina has been honored with two Distinguished Service and Community Service awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Philadelphia Chapter. She received the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Woman in Business Award, has been named a Woman Lawyer of Distinction by The Legal Intelligencer, among Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business and a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction.
 
An advocate for many causes, Gina has volunteered time and resources to various community and professional organizations. She currently serves as the treasurer and secretary for The Justinian Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships to law students. She is also chair of two committees for the Philadelphia Bar Association. In addition, she and her husband sponsor a child in the Philippines through the Pearl S. Buck Foundation. As the sole owner of her agency, Gina also supports various nonprofits each year providing in-kind or volunteer services. Recipients have included the Hepatitis B Foundation, Bucks County Housing Group, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, Philadelphia VIP, and Ronald McDonald House. In fact, in 2012, Gina and her colleagues spearheaded the creation of the Doylestown Township Adopt-A-Road Program.
 
A graduate of Drexel University, Gina received her B.S. in Corporate Communications and her law degree from Widener University School of Law. She loves her work and being able to give back to the community, however, she most enjoys spending time with her family. When asked about her greatest joy in life, she replied being a mother and wife. When not at work, she can be found volunteering time and resources to various nonprofit organizations, working on her family’s historic Bucks County farm, attending her children’s sporting events, traveling and behind her camera lens.
 
 
 
 
 
Honoree - Education
Richard O. Coe
 
Dr. Richard O. Coe retired from the Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit following a forty year career in public education. Dr. Coe began his career in special education in Philadelphia.  His teaching career was interrupted briefly while serving as a military police officer in the US Army.  Dr. Coe began his work for the Intermediate Unit in 1972 as a special education classroom teacher.   He was promoted to positions as master teacher, program supervisor, director of special education, and assistant executive director.  He concluded his tenure at the IU as executive director. Throughout his career, Dr. Coe advocated for the expansion and improvement of special education services across Bucks County.  His leadership and direction focused on providing quality programs for students with special needs within public school settings.  He helped to introduce the strategic planning as a means to unify and transform the delivery of effective education at the IU and in local school districts throughout our region.
 
The son of a lifelong Rotarian and Paul Harris fellow, Dr. Coe grew up in Cranford, N.J.   Dr. Coe lives in Washington Crossing with his wife, Anne, a retired school psychologist.  He earned his bachelor's degree from Providence College in Rhode Island and his master's and doctorate from Temple University.  He completed the certification and advanced training in strategic planning from the National Academy of School Executives.
 
Following his retirement from the Intermediate Unit Dr. Coe coordinated the Kids Voting program in Bucks County.  Kids Voting is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which helps students learn about democracy highlighted with an authentic voting experience at official polling sites on Election Day.  Dr.  Coe appreciates the volunteer service provided by the Doylestown Rotary Club to the Kids Voting program.  Dr. Coe was the first recipient of the Bucks County Bar Association's William H. Eastburn Award for his contributions to the community.
 
Dr. Coe is a past board chair for the United Way of Bucks County and continues to volunteer for the United Way.  He is also a member of the Foundations Community Partnership board of directors and has special interest in FCP's efforts to encourage young people to do community service.  Additionally, Dr. Coe has been a member our chambers of commerce,  Boy Scouts executive council,  Newtown Library board, and the Quality Child Care Coalition.