July 31, 2012

Contact: Bevin Theodore, Director of PR & Communications


800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797



KidsPeace welcomes 2 board members, appoints chair 

N. WHITEHALL TWP. – KidsPeace recently named a new chair of the board of directors and welcomed two members to the board.

Mary Jane Willis, who has served on KidsPeace’s Board of Directors for six years, is now the chair. Mario Turco and John Moses have joined the board. Moses previously served two term limits.

Willis has a bachelor of science from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master of arts from West Virginia University. She has experience in public education as a guidance counselor, a Diversified Cooperative Training Coordinator and a Gifted and Talented teacher. Willis holds a number of other public service positions, including serving as vice chairperson of the University of Delaware Board of Trustees; chairperson of Bayhealth Hospital Board of Advisors; vice chairperson of Hope Medical Clinic; director of Bayhealth Hospital Board; and member of West Virginia Wesleyan Board of Trustees.

Other community and public service activities have included Delaware state chairperson of the U.S. Olympic Committee, chairperson of the Delaware State Public Integrity Commission, co-chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the Delaware United Way Board and attendee of the U.S. Army War College national security seminar. She and her husband, Bill, own Willis Chevrolet Buick and Willis Ford of Smyrna, Del., and Middletown Automotive & NAPA Car Care Center in Middletown, Del. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Turco is the president of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region for Verizon Wireless, overseeing a $2-billion-a-year operation and more than 2,000 employees for the nation's leading wireless company. He is responsible for sales, marketing, customer service, company-owned retail stores and kiosks and indirect and national retail distribution. He also oversees expansion of the company's wireless communications network across central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

He most recently served as director of business sales for the region. A 13-year veteran of the wireless industry, Turco began his career as a credit order and operations specialist at Bell Atlantic Mobile, moving on to assignments of increasing responsibility, including associate director of indirect sales for the Northeast, director of indirect agents and director of retail sales in Philadelphia. He is a two-time winner of the Verizon Wireless President's Cabinet Award, given annually to the top 1 percent of salespeople in the company.

Active in the community, Turco spearheads the company's Hopeline community relations program in the Philadelphia region. Through the initiative, the company provides wireless phones with free airtime to domestic violence survivors for use in emergency situations and donates money to agencies that serve abuse victims. Turco also serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Philadelphia Police Athletic League. He has been recognized by the “Philadelphia Business Journal” and “NJBIZ” as a one of the Philadelphia region’s foremost leaders younger than 40. Turco earned an undergraduate degree in marketing from Saint Thomas Aquinas College.

Moses has worked with children in crisis for 33 years. Since 2003, he has served as the CEO of Youth Services System Inc., a multi-residential community-based services provider, primarily for youth in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. Youth Services System Inc. has 150 employees and serves 2,500 youth and their families annually in programs including emergency shelters, secure detention, residential treatment and transitional living for addicted youth.

Moses also serves on a Continuum of Care Board for Homelessness in the northern panhandle. He works with a state task force, in conjunction with the W.V. Department of Health and Human Resources to design and implement broader service planning for youth aging out of welfare or juvenile justice systems.

The agency also operates a Winter Freeze Shelter for the homeless as a way to give back to the community. Moses considers himself privileged to have the opportunity to impact the lives of thousands of children and says they are an endless source of inspiration.

KidsPeace is proud to celebrate 130 years of living out our mission to give hope, help and healing to children, families and the communities we serve. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @kidspeace.


About KidsPeace

Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.