Thom Shortt – Chairman
Michael R. Apa, CPA – Vice Chair & Secretary
Joseph & Eleanor Ochotny – Treasurer
Andrew Thomas Shortt
Jeffrey Hoerger, LPC
Thom Shortt is married to Maureen E. Shortt and has a son, Andrew T. Shortt and is the father of Meghan Elizabeth Shortt (Wilent). Thom is a Vietnam Veteran having served in the United States Marine Corp from 1966 – 1970 and in Vietnam 1967 – 1968. Thom is President of Meghan’s Foundation and Chairman of the Board for the Foundation.
Thom has had a varied business career working for large and small corporations as well as privately held companies. Occupations include working in Marketing, Project Management, Software Development Project Management and other key management roles.
Thom has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master’s Degree in Management.
Michael Apa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Temple University, and is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Pennsylvania.
Michael has been practicing public accounting for nine years, and has a strong background in not-for-profit tax and compliance matters, as well an in-depth knowledge about the accounting and regulatory aspects of charitable organizations.
Michael works directly under the Treasurer of Meghan’s Foundation, and performs the day to day accounting and tax activities of the Foundation. He is also the Secretary and Vice-Chairman of the Board for the Foundation.
Joseph and Eleanor Ochotny are the parents of three children, and grandparents to 2 girls. They live in the Lansdale area and have been associated with Meghan’s Foundation since its earliest days. They serve on the Board as Treasurers.
Joe and Eleanor have a public accounting and wealth management practice in North Wales, PA.
Joe is a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University.
Eleanor is the office manager for the practice and also assists with financial services for their clients. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.
Maureen Shortt holds a BA in Education and a Master’s degree in Nutrition Counseling. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, and a 700 hour certified instructor in SvaroopaÆ yoga, meditation, and self inquiry. Maureen has also studied and practiced Ayurveda, the time-honored science of health, happiness and longevity, for over two decades.
Maureen’s philosophy is that through living a natural lifestyle, we can each experience our true health and live our purpose, serving ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.
Maureen is Meghan’s mother.
Andrew Thomas Shortt, is the son of Maureen and Thom Shortt and twin brother of Meghan Elizabeth Shortt (Wilent). Andrew moved to Mammoth Lakes, California in 2003 where he perused a professional snowboarding career. After seven years of following his passion he migrated south and currently resides in Southern California where he is an avid surfer and well known throughout the surfing community.
Andrew is currently an established Real Estate Agent in one of the highest income per capita cities in the country. His previous career as Director at a property management firm for eight years lead him into the world of real estate. Andrew is currently a board member on Meghan’s Foundation.
Michael D. Hanahan is married to Kelly B. Hanahan and has a daughter, Henley M. Hanahan. They live in Chalfont, PA along with their family dog, Bruno. Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Northeastern University. Michael is a Financial Advisor with 8 years of industry experience.
Michael is a volunteer Board Member of Meghan’s Foundation. When Michael is not discussing finances with clients or volunteering for the Board, he spends his free time with his family at home or at their family lake house in MA.
Jeffrey P. Hoerger, LPC is the Director of the Bucks County Vet Center, an outpatient counseling center for combat veterans in Bristol, PA. Mr. Hoerger is a retired Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He previously worked for the New Jersey National Guard as a family counselor, and served as Director of Rutgers University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program from 1991-2008.
Jeff is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and has responded to over 150 incidents of workplace violence and disasters during his career. He has worked with 9/11 families in New York, and served in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He also worked with families following the crash of Egypt Air flight in 1999.
As a recent addition to the board of Meghan’s Foundation, Jeff assists in military outreach for our yoga and meditation programs. Jeff helped establish the Foundation’s first veterans yoga program in Bristol, Pennsylvania in 2013.
Jeff lives in Holland PA with his wife Michelle, who is also a licensed counselor. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Holly Barbera has a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law (now Delaware Law School). She is a retired attorney with experience in NJ appellate litigation and regulatory compliance. Holly currently serves as a development associate (grant research and writing) and volunteer peer group facilitator for Good Grief, a non-profit organization that provides free support to children and their families following the death of a parent or sibling.
Holly completed a 200-hour (RYT) Yoga Teacher Training at Dig Yoga in 2014, and a Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans Teacher Training at Princeton Center for Yoga and Health in 2015; and for a time she taught mindfulness-based yoga.
Holly is a volunteer member of the board of Meghan’s Foundation. She lives near the Delaware River in Bucks County, PA where she enjoys a regular yoga practice, running, competitive dragon boat racing, and writing.
Deb earned an Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and an M.A. in Psychology from the College of William & Mary. Deb is a Psychology professor at Montgomery County Community College and a yoga instructor. Deb specializes in trauma-sensitive yoga and has been teaching yoga to military veterans and female survivors of the sex-trafficking industry for 8 years. She also leads a mindfulness retreat for student veterans each spring. Deb has conducted numerous workshops for yoga teachers, educators, and service professionals on the role of mindfulness in mitigating trauma’s impact on the mind and body and in fostering post-traumatic growth.