About us....

Holly O’Connell, Founder and Executive Director. Holly has been registered nurse for over 25 years in the field of Cardiology. She graduated from Salve Regina University with B.S. in Nursing. She is the wife of Kevin O’Connell, and the proud mom to Jack (20), Grace (18), and Elizabeth (15) and her beloved puppy, Louie Theodore, (goldendoodle extraordinaire!) She grew up in Longmeadow Massachusetts and met her husband, Kevin in Charleston, SC where she had moved to start her nursing career. They wed in 1996, and settled in Chester County, PA. Holly still practices nursing part time but dedicates most of her time to A Path To Hope which she founded in September 2018. She has a small group of dedicated volunteers but the day to day operations are 100% Holly.  She just recently created a Board of Directors, with the first meeting set to be early summer 2019!

Board Members:

Lauren Blake, Lauren donates her time and talent to a diverse list of organizations including the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce (GWCCC); Chester County Family Academy, West Chester; Daemion Counseling Center-Taste of Berwyn; 100 Women Who Care Chester County and Denison University, Granville, Ohio of where she graduated with a degree in Marketing and Communications.

Rob Duncheski, MD Pediatrician, All Star Pediatrics (2002- present) A graduate of Seton Hall University in 1994 with a B.S. in Biology. Dr. Rob received his MD degree from Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He served as Chief Resident at the same institution in 2001-2002. Dr. Rob is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Chester County Medical Society and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Pat McLennan, SVP Director of Community Development, Malvern Bank National Association, served as Chief Executive Officer of Home of the Sparrow for six years. Previously she held the positions of Treasurer (1996-1998) and President (1998-2000) of the Board of Directors. Pat graduated from Widener University with a BS in Business Administration & she graduated as a summa cum laude, a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and the Great Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Wayne Buckwalter, Esq., Partner at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, PC and Chair of the Wealth Preservation Group. Wayne assists individuals and small business owners with innovative estate and business succession planning. He also aids clients in the formation of non-profit organizations. 

Allison Lees, Real Estate Sales Specialist, Summit New Jersey. Allison is a leader in her community and is an active volunteer for many organizations including; Christ Child, PTA, Hands Together (Haitian Missionary Program), and Summit Luminary Fund. She holds a BS, Marketing and Management degree from  Providence College, Providence, RI