Foundation Appoints Three New Board Members

by Diane VanDyke

The College’s Foundation has appointed three new members to its Foundation Board:  Richard “Rick” D. Cottom, CPP; Carol A. Crisci, Esquire; and Maureen Thompson.

Established in 1983, the Montgomery County Community College Foundation supports the College’s mission by securing funds through donations from alumni, parents, community friends, private foundations, and corporations. These funds are used for student scholarships, emergency funds for students, cultural activities on campus and other college programs and activities.

Rick Cottom

Rick Cottom is the owner and CEO/President of Sovereign Security LLC, Philadelphia, since 2004 and is a Board Certified Protection Professional. He has more than 25 years of security expertise both in the private and public sectors. He was formerly the Director of Safety and Security at the Community College of Philadelphia and the Senior Associate Vice President of the Department of Public Safety at Drexel University.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Law Enforcement Administrators and on the Executive Committee of the Delaware Valley Campus Security Directors Association, Rick is an active member of several security and law enforcement professional organizations.

Carol Crisci

Carol Crisci, Esquire, is an attorney with The Chartwell Law Offices LLP, in its Valley Forge office.  She concentrates her practice in workers’ compensation and appellate practice, in a variety of administrative law and civil matters, before the higher courts of the Commonwealth. She has more than 15 years of appellate practice experience and started her legal career working for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Prior to her legal career, Carol worked as a chemist and in the finance department of McNeil Consumer Products, a division of Johnson & Johnson. She is actively involved with the Montgomery County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia PGA Junior Golf Association and of the College’s Leading Women Golf Committee.

Maureen Thompson

Maureen Thompson, of Lansdale, is a longtime advocate and supporter of Montgomery County Community College. She served on the Alumni Board of Directors from 2002-09 and was the Board’s Chairperson from 2006-09. During that time, she led alumni to participate in Habitat for Humanity, Wissahickon Stream Clean-Up and the College’s Community Day. This year, she served as Race Director for the Alumni Association’s inaugural 5K Alumni Run.

Maureen was co-president of Phi Theta Kappa and graduated from the College Magna Cum Laude in 1989 with an associate’s degree in Elementary Education. She then attended Temple University where she earned her bachelor’s degrees in History and Women’s Studies and is currently earning her master’s degree in Temple’s Graduate History program. She was recently inducted into the College’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Maureen and her husband Bill actively participated in the Courage to Create Campaign, which supports the Fine Arts program at the College.

For more information about the Foundation or how to contribute to the College, visit

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