Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Patricia Wellenbach

President & CEO, Please Touch Museum

Patricia D. Wellenbach was named Strategy Advisory to the CEO of Please Touch Museum in November of 2015 as part of a planned leadership succession, and in March 2016, she assumed the helm of the Museum as its President and CEO. Founded in 1976, Please Touch Museum is an internationally recognized leader in integrating play and early childhood learning. She was selected as the incoming CEO based on her demonstrated experience in managing complex organizations undergoing transformational change and creating a business model that assures long-term sustainability for the business.

In 2013, Wellenbach was appointed CEO of Green Tree School & Services (GTSS), an Approved Private School and Behavioral Health Agency serving over 350 children age 5–21, diagnosed with a severe emotional disturbance or on the autism spectrum. In 2015, after restructuring the business, she completed a merger with a multi- state, mission-aligned organization with an annual budget of $85MM.

Prior to joining GTSS, Wellenbach served as President and CEO of Sandcastle Strategy Group, LLC, which she founded in 2007. The company provided management consulting services to clients primarily in the nonprofit sector. The company’s areas of expertise included strategic planning and strategy implementation, organizational realignment, capacity building, succession planning, and governance.

From 2005–2007, Wellenbach was Managing Director for Business Development and Strategy for Granary Associates, an international master planning, architectural design, and project management company, focusing on health care facilities and higher education. A member of senior management reporting directly to the CEO, her responsibilities included corporate strategy, business development and marketing, recruitment and retention, evaluation of emerging markets, and developing national and international expansion opportunities. Prior to joining Granary Associates, she was the Executive Director of The Wellness Community of Philadelphia (TWCP), and held a concurrent position as the Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations for The Wellness Community National (now the Cancer Support Community).

Wellenbach serves on numerous boards, including Thomas Jefferson University where she is an officer of the board and member of the executive and compensation committees, and chairs the clinical affairs committee. She was the lead director representing Abington Health in the 2015 merger with Thomas Jefferson University, which resulted in the creation of a health system with $2.5B in annual revenue. She is a board member of the Reinvestment Fund, where she chairs the audit committee and is a member of the executive and governance committees. In September 2016, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney appointed Wellenbach to the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Board.

Wellenbach has been honored with multiple awards, in 2016 she received the Women of Tomorrow Distinguished Leader award and the Girl Scouts Take the Lead award, and was named a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction. She was the 2003 recipient of the St. Francis Medallion for excellence in service to the community. In 2000, she received the Benjamin Rush Award from the Philadelphia Medical Society, which recognizes laypersons from the Philadelphia region who have made outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of citizens of the United States. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, the Forum of Executive Women, and the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum.

A cum laude graduate of Boston College School of Nursing, Wellenbach also holds a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Healthcare Executive Program. She is frequently invited to speak on topics including leadership, organizational change, and governance.

President & CEO, Please Touch Museum