Andrew Freedman, President
I have lived in Wash West for over 30 years. I am a manufacturers sales rep in the craft industry. Our son grew up here as a Center City kid. I have watched the amazing development of our neighborhood and SPDOA’s enrichment to it. Our bearded collie, Malo, is our third dog. My goal for SPDOA is to grow the membership and partner with local businesses, while maintaining the park at a high level.
Mike Pavol, Vice President
Mike lives with his wife, son, their dog Ripley, three cats, and one fish that won't die in South Philadelphia. He is an artist, originally from Phoenix, AZ, studied architecture at Virginia Tech, and has lived in Philadelphia since 1987.
Lia Crocker, Secretary
Lia grew up in Bucks County and moved to Philadelphia after a 2 year stint in Japan post-college. Lia attended Villanova for her MBA and now resides in Center City with her fiance, Jay, and love of her life, Benjamin the vizsla. Benjamin is an energetic puppy who is either going 100 miles per hour, stalking birds, or snuggled up fast asleep. We head to Seger Park daily so Ben can get some zoomies out and Lia can catch up with friends.
Jay Persico, Events Chair
From the Scranton area, Jay attended Temple University and has stayed in Philadelphia ever since. Jay works in project management for a construction firm and when he is not working, he can be found throwing tennis balls for Benjamin the vizsla to fetch- though Ben would much prefer to stalk the birds. Jay takes Ben to the park almost daily and loves chatting with fellow dog owners and watching Benjamin sprint around the park with other dogs.
Ben Eichel, Legal Adviser
I grew up just outside of Philadelphia with two rescues and knew that I would want one of my own when the time was right. After years of pleading to Yoninah (my then girlfriend and now wife) that we were ready for a dog, we “rescued” a wheaten named Miles from a breeder in Central Pennsylvania. When we first brought Miles home Seger was the perfect place for him to get all of his energy out for and his parents to meet other dog owners experienced in dealing with a crazy puppy. We live in Hawthorne and we are both attorneys.
Collin Weir, Treasurer
I grew up a few miles south of Philadelphia and completed my undergraduate and master’s degree in accounting at Drexel University. I moved into the Washington Square West neighborhood in the fall of 2015 with my girlfriend, Chelsea, and our English Bulldog, Zeke. We are so grateful for the Seger Dog Park so Zeke can make friends and be active while living in the city. He enjoys meeting new people as much as meeting new dogs. You can always find us in the park on the weekends.
Seth Hanes, Social Media Chair
Banjo and I are at the park just about everyday and I'm totally thrilled to serve on the board where I contribute my expertise as a digital marketing consultant to help keep all of our members informed with what's going on around the park. I'm originally from South Carolina but have lived in Philadelphia since 2008 when I moved here to pursue a music degree at Temple University. You can find Banjo and I at the park everyday and look forward to meeting more members of the park.
Dana Stone, Membership
I have lived in Philadelphia for 3 years and am currently a med student here at Temple. Me and Sky hang at the park pretty much every day, it's the perfect place for Sky to run around and play with her many dog friends. You can usually find me either studying or more often, trying to stop Sky from eating the mulch. Seger park is a great community of both dogs and dog lovers and we are very happy to be a part of it.