About PEPA

Board Members

Michael T. Tokarz, Chairman

Michael T. Tokarz, Chairman

Michael Tokarz, serves as the Chairman of the PEPA Board Mr. Tokarz is a senior investment professional with over 30 years of lending and investment experience. Mr. Tokarz also serves on the Board of the University of Illinois Foundation and its Investment and Executive Committees, as well as Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committees. He is also active on the Endowment Committee and Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation. He received his undergraduate degree with High Distinction in Economics and MBA in Finance from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Richard A. Berman

Richard A. Berman

Richard is director of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, visiting social entrepreneurship professor in the Muma College of Business, and a professor in the institute at the University of South Florida. A recognized global leader in health care education and management, he has consulted for the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, McKinsey & Company, and the government of Rwanda. He is a member of the NAM and on the boards of Emblem Health, Seeds of Peace, and the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development in Abuja, Nigeria. Having served as Manhattanville College's tenth President for 15 years he knows the Purchase community.

Earl H. Doppelt

Earl serves as Chief Administrative Officer at MacAndrews & Forbes. Previously he was a Managing Partner in BlueWhite Legal Capital. With over 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Doppelt has served as the senior legal officer of several global companies including: The Nielsen Corporation (formerly VNU), ACNielsen Corporation, The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Paramount Communications. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President/General Counsel and Secretary of Information Services Group. He has lived in Purchase for over 30 years.

Fran Klingenstein

Fran Klingenstein

Fran has over 20 years of real estate experience in Westchester County, specializing in sales and listings in the communities of Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison and Purchase. Fran is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the New York State Association of Realtors, the Westchester County Board of Realtors and the Rye/Harrison Multiple Listing Service. She also acts as volunteer and supporter of many nonprofit organizations including the Purchase College School of the Arts. She has been a resident of Purchase for over thirty years and is a graduate of Connecticut College.


Anne Gold, Executive Director

Anne Gold, Executive Director

Anne has extensive experience in developing programs and managing special events and communications strategies for nonprofit organizations. She has served as PEPA's Executive Director for over 10 years and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2011. During her tenure Anne has reinvigorated PEPA's mission and organization by attracting a new Board of Directors, boosting membership, and increasing the donor base.

Jean Cawley Taplett

Jean Cawley Taplett is a senior marketing professional and government financial specialist with over 50 years of experience in Fortune 100 companies including Texaco, Mastercard and J.P. Morgan Chase, N.A., among others .Jean is a past president of the Purchase Free Library Board of Trustees and currently holds the office of Treasurer. She is also a board member and an active volunteer for other local non-profit organizations advocating for conservation and the arts, including working as a Prompter for The Purchase College Performing Arts Center. Jean has lived in Purchase for over 40 years and has four children born and raised in Purchase.

Megan Flanigan

Megan was born and raised in Purchase. Today she lives in her family home. Nearly 100 years ago, Megan Flanigan’s grandfather, Horace Flanigan, bought the twenty-two acre property, and it has remained in the family ever since. Originally intending to renovate the main residence as a spec house, Horace ultimately decided to make Purchase his family home. Since then, the estate has remained in Flanigan hands, and Megan now manages the property, having purchased it after her parents’ passing. She has worked to renovate many aspects of the estate, including restoring the wood floors and walls, resurfacing the tennis court, and, most especially, maintaining the gardens and orchard.