The Foundations of the Union League welcome the opportunity to serve you and to help make the most of your visit to the Heritage Center. Please contact individual staff members via the phone numbers and/or e-mail addresses below. If you are not sure whom to contact, please feel free to use our main number: 215.587.6455.
- John J. Meko, Jr.
Mr. Meko manages the three charitable non-profits of The Union League of Philadelphia: the Abraham Lincoln, Youth Work and Scholarship Foundations. These three organizations provide educational opportunities and recognition to high school students from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, award college scholarships and manage and develops the collections of The Union League of Philadelphia, and other related collections. Mr. Meko joined the Foundations staff in 2005. He serves as a volunteer leader for many community and cultural organizations, including The Pennsylvania Civil War 150th Anniversary Commission, Philadelphia History Partners, National History Day Philadelphia and the Philly Pops/ESI. Mr. Meko received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from LaSalle University.
- Theresa Altieri Taplin
Archivist and Collections Manager
Mrs. Taplin manages the collections in the care of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation, including collections owned by the Abraham Lincoln Foundation and the collections of the Union League, The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), The Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States (DOLLUS), and the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia. She is also the archivist for the archives, manuscript, and object collections specifically. Mrs. Taplin also manages research and general access within the collections, both for internal and external research. She joined the Foundations staff in 2011. Mrs. Taplin is actively involved in the history community, including Delaware Valley Archivists Group, National History Day Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology, with a minor in classical studies, from the University of Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree in history from Villanova University, concentrating in public history and archival studies.
- Beth DeGeorge
Mrs. DeGeorge manages and develops the library collections of The Union League of Philadelphia and the library collections in the care of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation. Combined, these collections constitute one of the most extensive Civil War libraries in the United States. Mrs. DeGeorge has more than 22 years of library experience in public, academic and special libraries. She is a member of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries, the Special Library Association and the American Library Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing and a master’s degree in library and information sciences from Drexel University.
- Kira Foley-Tuzman
Director of Development and Administration
Ms. Foley-Tuzman is the operational manager of the Foundations of the Union League. She handles all administration management, including accounting and business management, as well as the fundraising and development programs of the three non-profit charities of the Union League. These programs include annual fund, major gifts, special events, capital campaigns, and grant writing. Ms. Foley-Tuzman also assists is in the strategic management and assessment of the Foundations, as well as the facilities management within the Heritage Center of the Union League. She joined the Foundations staff in 2008. Ms. Foley-Tuzman is a volunteer leader at several community and cultural organizations, including Mazzoni Center, Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and National History Day Philadelphia. Ms. Foley- Tuzman received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from West Chester University; and her master’s in business administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
- Jessica Rudderow
Events and Communications Coordinator
Mrs. Rudderow organizes all of the logistics for the events and programs of the Foundations, from booking to execution. The events and programs include everything from student programming and cocktail reception to donor appreciation events and premiere programs of the Foundations. She also leads the communications efforts both internally with the Union League membership, and externally with the community. Mrs. Rudderow joined the Foundations staff in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, focusing on the visual arts with a concentration in painting and drawing, and a minor in art history.
- Emily Sabol
Program and Administration Coordinator
Ms. Sabol coordinates the programming work of the Foundations, including organizing student educational programs and docent tours of the League House. She administers the scholarship application process, as well as the Good Citizen Day nomination process with our 50 partner organizations. Ms. Sabol also executes most of the administrative pieces within the operations of the three non-profit Foundations. She joined the Foundations staff in 2016. Ms. Sabol received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Villanova University.
- Amanda Rockwood
Ms. Rockwood administers the development processing for the Foundations, as well as assists with accounts payable, programming, and a myriad of other administrative tasks. She joined the Foundations staff in 2017. Ms. Rockwood doubles as a volunteer also for the Foundations, working with the historic collections. She received her bachelor’s degree in history, with a pre-law minor, from Arcadia University; and her master’s degree in history, along with a nonprofit management certificate, from Villanova University.
- James G. Mundy, Jr.
Director of Education and Programming
Mr. Mundy joined the Union League in 1978 as associate archivist and has since held many management positions. As Director of Education and Programming, he oversees the educational programs of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation and the Library of the Union League, including The Royal Oak Lecture series, Library Hour, Civil War Round Table and the Union League docent program. In addition, he is the curator of the art collections of the Union League and Abraham Lincoln Foundation, and develops the exhibits in the Heritage Center. A frequent lecturer at the Union League and elsewhere, Mr. Mundy speaks on a wide range of topics, including the Union League, Lincoln and Civil War era-Philadelphia. He is involved in many history-related organizations in Philadelphia, including the Woodlands Cemetery. Mr. Mundy received his bachelor’s degree from La Salle University in Archival Management.