About Us

The death of a parent who leaves behind young children is a traumatic event for the entire family. Adults and children are said to grieve differently – adults generally seek validation for their feelings, while children yearn for a return to ritual, stability and comfort.

With that difference in mind, Daddy’s Spirit’s mission is to provide positive experiences for children who have lost their fathers; ideally, these are experiences which they shared with their father while he was alive. But these can also include experiences which the child wishes they could have shared with their now-departed father, including activities or hobbies in which the children have become involved after their father’s death.

The goal of Daddy’s Spirit is to instill a sense of self-worth and encourage the child and their caregiver(s) to persevere and to ultimately recognize that it’s OK to have fun again and that the child’s dreams do not have to die with the passing of their father, but rather, that honoring their father’s spirit will move them forward in life.

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Testmonials

How we Began - read about the origin of Daddy's Spirit in the words of our founder, Ron Opher, in a story called "Bonus Time"

 

Daddy's Spirit's management team:

Ron Opher, Founder and Executive Director

Ron Z. Opher, Esquire is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Villanova University School of Law.

Mr. Opher is a former Treasurer and Board Member of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (2000-2006) and a charter member and former Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Creditors' Bar Association. In his locality, Mr. Opher is an active member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group and the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Opher is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars.

Mr. Opher is also a co-owner, along with his wife Katie, of The Center on Central, LLC, a creative arts center in Paoli, PA. Together, they also own the Chester County, PA franchise of the Young Rembrandts after-school art class program.

Mr. Opher founded Daddy's Spirit Moves Me Forward in September 2005, and currently serves as its Executive Director.  He talks candidly about what led him to form Daddy’s Spirit Moves Me Forward in the short story entitled "Bonus Time."
 

Daddy's Spirit's Board of Directors:

Katie Hartley Opher, President

Is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with a practice in Philadelphia, PA area.  Mrs. Opher earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Florida State University and a Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy from Hahnemann (now Drexel) University.  Mrs. Opher also completed the University of Pennsylvania’s certificate program in Fundraising in the College of General Studies.  She is co-owner of The Center on Central, a creative arts center in Paoli, PA.

 

Angela Megasko, Secretary/Treasurer

Is the founder and President/CEO of Market Viewpoint, a consulting organization based in Glenmoore, PA.  Mrs. Megasko earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Temple University and a Master’s of Management degree from Penn State University.  Mrs. Megasko serves as a volunteer of the American Cancer Society, and is also involved with that organization on a regional level. She is also active with the Women's Business Mentoring Council, The National Association of Women Business Owners, and the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.

 

Rabbi Eric Rosin, Vice President

Is a Rabbi at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester, PA.  Rabbi Rosin earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University, Master’s and Law Degrees from the University of Southern California, and his Rabbinic Ordination from the Ziegler School of the American Jewish University.  Rabbi Rosin is the spiritual leader of Kesher Israel Congregation and represents the congregation in a wide array of community outreach efforts.