Who We Are Staff & Board

Staff & Board

Executive Director

Bill McKinney

Dr. Bill McKinney joined NKCDC after more than 25 years leading in nonprofits and public and academic institutions, including two decades directing his own consulting firm, Innovative Solutions Collective.

A longtime resident of McPherson Square, Dr. McKinney has researched, written and presented extensively on Philadelphia and Kensington on issues of race, equity and economic justice, including food access, access to education, community institutions such as libraries and settlement houses, incarceration and re-entry, addiction and recovery, emergent non-profit support, gender pay equity, and the effect of race and ethnicity on women’s economic status.

From 2014 to 2019, Dr. McKinney served as executive vice president and director of research and evaluation at The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit based in Philadelphia, dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food.

From 2003 to 2013, he was deputy director and then director of the Howard Samuels Center at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, focusing  on research and public policy to increase civic engagement and community participation.

“As a longtime resident of the part of the city NKCDC serves, I have been impacted by the significant challenges that this community faces while also appreciating the incredible assets we have to offer,” Dr. McKinney said.

“It is critical that we address systemic racism and poverty while also working from a community-centered, strengths-based approach to develop strategies that combat displacement and create healthy and thriving community,” he said.

Dr. McKinney received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University, a Master’s in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Cleveland State University. In keeping with NKCDC’s vision for trauma-informed community development, he has certifications in Trauma Informed Care and Enhanced Trauma Awareness.

Dr. McKinney has lived on McPherson Square in North Philadelphia for over 18 years, where he enjoys gardening and playing music with his band, the West Kensingtons.

Administrative Staff

Lowell began his career as a visual artist and still works as a photojournalist.

Communications Manager

Lowell Brown


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Lisa was born and raised in Olde Kensington.

Morning Receptionist

Lisa Burgos


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Using a chimney when grilling will cut your prep time with no lighter fluid taste.

Director of Finance

Dani Howard


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Director of Human Resources

Severa Kata


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Debbie started at NKCDC in 1991 as a VISTA volunteer. She supervises NKCDC’s Open Space…

Director of Operations

Deborah Kinkead


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Dr. Bill McKinney joined NKCDC after more than 25 years leading in nonprofits and public…

Executive Director

Bill McKinney


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Bea Rider brings a decade of fundraising and management experience from nonprofits across the Philadelphia…

Director of Resource Development and Communications

Bea J.E. Rider


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As a teenager, one of Ashley’s poems was published in a young adult poetry book.

Bookkeeper

Ashley Rivas


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At 12 years old, Andy began helping his parents with their business by doing payroll…

Finance Staff Member

Andrew Stachelek


Afternoon Receptionist

Julia Zambrana


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Community Engagement

Community Health Worker

Francesca Aviles


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Everyone calls her “Smooches!”

Connector for Community Based Crime Reduction

Gloria Cartagena


CHW Training Supervisor

Gwendolyn Collier-Jefferson


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Joan says she’s easy to get along with. And she’s right!

Community Connector

Joan Dansette


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Cass attended FIT for fashion and textile design. She co-founded Mill Creek Community Partnership.

Community Engagement Project Manager

Cass Green


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Healthy Housing VISTA

Tori H


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Jess started work at NKCDC as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

NAC Program Associate

Jessica Hoffman


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Lizette has hyperacusis—acute or very sensitive hearing—i.e. dog ears!

Workforce Development Associate

Lizette Lewis


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In his spare time, Anthony enjoys restoring furniture.

Community Engagement VISTA

Anthony Miller


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Katsí’s name means Moon in Taíno.

Director of Community Engagement

Katsí Miranda-Lozada


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Rodney backpacked/rock climbed 100+ miles in 30 days in the Rocky Mountains at age 16.

Outreach & Engagement Specialist

Rodney Mobley


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Volunteer Connector for Community Based Crime Reduction

Brenda Mosley


Kids call her Ms. Lunch Lady from 10 years of doing summer lunches at McPherson…

Connector for Community Based Crime Reduction

Maria Rivas


Nourish Program Manager

Jacquelyn Saez


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Economic Development

Corridor Steward

Victor Aviles


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Corridor Steward

Brenda Collier


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Brian is a musician and a pool player.

Lead Corridor Steward

Brian M. Cooper


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Corridor Steward

Chris Dais


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Lee has a friendly pet snake named Couscous.

Economic Development VISTA

Lee Nentwig


In her spare time, Nicole assembles Ikea furniture and tries not to kill house plants.

Director of Real Estate and Economic Development

Nicole Westerman


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Corridor Steward

Tyreese Whitaker


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Housing Services

Housing Advisor

Sophia Bell


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Mary brings over 30 years of housing counseling and real estate experience to NKCDC.

Director of Housing Services

Mary Campbell


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Joe plays classical guitar.

Associate Director of Housing Services/Compliance Officer

Joseph Filipski


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Melissa is an expert at making tasty soups.

Community-Based Housing Advisor

Melissa Kucherich


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Housing Advisor

Damon Montgomery


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At age 18, in Puerto Rico, Gloria drove a full-size school bus on church trips.

Housing Advisor

Gloria M. Santiago


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Ivette loves chocolate.

Energy/Housing Advisor

Ivette Velez


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Open Space Management

Lasagna is Noel’s favorite.

Landscaper

Noel Olmo


Tiff’s brother and she are Irish twins, 11 months apart.

Open Space Supervisor

Tiff Vidra


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Real Estate Development

Brian eats corn on the cob in a spiral instead of around or side-to-side.

Acting Director of Real Estate

Brian Horne


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Redheads with blue eyes make up only 1% of the world’s population.

Resident Services Associate

Renee Horst


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In her spare time, Nicole assembles Ikea furniture and tries not to kill house plants.

Director of Real Estate and Economic Development

Nicole Westerman


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Board of Directors

Frank Iannuzzi

President
Board member since 2019

Ralph Whitfield

Vice President
Board member since 2019

Caitlin Shuler

Secretary
Board member since 2020

Deborah McColloch

Treasurer
Board member since 2016

Michael Acciani

Board member since 2021

Michael Alles

Board member since 2021

Awilda Aguila Balbuena

Board member since 2021

Keiko Cramer

Board member since 2017

Tess Donie

Board member since 2021

Reverend Richard Harris

Board member since 2019

Ariell Johnson

Board member since 2020

Timothy Lederer

Board member since 2012

Carlos Masip

Board member since 2017

Nathan McCann

Board member since 2019

William Pace

Board member since 2017

John Taylor

Board member since 2019

Gabriela Monje

Board member since 2021

John Theobald

Board member since 2011

In Memory of Felix M. Torres-Colon

Felix Torres-Colon was a veteran leader in the community development field with decades of real estate development experience at NeighborWorks America organizations. NKCDC remembers his charismatic and courageous leadership of NKCDC from 2017 to 2020.

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