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

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

Executive Director

Bill McKinney


Office: x113 Cell: (267) 822-2048

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

Vice President of Real Estate and Economic Development

Nicole Westerman


Office: x136 Cell: (267) 400-1693
Vice President of Programs

Debra Ortiz-Vasquez


Vice President of Programs

Amy Perez


215-427-1302
Director of Development

Christine Giannobile


x160 (215)-427-0350
HR Generalist

Andre Mejia


Office: x127
Account Specialist

Margie Stamm


Office: x106
Executive Administrative Assistant

Katie Murphy


Office: x137 Cell: (215) 730-4657
Communications Manager

Tess Watts


Office: x127 Cell: (484) 802-9070
Communications & Development Associate

Mikey Boyd


Office x139 (215) 668-1428

Lisa was born and raised in Olde Kensington.

Morning Receptionist

Lisa Burgos


Office: x100 Cell: (267) 314-0249
Afternoon Receptionist

Julia Zambrana


Office: x100 Cell: (267) 990-6843

Community Engagement

Katsí’s name means Moon in Taíno.

Director of Community Engagement

Katsí Miranda-Lozada


Office: x162

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

Outreach & Engagement Specialist

Rodney Mobley


Office: x125 Cell: (267) 314-0488

Economic Development

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

Vice President of Real Estate and Economic Development

Nicole Westerman


Office: x136 Cell: (267) 400-1693

Everyone calls her “Smooches!”

Commercial Corridor Coordinator

Gloria Cartagena Hart


Office: x119 Cell: (267) 606-3618

Lee has a friendly pet snake named Couscous.

Commercial Corridor Manager

Lee Nentwig


Office: x124 Cell: (267) 348-2926
Corridor Steward

Brenda Collier


Cell: (267) 606-7117

Brian is a musician and a pool player.

Lead Corridor Steward

Brian M. Cooper


Cell: (267) 314-2969
Corridor Steward

Jerome Hart


Cell: (267) 318-3641
Corridor Steward

Anthony Peralta


Cell: (267) 202-1389
Lead Corridor Steward

Tyreese Whitaker


Cell: 267-357-0920

Health & Wellness

Nourish Program Manager

Jacquelyn Saez


Office: x116 Cell: (267) 203-6364
SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Manager

Morgan Rust


Office: x130 Cell: (267) 606-5927
Nutrition Assistant

Antonia Villafane


Bilingual Community Nutrition Educator

Gary Viteri


Office: x111
Community Farmer & Urban Agriculture Program Manager

Catherine Reuter

CHW Training Supervisor

Gwendolyn Collier-Jefferson


Office: x103 Cell: (267) 606-3951
Community Health Worker

Barbara Small


Office: x120 Cell: (267) 314-1525
Community Health Worker

Pamela Stanley


Office: x120 Cell: (267) 605-0202
Diabetic Lifestyle Coach

Tahneyia Williams


Office: x120
Community Health Worker

Alexus White


Office: x120
Community Health Worker

Annie Whitaker


Office: x120
Community Health Worker

Nathalia Rosario


Office: x120
Community Health Worker

Samantha Kalman


Community Health Worker

Tiesha Alston


Office: x120
Commercial Corridor Steward

Shawn Bolden


Office: x120
Cure Violence Outreach Worker

Brenda Mosley


Office: x162 Cell: (215) 391-0431
Cure Violence Outreach Worker

Tyreek Counts


Office: x112
Cure Violence Outreach Worker

Tyree Batties


Cell: (267) 298-8441
Cure Violence Outreach Worker

Jamall Green-Holmes


Cure Violence Outreach Worker

Ivan Rodriguez


Housing Services

Joe plays classical guitar.

Associate Director of Housing Services/Compliance Officer

Joseph Filipski


Office: x102 Cell: (267) 398-2404

I had the pleasure of meeting two senators who later became U.S. presidents.

Housing Service Manager

Guillermo Gómez


Office: x117 Cell: (484) 802-9078
Housing Advisor

Arlene Cole


Office: x104 Cell: (267) 318-1796
Housing Service Manager

Sophia Bell


Office: x123 Cell: (215) 388-2796

Ivette loves chocolate.

Housing Advisor

Ivette Velez


Office: x114 Cell: (267) 990-6941
Intake Processor

Francesca Aviles


Office: x105
Intake Processor

Darnell Morris


Office: x107 Cell: (267) 606-3534

Real Estate Development

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

Vice President of Real Estate and Economic Development

Nicole Westerman


Office: x136 Cell: (267) 400-1693

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

Real Estate & Resident Services Manager

Renee Horst


Office: x115 Cell: (267) 314-0270
Real Estate Manager

Justin Santiago


Office: x161 Cell: (267) 202-1390
Anti-displacement VISTA

Kaiima Griffith


Office: x134

Lasagna is Noel’s favorite.

Landscaper

Noel Olmo


Cell: (267) 721-2197
Landscaper

Izeem Whitaker


Board of Directors

All NKCDC Board members live within our service boundaries.

Frank Iannuzzi

President, Executive Committee
Board member since 2019

Ralph Whitfield

Vice President, Executive Committee
Board member since 2019

Deborah McColloch

Treasurer, Executive Committee
Board member since 2016

Michael Alles

Secretary, Executive Committee
Board member since 2021

Keiko Cramer

At-Large, Executive Committee
Board member since 2017

Michael Acciani

Board member since 2021

Luis Gonzalez

Board member since 2022

Reverend Richard Harris

Board member since 2019

Carlos Masip

Board member since 2017

William Pace

Board member since 2017

Angel Rosa

Board member since 2022

Sandy Salzman

Board member since 2022

Wes Willison

Board member since 2022

Richard Freeh

Board member since 2023

Kayla Akpan

Board member since 2023

Caitlin Schuler

Board member since 2020

Neighborhood Advisory Subcommittee

The Neighborhood Advisory Subcommittee (NAS) is part of NKCDC’s contract with the Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development. Through the NAS, neighbors come together to discuss community needs, brainstorm solutions, and share resources. The group’s work includes community safety, zoning, sustainability, and other issues that matter to the area. NAS members serve a two-year term, attending 10 monthly meetings per year. For more information, contact Darnell Morris at 215-427-0350 x118 or dmorris@nkcdc.org.

Isaac Brooks Jr.

Joe Caffrey

Gwendolyn Collier-Jefferson

Michael Lang

Brenda Mosley

Joy Soto

Pamela Stanley

Patrice Thiede

Ling Tran

Naomi C. Wildflower


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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