Administration

Sara Woods, President and CEO 

215.790.1666, Ext. 470
sarawoods@philadelphiafutures.org

Sara L. Woods, Esq. is privileged to serve as the President and CEO of Philadelphia Futures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University, and a Juris Doctor and a Masters of Public Administration from Villanova University. She is also an adjunct professor at Villanova University School of Law where she teaches a Public Interest Lawyering course. Sara previously served as Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP, a nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports lawyers who volunteer to help low-income Philadelphians tackle critical legal problems. Sara also worked as the Director of Public Interest Careers and Pro Bono Programs at Villanova University School of Law. Sara serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Access Matters, which works to equalize access to sexual and reproductive health care for teens and adults in need, and on the advisory board of the Crime Victims Law Project. Her favorite college course was Women’s Studies 001 as it changed her college and career trajectory, and she is grateful to Professor Donna Hughes for that experience.

Naima Campbell, Executive and Development Assistant

215.790.1666, Ext. 424
naimacampbell@philadelphiafutures.org

Naima Campbell came to Philadelphia Futures through its merger with White-Williams Scholars in July 2011. For ten years, she brokered opportunities for high school girls through the Charles Ellis Trust for Girls and recently took on the role as Executive and Development Assistant. Naima holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising from Philadelphia University. Her favorite college course was Ideas and Images, which provided many visits to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Benton Clover, Accountant Consultant

215.790.1666, Ext. 445
susanlee@philadelphiafutures.org

Susan Benton Clover is Philadelphia Futures’ Accountant Consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Penn State University. Sue has had her own accounting practice for over 30 years. She specializes in nonprofit organizations and enjoys working with a large variety of clients including museums, arts organizations, and social service agencies. Sue especially likes the people she meets in her work: all intelligent, interesting employees dedicated to the mission of their organizations!

Korinne Gerhart, Director of Individual Giving

215.790.1666, Ext. 439
korinnegerhart@philadelphiafutures.org

Korinne Gerhart joined the Philadelphia Futures staff in 2016 and currently serves as is the Director of Individual Giving. She previously served as a College Access Coordinator for the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program and Manager for the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls. A former SAS student, Korinne attended Abraham Lincoln High School and later received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Temple University. Before returning to Philadelphia Futures as a coordinator, Korinne worked for the Eagles Charitable Foundation, overseeing direct service programs within Philadelphia schools and assisting with fundraising and events. Korinne loves sharing the stories of our students through her writing, so it is no surprise that her favorite college course was a writing-intensive course on religion.

Mary Anne Lucey, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

215.790.1666, Ext. 446
maryannelucey@philadelphiafutures.org

Mary Anne Lucey is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Philadelphia Futures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from West Chester University. Immediately before joining Philadelphia Futures, she worked as the Executive Director for a nonprofit that provides legal solutions to handling debt and budget issues for low-income Philadelphians. Her prior work experiences include teaching 7th grade for five years and serving as the Assistant Director of the Center for Justice in Omaha, Nebraska, where she organized a variety of fundraising efforts for the organization.

Dessie Thomas, Vice President, Finance and Administration 

215.790.1666, Ext. 417
dessiethomas@philadelphiafutures.org

Dessie Thomas came to Philadelphia Futures in 2020 to serve as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from American University and a Masters in Public Administration degree from Pace University. Dessie relocated to the New York City area in 2005 and has worked in operations at various charter school networks and nonprofits. Dessie’s most memorable college experience was being in a commercial law class in Washington, DC on September 11, 2001 and seeing the drastic positive change in everyday life that was a result of that tragedy.

Outreach and Engagement

Christen Johnson, Vice President, Outreach and Engagement

215.790.1666, Ext. 438
christenjohnson@philadelphiafutures.org

Christen Johnson serves as the Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at Philadelphia Futures. She recently earned her Master of Education in Teaching, Learning and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Michigan. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she taught middle and high school in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Her most impactful college learning experience came from her service through Americorps, where she was fortunate enough to work with the late Grace Lee Boggs on developing the Lives of Urban Children and Youth initiative to connect university resources to underserved communities in Detroit.

Shari Cumberbatch, Director of Volunteer and Alumni Engagement 

215.790.1666, Ext. 412
sharicumberbatch@philadelphiafutures.org

Shari Cumberbatch is the Director of Volunteer and Alumni Engagement at Philadelphia Futures. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Temple University. Shari has worked at Philadelphia Futures for over ten years and has served in various capacities, including as a College Advisor, Special Projects Manager, Sponsor-A-Scholar Program Assistant, and College Access Coordinator. Shari’s favorite college courses were Human Resource Management and Marketing Research. In Human Resource Management, she researched other countriescustoms and participated in a mock negotiation using her own research. In Marketing Research, she and her team surveyed their peers and created a new pizza topping combination that a local pizza shop agreed to make for their presentation.

Bonnie Dugan, Director of Communications

215.790.1666, Ext. 422
bonniedugan@philadelphiafutures.org

Bonnie Dugan is the Director of Communications at Philadelphia Futures. She recently earned a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Temple University. Prior to this role, Bonnie worked as the Manager of Marketing and Communications for Northern Children Services. Before making the transition to nonprofit communications, she spent four years working in the digital media industry as a web content writer, social media account manager, and website manager. Bonnie began her career working for homeless street newspapers in Dublin and Philadelphia. As a Philadelphia native, she discovered her love for community journalism at Temple University, which allowed her to highlight organizations and people in the city creating significant social change. 

MadisonMilano_MMMadison Milano, Events & Project Manager

215.790.1666, Ext. 463
madisonmilano@philadelphiafutures.org 

Madison Milano is the Events & Project Manager at Philadelphia Futures. Madison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications from Cabrini University, where her love of event planning started by being heavily involved in campus programming. Madison’s most recent experience prior to joining Philadelphia Futures was at a local nonprofit called B Lab where she served as the Senior Operations Associate working on company financials, employee engagement, and office management. Through her work and experience with nonprofits, Madison has developed a passion for mission-driven businesses. Her favorite college experience was studying abroad on Semester at Sea, a program that took her to 15 different countries in four months while traveling on a cruise ship.

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Michelle Mora, Outreach and Engagement Assistant

215.790.1666, Ext. 425
michellemora@philadelphiafutures.org 

Michelle Mora is the Outreach and Engagement Assistant for Philadelphia Futures. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Society along with a minor in French from Franklin & Marshall College (F&M). Michelle has interned with a number of different college access organizations, both local and national. Additionally, she had the opportunity to work with an amazing team of professionals at F&M’s career services office. Her passion for college access stems from her background as a first-generation college student from a low-income household and her involvement in a program very similar to Philadelphia Futures in high school. Her most memorable college experience was witnessing first-hand the impact of this type of work as a summer Teaching Assistant when she returned to her program for an internship.

College Access Programs

Oneda Horne, Vice President, College Access

215.790.1666, Ext. 414
onedahorne@philadelphiafutures.org

Oneda Horne serves as the Vice President of College Access. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wheaton College (MA) and holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Prior to this role, Oneda held leadership roles at a variety of nonprofits in the Boston Area, including Summer Search Boston. Oneda began her career working as a college counselor, before launching a College Success program serving low-income and first-gen youth living in Greater Boston. For over a decade, she has dedicated intensive effort in service of closing the opportunity gap challenging underserved and often marginalized youth. She is thrilled to join the City of Philadelphia and Futures in this work. Her favorite college experience involved the founding of Renaissance House, Wheaton’s first theme house dedicated to raising awareness of the challenges faced particularly by Women of Color.

Jonathan Edwards, Director of Academics

215.790.1666, Ext. 449
jonathanedwards@philadelphiafutures.org

Jonathan Edwards is the Director of Academics and the Director of our Young Men’s Initiative. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship from Brown University. Committed to the mission of providing equitable access to educational opportunities for K-12 students, Jonathan has 11 years of experience in education and nonprofit management. Jonathan started his professional career as a regional coordinator in Washington, DC for the American Bar Association’s program Championing Our Students. He then joined Teach for America in Providence, RI, where he taught secondary math and helped to align the secondary math curriculum. Prior to joining Futures, Jonathan was a management consultant with UPD Consulting in Baltimore, MD. In this role, Jonathan worked with principals at three turnaround schools in the Richmond, VA school district to create and implement action plans to improve student achievement. His favorite college experience was beating Harvard and winning the Ivy League Championship in football in 2005 and 2009.  

Uyen Ha, Director of College Connection

215.790.1666, Ext. 451
uyenha@philadelphiafutures.org

Uyen Ha is Director of College Connection at Philadelphia Futures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Economics and Organizational Management from Agnes Scott College and a Master of Science degree in Education, Culture, and Society from  the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Futures, Uyen led diversity and inclusion initiatives and facilitation at Penn and Teach for America. She began her work in education as a high school math teacher in Dallas and a board director at a local nonprofit in Atlanta. One of the highlights of her college experience was studying abroad in Chile and London.

Brittany Lewis, Director, College Connection Campus Initiatives

215.790.1666, Ext. 459
brittanylewis@philadelphiafutures.org

Brittany Lewis serves as the Director of College Connection Campus Initiatives. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Elementary and Special Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Columbia University. Brittany’s passion for supporting students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds stems from her experience as a College Adviser with the College Advising Corps and serving as a Senior Assistant Dean of Admission & Coordinator for College Access and Inclusion at Franklin & Marshall College. One of her favorite college memories was being a student ambassador at Millersville University’s Admission Office.

Ellen Ridyard, Director of Sponsor-A-Scholar 

215.790.1666, Ext. 460
ellenridyard@philadelphiafutures.org

Ellen Ridyard is the Director of Sponsor-A-Scholar. She is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of Vassar College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in English & History from the University of Pennsylvania. Ellen brings 12 years of experience to Philadelphia Futures as an educator in the service of Philadelphia youth pursuing higher education pathways. Prior to joining Futures, she served as a college advisor at a charter high school in West Philadelphia and an academic advisor at Temple University’s College of Science and Technology. Ellen is committed to creating opportunities to maximize college exposure to the best-fit colleges for Futures’ students. She enjoys collaborating with Futures students, families, staff, and college admissions counselors to support Philadelphia Futures’ stellar college guidance expertise. Her favorite college courses were creative writing workshops, and her favorite college experiences were playing sports and studying abroad.

Tim Atwood, Senior College Access Coordinator

215.790.1666, Ext. 419
timatwood@philadelphiafutures.org

Tim Atwood is a Senior College Access Coordinator with the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Saint Joseph’s University and his Master of Education in School Counseling from West Chester University. Prior to coming to Philadelphia Futures, Tim worked directly with Philadelphia public high school students in several capacities. Most recently, Tim worked at Furness High School as a Site Monitor with GEAR UP, directly supporting the college-going goals of the students. Tim got his professional start in Philadelphia as a Philly Fellows Americorps VISTA, serving at the After School Activities Partnership to support after school enrichment efforts across the city. His favorite college experience was spending his spring breaks volunteering with Habitat for Humanity with hundreds of his peers from SJU.

ABAshley Bell, College Access Coordinator

215.790.1666, Ext. 444
ashleybell@philadelphiafutures.org

Ashley Bell is a College Access Coordinator with the College Connection program. She recently earned her Master of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Pennsylvania and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Villanova University. Prior to this role, Ashley was a high school history teacher with the School District of Philadelphia. Ashley’s passion and excitement for educational equity, college access, and success stems from her personal experience of being a first-generation, low-income student. It is Ashley’s hope that through this work of college access and success that first-generation, low-income income students will be equipped with the tools, skills, and resources needed to lead lives of their choosing.

MariaCashman_MCMaria Cashman, Program Assistant

215.790.1666, Ext. 441
mariacashman@philadelphiafutures.org

Maria Cashman is the Program Assistant for the Office of College Access. She is a proud Philadelphia native and a graduate of La Salle University, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health. After graduating, Maria served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Mayor’s Office of Education focusing on improving school readiness and transitions. She has also worked in education for two years, serving directly with children as a teacher’s assistant, and indirectly while on the PHLpreK team as a VISTA. Her passion has always been to serve low-income youth through school programs in the City of Philadelphia. Now, she is committed to helping first-generation-to-college students attain the resources needed for transitioning into successful college graduates while at Philadelphia Futures.

Lina Duran, College Access Coordinator

215.790.1666, Ext. 452
linaduran@philadelphiafutures.org

Lina Duran is a College Access Coordinator for the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Practice and Policy from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling with a bilingual extension from Manhattan College. Prior to her role at Futures, Lina worked as a College and Career Counselor at the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund. During her two years of service with AmeriCorps VISTA, she became passionate about eliminating the educational achievement gap and sought employment in that field. Her favorite college experience was studying abroad at the Università Degli Studi di Verona in Italy, where she learned that the world is her classroom.

Jonathan Holbert, Senior College Access Coordinator

215.790.1666, Ext. 466
jonathanholbert@philadelphiafutures.org

Jonathan Holbert is a Senior College Access Coordinator with the College Connection Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Eastern University and a Master of Science degree in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College. Prior to this role, Jonathan worked as a Student Financial Services Representative at Chestnut Hill College, where he helped students and their families determine how they could afford a college education. He now leverages his previous experience by supporting Futures’ students in navigating the financial aid application process. His favorite college experiences are the moments in which he discovered previously unknown interests by taking courses recommended by trusted mentors.

Masoud House, College Access Coordinator

215.790.1666, Ext. 416
masoudhouse@philadelphiafutures.org 

Masoud House joined Philadelphia Futures in 2021 as a College Access Coordinator with the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program. A native New Yorker, he graduated from several longtime New York institutions; he obtained a Media Communications diploma from the specialized high school Brooklyn Technical, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing minor from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science degree in Education from Lehman College. He has taught ELA and ESL in both NYC and in China, always working in communities of need. After traveling through several continents, several countries, and a few dozen cities, he has settled down in Philadelphia to ensure that all students have the same equity, access, and resources to follow their passions and goals. He loves creative courses; he believes communicating through mediums like literature and film is a perfect way to build empathy and understanding.

Elijah Rhea, College Access Coordinator

215.790.1666, Ext. 429
elijahrhea@philadelphiafutures.org  

Elijah Rhea is a College Access Coordinator with Philadelphia Futures. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University in Maryland. Elijah then moved to Houston, Texas to receive his Master in Education degree from the Relay Graduate School of Education. Before making his transition to working in the nonprofit sector, Elijah spent four years as a middle school teacher with the KIPP Charter School network. He found his passion in education while teaching History and English Language Arts in Houston, TX and Philadelphia, PA before shifting his focus to preparing students to get to and through college with not just good grades but tangible skills for the professional world.

Renee Ross, Senior College Access Coordinator and Data Analyst

215.790.1666, Ext. 455
reneeross@philadelphiafutures.org

Renee Ross is a Senior College Access Coordinator and Data Analyst. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Northeastern University and a Master of Arts in Education and International Development from University College London. Prior to her work at Philadelphia Futures, Renee worked at an impact investment firm in Cape Town, South Africa, where she had the opportunity to help micro-entrepreneurs learn how to manage their businesses in township communities. Renee is excited to be back in her hometown city, supporting students as they embark on their educational journey. Some of her favorite college memories involve her time studying abroad, immersing herself in different cultures to better understand and appreciate the diverse world in which we live.

KaedenThompsonKaeden Thompson, Director of College Admissions

215.790.1666, Ext. 413
kaedenthompson@philadelphiafutures.org

Kaeden Thompson is the Director of College Admissions on the College Access Team. He grew up internationally and moved to the United States to attend college. At Wesleyan University, he attained a Bachelor of Arts in History and Environmental Studies. Kaeden then went on to complete a graduate program at Boston University, earning a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. Prior to joining Philadelphia Futures, Kaeden worked in higher education as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Admissions at Simmon University in Boston, and then as an admissions counselor for Penn State University. Kaeden’s passion for educational access stems from his involvement in administration as a student at Wesleyan, particularly his role as a senior interviewer engaging with prospective students.

College Success Programs

Amy Perez, Vice President, College Success

215.790.1666, Ext. 448
amyperez@philadelphiafutures.org

Amy Perez is the Vice President of College Success. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing from Eastern University and a Masters of Social Work from Temple University. Prior to working at Philadelphia Futures, Amy worked for eight years in student success, advising, and retention at Eastern University, where she continues to serve as a part-time faculty member in the social work department. She has also worked in city government and nonprofit organizations doing program development and assessment, teaching and staff development, direct client service, and research. One of Amy’s favorite college experiences is building homes with Habitat for Humanity in West Philadelphia and putting a roof on a new home in Homestead, Florida as part of Habitat’s hurricane recovery work.

Romer Acosta, College Success Advisor Romer_staffinitials

215.790.1666, Ext. 423
romeracosta@philadelphiafutures.org 

Romer Acosta is a College Success Advisor. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management and a Masters of Education in Adult & Organizational Development from Temple University. Before joining the Philadelphia Futures family, Romer served for 2 ½ years as a Financial Aid & Admissions Counselor at Arcadia University, where he worked closely with students from the Philadelphia area and students entering the university through the Gateway to Success Summer Program. Romer’s favorite college experience was working as a Graduate Extern in the Office of Leadership Development, where he was responsible for creating leadership training and assisting students in fostering the skills, knowledge, competencies, and values necessary to become informed and responsible citizens.

Aissetou Diawara, College Success Advisor Aissetou_staffinitials

215.790.1666,
aissetoudiawara@philadelphiafutures.org

Aissetou Diawara is one of the new College Success Advisors. She is a Philadelphia Futures College Connection alum, Class of 2015, and graduated from Girls High. She attended Temple University, majoring in public health as an undergrad and earning a Masters in Public Health in 2020. She has held multiple internships in the non-profit sector of Philadelphia and served as an instructor in a class for first-year college students at Temple. Aissetou is quadrilingual able to communicate in Soninke, Wolof, French, and English. Her most memorable college course was called “Youth and Social Media” and focused on the negative effects of social media on mental health.

Abby Godfrey, Senior College Success Advisor

215.790.1666, Ext. 462
abbygodfrey@philadelphiafutures.org

Abby Godfrey is a Senior College Success Advisor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Ursinus College and a Juris Doctor from Widener University Delaware Law School (formerly Widener University School of Law.) Prior to this role, Abby spent over a decade in the for-profit education sector in a variety of instructional and student support roles, including serving as the Program Director for a General Education program and a Student Services Manager across multiple campuses.  She currently teaches as an online visiting professor. Her favorite experiences in college involved participating in thoughtful and passionate discussions in Women’s Studies courses.

Chantel Jones, College Success Advisor

215.790.1666, Ext. 421
chanteljones@philadelphiafutures.org

Chantel Jones is a College Success Adviser at Philadelphia Futures. She is native to Philadelphia, and graduated from William Bodine High School for International Affairs. Chantel attended Millersville University as a first generation college student to obtain a Bachelor Degree in Cultural Anthropology with a triple minor in Spanish, International Studies and Latino/as Studies. She a love of learning cultures and languages and studied abroad in Vina Del Mar, Chile for one semester. Chantel received her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Temple University, while also working as a College Adviser via Franklin & Marshall College through the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps. As an adviser she worked in Camden, New Jersey with high school students at the Dr. Charles Brimm Medical Arts and Woodrow Wilson High Schools.

Kelsie LeVan, Director of Career Initiatives

215.790.1666, Ext. 430
kelsielevan@philadelphiafutures.org

Kelsie LeVan is the Director of Career Initiatives. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Elizabethtown College and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education from Drexel University. After college, Kelsie completed three years of service: one year with City Year Philadelphia and two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA at LIFT Philadelphia. Most recently, Kelsie spent three years at Drexel University working as a Senior Cooperative Education Advisor. Her favorite college experience was working part-time in the Office of Admissions during the academic year and full-time every summer, which is where she developed her passion for higher education and for connecting students to meaningful educational and professional development opportunities.

Kaisha Vilcinor, OCS Program and Operations Administrator

215.790.1666, Ext. 420
kaishavilcinor@philadelphiafutures.org

Kaisha Vilcinor is the OCS Program and Operations Administrator at Philadelphia Futures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Temple University. Kaisha spent the majority of her time at Temple interning at the Tuttleman Counseling Resiliency Resource center, where she got to help students find the right tools to manage college and life stress. Her favorite college course was The Sociology of Popular Culture, a course that allowed her to write about her favorite books and television shows from a sociological perspective. Kaisha is originally from Haiti but grew up in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. As a first generation immigrant and college student herself, Kaisha is excited to work with students that remind her so much of her own high school to college journey.

Rebecca Welch, Senior College Success Advisor

215.790.1666, Ext. 465
rebeccawelch@philadelphiafutures.org

Rebecca Welch is a Senior College Success Advisor and previously served as a College Access Coordinator for the College Connection program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this role, and after completing a social work internship at a Philadelphia high school, Rebecca worked as a college counselor with Penn’s Upward Bound Math Science program, serving students with similar backgrounds to those at Futures. Before graduate school, Rebecca worked at a small law firm in Boston, where she helped facilitate the handling of their guardianship cases in partnership with a local hospital. Rebecca cites her time as Captain of her college crew team as one of her most formative college experiences, as it taught her the importance of working with and leading a team, setting goals, and pushing herself past her own perceived limits.

Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls

Marcia Johnston, Director

215.790.1666, Ext. 427
marciajohnston@philadelphiafutures.org

Marcia Johnston is the Director of the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lafayette College and an M.B.A from Saint Joseph’s University. Marcia’s path to Philadelphia Futures is unconventional, due to her extensive experience in financial management, process improvement, and employee development at Verizon. Prior to her Ellis Trust role at Philadelphia Futures, she worked on a variety of initiatives including the Step Up to College Guide and companion mobile app. Leveraging her prior corporate experience, she has also developed and delivered networking and career readiness workshops for our high school students and collegians.

HanaMuranHana Mura, Program Manager 

215.790.1666, Ext. 442
hanamura@philadelphiafutures.org

Hana Mura is the Program Manager for the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Latin American Studies from Temple University. She comes to Philadelphia Futures after working in international crisis management and 3 years serving as a Sustainable Agriculture Extensionist in Panama with the Peace Corps. It was in Panama that Hana found a passion for working with the young women and entrepreneurs of her community. Her most memorable college experience was her time spent as an apprentice at 9-acre community share farm, which got her out of her natural city habitat and into the dirt growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Board of Directors

Kevin R. Boyle, Chair, Board of Directors

Co-Chairman, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Saint Joseph’s University, Bachelor of Science
Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctor

Raj Tewari, Vice Chair, Board of Directors 

Chief Operating Officer, Glenmede
Drexel University, Bachelor of Science

Margaret Sherry Lurio, Secretary, Board of Directors 

Vice President, Lurio & Associates, P.C.
Boston College, Bachelor of Arts
Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctor

Stuart George, Treasurer, Board of Directors 

Senior Vice President, Head of Equity Trading, Macquarie Investment Management
Franklin University, Bachelor in Banking and Finance

Phil Weinberg, Chair Emeritus, Board of Directors

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Comcast Spectacor
Hamilton College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Boston University, Juris Doctor

Olenga Anabui 

Director, Penn Medicine
Northwestern University, Bachelor of Science in Economics and Organizational Studies
Penn State University, Master of Business Administration
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Public Health 

Pauline Abernathy

Chief Strategy Officer, Benefits Data Trust
Yale University, Bachelor of Arts
Harvard University, Master of Public Policy

Omar Crowder 

Principal, Northeast High School
Central Washington University, Bachelor of Arts
West Governors University, Master of Science 

Jennifer Daley

Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, Comcast Corporation
Widener University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Temple University, Master of Business Administration

Darrien Davenport, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Multicultural Engagement and Assistant Vice President of College Life, Gettysburg College
West Chester University, Bachelor of Science
Duquesne University, Master of Science
Northeastern University, Doctorate of Education

Randy Freitag

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Lincoln Financial Group
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Otis D. Hackney, III

Chief Education Officer, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Education
Temple University, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education
Lehigh University, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Katrina High

Partner, Artemis Factor
Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biochemistry
Lehigh University, Master of Science in Chemistry
Villanova University, Master of Business Administration

Michael Menendez

IT Vice President, Exelon Corp
Drexel University, Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology
Villanova University, Six Sigma Green Belt Program

David P. O’Connor 

General Counsel, Head of Legal & Compliance, First Eagle Investment Management
Gordon College, Bachelor of Arts
Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctor 

Rónké Òké, Ph.D.

Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belongings and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Academic of the Fine Arts
Spelman College, Bachelor of Arts
University of Memphis, Master of Arts
Penn State University, Ph.D.

Jeff Orlando

Managing Director and Chief Learning Officer, Deloitte
Susquehanna University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and French
Columbia University, Master of Arts in Social-Organizational Psychology

Janet G. Perry

Law Professor and Retired Lawyer
Houghton College, Bachelor of Arts
Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctor

Melvin Pitts, MST 

Supervising Senior Associate, Chubb
Penn State University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Minor in Business Law
Philadelphia University, Master of Science in Taxation 

Michele Porterfield

Practice Leader, Leadership Solutions, Inc.
Villanova University, Bachelor of Arts in Economics
American University, Master of Science in Organization Development

Michelle Sipics 

Technology R&D Senior Principal, Accenture
Drexel University, Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Drexel University, Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Science Writing

Richard L. Williams

News Anchor, 6abc
Howard University, Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism