Our Board of Trustees is composed of active and caring leaders and professionals. The board is instrumental in building and maintaining relationships and acquiring support in the local community. You can reach the board by emailing board@youthbuildphilly.org.

Grievance Policy and Procedures

YouthBuild Philly Comprehensive Plan


Melanie McCottry (Board Chair)
Director, Public Affairs, PGW

Martin Brigham (Board Vice Chair)
Attorney, Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer

Nicole Connell (Board Secretary)
Special Advisor to the Commissioner, City of Philadelphia Dept. of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services

James Mergiotti (Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair)
President & CEO, Peirce College (Retired)

Kiley Smith Kelly (Fundraising Committee Chair)
Principal, EY

David E. Thomas (Program Committee Chair)
Associate VP, Strategic Initiatives
Dean, Division of Access and Community Engagement
Community College of Philadelphia

Khalilah Lawson (Governance Committee Chair)
Director, Executive Search, Comcast Corporation

Alicia Smith (HR Committee Chair)
Chief Human Resources Officer
Resources for Human Development

Keith Anderson
Director of Network Infrastructure and Security, Spectra

Graham Brent
Chief Executive Officer, NCCCO Foundation

Timothy Daniel
Senior Advisor, International SOS, Inc.

Darrell Davis
Manager, Local Gov’t & Civic Affairs
Greater Phila Chamber of Commerce

Charles Esser
Founder and Director, Philadelphia Community School

Jared Farbman
Senior Strategy Analyst, Vanguard

Erin McNamara Horvat
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Drexel University

Scott Lillis
Managing Director & Senior Wealth Advisor, Bessemer Trust

Tiffanie Talley-Baines
Vice President, Branch Manager, JP Morgan Chase

Sai Yerrapathruni
Executive Vice President, General Manager, Rycon Construction Inc.


The following currently serve on the Fundraising Committee:

Elina Tonkova
Associate Director of Communications and Stewardship, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Amanda Klopf
Senior Tax Associate, EY

Justine Sloyer

The following currently serve on the Finance Committee:

Todd Marzolf
Senior Project Consultant,  IT Business Management, Willis Towers Watson

Michael McGuire
Account Executive, Johnson, Kendall & Johnson

Wayne W. Williams 
Assistant Professor, Fox School of Business, Temple University

The following currently serve on the Program Committee:

Elliott Brown
YouthBuild Philly Alumnus

Eddie Burns
New Business Implementation, AmeriHealth Administrators

Lisette Gonzalez
Community Benefits Advisor, UPMC Health Plan

The following currently serve on the Human Resources Committee:

Brea Arthur
Absence Management Specialist, Comcast

Justine Sloyer

Alicia Smith
CHRO, Resources for Human Development

Michael Thomas, Jr.
Executive Director, KMS Staffing and Search

Samantha Tyrol
AVP, HR Recruiter II, TD Bank

Michelle Ziegler-Bradford
AVP, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, TD Bank


John Andrew Gallery (Board Chair)

James Davis (Board Treasurer)
Professor, Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Temple University

Richard Gitlen (Secretary)
Chief Operating Officer, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Robert Totaro (Member at Large)
Founder and CEO, RCT Advisors

Board meetings (2020-2021)

All Meetings are Open to the Public

All Board Meetings are held at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School unless otherwise noted.*

Note: Any updates to this calendar will be posted to the youthbuildphilly.org website at least 48 hours in advance.

* It is anticipated that all board meetings will be held at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, 1231 N. Broad St., 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122.   However, if the mandated school-closure period due to COVID-19 persists past July 2020, the YouthBuild Philadelphia Board of Trustees will conduct its meetings remotely via the Zoom video tele-conferencing app for the duration of the school-closure period.  The public may participate in any Zoom meeting in either of two ways: (1) by live video link or (2) by written comments:

  • To participate live and in-person on the Zoom video link, interested parties should send an email to board@youthbuildphilly.org expressing their interest in participating in the meeting at least 24 hours prior to the designated meeting time.  All interested parties will receive the link to the Zoom meeting via reply email on the day before the meeting.  (NOTE: to be able to join the meeting via Zoom, the Zoom app must first be downloaded onto the intended viewing device, either a computer or smartphone.  The Zoom app is free at your computer’s or phone’s app store.)
  • To participate by submitting a written comment for consideration at the meeting, interested parties should send their comments via email (subject line: “Board Meeting Comments”) to board@youthbuildphilly.org.  In response, a copy of the minutes of the Board meeting will be sent to the interested parties via reply email.

Board Meeting
Friday, August 7, 2020, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Board Meeting
Friday, October 9, 2020, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Board Meeting
Friday, December 11, 2020, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Board Meeting
Friday, February 19, 2021, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Board Meeting
Friday, June 4, 2021, 9:00 am to 11:00 am


Jenna Dougherty


Board Meeting Minutes

October 23, 2018

October 11, 2018

August 9, 2018

June 8, 2018