YouthBuild’s staff is composed of committed educators, administrators, counselors, vocational instructors and AmeriCorps members. We are a diverse team of professionals, united in our high standards and commitment to serving the best interests of the students.

No matter their role at the school, every employee at YouthBuild plays a part in creating a safe and positive educational environment where amazing transformations can take place.

YouthBuild Philly has been named a Top Workplace in Philadelphia for six years running. Click here to see available positions at YouthBuild Philly.

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Scott Emerick, Executive Director
Eva Lexie, Executive Assistant

Program Administration

Brian Leffler, Program Director
Justine Philyaw, Program Operations Director
Colleen Counihan, Program Operations Coordinator
Robin Walker, Learning Exchange Director
Madison Dorschutz, Education Success Project Leader
Holly Fitzpatrick, Recruitment Specialist, Temporary
Amber Hamilton, Recruitment Project Leader, VISTA
Sahar Siddiqi, Data in Education Success Project Leader, VISTA


Adesanya Karade, Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Bill Baig, Network Administrator
Joshua Neilson, IT Help Desk Specialist
Priscilla Tennant, Human Resources Director
Annette Ortiz Molina, Office Manager/HR Coordinator
Alexander Rocke, Sr. Financial Analyst
Jenna Dougherty, Jr. Financial Analyst
Ian Mackenzie, IT Intern
Francis Giordano, IT Academic Intern


Meredith Molloy, Chief Development Officer
Ted Molloy, Individual Giving Coordinator
Nikkia Moss, Communications & Development Associate
Paul Luong, Grants and Data Manager
Hallie Fischer, PYN Grant Coordinator
Tanza Pugliese, AmeriCorps Grant Coordinator
Eric Shapiro, DOL Grant Coordinator/Systems Analyst
Chaneil Scott, Development Project Leader, VISTA

Academic Education

Sarah Burgess, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Jody Cohen, Language Arts Teacher
Willa Deitch, Language Arts Teacher
Erika Starr Celley, Mathematics Teacher
Rebekah Dommel, Mathematics Teacher
Christina Neilson, Mathematics Teacher
Peter Celona, Science Teacher
Anthony Smith, Social Studies Teacher

Postsecondary Career Development

Michael Imperato, Director of Postsecondary Career Development
Justin Lockley, Lead Career Coordinator
Latosha Morris, Career Coordinator
Zurrell Toney, Career Coordinator
Orneno Wright, Career Coordinator
Jennifer Rivers, College to Career Partnerships Manager
Shawn Murray, Career Partnerships Manager
Jackie Giovanniello, Career Training Coordinator
Ricky Strickler, Career Training Coordinator
Michael Noel, Postsecondary Impact Coordinator

Specialized Services

Frederick Bader, School Psychologist, Compliance Coordinator
David Rivoire, Special Education Coordinator
Richard Chalme, Special Education Teacher
Ashlee Hipp, Special Education Teacher
Erin Young, Special Education Teacher
Isabella Aponte, Behavioral Specialist
Nina Mercado, Instructional Aide, Temporary
Rebecca Wanner, ESL Teacher


Cheryl Thomas, Counselor, Consultant

Student Life & AmeriCorps

Ameen Akbar, Director of Student Life
Zuri Stone, Assistant Director of Student Life


Andrew Dalke, Community Projects Coordinator
Amanda Hulse, Community Projects Coordinator
Natasha Keele, Community Projects Coordinator
Jasmine Newton, Community Projects Coordinator

Student Success

Ana Dopazo, Director of Student Success
Doris Spears, Interim Director of Student Success
Charla Hill, Student Success Manager
Frank Redmond, Student Success Manager
Patricia Rozier, Student Success Manager

Vocational Education

Rasheedah Collins, Director of Vocational Training
Stephanie Waller, Training & Placement Coordinator

Building Trades

George Jenkins, Building Trades Instructor
Ronald Payton, Youth Development Specialist

Business Administration /Customer Service

Melissa Jackson-Schmidt, Business Administration Scholars Coordinator
Gary Morris, AmeriCorps Customer Service & Technology Coordinator
Josh Harding, AmeriCorps Customer Service & Technology Coordinator
Michelle Severino, AmeriCorps Customer Service & Technology Coordinator

Business Administration /Customer Service

Jennifer Schifano, Barista Instructor


Nakesha Moore, Healthcare Coordinator
Brenda Alfaro, Healthcare Program Officer


Obioma Martin, CDA Instructor, Consultant