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

Juanita Miller, Executive Assistant

The Learning Exchange

Robin Walker, The Learning Exchange Director

Iman Griffin, The Learning Exchange- Special Projects Associate

Program Administration

Dannyelle Austin, Senior Program Director- Skill Development

Brian Leffler, Senior Program Director- Student Leadership & Support

Justine Philyaw, Program Operations Director

Anna Latshaw, Program Operations Manager

Mike Noel, Program Outcomes and Evaluation Manager

Cynthia Lee, Education Success Project Leader

Gabriela Hartney, Recruitment Project Leader, VISTA

Cassandra Lo, Data in Education Success Project Leader, VISTA

Gary Morris, NSLP Grant Coordinator & Program Operations Assistant

China Fields, NSLP Assistant


Adesanya Karade, Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Bill Baig, Information Technology Director

Joshua Neilson, IT Help Desk Specialist

Yulise Savage, IT Academic Intern

Annette Ortiz Molina, Human Resources Manager

Allison Predjulek, Controller

Jenna Dougherty, Office Manager


Meredith Molloy, Chief Development Officer

Ted Molloy, Individual Giving Manager

Nikkia Moss, Communications & Development Associate

Paul Luong, Grants and Data Manager

Rebecca Perry, WIOA Grant Coordinator

Tanza Pugliese, AmeriCorps Grant Coordinator

Eric Shapiro, DOL Grant Coordinator/Systems Analyst

Tim Adams, Development VISTA

Academic Education

Sarah Burgess, Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Jody Cohen, Language Arts Teacher

Willa Deitch, Language Arts Teacher

Frank Rocchi, Literacy Specialist

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

Justin Lockley, Director of Career Planning & Alumni Success

Latosha Morris, Career Coordinator

Zurrell Toney, Career Coordinator

Orneno Wright, Career Coordinator

Jennifer Rivers, Director of Career Partnerships & Postsecondary Initiatives

Joli McTerrell, Career Training Manager

Ricky Strickler, Career Training Coordinator

Specialized Services

Frederick Bader, School Psychologist, Compliance Coordinator

David Rivoire, Special Education Coordinator

Richard Chalme, Special Education Teacher

Ashlee Hipp, Special Education Coordinator

Erin Young, Special Education Teacher

Shannon Caldwell, Special Education Teacher

Isabella Aponte, Behavioral Specialist

Nina Mercado, Special Education Specialist

Rebecca Wanner, ESL Teacher


Aletta Jones-Sterling, Counselor, Consultant

Cheryl Thomas, Counselor, Consultant

George Ford, Counselor, Consultant

Student Life & AmeriCorps

Zuri Stone, Director of Student Life

Tara Anastasi, Associate Director of Student Life

Chris McFadden, Dean of Student Life


Maddie MacKenzie, Community Projects Coordinator

Erica Smith, Community Projects Coordinator

Amanda Hulse, Community Projects Coordinator

Madison Musgrave, Community Projects Coordinator

Jasmine Newton, Community Projects Coordinator

Isaiah Johnson, Community Projects Coordinator

Dana Foedisch, Community Projects Coordinator

Elexus Freeman-Filmore, Community Projects Coordinator

Student Success

Ana Dopazo, Director of Student Success

Doris Spears, Community Resource Coordinator

Charla Hill, Student Success Manager

Frank Redmond, Student Success Manager

Patricia Rozier, Student Success Manager

Connor Benson, Student Success Intern

Vocational Education

Melissa Jackson-Schmidt, Director or Workforce Development

Building Trades

George Jenkins, Building Trades Instructor

Andre Gorham, Building Trades Instructor

Ronald Payton, Youth Development Specialist

Business Administration scholars

Natasha Toney, Business Administration Scholars Coordinator

Barista/customer service

Samantha Milich, Barista/Customer Service Instructor


Nakesha Moore, Healthcare Coordinator

Brenda Alfaro, Healthcare Program Officer


Mallory Deptola, CDA Coordinator

Obioma Martin, CDA Instructor, Consultant