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
Colleen Counihan, Program Operations Coordinator
Hallie Fischer, DOL Grant Coordinator


Adesanya Karade, Director of Operations – Finance & Administration
Frederick Bader, School Psychologist, Compliance Coordinator
Bill Baig, Network Administrator
Priscilla Tennant, Human Resources Director
Ian Kauffman, Controller
Alexander Rocke, Grants & Contracts Analyst


Meredith Molloy, Director of Development
Nikkia Moss, Communications & Development Associate
Paul Luong, Grants and Data Manager
Ted Molloy, Individual Giving Coordinator

Academic Education

Sarah Burgess, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Willa Deitch, Language Arts Teacher
Erika Starr Celley, Mathematics Teacher
Rebekah Dommel, Mathematics Teacher
Christina Neilson, Mathematics Teacher
Peter Celona, Science Teacher
Kenya Ramey, Social Studies Teacher
David Rivoire, Special Education Coordinator
Richard Chalme, Special Education Teacher
Ashlee DeWald, Special Education Teacher
Erin Young, Special Education Teacher

Postsecondary Career Development

Michael Imperato, Director of Postsecondary Career Development
Michael Noel, Postsecondary Coordinator
Stephanie Strockis, Postsecondary Coordinator
Justin Lockley, Postsecondary Coordinator
Shawn Murray, Career Partnerships Manager
Robin Walker, Career Pathway Coordinator
Ricky Strickler, Professional Development Coordinator for Alumni
Jackie Giovanniello, Career Training Coordinator

Student Life & AmeriCorps

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


Tanza Pugliese, AmeriCorps Grant Coordinator
Taylor Hartung, Community Projects Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA

Eric Shapiro, VISTA Data in Education Success Project Leader

Case Management

Patricia Rozier, Case Manager
Frank Redmond, Case Manager
Charla Hill, Case Manager
Doris Spears, Community Resources Coordinator

Vocational Education

Stephanie Waller, Training & Placement Coordinator

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

Business Administration /Customer Service

Melissa Jackson, Business Administration Scholars Coordinator
Jennifer Schifano, Barista Instructor


Nakesha Moore, Healthcare Coordinator
Brenda Alfaro, Healthcare Program Officer

Child Development

Justine Philyaw, Child Development Associate Coordinator