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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Right to Know Officer

Frederick Bader, School Psychologist, Compliance Coordinator


Scott Emerick, Executive Director


Adesanya Karade, Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Tiffany Doyle, Senior Director of Human Resources

Imani Motley, Human Resources Specialist

Jenna Dougherty, Business Adminstrator

Joshua Neilson, Help Desk Specialist


Allison Predjulek, Controller

Phillip Cook, Senior Staff Accountant

The Learning Exchange

Robin Walker, The Learning Exchange Director

Iman Griffin, The Learning Exchange- Special Projects Associate

Program General

Dannyelle Austin, Chief Program Officer

Alejandro Baldwin, Senior Director of Engagement & Retention

Program Operations

Justine Philyaw, Program Operations Director

Anna Latshaw, Program Operations Manager

Mike Noel, Program Outcomes and Evaluation Manager

Cynthia Lee, Education Success VISTA

Cassandra Lo, Data in Education Success Project Leader, VISTA

KeeShawn Murphy, Recruitment VISTA


Meredith Molloy, Chief Development Officer

Ted Molloy, Individual Giving Manager

Nikkia Moss, Communications & Development Associate

Tim Adams, Development VISTA


Paul Luong, Grants and Data Manager

Rebecca Perry, WIOA Grant Coordinator

Tanza Pugliese, AmeriCorps Grant Coordinator

Eric Shapiro, DOL Grant Coordinator/Systems Analyst

Academic Education

Sarah Burgess, Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Jody Cohen, Language Arts Teacher

Ah-Keisha McCants, Language Arts Teacher

Frank Rocchi, Literacy Specialist

Erika Starr Celley, Mathematics Teacher

Rebekah Dommel, Mathematics Teacher

Hector Roman, Mathematics Teacher

Peter Celona, Science Teacher

Anthony Smith, Social Studies Teacher

Cynthia Lee, Education Success VISTA

Career Planning and Alumni Success

Justin Lockley, Associate Director of Career Planning & Alumni Success

Latosha Morris, Career Coordinator

Zurrell Toney, Career Coordinator

College and Career Partnership

Jennifer Rivers, Associate Director of College and Career Readiness

Specialized Services

Frederick Bader, School Psychologist, Compliance Coordinator

Richard Chalme, Special Education Teacher

Ashlee Hipp, Associate Director of Specialized Services

Erin Young, Special Education Teacher

Shannon Caldwell, Special Education Teacher

Isabella Aponte, Behavioral 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


Isaiah Johnson, Community Projects Coordinator

Elexus Freeman-Filmore, Community Projects Coordinator

Ashanti Sharp, Community Projects Coordinator

April Smart, Community Projects Coordinator

Rosa Urquiza, Community Projects Coordinator

Ella Varnay, Community Projects Coordinator

Shyonna Williams, Community Projects Coordinator

Richard Copeland, Community Projects Coordinator

Thomas Hagan, Community Projects Coordinator

Vanessa Hollimon, Community Projects Coordinator

Student Success Management

Ana Dopazo, Director of Student Success Management

Doris Spears, Community Resources Coordinator

Charla Hill, Student Success Manager

Frank Redmond, Student Success Manager

Patricia Rozier, Student Success Manager

Vocational Training

Melissa Jackson-Schmidt, Director or Workforce Development

Building Trades

George Jenkins, Building Trades Instructor

Andre Evans-Gorham, Building Trades Instructor

Ronald Payton, Youth Development Specialist

Jasmine Newton, Construction Community Projects Coordinator

Business Administration Scholars

Natasha Toney, Business Administration Scholars Coordinator

Kimberly Paulus, Barista/Customer Service Instructor


Virginia DeFelice, Healthcare Coordinator

Erica Smith, Healthcare Community Projects Coordinator


Mallory Deptola, CDA Coordinator

Maddie MacKenzie, CDA Community Projects Coordinator