Our Team

Board of Directors

Gaetano Piccirilli, Esq.


Carol B. Rice

Vice Chairperson

Paul R. Greenwald, CPA


Susan W. Herron, Esq.


Jonathan M. Cohen, Esq.

Member, Chair Safety Committee

Leonard Prendergass


Mary A. Faustino


Susan Jansen Varnum, Ph.D


Ruth S. Damsker


Otis Bullock, Jr., Esq.

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Jerry Macdonald, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Executive Staff

Jerry Macdonald, Ph.D, President & CEO

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Jerry has spent his career working and volunteering in large and small-scale nonprofit organizations for a variety of social justice causes. His focus has been on helping organizations develop the resources that they need to implement their visions of social change.

As a proposal writer and development professional, he has raised over $2 billion in the areas of mental health and substance abuse treatment, social justice, LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS, education, public health, housing, arts and culture, and children and youth services.

For the past 19 years, he has served in a variety of capacities at Caring People Alliance, having been named President and CEO in 2016. His vision is to transform Caring People Alliance into a dynamic engine for social justice by addressing the root causes of poverty in Philadelphia.

Jerry is married to David Acosta, and they live in South Philadelphia with their two dogs and two cats. Jerry and David love art, travel, food, wine, animals and hanging out at the beach.

Alease Ralph, Senior Vice President

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Alease has dedicated her life to helping the community, its families, and the children of the Philadelphia area. She has over 45 years of experience in the job training and non-profit sectors with proven exceptional leadership and management skills.

As the Executive Director of the largest Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) in the state of Pennsylvania, she manages over 200 employees and a five-year budget exceeding one billion dollars. She ensures child care providers offering early learning resources and families needing early learning resources are united and provided with high quality and outstanding services.

Alease has excellent reasoning and analytical skills, a proven track record of accomplishments and a commitment to the highest standards of integrity. She is a tremendous asset to Caring People Alliance’s senior management team.

Connie Alston, CNAP, Chief Financial Officer

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Carmen I. Paris, MPH, Vice President, Business Development

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Carmen I. Paris is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Caring People Alliance. Carmen started working for the agency as a Consultant in 2018. She had previously worked in the fields of Mental Health and Health in the City of Philadelphia with over 20 years of experience in Senior Management. She has served in many boards and commissions and is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Delaware Valley Community Health Federally Qualified Health Centers. Born and raised in Puerto Rico she holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s in Public Health from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is an avid golf trainee, runner and reader and currently lives in Mount Airy with her husband and son.

Leadership Staff

Khristina Barnes


Caitlin Butrica

Business Development Coordinator

Rache Cross

CACFP Director

Ron Doherty

Facilities Manager

Adrianne Dumpson-Diggs

Assistant Director or Eligibility

Emily Geliebter

Center Director

Diane Getzinger

Assistant Director, Provider/STARS, ELRC Region 18, Philadelphia County

Branon Gilmore

Senior Director of Community Outreach

Beth Grossman, Esq.

Program Director, Scioli Turco

John Haltiwanger

Director of Information Information Systems and Technology

Terrance Hobson, M.S.Ed

Senior Director of Boys & Girls Clubs

Luke McKetta

Senior Director of Programs and Quality

Virginia Rodriguez-Bueno

Center Director

Keith Smith

Assistant Director of Operations CCIS

Jake Steinberg

Business Development Coordinator

David Waterstram

Senior Director of Human Resources