Our Team

Board of Directors

Jonathan M. Cohen, Esq.

Chairperson

Jonathan M. Cohen, L.L.C


Jennifer Heller, Esq.

Vice Chairperson

Chair of Governance Committee

Former Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Deputy General Counsel, Comcast Corporation


Paul R. Greenwald, CPA

Treasurer

Chair of Finance Committee

Retired Senior Vice President, Caring People Alliance


Susan W. Herron, Esq.

Secretary

Chair of Development Committee

Retired Attorney


Gaetano P. Piccirilli, Esq.

Member

Chair of Safety Committee

Partner, Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP


Jamal B. Dennis, M.Ed., M.Ed.Admin.

Member

Principal, School District of Philadelphia

Ruth S. Damsker

Member

Retired County Administrator

Upper Gwynedd Board of Commissioners


Leonard Pendergrass

Member

Vice President, UPS Security – East Region


Carol Rice

Member

Retired Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Recreation Department


Susan Jansen Varnum, Ph.D.

Member

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Science Education, Temple University


Brian Sullivan

Member

Managing Director, Accenture


Jerry Macdonald, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Caring People Alliance

Executive Team

Jerry Macdonald, Ph.D, President & CEO

(He/Him/His)
jerry@caringpeoplealliance.org

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.

J. Roberto Duarte, MSW, MBA, Vice President

(He/Him/His)
roberto@caringpeoplealliance.org

Roberto Duarte is the incoming Executive Director of the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) for Region 18.

Prior to joining Caring People Alliance, Roberto spent his career in the field of Human Services, working for local government since 2002. He began his career at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), where he served in various roles and worked directly with consumers and community partner organizations in the city. In 2019, Roberto moved on to become the first Latino American to lead the Office of Children and Youth in Montgomery County, PA., as Executive Director. In this role, he was responsible for the development of the annual multi-million dollar operating budget; a staff complement of nearly 180 positions and all service delivery initiatives to children and families in the County.

Roberto has always been committed to developing and promoting a cohesive work environment, focused on organizational excellence that seeks to have sustainable change and positive outcomes in the lives of those we serve.

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

(She/Hers/Her)
carmen@caringpeoplealliance.org

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.

Carmen is an avid golf trainee, runner and reader and currently lives in Mount Airy with her husband and son.

Tanya Steinberg, Chief Operating Officer

(She/Hers/Her)
tanya@caringpeoplealliance.org

Tanya Steinberg is the Chief Operating Officer at Caring People Alliance. She oversees Operations at our Boys & Girls Clubs, and Organizational Financial Management along with Human Resources Function. Tanya joined the organization in June of 2021. She brings 30+ years of experience and expertise in financial, organizational and strategic leadership in Philadelphia.

Ms. Steinberg served as an Accounting Manager at the Please Touch Museum in the early 1990s and subsequently spent six years with Women Organized Against Rape as Director of Finance and Administration, earning her Woman of the Year recognition from Women's Way. Ms. Steinberg served as a Chief Financial Officer at ActionAids before joining the International House Philadelphia where she served in leadership roles for 16 years, earning a selection among the Top 25 Female Leaders in Greater Philadelphia Area while she was President & CEO for International House Philadelphia and a Chair for the International Houses Worldwide Association.

Keith L. Smith, Vice President of Administration, Assistant Director Of Operations, ELRC Region 18

(He/Him/His)
keith@caringpeoplealliance.org


Leadership Team

Tanya Brown, M.Ed.

Lead Early Learning Center Director

R.W. Brown Boys & Girls Club

Caitlin Butrica, CFRE

Business Development Director

Rache Cross

CACFP Director

Ron Doherty

Facilities Manager

Adrianne Dumpson-Diggs, MHS, CPE

Special Projects Director

Diane Getzinger

Assistant Director, Provider/STARS, ELRC Region 18

Branon Gilmore

Senior Director of Programs and Service Delivery

Dmytro Gorbachov, DBA, CFA

Senior Director of Finance

Beth Grossman, Esq.

Scioli Turco Director

Melonie Handberry, MSS, MLSP

Marconi Older Adult Program Director

John Haltiwanger

Director of Information Information Systems and Technology

David Waterstram

Senior Director of Human Resources

Rachel Wishnoff

Safety & Compliance Director