Our Team

Board of Directors

Gaetano P. Piccirilli, Esq.


Partner, Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

Carol Rice

Vice Chairperson

Retired Deputy Commissioner, City of Philadelphia Recreation Department

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

Jonathan M. Cohen, Esq.

Chair of Safety Committee

Jonathan M. Cohen, L.L.C

Leonard Pendergrass


Vice President, UPS Security – East Region

Ruth S. Damsker


Retired County Administrator

Upper Gwynedd Board of Commissioners

Susan Jansen Varnum, Ph.D.


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

Jennifer Heller, Esq.

Chair of Governance Committee

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

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


Principal, School District of Philadelphia

Jerry Macdonald, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Caring People Alliance

Executive Team

Jerry Macdonald, Ph.D, President & CEO


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


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.

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


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


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


Leadership Team

Khristina Barnes



Tanya Brown, M.Ed.

Lead Early Learning Center Director

R.W. Brown Boys & Girls Club


Caitlin Butrica

Business Development Coordinator


Ashley Burden, MBA, MHA

Director, Marconi Older Adult Program


Rache Cross

CACFP Director


Ron Doherty

Facilities Manager


Adrianne Dumpson-Diggs, MHS, CPE

Assistant Director of Eligibility


Diane Getzinger

Assistant Director, Provider/STARS, ELRC Region 18


Branon Gilmore

Senior Director of Community Outreach


Beth Grossman, Esq.

Program Director, Scioli Turco


John Haltiwanger

Director of Information Information Systems and Technology


Luke McKetta, MS

Senior Director, Programs & Service Delivery


Ladrina M. Powell

Early Learning Center Director

West Philadelphia Boys & Girls Club


David Waterstram

Senior Director of Human Resources