Regional Board membership at Playworks Pennsylvania is voluntary and reserved for experienced professionals with a strong interest in supporting innovation in education, and the health and well-being of Pennsylvania’s and the Greater Delaware Valley’s children. Each board member is selected through a rigorous review process for their specific skills in law, finance, development, health, marketing, PR/media, evaluation, and education. All agree to participate in site visits, fundraising activities, and quarterly board meetings with occasional committee meetings and conference calls reserved for targeted discussions and strategic decision-making.
Playworks Pennsylvania has several open board positions. Please send all resumes/inquiries directly to our Executive Director, Ivy Olesh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brigitte Addimando, Chair
Brigitte Addimando is the Executive Director of Focused Athletics, a Philadelphia based nonprofit whose mission is to provide high school athletes with the academic, athletic, and professional development resources needed to pursue both a successful college education and a meaningful career. In this role, Brigitte is also able to maintain a small group of clients with 7th Planet Consulting where she advises small and medium businesses across Philadelphia on strategic initiatives around new business development and creative growth opportunities. Brigitte previously held positions in business development and account management at Energy Plus, BarclayCard US, and American Express. Prior to these roles, she attended the Harvard Business School where she earned her MBA. Brigitte also received a BSE from Duke University and an MSME from MIT, which led her to a short but exciting career in auto racing with Honda Performance Development. She now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children where she also serves on the Board of the Center for Grieving Children.
Pamela E. Barnett, Ph.D
Dean of Arts and Sciences
La Salle University
Pamela is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at La Salle University, a mission-driven, Catholic, liberal arts institution that aims to develop the whole student: intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. She began her career as a professor of English and African-American Studies at the University of South Carolina where she was named an Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2003. As plenary speaker at the 2015 Lilly International Conference on College and University Teaching-Bethesda, she gave an address titled “How Good Teaching Can Change the World.”
Barnett is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A.) and Emory University (Ph.D.). In 2010, she earned a certificate in Diversity Leadership at Temple which has informed her work as a higher education leader and engaged Philadelphia citizen. She serves on the School Advisory Committee for Nebinger Elementary, and as Educational Advisor for White Box Theater which creates performance and also provides school and museum-based arts education for children and youth. Pamela practices yoga, gardens and hosts frequent dinner parties in Queen Village.
Industrial Services Team
Jones Lang LaSalle’s Philadelphia
Brad is a member of the Industrial Services team in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. He is a leader on a team responsible for tenant representation, leasing, acquisition and disposition of real estate for clients, and is focused primarily on the urban Philadelphia marketplace. Current and past include Brandywine Realty Trust, Ridge Development (Transwestern), and Alliance HSP, Glaxo SmithKline, Xerox, and ThyssenKrupp.
Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Brad was with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), the City of Philadelphia’s Economic Development Corporation. At PIDC, Brad was Vice President of Business Development, and Market Manager for the industrial and manufacturing sectors. In this role, he was responsible for marketing the company’s real estate portfolio and lending products to companies looking to relocate to or expand their presence in the City of Philadelphia. At PIDC Brad worked with a diverse range of regional and national private sector companies, and public institutions including Dietz and Watson, Agusta Westland, Aker Shipping (Philly Shipyard), Yard’s Brewing, and Philadelphia Gas Works.
Prior to his time at PIDC, Brad spent eight years at Fannie Mae in Washington, DC where he was a member of the Portfolio Management and Capital markets team, executing financing transactions for large-scale commercial (Multifamily) real estate transactions throughout the country.
Brad completed an MBA at Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management and a BBA in Economics from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
Brad is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Richard Ellis lll
Mr. Richard Ellis III is originally from Wallingford, Pennsylvania and is now a resident of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University in 2008. Currently, a Vice President of M&T bank, Rick serves on the Board of Trustees of American Paradigm Schools, is an active member of the Walnut Street Theater Young Leaders Council, and is a member of the Events Committee for the March of Dimes Annual Signature Chefs Event in Philadelphia. Rick and his wife, Nicole Ellis, Esq., are also active supporters of the Vetri Community Partnership.
Michael Fazzini, CPA
Senior Manager, Assurance Services
Ernst & Young
Michael Fazzini is a Senior Manager in the Assurance practice of EY in Philadelphia. Michael grew up in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Villanova University. He’s a die-hard fan of all things Villanova, as well as, the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Sixers and Flyers. Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and children, traveling, making wine, going to the shore and listening to music.
Senior Manager for Leadership Development
Johnson & Johnson
Brian Greer is a Senior Manager for Leadership Development at Johnson & Johnson, where along with 2 others, he’s responsible for designing and developing leadership development content for Johnson & Johnson’s 130,000 employees at all levels around the world. Brian is also the executive producer and a co-host of the Joe & Joe Podcast, J&J’s first internal podcast, where he and 2 colleagues named Joe aspire to tell the stories of regular people at Johnson & Johnson. Brian has held multiple HR roles during his 4 years at J&J. Before J&J, he began his career in education as an economics teacher and athletics administrator at a high school in Indiana, earned his MBA at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and completed an Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship with Teach for America – Massachusetts during graduate school.
Brian attended Wake Forest University for his bachelor’s degree, which places him at odds with his wife Sarah, a two-time alum of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Brian and Sarah live in Old City and love exploring all that Philadelphia – and the rest of the world – has to offer.
Head, Community Relations
Tony Heath is the Community Relations Manager of UPS Chesapeake District, an area which provides service to six states and includes the major metropolitan cities of Delaware, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
Since 1988, Tony has held various positions at UPS that have utilized his diverse background in sales and logistics. With an extensive background in UPS Sales, Tony has been able to use his experience and expertise in teamwork concepts and empowering people to give back to the community. In 2010 Tony empowered the employees of UPS Chesapeake to volunteer over 75,000 hours in the Philadelphia and surrounding communities. Tony has been an active member of the Philadelphia and surrounding Community.
Currently, he serves on the boards of the Lou Williams Foundation as Board President (NBA Player Toronto Raptors), United Negro College Fund Philadelphia Planning committee, United Way of South Easter PA Stuff the Bus Committee, Cumberland County United Way Board, Vineland Basketball Association Board, Macedonia SDA Church Board-Chester PA, Better Living Center-Chester PA, and the Woman’s Leadership Committee member to name a few. Tony is also an active volunteer for the American Diabetes Association, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, Chosen 300 Ministries, and all of Philadelphia’s prominent Walks and Marathons. Tony enjoys serving as a mentor for young upcoming high school students throughout the Chesapeake.
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James M. McClammer, Esq
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP
James McClammer is an associate for Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP where he concentrates his practice on environmental litigation, site remediation, and health and safety matters. He graduated from Boston University and Temple University Beasley School of Law. Before attending law school, he served as an AmeriCorps member with an affordable housing agency in New Hampshire, where he sought to inspire curiosity, engagement, and leadership in resident children by developing a community garden and organizing skiing trips. James now lives in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia with his wife and stays active through running, cycling, and playing ice hockey. James joins Playworks’ Advisory Board as part of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board Observer Program.
Khoon-Yen Tay, MD
Emergency Medicine Attending Physician
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Khoon-Yen Tay is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician in the pediatric emergency department at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She loves working with children and their families in helping them achieve maximal wellness and to help diagnose and overcome illness. She also loves teaching!
Medical education is one of Yen’s biggest non-clinical interests, specifically educating trainees using medical simulation, essentially “playing” with life-sized manikins to simulate medical emergencies and practicing how to deal with these scenarios before they happen in real life.
She was a varsity swimmer at Princeton University and now considers herself a lifelong athlete participating in road races and swimming relays to stay active. She also enjoys practicing yoga and biking around town. Her next big goal will be to compete in an Olympic distance triathlon.
She is excited to be on the board of Playworks Pennsylvania since she witnessed firsthand in the emergency room the effects that violence and sedentary lifestyles can have on children and knows that Playworks actively teaches children how to combat both by engaging kids in staying active as well as helping to develop the skills to play well with others.
Christopher M. Varano, Esq.
Christopher M. Varano focuses his labor and employment practice on litigation arising from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and employee benefits. He is a member of a team that counsels clients in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and complex collective and class action litigation before federal courts across the United States.
First Deputy City Controller
City of Philadelphia
Kellan White serves as the First Deputy City Controller. In that role he is the senior advisor to the City Controller, Rebecca Rhynhart, and serves as the main liaison between the Office of the City Controller and other governmental agencies. As First Deputy, Mr. White also oversees and manages the City Controller’s office’s public engagement including special events, community outreach, constituent services, and communications.
Prior to joining the City Controller’s Office, Mr. White served as Campaign Manager and Political Director for Rhynhart’s successful general election and primary campaign, respectively, for City Controller. Until recently, Mr. White served as the National Political Director for New Leaders Council, a leading program that trains progressive millennials; he currently is the organization’s local chapter director.
One of Kellan’s proudest accomplishments is the creation of the Pattison Leader Ball with his wife Nicole. The Pattison Leader Ball is the first event of its kind to celebrate young, politically-minded and civically engaged people in Philadelphia during the annual PA Society weekend. Unlike other PA Society events, the Pattison Leader Ball is nonpartisan and takes place in Pennsylvania.
Kellan lives in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia with his wife Nicole and their two dogs Dewey and Morena.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Barry Wilkins is a banking professional with more than 15 years of industry experience across retail banking, corporate and investment banking, and wealth management. Most recently, Barry served as a senior relationship strategist at PNC Bank, where he led a team of advisors in the creation and implementation of comprehensive wealth plans tailored to the unique needs of his clients. Prior to that, he held several positions at Wachovia, including international structured trade analyst, where he provided detailed management reporting related to commercial lending activities across the company’s global correspondent banking network.
Barry is a native of Philadelphia and attended high school at Central High School (Class of 254). Barry holds a B.S in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh; Minor in Mathematics. Barry also holds an MBA in Finance from La Salle University, where he is still actively engaged as a member of the African American Alumni Association and Junior Instructor for La Salle Shotokan Karate Club.
Barry is married and the father of three little girls. He, his wife Kathy and their children reside in East Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA.
Founder and President
Sterling Wilson is Founder and President of Pop! Promos, an advertising company named Philadelphia’s fastest growing company by the Philly 100 and #135 on INC Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies in America. Sterling’s role at Pop! Promos include strategic planning, financial oversight, product development, and pricing strategy.
Originally from Indiana, Sterling went to The Kent School in Connecticut for high school and completed his undergraduate business studies at the University of Southern California in 2012. Sterling completed a master’s degree focused on Sustainable Development at The University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and is currently studying for a Masters of Philosophy.
When not working or studying, Sterling is involved in the Philadelphia community and enjoys playing sports. He served as publicly elected committeeman from 2013 to 2015, as Chairman of Philadelphia’s largest Registered Community Organization from 2013 to 2015, and as a mentor in the Philadelphia Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. Sterling played on the USC Squash team and is an avid skier, skin diver, and backpacking enthusiast.