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 email@example.com.
Brigitte Addimando, Chair
Raven Point Consulting
Brigitte Addimando is a Managing Partner at Raven Point Consulting, a Philadelphia based strategy and operations consulting firm she founded in 2011 that specializes in assisting small to medium-sized organizations in identifying growth opportunities and implementing necessary steps toward achieving strategic success.
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 Uplift Center for Grieving Children and the Fitler Foundation. Her passion for empowering the city’s youth through education and coaching defines her personal mission and is at the core of her work through the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
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 experiences include Brandywine Realty Trust, Ridge Development (Transwestern), 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.
Sylvia De Angelo-Cashman, RN, BSN, CPNP, CSN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified School Nurse
Education Plus Health
Sylvia De Angelo-Cashman is currently the Director of Clinical Services for Education Plus Health, which provides school-based health centers in public and private schools. Sylvia has an extensive career history in both hospital-based and private medical practices. Her history includes serving as a certified school nurse for the School District of Philadelphia for fifteen years, devoting her entire career in providing and advocating for children’s healthcare services.
Sylvia is a graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and La Salle University School of Nursing. She also completed her school nurse certification at St. Joseph’s University. Sylvia now lives in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with her family, and vacationing in Newport, Rhode Island.
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 two 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 two colleagues named Joe aspire to tell the stories of regular people at Johnson & Johnson. Brian has held multiple HR roles during his four 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.
Darryl Irizarry, Jr.
Senior Development Officer
Community College of Philadelphia
Darryl Irizarry, Jr. is the Senior Development Officer for Community College of Philadelphia. In his role, he is responsible for managing the College’s Alumni Association and raising close to $500,000 annually through Annual Giving and the College’s signature event, the Black and Gold Gala. He currently sits as the Chair of the Philadelphia Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). PHRC enforces state laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, commercial property, education, and public accommodations.
Darryl has received recognition for his service in the community, such as the Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos Award in 2013 and 2017 and Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next in Public Service” Award in 2018. Darryl received an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from the Community College of Philadelphia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
James M. McClammer, Esq
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 ski 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.
Andrew McQueary, CPA
Financial Planning and Analysis Manager
Andrew McQueary is a Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at AmerisourceBergen, a company responsible for creating healthier futures. Prior to his current role, he assisted in the preparation of AmerisourceBergen’s financial statements and worked at Deloitte in its assurance practice. Andrew graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science with majors in Accounting and Finance and has returned to Villanova University in pursuit of his MBA. Andrew grew up in Hopewell, NJ, but currently lives in Conshohocken, PA. In his spare time, he runs, plays clarinet, spends time with friends and family, and roots for his favorite teams.
Head of Editorial & Creative Production, Participant Strategy & Development
Allen Plummer is the Head of Editorial and Creative Production for Participant Strategy and Development at Vanguard, where he serves as co-creative director and leads editorial and project management crew involved in participant communications and advice for retirement plans within the U.S.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Plummer was a marketing leader in Vanguard’s institutional business, where he introduced and established content marketing and social media. He also spent several years as a communication consultant, during which time he strategically created and developed participant communications for clients such as IBM, Comcast, and multiple Ivy League universities.
Before joining Vanguard in 2006, Mr. Plummer spent more than ten years as a financial journalist, contributing to Bloomberg, Morningstar, The Motley Fool, and other financial publications. He started his career on Wall Street and worked at startups in New York City during the dotcom boom of the late 90’s. He is the author and ghostwriter of five books and holds an MBA from the College of William & Marty and a BA in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University.
He, his wife Sara, and son Marcus, live in Phoenixville, PA. In his spare time, Allen has a podcast about creativity, is an avid reader and writer, and enjoys cycling and CrossFit.
Peter Seelig, CFA
Vice President, Portfolio Manager
Macquarie Investment Management
Peter A. Seelig currently serves as a portfolio manager for the firm’s insurance asset management team and core fixed income strategies, a role he has held since May 2014. He is primarily responsible for portfolio construction and strategic asset allocation.
Prior to rejoining Macquarie Investment Management (MIM) in December 2009 as a portfolio analyst, Seelig was a derivatives operations specialist, first with Delaware Investments and then with Bank of New York Mellon, where he processed and analyzed complex derivative instruments. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting, with a minor in public policy from Franklin & Marshall College. Seelig is also a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.
Seelig lives in Haddonfield, NJ, with his wife, three boys, and bulldog.
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 main liaison between the Controller’s Office and other governmental agencies. As First Deputy, Kellan also oversees and manages the office’s public engagement strategy, including special events, community outreach, constituent services, and communications.
Prior to joining the Controller’s Office, Kellan served as Campaign Manager and Political Director for Controller Rhynhart’s general election and primary campaigns for City Controller. Until recently, Kellan served as the National Political Director for New Leaders Council, a leading program that trains progressive millennials; he is currently the organization’s local chapter director.
Teach for America
Barry Wilkins is a STEM educator at Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion High School. Besides teaching traditional secondary math subjects such as Algebra II and Geometry, Mr. Wilkins is also the lead instructor for Personal Finance at the school. In this role Mr. Wilkins has the unique opportunity to combine his passion for community engagement with financial literacy.
Prior to becoming an educator, Mr. Wilkins was a banking professional for more than 15 years with experience across retail banking, corporate and investment banking, and wealth management. Most recently, Mr.Wilkins served as a VP/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.
Mr. Wilkins’ path towards a career in education was deeply influenced by his time as the City of Philadelphia’s first-ever Director of Industry Partnerships. Being recruited away from banking to lead this poverty reduction initiative for the City of Philadelphia gave Mr. Wilkins the rare opportunity to work with executives across government, philanthropy, and the private sector. Ultimately, his work led to the formation of the City of Philadelphia’s 1st IT/Tech Industry Partnership which launched during June 2018.
While serving as Director of Industry Partnerships, Mr. Wilkins also discovered well-intentioned, but inefficient programs meant to reduce poverty. These remedies were rarely data-driven, human-centered, or impactful on a large enough scale. Mr. Wilkins also discovered that when it comes to poverty, all roads tend to lead back to education. Low educational attainment in the 21st century typically correlates to limited economic mobility.
Recognizing this, and the urgent need for black male educators, particularly in urban school districts like Philadelphia, Mr. Wilkins joined Teach For America in April of 2019, and later that year became an M.S. Ed Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.
Barry is a native of Philadelphia and attended 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. Barry is married and the father of three little girls. He, his wife Kathy, and their children currently reside in 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 a 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.