Our Board

Our Board of Trustees is composed of active and caring leaders and professionals. The board is instrumental in building and maintaining relationships and acquiring support in the local community. You can reach the board by emailing board@youthbuildphilly.org.

Board of Trustees 2022-2023

Melanie McCottry (Board Chair)
VP, corporate communications & external affairs, PGW
mccottry@gmail.com

Kiley Smith Kelly (Vice Chair)
Principal, EY
kileysmith.kelly@ey.com

Scott Lillis (Board Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair)
Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
scott.lillis@hotmail.com

Sai Yerrapathruni (Development Committee Chair)
Executive Vice President, General Manager, Rycon Construction Inc.
sai.yerrapathruni@icloud.com

Alicia Smith (HR Committee Chair)
Chief Human Resources Officer
Resources for Human Development
amsmith34@gmail.com

Darrell Davis
Public Engagement Department, DoorDash
darrelldavis17@gmail.com

Charles Esser
Founder and Director, Philadelphia Community School
ckesser1@gmail.com

Jared Farbman
Senior Strategy Analyst, Vanguard
jared_farbman@vanguard.com

Erin McNamara Horvat
Founder and Director, Philadelphia Community School
emh@drexel.edu

Carniesha Kwashie
Chief Equity & Strategy Officer, Bicycle Transit Systems
ckwashie@bicycletransit.com

Maxwell Akuamoah-Boateng
Director of Operations, Community Schools
Makuamoa@gmail.com

Committee Members

The following currently serve on the Development Committee:

Sai Yerrapathruni (Development Committee Chair)
Executive Vice President, General Manager, Rycon Construction Inc.

Kiley Smith Kelly (Vice Chair)
Principal, EY

Maxwell Akuamoah-Boateng
Director of Operations, Community Schools

The following currently serve on the Finance Committee:

Scott Lillis (Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair)
Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Timothy Daniel
Senior Advisor, International SOS, Inc.

Jared Farbman
Senior Strategy Analyst, Vanguard

Jocie Dye
Principal , Outsourcing, CLA

Todd Marzolf
Senior Project Consultant, IT Business Management, Willis Towers Watson

Michael McGuire
Account Executive, Johnson, Kendall & Johnson

James Mergiotti
President & CEO, Peirce College (Retired)

Wayne W. Williams
Assistant Professor, Fox School of Business, Temple University

The following currently serve on the Program Committee:

Carniesha Kwashie ( Program Committee Chair)
Chief Equity & Strategy Officer, Bicycle Transit Systems

The following currently serve on the Human Resources Committee:

Alicia Smith (HR Committee Chair)
Chief Human Resources Officer
Resources for Human Development

Brea Arthur
Absence Management Specialist, Comcast

Justine Sloyer
PHR, Global Director, Talent Management, AST LLC

Michael Thomas, Jr.
Executive Director, KMS Staffing and Search

Michelle Ziegler-Bradford
AVP, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, TD Bank

The following currently serve on the Governance Committee:

Melanie McCottry (Board Chair)
VP, corporate communications & external affairs, PGW

Charles Esser
Founder and Director, Philadelphia Community School

Sai Yerrapathruni
Executive Vice President, General Manager, Rycon Construction Inc.

The following currently serve on the Facilities Committee:

Bob Totaro (Chair)

Sai Yerrapathruni
Executive Vice President, General Manager, Rycon Construction Inc.

Martin Brigham
Attorney, Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer

Scott Lillis
Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Melanie McCottry
Director, Public Affairs, PGW

Friends of YouthBuild Philadelphia Board of Trustees 2022-2023

Robert Totaro (Board Chair)
Founder and CEO, RCT Advisors

James Davis (Board Treasurer)
Professor, Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Temple University

Marty Brigham (Board Secretary)
Chief Operating Officer, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Board Meetings 2022-2023

Board Meetings

Note: Any updates to this calendar will be posted to the youthbuildphilly.org website at least 48 hours in advance.

All Board meetings are open to the public, and will take place at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School (1231 N. Broad Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122) unless otherwise noted.

Please email board@youthbuildphilly.org to RSVP for a particular Board meeting

To submit written comments for consideration at an upcoming meeting, please contact board@youthbuildphilly.org with the subject line “Board Meeting Comments”

To receive a copy of Board minutes, please click the link to the meeting date below, or contact board@youthbuildphilly.org with the subject line “Board Meeting Minutes Request (Date of Meeting)”

Board Meeting Minutes


For more information, or if you would like to be placed on the agenda to comment at a meeting, please contact:

Jenna Dougherty
jdougherty@youthbuildphilly.org

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