Francis Carney – Executive Director
Francis has served as United Communities’ Executive Director since December 2001. Having received his Masters of Social Work from Temple University, Francis’ rich history in nonprofits includes periods of community organizing and working in youth development.
As Executive Director, Francis has been pleased to be a part of changing at least a corner of the world. He is also proud of the development of many staff members—many who are still with the agency and some who have moved on to positions with other mission driven agencies and are continuing to contribute to change.
Francis can be reached via email at email@example.com or telephone at 215-468-1645, ext. 7228.
Katie Brooks – Deputy Executive Director
Katie Brooks, Deputy Executive Director of United Communities since 2012, has worked at the agency since 2001. Prior to assuming the role of Deputy Executive Director, Katie served in numerous operational level positions and direct service positions. Katie holds a Bachelor in Social Work from LaSalle University and a Master in Social Work from Rutgers University. She has been a trainer for the Pennsylvania Council for Children Youth Family Services and chair of various case management workshops for the membership of PCCYFS. She also completed Bryn Mawr’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute in 2011.
Katie can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 215-468-1645, ext. 7204.
Maureen Kebea – Resource Director
Maureen Kebea was born and raised in South Philadelphia, and is a proud graduate of Saint Maria Goretti High School. Maureen Kebea came to work for United Communities in 1983 working as a receptionist, and later as the administrative assistant to the executive director until 1998. After a two-year absence, Maureen returned to United Communities in May 2000 and has served the agency as the HR director and most recently as the resource director. She brings over 30 years experience in the nonprofit sector, and extensive knowledge of human resources functions.
Maureen can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com or telephone at 215-468-1645, ext. 7214.
Barbara McDuffie – Director of Client Services
Barbara Jean (BJ) McDuffie has been with United Communities for over 25 years and currently serves as the Director of Community Development & Facilities. She has a strong personal commitment to help Philadelphians with their basic needs around housing stability while assisting families move toward self-sufficiency. In her role, BJ is responsible for managing the Client Services Department (which includes but is not limited to the Benefits Access Center, food and clothing assistance programs, and housing assistance). BJ has extensive experience in construction and is BPI-certified in Residential Building Envelope. As the Agency's Facilities Director, she ensures the care of United Communities properties and has hosted energy conservation workshops for over 10,000 people in Philadelphia.
Barbara can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 215-468-1645, ext. 7217.
Lauren Fein – Director of Case Management
Lauren Fein is the current Director of Case Management with oversight for 3 divisions of Family Empowerment Services Program, the Truancy Court Case Management Program, Tier 1 Supports and Language Access Support for the agency. Lauren is a Licensed Social Worker and has worked with United Communities for five years.
Lauren can be reached via email at email@example.com or telephone 215-468-1645, ext. 7313.
Latesha Vosacek – Director of Performance Quality Improvement
Latesha Vosacek is the Director of Performance Quality Improvement and Marketing Manager and plays a lead role in the quality improvement initiative for the agency as of September 2016. Prior to assuming that position, she was in leadership roles for programs in Furness High School Out of School Time, 21st Century Learning Programs and Female Mentoring and Empowerment Programs in Middle School. Latesha graduated from Temple University where she received a Bachelors of Social Work in 2010. She currently is perusing her Masters in Social Work from Temple University and expected to graduate in May 2018. Latesha is also playing a lead role in the internal Women’s Initiative Workgroup that provides guidance and support to our female programming mainly Girl’s Today Leaders Tomorrow.
Latesha can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 215-468-1645, ext. 7323.
Nicole Morgan – Director of Education
Nicole has always had a passion for working with under served youth and families, which has led to her current position as Director of Education at United Communities. Nicole has been in education for over a decade, having begun her career as a Substitute Teacher in her last year of college. After graduating and becoming a full-time Middle School English teacher, Nicole decided to move into a more administrative role. In her current position, Nicole enjoys being able to help youth and their families by providing quality after school programming in addition to connecting them to various resources that United Communities offers. Nicole also oversees the Adult Education Program, which provides free ESL classes to adult students whose native language is not English. Feeling that the learning process never ends, Nicole has obtained her Master’s in Education and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education.
Nicole can be reached via email at email@example.com or telephone at 215-468-1645, ext. 7240.
Jeffrey C. Jones – South Philadelphia Prevention Coalition Coordinator
Since joining the United Communities team as the Coordinator of the South Philadelphia Prevention Coalition, Jeffrey has made a great impact both on the program and the South Philadelphia community by developing relationships with constituents and community partners alike. Jeffrey brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to his work, having previously studied psychology, sociology, biblical counseling, and organizational management. An author and inspirational speaker, Jeffrey strives to help people to change their lives for the better and to achieve all of their goals and dreams.
Jeffrey can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 215-468-1645, ext. 7233.
Brandi J. Wardlow – Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Coordinator
Since 2010, Brandi has involved herself in mentoring and volunteering opportunities in the hopes of inspiring individuals to be the best versions of themselves, thus, leading her to her position as Girls Today Leaders Tomorrow Coordinator. In 2016, Brandi graduated from Lincoln University with a B.S. in Sociology and Anthropology and will graduate in January 2018 with a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. Brandi is recognized as the 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of Lincoln University and has been featured in various literary publications as a Published Author. Brandi has worked an array of settings but finds her experiences as a Truancy Case Manager most influential. Brandi enjoys working with the youth and is dedicated to empowering everyone she encounters.
Brandi can be reached via email at email@example.com or telephone at 215-468-1645, ext. 7331.