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Power moves: New leadership at Community Design Collaborative, Penn State Abington and Musicopia

October 5, 2020 Category: FeaturedLongPeople

1. Tya Winn named executive director of Community Design Collaborative.

The Community Design Collaborative recently announced that Tya Winn will become its executive director, effective October 21.

Winn is currently the director of project planning and design at Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and adjunct professor at Temple and Thomas Jefferson universities.

Prior to joining Habitat, Winn served as co-chair of the West Philadelphia Promise Zone-Housing Community; program manager of the Philadelphia Housing Authority; as well as program manager, real estate development associate and real estate coordinator of Logan CDC.

She is the president of the board of PhilaNOMA; the director of equitable communities of the AIA Philadelphia chapter; the national conference chair for the National Organization for Minority Architects, a member of the steering committee of StreetBoxPHL, and is on the board of Hip Hop Architecture Camp.

According to the announcement in the Collaborative’s most recent newsletter, “From 2017-2019 Tya traveled internationally observing the design of public housing as the Stewardson Keefe Lebrun Travel grant recipient. In 2019, she was honored by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) with the Rising Star Award.”

Winn holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

2. Penn State Abington names Margo DelliCarpini chancellor.

Margo DelliCarpini has been named chancellor of Penn State Abington, effective Jan. 4, 2021. DelliCarpini takes the reins from Andrew G. August, who took on the role of interim chancellor in June. August will return to his work associate dean for academic affairs, a position he has held since 2016.

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DelliCarpini joins Penn State Abington after having served at vice provost for strategic educational partnerships and dean of the College of Education and Human Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She was appointed vice provost for strategic educational partnerships in 2019, and served as dean of the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) since 2016.

Before her tenure at UTSA, DelliCarpini served as professor and dean of the College of Education at Morehead State University in Kentucky. She started teaching at Lehman College of the City University of New York as an assistant professor in 2005 and became a full professor in 2013, serving as the chair of the Department of Middle and High School Education.

DelliCarpini served as the editor of the TESOL Journal from 2009 to 2015 and as journal editor for an award-winning, 14-volume reference series, the “TESOL Encyclopedia of English” (Wiley, 2018).

She holds her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Stony Brook University.

3. Catherine Charlton  becomes executive director of Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms Philly.

In early September, the board of directors of Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms Philly (DCP) announced that Catherine Charlton has been appointed executive director. She succeeds Denise Kinney, who led the organization for the past 15 years.

Charlton has served as both organizations’ grants and corporate development director for the past three years. For the past 25 years she has been a recording artist, music producer, and owner of River Dawn Productions LLC.

According to the announcement of her appointment, Charlton is on the roster of Steinway Artists as pianist and composer, has released 12 albums, among them a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor winner, the Independent Music Awards Winner for “Instrumental EP” and a ZMR Award for “Best Instrumental Album — Piano.”

She serves on the board of governors of the Philadelphia chapter of the the Recording Academy (“the Grammys”). She was a composer in residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in 2015, and was a PA Council on the Arts and PECO Energy grant recipient in 2014.

Charlton holds a bachelor’s degree and an executive certificate in financial success for nonprofits, both from Cornell University.

4. Sophia Hanson named senior program officer at Brandywine Health Foundation.

Brandywine Health Foundation (BHF) recently announced that Sophia Hanson will be joining the Foundation as senior program officer, effective October 12.

Hanson most recently served as director of Delaware and Chester County programs at Valley Youth House. According to the announcement of her new post, Hanson was “appointed by the Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware to manage the city’s multi-million-dollar annual grant allocation” and as “general manager by the executive of New Castle County, where she was responsible for annually managing $20 million federal grant allocations to nonprofit organizations.”

She was the cofounder of the National Youth Foundation, where she still volunteers her time, and serves as a volunteer grant advisor for the Pollination Project.

Hanson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

5. Barbara Bungy leaves Philadelphia FIGHT for Education Plus Health.

Barbara Bungy recently joined Education Plus Health as the director of strategic initiatives and partnerships.

Bungy most recently served as the chief operating officer at Philadelphia FIGHT. Prior to her work with that organization, she spent nearly a decade in the department of pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, serving variously as the executive director of the Center of the Urban Child, the HIV Prevention Services program manager and the director of grant-funded programs for the Dorothy Mann Center (DMC) for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV.

She is a member of the board of commissioners of National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Bungy holds a bachelor’s degree from Rowan University and two master’s degrees from Drexel University.

6. CORA Services, Inc. hires Nyamal “Mal” Tutdeal as director of equity and inclusion.

CORA Services named Nyamal “Mal” Tutdeal as director of equity and inclusion, a newly created position. Tutdeal most recently served as the policy director at Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC).

Prior to joining PICC, she was the founder and executive director of the NyaEden Foundation, which provides resources to promote self-sufficiency to women and children throughout Africa.

Additionally, before joining PICC, she served as project manager of the African Cultural Alliance of North America; gambling specialist/core service assistant coordinator at the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) of the City Philadelphia; international classroom educator at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaelogy and Anthropology; and project venture coordinator for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

She is a member of South Sudan Women United, and a facilitator at The Peace Center.

Tutdeal holds a bachelor’s degree from Doane College and master’s degree from Arcadia University.

7. Steve H. Broadnax joins People’s Light as resident director.

People’s Light recently announced that Steve Broadnax III — an actor, educator, director and writer — will become the theater company’s resident director.

Broadnax is the head of the MFA Acting Program at Penn State University. He has directed at People’s Light previously: Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop in 2016; Dominique Morisseau‘s Skeleton Crew in 2018, and most recently, Morisseau’s Mud Row.

In addition to directing, according to the announcement of his new post, Broadnax is “one of 11 writers commissioned through New Play Frontiers (NPF) at People’s Light. NPF is a nationally-recognized Residency and Commission Program that invites playwrights from around the country to immerse themselves in the Greater Philadelphia region in order to create locally-inspired plays.”

Additionally, according to the statement, Broadnax’s redits include the upcoming Broadway-bound Thoughts of a Colored Man by Keenan Scott II (produced by Brian Morland, Ron Simons, and Diana DiMenna), the world premiere of The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall (Signature Theatre New York City), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hattiloo Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre Company NYC, Chautauqua Theatre Company, People’s Light, Apollo Theatre NYC, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre in Seattle, Market Theatre Johannesburg SA, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and The Adelaide Arts Festival Australia.

Broadnax also collaborated with People’s Light to produce a short film “2020 Vision,” which  follows a young Black father as he contemplates how to participate in the Black Lives Matter movement and secure his family’s safety. It was released in July 2020 and can be watched on People’s Light – Always On.

8. Share Food Program names Malcolm Conner COO, and  Marjorie Morris director of communications and external relations.

Share Food Program, the largest hunger relief organization in the Philadelphia region, recently named Malcolm Conner to serve as the chief operating officer; and Marjorie Llacuna Morris, to serve as the director of communications and external relations.

Malcolm Conner joins the Share Food Program after serving as CEO of  NanoSmart Technologies and its subsidiary, NanoSmart Lights. Prior to joining NanoSmart Technologies, Conner served as president of American Water Resources LLC, a home services subsidiary of American Water; he also previously served in various capacities at Thomson Reuters, Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, Campbell Soup Company and Accenture.

He serves on the board of directors for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, and previously served on the board of American Water Charitable Foundation and as a corporate council member of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Conner holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and a master’s from  the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining Share Food Program, Morris served as communications director for the Office of Workforce Development of the City of Philadelphia, and she earlier served as communications and development director for the Office of Adult Education.

Before joining the City of Philadelphia, Morris served as senior marketing and communications manager of KenCrest; marketing and business development manager of USI Affinity; and managing consumer brand marketing at Bates USA, DDB, and Wells BDDP agencies.

Morris holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.


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