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Power moves: Resolve Philly fills three new positions

October 13, 2020 Category: FeaturedMediumPeople

1. Eugene Sonn, Dionicia Roberson and Kristine Villanueva join Resolve Philly.

Resolve Philly, whose mission it is to develop and advance journalism rooted in collaboration, equity, and the elevation of community voices and solutions, announced recently that it has added three new staff members.

In November, Eugene Sonn will become the organization’s senior collaborations editor, and will assume responsibility for Broke in Philly, Resolves’s solutions and service journalism initiative on poverty and economic mobility. Sonn has been news director at WHYY for the past 10 years, and before that served variously as a reporter and reporter/producer at WBGO, WHYY, WRVO and as a freelancer. He is a board member of the Public Media Journalists Association, and for seven years served as a volunteer at Sacred Heart Church in Camden. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.

In October, Dionicia Roberson joined the organization as program associate. Roberson previously served as residential services manager at the University of Pennsylvania for the past seven years. Before that, Roberson served as a legal assistant at the Rosen, Moss, Snyder and Bleefeld law firm, and as an investigator at Wachovia Bank. Roberson holds an associate’s degree from Community College of Philadelphia, and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University.

Kristine Villanueva will become the Equally Informed Philly project editor at Resolve in January. Villanueva has served as the audience engagement editor at the Center for Public Integrity for over a year, and at Politico the six months before that. Before working in audience engagement, Villanueva served as a reporter at Spaceship Media and Storyful; as media and communications associate at New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; editor in chief of Scarlet Magazine; and editorial assistant at HYCIDE Magazine. Villanueva holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University-Newark, and a master’s degree from Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York.

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2. James Andrews is named director of the Office for Black Catholics at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez recently appointed James E. Andrews as director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia‘s Office for Black Catholics.

Andrews previously served as the director of the Office for Black Catholics and coordinator of the racial justice commission for the Diocese of Camden. Before joining the Diocese of Camden, Andrews spent 36 years working in various capacities for the U.S. Department of Labor.

In 2016, Andrews was elected president of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA), and served in that role for two years.

Andrews holds a bachelor’s degree from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Georgian Court University. He has also completed partial post graduate work toward a Master of Public Administration degree at Penn State University.

3. Stephanie Renée becomes youth radio instructor at PhillyCAM.

In September, PhillyCAM, Philadelphia’s a community media center, announced that Stephanie Renée had joined the organization as the new youth radio instructor. Renée will be working on the Hear Us Out crew to create a series of live shows.

Renée has served as part of Creator’s Child Productions, a media and public relations consultancy, for 27 years, and has been president and CEO of Soul Sanctuary Inc. for 18. In addition, from 2012 until 2018, Renée also served as program director and radio talk show host at WURD Radio. Before joining WURD she was an instructor at the Mural Arts Program.

Additionally, she was a broadcast producer and account manager for Beach Communications, where she oversaw marketing budgets for diversity and inclusion-related media for the School District of Philadelphia, PECO, PGW and Rock the Vote.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Bethel Kibebe joins LISC Philadelphia as economic development assistant.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Philadelphia recently announced that Bethel Kibebe has joined the organization as economic development assistant

Kibebe most recently served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at New Kensington Community Development Corporation. Before NKCDC, Kibebe served as a grants intern at McMillan and Stewart Foundation, and as an investigative intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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