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May 18, 2021 4:11 pm

Power moves: Nicola Smith-Kea joins the PPD as Stoneleigh Fellow

Plus, more moves at Community Legal Services, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, Juvenile Law Center, Inspira Foundation and Health Care Improvement Foundation.

Nicola Smith-Kea.

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1. Nikki Smith-Kea joins the Philadelphia Police Department as a Stoneleigh Fellow and executive in residence.

The Stoneleigh Foundation and the Philadelphia Police Department recently announced that Nicola “Nikki” Smith-Kea is joining the PPD as a Stoneleigh Fellow and executive in residence. In this role, according to the announcement, Smith-Kea will work with the PPD’s chief strategy officer to develop and promote police accountability, wellness, and community engagement practices.

“Stoneleigh Foundation is proud to partner with the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department to support this Fellowship,” said Ronnie Bloom, executive director of the Stoneleigh Foundation.  “The Foundation’s mission is to improve the life outcomes of our community’s youth by advancing change in the systems that serve them, and this Fellowship is an incredible opportunity to work within and alongside these systems to catalyze reform.”

The founder of Smith-Kea Consulting, Smith-Kea previously served as criminal justice manager, policing at Arnold Ventures in Washington D.C.; in several analyst and program management roles at The Council of State Governments Justice Center in Maryland; and served for more than five years in various criminal justice research roles at the University of Maryland.

She also serves as a board member of Montessori International House, a special advocate for CASA of Montgomery County, and an area representative of Youth For Understanding USA.

Smith-Kea holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and both a master’s degree and a doctorate from Antioch University.

2. Cheryl-Lyn Bentley joins Community Legal Services.

Civil rights attorney Cheryl-Lyn Bentley was recently named deputy director of operations and human resources for Community Legal Services.

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Bentley most recently served as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Before joining the Department of Education, she served as an instructor at Yale Law School; an associate at the Outten and Golden law firm in New York City; judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and a fellow and staff attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, among other legal postings.

Earlier in her career she served as deputy director of the East Harlem Tutorial Program, and was an ESL teacher at NYC Teaching Fellows.

Bentley serves as vice president of the board of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division and is a member of CLS’s Justice Rising Advocates.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Long Island University, and a law degree from Yale Law School.

3. Caitlin Garozzo becomes managing director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative.

Cait Garozzo, center, listens during a West Philadelphia Skills Initiative classroom session. (Courtesy photo)

University City District recently announced that Caitlin Garozzo was promoted to managing director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative.

Garozzo has been with University City District, specifically the WPSI, since 2017, when she served first as program manager, then as senior manager of learning and development, and finally as director of programs in 2020.

Before joining UCD, Garozzo served as program director of The Career Wardrobe for more than five years; and as a curriculum developer and employment consultant at EDSI.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey, a master’s degree from Drexel University, and is currently pursuing a master’s in organizational dynamics at Penn, where she earlier completed an executive program in social impact strategy.

4. Signe Espinoza appointed interim executive director role at Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates.

Signe Espinoza, the director of policy at Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates for the past year, has been appointed interim executive director of the organization.

Before joining PPPA, Espinoza served as program manager at Susan B. Komen Philadelphia, and as a legislative assistant at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Espinoza serves on the board of the Women’s Medical Fund, and as the chapter advisor of Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority. She previously served on the Leadership Action Council of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Oregon, and a master’s degree from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health.

5. Inspira Foundation appoints two members to board of trustees.

Nikitas Moustakas.

Inspira Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Inspira Health, recently announced the election of Nikitas Moustakas and Kathleen Schultes to its board of trustees. Both Moustakas and Schultes have served on Inspira’s board previously.

Moustakas is the managing partner of Moustakas Nelson, a southern New Jersey-based law firm. He previously served as vice chair of the Inspira Health Foundation and South Jersey Healthcare Foundation boards, and currently serves as a town councilman in Mt. Laurel.

Kathleen Schultes

Schultes has served on the board of directors of the United Way of Gloucester County since 1998. She is a founding member and past chair of United Way’s Women United, and is a co-chair of Mothers Matter in South Jersey. Schultes is currently chair of the Inspira Health Auxiliary – Gloucester County. She previously served as the Inspira Foundation chair.

6. Health Care Improvement Foundation names three new members to board of directors.

Health Care Improvement Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia working regionally and statewide to achieve solutions to clinical and population health issues. recently added three new members to its 18-member board of directors. They will serve three-year terms, with an opportunity for renewal:

  • Najja Orr, president and CEO of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
  • Dr. Jonathan Stallkamp, interim chief medical officer and regional VP of medical affairs, Main Line Health System
  • Dr. Matthew Hurford, president and CEO, Community Care Behavioral Health/UPMC

Orr assumed leadership of PCA in April 2020, having previously served as the agency’s chief strategy officer since 2017. Orr joined PCA after a 15-year career at the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, where he served as director from 2011-2017. Orr has served as chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Cultural Diversity Advisory Council, and the Bucks County Commissioners Senior Task Force; president of Bucks County Foundation for Aging and Innovations Home Care; and board secretary and southeast regional representative for the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

Prior to working in the field of aging, he worked with children and behavioral health consumers.

Orr holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, and a master’s degree from Drexel
University. He is a doctoral candidate at Temple University.

Dr. Stallkamp joined Main Line Health in 2005 after working as an internist for the Indian Health Service in Bethel, Alaska and in private practice in Wayne. Dr. Stallkamp has held a variety of clinical leadership titles during his tenure at Main Line Health, including director of the Academic Hospitalist program, system director for Hospital Medicine, bylaws chairman, network medical director for Main Line HealthCare, and VP of Medical Affairs for Riddle Hospital.

A graduate of Yale University and Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Stallkamp completed his residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University.

Dr. Hurford has worked in public-sector psychiatry for nearly 20 years holding various leadership positions in academic, government and managed care systems. Prior to joining Community Care, Dr. Hurford served as the chief medical officer of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) and Community Behavioral Health (CBH). He served as an assistant professor and is now a clinical associate faculty member at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research.

He is a board-certified psychiatrist who has provided care to people with serious mental illness and substance-use disorder in diverse settings including the Indian Health Service on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona and urban community mental health centers in Philadelphia.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Hurford completed his residency and chief residency in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

7. Juvenile Law Center announced five hires from late 2020/early 2021.

  • Lindsey E. Smith joined Juvenile Law Center in 2020 as the Debt Free Justice Staff Attorney. Before joining Juvenile Law Center, Smith was a Skadden Fellow at Brooklyn Defender Services. Smith is a graduate of the University of Texas and served as a Fulbright Fellow in Cairo, Egypt. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar.
  • Ebby Stoutmiles joined Juvenile Law Center in 2020 as State Policy Advocate, Debt Free Justice Campaign. Stoutmiles graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She serves on the Commission on Juvenile Justice in Montgomery County, Maryland where she sits on the Legislative Committee. Stoutmiles previously worked for former US Representative Allison Schwartz (PA-13) in her district offices in Jenkintown and North Philadelphia. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tiara Greene is a staff attorney at Juvenile Law Center who joined the organization in January 2021. Greene is a 2014 graduate from Rutgers School of Law Camden. While in law school Greene held internships with the Child Advocacy Unit of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia, Education Law Center, and Juvenile Law Center. While at Rutgers, Greene also received the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award for her dedication to work in the public interest field. Following law school, Greene clerked for the Honorable Thomas J. Shusted, Jr. in the Family Division of Camden County Superior Court in New Jersey. Greene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University.
  • Marissa Lariviere joined Juvenile Law Center in the fall of 2020 as a paralegal. She grew up in Cleveland, OH and moved to the Philadelphia area in 2014 to attend Swarthmore College. As a student she interned with the Women’s Law Project and Women’s Medical Fund, and after graduation worked as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm in Philadelphia for over two years. Lariviere holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore.
  • Kade Diakite, Youth Advocacy Program Associate, joined Juvenile Law Center in November 2020. Diakite holds a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College. Prior to joining Juvenile Law Center, Diakite worked in the outdoor industry building programs, partnerships, and experiences, providing space for growth, skill and confidence building, personal development and advocacy for youth from underrepresented communities.
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