Current Staff

President and Founder of Fab Youth Philly, Rebecca Fabiano, MSEd

For nearly 25 years, Rebecca (She/Her/Hers) has worked in various capacities across nonprofit and youth-serving organizations, served on boards and helped to build solid youth programs that engage, encourage, and create spaces for positive development. As a program leader, she has successfully raised funds and managed program budgets; hired and supervised staff; developed and sustained strong community partnerships and designed award-winning programming.​

Contact Rebecca: Rebecca@fabyouthphilly.com

Joanna Doberstein, Youth Programs Manager

Joanna (She/Her/Hers) is a long-term Philadelphia resident and has extensive experience in the hospitality, education, and community leadership fields.  She managed teams in high paced restaurants for a number of years before entering the education field, where she taught high school In North Philadelphia.  She also facilitated a community learning pod during the 2020-2021 school year and has contributed many volunteer hours to community gardens, food distribution, and teaching English as a second language. Prior to becoming the Youth Programs Manager at Fab Youth Philly, Joanna was a supervisor for the Play Captain Initiative.  Contact Joanna: Joanna@fabyouthphilly.com

Youth Programs Supervisor, Talia Giles

Talia (She/Her/Hers) first gained experience working with youth as a summer camp counselor. While studying for her B.A. she worked in the Community and Civic Engagement Center where she gained experience working with local nonprofits and served over 300 hours for AmeriCorps. Talia graduated from Arcadia University with a B.A. in International Studies and Criminal Justice.

Prior to joining the FYP team she served for The DREAM Program Inc. as a Community Organizer and the Lead of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee for two years. In addition to her work at Fab Youth Philly she is involved in the community in a variety of ways such as; handing out free PPE, delivering food, participating in park clean ups, and connecting neighbors in need to vital resources. Contact Talia: Talia@fabyouthphilly.com

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Manager of Operations, Kevin Veltri

Kevin (He/Him/His) is the Manager of Operations at Fab Youth Philly. He has also served in the role of Play Captain Supervisor for the OST program. Prior to moving to Philly in 2016, Kevin lived in Swartswood, NJ and worked as an Administrative Assistant, 8th Grade Advisor and After School Director for the Stanhope School district. He was a volunteer  wrestling coach for many years with the Hampton and Lenape Valley grade school programs.

Contact Kevin: Kevin@fabyouthphilly.com

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Maker Jawn Facilitator, Caspar Nguyen
Caspar (They/Them/Theirs) is a Philly native who has worked with youth for STEM mentorship and education since their time on Central High School's FIRST Robotics team. They're keenly invested in assistive technology that improves the quality of life of the aging, disabled, and youth. While earning their B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University, they've led and organized community-based programming for the LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and first-generation college student communities with Drexel's Student Center of Diversity & Inclusion and The Collective Success Network.

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Bookkeeper, Dawn Kilmer

Nearly 20 years ago, Dawn (She/Her/Hers) founded Accurate Accounting &

Bookkeeping Services. Since 2015, she has been indispensable to the organization maintaining our books, submitting invoices, and contributing to grants. Contact Dawn: Info@fabyouthphilly.com

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Staff by project

As we've grown, we've had the incredible fortune to work with FAB youth development professionals. Our staff shrinks and grows seasonally and depending on the projects we are working on, so most positions are PT and seasonal as our largest youth programming takes place during the summer.

 

Meet some of the interns, youth development professionals, teaching artists and consultants we've worked with over the years.

Arisa Abdur, She/Her: Play Captains 2020
Arisa Abdur, She/Her: Play Captains 2020
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Mary Baxeter, She/Her: Norris Homes, 2016-2017
Mary Baxeter, She/Her: Norris Homes, 2016-2017
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Wilson Cartegena, He/Him: Play Captains 2019
Wilson Cartegena, He/Him: Play Captains 2019
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Briana Clarke, She/Her: Play Captains 2019
Briana Clarke, She/Her: Play Captains 2019
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Omari Colson, He/Him: Play Captains 2019
Omari Colson, He/Him: Play Captains 2019
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Emma Cottone, she/her: Play Captains 2021
Emma Cottone, she/her: Play Captains 2021
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Sannii Crespina-Flores, She/Her: Norris Homes 2016
Sannii Crespina-Flores, She/Her: Norris Homes 2016
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Joanna Doberstein, she/her: Play Captain 2021
Joanna Doberstein, she/her: Play Captain 2021
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Barbara Ellis, She/Her: Play Captains, 2017 & 2018
Barbara Ellis, She/Her: Play Captains, 2017 & 2018
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Consultants

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Reggie Jones, LCSW, MSS, MLSP, She/Her:
Social Work Supervisor & Trainer
2018-present

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Laud-Hammond,

She/Her: Norris Homes, 2016

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Dannyelle Austin, She/Her

Executive Leaders Trauma PLC Co-designer &

Lead Facilitator

2018-2021

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Michele Martin, She/Her: Leadership Lab, Teen Business Lab, 2014-2017

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Emilia Autin-Hefner, MSW,

She/Her

Skill for a Fab Life, 2021

Raphaela Browne,

She/Her: WPPN OST PLC 2018-2019

Interns

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Davina Seng, She/Her: 2022
West Chester University

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Jemille Q. Duncan, He/Him:

2021

Multicultural Academy Charter

High School

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Katrina Giordano, She/Her:
2020-2021
Niagara University

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Alex Chips, He/Him:
2021
West Chester University

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Maddy MacLean, She/Her:

2021

West Chester University

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Bri Ulmer, She/Her:

2020-2021

West Chester University

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Cassie Tibiurcio, She/Her:

2020

West Chester University

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Correen Cerveaux, She/Her:

2019

Temple University

Salvatori Camarote, He/Him:

2018

Science Leadership Academy High School

Amanda Lawrence, She/Her:

2018

Temple University

Alexis Hack, She/Her:

2015-2018

Temple University

We have created a strong advisory team that primarily advises on our Play Captains Initiative. However they often provides advice, support and guidance on our overall organizational operations. They do not have any fiduciary responsibility to or for the organization.

Current Advisory Board Members
2021-present

Felix Agosto (He/him), President and Founder of MVP360 Leadership Programs

Ta'leay Brissett (She/her), Fab Youth Philly Youth Leader

Erin Callison (She/her), Program director, Summer Search

Joi Dallas (She/her), Residential Life Coordinator, & Black Cultural Center Advisor at Bryn Mawr College

Lisa Wilk (She/her), Manager of School Partnerships at WHYY

Founding Advisory Board 2018-2021

Michael Imperato (He/him), Operations & Talent

Reggie Jones (She/her), MSS, MLSP, LCSW, Mental Health & Youth Development

Dr. Bill McKinney (He/him), Ph.D, M.A.A, Evaluation

Shushma Shah (She/her), MSW, Development

Kerry Wilson (She/her), Esq., Risk Management

Michelle Smawely (She/her), Communications