PYN Leadership


Leadership Team

Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend

Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend

President & CEO

…driving transformation in poverty and inequity for youth and young adults.

In 2017, she was featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's special report, The Influencers: People Quietly Changing the Nonprofit World. In 2016, the Obama Administration honored her as a White House Champion of Change.

Chekemma has shared her insight and expertise with a range of international audiences, including recent appearances at the United Nations and statewide and national summits across the country. As President and CEO of PYN, she draws on her experience in research, social work, and systems change to lead the creation of coordinated systems that promote academic achievement, economic opportunity, and personal success.

Before her appointment as President and CEO, Chekemma served in various capacities throughout the organization. Most recently, as PYN's Vice President of Program Services, she led a team accountable for program design, implementation, evaluation, compliance, and continuous improvement. Prior to her work at PYN, Chekemma, served at the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation as the Senior Director of the Emerging Workforce, fusing data-driven decision-making with solid project management to implement and improve adult and youth workforce programs.

As a leader, Chekemma seeks to inspire passion, commitment and collaboration. She believes that improving lives requires hard work, courageous partners and time for laughter. She lives in the Greater Philadelphia area, and is a proud wife and mother of two daughters.

Chekemma holds her B.A. in Psychology and Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Gambone

Stephanie Gambone

Executive Vice President

…for Philadelphia's young people. Throughout her career at PYN, Stephanie has worked to advance the organization through strategic partnerships. In her current role as Executive Vice President, she leads the external relations division of PYN, which includes, communications and marketing, development, business and strategic partnerships, education policy and strategy as well as the facilitation of innovative pilot approaches and revitalization of systems and programs to generate better outcomes for young Philadelphians.

As a first-generation college graduate, Stephanie understands the importance of education and is committed to creating career-connected education solutions to help young people succeed. Stephanie fundamentally believes in the power of networks and opportunities and it is her motto that if young people thrive, we thrive.

In 2014 Stephanie was awarded the Executive Management Award (EMA) on behalf of Smart CEO magazine. EMA's are awarded to executives who uphold the highest ethics, lead collaboratively and creatively, and enhance and support the organization's mission. Stephanie was recognized as a Connector & Keeper several times by Leadership Philadelphia. She often presents at local and national conferences and leads several efforts citywide.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Stephanie is devoted to creating a prosperous future for the city of Philadelphia, as well as helping other communities that struggle with the same issues. Stephanie graduated from LaSalle University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and holds a Master of Science in Administration from West Chester University. Stephanie was a fellow at Bryn Mawr College's Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute and she currently serves on the board of the National Adoption Center. Stephanie lives in Philadelphia and enjoys the many benefits of city living with her husband and daughter.

Michael Pompey

Michael Pompey

Chief Information Officer

…all information sciences' strategy organization-wide. With a strong focus on improving program service delivery, Michael leads PYN in the planning and implementation of information systems to support distributed and centralized business functions, as well as achieve more cost effective operations organization-wide.

Michael brings more than 20 years' experience leveraging various technologies in nonprofit environments such as community/urban planning, child welfare, juvenile justice, youth workforce and family & child services. Through extensive experience in solving complex business, technological and organizational issues within the information sciences field, Michael and his team are charged with developing enterprise systems architecture, defining standards and protocols for data exchange software and the interconnection between internal and external communication.

In 2013, Michael was awarded Philadelphia Business Journal Top IT Pro. In 2014, he was invited to speak as an honored guest at Dell World, and was also featured by Dell in a case study highlighting his innovative work using Toad's database.

As an avid learner and information enthusiast, Michael graduated from University of South Florida with bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering, criminology and history. He is a member of the CIO Executive Council, Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group and the Society for Information Management.

Karin MacBride

Karin MacBride

Vice President of Finance and Administration

…forecasting and analysis; and accounting operations, Karin joined the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) in 2015 as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. In this role, Karin is responsible for the financial operations of PYN in support of the organization's core functions. In doing so, she manages the organization's accounting functions; budgeting; cash and investments; capital assets; accounts receivable and payable; payroll and benefits; leases and compliance with government reporting requirements, among other tasks. Karin also administers the organization's contracting process for its consultant and provider agreements, contracts and subcontracts.

Prior to joining PYN, Karin served as the Controller at the Princeton Junior School, a private, coeducational school for children in preschool through fifth grade. In this role Karin managed the independent audit processes and oversaw the preparation of federal and state tax returns in conjunction with the auditors. She was also a member of a task force responsible for identifying potential cost savings that would not significantly diminish the overall program offering, which resulted in more than $225,000 in annual cost savings.

Karin is affiliated with the American Institute of CPA's and New Jersey Society of CPA's. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Rider University.

Roxolana Barnebey

Director, Education Policy & Strategy

Michele DePoulter

Director, Program Operations

Farrah Farnese

Senior Director, External Relations

Amy Levine

Director, Development

Jere Mahaffey

Director, Executive Strategy

Rob B. Marcus

Manager, Information Systems

Debra Lipenta Michael

Director, Communications & Marketing

Gloria Miranda

Director, Human Resources

Harriet Nabatesa

Senior Director, Finance

Festo Okidi

Director, Partnerships for Employment Pathways

Board of Directors

Jeffrey N. Brown

(Board Chair)
President and CEO
Brown's Super Stores, Inc.

Dave Burkavage

Assurance Partner
Ernst & Young


Tiffany Canady

Senior Vice President, Accounting & Financial Reporting
Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

John F. Clayton Jr.

Director, Diversity Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives
Independence Blue Cross

Gregory G. Doyle

Ernst & Young LLP

Debra S. Friedman

(Vice Chair)
Cozen O'Connor

Tracee Hunt

Total HR Solutions, LLC

Nasir K. Mack

Temple University, Fox School of Business

Deborah Moses-Elton

President and CEO

Angela Moultrie

Regional President
Santander Bank

Douglas Oliver

Vice President, Communications

Jannette Perodin

Labor Relations Specialist
State of Delaware

Tuck Rainwater

Vice President, State Government Affairs

Dr. Jane Shore

Head of Research and Innovation
Revolution School

E. Robert Weaver II

Director of Information Security
Blank Rome, LLP

JoAnn Weinberger

National Trainer
Leadership Excellence Academies

PYN, Inc.  
400 Market St.
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19106