Executive Leadership Team
Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend
President & CEO
Chekemma is an energetic thought-leader focused on driving transformation in poverty and inequity for youth and young adults. In 2016, Chekemma was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change. 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.
Executive Vice President
For more than 15 years, Stephanie Gambone has taken her passion for Philadelphia and focused it on improving the lives of the city's young people, establishing her as a leader in both the business and youth-serving arenas. As Executive Vice President, Stephanie advances the organization's local, regional and national efforts aimed at increasing the city's capacity to improve the educational and economic outcomes of young Philadelphians. Through strategic leadership, she supports the functions within the External Relations division, which includes organizational development, governance, brand management, policy and advocacy and the expansion of business partnerships.
In addition to her leadership at the organizational level, Stephanie also appoints and manages strategic partnerships with cross-sector, citywide cohorts throughout Philadelphia, providing support and direction to the PYN Board Nominating & Governance Committee as well as the supervision of offsite employers including the Mayor's Office of Education (MOE), and the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).
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. In 2011, she was selected for the MS Leadership Class which honors executives who have made tremendous contributions to the civic, business, and cultural betterment of the Greater Delaware Valley area. Stephanie's other accomplishments include being named one of Leadership Philadelphia's Top 101 Connectors in 2006 and 2008. Ms. Gambone is also on the board for United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and is an active volunteer with the MS Society.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Stephanie graduated cum laude from LaSalle University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She also holds a Master of Science in Administration from West Chester University. Additionally, Ms. Gambone was a fellow at Bryn Mawr College's Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute.
Chief Information Officer
As the current Chief Information Officer at the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), Michael Pompey is tasked with fostering and managing 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.
Vice President of Finance and Administration
With a senior executive background in financial management; 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.