Our Leadership: Meet our team

From our Board of Directors to our Leadership Team, PYN colleagues are smart, caring individuals dedicated to the power, potential, and success of the young people we serve.

Leadership Team

Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend, MSW

President & CEO

Chekemma is an energetic thought-leader focused on promoting equity and dismantling poverty for youth and young adults. Her passion for this work comes from her personal experience and her desire to empower youth to achieve their dreams.

She was honored in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2020 Women of Distinction. In 2019, she was named as a Promise of America Awardee by America’s Promise Alliance. The Chronicle of Philanthropy featured Chekemma in their 2017 special report, The Influencers: People Quietly Changing the Nonprofit World. She was also honored by the Obama Administration 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 as well as statewide and national summits across the country. Chekemma sits on the Board of the Community College of Philadelphia and serves as Chair of the Youth Community. She was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board and serves as Chair to the Board’s Youth Committee. She also serves on the Delaware County Board of Managers for Juvenile Detention. As President and CEO of PYN, she draws on her experience in research, social work, and systems change to create experiences that promote academic achievement, economic opportunity, and personal success.

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.

Mike Pompey

Chief Information Officer

Mike 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.

Karin MacBride, CPA

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 CPAs and New Jersey Society of CPAs. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Rider University.

Crystal Bacon, MBA Senior Director, Finance

Michele DePoulter Director, Program Compliance and Monitoring

Farrah Roma Senior Director, Programs

Erica Feldman, M. Ed & MSSP Director, Program Implementation

Roxolona Golas, MSSP Director, Education and Workforce Policy & Strategy

Jere Mahaffey, MTS Director, Executive Strategy

Gloria Miranda Director, Human Resources

Festo Okidi, MBA Director, Partnerships for Employment Pathways

Steven Tyson, MPA Director, Communication & Development

Board of Directors

Debra S. Friedman (Board Chair) Member, Labor and Employment, Cozen O’Connor

Douglas Oliver (Vice Chair) Vice President, Government & External Affairs, PECO

David Beety Regional Vice President, PeopleShare

Dave Burkavage Philadelphia Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Tiffany Canady, CPA (Treasurer) Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

John F. Clayton Jr., MBA Director, Diversity Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives, Independence Blue Cross

Tracee L. Hunt (Board Secretary) Founder and CEO, Total HR Solutions, LLC.

Nasir K. Mack Student, Temple University

Angela Moultrie Regional President, Santander Bank

Tuck Rainwater Vice President, Comcast NBCUniversal

Joshua D. Schmidt Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, InterDigital, Inc.

Dr. Jane R. Shore Head of Research and Innovation, Revolution School

JoAnn Weinberger Nonprofit Leadership Consultant

Hayward West Senior Manager, Deloitte

Interested in working with PYN?

PYN is always looking for talented individuals to join our work. Visit our Careers page to see what opportunities are currently available with our dynamic team