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Marian Baldini, President and CEO

Ms. Baldini came to KenCrest as CEO in December 2015. She has over 40 years of executive planning, administration, academia, and director support in the human services sector, 14 of which she served as Chief Operating Officer at Jewish Employment and Vocational Services (JEVS) of Philadelphia. Prior to her tenure with JEVS, Ms. Baldini was Regional Operations Director for Northwestern Human Services (NHS), and before that, Vice President at Elwyn. Her first position following graduate school was as a Direct Support Professional in a KenCrest community home. Marian Baldini, CEO

Marian is inspired by the commitment to positive approaches and the spirit of innovation that has thrived at KenCrest. For her, it is an honor to serve where there is true commitment to social justice and community champions. She brings her skills as a visionary in the human services sector to KenCrest, seeing broad goals and possibilities, and is able to put the right processes, people, and culture in place to take those goals from dreams to reality. She is always studying and sharing new ideas to inspire her staff to innovate, and her passion for the work inspires other leaders.

Ms. Baldini earned a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, an M.A. in Mental Health Evaluation from Drexel University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Widener University. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member of the graduate program at Widener University School of Business.

Pam Schuessler, Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Schuessler has been with KenCrest for 40 years, starting as an Assistant Teacher. She then held the positions of Teacher, Program Coordinator, Coordinator of Early Intervention Services, Assistant Director of Early Intervention Services, and Assistant Division Director of Children and Family Services. She was appointed as KenCrest COO of Community Based Services in 2007 and more recently was appointed to COO of KenCrest Services.

Pam Schuessler, COO

Pam is inspired by KenCrest’s commitment to carrying out its mission with strong values, vision, and being a leader in the industry. During her tenure, she spearheaded the shift from segregated Early Intervention to fully-inclusive, community-based Early Learning Centers.

Ms. Schuessler graduated with a B.S. in Human Services and an ECE Certification from Antioch University. She is a member of Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources (PAR) and the Council of Exceptional Children. She holds a government-appointed position on the state’s Early Learning Council, an advisory committee to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, and is a member and former President of the PA Early Intervention Provider’s Association.

Colleen Kelly, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Kelly,  has been with KenCrest since 1995, starting as a Fiscal Director in our Children & Family Services division. Since then, Colleen’s role has expanded to Controller, then Vice President of Corporate Finance, and most recently, Chief Financial Officer. She is a Colleen Kellyproven leader with demonstrated accomplishments, including a banking RFP, which resulted in changing banks and saving the agency considerable amounts of interest.

Colleen is a member of KenCrest’s Executive Management Team with significant knowledge of its history and operations. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, business analysis, budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, information systems, and project management.

Prior to KenCrest, Colleen worked at KPMG in Philadelphia as an Audit Manager. She has a B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. She is a Board Member of the Lutheran Financial Managers Association, is a Certified Public Accountant, and member of AICPA and PICPA.

Aurora Kripa, Chief Human Resources Officer

Ms. Kripa came to KenCrest as a consultant in November 2018 and took on the role of Chief Human Resources Officer in June 2019. Her experience includes start-up and executive leadership, quality assurance, and fiscal operations. Her most recent role was as Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Employment and Vocational Services (JEVS) at Home. Aurora brings creative thinking, a strong culture of Aurora Kripa, CHROteamwork and collaboration, a strong business acumen, and people-operations knowledge to the work she does at KenCrest.

Aurora received a B.A. in Psychology and Italian from Temple University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from La Salle University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in three languages including English, Albanian, and Italian. She has also earned the following awards in recognition of her work: Honoree of the Billy Penn’s: Who’s Next in Public Service Award in 2018, SmartCEO’s 2017 Future 50 Award in 2017, and Honoree of the 2016 Cornerstone Award.

John Howe, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Howe has been with KenCrest since 1994, being named Chief Technology Officer in September of 2014. He joined KenCrest because of the quality of work that the organization does to serve individuals in the community, helping them to live meaningful lives.   John Howe, CTO

John brings his knowledge of technical skills, networking with colleagues in the IT community, and creating new business opportunities. Mr. Howe does not shy away from taking risks and is always scanning the environment and our competition for new methods.

Mr. Howe previously served as the Director of Information Systems as well as the Data Processing Manager at KenCrest. During his tenure, he has built the company’s technology infrastructure and spearheaded joint IT ventures with other non-profit organizations. Prior to joining KenCrest, Mr. Howe was employed by TV GUIDE Magazine. He has successfully completed numerous information technology courses from Penn State University and holds an IT Management Certification from Villanova University.

Jeff Dubnow, Chief Development Officer

Mr. Dubnow joined KenCrest as their Chief Development Officer in July 2021. Prior to his arrival at KenCrest, Jeff was the Associate Vice President for Development with Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. Jeff has also held leadership positions with George Washington University where he served as the Executive Director for Development and Alumni Relations at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Loyola University Maryland where he was the Associate Vice President of Development, and the Johns Hopkins Institutions where he spent nearly nine years in increasingly more responsible positions, culminating with his leadership as the Director of Development with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jeff also served as the Vice President of Development and Communications for the Chimes Family of Services, a mid-Atlantic based provider of services and supports for people with barriers to independent living. While at Chimes, Jeff was responsible for developing and implementing a direct mail program, major and planned giving programs, corporate and foundation relations program, and a comprehensive stewardship program. He also oversaw the creation all of marketing materials, public relations efforts, social media, crisis communications, and advocacy activity.

Prior to his career in development, Jeff spent the first 18 years of his professional life as a financial service professional. He spent 12 years on the trading floor as an institutional bond salesman, and another six years as a private banker and wealth manager.

Mr. Dubnow earned his B.A. in Russian Literature and Language from Tufts University and his Masters in Business Administration from New York University.

Joyce Reiss, Chief of Staff

Beginning her career with KenCrest in 1999, Ms. Reiss served as an Employment Consultant, being promoted to Site Facilitator and then Director of Facility Based Programs. In 2009, she became the Assistant to the Executive Director of KenCrest Services.Joyce Reiss, Board of Director Relations

Currently, she serves as Chief of Staff,  acting as a point of contact between the CEO and other stakeholders, and provides oversight and guidance to projects of high importance.

Joyce has built ongoing personal relationships with the people we support and cherishes being present for their life milestones. She is inspired to work at KenCrest because its heart remains with the communities and the people we serve, which has been true throughout our history. She uses positive approaches to support the people we work with as well as the staff.

Ms. Reiss has an Associates of Science in Occupational Therapy from Penn State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College.

KenCrest Vice Presidents

Loyce Brown, Vice President of Community Collaborative Services

Carole Chapin, Vice President of Total Quality Management Services

Karen Feeney, Vice President of  Organizational Development

Joan Hanley, Vice President of Children/Family Services and Shared Supports

Maryann Ludwig, Vice President of Corporate Finance

Jim O’Connor, Vice President of Human Resources

KenCrest Centers Board of Directors

Steven Bell

Merri Brown

Hal Davidow

Melissa DiSipio

Kevin Dougher, President

Rev. Alina Gayeuski

Charles Horn III, Secretary

Scott McCloskey, President-Elect

Sean Outen

Eric Rahe, Treasurer

Stephen Van Osten

KenCrest Services Board of Directors

Mary Anne Cenci

Makeda Brown

Mona Burke

Patricia Bush, RN, MSN

Hal Davidow, Treasurer

Mamta Maini, Secretary

Sean Outen, President-Elect

Jim Van Horn

Stephen Van Osten, President

KenCrest Executive Leadership Cabinet

Marian Baldini, President & CEO

Jeff Dubnow, Chief Development Officer

John Howe, Chief Technology Officer

Aurora Kripa, Chief Human Resources Officer

Colleen Kelly, Chief Financial Officer

Joyce Reiss, Chief of Staff

Pam Schuessler, Chief Operating Officer

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