Joseph and Lisabeth Marziello, Chief Executive Officers
Joseph & Lisabeth Marziello have more than 23 years’ experience as a successful CEO team throughout the nation in the Boys & Girls Club movement. Their efforts have been noted in high regard, with distinguished membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Academy. The duo has been extremely successful in building organizational, financial and board infrastructures to create high performing organizations with increased donor relations. Together they have managed multi-faceted operations in Oregon, Wisconsin, and New York. Their transformational leadership has made all of these organizations outstanding youth guidance and development agencies with quality staff, facilities, and programs supported by financial stability and clearly defined standards. Most recently Joseph & Lisabeth have brought their leadership expertise to Philadelphia, leading a new charge as the CEOs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.
The Marziellos possess the vision and strategic financial stewardship to ensure transparency and cultivate public and donor trust. Their exceptional financial leadership has resulted in increased annual organizational assets both in Portland, OR and Green Bay, WI. In 2010, the Portland Organization was rated number one in average daily attendance out of 227 organizations in the Pacific Region, as well as 7th in the nation for Registered Members (out of 4,000 organizations), in addition to being in the top 10% for Daily Attendance (school year), Number of Sites, Budget Size and Number of Staff.
Known for creating high performing environments with exceptional results, the Marziellos have been recognized as a Governance Partnership that Works by the National Center for Non-Profit Boards. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Professional Association has recognized the Marziellos in the Eastern Region, Central Region, and Pacific Region as Executives of the Year and CEOs of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Council. Nationally, the Marziellos were recognized as CEOs of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and by the Portland Business Journal as the Most Admired CEOs of the Year for the State of Oregon.
The Marziellos have been instrumental as members of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Government Relations Committee, National Resource Development Consultants, Board Room Trainers, and Human Resource Recruitment & Retention Consultants for over 14 years.
Since 2012, the Marziello’s have improved the financial stability and security of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. The notable improvement in financial condition and overall efficiency is attributable to a few primary factors including: a significant 1200% increase in support earned through special events, a 75% increase in collections on receivables and pledges, and overall cash flow management in supporting services; securing $50 million in operational & capital funding since 2012. Further, the Marziello’s have reduced the organization’s debt by 82% and other obligations by 31%. These factors have worked together in contributing to the financial strength of the organization, best measured by the Marziello’s ability to support its mission. Since 2012, unrestricted assets have grown 13%, from $5.5 to $6.2 million. Overall, the success of the organization and resulting financial strength and efficiency are attributable to the Marziello’s ability to bring in unrestricted support and revenue, and to properly manage the collection and use of those funds.
To date the Marziello’s have initiated and orchestrated a Bold Change for Kids campaign to raise over $40M in partnership with Comcast and David L. Cohen, Executive Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation, to change the landscape of opportunity for 7 Boys & Girls Club facilities in Philadelphia’s most severely distressed neighborhoods.
Joseph & Lisabeth received their Bachelor of Arts degrees from Whittier College in Whittier, CA. Before joining the Boys & Girls Club movement, Lisabeth worked in marketing/advertising for several Los Angeles companies including Backer Spielvogel Bates; Foote, Cone & Belding; and Eisaman, Johns & Laws. Her clients included Neutrogena, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Maid Stone Wine & Spirits, Universal Studios-Florida, Farmers Insurance Nationwide and Hyundai Motor America. Joseph joined the Pittsfield Boys Club at the age of seven; as an adult he started his career at his home Club before taking the nation by storm with Lisabeth.
Ariel Goldring, Executive Operations Officer
Ariel Goldring is passionate about youth development and education. In 2014, she earned a Master’s Degree from Temple University in Urban Education, graduating Summa Cum Laude, with a concentration in school-community partnerships and Out of School Time learning. Ariel discovered her love of Boys & Girls Clubs while working as a program assistant at the Fairmount Club during college. Ariel brings a depth of knowledge regarding education, public policy and urban affairs to the team. Ariel has presented academic work at the SEDAAG and AAA conferences. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ariel served for two years as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Greater Philadelphia, leading the Young Heroes Program, before re-joining the Boys & Girls Club team.
Over the last four years, Ariel has taken on a variety of roles at Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and quickly developed as a leader in the organization. In 2013 she oversaw the launch of the Club’s Call to Action Literacy Initiative, successfully piloting the program in six Clubs in 2013 and expanding the program to eight Clubs in 2015. Working with the CEO Team, Ariel has successfully helped secured over $7.5 million in grant funding since 2012. As a highly analytical thinker, she has developed data-driven proposals and reporting mechanisms, ensuring that BGCP is able to accurately measure and assess its impact on youth.
Jerry Houck, Executive Program Officer
Gerald Houck, a Boys & Girls Club Alumni, is an Executive Program Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, with over 15 years of professional youth development experience. Jerry’s goal is to provide leadership and strategic direction to Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia which prides itself as being the premier youth development agency in Philadelphia. He believes in win-win situations and helping young people succeed. Experienced in staff development, program development and evaluation, facility management, community relations and special events. Jerry has a particular interest in supporting underserved and at -risk populations. He enjoys developing his team members as they are the future of the Boys & Girls Club Movement. Jerry earned a B.S. in Sports & Recreation Management from Temple University and has been working with Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia for over 14 years.
Libby Lescalleet, Executive Program Officer
Libby Lescalleet, with over 20 years of youth development experience and 17 with Boys & Girls Club, is a dedicated advocate for the personal growth and development of young people. Over her tenure with Boys & Girls Club she has grown partnerships in underserved areas to ensure that youth who need us the most have access to quality youth development programming. These ventures have included summer based programs serving migrant families, opening new doors in public housing communities for youth and their families and offering training and technical assistance to Clubs in Indian Country. She is dedicated to professional development of staff on both the national and local levels and has served as a National Training Associate for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a conference advisor to Regional Keystone events.
As a graduate of LaSalle University, service to community has also been a focal point for Libby. Prior to working with the Boys & Girls Club she facilitated summer and environmental education programs for youth from the Boston Area, started enrichment camp based programs on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and took part in cross cultural programs for youth and teens in Chile.
Through dedicated service to youth and their success she has been honored within communities she serves with the Crime Prevention and Livability Award, Rose CDC Community Leader Award and the Portland Police Community Police Problem Solving Award.
Maria Garcia, Resource Development and Communications Manager
Maria Garcia joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia in 2003, with most of those years spent as Director of the West Kensington Club. In her new role as Resource Development and Communications Manager, her devotion to the clubs and its members is enhanced by her fundraising experience, organizational leadership and creativity. Her goal is to enhance club members’ experience by expanding the organization’s reach to potential benefactors, donors and corporate sponsors through event planning, advertising and other networking outlets. A Philadelphia resident for most of her life, Maria is uniquely qualified to spearhead the club’s efforts to tap into all resources of the Philadelphia community, and to build upon the already profound Boys and Girls Club experience.
Daniel Kelchner, Executive Program Officer
Daniel Kelchner joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia in 2014 as Unit Director of the Wissahickon Club. In the past few years he has steadily improved programming and worked tirelessly to professionalize and develop his staff. Daniel has since taken on a leadership role at various other clubs, with a focus on community partnerships and professional development of staff. In the last two years Daniel has cultivated and grown partnerships with Villanova University and Drexel Medical School whose students regularly tutor and volunteer at the Club. Daniel has a strong passion for service and experience working with at-risk populations from his time with the Philadelphia DHS – Juvenile Justice Services.
Daniel graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a B.A. in Law and Justice Studies. He has also been involved in community and public service in a number of capacities. Throughout college Daniel volunteered extensively with Special Olympics of New Jersey and also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2013-2014 with the City of Philadelphia. Currently, Daniel is working towards a Master of Public Administration at Villanova University.
Kelly Lemberger, Literacy Initiative Director
Kelly joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia in 2015 and since then has overseen implementation of the Call to Action Literacy Initiative, coaching and developing literacy staff to strengthen youth literacy outcomes. Kelly is passionate about youth education and community service. Before coming to BGCP, Kelly worked with City Year Philadelphia as an AmeriCorps Member and later as a Program Manager. In that role, she managed AmeriCorps Members in Philadelphia public schools and supported the organization’s literacy training and initiatives. Kelly graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Sociology degree and Education minor. Throughout college, she was dedicated to community-based education research and supporting youth programming in local schools and organizations. Kelly’s experience includes volunteer management, program evaluation, and facilitating community partnerships.
Luke Antonello, Resource Development Manager
Luke Antonello graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a bachelor’s in Classics and English. He is committed to the idea that all people should have the same access to equal resources and opportunities. With a certification from the American Grant Writer’s Association, he worked at a Latino empowerment non-profit, raising money for the underprivileged community. Now, he is excited to be a part of an organization which will make worthy changes in the city where he grew up.
Emma Brown, Creative Design & Communications Manager
Emma Brown is a recent graduate from Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in Business and Computer Science. As a strong believer in education as a key for social change, she is excited to join an organization that fosters community centric programs. Through various work opportunities, she gained experience in youth development. In the summer of 2014, she worked as a technology counselor at a computer camp in which she taught basic coding skills and oversaw dorm life. In the summer of 2016, she interned at a youth center non-profit in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There she was exposed to the unique challenges facing people of color in her surrounding neighborhood.
Susan Moskal, Communications & Creative Design Manager
Susan Moskal joins the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia as the Communications and Creative Design Manager. As a recent graduate from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Graphic Design and Photography, she is excited to use her creativity to help out the boys and girls of her hometown of Philadelphia. While studying at Penn State, Susan volunteered her time with the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon which raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. She loved being able to see the difference she could make in the children’s lives and to make them forget about cancer at least for one weekend. Susan is passionate about design, photography, and hopes to travel the world someday, and she is happy to rediscover her love for the city she grew up in.
Michelle Rhine first joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia as an intern and recent graduate of the University of Delaware. As a life-long resident of the Philadelphia area, she was excited to get involved in an organization with deep roots in the community. Michelle started first in the marketing and development department for the 2016 Showcase of Wine & Cheese. After the completion of the event, she focused more on human resources of the organization. Michelle now coordinates the human resource functions of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, as well as fundraising development and grant writing. Her hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm has made her a valued professional associate for the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Wendi Wingfield, Finance Specialist
Wendi R. Wingfield has more than 18 years of Accounting and Finance experience. Having studied at Peirce College, Wendi continued her education in Fort Washington where she obtained multiple payroll certifications. She is highly committed to demonstrating professional excellence with each and every project. Her path to become a Bookkeeper started in 1977 when she was offered a position in the Accounting Department of Commercial General Union Insurance Company in Philadelphia, PA. As an Accounts Receivable Clerk she understood the importance of correctly coding and entering payables to the proper payment. Her responsibilities included managing vendor files, issuing checks and maintaining good vendor relations. Wendi has experience working with a variety of payroll, financial and reporting systems, including: Great Plains, BlackBaud, Sage MIP Accounting, ADP Payroll and Proxus Professional Payroll System.
In November 2003, she joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia team as a Bookkeeper, where she was responsible for preparing and processing the bi-weekly payroll for approximately 175 employees. In 2013 she was promoted to Finance Specialist, becoming the Liaison for the organization’s Finance Department, is now responsible for Payroll, Accounts Receivable, Banking and Financial reporting for the Development Team. Family is a very important part of Wendi’s life, and she carries that loyalty into her work having now worked for BGCP for over a decade.