Staff & Leadership
Lisabeth & Joseph Marziello
President-Chief Executive Officers
Lisabeth & Joseph 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 Lisabeth & Joseph Marziello have brought their leadership expertise to Philadelphia, leading a new charge as the CEOs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.
Lisabeth & Joseph Marziello 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.
Executive Vice President of Grants, Training, and Development
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.
Executive Vice President of Programs, and Facility Operations
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.
Executive Vice President of Programs, Partnerships, and Development
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 adviser 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.
Vice President of Programs
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.
Executive Vice President of Literacy, Education, and Training Initiatives
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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, 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.
Resource Development & 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 & Girls Club experience.
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.
Director of Creative Design & Communications
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.
Manager of Creative Design & Fundraising
Katelyn Fecteau is a recent graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in English Writing and minor in Mass Communication. While studying to be a journalist, she discovered a passion for being a voice for the voiceless and participating in community activism, rather than just reporting on it. She previously volunteered for three years with Girls on the Run, an organization that empowers young girls with both physical and emotional life skills. Katelyn grew up in San Diego and lived in New Orleans for four years, with both cities giving her unique insight into how different cultures work, live, and thrive together. New to Philadelphia, she is excited to be part of a program that gives so wholeheartedly to the city she already loves.
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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia for over a decade.