Staff & Leadership
Lisabeth & Joseph Marziello
President-Chief Executive Officers
With experience as a robust U.S. based President-CEO team, Lisabeth and Joe Marziello are renown for successfully creating high-performing organizations by building organizational, financial and board capacity and infrastructure. Before taking leadership of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, they managed multi-faceted operations in Oregon, Wisconsin, and New York. Their leadership transformed all of these Clubs into outstanding youth guidance and development organizations with quality staff, facilities, and programs supported by financial stability and clearly defined standards. Since coming to Philadelphia in August of 2012, the Marziellos have raised over $91 million in revenue to support programming, operations and capital investment. Their leadership has resulted in improved financial stability and security, new innovative programming, growth of membership and services, and substantial improvements to Club facilities.
After taking leadership of BGCP, the Marziellos eliminated the organization’s $2 million operating deficit. For the last five years, BGCP has realized an average operating surplus of over $800,000 annually, with a 400% increase in donor support from FY13 to FY20. Even as they increased revenue, the Marziellos have reduced BGCP’s reliance on program fees by increasing funds from individual donor and community support, as well as, private and public grants. A key to this success was building brand awareness through the introduction of the Philly Showcase of Wine, Cheese and Beer, which raised over $2.4 million dollars in its 8th year, a 2000% increase when compared with the organizations 2012 Spring Gala. While increasing revenue, the Marziellos have worked diligently to reduce debt and control spending. From FY13 to FY20, they tripled the size of the organizations endowment and eliminated 100% of long-term debt, helping set a path for long-term fiscal stability.
In addition to strengthening the financial stability of the organization, the Marziellos have grown BGCP’s programs and services. In 2013, they initiated the Call to Action Literacy Initiative, which now reaches over 1,300 youth at 12 Clubs throughout the city. In 2014, they introduced STEM learning Labs, to provide youth with 21st century skills, and in 2017, they opened the organizations first Kids Café to ensure that all kids have access to healthy, home-cooked meals. Today the Kid Café operates at two locations, with an additional two sites schedule to open in FY2020. The Marziellos also retained funding and support from 21st Century and AmeriCorps to strengthen the organizations literacy and STEM footprint. As program quality improved, membership grew, with a 60% increase from FY2013 to FY2019.
In 2015, the Marziellos launched a Bold Change for Kids campaign to raise the funds needed to transform aging, dilapidated, Boys & Girls Club facilities into state-of-the-art Clubs for youth. Over the last four years, they have secured nearly $17 million in capital funds and invested over $2 million to completely renovate the Bridesburg and Northeast Frankford Clubs. In the fall of 2019, they broke ground on the Germantown Club, which has since been named after the Founder of Comcast Corp., Ralph J. Roberts.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Marziellos strength in crisis management exceeded all expectations. Their team became essential workers with the development of the D.E.F.Y (Digital Education for Youth) virtual platform, they served over 170,000 meals at 15 locations to low income families over a 9 month time span, they retained over 220 employee positions, provided in-person programming at 15 locations, raised over $3M in donor support, and strategically continued their Philly Showcase of Wine, Cheese & Beer “Coach’s Private Reserve Dinner”, with a Tropical Oasis under an illuminated tent, along the Delaware River, in addition to their annual Michael Chapman Memorial Golf Outing, one week later.
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. 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.
Christopher B. Hegarty
Chief Finance Officer
Chris Hegarty is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and has over 25 years of accounting experience. He specializes in providing accounting services to non-profit social service organizations, foundations and associations as well as privately-owned, closely-held businesses and their owners. He is a Principal at CLA and leads the delivery of accounting outsourcing services to clients in the Delaware Valley.
Chris has assisted emerging organizations in setting up accounting systems and control environments, as well as helped organizations transform their accounting and finance functions through periods of transition. He has served clients in the non-profit and healthcare industries as well as the life sciences, manufacturing, retailing and industries. Chris has expertise in traditional accounting and audit services, as well as a variety of operational and financial areas.
Jeffrey A. Agranoff
Chief HR Officer
Jeff Agranoff is the Chief Human Resources Officer and a Human Resources Consulting Principal at Grassi for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. With over 18 years of experience working in public accounting firms, Jeff specializes in heading human resource departments, providing outsourced human resource solutions to clients and growing middle market businesses in various industries. Prior to joining Grassi, Jeff was the Chief Operating Officer and a Human Resources Principal at a top 50 national accounting firm.
Jeff has written numerous articles on topics such as workforce management, millennial training, and the management of professional services firms. He serves on the Advisory Board at the University of Buffalo’s School of Management.
Executive Vice President of Strategic Support, Training and Systematic 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, having 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.
Since 2013, 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 under the guidance of the CEOS, she oversaw the launch of the Club’s Call to Action Literacy Initiative, which was successfully piloted in six Clubs in 2013 and to date has expanded to 12 Clubs. In 2019, under the vision of the CEOs, Ariel helped plan and facilitate a training to establish the introduction of the multi-sensory literacy programming to Boys & Girls Clubs in Southern California.
Working with faced paced and an innovative CEO Team, Ariel has been able to be flexible and support the momentum which has been advantageous in successfully securing over $17 million in private and public grant funding since 2013, including $3 million in Capital Grant Funding. In 2018 she was instrumental in launching BGCP’s AmeriCorps Great Futures program through a $900,000 three-year grant awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. 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.
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.
Vice President of Executive Operations, Grants & Development
Jackie graduated from Moravian College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Economics. After completing her undergraduate degree, Jackie earned her Master of Arts in Environmental Policy Design from Lehigh University in 2019 while working with the City of Bethlehem on neighborhood revitalization planning and local environmental projects. With a passion for environmental and social change, she developed a strong interest in the structure, programming, and impact of nonprofit organizations while attending graduate school.
Jackie began working with the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia in September of 2019 as the Grants & Data Analysis Manager. In this position, she supported the organization’s data analysis, grant reporting, evaluation, and grant writing efforts in order to secure and maintain funding from foundations, corporations, and government sources. At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March of 2020, Jackie supported the President-CEOs intellectual prowess to strategically secure funding for the health and longevity of the organization, raising crucial funds from March to June. In order to adapt to the current environment while also supporting the organization through our largest fundraiser of the year, Jackie assisted in the organization and execution of BGCP’s 8th annual Coach’s Private Reserve Dinner in our new format on the water front of the Adventure Aquarium. In total, Jackie has assisted in securing over $3 million from 2019-2020 through essential grants and special events. As a result of Jackie’s high level performance, she was promoted to Vice President of Executive Operations, Grants & Development, assisting the President-CEOs with the execution of organizational contracts and agreements, overseeing the application and management process of programmatic grants, and assisting in the planning and execution of all special events.
Jackie looks forward to making big changes for Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia youth.
Director of Creative Design & Communications
Keanu Ibarrondo graduated from Rutgers University in 2017 with a B.A. in Graphic Design and minor in English. During his time at Rutgers, he found great joy working with the youth of Camden while serving as Vice President of the Honors Student Organization. As VP he helped run fundraising efforts, book drives, and community events such as Dr. Seuss Day, which saw local children come to campus to enjoy fun reading activities and games.
Manager of Creative Design, Grants, & Development
Leslie Zamora graduated from the University of Baltimore in 2017 with a B.A. in Digital Communication, with a concentration in Media Design and Production. During her time at UB, she worked in public relations and graphic design for various cultural organizations on campus. She has continued to dedicate her work to organizations and nonprofits that amplify and strengthen voices that often go unheard. She is proud to use her skills to aid Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia in supporting the youth of Philadelphia who need it most.
Manager of Resource Development, Grants, & Data Analysis
Cameron is joining the team as the Manager of Resource Development, Grants, and Data Analysis. She attended The Catholic University of America, graduating in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology. During her time at Catholic U, she was heavily involved with community service, public outreach, and Christian ministry throughout Washington DC. Serving others in the nation’s capital, she saw the endless amount of ways to love on others, whether that be through spending time with individuals living in assisted-living retirement homes, through tutoring children living in low-income housing, and everything in between. She’s excited to use her experiences and skills to serve the youth of Philadelphia.
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.
Olivia Klenn graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 2019 with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology. Prior to working as the organization’s HR Specialist, Olivia interned at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Administrative Office. Olivia is proud to work for an organization that works tirelessly to promote the success of Philadelphia’s youth, and has always been impressed with BGCP’s efforts to provide every child with a supportive environment where they can learn and grow.
Vice President of Youth and Family Services
Mare Shipton has over 18 years of youth development experience with Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, finding her passion for the movement as a college student. During her tenure with BGCP, Mare has led numerous program areas including Arts & Culture, Project Learn, and many facets of youth and family service, always striving to meet youth where they are and continuously advocating
Over the last 10 years, Mare played an instrumental role in expanding and supporting the organization’s Out of School Time programming from 6 to 9 Clubs, ensuring that we reach more of the youth who need us the most. Most recently, she has helped design and implement D.E.F.Y. Club, a digital Club experience for youth to access critical programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a liaison between families and vital human services, Mare is strategic in ensuring youth reach their full potential while gaining access to necessary programs. Mare earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ellis College, with a concentration in Behavioral Science, Social Science and Math/Physics.
Vice President of Programs and Literacy Support
Denise Matza is an experienced youth development professional with a degree in Organizational Management and a minor in Education. With a passion for supporting youth, she has worked with Philadelphia’s most impoverished and vulnerable kids for over 25 years. Denise began her career at the School District of Philadelphia. Working with youth living in some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods, Denise developed a deep love for education, but she knew she could do even more outside the classroom. Denise joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia’s team over 16 years ago as a part-time employee and soon fell in love with the Clubs. As she became familiar with the organization and its philosophy of serving the youth who need us most through high quality development programming, she knew she had found her home.
Over the past 16 years, Denise worked her way up through the organization, taking on leadership roles in several Clubs including Sullivan, Wilson Park and Northeast Frankford. As the unit Director of the Northeast Frankford Club, Denise oversaw the $2.5 million physical transformation of the Club, and ensured that youth had access to safe, supportive programming throughout construction. Throughout Denise’s tenure as Unit Director, Club membership and daily attendance at the Northeast Frankford Clubincrease by over sixty percent. . Denise believes that every child deserves a caring adult in their life and knows that every child can succeed if they are just given the chance. As a leader in the Boys & Girls Club movement, Denise embodies this philosophy, leading by example and building caring, compassionate staff. In her role as Vice President of Programs and Literacy Support, Denise’s goal is to support the youth of Philadelphia in reaching their full potential by sharing her love of learning in a way that focuses on each child’s unique needs and creating a culture of learning and discovery at our Clubs.
Vice President of Programs & Athletics
Shakir Johnson, a Boys and Girls Club Alumni and our Vice President of Programs and Athletics, is passionate about sports and teen programming. After his high-level basketball playing career was cut short due to injuries, Shakir returned to the Club that supported him during his teen years, to educate Philadelphia’s youth in what it takes to get to and play at the next level. A graduate of Pierce College, Shakir has a passion for helping Club teens develop the physical and mental stamina needed to prepare for higher education and/or the workforce. Over the last eight years, Shakir has taken on a number of roles within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.
His leadership had transformed the lives of our kids and families, ensuring that they have access to hot meals, transformational programming, and caring adults. In his role as the Unit Director of the Shane Victorino Club Shakir’s recruitment and outreach efforts, increased membership by 300 Percent, with over 1,000 members enrolled in each of the last four years, making the Shane Victorino Club the first in the organization to engage more than 1,000 members annually. As the Vice President of Programs and Athletics, Shakir is dedicated to enhancing athletic program throughout the organization, increasing teen membership, and developing leadership and mentoring opportunities for teens throughout Philadelphia.