Staff & Leadership

Lisabeth & Joseph Marziello
President-Chief Executive Officers

With experience as a strong CEO team in the Boys & Girls Club movement, 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 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 late 2012, the Marziellos have raised over $63 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 $1.2 million operating deficit. For the last four years, BGCP has realized an average operating surplus of over $800,000 annually, with revenue increasing by 34% from FY13 to FY18. Even as they increased revenue, the Marziellos have reduced BGCP’s reliance on program fees by increasing funds from community support, and private and public grants. A key to this success was the introduction of the Philly Showcase of Wine, Cheese and Beer, which raised over $2 million dollars in its 7th year, a 1900% increase when compared with the Clubs 2012 Spring Gala. While increasing revenue, the Marziellos have also worked diligently to reduce debt and control spending. From FY13 to FY18, they tripled the size of the organizations endowment and eliminated all long-term debt, helping set a path for long-term fiscal stability.

In addition to strengthening the organization financially, 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. As program quality improved, membership grew, with a 40% increase from FY2013 to FY2018.

In 2015, the Marziellos launched the 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 $12 million in funds and invested over $2 million to completely renovate the Bridesburg and Northeast Frankford Clubs. In fall 2019, they will break ground on the new Ralph J Roberts Boys & Girls Club in Germantown.

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.

Ariel Goldring
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, 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.

Jerry Houck
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.

Libby Lescalleet
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.

Dan Kelchner
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.

Kelly Lemberger
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.

Keanu Ibarrondo
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. Now, Keanu is excited to help a historic organization rooted in developing the youth of Philadelphia.

 

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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia for over a decade.