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Our Board of Directors

Vikki Lassiter (Chair)
Consultant, Social Science Research Council, Measure of America Program
Vikki Lassiter has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Throughout her career, Ms. Lassiter has spearheaded partnerships to advance health equity and strengthen consumer engagement in community transformations. Ms. Lassiter has held both executive management and consulting roles, in organizations including Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the Arthritis Foundation where she oversaw community-partnered research, program innovation, change management initiatives, and provided hands-on coaching to accelerate impact and strategic growth. Ms. Lassiter earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, a certificate in European Approaches to Organizational Development, Change, and Coaching from i-coach academy in London, United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Anne Ayella
President Emeritus
Anne Ayella retired at the end of 2016 as the Associate Director at Nutritional Development Services, which administers federally funded Child Nutrition Programs in Philadelphia and provides free or reduced-price meals at local schools, community centers and childcare centers.

Jarryd Anderson
Jarryd, who joined The Coalition's board in 2016, is Vice President and Legal Counsel for TD Bank, and a member of the Urban Philly Professional Network.

Martha M. Buccino
Born in Bolivia, South America, to a politically active family,  Martha M. Buccino was a child when changes in the Bolivian government forced her family to re-locate to the United States. Residing with her family in the Philadelphia suburbs, Martha was educated in the Catholic school system. After obtaining an Associates Degree, she briefly returned to Bolivia to obtain her Bachelor of Art’s degree. She began her work experience with Victor Corporation where she rose from a sales rep to a national position negotiating government funded educational contracts. She made a lateral move to ITT/Educational Services. After years of travel, Martha accepted a position locally with GlaxoSmithKline. 

The birth of her daughter saw Martha returning to work with a new career in the non-profit sector. Her skills acquired in the for profit world transferred well to Development. With a slight digression as founding Executive Director of Bucks County Community College’s foundation, Martha Buccino’s fundraising experience focused in health care. She served as an officer of Thomas Jefferson University, The Medical College of Pennsylvania, and Memorial Health Alliance (now  Virtua). She was CEO at Hayes Manor Retirement Residence and the Arthritis Foundation Delaware Chapter.  

Martha expanded her fundraising beyond healthcare when she went on to serve as Senior Vice President of Philabundance with responsibilities for Development, Marketing and Public Relations. Martha continued her broadened effort when she  was recruited to International House of Philadelphia as Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Subject to the occasional interruption of an interesting consulting assignment the recently retired Martha is enjoying catching up on her family time.

Martha has traveled throughout 43 states and 38 foreign countries on five continents.  She resides in suburban Philadelphia with her husband of over 35 years and close to her daughter, son-in-law and grandson.  

Donna Freyman
Director of Human Resources, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Donna Freyman has served as Director of Human Resources at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for the past eighteen years. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of HR, including employee recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, performance management, training and employee relations. Prior to her work at the Federation, Donna was Assistant Vice President of Training and Development at the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society. She has also worked as a Consultant/Management Skills Trainer with Alexander Proudfoot Company and taught for a number of years at the American International School in Kfar Shemaryahu, Israel. She holds a BA in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has completed graduate work in management and organizational dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania and LaSalle University.

Bob Groves
Bob Groves, MA, MPH, has over 40 years experience in health and human services. For 25 years he held CEO positions with the Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Senior Center. He holds masters degrees in Urban Studies (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Public Health (University of Massachusetts). Mr. Groves received The Merit Award from the Pennsylvania Public Health Association for innovative approaches to public health problems and the Individual Award in Public Health from the Philadelphia College of Physicians. Since 2012 he has taught courses at Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University including “Human Rights in the 21st Century”, “A Human Rights Film Festival” and “The Robots are Here-Now and Forever”. He also volunteers at his local public school and is an active member of the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia.

Gregory Kelleher
Greg's for profit work career spanned 20 years beginning in data systems in New York and Rhode Island, and later finance that included eight years in Europe and a new company, Cigna. After Cigna, he worked in the securities industry starting a boutique advisory firm with two colleagues, and then as CFO/CIO of a start up internet Trade Finance portal company. Following the sale of the start up, Greg took a step back and decided to offer his skills and experience in the non-profit sector. 

Greg has served as CFO of TAIG, Philabundance and the PA School for the Deaf. In addition, he serves at his church as an adult acolyte, usher, on the vestry, finance and investment committees and Treasurer of the men's group.

Jeannine M. McCullough (Chair, Fundraising)
Jeannine McCullough has extensive experience as a senior leader in large and mid size corporations and national and local non profits including DelMonte Foods, Eight O'Clock Coffee Company, National American Red Cross and PEC. Her previous career positions included leading and developing management teams, client services, strategy development for national and regional companies and fundraising management teams. She has also held/holds board positions with the Network of Executive Women for the Consumer Products and Retail Food Industry, Nutritional Development Services and The Chester County Women's Commission.

Yvette Palmer
Director, Helping Hands for the Hungry, St. Cyprian Church
Yvette Palmer spent 30 years as secondary math teacher in Philadelphia’s public schools before retiring in 2008. She now serves as director of Helping Hands for the Hungry, a soup kitchen at St. Cyprian Church in West Philadelphia, where she coordinates and hosts a monthly Saturday lunch for community members in need. Palmer has a Master’s in Education from Temple University.

Daniel Perez
Brand Manager-Thomas' s Brand, Bimbo Bakeries USA
Daniel has been with Bimbo Bakeries since 2013, and has studied and worked internationally in China, Mexico and the Philippines. His marketing background has consistently had a food focus, spurring his interest in the issue of hunger. Daniel comes to The Coalition having supported the organization with The Walk and Hunger Fighter Breakfast, and has volunteered for several years at local food pantries.

Robin Rifkin
Robin has directed food and nutrition projects around the country for over 35 years, directly focused to improve food security. Her education background is in food and nutrition with post-graduate coursework in organizational development, and facilitation. Robin now consults on nutrition education, food systems, and health literacy, and is a Certified Facilitator for strategic planning and system change processes.

Robin volunteers with the Coalition Against Hunger, The Steering Committee for the Jewish Federation's Mitzvah Food Project, co-leads the Hazon Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) of Elkins Park, and co-facilitates Act Against Hunger, an advocacy project of MAZON, A Jewish Reponse to Hunger, and the social action committees of the synagogues of the Kehilah of Old York Road. 

Elizabeth M.P. Rubin (Secretary)
Chair of The Pincus Fund for Hunger Relief
Elizabeth has over 20 years of non-profit Board and volunteer experience.  She dedicates her time to doing what she can to improve the lives of those less fortunate.  The non-profit organizations Elizabeth works with fall into three different categories: hunger relief in our community; arts and music education, particularly for children living in poverty; and organ and tissue donation awareness, support and advocacy.  Prior to this volunteer work, Elizabeth was employed as a litigation paralegal at a law firm in Philadelphia for over ten years.

Tom Swierzy (Treasurer)
Retired President/CEO, Ardent Credit Union

Retired President/CEO, Ardent Credit Union after 32 years of service. Currently enjoying free time with grandchildren, cruising and trips to the beach.