Need food? Call our SNAP Hotline: 215-430-0556

Our Staff

Alejandra Dominguez, SNAP Case Manager
215-430-0555 ext. 105,
Alejandra Dominguez comes to the Coalition from the community based non-profit organization Make The Road New York. She has 7 years of experience serving the community and helping clients with SNAP applications and the re-certification process. She has also conducted outreach on the SNAP program and SNAP eligibility. Alejandra is very experienced in advocating for her clients. Her role as the SNAP Case Manager with the Coalition is to help clients submit SNAP applications and renewals via COMPASS, advocate for her clients, and help them receive benefits. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Derek Felton, Community Organizer
215-430-0555 ext. 106,
Derek has been an active part of the food community since 1968, serving in various capacities including as an executive chef for Sheraton Hotels on Maryland's eastern shore and as a culinary trainer at Warwick College on the eastern shore. Derek moved to Philadelphia in 1987 where he worked for the Marriott Corporation as a Manager Trainer, before being promoted to General Manager. He is the Executive Director of Fresh Start Food and Resource Services, a local food pantry. He has a degree in Hospitality Management.  Derek's work is strengthened by his personal journey out of poverty. At the Coalition Against Hunger, he is the central point of contact for pantries and soup kitchens, facilitating monthly meetings and workshops, conducting site visits and helping to secure donated food for those in need.  He has received numerous awards, but those closest to his heart come from his peers and clients.

Kathy Fisher, Policy Director
215-430-0555 ext. 121,
Kathy Fisher joined the Coalition in Aug. 2014. As our Policy Director, she performs research and policy analysis, presents information to elected officials, service providers & community members, and works with a wide-range of anti-hunger and nutrition partners to promote policies and programs that will best serve those who struggle with hunger in our communities. Kathy joins our team with nearly twenty years of social service and advocacy experience, many of them working at Public Citizens for Children and Youth, focused on family economic security issues, including child nutrition, welfare (TANF), and tax policies and programs. She has her J.D. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her undergraduate work at Rutgers University.

Melody Keim, Executive Director
215-430-0555 ext. 100,
With deep roots and proven expertise in the community benefit sector, Melody inspires new ways of thinking and brings a thoughtful perspective to increasing food security in the Greater Philadelphia area. Through her previous roles as Executive Director of the JBJ Soul Foundation and Vice President of Programs and Initiatives at the Lancaster County Community Foundation, her work focused on addressing the root causes of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Melody holds a B.S. in Liberal Art/Peace & Justice from Easters Mennonite University and a M.F.C.S from Iowa State University. 

Michele Lofton, Director of Development
215-430-0555 ext. 111,
With more than fifteen years of experience in fund development, Michele Lofton joined the Coalition Against Hunger in April 2018 as its first Director of Development. In this role, she oversees all fundraising and grants management initiatives including the Walk Against Hunger—one of the Coalition’s signature events that help raise more than $250,000 in funds for food pantries, soup kitchens and various other anti-hunger agencies in the Greater Philadelphia region. Prior to joining the Coalition, Michele helped to secure thousands of dollars in funding for various non-profit organizations in the region including Center School in Abington, PA; Saint Malachy School in Philadelphia, PA and Montgomery County CADCOM in Norristown, PA. Her previous experience includes managing the annual fund and major gift programs, grant prospecting and management, and implementing and overseeing special event fundraisers such as galas, auctions, golf tournaments, and 5K Run/Walks. Michele holds a B.A. in political science from Temple University, an M.A. in strategic communications from Seton Hall University, and an MBA with a concentration in public administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University.

Katie Milholin, Community Educator
215-430-0555 ext. 108,
Katie Milholin started as an intern at the Coalition in May 2017 as part of her coursework at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating with a B.A. in Health and Societies, she joined the Coalition's staff full time. Katie is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area and has grown passionate about the region's communities and the problems they face. As the Community Educator, Katie works to educate members of the community about food insecurity and develops partnerships with clients and local organizations to create more resources to fight hunger. 

Claire Richardson, SNAP Hotline Counselor
215-430-0555 ext. 107,
Claire Richardson comes to the Coalition after a personal experience with food insecurity moved her to want to help. This has included working as a Market Associate for the Food Trust and volunteering with the Coalition Against Hunger's SNAP Hotline. Claire is a former veterinary nurse with the University of Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Temple University's Health Information Professions program. Claire is currently enrolled in American Public University's environmental science program with a concentration in sustainability. 

Tanya Thampi-Sen, Community Nutrition Program Manager
215-430-0555 ext. 101,

Tanya Thampi-Sen, MPH, RD has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of health, hunger, and nutrition.  Tanya has worked with the Coalition Against Hunger since 2000 and previously worked as an Outreach Coordinator for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and as Education Coordinator for Reading Terminal Farmers Market Trust (now The Food Trust). As Nutrition Program Manager for the Coalition, Tanya teaches community members how to eat healthy on a budget and advises local food pantries and soup kitchens on ways to provide healthier food to their clients. In 2013, Tanya led the Coalition’s groundbreaking efforts to create a new model for food pantries in Philadelphia. Unlike most food pantries, Green Light Pantries provide only highly nutritious food to their clients as well as nutrition workshops, health screenings, and other services.