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Our Staff

Laura Wall, Executive Director 
215-430-0555 ext. 100, lwall@hungercoalition.org

Laura Wall brings more than two decades' experience leading nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Coalition in 2013, Laura headed Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, which provides housing to homeless families in Montgomery County. Laura's experience also includes heading Aurora Rehabilitation Services in Harrisburg serving adults with mental illness, and she was the founding director of The Kids' Center, which serves at-risk children in Illinois. Laura's community involvement has included positions as vice chair of the Cumberland County Commission on Women, as a member of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission's Task Force on Civil Tension, The North Penn Community Health Foundation volunteer board, and chair of the North Penn CEO Roundtable. Laura studied Philosophy at MacMurray College and holds a certificate in Non Profit Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work. She is the 2012 recipient of the YaffeSmith Civil Rights Award for her work promoting ethnic and interfaith understanding, the recipient of the 2014 Martin Luther King Service Award and she is the author of Being the Change, a book profiling individuals and organizations working to better their communities.

Noelle Dames, Community Educator
215-430-0555 ext. 108, ndames@hungercoalition.org 

As SNAP Outreach Coordinator, Noelle Dames helps strategize and implement the Coalition's efforts to reach more low-income individuals and connect them with public benefits. Before joining the Coalition in early 2012, Noelle served as Program Coordinator for Greensgrow Farms, where she managed operations of the Community Kitchen's business incubator and culinary program. She also successfully launched the Local Initiative for Food Education (LIFE) program, a low-income CSA with a cooking and nutrition component, which was created to improve access to fresh food for SNAP participants. Noelle holds a B.A. in Geography and Human Environment from San Francisco State University.

Derek Felton, Community Organizer
215-430-0555 ext. 106, dfelton@hungercoalition.org

Since 1978, Derek Felton has been an active part of the food community, serving in various capacities including Executive Chef for Sheraton Hotels, the Director of Food Services for Freedom Development Corp. and the Executive Director of the Fresh Start Emergency Food and Resource Services, which he continues to run today. Derek’s knowledge of food, nutrition and community is strengthened by his own personal experience, a remarkable story of overcoming poverty to become a dedicated hunger advocate and community servant. As the Coalition’s Community Organizing Coordinator, Derek serves as the central point of contact for food pantries and soup kitchens, facilitates monthly First Tuesday meetings and conducts numerous workshops throughout the community. Derek has a degree from WOR-WIC Technical and Community College and has won numerous awards, including a 2003 USDA Achievement Award for Connecting Low-Income Families to Food Stamps.

Kathy Fisher, Policy Director
215-430-0555 ext. 121, kfisher@hungercoalition.org
 
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 and 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.
 

Michael Ginder, Community Resources Manager
215-430-0555 ext. 116, mginder@hungercoalition.org

Michael Ginder has 20 years of nonprofit experience. From the beginning of his nonprofit career, he immersed himself in his work gaining as much knowledge as he could about volunteer management, helping with fundraisers, delivering education programs to managing all the business aspects of running an organization. He was a founding member of The Zen Society and the head cook, where he prepared nutritious vegetarian meals for the community. He is the former Executive Director of Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and currently a board member of Freedom Center for Wildlife. Most recently he was Vice President of Operations for BBC Worldwide, a for-profit third-party logistics company. Michael holds a B.S. degree from Temple University in Biology. He has a certificate of Nonprofit Management from the Enterprise Center at BCC and a certificate of Nutritional Therapy from the Nutritional Therapy Institute.

 
Tom Mahon, Communications Manager
215-430-0555 ext. 110, tmahon@hungercoalition.org
 
Tom joined the Coalition in September of 2014. As the Communications Manager, he helps increase awareness for the Coalition through traditional and social media. His background includes time at PGA Magazine and over five years at the Philadelphia Inquirer as a staff writer for high school sports in the city and surrounding area. His non-profit experience is rooted in more than ten years of volunteering with Blessed Sarnelli Community in the Kensington section of Philadelphia through serving meals and assisting with fundraising for annual events. Tom holds a B.A. in Communication along with a minor in Religion from La Salle University.
 

Yaa McNeil , Bilingual Hotline Counselor
215-430-0555 ext. 109, ymcneil@hungercoalition.org 

Promise Nah, SNAP Hotline Counselor  
215-430-0555 ext. 105, pnah@hungercoalition.org

Promise Nah joined the Coalition in early 2012 and now assists dozens of clients daily in applying for food assistance. Promise has extensive prior experience with SNAP, working as a Benefits Outreach Specialist for Benefits Data Trust and volunteering as a Resource Builder for the Campaign for Working Families, screening individuals for SNAP at tax center sites. Promise holds a B.A. in English from Rosemont College.

Claire Richardson
215-430-0555 ext. 107, crichardson@hungercoalition.org

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, tsen@hungercoalition.org


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.