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Bethany Housman
Promise Corps Director

Bethany graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Communication Arts followed by a graduate degree in Sociology at St. John’s and a graduate degree in Urban Education at Temple University.

After a short stint with Z100 radio station in her undergraduate years she decided to continue her education in Sociology and work on issues affecting communities. She traveled to France, Germany, Panama, Canada and a variety of states for different projects. During the completion of her graduate degree she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana after a 3 week volunteer effort supporting disaster relief turned into her relocation. Bethany spent 2 years as the Program Director for City Year Louisiana, managing the New Orleans and Baton Rouge programs and eventually launched City Year New Orleans and continued as a Sr. Program Director. Bethany relocated to City Year Philadelphia in 2012 to be closer to her family. While working on her graduate degree at Temple she became an Operations Coordinator for a national charter organization and upon completion of her degree joined the Promise Corps team.

Bethany is a Cross-Fitting vegetarian and an avid New Orleans Saints fan. She can regularly be found in Roxborough/Manayunk hanging with her wife, their 2 cats (Senor Julio & Peyton Manning) and 2 rescue dogs (Luna & Liberty)!



Tameka Williams

Promise Corps Site Supervisor

You can call me Meka if you’d like. I am from Philadelphia and recently moved back after living in Montgomery County last year. I graduated from the Community College of Philadelphia with a degree in Psychology. I will be graduating from Penn State this year. While in college I participated in a girls mentoring group in which the students could get support with academics and their personal life from female mentors. I was most recently a research specialist at Temple University and have also been a staff member at PHMC, the Girls Scouts of southeastern Pennsylvania and Kids of Destiny Learning Center. I served as an AmeriCorps member and truly valued my experience, especially serving on a team. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with new members and supporting them during their time in service. I am excited to support as many students and members as possible with Promise Corps. Something interesting about me is I love watching Korean dramas. My hobbies include reading and crafting. My favorite book is “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou.


Marylissa Barbosa
Site Supervisor

Marylissa is originally from Central Falls, Rhode Island. She attended La Salle University and majored in Political Science. In her time at La Salle she interned with Girls Inc. and the Defenders Association of Philadelphia. Following graduation she served one AmeriCorps year with City Year Philadelphia. Her time with AmeriCorps was far from over. Last year she served as a CCA with Promise Corps at School of the Future. Following Promise Corps she became a new mother to a beautiful baby girl. She is excited to be back to partner with schools and corps members in helping students plan their post-secondary goals. Her heart and new family is here in Philly. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her daughter, husband and extended family.