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)!
Alex is an experienced educator and has worn many different hats within schools. He has served students in seven different cities as a teacher, reading specialist, after-school leader and workshop facilitator, and holds a B.A. in English and Social Work from the University of Michigan. While in school, he organized creative writing and theater workshops for students in Detroit Public Schools and Juvenile Detention Facilities across Michigan. After graduating he spent time in Providence, San Francisco and rural New Hampshire, teaching in a wide variety of landscapes and schools. During the 2017-18 school year he served as a Reading Specialist for several Philadelphia Elementary Schools, helping young students develop strong reading skills. As a West Philly resident, he is excited to partner with schools in his community and advise students on their post-secondary goals. In his free time Alex likes to bike around the city on his old beat-up Centurion and bake lots of sourdough bread.
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 and started teaching in the Chester-Upland School District. In her short time there she found the opportunity to return to Promise Corps where her heart was. 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, fiancé and extended family.